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C 323/110 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 21. 10.

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This recent decision by the Turkish-Cypriot administration follows its scandalous disregard for the persistent
looting of religious and historical artefacts in the occupied part of Cyprus and is an insult to religious sentiment
and an act of provocation directed at the Armenian Orthodox Church and the 4000 or so Armenians living in the
free part of the island.

This action provocatively disregards the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg
(the Loizidou judgment on property in the occupied territories), since it allows this historic monastery which is
the property of the Armenian Church to be turned into a profit-making enterprise.

What measures does the Commission intend to take to prevent this decision by the Turkish-Cypriot authorities to
convert the historic Armenian Monastery into a hotel from going ahead? How does it intend to ensure that the
judgment by the European Court of Human Rights on property in the occupied territories is respected?

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


(24 April 1998)

The Commission would refer the Honourable Member to its answer to written question No E-968/98 by
Mrs Daskalaki (1).

(1) See page 100.

(98/C 323/166) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1050/98


by Graham Watson (ELDR) to the Commission
(6 April 1998)

Subject: East Timor

Does the Commissioner expect to bring forward further proposals regarding European Community aid to East
Timor?

Answer given by Mr Marin on behalf of the Commission


(30 April 1998)

The Commission will continue to examine in what way its development and humanitarian aid may best
contribute to the well being of the people of East Timor. A number of proposals are under consideration.

(98/C 323/167) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1052/98


by Jens-Peter Bonde (I-EDN) to the Commission
(6 April 1998)

Subject: Abolition of border controls and derogations

How should Article 14 and Article 62 be construed in relation to each other and how does the Schengen
Agreement’s timetable for abolishing border controls take effect in relation to Articles 14 and 62?

What is the difference between the Danish derogation and the UK and Irish derogation from Article 14?

Does Denmark also have derogations from the provision concerning the abolition of border controls?

Does the derogation from Article 14 also apply to the Kingdom of Denmark?
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Answer given by Mr Monti on behalf of the Commission


(5 June 1998)

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

(98/C 323/168) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1073/98


by Bernard Castagnède (ARE) to the Commission
(6 April 1998)

Subject: Animal feedingstuffs − French Guiana

The overseas department of French Guiana benefits from a supply system for animal feedingstuffs where the
level of aid is calculated on the basis of the refund for the various cereals involved, with a premium of
ECU 20 per tonne.

For the last two years the refund has dropped sharply or has disappeared. Does the Commission envisage altering
its method of calculating the aid in favour of Guiana, along the lines of the Community aid for supplying the most
remote regions with cereals?

Answer given by Mr Santer on behalf of the Commission


(22 April 1998)

The Commission would refer the Honourable Member to its answer to written question No 327/98 by
Mr Souchet (1)

(1) OJ C 304, 2.10.1998, p. 78.

(98/C 323/169) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1089/98


by Graham Mather (PPE) to the Council
(6 April 1998)

Subject: Abolition of Intra-EU duty free

At the meeting of the Transport Council on 17 March 1998, a document was circulated calling for an economic
impact study on the effects of this abolition to be carried out. In the ensuing discussion, the majority of Transport
Ministers who spoke were in favour of conducting such a study.

Will a similar discussion now be held by the Ecofin Council?

Answer
(13/14 July 1998)

The decision to abolish the tax- and duty-free sales to intra-community travellers on 30 June 1999 was taken
unanimously by the Economy and Finance (Ecofin) Council in 1991. Since then, the issue of whether the Council
should nevertheless call on the Commission to conduct a study on the impact of the abolition has been discussed
several times by the Council. The issue was lastly examined at the Ecofin Council meeting on 19 May 1998. It is
clear from those discussions that there is no consensus among Finance Ministers for reopening the decision taken
in 1991, and for calling on the Commission to produce such a study. The Commission is, however, prepared to
clarify in a working document the instruments available to Member States for addressing the consequences of the
abolition of intra-EU tax- and duty-free sales on 30 June 1999.