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8.5.

2003 EN Official Journal of the European Union C 110 E/39

Answer given by Mr Barnier on behalf of the Commission

(24 September 2002)

The Commission draws attention to its reply to Written Question E-3490/01 from Mrs Kinnock (1).

Under the subsidiarity principle, selection of projects to be part-financed from the Structural Funds is the
responsibility of the national and regional managing authorities. This principle covers any use of these
resources for preparation of a European City of Culture bid.

Many programmes adopted contain measures aimed at boosting a region’s image and identity so leading to
attraction of outside investment and creation of new jobs. Accordingly the managing authorities may select
projects relating directly or indirectly to preparation of such a bid.

(1) OJ C 160 E, 4.7.2002, p. 122.

(2003/C 110 E/039) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2299/02


by Maurizio Turco (NI) to the Commission

(25 July 2002)

Subject: Explanations regarding the reply to Written Question E-1187/02 concerning the possible
involvement of the Vatican in agricultural fraud

From the reply of 2 July 2002 given to Written Question E-1187/02 (1) concerning the possible
involvement of the Vatican in agricultural fraud, it would appear that the EU anti-fraud office OLAF has
decided not to open an investigation, on the grounds that it has no information on the matter.

In the light of the above:

 Why did OLAF decide not to open an investigation; does this mean that OLAF did not inform the
Guardia di Finanza (the Italian tax and customs police) and/or the Italian judiciary of the matter?

 Is the Commission or OLAF aware that 800 tonnes of butter were exported to the Vatican by an
Austrian dairy?

 In this specific case, were export subsidies granted, and if so, what was the amount of those subsidies?

(1) OJ C 28 E, 6.2.2003, p. 81.

Answer given by Mrs Schreyer on behalf of the Commission

(26 September 2002)

The Commission has been provided with the following information by OLAF regarding the questions of
the Honourable Member:

1. The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has contacted the Italian authorities. On the basis of the
information given by Italy and in light of the Italian-Vatican customs agreement governing the
Community trade with the Vatican, OLAF has considered that there are no grounds to start an
enquiry.

2. Yes.

3. Based on information received from the Austrian authorities, between 1996 and 2002 export refunds
in the total amount of EUR 1 544 079 were paid for a total quantity of 898,2 tons of butter.