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12.11.

1999 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 325/105

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(9 March 1999)

For the current General agreements on tariffs and trades (GATT)  year (1998-1999) the quantity of beef
(expressed in carcass weight) which the Community is allowed to export with the benefit of export aid is
1 025 852,6 tonnes (including a carry over of 78 052,6 tonnes from the previous year).

On the base of the requests for export licences, until the end of January 1999, 388 157 tonnes (carcass
equivalent) of beef were declared to be exported. The total amount of refund accordingly to be paid is
€338 430 589,6.

(1999/C 325/143) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0322/99

by John McCartin (PPE) to the Commission

(19 February 1999)

Subject: Investment in the pigmeat sector in Ireland

Given that EUR 100 million, 75 % of which is EU money, was spent in the Irish pigmeat sector in the last
15 years, can the Commission state whether it has carried out any studies to establish whether this investment
has brought any benefit to farmers producing pigs, and will it agree that the European money has been used to
create a monopoly of a small number of processors in the Irish market who are now abusing their position to
make exorbitant profits?

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(31 March 1999)

It is a condition of Community aid under successive legislation since 1977 that investments for processing and
marketing must contribute to improving the situation of the basic agricultural production sector in question,
and having regard to the specific nature of each sector, they must guarantee the producers of the basic
products an adequate and lasting share in the resulting economic benefits (Council Regulation (EC) 951/97 of
20 May 1997 on improving the processing and marketing conditions for agricultural products (1)). Each
application for funding under the Regulation has been examined in the light of this requirement. The
Commission can agree that there has been some concentration in pig processing capacity in Ireland, but this is
mainly due to acquisition rather than undue aid allocated to a particular group.

(1) OJ L 142, 2.6.1997 (Article 12).

(1999/C 325/144) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0323/99

by John McCartin (PPE) to the Commission

(23 February 1999)

Subject: Price of lamb and sheepmeat

Will the Commission provide statistics on the average prices paid for sheepmeat and lamb in each Member
State for the most recent period for which the information is available?
C 325/106 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 12.11.1999

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(11 March 1999)

The average price in Euro per 100 kilogrammes paid in each Member State (1) to farmers for lamb carcasses
in January 1999 (2) was:

Belgium 302,9
Denmark 250,7
Germany 316,1
Greece 363,9
Spain 328,0
France 357,4
Ireland 215,0
Italy 363,9
Netherlands 335,4
Austria 395,5
Portugal 324,2
Finland 174,3
Sweden 237,6
United Kingdom 208,2
Community 283,8

(1) Luxembourg: data not available.


(2) Average for the first four weeks of the agricultural marketing year 1999-2000.

(1999/C 325/145) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0329/99


by Alexander Falconer (PSE) to the Commission

(23 February 1999)

Subject: Costs of EU information services

What are the annual costs and total costs to the European Union since they started, including staff time,
research, development, programming, hardware (distributors’ and users’), promotion, training, travel and
overheads of all the 50-odd databases listed in document CB-58-90-425-EN-C as being produced by CEC, and
of the transmission systems such as MIDAS, MIDAS-NET, CELEX, CELEX2 and of the systems to replace
CELEX?

Answer given by Mr Liikanen on behalf of the Commission

(29 April 1999)

The Commission is collecting the information it needs to answer the question. It will communicate its findings
as soon as possible.

(1999/C 325/146) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0330/99


by Alexander Falconer (PSE) to the Commission

(23 February 1999)

Subject: Costs of EU information services

What are the total costs to date of the European Library Plan and its successor information science funding
programmes including e.g. INFO 2000 etc., including all administration and assessment costs and overheads?