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C 27 E/158 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 29.1.

2000

Was this poster sponsored by Commission subsidies?

If so, what sum was involved, and via what budget item?

When subsidies of this nature are granted, who decides on the quality of the work of art and whether it is
decent? Is it normal for subsidies to be granted to artistic projects which are clearly provocative and semi-
pornographic in nature?

What is the total amount of subsidies paid for anti-racist activities in 1999?

Can the Commission provide a breakdown of these subsidies?

Answer given by Mrs Diamantopoulou on behalf of the Commission

(26 October 1999)

The poster the Honourable Member refers to has not been subsidised by the Commission.

Generally, in implementing a budget line, a call for proposals is published, indicating the priorities and
selection criteria. The projects are selected by a selection committee. Projects are approved on the basis of
their quality and European dimension.

In 1999, 7 million € was allocated to budget line B3-2006 (for pilot projects concerning the multicultural
integration of ethnic minorities and measures to combat racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism).

The selection procedure for projects received in 1999 is still under way and so a list of subsidised projects
is not yet available.

(2000/C 27 E/193) WRITTEN QUESTION P-1656/99


by Albert Maat (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(14 September 1999)

Subject: Sale of wine with fascist labels in Italy

Is the Commission aware that bottles of wine carrying fascist labels are on sale in Italy? For example, in the
Bibione area bottles with labels carrying photographs of Hitler and Mussolini have been found on sale in
supermarkets (including the Spar) and in the centre of the town. The names on the labels include ‘Sieg
Heil’, ‘Führerwein’ and ‘Der Kamerad’. However, I understand from a number of sources that trade
involving fascist symbols is prohibited in Italy.

Does the Commission agree that the sale of products carrying such offensive images is pernicious?

What steps does the Commission intend to take to ensure that this situation in Italy is stopped, namely:

 speak to the Italian government about the current situation;

 take measures pursuant to Article 13 of the Amsterdam Treaty, which calls for appropriate action to
combat discrimination based inter alia on racial or ethnic origin and religion or belief;

 take any other measures which may be applicable to the situation described?

Answer given by Mr Vitorino on behalf of the Commission

(11 October 1999)

The Commission shares the concern of the Honourable Member on the need to combat every form of
racism or xenophobic manifestation.
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A Joint Action was adopted on 15 July 1996 (1), which calls on Member States to ensure that a number of
behaviours such as public dissemination or distribution of tracts, pictures or other material containing
expressions of racism and xenophobia are punishable as a criminal offence or failing that, to derogate from
the principle of double criminality for such behaviour. Each Member State should bring forward
appropriate proposals to implement the joint action for consideration by the competent authorities with
a view to their adoption. It seems from the information provided by the Honourable Member that the
Italian law prohibits the sale of fascist symbols. It would therefore be for the Italian authorities to take any
necessary measures to ensure an effective implementation of the legislation adopted in line with the
requirements of the joint action.

(1) OJ L 185, 24.7.1996.

(2000/C 27 E/194) WRITTEN QUESTION P-1657/99


by María Izquierdo Rojo (PSE) to the Commission
(14 September 1999)

Subject: Catastrophic losses in northern Granada

On 4 September 1999 one of the least-favoured rural areas of the province of Granada suffered huge
losses in a violent downpour accompanied by whirlwinds. The damage caused has been estimated at more
than ESP 1 billion.

The olive, almond, maize and vegetable crops in the areas affected, namely the municipalities of Freila,
Zujar, Benamaurel, Cullar and Baza, were almost totally destroyed and major damage was caused to both
housing and infrastructure. These events have compounded the already difficult situation in an area in
which 80 % of the population is living in poverty and which, in economic terms, falls far below the
Community average.

Given the great confidence which those affected have in the Community and the fact that they are
European citizens and support the ‘macro-technological’ programmes administered by the Commission,
and in view of the wide range of possibilities for Structural Fund intervention in the agricultural and rural
development spheres, how does the Commission intend to bring assistance to the area affected?

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission


(5 October 1999)

The Commission wishes to manifest its full solidarity with the people of Andalusia who suffered serious
losses and damage in the storm that hit the province of Granada on 4 September 1999.

To help remedy the situation the Spanish authorities (Andalusian regional government and national
government) may under the partnership arrangements wish to decide with the Commission that some of
the Community funds assigned to Andalusia from the Structural Funds be used for restoration of the
damaged infrastructure.

(2000/C 27 E/195) WRITTEN QUESTION P-1658/99


by Arlindo Cunha (PPE-DE) to the Commission
(14 September 1999)

Subject: Berlin statement on the specific nature of Portuguese agriculture

The Berlin European Council, held on 24-26 March 1999, issued a statement (point 25 of the presidency
conclusions) recognising ‘the need to improve the balance of the support granted to [Portuguese]
agriculture by means of rural development measures, financed by EAGGF Guarantee’.

Bearing in mind that the rural development programmes of each Member State are now being studied with
a view to their adoption, could the Commission give details of the Portuguese programme, especially as
regards the budget funds to be earmarked in the light of the above statement and the related implementing
measures?