Answer given by Mr Vitorino on behalf of the Commission
(18 November 1999)
The Commission feels that the question raised by the Honourable Member is primarily a matter for theMember State concerned, which is responsible for justice on its territory. Under Title IV of the EC Treaty,measures may be taken to facilitate cooperation in criminal matters. Work is currently under way onfinalising a Convention on mutual assistance between the Member States in criminal matters(
). When theConvention enters into force, it should simplify and speed up cooperation, irrespective of the crimes orinfringements being prosecuted. For its part, the Commission has no plans to take any initiative in thiscontext relating specifically to counter-espionage.
) OJ C 251, 2.9.1999.
WRITTEN QUESTION E-1933/99by Konstantinos Hatzidakis (PPE-DE) to the Commission
(4 November 1999)Subject:
Progress in implementing the operational programme concerning education and initial trainingunder the Community Support Framework for GreeceFrom the Commission’s answer to one of my previous questions(
) it emerged that there were problemsinvolved in implementing the operational programme concerning education and initial training under theCommunity Support Framework for Greece and that appropriations were moving very slowly. Can theCommission say what the current take-up rate of scheduled appropriations is? Have the problemsassociated with the implementation of the programme been overcome and, if not, to what are such longdelays attributable?
) H-411/97, Debates of the European Parliament (June 1997).
Answer given by Mrs Diamantopoulou on behalf of the Commission
(2 December 1999)
There has been considerable recent acceleration in the implementation of the operational programme(OP) in question.As far as the European social fund is concerned, 100% of the planned appropriations have now beencommitted and 78,86% have already been paid to Greece. The European regional development fund(ERDF) has committed 82% and paid 48% of the planned ERDF credits. All ERDF credits will becommitted before 31 December 1999.All national legal commitments have to be undertaken by the end of 1999, while implementation cancontinue until December 2001. A final internal reprogramming of the OP ‘Education and initial training’will be made in this year, with a view to correcting programming and ensuring full absorption of allavailable credits.Most of the problems of the past, which had seriously delayed the financial implementation of theprogramme, seem to have been overcome.(2000/C170E/155)
WRITTEN QUESTION E-1940/99by Isidoro Sánchez García (ELDR) to the Commission
(4 November 1999)Subject:
Measures implementing the new ultraperipheral policy pursuant to Article 299(2) of the Amster-dam Treaty Implementing Article 299(2) of the Amsterdam Treaty, the new legal basis of the arrangements forintegrating the ultraperipheral regions, will require a considerable initial effort, coordination of the variousservices involved, and ongoing adaptation of the arrangements to match Community policies as they develop in the future.20.6.2000 EN C170E/129Official Journal of the European Communities