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C 60/76 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 25. 2.


Answer given by Mr Santer on behalf of the Commission

(17 July 1997)

As of 30 June 1997 Italy had still not informed the Commission of measures for the transposal into national law
of 88 Directives (out of a total of 1 346 that were due to be transposed by that date). In most of these 88 cases,
Italy had informed the Commission of its intended timetable for adopting the measures.

As far as the course of an infringement procedure initiated by the Commission against a Member State is
concerned, the Commission would refer the Honourable Member to Article 169 of the EC Treaty. The
Commission has described this procedure in its annual reports on the monitoring of the application of
Community law. It would refer the Honourable Member in particular to the introduction to the 10th (1) and
14th (2) reports.

(1) OJ C 233, 30.8.1993.

(2) COM(97) 299 final.

(98/C 60/111) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1994/97

by Roy Perry (PPE) to the Commission
(9 June 1997)

Subject: Regional policies

How much money from the EU Structural Funds is allocated to the islands of Europe and which inhabited islands
in Europe are not in receipt of EU Structural Funds?

Answer given by Mrs Wulf- Mathies on behalf of the Commission

(22 July 1997)

The amount of money that can be specifically identified as going to islands in the Community under the
Objective 1 CSFs (Community support frameworks) and SPDs (single programming documents) in 1994-99 is
about ECU 7 000 million, of which almost half is allocated to development in the most remote regions.
Approximately ECU 2 300 million is earmarked for Sardinia and Sicily, while the Greek islands (1) and Corsica
are to receive ECU 900 million and ECU 300 million respectively. Various other islands (e.g. Shetland, Orkney
and the Western Isles in Scotland, Rügen in Germany) are also receiving Structural Fund resources under
Objective 1 but they are not covered by separate programming documents from which the exact amount could be
identified. A number of other islands are eligible, in whole or in part, under Objectives 2, 5(b) and 6, but here
again it is impossible to put a figure on the resources specifically granted to them because programming is at a
regional level.

To these amounts we need to add the Community Initiative programmes being implemented in the relevant
regions. In particular these are the programmes under Regis, which total ECU 600 million over the period
1994-99 and where the aim is to mount operations which complement the CSFs and SPDs covering the
Community’s most remote regions. There is also an Interreg programme for Corsica and Sardinia, with a volume
of about ECU 35 million over the period, which is designed to finance projects of inter-regional cooperation
between the two. Finally, the majority of other Community Initiatives (Leader, Adapt, Employment, SMEs,
Urban, Pesca) are available in these regions (but excluding the most remote regions). However, here too it is
difficult to separate out the specific amounts as some of these schemes have been programmed at a level covering
the whole country.

The inhabited islands which are not eligible under the regionalised Objectives of the Structural Funds comprise a
population of about 2.9 million, essentially in Denmark.

Details of the sums allocated to islands qualifying under Objective 1 and a list of the inhabited islands not eligible
under the regionalised Objectives are being sent directly to the Honourable Member and Parliament’s Secretariat.

(1) Crete, northern Aegean, southern Aegean, Ionian Islands.