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C 304/58 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 2. 10.


(98/C 304/80) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0230/98

by Panayotis Lambrias (PPE) to the Commission
(13 February 1998)

Subject: Under-performance and downgrading of the National School for Public Administration in Greece

According to allegations made by the students’ association of the National School for Public Administration
(ESDD) in Greece, the ESDD is under-performing and is being downgraded. Given that the ESDD is funded by
the European Union and that funding covers the construction of a building (75%) and its operational costs (90%
from the Kleisthenis Programme), will the Commission say what measures it intends to take to ensure that the
ESDD functions efficiently and that the funds which the European Union has allocated − and continues to
allocate − for this purpose are well used?

Answer given by Mr Flynn on behalf of the Commission

(2 April 1998)

The National school for public administration is indeed supported by the structural funds through the operational
programme ‘Modernisation of the public service’ (Kleisthenis). More specifically, for the second Community
structural funds (CSF) programming period 1994-1999, 8.3 MECU have been allocated by the European social
fund (ESF) for the introductory training of public officials, whereas the European regional development fund
(ERDF) has committed 0,55 MECU for the development of databases and network infrastructures for the above
school. No funds have been allocated towards buildings for this school.

Through its participation in the programme’s monitoring committee, the Commission aims to influence the
quality of training offered by the National school for public administration. It is worth mentioning that the
monitoring committee has decided to launch studies for the modernisation and up-grading of the school, as well
as the evaluation of the training offered to civil servants. On the basis of the conclusions of the studies, measures
should be planned to improve the operation of the school and the quality of services it gives. The execution of the
studies has however been seriously delayed.

As the Honourable Member knows, the implementation of operations supported by the structural funds lies with
the national authorities. The Commission will continue its efforts as regards the up-grading of the National
school for public administration, and, in the framework of the mid-term review exercise which is under way, will
pay particular attention to the quality of action already agreed.

(98/C 304/81) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0231/98

by Mihail Papayannakis (GUE/NGL) to the Commission
(13 February 1998)

Subject: Dam on the River Arachthos

It is planned to build a hydroelectric dam on the River Arachthos in the region of Aghios Nikolaos in the
municipality of Daphnotis. This dam will create a reservoir of five km2.

According to allegations by ecological associations and local inhabitants, this project is not needed to meet
energy requirements, since more economical alternatives exist (natural gas-fired combined cycle plants). Given
that: the dam and reservoir will raise the groundwater level, causing greater subsidence and creating the potential
for major disasters; the reservoir will cover two local monuments of historical and cultural interest, the Bridge of
Plaka and the customs building; the special environmental impact assessment commissioned by the Epirus
region is opposed to the project and proposes that the river bed be declared a nature protection area and that all
projects be ruled out;

will the Commission say:

1. Is it aware of these allegations?
2. Does an environmental impact assessment exist for this project, and have the alternative solutions been
3. Is there a comprehensive proposal for the protection of the region which is already burdened by other similar