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C 118/106 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 29.4.


The Commission welcomes the stepping up of coordination of the activities of the national authorities
responsible for protecting minors. To this end it is calling upon the Member States to implement as
speedily as possible the actions contained in the Council joint action of 24 February 1997 (1) concerning
action to combat trafficking in human beings and sexual exploitation of children. The joint action requires
the Member States to criminalise and to punish appropriately offences of sexual exploitation of children
and to coordinate their activities in the fight against this scourge. The measures envisaged include the
exchange of information between Member States concerning people convicted of such offences.

Under the Daphne initiative the Commission is supporting a project by a non governmental organisation to
undertake a feasibility study (i) on the operation of common register systems for tracking convicted or
identified paedophiles across and within Member States and (ii) on the use of such a common register
approach to regulate those seeking work or employment which involves contact with children. It is also
supporting under the STOP programme a further feasibility study on the arrangements for collecting and
managing data on, inter alia, child sex offenders. In May the Commission approved a proposal for a
follow-up to the Daphne initiative in the form of a multi-annual programme. It is important that this
proposal is adopted rapidly by the Council.

As for the dissemination of paedophile messages via the Internet, following the resolution of the Council
and of the representatives of the governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council of
17 February 1997 on illegal and harmful content on the Internet (2) the Commission presented on
1 December 1997 the action plan (3) on promoting safe use of the Internet. This provides funding for
actions, inter alia, to promote self-regulation, to create an international network of ‘hotlines’ (for the
reporting of child pornography to the authorities) and to promote the awareness of users, in particular
parents, teachers and children.

(1) OJ L 63, 4.3.1997.

(2) OJ C 70, 6.3.1997.
(3) OJ C 48, 13.2.1998.

(1999/C 118/131) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2622/98

by Niels Sindal (PSE) to the Commission

(1 September 1998)

Subject: Sale of proprietary pharmaceutical products

Directive 75/319 (1) requires the Member States to ensure that the manufacture of proprietary medicinal
products is subject to the holding of an authorisation. However, such authorisation is not required for
preparation, dividing up and changes in packaging where these processes are carried out solely for retail
supply by pharmacists in dispensing pharmacies.

This has prompted Denmark’s national health board to impose a general ban on splitting up proprietary
pharmaceutical products including multipacks. Should the splitting up of proprietary pharmaceuticals
really be regarded as manufacturing medicinal products?

Is the Commission not of the opinion that Directive 75/319 confers a general right on dispensing
pharmacists to split up packages of proprietary pharmaceuticals?

(1) OJ L 147, 9.6.1975, p. 13.

29.4.1999 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 118/107

Answer given by Mr Bangemann on behalf of the Commission

(1 October 1998)

Article 16 of Council Directive 75/319/EEC of 20 May 1975 on the approximation of provisions laid down
by law, regulation or administrative action relating to proprietary medicinal products (1) obliges the
Member States to require marketing authorisation for all processes for the dividing up, packaging or
presentation of medicinal products. By derogation, such authorization is not required where such
processes are carried out for retail supply by pharmacists in dispensing pharmacies.

However, Council Directive 92/27/EEC of 31 March 1992 on the labelling of medicinal products for
human use and on package leaflets (2) specifies, without derogation, that all medicinal products must be
sold with labelling and with a package leaflet conforming to the requirements of the Directive.
Pharmacists who split up packages of proprietary medicinal products may therefore only supply patients
with products from them if labelling and a package leaflet as laid down in Directive 92/27/EEC are also
provided. This requirement has the effect of automatically making it, if not unlawful, then at least very
difficult in practical terms for pharmacists to split up packages.

(1) OJ L 147, 9.6.1975.

(2) OJ L 113, 30.4.1992.

(1999/C 118/132) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2625/98

by Carlos Robles Piquer (PPE) to the Commission

(1 September 1998)

Subject: Procedures for improving the provision of information to local councils concerning Community

The complaints by certain local authorities about the lack of information provided to many local councils
concerning the aid available under European Union programmes (including the aid specifically intended
for such councils) once again highlight the need for effective procedures to make good the information
shortage affecting local bodies.

Could the Commission say what proposals should be considered in order to enable local councils’
ignorance of such an important topic as Community support to be overcome by means of campaigns and
other procedures of proven effectiveness?

Answer given by Mr Oreja on behalf of the Commission

(13 October 1998)

The Commission would draw the attention of the Honourable Member to the fact the majority of
Community support programmes are published in the Official journal. Information packages on most of
the support programmes are available and the Commission in general distributes those packages to
interested parties. At the same time electronic dissemination of that information is effected by the
Commission through Europa on the world wide web (WWW) and through specific information services
such as Cordis and Inforegio. The latter is especially devoted to the European regional development fund
and the Cohesion fund. Much of that information is also distributed through the more traditional means on
paper and on disk.

The Commission has launched since 1994 a vast and comprehensive information campaign on regional
policy and cohesion. The objectives are transparency and visibility. The targeted categories of people are
local, regional and national authorities and local, regional, national and European business, the media and
study centres. Its catalogue consists of more than 100 titles, of general or technical nature, about specific
questions or specific regional areas. A monthly newsletter publishes news on regional policy of the
Community. Its publications are regularly distributed in the 11 Community languages and sent to
40 000 addresses, of which 45 % represent local authorities (this is all the local authorities and some
5 000 other interested parties).