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What measures is the European Union taking to highlight the need for better autism services for citizens in the Member States? The Commission is aware of the importance and social impact of Autism Spectrum Disorders and has been undertaking actions for better identification, early detection and information to the public and professionals about this group of disorders. As a part of this, the Commission supports civil society organisations representing people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.

Moreover, on request of the European Parliament, the Commission manages four pilot projects on employment of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders that aim to help develop policies for employment and social integration of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. These projects will present their results shortly. The project European Autism Information System EAIS , which ended in , helped to provide systematic, consistent and reliable data on Autism Spectrum Disorders prevalence, economic burden and harmonised early-detection tools.

In addition, the project for a European network of surveillance on risk factors for autism and cerebral palsy project aimed at facilitated early detection of Autism Spectrum Disorders in children, improving the prognosis and quality of life for children and families. What, if any, restrictions can be placed, at EU or Member State level, on pork from pigs whose production does not comply with this legislation? To date, five Member States confirm that they already fully comply with group housing of sows.

To provide further indications on the state of compliance of particular Member States would at this time not be reliable because the situation is still in progress. Concerning market restrictions there are no EU mandatory marketing standards regarding farming systems for pig meat. Such actions can include the restriction or prohibition of the placing on the market of food or animals produced under non-compliant animal welfare conditions on farms for which they have statutory control possibilities.

The Commission will not hesitate to initiate infringement proceedings against those Member States which will not be in compliance after the legal deadline. The United Kingdom is fully compliant with these new rules, at a major cost to local producers. Can the Commission outline what progress has been made since this letter was issued? Can it also state what, if any, infringement proceedings have been brought for non-compliance, and, if so, against which Member States?

Additionally, which Member States have made the most progress in this type of healthcare programme? It outlines the vision for eHealth in Europe and consolidates actions to deliver the opportunities that eHealth can offer. Under the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme, the Commission funded the pilot project epSOS to develop EU interoperable architecture for the provision of summarised patient health record and electronic prescription services.

The Commission does not assess the performance of Member States' healthcare systems. Their proposals are currently being evaluated to determine which ones demonstrate good practices of innovation in care delivery and to highlight transfer opportunities of such practices to other regions in Europe.

Northern Ireland is presently experiencing the most severe outbreak of Escherichia coli E. Over 90 cases of E. Given that there is no specific medical treatment for E. How many confirmed cases of E.

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Can the Commission provide a breakdown by Member State of these cases? With reference to confirmed cases of E. It provides for the primary responsibility of the food business operator for the safety of food. The operators must, at all stages of production, processing and distribution, ensure that food is protected against any contamination. A criterion for process hygiene in the slaughterhouse foresees sampling for E. Among these 4 cases, ten Member States reported a total of 27 food-borne outbreaks all together human cases with a strong link to a particular food vehicle.

Foods of bovine and ovine origin are frequently reported as source. Further breakdowns and details can be seen in the referred report. A major outbreak of verotoxigenic E. What is the current state of play in relation to the ongoing negotiations on an EU-Azerbaijan Association Agreement? Almost half a million households in Northern Ireland use oil to heat their homes. Can the Commission state how UK home heating oil prices, and specifically those in Northern Ireland, compare with prices across the EU? Furthermore, can the Commission provide a detailed assessment of this drastic price rise, with particular reference to the rise in price to the consumer compared to the changing price of crude oil over the same period?

Please note that the Commission does not have access to the specific data for Northern Ireland; therefore UK average is used as a proxy. The final consumer price of heating oil in the UK rose by It is clear from various media reports that the human rights crisis in Azerbaijan is escalating, with serious problems in relation to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of the media. What role is the Commission playing in raising these issues with the Azerbaijani authorities, and what impact do these violations have on the possibility of an association agreement?

The Commission and the High Representative are fully aware of the situation of human rights in Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani authorities should be up to their own commitments. The EU will continue to monitor the situation closely, taking account of the views of civil society, and will try to constructively engage with Azerbaijan to improve its human rights record.

Does the Commission have any plans to initiate the formation of an independent investigation team to oversee the investigation of forced organ harvesting practices in China? The Commission shares the Honourable Member's concern regarding organs harvested from Chinese citizens. Therefore the Commission welcomes the recent announcement by the Chinese Government that the practice will be stopped and genuine voluntary organ donations will be encouraged. However, the regulation does not adequately address the issue of donor consent, especially for those who have died in custody or have been executed.

While the Commission does not have any plans to initiate the formation of an independent investigation team to oversee the investigation of forced organ harvesting practices in China, this point has already been addressed in the framework of past rounds of the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue and will continue to do so. In recent weeks, there have been several tragic fatalities in house fires in my constituency of Northern Ireland, and in the United Kingdom more generally.

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The Commission is making considerable efforts to develop a comprehensive tobacco control policy. This policy includes public health campaigns most recently. All these measures indirectly contribute to preventing house fires. Furthermore the Council Recommendation on smoke free environments invites Member States to prohibit smoking in public places. Member States are monitoring fires and the circumstances of their outbreak to a varying degree of detail. Fire statistics are thus of different quality and, due to additional factors such as the installation of smoke alarms, it is difficult, if not impossible, to identify prevalent trends or make additional proposals for fire safety.

The Commission is currently considering a broad consultation paper on consumer service safety which may include the issue of fire safety. La prassi amministrativa e le forze dell'ordine spesso mostrano l'interferenza del governo nell'esercizio del diritto di FORB delle persone. La HR ha mai chiesto un'indagine sulla promozione e la protezione dei diritti delle minoranze religiose in Indonesia?

Despite the fact that the Indonesian government has incorporated key human rights into its national constitution and has ratified — among other international agreements — the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the implementation of those rights remains very poor in Indonesia. In particular, there seems to be a lack of political will on the part of local authorities to ensure the protection of religious minorities. According to local and international news reports, the right to freedom of religion or belief is at risk, with attacks being carried out both on members of religious minority groups and on those who profess non-theistic or atheistic beliefs.

Does the High Representative intend to call on the Indonesian government to put effective protection measures in place to enable religious minorities to have full access to their right to freedom of religion? Does the High Representative feel that the European Union should take action to assist the Indonesian government to reverse the increasing incidence of violence and legal action against religious minorities in that country? The right to freedom of religious belief is guaranteed in Indonesia's constitution, and Indonesia has made considerable progress over the last decade in establishing a legal framework for protecting human rights.

The EU will carry on addressing the issue of Freedom of Religion or Belief and encouraging interfaith dialogue, and should enhance its visibility by adopting new EU Guidelines on the issue in early Tagli al programma Erasmus e al fondo per la ricerca e l'innovazione Gli attuali problemi di bilancio che incontra Erasmus derivano dalla decisione del Parlamento europeo e del Consiglio di votare un bilancio per il in cui l'importo degli stanziamenti di pagamento era sottofinanziato rispetto al livello degli impegni.

In particolare, la Commissione ha chiesto altri milioni di euro per il programma di apprendimento permanente, importo che dovrebbe consentire di soddisfare le esigenze di pagamento fino alla fine dell'anno. Le reazioni sulla stampa di tutta Europa e anche del mondo parlano da sole: The funding cuts would damage the very foundations of the internationalisation policies of European universities and significantly reduce the chances of a better future for millions of young people.

The Erasmus experience gives young people a chance to experience Europe at first hand. Keeping this forward-looking programme alive means investing in the construction of a Europe of the people and a ruling class that is more sensitive to the concept of European unity. Whether it believes that steps can swiftly be taken to ensure that the requests already made can be fulfilled? What measures it intends to take to prevent this problem of financial cover reoccurring in subsequent budgets? The current budget problems for Erasmus stem from the decision of the European Parliament and the Council to vote a budget for in which the amount of payment credits was underfunded relative to the level of commitments.

This Draft Amending Budget can be found at http: Reactions in the press across Europe and even worldwide speak for themselves: This is why it is absolutely crucial to not interrupt national or EU funding to students. With the recent agreement by the Budgetary Authority on the Draft Amending Budget and the Draft budget , the immediate threat appears to have been averted.

The Commission counts on the responsibility of the Member States and the European Parliament to continue to guarantee adequate funding and continuity in the implementation of the European programmes in the coming months and year. Henceforth they will no longer be renewable automatically but must be awarded in a public tender procedure on expiry of each operating licence, as well as having an appropriate duration.

The law was warmly welcomed by European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, who said that it improves legal certainly for property owners subject to the Coastal Law. Does the Commission believe that it may set up a legal model specific to the situation in Italy, which provides a basis for flexible rules that are capable of safeguarding the seaside leisure and tourism industry that is essential to our economy, without resulting in infringement proceedings by the EU?

For this purpose, in those cases authorisations need to be granted for a limited period of time, which shall be appropriate to enable the provider to recoup the cost of investment and to generate a fair return. The extension of concessions in the Spanish draft reform to which this question also refers for another seventy-five years does not concern authorisations granted to service providers who provide services from portable infrastructure in beaches, such as bars and kiosks.

For authorisations for the use of beaches for that purpose, the draft reform establishes a maximum length of four years. In light of this fact, the draft reform would not seem to raise concerns of incompatibility with the principles laid down in the Services Directive. The seventy-five year period mentioned in the question applies to concessions granted to owners for the use of their own property, which had been constructed in areas that now revert to the public maritime domain. The draft reform seeks to ensure legal certainty for owners of buildings in view of the ambiguities found in the current legal framework for shoreline property in Spain.

Global Recalls Portal, nuovo strumento per la tutela dei consumatori. Come intende la Commissione pubblicizzare l'esistenza di questo strumento all'interno degli Stati membri in modo da metterne a conoscenza i cittadini e stimolarli a usarlo? La Commissione, pur incoraggiando gli Stati membri a tenere conto, in sede di elaborazione delle politiche e di pianificazione della vigilanza del mercato, delle maggiori informazioni rese ora disponibili dal Global Recalls Portal, non ha previsto campagne specifiche di promozione a livello nazionale. Le informazioni relative al portale figurano nel sito web Europa e nell'account Twitter dell'UE dedicato alla sicurezza dei consumatori.

A simple search performed by inputting keywords such as product name, brand or manufacturer, produces a data sheet containing a product description, identification images, issues encountered and countries in which the recalls were made. This should help inform and guide customers in their purchases, improve confidence in the market and give buyers greater confidence when purchasing a product.

How does the Commission intend to promote the existence of this tool within Member States, so that citizens become aware of it and start using it? The Global Recalls Portal is a new tool which, if used properly, will provide greater protection for our citizens. Since the greatest danger to the market and to consumers comes from counterfeit goods, mainly from China, which continually slip through the net, what does the Commission intend to do to strengthen customs checks? The Commission encourages Member States to take into account in policy and market surveillance planning the wider information set now available through the GlobalRecalls portal, but there are no specific promotion campaigns at national level planned by Commission.

The OECD is also considering a mobile application to facilitate access to the portal. The Commission supports the OECD project including the aim of improving translation and search capabilities. The Commission looks forward to seeing more historical data added from those jurisdictions which are participating already and to gathering data from additional jurisdictions.

The Commission, together with Member States, developed guidelines for customs authorities to carry out import controls on product safety and compliance. In order to reinforce the effectiveness of these controls a number of actions are developed, including visits to Member States, common criteria for risk analysis, and collection of data on dangerous or non-compliant goods stopped by customs at the border. Products for daily use by consumers and that may be affecting health and safety accounted for Macellazione rituale in deroga alla normativa vigente. La normativa attualmente vigente sulla macellazione, aggiornata dal regolamento CE n.

La Commissione conferma che la legislazione dell'UE non consente il ricorso a deroghe allo stordimento degli animali destinati alla macellazione rituale al di fuori dei macelli. The animal bleeds to death from a cut to the throat and is not stunned beforehand. Can the Commission confirm whether it is aware of similar events in other Member States and can it estimate how widespread this practice might be, which is in breach of current legislation?

Does the Commission believe it is still right to maintain this exemption for ritual slaughter, given that, despite being included to give the Muslim community the opportunity to carry out its own rituals whilst observing current legislation, it is being breached increasingly often? The Commission confirms that EU legislation does not allow the use of the derogation from stunning animals for ritual slaughter outside slaughterhouses.

The Commission is not aware of the specific event reported but has been occasionally informed in the past that similar events in other Member States occurred. Negli ultimi mesi alcuni Stati membri, tra i quali Irlanda, Portogallo e Grecia, hanno chiesto ed ottenuto dall'Europa aiuti finanziari. Dunque anche se ricapitalizzate, le banche non prestano denaro. Quale vigilanza sulle banche? Alle banche italiane sono andati ben miliardi di euro: Una nota banca italiana, ad esempio, ha ricevuto complessivamente, nelle due tranche di operazioni LTRO, 29 miliardi di euro — 14 miliardi nella prima tranche e 15 nella seconda — in pronti contro termine a tre anni.

Over the last few months, a number of Member States, including Ireland, Portugal and Greece, have requested and obtained financial aid from Europe. Cuts in spending on healthcare and education, increases in VAT, reductions in the size of the pension system, pay cuts, increased taxes on companies and families — these are just a few of the effects on the European citizens who have benefited from this financial aid.

So despite having been recapitalised, banks are not lending money. Can the Commission explain the causes of this disparity of treatment, in terms of interest rates, between private banks and Member States? Given that European companies are complaining about, among other things, the difficulty of gaining access to the money needed to remain in the market, does the Commission not believe that loans awarded to banks should also be tied to providing loans to private individuals and businesses in the country in which they operate?

Has the Commission thought of establishing a permanent observatory to monitor the destination of the loans and the rates set and to ensure that the loans provided are used for the purpose for which they were granted: In return, as a guarantee to the ECB, they provided bonds guaranteed by the State, meaning the taxpayer.

The aim of these operations was to pay off the losses made by the banks, relying on a future upturn in the European capital markets. It is disconcerting however that the banks have failed to use this money to finance companies. Differences in maturities and risks including collateral can explain the different interest rates. Liquidity operations conducted by central banks are part of their monetary policy, for which the Treaty grants them total independence.

The Commission has no competence in imposing, or advising to impose, conditions on the destination of these liquidities.

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The Commission monitors developments in the banking sector, including the effects of liquidity operations on credit conditions. In the memorandum of understanding on financial-sector policy conditionality of Spain there is an obligation to report, among others, on small and medium-sized enterprise SME lending, on corporate lending and on consumer lending.

In addition, access to finance is one of the levers identified by the single market Act 2 and boosting long term investment is one of the key actions. To this aim, the Commission will soon publish a Green paper on long term finance of the real economy, with particular attention to SMEs. Queste relazioni, di diversa natura e rilevanza, sono per la maggior parte disponibili su internet. Le relazioni stilate nel dalle delegazioni dell'UE nei rispettivi paesi che le ospitano riuniscono le informazioni raccolte dai funzionari dell'UE sul terreno, in particolate mediante contatti con le ONG locali.

The EU uses all open information at its disposal to assess the situation of freedom of religion or belief worldwide, whether it comes from civil society organisations, governmental or international bodies. Due attention is notably paid to the work conducted by the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. Most of these reports of different nature and value are available on the Internet. Furthermore, the Human Rights Country Strategies, currently discussed among EU Member States, comprise a section dedicated to freedom of religion or belief.

Sostegno per la salvaguardia dei Cavallini della Giara. Le sue origini sono incerte, le teorie sono essenzialmente due: La sopravvivenza di questa specie pare essere a rischio per la concomitanza di eventi naturali e umani: On the Gesturi high plateau in south-central Sardinia, there lives an ancient breed of horses called the Giara. Their origins are unknown, but there are two theories: There are currently horses left, living in herds of approximately 10, and they are the only breed in Europe that still lives in the wild.

The survival of this breed appears to be at risk due to a combination of natural events and human behaviour. On the one hand, the exceptionally hot summer caused a terrible drought, resulting in a lack of food; on the other hand, forced coexistence with cows raised in the wild, often illegally, further diminishes the available food supply. The municipalities in the area, along with an association of volunteers, have undertaken to sustain and protect these horses as much as possible. Resolving the problem of cows raised in the wild has, however, stalled; in fact, last July a decree issued by the Region of Sardinia ordered the removal of cows from the plateau, but of an estimated heads, only 30 or so have been retrieved with no brand or microchip.

Consequently, the Sites of Community Importance designated under this directive, as the site mentioned by the Honourable Member, do not appear to be the appropriate tool to provide specific protection or support for this species. The question is therefore a matter for the national authorities concerned. Olanda, Finlandia, Germania, Svezia e Gran Bretagna si oppongono alla proposta di bilancio rettificativo per il presentata dalla Commissione europea e riguardante l'esborso di milioni di euro per il terremoto in Emilia Romagna da parte del fondo d'emergenza sulle catastrofi naturali.

Gli stessi Stati membri si sono opposti anche a un secondo bilancio rettificativo, sempre relativo al , in cui si chiede di finanziare gli 8 miliardi di euro mancanti per pagare le fatture dei programmi dei fondi di coesione, e i 90 miliardi necessari per il programma Erasmus di scambio degli studenti degli Stati membri. Cosa intende fare in favore delle popolazioni colpite dal terremoto in Emilia Romagna? Il bilancio rettificativo n. This is according to the rumours reported in leading Italian newspapers.

Confirm the news reported by the Italian press on the alleged opposition by the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom to using the natural disaster emergency fund? State what it intends to do for those affected by the earthquake in Emilia-Romagna? Commercio di uova non a norma nel mercato UE. Si deve ora considerare l'immissione sul mercato interno dell'UE di uova provenienti da allevamenti non a norma.

Per evitare problemi di concorrenza dovuta alla circolazione all'interno dell'UE di uova non a norma, cosa sta facendo e cosa ha fatto nei dieci mesi trascorsi dall'applicazione della legge la Commissione per proteggere i consumatori ed i produttori che con investimenti importanti si sono adeguati alla direttiva? The report was not issued until and, as a result of this delay, many farmers did not take the risk of making investments in something that might later have been deemed inadequate.

These farms are failing to comply with the strict rules regarding cage size, let alone the quality requirements, putting products on the market that should be banned. Is there a European body responsible for verifying compliance with the rules regarding the quality and labelling of eggs sold on the European market? Pagamento di lavori pubblici da parte delle amministrazioni pubbliche. Con questo decreto si impone alle amministrazioni pubbliche di pagare i propri clienti nei tempi massimi dei 30 giorni. In media le imprese che realizzano lavori pubblici sono pagate 8 mesi dopo l'emissione dello Stato Avanzamento Lavori SAL con casi in cui i ritardi superano addirittura i 3 anni.

La direttiva copre tutti i settori senza eccezione, compreso quello delle costruzioni. Il legislatore europeo ha inoltre aggiunto un considerando che chiarisce questo aspetto particolare. What action does the Commission intend to take in order to protect this type of company? The directive applies to all commercial transactions between businesses and between public authorities and businesses. The directive covers all sectors without any exceptions, including the construction sector. Moreover, the European legislator has added a recital clarifying this particular issue.

The Commission will closely monitor the correct transposition and implementation of the directive in all Member States.

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The introduction of the European arrest warrant has made it possible for much-needed judicial cooperation to be established between individual Member States. As far as the seriousness of the offence is concerned, Aurore Martin is accused of taking part in a press conference given by the political party Batasuna. Although this is indeed illegal in Spain, it is not in France! International experts have said that there can be no resolution to the Basque conflict without a guarantee of freedom of political expression for the Basque movement.

The European arrest warrant for Aurore Martin flies in the face of this principle. Does the Commission realise that the execution of the European arrest warrant for Aurore Martin may jeopardise the peace process in the Basque Country? What does the Commission intend to do to ensure that the proportionality of European arrest warrants is monitored effectively? The European arrest warrant EAW is an entirely judicial procedure — including exhausting all judicial avenues of appeal.

The Commission has consistently delivered this message and is monitoring progress on this issue. Alerte au nouveau ravageur du palmier: Native to India, this small beetle was first discovered in Europe in in a Tuscan tree nursery. Furthermore, the scent of the damaged palms attracts another pest, the red palm weevil, thus making the infestation even worse. A three-year trial could be launched at the start of However, the purpose of such co-financing is not to support experimental research on the control of harmful organisms. Moreover, it is actually more appropriate that such a control strategy is developed at the national level, so that local economic, environmental and social aspects can be fully taken into account.

In ihrer bei der Konferenz zum digitalen Raum am 4. Gibt es nach Ansicht der Kommission Staaten, die diese Interpretation nicht teilen? Hat die Kommission zu diesem Thema bereits den Dialog mit anderen Staaten gesucht? Does it consider that the interpretation it gives in answer to Question 1 above will also be shared by other countries such as Russia, China and the U.

Does it believe that there are some States that do not share this interpretation? Has it already sought a dialogue with other States on this subject? If so, what have been the results of these discussions? What steps will it take to extend the scope of the principles of the Geneva Conventions to include cyberspace, in line with its interpretation, if no consensus with third countries is forthcoming? The EU-China Cyber Taskforce has discussed the applicability of the existing international law to cyberspace, and the consultations on this issue will continue also with other EU strategic partners.

The EU supports current negotiations in several international fora on applicability of the existing international law in cyberspace, as well as a process of defining the norms for responsible state behaviour in cyberspace. Empleo en las entidades financieras intervenidas. EU regulations on state aid for such institutions are counterbalanced by the obligation to reduce their trade capacity, which logically leads to job cuts.

However, the current process between the Commission, the European Central Bank and the Spanish Government could undermine the right to collective bargaining for those workers employed by the bailed-out financial institutions, as these institutions seek to approve staff cuts through the recapitalisation plans. This renders the right to collective bargaining meaningless. These job cuts in institutions bailed out using public money, and the fact that rights such as collective bargaining have become worthless, are part of a scenario in which the Spanish State did not react in time to EU regulations establishing salary restrictions for managers of the bailed-out institutions.

In the case of NCG Banco, this has led to situations which have caused social alarm and indignation. In addition to all of this is the preferred shares scam, which affects thousands of people in Galicia, without distinction between investors and savers. In view of this:. Does the Commission believe that it is possible to bailout financial institutions such as NCG Banco using public funds when, in addition to nationalising the losses, it also leads to job cuts? Does it believe that the bailed-out financial institutions, such as NCG Banco, are respecting the right to collective bargaining?

The Commission points out that one of the main goals of the restructuring plan is to return NCG Banco to viability, without the need for additional state aid in the future. Viability involves concentrating the bank's activities in its core areas, where it can best contribute to sustainable lending to the real economy. Reducing the bank's footprint inevitably requires reducing employee numbers. The Commission cannot comment on this, as it is subject to national law under the jurisdiction of national authorities and courts.

The Commission asks banks to manage their capital position very prudently to minimise the need for public funds, and to avoid using state aid for the benefit of investors who invested in risky financial instruments. This is necessary to ensure that the restructuring costs of an aided financial institution burden not only the taxpayer but also the stakeholders of the institution, and in particular equity and subordinated capital holders.

The Commission also stresses that the national authorities and courts have the competence to ensure that investors, in particular retail investors, are fully aware of the risks of investing in financial products, as well as to judge the conditions of the sale of these preferred shares. Ash tree dieback disease or chalara has been found in over sites in the UK. This disease will have widespread consequences for UK and European forests if it is not contained. It could wipe out the entire species of ash tree which is indigenous to the UK. Imports of ash trees into the UK have already been banned and movement controls have been instituted by the UK Government.

Nonetheless, there appears to be no action or even alert from the Commission on this matter. What is the Commission doing to raise awareness about the situation and prevent the further spread of this disease across Europe? Is the Commission planning to take any concrete action to support Member States and the agricultural community in tackling this disease? It wasn't until that studies concluded that Chalara fraxinea was a form of a new species of fungus. No pest risk analysis was available and at the moment that the EPPO proposed to start working on such analysis, scientific experts advised that it was already too widespread in Europe to start developing a control strategy.

The emergence of a new disease of ash trees was thus difficult to explain and act upon at this time. As soon as the Commission receives these notifications they are communicated to the competent authorities of the Member States through Commission electronic communication tool. The Commission has received formal notifications for Chalara fraxinea from a number of Member States since all of which have been communicated to the Member States. This issue was discussed with Member States for the first time in November.

If eradication in the United Kingdom and Ireland or in a part of their territories is still realistic, the Commission may consider adopting temporary measures for the control of Chalara fraxinea. Over the last few years, many positive steps have been taken to tackle the problems associated with energy drinks. The implementation of the new food labelling regulations is to be welcomed, along with the recognition that the increasing consumption of energy drinks, particularly by children and young adults, has been identified as an emerging risk.

While the industry recommends that these drinks are not suitable for children under 16, there is nothing stopping a young child purchasing an energy drink whose caffeine level is equivalent to that of 14 cans of ordinary cola, with a sugar content of up to 88g. With this being entirely legal and the advertising and packaging of such products being designed in a way which is attractive to young children, many are purchasing energy drinks before school or on their lunch breaks.

As such, many schools in my constituency are experiencing increasing problems relating to hyperactive and disruptive pupils who have consumed these drinks. Can the Commission clarify what is being done at Union level regarding the availability of these high-caffeine energy drinks to young children?

Is the Commission aware of any examples of best practice from other Member States who have managed to minimise the sale of these drinks to children under 16? A recent review of the M. It is nevertheless on the basis of the results of the Henry study that France recently banned the use of thiamethoxam an active ingredient in the pesticide Cruiser OSR on oilseed rape.

What does the Commission intend to do to restore the single market in seeds coated with thiamethoxam in the EU? The first EFSA conclusions are expected by the beginning of The people of Greece must therefore pay for their own healthcare expenditure and unemployed people no longer have medical cover. Does the Commission intend to investigate the setting up of solidarity mechanisms to remedy this unprecedented situation in Europe by putting in place an emergency plan for covering the medical costs of major diseases chemotherapy, surgery, access to medicines?

The Commission remains attentive to the economic and social situation in Greece and more specifically to the situation the Honourable Member reported regarding the healthcare coverage of unemployed people. Through regular reviews under the Economic Adjustment Programme, the Commission will be monitoring policy implementation in the healthcare field.

Currently, the Commission does not plan the set-up of a solidarity mechanism and emergency plan to cover for medical costs in Member States. It is the Commission understanding that through either social health insurance or the National Health Service all the population should be covered by medical services.

Plannen nieuw Nederlands Kabinet om zorgpremies inkomensafhankelijk te maken. Het nieuwe Kabinet van VVD en PvdA wil de zorgpremies inkomensafhankelijk maken omdat dat goed zou uitpakken voor de lagere inkomens en een nivellerend effect zou hebben. Dit betekent voor de middeninkomens dat de koopkrachteffecten sterk negatief uitpakken.

Zorgverzekeraars zijn private ondernemers. Bij de Nederlandse stelselherziening in de zorg in waren er al twijfels of de afspraken spoorden met EU-regels. Toen werd 50 procent van de zorgkosten uit belastinggeld gefinancierd. Dit werd door de Commissie niet gezien als staatssteun.

Deze overheidsmaatregel kan de zorgverzekeraars een financieel voordeel opleveren wat de concurrentie kan verstoren. Lidstaten van de Europese Unie zijn verplicht om dergelijke voorgenomen steunmaatregelen bij de Europese Commissie te melden. Is de Commissie op de hoogte van de overheidsmaatregelen van het nieuwe Nederlandse Kabinet om de zorgpremies inkomensafhankelijk te maken? Is deze voorgenomen maatregel bij de Commissie gemeld voordat het bekend gemaakt is?

De Commissie heeft geen enkele aanmelding of klacht ontvangen in verband met plannen van de nieuwe Nederlandse regering om zorgpremies inkomensafhankelijk te maken. Zij is er echter wel van op de hoogte dat besprekingen in die zin hebben plaatsgevonden. De Commissie kan noch commentaar geven op, noch een standpunt innemen ten aanzien van een maatregel waarnaar zij geen onderzoek heeft ingesteld en waarover zij geen gedetailleerde informatie bezit.

Hoe het ook zij, de voorgenomen maatregel lijkt inmiddels te zijn ingetrokken. The new coalition government comprising the VVD and PvdA parties wishes to make care premiums income-linked because that would have a favourable impact on people with relatively low incomes and produce a levelling effect.

For middle incomes, this would mean a considerable loss of purchasing power. Care insurers are private businesses. When the Dutch care system was reformed in , there were already doubts as to whether the arrangements that had been agreed accorded with EU rules. The Commission did not regard this as state aid. This government measure could give care insurers a financial advantage, thus distorting competition. EU Member States are required to notify the Commission of any plan to introduce such aid measures. Is the Commission aware of the extent of the measures which the new Netherlands Government proposes to introduce in order to link care premiums to income?

What view does the Commission take of these proposed plans of the new Netherlands Government? The Commission has not received any notification or complaint concerning a proposal by the new Dutch government to make health insurance contributions income related. It is aware, however, that related discussions have taken place. The Commission cannot comment or take a view on a measure which it is not investigating and on which it lacks detailed information.

Albeit it appears that the proposed measure has in the meantime been withdrawn. This ruling is the first of its kind in the world and opens the door for international claims against various institutions for selling similar financial products. The Commission is favourable to a civil liability regime of credit rating agencies CRA whereby CRAs can be held liable when they intentionally or with gross negligence infringe the obligations imposed on them by law, thereby causing a damage to an investor or issuer.

The claimants, including Member States, may decide to coordinate their action in this respect. This is a matter of political choice of Member States themselves. Can the Commission state exactly what information it has received from the present French Government and what criteria it uses to judge whether a return is voluntary or otherwise?

The legal situation in France has changed following the action of led by the Commission against France. On the basis of this new framework, close cooperation on enhanced efforts on Roma inclusion is taking place with the active participation of France. The EU is currently facing an unenviable state of affairs. The ongoing economic crisis and its effects are having a significant impact on our lives.

However, people in the Member States do not feel the results of our efforts. Summits do not lead to any solutions. In order to ensure that vital measures are adopted, political shortsightedness must be overcome and an ambitious plan must be formulated. We need a strong political will and increased democratic control. We have to move from words to actions and adopt specific measures.

Europe strategy is the basis for policy guidance on how to use national growth drivers for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The totality of measures taken so far amounts to a strong response to the crisis. However, economic and political integration needs to be pursued further in order to ensure economic and social welfare for EU citizens for the future. A comprehensive vision for a deep and genuine EMU conducive to a strong and stable architecture in the financial, fiscal, economic and political domains, underpinning stability and prosperity is necessary.

The positive impact of some of these reforms may be perceived only in the medium term, but the Commission setting the foundations of a more sustainable, growth rich and employment conducive European economy. Les navires italiens et les navires grecs sillonnent l'Adriatique et offrent des services de ferries et autres.

Both Italian and Greek vessels operate in the Adriatic Sea, providing ferry and other services. Greece does not grant tax relief similar to that afforded by Italy. Therefore Greek vessels suffer an unfair distortion of competition regarding operational costs. Does the Commission consider that the divergence between the respective fiscal regimes of Italy and Greece described above is justified in the light of the need to ensure fair competition and the undistorted functioning of the single market? The Guidelines allow, under certain conditions, for reduction or full exemption from social security contributions for seafarers employed on board vessels registered in the Member States.

The Guidelines do not and cannot contain an obligation for Member States to grant state aid, leaving this decision entirely to the Member States' discretion. Some Member States may decide to grant the maximum aid intensity allowed under the Guidelines, while others may decide to grant lower aid intensities or no aid at all. Indeed, as long as a national state aid scheme does not go beyond the permitted aid intensities and complies with all other requirements of the relevant state aid guidelines, the Commission has no competence to declare it incompatible on the basis of the mere fact that it contains higher aid intensities than the state aid schemes applied by other Member States.

Falls dies nicht der Fall ist: Mehr Kleinkinder besuchen mindestens ein Jahr lang Vorschuleinrichtungen. Have the funds had the expected impact in terms of aiding education sector reform in Nepal? Yes, the funds have contributed to the progress of the education sector reform in Nepal, though the wider post conflict and political context in Nepal has slowed down the pace of reform in all areas including education. As a result, some of the expected outputs and anticipated outcomes envisaged at the beginning of the programme are likely to be achieved within a longer timeframe.

SSRP has extended free education from primary G1-G5 up to basic G1-G8 level and expanded the provision of special support, such as scholarships, for girls, the poor and the disadvantaged. The introduction of skills for employability at higher basic and secondary levels is being piloted to improve the livelihood options and chances of school leavers.

Es wird auf Folgendes hingewiesen:. Wenn nein, warum nicht? Attuazione dell'accordo internazionale sulle norme relative a metodi di cattura non crudeli. Quando le pelli di animali selvatici vengono esportate verso il mercato dell'Unione, gli Stati Uniti devono assicurare che i metodi utilizzati per ottenerle rispettano il verbale concordato firmato con l'Unione europea.

In caso contrario, non vi sarebbe motivo di discostarsi dal divieto generale di importazione di pelli di animali selvatici, sancito dall'articolo 3, paragrafo 1, del regolamento CEE n. Non ritiene la Commissione opportuno avviare la procedura di risoluzione delle controversie prevista dall'accordo internazionale sulle norme relative a metodi di cattura non crudeli? In caso negativo, quali sono le ragioni per cui non intende farlo? Non ritiene la Commissione opportuno sospendere l'importazione di pellicce grezze, conciate o finite di animali selvatici dagli Stati Uniti verso l'Unione europea?

The report also highlighted video-photographic documentation released by the organisations Born Free USA and Respect for Animals, which demonstrates violations of EU legislation that expressly prohibits the use of leghold traps and is failing in the face of the IAHTS. It should be noted that:. If not, why not? The US delegation is now expected to investigate this issue and report back to the Commission.

Before considering any further steps, the Commission will assess the response from the USA authorities to the concerns and request for clarification in respect of the evidence presented by the Lega Anti-Vivisezione.

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Im normalen Gebrauch Datenerfassung ist dagegen nichts einzuwenden. Der Arzt kann auf diese Weise sehen, bei welchem Patienten er gute Chancen hat, teurere teilweise nicht einmal notwendige Leistungen zu verkaufen. Die Verarbeitung personenbezogener Daten in der EU wird u. However, it also allows doctors to forward data to the service providers enabling them to examine the financial situation of prospective patients. Is the Commission aware that a two-tier system of medical care is emerging in the heart of Europe and that in such use of data relating to patients is, under certain circumstances, illegal in a number of countries?

How long does the Commission think that it would take to develop a counter-strategy and how much would it cost? Would it be possible to formulate an overall strategy as part of EU health policy to combat this development? Furthermore, personal data concerning health can only be processed in the first place if one of the exemptions from the general prohibition of processing of sensitive personal data applies.

This exception is necessary in particular in order to allow valuable medical research to be conducted.

However, this exemption would not allow processing for other, unrelated purposes. Therefore, in the case at hand where personal data might have been processed for a different purpose assessment of the financial situation of prospective patients than the explicitly specified one the data subjects concerned should first lodge their complaints with the competent national data protection authorities in Germany and Austria.

Lage des griechischen Gesundheitssystems. Increasingly, people with chronic or serious illnesses can no longer afford the medicines they urgently need. Has the Commission considered initiating aid programmes for those sectors of society that are particularly hard hit, e. In this connection, might it be possible to institute a system enabling at least the most vital medicines to be made available to all? The Commission is very sensitive to the situation of the Greek people, including their continuous access to healthcare.

In respect of this principle, no initiative on supporting Greek doctors who provide assistance free of charge has been taken by the Commission. However, wherever possible, the Commission supports Greece in its efforts to deliver healthcare to its citizens on a sustainable basis. In this context, the memorandum of understanding on Specific Economic Policy Conditionality between Greece, the Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund clearly foresees that maintaining universal access to healthcare is a key objective to be met.

In addition, the Commission's Task Force for Greece has been working actively to support Greek reform efforts relevant to the supply of medicinal products, notably as regards the set-up and roll-out of an electronic prescription system, as well as the implementation of measures for managing pharmaceuticals expenditure to improve the long-term viability of the Greek health system.

Gibt es hierzu detaillierte Er kenntnisse? A statement by Jost Fischer, chairman of the dental company Sirona, in which he says that there is too little rather than too much dental treatment worldwide, should make us sit up and take notice. Does the Commission acknowledge that a similar situation exists in Europe? What is the situation with regard to the provision of dental treatment throughout Europe in the individual Member States? Are there detailed findings or information available on this matter?

What initiatives does the Commission intend to take at European level e. With an ageing population and an ageing workforce, Europe is facing shortages of healthcare personnel. However, the Commission has no knowledge that the dental profession is currently affected and that there is an impact on the provision of dental treatment. According to WHO data, there are on average approximately The number of dentists per capita is the highest in Greece, Cyprus and Iceland, where there are more than 90 dentists per population.

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In Eastern and Southern European countries e. The Commission has adopted, as part of the communication towards a job-rich recovery. Verschlechterung der Lesekompetenz in allen Mitgliedstaaten. Bei der Vorstellung des Berichts der Gruppe am 6. As a result of this report, has the Commission already developed tangible proposals for improving this state of affairs? As a follow-up to the recommendations given by the High Level Group HLG on Literacy, several actions have been announced in order to address this important issue.

The aim of this practitioners' network is to develop and exchange good policy practice in the field, to support the dissemination of initiatives and to develop joint literacy campaigns. Funded activities helped to increase the participation of low qualified adults in learning and to develop their basic skills.

In , the Grundtvig Workshops will focus on training of adult education staff working in the field of adult literacy. Under the future Erasmus for All programme, literacy will remain a top funding priority. However, it is not possible to give specific amounts at this stage. Das Parlament als Mitgesetzgeber wird eine wesentliche Rolle bei der Verabschiedung spielen. The situation in Austria, where roughly one million people are at risk of poverty, is still better than that in other EU Member States.

On the assumption that the Commission is aware of these details concerning EU citizens, what practical measures does it plan to take to give these people assistance and new opportunities? What funding will be allocated to individual programmes and countries please give a detailed breakdown? The budget foreseen is EUR2. The Parliament as co-legislator will have a key role to play for its adoption. A breakdown to individual programmes and countries cannot be given as there is not yet agreement on the new Multiannual Framework among the MS.

Un soutien durable de la banane et des cultures tropicales communautaires. Pour produire de la banane durable, voire biologique, en milieu tropical humide, les producteurs doivent disposer de tout un arsenal de produits afin de lutter contre les principales maladies fongiques, comme les cercosporioses jaunes et noires. In order to use sustainable or organic production methods for bananas in humid tropical areas, producers need to have access to a plethora of products in order to combat major fungal diseases such as black leaf streak.

EU health and plant health legislation means that EU banana producers cannot fight these diseases in the same way as their counterparts elsewhere. Instead, in order to cut pesticide use, they have to resort to mechanical techniques, leave land fallow, use plants produced in vitro or cover plants, and practice selective plant breeding. Banana producers in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Peru, however, use products that are not type-approved in Spain or France.

Yeast, which is used to make beer and bread and therefore poses no risk to health, could be used prevent diseases that cause storage decay. With this in mind we welcome POSEI the programme of options specifically relating to the outermost regions and islands , which is helping to mitigate the effects of this unfair competition. It is therefore impossible to grow field tomatoes on a systematic basis in the French overseas departments, and papayas are no longer grown in Reunion. Would there be any scope for authorising the transfer of type-approval from one crop to another, once type-approval had been granted for the product in question?

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Such extensions can also be requested by professional users and MS may take measures to facilitate and encourage such requests. There are, however, other causes for concern in the country, apart from Kosovo: Does the Commission not think that this removal of authority is turning the region into another tension flashpoint? The Commission closely monitors the situation and developments in the Serbian Autonomous province of Vojvodina. Furthermore, the Commission has welcomed the adoption of the Vojvodina Statute as a way forward towards the implementation of the Serbian Constitution and it is expected from the Serbian authorities, at both state and provincial level, to continue working in line with the Constitutional and legal provisions and in a cooperative manner.

The Commission considers that Vojvodina needs to remain a positive reference when it comes to decentralisation and local self-government matters as well as minorities' issues. Can the Commission confirm whether the Irish Government received funding for delivering on the Habitats Directive? If so, can the Commission detail how much funding the Irish Government received for delivering on the Habitats Directive?

Has the Commission considered the proposals made by the Irish Turf Cutters and Contractors Association, which provide a basis for a solution to problems associated with the consolidation of bogs in Ireland? It is for the competent authorities in Ireland to ensure the necessary protection and management measures for these raised bogs, including in relation to turf cutting. The Commission understands that the Irish authorities are developing a national management plan for Irish raised bogs under the conditions set out in the directive.

The assessment carried out by the TCCA is a helpful contribution to finding a lasting solution to this problem, which must be achieved within the legal framework of the Habitats Directive. Zijn lidstaten verplicht zich ten aanzien van de uitvoering van de Vogel en Habitatrichtlijn te houden aan de aanmeldingsformulieren, en vormen nationale toevoegingen een onderdeel van de uiteindelijke beoordeling door de Commissie? Er dient een projectbesluit te worden genomen voor elke activiteit die een mogelijke significante negatieve invloed kan hebben op de natuur.

In Nederland is dit geregeld in een aparte aanvraagprocedure in de natuurbeschermingswet en dit wordt beoordeeld in een omgevingsvergunning. Maakt een dergelijk projectbesluit ook deel uit van de beoordeling door de Commissie? De lidstaten moeten in het standaardgegevensformulier SGF alle typen habitats en soorten van communautair belang opnemen die in een gebied voorkomen. Darbij moet er rekening mee worden gehouden dat natuurlijke ontwikkelingen tot aanpassingen van de opgenomen soorten kunnen nopen.

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