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C 155 E/38 Official Journal of the European Union EN 3.7.

2003

with Ukraine was agreed there were specific elements included on money laundering. Ukraine’s efforts
against money laundering will be supported by the Union in order for Ukraine to meet the standards of
the Council of Europe 1990 Convention on money laundering, the FATF recommendations and the
standards set by the Egmont Group. Furthermore, under the TACIS Assistance Programme the
strengthening of that country’s anti-money laundering system constitutes a priority.

(1) OJ C 277 E, 14.11.2002, p. 6.


(2) OJ L 49, 19.2.1998.

(2003/C 155 E/043) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2660/02


by Robert Evans (PSE) to the Council

(23 September 2002)

Subject: Maajid Nawaz, Ian Malcolm Nisbett and Reza Pankhurst held captive in Egypt

Maajid Nawaz, Ian Malcolm Nisbett and Reza Pankhurst are three young British Muslim men who have
been detained in Egypt for five months. There have been concerns raised about their treatment, including
allegations of torture and breaches of the Geneva Convention. The British Government has issued a formal
complaint to the Egyptian Government concerning their treatment.

What action is the Council taking to support the UK Government in this case and end the abuses of these
men’s human rights?

Reply

(20 February 2003)

The British Government did not request the Council’s assistance on this matter. Should such a request be
made, it will be examined in a manner that takes due account of the spirit of cooperation, consular and
otherwise, between the Member States in respect of EU citizens.

The human rights situation in Egypt is in general closely monitored by the Council. An Association
Agreement making respect for human rights an essential element of Egyptian and EU internal and external
policy was signed in Luxembourg on 25 June 2001. It also establishes a regular political dialogue which
will enable cooperation between the EU and the Egyptian authorities to be further strengthened, notably in
the field of human rights. However, that Agreement must be ratified by all the EU Member States before it
can enter into force. This has not taken place so far.

(2003/C 155 E/044) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2664/02


by Robert Goebbels (PSE) to the Commission

(23 September 2002)

Subject: Neutral effect of competition law on the live broadcasting rights to sports events

In his reply given on behalf of the Commission and dated 31 July 2002 to my Written Question E-1912/
02 (1), Commissioner Monti said that the Commission wished to ensure that live broadcasting rights to
sports events were ‘not sold in a way that harms competition on media markets and which, as a
consequence, harms viewers’. In the application of competition law, ‘the Commission does not give any
preferential treatment of the market for pay-TV over the market for free-TV’. This law of the jungle
approach clearly favours pay-TV channels which have more financial clout when it comes to acquiring
broadcasting rights, and football provides us with the best example of this situation.