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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 402/95

(98/C 402/121) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1222/98

by Cristiana Muscardini (NI) to the Commission

(29 April 1998)

Subject: Opening of a quarry in the Pittolo area

With reference to the Commission’s reply to my Written Question No E-3370/97 (1) on the matter referred to

1. Has the Commission contacted the Italian authorities?

2. If so, is it in a position, on the basis of the information obtained, to state that the opening of a quarry in this
area will not breach the relevant European legislation?

(1 ) OJ C 134, 30.4.1998, p. 151.

Answer given by Mrs Bjerregaard on behalf of the Commission

(2 June 1998)

A letter was sent to the Italian authorities concerning the problem raised by the Honourable Member. In reply a
letter from the Italian authorities was received by the Commission.

On the basis of the information received from the Italian authorities, it appears that an installation to extract
various substances known as ‘Pittolo’, situated in the municipality of Piacenza, was foreseen by the plan ‘Piano
Infraregionale delle Attività Estrattive’ (PIAE), and that this plan was adopted on the basis of an impact study.
Moreover, because of the intermunicipal nature of the plan (PIAE), adopted in accordance with the legislation of
Regione Emilia Romagna, the effective starting up of the installation will be subject to the approval of a ‘Piano
Particolareggiato’. This is a detailed plan, regarding the whole intermunicipal area concerned, which appears to
constitute an environmental impact assessment, open to possible public consultation. The above mentioned
legislation of Regione Emilia Romagna was expressly adopted in the light of Council Directive 85/337/EEC of
27 June 1985 on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (1).

All the regional legislation concerning transposition of Directive 85/337/EEC is being examined in the
framework of the infringement proceedings against Italy.

(1 ) OJ L 175, 5.7.1985.

(98/C 402/122) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1223/98

by Roberta Angelilli (NI) to the Commission

(29 April 1998)

Subject: Charging for parking in Rome

Like most European capitals, Rome has road, traffic and parking problems. To tackle them, the Rome City
Council has decided to launch a huge programme to introduce paying car parks and install new parking metres.
The proliferation of such schemes to regulate parking, without planning for free car parks, risks causing serious
economic hardship to traders with shops in the areas where parking metres are to be installed as well as to the
citizens living and working there.