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2000 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 374 E/121

(2000/C 374 E/142) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0622/00
by Avril Doyle (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(3 March 2000)

Subject: Ireland’s implementation of EU environmental legislation

Would the Commission provide a summary of all the outstanding pieces of EU environmental legislation
which Ireland has so far failed to implement in part or in whole, comment on Ireland’s record in
responding to Commission requests for information and outline any concerns it has about specific
directives and their perceived non-implementation.

Answer given by Mrs Wallström on behalf of the Commission

(18 April 2000)

The Honourable Member is referred to the Commission’s annual reports on monitoring the application of
Community law for an overview of the main issues of non-compliance with environmental legislation in
the Member States, including Ireland.

As regards comments on Ireland’s record in responding to Commission requests for information on
environmental complaints, the Commission has since mid-1999 been making systematic use of letters of
formal notice pursuant to Articles 10 (ex Article 5) and Article 226 (ex Article 169) of the EC Treaty in
relation to Member States which do not provide timely responses to such requests. Two such letters have
been addressed to Ireland.

The Honourable Member is requested to identify the specific directives she has in mind.

(2000/C 374 E/143) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0623/00
by Avril Doyle (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(3 March 2000)

Subject: Leader+ funding for Ireland

Bearing in mind the success of and the importance of the previous Leader programmes to Ireland’s rural
areas, and bearing in mind the current uncertainty regarding the scope and distribution of the next round
of Leader+ funding, would the Commission provide an update on the state of negotiations between itself
and the Irish Government, give an approximate date when detailed plans for the Leader+ initiatives will be
published, comment on which areas are likely to receive what amounts, and make a statement on the
precise arrangements for the delivery of the funds.

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(21 March 2000)

The Commission is finalising the texts for Leader+ and the final version will be formally agreed and
published in the Official journal shortly. Member States will be invited to present their proposals for
programmes within six months of publication. Member States have been informed of the proposed
allocations. Negotiations with Ireland will only commence when the proposal for a Leader+ programme
has been presented to the Commission. The detailed information requested will become available with the
proposal when Ireland has made its selection of local action groups for funding.