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C 297/72 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 15.10.


Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(22 December 1998)

Under Objective 5(b) and the Community Initiative Leader II, the Guidance Section of the European
Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund can part-finance measures relating to promotion, labelling and
investment in local and regional quality agricultural and forest products. The national and regional authorities
are solely competent for considering projects with a view to part-financing. The Lazio Region Assessorato
Economia e Finanza (Department of the Economy and Finance) has the task of coordinating the implementa-
tion of Community structural measures in the Lazio Region under Objective 5(b) and the Community Leader II

Identifying partners and exchanging experience in the field covered by the project could be fostered through
the Leader European Observatory.

The Commission points out that agricultural products and foodstuffs laying claim to a particular quality linked
with a specific geographical name and identified with that geographical name by a label should be registered
under the Community system provided for in Regulation (EEC) 2081/92 on the protection of geographical
indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs (1).

(1) OJ L 208, 24.7.1992, p. 1.

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by Roberta Angelilli (NI) to the Commission

(24 November 1998)

Subject: Refuse collection in Rome

Over the last few months there have been a number of disputes with the Rome city authorities and with AMA
(the company responsible for collecting the city’s refuse) concerning the arrangements for refuse collections,
which prevent the bins intended for the collection of solid waste and those designed to facilitate selective
collection from being used easily.

In view of the above, could the Commission say:

1. What collection arrangements are currently in operation in the other EU Member States?

2. Whether it considers such a state of affairs to be contrary to EU directives on the collection and recycling
of waste?

3. What its general view of the matter is?

Answer given by Mrs Bjerregaard on behalf of the Commission

(21 December 1998)

1. There are no specific directives on waste collection and there are a variety of schemes for the collection of
waste in Member States. It is not possible to give a comprehensive answer to the question of the Honourable
Member because many factors have to be taken into account, including climate, eating habits, and local
conditions. Usually, there are also differences among regions in a given Member State in order to adapt to local

2. Directive 75/442/EEC on waste (1) as amended by Directive 91/156/EEC (2) stipulates in Article 4 that
waste has to be recovered or disposed of without endangering human health and the environment. Details
about the organisation of waste collection and disposal are left to Member States which have wide discretion in
this area. Generally, differences of opinion between a local authority and a company entrusted with the task of
collection and disposal of municipal waste, do not affect Community environmental legislation in the waste
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3. The information provided does not allow the Commission to give an opinion on the problem raised by
the Honourable Member.

(1) OJ L 194, 25.7.1975.

(2) OJ L 78, 26.3.1991.

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by Panayotis Lambrias (PPE) to the Commission

(24 November 1998)

Subject: Regulation of duty-free shops

The Commission’s delaying over the regulation of duty-free shops has created confusion among the
organizations affected. At the same time, the Member States are taking their own, conflicting measures.
Would the Commission, therefore, say what measures it will take, in collaboration with Parliament, to remove
the confusion in the minds of the buying public and lay down clear rules to govern the operation of such

Answer given by Mr Monti on behalf of the Commission

(3 February 1999)

Rules for the taxation of goods sold by duty-free shops to passengers travelling within the Community are
contained in the general provisions of Council Directive 77/388/EEC of 17 May 1977 on the harmonization of
the laws of the Member States relating to turnover taxes A Common system of value added tax: uniform basis
of assessment (1) and Council Directive 92/12/EEC of 25 February 1992 on the general arrangements for
products subject to excise duty and on the holding, movement and monitoring of such products (2). Until
30 June 1999, Member States may, as a derogative measure under Article 28k of Directive 77/388/EEC and
Article 28 of Directive 92/12/EEC, exempt such supplies from VAT and excise duties, subject to certain
conditions in terms of value and quantity.

The Commission would like to draw the attention of the Honourable Member to the fact that, according to the
EC Treaty, Member States shall take all appropriate measures for the implementation of existing Community

To facilitate the application of the existing legislation in the specific case of the ending of intra-Community
duty-free sales, the Commission met representatives of Member States in order to discuss how existing VAT
and excise provisions should be applied to sales to intra-Community air and ferry travellers. Subsequently, the
Commission issued a press release (3) clarifying the situation.

(1) OJ L 145, 13.6.1977.

(2) OJ L 76, 23.3.1992.
(3) IP98/858.

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by Yves Verwaerde (PPE) to the Commission

(25 November 1998)

Subject: Monitoring producer organisations in the processed vegetable sector

Producer organisations have a central role in the new common organisation of the market in the processed
vegetable sector.

The scrutiny of contracts is to be stepped up. The role of producer organisations will consist of centralising
payments, negotiating and signing contracts, ensuring a balance between supply and demand, determining the
sown areas required under a given contract, and carrying out the relevant checks.