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C 72 E/108 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 6.3.


In relation to hepatitis C virus (HCV) compensation, an information compiled by the European Haemo-
philia Consortium in 1999 is sent direct to the Honourable Member and to Parliament’s Secretariat.

(2001/C 72 E/134) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1745/00

by Mary Banotti (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(31 May 2000)

Subject: Transport

Now that the Rail Europ Card for pensioners which, hitherto, allowed them to travel at a reduced fare is
being abolished, what system does the Commission intend to set up to replace it with a view to providing
pensioners with the possibility of cheaper travel by rail in the future?

Answer given by Mrs Diamantopoulou on behalf of the Commission

(13 July 2000)

The Commission wishes to underline that the Rail Europ Card the Honourable Member mentions was not
introduced by the Commission nor was the Commission involved in this scheme of reduced fares. The Rail
Europ Card was a special fare offered by rail operators. If these operators feel that this type of fare is no
longer commercially viable they are free to abolish it. The Commission wishes to recall in this context that
Council Directive 91/440/EEC on the development of the Community’s railways (1) obliges Member States
to render their railway undertakings independent as regards, inter alia, fares. The Commission has no plans
to introduce any scheme that would give pensioners an entitlement to rail travel at reduced fares.

Member States may offer travel at reduced fares to senior citizens as long as the rules on public services,
where they apply, are respected. The Commission has no such powers.

(1) OJ L 237, 24.8.1991.

(2001/C 72 E/135) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1751/00

by Alexandros Alavanos (GUE/NGL) to the Commission

(31 May 2000)

Subject: Location of a high-voltage underground electrical power line in a residential area

Residents of the municipality of Rio, who have appealed to the State Council, protest that a decision has
been taken to run the main South Greece-Pelopponese high-voltage electrical power line along the Phidias
road to the area of Kastellokampos, where two underground 175 000 volt cables will be placed at a depth
of only 1 metre.

The cables will pass very close to houses in a purely residential area and this is causing serious concerns
about the health of the residents, threatened by future carcinogens. In view of this, can the Commission:

1. say whether the necessary technical studies and environmental impact assessments have been carried
out and whether all the necessary permits have been granted for the work?

2. intervene to bring about a review of the decision to route the line through a residential area and a
search for an alternative solution that will not pose a threat to the health of the residents, and will in
addition safeguard the balance of the environment?