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C 26 E/2 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 26.1.

2001

The aid provided by the structural funds is administered in accordance with competition policy. For
example aid can be given to investments but not to operational aid, there are special rules for supporting
small and medium sized enterprises and there are restrictions in terms of eligible areas.

Furthermore, the funds are managed in a decentralised way in accordance with national and Community
rules on financial management and control.

With regard to the actions supported by the structural funds the Member States have agreed that the
promoting of new productive investments is a priority in order to generate incomes and new jobs in the
weaker regions.

Finally, in order to maximise the effects of the structural fund interventions the Member States have
decided to lay down provision for the kind of assistance the individual regions can receive. These
provisions prevent objective 2 funding (which Denmark has received in the period 1994-1999 in regions
of North Jutland and Lolland) to be used for co-financing investments in basic education infrastructures
because the objective 2 regions are relatively well equipped in this regard already. Basic educational
infrastructure can therefore only be co-financed by the structural funds in the weakest regions of the
Community (objective 1 regions).

(2001/C 26 E/002) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2183/99
by Niels Busk (ELDR) to the Commission

(29 November 1999)

Subject: Committees and working parties in the field of law

Will the Commission say what committees, working parties etc. have been set up in the field of law in the
EU?

Answer given by Mr Vitorino on behalf of the Commission

(3 March 2000)

The Commission understands, following a contact with the Honourable Member, that this question
concerns justice and home affairs committees and working parties.

The existing programmes in the fields of justice and home affairs (OISIN (1), Falcone (2), STOP (3), Grotius (4)
and Odysseus (5)) are implemented through committees managed by the Commission. These committees
have their legal basis in the joint actions adopted by the Council which established the programmes
themselves. Their aim is to assist the Commission in carrying out the measures provided for in the joint
actions. They consist of one representative from each Member State and are chaired by the Commission.

So far as the Honourable Member’s question concerns committees and working parties set up by and
assisting the Council, these are not within the competence of the Commission, and the Honourable
Member is invited to address his question to the Council.

(1) OJ L 7, 10.1.1997.
(2) OJ L 99, 31.3.1998.
(3) OJ L 322, 12.12.1996.
(4) OJ L 287, 8.11.1996.
(5) OJ L 99, 31.3.1998.