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21.8.

2001 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 235 E/195

(2001/C 235 E/228) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0384/01


by Doris Pack (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(15 February 2001)

Subject: The Commission delegation in Skopje

What measures does the Commission intend to take to enable Mr José Pinto Teixeira, Head of the
Commission Delegation in Skopje, to continue working in peace despite the unfounded allegations made
by Mr Stoyanov and Mr Bogoevski against his person and the performance of his duties as head of
delegation?

Answer given by Mr Patten on behalf of the Commission

(4 April 2001)

Mr Patten issued two press statements condemning the groundless media attacks in some sections of the
FYROM press against Mr Pinto Teixeira, and making clear his full support for him. The Commission
welcomes the fact that the FYROM Government has also condemned these media attacks.

(2001/C 235 E/229) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0386/01


by Christopher Huhne (ELDR) to the Commission

(15 February 2001)

Subject: Effects of Low-Frequency Active Sonar

Will the Commission indicate the precautions taken by civil and military authorities and vessels in EU
waters to protect cetaceans against the effects of Low-Frequency Active Sonar (LFAS)?

Answer given by Mrs Wallström on behalf of the Commission

(3 April 2001)

Certain habitats and marine species are specifically protected by the Habitats Directive (1), which constitutes
the major legal instrument for the protection of natural habitats and of wild flora and fauna at Community
level.

All of the cetacean species are included in Annex IV to the directive, which requires Member States to take
any action needed in order to introduce a stringent system for the protection of said species in their
natural range. In addition, the cetacean habitats included in Annex II to the directive (as applying to
Tursiops truncatus and Phocoena phocoena) also require protection via the designation of appropriate
areas.

However, implementing these measures falls within the powers of the Member States, and the directive
does not oblige them to provide information as detailed as that set out in the questions. Therefore the
Commission is in no position to provide the information requested by the Honourable Member.

(1) Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora
(OJ L 206, 22.7.1992).