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2001 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 261 E/9

(2001/C 261 E/009) WRITTEN QUESTION E-3820/00

by Generoso Andria (PPE-DE), Antonio Tajani (PPE-DE),
Stefano Zappalà (PPE-DE), Francesco Fiori (PPE-DE), Luigi Cesaro (PPE-DE),
Francesco Musotto (PPE-DE) and Guido Viceconte (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(7 December 2000)

Subject: Flooding in Cervinara

There are tragedies that have been completely forgotten, but which were actually as dramatic as those in
Soverato and Piedmont. No one now remembers Cervinara, with its five deaths, houses swept away and
human negligence. After that tragedy, Rosa Russo Iervolino, the Home Affairs Minister at the time, issued
a decree designed to tackle the floods and hydrological problems experienced in Avellino, Benevento,
Caserta and Salerno on 14, 15 and 16 December 1999.

Article 5 of the decree stipulated that, after the Campania region and the civil protection department had
conducted enquires into the events, a plan for emergency infrastructure measures to reduce risks should be
drawn up within 30 days. About a year after this strict deadline, there is not the slightest sign of any

Could Enzo Bianco, Home Affairs Minister, therefore be questioned as to why he has not approved and
funded (to the tune of 100 billion lira) the plan duly submitted some time ago by the Campania region?

Answer given by Mrs Wallström on behalf of the Commission

(25 January 2001)

The Commission deeply regrets the loss of human lives and the damage caused by the recent flooding and
landslides in Italy.

The Honourable Member’s question is not, however, within the competence of the Commission. It is a
matter to be dealt with exclusively by the Italian authorities.

(2001/C 261 E/010) WRITTEN QUESTION E-3845/00

by Charles Tannock (PPE-DE) to the Council

(7 December 2000)

Subject: European Rapid Reaction Force

Is it correct that an undertaking was given by certain EU Member States that the new European Rapid
Reaction Force would be linked to NATO in the form of written commitments, but that this undertaking
has now been degraded to a mechanism for ‘examining the question’?


(30 May 2001)

1. With reference to EU/NATO arrangements, the French Presidency was invited at the Feira European
Council on 19 and 20 June 2000 to report to the European Council in Nice, in particular on the
implementation of the Feira decisions on the development of the arrangements ensuring consultation and
cooperation with NATO in military crisis management on the basis of the work undertaken in the EU-
NATO ad hoc working groups.