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C 354/126 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 19. 11.

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Is the Commission aware of this promotional and propaganda campaign? Has it expressed an opinion about its
objectivity? What steps will it take to put an end to this attempt to ‘brainwash’ the Greek public about the
‘achievements’ of the Greek Government, when hardly any major project would have been carried out in Greece
without the assistance of the EU structural Funds?

Answer given by Mrs Wulf-Mathies on behalf of the Commission


(30 June 1998)

The Commission would refer the Honourable Member to the replies it gave to Oral Questions H-542/98 by
Mr Anastassopoulos and H-543/98 by Mr Hatzidakis during question time at Parliament’s June 1998 part
session (1).

(1) Debates of the Parliament (June 1998).

(98/C 354/204) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1805/98


by Alexandros Alavanos (GUE/NGL) to the Commission
(11 June 1998)

Subject: Technical assistance for implementation of the MEDA programme

To ensure the optimum implementation of the MEDA programme and secure technical assistance for the
Commission, a number of MEDA Teams-MT were set up with back-up provided by a Support Unit.
The Commission announced a competition, which was published in the Official Journal of the Communities,
following which a firm was selected to organize the Support Unit which began operating in January 1998.

1. How was the competition for the Support Unit organized and how was the contract awarded?
2. What were the conditions of eligibility?
3. What were the technical specifications and how have they been applied to date?
4. What were the assessment criteria for the contract and what are the assessment criteria for the services
currently provided by the Support Unit?

Answer given by Mr Marin on behalf of the Commission


(3 July 1998)

In view of the length of its answer, the Commission is sending it direct to the Honourable Member and to
Parliament’s Secretariat.

(98/C 354/205) WRITTEN QUESTION P-1847/98


by Xaver Mayer (PPE) to the Commission
(5 June 1998)

Subject: Invitation to tender of 23 February 1998 for the supply of breeding cattle to Bosnia- Herzegovina (Ref.
IA:D-1:Hdl D(98))

1. With regard to animal health, the above-mentioned invitation to tender specifies that the animals selected
for Bosnia-Herzegovina should be tested for tuberculosis 60 days before shipment and for other diseases 30 days
before shipment. Is the Commission aware that animals are being selected without any tests for tuberculosis
being required for the animal health certificate and that blood tests 30 days before shipment are no longer being
carried out?
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2. The tender specifications require bulls to be progeny-tested and proof that cows have produced 4 800 kg
and 5 300 kg of milk in their first and second lactations respectively. Is the Commission aware that this
requirement is no longer being applied or has been relaxed, so that cows have been selected which produced as
little as 4 200 kg of milk during their first and only lactation, and/or milk production of 4 500 kg and 4 700 kg has
been required in the case of second and third lactations?

3. Besides blood tests, the animal health requirements specify that at least 40 animals must be assembled for
presentation to the selection committee. This means that exporters have to keep animals in special lairage for at
least 60 days longer than is normal, which is very costly. Does the Commission take the view that this measure is
still necessary for the conduct of veterinary controls?

4. In the invitation to tender, the breed is stipulated as ‘red and white dual-purpose’. Is the Commission aware
that farmers in Bosnia-Herzegovina would mainly like to buy Simmentals, but that this invitation to tender
discriminates precisely against such breeds?

Answer given by Mr Van den Broek on behalf of the Commission


(15 June 1998)

The research undertaken by the Commission to answer the Honourable Member’s question has revealed that this
is a very extensive and complex matter. More detailed investigations are necessary, involving a number of
departments. The Commission will inform the Honourable Member of the outcome of these investigations once
they are completed.

(98/C 354/206) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1924/98


by Alan Donnelly (PSE) to the Commission
(18 June 1998)

Subject: Health and safety laws on tourist sites

Will the Commission disclose what plans it has to draw up proposals to introduce EU-wide standards for health
and safety on tourist sites such as campsites, caravan sites and other similar tourist facilities?

Answer given by Mr Papoutsis on behalf of the Commission


(16 July 1998)

There exists already at Community level a number of legislative measures in the area of consumer protection,
and in particular concerning the health and safety of consumers, which serve to protect the tourist.
The Commission will keep under continual review the operation of such measures.

These measures to protect consumers are in addition to the considerable body of Community legislation
protecting the health and safety of workers.

The Commission considers, however, that the establishment of specific standards for health and safety of the
public on tourist sites is primarily a matter for Member States, and that the tourist industry too must play its role
in raising the quality and safety of tourist sites to the highest possible standards. Effective dissemination of
information to the tourist on minimum health and safety requirements on tourist sites is an essential element in
raising standards.

In that context, the Commission will ensure that existing measures are properly implemented and will seek to
encourage the dissemination of information and best practice in the case of innovative measures taken in
Member States in this area. This will be a priority issue in the case of future work programmes dealing with the
promotion of tourists’interests.