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C 110 E/122 Official Journal of the European Union EN 8.5.


studies in the field, the results of which will be out in 2003-2005. The opinion of the Commission’s
Scientific Committee on Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and the Environment on health effects associated with
exposure to electromagnetic fields published on 30 October 2001 has confirmed the validity of the
Council Recommendation limits for radio frequencies and microwaves. Please note that this opinion is
shared by reports, which were developed independently by various Member States.

(1) OJ L 91, 7.4.1999.

(2003/C 110 E/128) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2902/02

by Struan Stevenson (PPE-DE) to the Commission
(16 October 2002)

Subject: Competition policy

1. Can the Commission provide a breakdown by Member State of the total authorised income aid in
2001, amounting to EUR 460 million, paid to beef farmers in the EU in the wake of the BSE crisis?

2. Can the Commission provide details of which Member States have applied for state aid under the
new guidelines for advertising agricultural products introduced on 6 June 2001?

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(3 December 2002)

1. As to the breakdown by Member State of income aid related to the bovine spongiform
encephalopathy (BSE) crisis authorised by the Commission in 2001, the breakdown per Member State is
as follows:
 Belgium: ca EUR 59 million;
 Germany: ca EUR 43 million;
 Spain: ca EUR 13 million;
 France: ca EUR 259 million;
 Italy: ca EUR 79 million;
 Austria: ca EUR 4 million.

2. The following Member States have so far notified state aid to be examined under the new guidelines
for advertising of agricultural products: Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland,
Sweden, United Kingdom.

(2003/C 110 E/129) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2903/02

by Benedetto Della Vedova (NI) to the Commission
(16 October 2002)

Subject: Italy’s infringement of Council Directive 79/409/EEC of 2 April 1979 as a result of Law No 7 of
the Veneto Region of 14 March 2002

By virtue of Regional Law No 7 of 14 March 2002 the Veneto Region has allowed, during the 2002/2003
and 2003/2004 hunting seasons, the hunting of the following species of wild birds protected by Directive
79/409/EEC (1): Passer italiae, Passer montanus, Sturnus vulgaris, Streptopelia decaocto and Phalacrocorax
carbo from 15 September to 31 December, each hunter being allowed to kill 20 birds per day and up to
100 per year; Fringilla coelebs and Fringilla montifringilla from 15 September to 31 December, each
hunter being entitled to kill up to 5 birds per day and up to 40 per year.