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C 225 E/226 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 8.8.

2000

(2000/C 225 E/263) WRITTEN QUESTION P-0304/00


by Antonios Trakatellis (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(4 February 2000)

Subject: Delays in completing Cohesion Fund projects in Greece: biological sewage treatment and
reorganisation of landfill sites in Thessaloniki

Work on two projects of importance for environmental protection and improving the quality of life of the
inhabitants of Thessaloniki  ‘Extension and completion of the Thessaloniki biological sewage treatment
plant  Stage II’ and ‘Reorganisation of a landfill site and survey/construction of a transshipment centre for
Thessaloniki’  has been inexcusably delayed, while the Cohesion Fund financial package for the previous
programming period (1994-1999) has already expired.

The above projects were among those financed from the Cohesion Fund since 1995 and should have been
completed and operational in 1998.

Will the Commission therefore say:

1. what stage has been reached in the work, what the delays are due to and when the projects are
expected to be completed,

2. what amount the Community contributed from the 1994-1999 Cohesion Fund programming period
and whether the funds committed were sufficient to complete the projects, and

3. what measures it has taken, or proposes to take, to ensure that these projects are completed and
properly operational?

As regards the Greek authorities’ commitments concerning the Thessaloniki biological sewage treatment
plant, will the Commission say:

 whether the quality of the water in the Thermaic Gulf is being monitored and, if so, by which body,

 whether the relevant sewerage system has been extended, and

 whether the industrial area has been connected to the sewerage system, whether there is quality
control of the industrial waste, and from what revenue the operating and maintenance costs will be
covered?

Answer given by Mr Barnier on behalf of the Commission

(23 February 2000)

The Commission is collecting the information it needs to answer the question. It will communicate its
findings as soon as possible.

(2000/C 225 E/264) WRITTEN QUESTION P-0391/00


by Maurizio Turco (TDI) to the Commission

(8 February 2000)

Subject: Utilisation of Structural Funds in Italy 1994/1999

Recent statements by the Italian Court of Auditors have reopened the vexed question of the proper use of
the Structural Funds in Italy.

According to the information available to the Court, Italy is still seriously behind in the implementation of
the 1994-1999 programme.
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Are reports to that effect accurate?

Could the Commission provide, as soon as possible, the most recent data at its disposal concerning
commitments and payments by region and by objective?

Answer given by Mr Barnier on behalf of the Commission

(29 February 2000)

The Commission is collecting the information it needs to answer the question. It will communicate its
findings as soon as possible.

(2000/C 225 E/265) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0427/00


by Camilo Nogueira Román (Verts/ALE) to the Commission

(23 February 2000)

Subject: Distribution by the Spanish Government of ERDF Objective 1 resources earmarked for Galicia

In his reply of 21 December 1433/99) (1) on the above subject, Commission Barnier said that, during the
1994-1999 period, Spain allocated to Galicia ERDF resources amounting to EUR 553,86 million.
According to the information provided by the Commissioner, this is equal to 12,09 % of the total amount
allocated to Objective 1 autonomous communities in Spain, given that Galicia accounts for 11,67 % of the
population of those territories.

The Commission’s reply only seems to take account of the funds which the Spanish Government was
allocated for direct administration by the autonomous communities. However, given that these resources
only account for 45 % of the total amount allocated to Spain by the European Union, my question referred
in particular to the use of the 55 % set aside by the Spanish Government for centralised policies which, in
many cases, have nothing to do with Objective 1.

Will the Commission therefore state what proportion of the remaining 55 % of ERDF Objective 1 funds
received by the Spanish Government were allocated to Galicia in the 1994-1999 period? To what extent
will this information be taken into account in approving the Community support framework for the
2000-2006 period?

(1) See page 2.

Answer given by Mr Barnier on behalf of the Commission

(10 March 2000)

The Commission is collecting the information it needs to answer the question. It will communicate its
findings as soon as possible.

(2000/C 225 E/266) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0469/00


by Isabelle Caullery (UEN) to the Commission

(24 February 2000)

Subject: European Union measures in the?le-de-France region

Can the Commission provide synoptic tables and comprehensive statistical information concerning the
various aids and subsidies received by the Île-de-France and each of its departments for the period
1994-1999 from the various European funds (ESF, ERDF, EAGGF, etc.), from the EIB, from urban policy
resources and other financial instruments and from other sources?