Official Journal of the European Union

C 51 E/73

budget by activity. The Commission therefore has no intention of proposing use of the instruments provided for in the Interinstitutional Agreement of 6 May 1999, i.e. proposing that funds over and above the existing funding for heading 4 be mobilised.
(1) OJ C 172, 18.6.1999, p. 1.

(2004/C 51 E/082)

WRITTEN QUESTION E-1284/03 by Mario Borghezio (NI) to the Council (4 April 2003)

Subject: European Union action to ensure civil and respectful treatment for prisoners of war in Iraq Right from the outset of the war in Iraq we have seen disturbing images of the inhuman treatment to which prisoners from the Anglo-American alliance are being subjected. The conduct of the Iraqi authorities manifestly contravenes the provisions of the Geneva Convention as regards respect for prisoners of war. It may very soon be that EU citizens are prisoners of war of the Iraqi authorities too. What action will the Council take in this regard?

Reply (29 September 2003) 1. The Council is strongly attached to the full respect of the Geneva Convention relative to the treatment of prisoners of war by all parties to a conflict, in particular as regards the general protection of prisoners of war under part II of the Geneva Convention, and especially its Article 13, which provides inter alia that prisoners of war must at all times be humanely treated, and that prisoners of war must at all times be protected, particularly against acts of violence or intimidation and against insults and public curiosity. 2. Regarding the last element of the question, as the war in Iraq has ended with the Iraqi regime’s defeat and the liberation of all prisoners held by Iraqi forces, no more particular action to ensure the protection of prisoners of war in captivity by the Iraqis is required.

(2004/C 51 E/083)

WRITTEN QUESTION E-1288/03 by Giovanni Pittella (PSE) to the Commission (4 April 2003)

Subject: Law No 383 of 18 October 2001 The Italian Government has amended Law No 383 of 18 October 2001 (the so-called ‘Tremonti Two’ Act), which has been in force since 25 October 2001, to limit the scope of the measures to certain areas of Italy, and in particular to those hit by natural disasters in recent months. In this way, Law No 383 will no longer apply to general impacts but to very localised ones with respect to potential beneficiaries. Bearing in mind that it would be appropriate for this provision to be submitted to the European Commission for scrutiny, even though it has received no notification of it to date and the decrees implementing the law are soon to be issued, could the Commission indicate what action it will take to avert the risk of a potential infringement of EU competition rules?

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