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C 137 E/162 Official Journal of the European Union EN 12.6.


(2003/C 137 E/185) WRITTEN QUESTION E-3129/02

by Jan Dhaene (Verts/ALE) to the Commission

(30 October 2002)

Subject: Data relating to bicycles on the website of the Commission and Eurostat

‘EU Transport in figures, Statistical pocketbook 2000’, published by the European Commission, includes
data relating to bicycles in the EU: the number of bicycles sold in the EU, the number of cyclists on the
road, and the number of journeys made by bicycle as a percentage of the total number of journeys made.
That last figure does not appear in ‘EU Transport and Energy, Statistical pocketbook 2001’ or on the
website on which are published the tables that are also included in the pocketbook for 2001.

1. Why is all the data where cycling and walking are regarded as a normal mode of transport for
Europeans not included on the website or in the pocketbook?

2. Does the Commission have any plans to remedy this omission in the near future?

Answer given by Mrs de Palacio on behalf of the Commission

(11 December 2002)

Pedestrians and cyclists make up a significant proportion of all traffic, especially in urban areas.
The omission of tables for these categories from the 2001 edition of the pocket book ‘EU Energy and
Transport in Figures’ is simply the result of the lack of data in this area.

However, a study carried out in the meantime on behalf of the Commission has come up with new
estimates of pedestrian and cycle traffic, which will be included in the 2002 edition of ‘EU Energy and
Transport in Figures’ and will shortly be published on the website of the Directorate-General for Energy
and Transport. The statistical pocketbook will continue to include bicycle production data and statistics for
pedestrian and cyclist fatalities in road accidents.

A copy of the report in question will be forwarded directly to the Honourable Member.

(2003/C 137 E/186) WRITTEN QUESTION P-3135/02

by Glyn Ford (PSE) to the Commission

(28 October 2002)

Subject: Prescription-only medicines and racing pigeons

As part of the review of legislation governing all medicinal products, the Commission has laid down a
provision that medicines for farm livestock and horses must become prescription-only medicines.

What plans does the Commission have to exempt racing pigeons from this category?

Given that racing-pigeon owners currently deal with a number of minor ailments through the purchase of
off-the-shelf medicines, not to mention the fact that pigeons are not part of the food chain, does the
Commission feel that making all medicines POM would make pigeon racing more costly and reduce
interest in this activity as a sport?