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14.11.

2002 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 277 E/237

In other Member States as Denmark, Sweden and Finland lead pipes in the supply of drinking water have
never been used.

With regard to aid or subsidies for the replacement of lead pipes, within consumers’ premises, the
Commission is aware of some Member States already using this incentive (grant schemes) to promote pipe
replacement (the Netherlands, United Kingdom), while some other Member States are still considering such
an incentive.

(1) Council Directive 98/83/EC of 3 November 1998 on the quality of water intended for human consumption.

(2002/C 277 E/261) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1684/02


by Hubert Pirker (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(12 June 2002)

Subject: Free movement of hunting weapons

According to oral statements by the Italian authorities, the Italian laws Decreto Legge Nr. 527/92 of
30 December 1992 and Decreto Ministeriale Nr. 635/96 of 30 October 1996 do not permit the
temporary importation of hunting weapons into Italy from another Member State, for example for them to
be shown to potential customers.

To what extent does the Commission view this as non-compliance with the implementation of Directive
91/477/EEC (1) and as an obstacle to the free movement of goods?

(1) OJ L 256, 13.9.1991, p. 51.

Answer given by Mr Bolkestein on behalf of the Commission

(19 July 2002)

The Commission is grateful to the honourable Member for the information provided, to the effect that the
temporary importation of hunting weapons into Italy from another Member State, for example for them to
be shown to potential customers, is not allowed.

As the transfer of firearms from one EU Member State to another is governed by Council Directive
91/477/EEC of 18 June 1991 on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons, the Commission
has contacted the authorities in the Member State in question to request clarification of the circumstances.

The Commission will certainly inform the honourable Member of the outcome of its approach.

(2002/C 277 E/262) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1689/02


by Stavros Xarchakos (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(12 June 2002)

Subject: Air traffic control and weather forecasting

Air traffic control in Europe is extremely important as its effectiveness determines flight safety and
avoidance of delays. Equally as important (and closely linked) is the smooth operation of meteorological
services providing accurate long-range weather forecasts at the right time.