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2003 EN Official Journal of the European Union C 137 E/171

(2003/C 137 E/194) WRITTEN QUESTION E-3194/02

by Jorge Hernández Mollar (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(8 November 2002)

Subject: Foreign market for chestnuts from Malaga

The Andalusian co-operative Valle del Genal, in the municipality of Pujerra (Malaga province), is to start a
new phase of expansion by opening up markets directly in European countries and Australia and Japan,
as well as in the United States.

Hitherto most of the production was destined for the national market and sales abroad were organised by
distributors. Now, however, it is planned to market the chestnuts abroad directly, without the involvement
of intermediaries, and labelling is being adapted to comply with international legislation.

In view of this new approach on the part of Malaga chestnut producers, can the Commission say what
forms of Community aid might be requested to assist the direct marketing of the chestnuts abroad in
accordance with the labelling standards laid down in international legislation?

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(13 December 2002)

Council Regulation (EC) No 2200/96 of 28 October 1996 on the common organisation (CMO) of the
market in fruit and vegetables (1), provides a number of market instruments to support producers of fruit
and vegetables, including producers of nuts.

In particular, producers who are members of producer organisations recognised under this Regulation are
eligible for Community aid through operational funds. These funds, co-financed by the producers
themselves, are used to finance common production and marketing endeavours, which can include the
direct marketing of products, domestically and abroad.

The co-operative Valle del Genal will surely obtain from the Provincial or Regional Agricultural services all
the information it will need in order to benefit from these Community instruments.

(1) OJ L 297, 21.11.1996.

(2003/C 137 E/195) WRITTEN QUESTION E-3197/02

by Ria Oomen-Ruijten (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(8 November 2002)

Subject: Legionella contamination

Since the summer of 2000 I have been asking the Commission about the danger posed by the legionella
bacterium, which causes legionnaires’ disease. In its reply to my written question E-2312/02 (1),
the Commission states that it is currently studying how measures to combat legionella bacteria can be

When does the Commission expect to be able to announce the specific results of its study of ways of
controlling legionella bacteria? I have now been trying to extract a genuine answer from the Commission
for 18 months.

(1) OJ C 28 E, 6.2.2003, p. 219.