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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 310/63

(98/C 310/81) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0431/98

by Leonie van Bladel (UPE) to the Commission
(24 February 1998)

Subject: Refusal by Slovenia to grant citizenship to 70 000 residents

According to the Slovenian human rights organization ‘Helsinki Monitor for Slovenia’, almost 70 000 residents
of the Republic of Slovenia, who have lived there since before the collapse of the former Yugoslavia in 1991,
have still not been granted Slovenian nationality. According to this organization, which speaks in some cases of
‘administrative ethnic cleansing’, between seven and ten thousand of these are the children of mixed marriages
(i.e. with one non-Slovene parent).

Does not the Commission consider that the failure to grant nationality to persons who are entitled to it under
Slovenian law (because they were already resident in Slovenia in 1991) is a violation of their human rights?

Is the Commission prepared to ask the Slovenian Government for clarification on this issue and to urge this
matter to be settled as soon as possible?

Answer given by Mr Van den Broek on behalf of the Commission

(3 April 1998)

According to current United Nations high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) estimates, there are
approximately 5 000 to 10 000 stateless people in Slovenia, who, for a variety of reasons, have neither requested
Slovene nationality nor claimed refugee status inside the deadline of 31 December 1991 set by the Slovene
government after independence.

The Slovene authorities have undertaken to take steps to resolve the issue. In the first instance, the Slovene
Ministry of Interior, in co-operation with UNHCR, is carrying out a special project to identify more precisely the
number of stateless people living in Slovenia.

The Commission and UNHCR continue to monitor this issue closely and have impressed on the Government the
importance of resolving it as soon as possible.

(98/C 310/82) WRITTEN QUESTION P-0436/98

by Mark Killilea (UPE) to the Commission
(16 February 1998)

Subject: Take-up of EU agri-environmental measures

Under the incentives launched by the Commission under Regulation No (EEC) 2078/92 (1), can the Commission
state what amount Ireland has drawn down under these agri-environmental measures to date, and what
percentage this is of the total amount made available by the EU? Is it not possible to give a breakdown in terms of
headings, i.e. environmentally friendly farming, non-productive land management, training or demonstration

(1) OJ L 215, 30.7.1992, p. 85.

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(27 February 1998)

Ireland has launched a single programme to implement Council Regulation (EEC) No 2078/92 of 30 June 1992
on agricultural production methods compatible with the requirements of the protection of the environment and
the maintenance of the countryside (1). This is called the rural environment protection scheme (REPS) and is
available to all farmers throughout the country, who agree to carry out environmental activities and observe
certain restrictions on production practices for at least five years. Payments were first made under the REPS
programme in 1995 and the amounts contributed by the European agriculture guidance and guarantee fund
(EAGGF) for the first three years were 19 MECU in 1995, 43 MECU in 1996, and 98 MECU in 1997.
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The EAGGF contribution represents 75% of expenditure, as Ireland is an objective 1 area. The Community
contribution is limited to 50% in other regions.

As a proportion of total EAGGF expenditure on agri-environment programmes, the amount spent on REPS
represented 4% in 1995, 3% in 1996 and over 6% in 1997. For purposes of comparison, Ireland accounts for 3.3%
of the utilized agricultural area (UAA) of the Community.

Concerning the breakdown by type of measure, the Commission has not yet received a report from Ireland on the
implementation of the programme and the data supplied relates only to overall figures.

The Commission would like to draw the attention of the Honourable Member to the Commission’s report (2) on
the application of Regulation (EEC) No 2078/92, submitted to the Parliament on 4 December 1997.

(1) OJ L 215, 30.7.1992.

(2) COM(97) 620 final.

(98/C 310/83) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0445/98

by Concepció Ferrer (PPE) to the Commission
(27 February 1998)

Subject: Decentralization of the Interreg II programme

The aim of the Interreg II programme is to implement effective mechanisms to facilitate cooperation between
frontier regions.

Some countries have chosen to decentralize the office responsible for managing this programme to the region
concerned, such as France, which has established an office in Toulouse for the Midi-Pyrénées region.

Does the Commission not consider that all Member States should be asked to decentralize the offices responsible
for the management of this programme to bring them into closer contact with the situation in the region
concerned and with the beneficiaries of the programme, while at the same time improving management

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

(2 April 1998)

In the guidelines for the Interreg II operational programmes (1), the Commission stresses the importance it
attaches to the establishment or development, in cooperation with the regional or local authorities concerned, of
shared institutional or administrative structures in border areas competent to implement projects. The Member
States have been encouraged to take this into account as far as possible.

(1) OJ C 180, 1.7.1994.

(98/C 310/84) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0447/98

by Concepció Ferrer (PPE) to the Commission
(27 February 1998)

Subject: Current situation in the onion sector

The reform of the COM in fruit and vegetables did not take into account the proposal submitted by the European
Parliament calling for onions to be included in Annex II to the relevant regulation to enable it to benefit from
withdrawal premiums.