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3.9.2014    | ET | Euroopa Liidu Teataja | C 296/13.9.2014    | EN | Official Journal of the European Union | C 296/1
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/QP-WEBKIRJALIKULT VASTATAVAD KÜSIMUSED KOOS VASTUSTEGAhttp://www.europarl.europa.eu/QP-WEBWRITTEN QUESTIONS WITH ANSWER
Euroopa Parlamendi liikmete esitatud kirjalikult vastatavad küsimused ja Euroopa Liidu institutsioonide vastused neileWritten questions by Members of the European Parliament and their answers given by a European Union institution
(2014/C 296/01)(2014/C 296/01)
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E-000778/14 by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris to the CommissionE-000778/14 by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris to the Commission
Subject: Safety in schoolsSubject: Safety in schools
Versione italiana | 13Versione italiana | 13
English version | 14English version | 14
E-000779/14 by Roberta Metsola to the CommissionE-000779/14 by Roberta Metsola to the Commission
Subject: Electricity power surges due to high voltageSubject: Electricity power surges due to high voltage
Verżjoni Maltija | 15Verżjoni Maltija | 15
English version | 16English version | 16
E-000781/14 by Roberta Metsola to the CommissionE-000781/14 by Roberta Metsola to the Commission
Subject: Standards and ethics in public lifeSubject: Standards and ethics in public life
Verżjoni Maltija | 17Verżjoni Maltija | 17
English version | 18English version | 18
E-000782/14 by Roberta Metsola to the CommissionE-000782/14 by Roberta Metsola to the Commission
Subject: Renewable energySubject: Renewable energy
Verżjoni Maltija | 19Verżjoni Maltija | 19
English version | 20English version | 20
E-000785/14 by David Casa to the CommissionE-000785/14 by David Casa to the Commission
Subject: eBay and Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European UnionSubject: eBay and Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union
Verżjoni Maltija | 21Verżjoni Maltija | 21
English version | 22English version | 22
E-000787/14 by Daciana Octavia Sârbu to the CommissionE-000787/14 by Daciana Octavia Sârbu to the Commission
Subject: The online promotion of diets or medical productsSubject: The online promotion of diets or medical products
Versiunea în limba română | 23Versiunea în limba română | 23
English version | 24English version | 24
E-000788/14 by Matteo Salvini to the CommissionE-000788/14 by Matteo Salvini to the Commission
Subject: Emergency caused by flooding in the province of ModenaSubject: Emergency caused by flooding in the province of Modena
Versione italiana | 25Versione italiana | 25
English version | 26English version | 26
E-000789/14 by Andrea Zanoni to the CommissionE-000789/14 by Andrea Zanoni to the Commission
Subject: Hexavalent chromium, total chromium and cobalt in the river bed of the Chiampo in Montebello Vicentino, Vicenza province.Subject: Hexavalent chromium, total chromium and cobalt in the river bed of the Chiampo in Montebello Vicentino, Vicenza province.
Versione italiana | 27Versione italiana | 27
English version | 28English version | 28
E-000790/14 by Sir Graham Watson to the CommissionE-000790/14 by Sir Graham Watson to the Commission
Subject: Individual Investor Programme in MaltaSubject: Individual Investor Programme in Malta
English version | 29English version | 29
E-000791/14 by Nikos Chrysogelos to the CommissionE-000791/14 by Nikos Chrysogelos to the Commission
Subject: Energy cost incurred by Greek businessesSubject: Energy cost incurred by Greek businesses
Ελληνική έκδοση | 30Ελληνική έκδοση | 30
English version | 32English version | 32
E-001370/14 by Mario Borghezio to the CommissionE-001370/14 by Mario Borghezio to the Commission
Subject: Turkey — black mark for human rightsSubject: Turkey — black mark for human rights
Versione italiana | 34Versione italiana | 34
English version | 35English version | 35
E-001556/14 by William (The Earl of) Dartmouth to the CommissionE-001556/14 by William (The Earl of) Dartmouth to the Commission
Subject: Imprisonment of journalists in TurkeySubject: Imprisonment of journalists in Turkey
English version | 35English version | 35
E-001645/14 by Mario Borghezio to the CommissionE-001645/14 by Mario Borghezio to the Commission
Subject: Turkey's expulsion of an Azerbaijani journalistSubject: Turkey's expulsion of an Azerbaijani journalist
Versione italiana | 34Versione italiana | 34
English version | 35English version | 35
E-000792/14 by David Martin to the CommissionE-000792/14 by David Martin to the Commission
Subject: Political situation in TurkeySubject: Political situation in Turkey
English version | 35English version | 35
E-000793/14 by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris to the CommissionE-000793/14 by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris to the Commission
Subject: Development of 5G networksSubject: Development of 5G networks
Versione italiana | 37Versione italiana | 37
English version | 38English version | 38
E-000794/14 by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris to the CommissionE-000794/14 by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris to the Commission
Subject: Racial violence against homeless peopleSubject: Racial violence against homeless people
Versione italiana | 39Versione italiana | 39
English version | 40English version | 40
E-000795/14 by Andrea Zanoni to the CommissionE-000795/14 by Andrea Zanoni to the Commission
Subject: Vinyl chloride monomer contamination of drinking water supplies in Bertesina, Vicenza municipality, ItalySubject: Vinyl chloride monomer contamination of drinking water supplies in Bertesina, Vicenza municipality, Italy
Versione italiana | 41Versione italiana | 41
English version | 42English version | 42
E-000797/14 by Reinhard Bütikofer to the CommissionE-000797/14 by Reinhard Bütikofer to the Commission
Subject: Chromium VISubject: Chromium VI
Deutsche Fassung | 43Deutsche Fassung | 43
English version | 44English version | 44
E-000801/14 by Catherine Stihler to the CommissionE-000801/14 by Catherine Stihler to the Commission
Subject: Timeshare contractsSubject: Timeshare contracts
English version | 45English version | 45
E-000803/14 by Elisa Ferreira and Diogo Feio to the CommissionE-000803/14 by Elisa Ferreira and Diogo Feio to the Commission
Subject: Proposal for a change in S&P's methodology: major impact in the EUSubject: Proposal for a change in S&P's methodology: major impact in the EU
Versão portuguesa | 46Versão portuguesa | 46
English version | 47English version | 47
E-000806/14 by Roberta Metsola to the CommissionE-000806/14 by Roberta Metsola to the Commission
Subject: TimesharesSubject: Timeshares
Verżjoni Maltija | 48Verżjoni Maltija | 48
English version | 49English version | 49
E-000807/14 by Roberta Metsola to the CommissionE-000807/14 by Roberta Metsola to the Commission
Subject: Operational actions on migration flowsSubject: Operational actions on migration flows
Verżjoni Maltija | 50Verżjoni Maltija | 50
English version | 51English version | 51
E-000808/14 by Roberta Metsola to the CommissionE-000808/14 by Roberta Metsola to the Commission
Subject: The Financial Instrument for the Environment programmeSubject: The Financial Instrument for the Environment programme
Verżjoni Maltija | 52Verżjoni Maltija | 52
English version | 53English version | 53
E-000809/14 by Roberta Metsola to the CommissionE-000809/14 by Roberta Metsola to the Commission
Subject: Investor compensation schemeSubject: Investor compensation scheme
Verżjoni Maltija | 54Verżjoni Maltija | 54
English version | 55English version | 55
E-000810/14 by Roberta Metsola to the CommissionE-000810/14 by Roberta Metsola to the Commission
Subject: Fourth Money Laundering DirectiveSubject: Fourth Money Laundering Directive
Verżjoni Maltija | 56Verżjoni Maltija | 56
English version | 57English version | 57
E-000812/14 by Roberta Metsola to the CommissionE-000812/14 by Roberta Metsola to the Commission
Subject: EducationSubject: Education
Verżjoni Maltija | 58Verżjoni Maltija | 58
English version | 59English version | 59
E-000813/14 by Roberta Metsola to the CommissionE-000813/14 by Roberta Metsola to the Commission
Subject: Counterfeit euro banknotesSubject: Counterfeit euro banknotes
Verżjoni Maltija | 60Verżjoni Maltija | 60
English version | 61English version | 61
E-000815/14 by Roberta Metsola to the CommissionE-000815/14 by Roberta Metsola to the Commission
Subject: Breast cancer researchSubject: Breast cancer research
Verżjoni Maltija | 62Verżjoni Maltija | 62
English version | 63English version | 63
E-000816/14 by Martin Ehrenhauser to the CommissionE-000816/14 by Martin Ehrenhauser to the Commission
Subject: TTIP negotiationsSubject: TTIP negotiations
Deutsche Fassung | 64Deutsche Fassung | 64
English version | 66English version | 66
E-000817/14 by Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández to the CommissionE-000817/14 by Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández to the Commission
Subject: Geneva II and Western KurdistanSubject: Geneva II and Western Kurdistan
Versión española | 67Versión española | 67
English version | 68English version | 68
E-000818/14 by Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández to the CommissionE-000818/14 by Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández to the Commission
Subject: Water management in the EUSubject: Water management in the EU
Versión española | 69Versión española | 69
English version | 71English version | 71
E-001025/14 by Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández to the CommissionE-001025/14 by Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández to the Commission
Subject: Proposals for the improvement of water management in the European UnionSubject: Proposals for the improvement of water management in the European Union
Versión española | 69Versión española | 69
English version | 71English version | 71
E-001027/14 by Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández to the CommissionE-001027/14 by Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández to the Commission
Subject: Diffuse water pollutionSubject: Diffuse water pollution
Versión española | 69Versión española | 69
English version | 71English version | 71
E-000819/14 by Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández to the CommissionE-000819/14 by Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández to the Commission
Subject: Water policy and cross-cutting application thereofSubject: Water policy and cross-cutting application thereof
Versión española | 73Versión española | 73
English version | 74English version | 74
E-000823/14 by Angelika Werthmann to the CommissionE-000823/14 by Angelika Werthmann to the Commission
Subject: The growing need for set-aside/crop rotationSubject: The growing need for set-aside/crop rotation
Deutsche Fassung | 75Deutsche Fassung | 75
English version | 76English version | 76
E-000824/14 by Filip Kaczmarek to the CommissionE-000824/14 by Filip Kaczmarek to the Commission
Subject: Severe repression of a member of the Belarus oppositionSubject: Severe repression of a member of the Belarus opposition
Wersja polska | 77Wersja polska | 77
English version | 78English version | 78
P-000826/14 by Jutta Steinruck to the CommissionP-000826/14 by Jutta Steinruck to the Commission
Subject: Funding of EURES Cross-Border PartnershipsSubject: Funding of EURES Cross-Border Partnerships
Deutsche Fassung | 79Deutsche Fassung | 79
English version | 81English version | 81
P-000827/14 by Maria do Céu Patrão Neves to the CommissionP-000827/14 by Maria do Céu Patrão Neves to the Commission
Subject: International Year of Family FarmingSubject: International Year of Family Farming
Versão portuguesa | 82Versão portuguesa | 82
English version | 83English version | 83
E-000828/14 by Rebecca Harms to the CommissionE-000828/14 by Rebecca Harms to the Commission
Subject: Level of EU funding for reactor research at RWTH Aachen University and at the Jülich Research CentreSubject: Level of EU funding for reactor research at RWTH Aachen University and at the Jülich Research Centre
Deutsche Fassung | 84Deutsche Fassung | 84
English version | 85English version | 85
E-000829/14 by Ramon Tremosa i Balcells to the CommissionE-000829/14 by Ramon Tremosa i Balcells to the Commission
Subject: Impact and funding of the Castor project in relation to the competitiveness of businessesSubject: Impact and funding of the Castor project in relation to the competitiveness of businesses
Versión española | 86Versión española | 86
English version | 87English version | 87
E-000830/14 by Jim Higgins to the CommissionE-000830/14 by Jim Higgins to the Commission
Subject: Bus Éireann state aidSubject: Bus Éireann state aid
English version | 88English version | 88
E-000833/14 by Mojca Kleva Kekuš to the CommissionE-000833/14 by Mojca Kleva Kekuš to the Commission
Subject: Calls for tender and instruments to support social entrepreneurshipSubject: Calls for tender and instruments to support social entrepreneurship
Slovenska različica | 89Slovenska različica | 89
English version | 91English version | 91
E-000834/14 by Mojca Kleva Kekuš to the CommissionE-000834/14 by Mojca Kleva Kekuš to the Commission
Subject: Green procurementSubject: Green procurement
Slovenska različica | 93Slovenska različica | 93
English version | 94English version | 94
E-000836/14 by Sophia in 't Veld, Renate Weber and Joanna Senyszyn to the CommissionE-000836/14 by Sophia in 't Veld, Renate Weber and Joanna Senyszyn to the Commission
Subject: Blasphemy laws in the EUSubject: Blasphemy laws in the EU
Nederlandse versie | 95Nederlandse versie | 95
Wersja polska | 96Wersja polska | 96
English version | 97English version | 97
E-000837/14 by Sergio Berlato to the CommissionE-000837/14 by Sergio Berlato to the Commission
Subject: Lack of full translation of the European programme Erasmus+ and discrimination of non-English speaking citizensSubject: Lack of full translation of the European programme Erasmus+ and discrimination of non-English speaking citizens
Versione italiana | 98Versione italiana | 98
English version | 99English version | 99
E-000838/14 by Sergio Berlato to the CommissionE-000838/14 by Sergio Berlato to the Commission
Subject: Illegal dumping of toxic waste near the high-speed railway line between Lyon and TriesteSubject: Illegal dumping of toxic waste near the high-speed railway line between Lyon and Trieste
Versione italiana | 100Versione italiana | 100
English version | 101English version | 101
E-000839/14 by Paul Rübig to the CommissionE-000839/14 by Paul Rübig to the Commission
Subject: Status of Austrian dual owners and non-dual ownersSubject: Status of Austrian dual owners and non-dual owners
Deutsche Fassung | 102Deutsche Fassung | 102
English version | 103English version | 103
E-000840/14 by Rosa Estaràs Ferragut to the CommissionE-000840/14 by Rosa Estaràs Ferragut to the Commission
Subject: Beginners' Guide to EU Funding: New funds, better rules. New financial rules and funding opportunities 2007-2013Subject: Beginners' Guide to EU Funding: New funds, better rules. New financial rules and funding opportunities 2007-2013
Versión española | 104Versión española | 104
English version | 105English version | 105
E-000845/14 by Marlene Mizzi to the CommissionE-000845/14 by Marlene Mizzi to the Commission
Subject: Retroactive removal of citizenshipSubject: Retroactive removal of citizenship
Verżjoni Maltija | 106Verżjoni Maltija | 106
English version | 107English version | 107
P-000846/14 by Esther Herranz García to the CommissionP-000846/14 by Esther Herranz García to the Commission
Subject: Public road transport servicesSubject: Public road transport services
Versión española | 108Versión española | 108
English version | 109English version | 109
E-000847/14 by Andreas Schwab to the CommissionE-000847/14 by Andreas Schwab to the Commission
Subject: Restriction of access to computer hardware and software updatesSubject: Restriction of access to computer hardware and software updates
Deutsche Fassung | 110Deutsche Fassung | 110
English version | 111English version | 111
E-000848/14 by Mara Bizzotto to the CommissionE-000848/14 by Mara Bizzotto to the Commission
Subject: Parallel drugs market and difficulty in getting hold of certain drugs in ItalySubject: Parallel drugs market and difficulty in getting hold of certain drugs in Italy
Versione italiana | 112Versione italiana | 112
English version | 113English version | 113
E-000849/14 by Mara Bizzotto to the CommissionE-000849/14 by Mara Bizzotto to the Commission
Subject: The Peruvian Government's anti-drugs programmeSubject: The Peruvian Government's anti-drugs programme
Versione italiana | 114Versione italiana | 114
English version | 115English version | 115
E-000850/14 by Mara Bizzotto to the CommissionE-000850/14 by Mara Bizzotto to the Commission
Subject: Liabilities of the public authorities to companies in Italy: probable infringement procedureSubject: Liabilities of the public authorities to companies in Italy: probable infringement procedure
Versione italiana | 116Versione italiana | 116
English version | 117English version | 117
E-000851/14 by Mara Bizzotto to the CommissionE-000851/14 by Mara Bizzotto to the Commission
Subject: Freedom of the press in TurkeySubject: Freedom of the press in Turkey
Versione italiana | 118Versione italiana | 118
English version | 119English version | 119
E-000852/14 by Mara Bizzotto to the CommissionE-000852/14 by Mara Bizzotto to the Commission
Subject: CAP funding for agricultural engineering companiesSubject: CAP funding for agricultural engineering companies
Versione italiana | 120Versione italiana | 120
English version | 121English version | 121
E-000853/14 by Mara Bizzotto to the CommissionE-000853/14 by Mara Bizzotto to the Commission
Subject: Terrorist infiltration of the Indonesian education systemSubject: Terrorist infiltration of the Indonesian education system
Versione italiana | 122Versione italiana | 122
English version | 123English version | 123
E-000854/14 by Lorenzo Fontana, Matteo Salvini and Mario Borghezio to the CommissionE-000854/14 by Lorenzo Fontana, Matteo Salvini and Mario Borghezio to the Commission
Subject: Introduction of the ‘traffic light’ labelling system in the United Kingdom and possible consequences for the agri-foodstuffs marketSubject: Introduction of the ‘traffic light’ labelling system in the United Kingdom and possible consequences for the agri-foodstuffs market
Versione italiana | 124Versione italiana | 124
English version | 125English version | 125
E-000855/14 by Roberta Angelilli to the CommissionE-000855/14 by Roberta Angelilli to the Commission
Subject: Illegal burning of waste and materials in Rome squatter settlementsSubject: Illegal burning of waste and materials in Rome squatter settlements
Versione italiana | 126Versione italiana | 126
English version | 127English version | 127
E-000856/14 by Roberta Angelilli to the CommissionE-000856/14 by Roberta Angelilli to the Commission
Subject: Presumed illegality of double taxation by Consorzio di Bonifica Tevere e Agro RomanoSubject: Presumed illegality of double taxation by Consorzio di Bonifica Tevere e Agro Romano
Versione italiana | 128Versione italiana | 128
English version | 129English version | 129
E-000857/14 by Roberta Angelilli to the CommissionE-000857/14 by Roberta Angelilli to the Commission
Subject: Protection for municipal police officers in RomeSubject: Protection for municipal police officers in Rome
Versione italiana | 130Versione italiana | 130
English version | 132English version | 132
E-000858/14 by Roberta Angelilli to the CommissionE-000858/14 by Roberta Angelilli to the Commission
Subject: Electrolux business plan and risk of closure of factories in Italy. Possible European measures to save jobsSubject: Electrolux business plan and risk of closure of factories in Italy. Possible European measures to save jobs
Versione italiana | 133Versione italiana | 133
English version | 134English version | 134
E-000859/14 by Georgios Toussas to the CommissionE-000859/14 by Georgios Toussas to the Commission
Subject: On the tragic deaths of immigrants off the island of FarmakonisiSubject: On the tragic deaths of immigrants off the island of Farmakonisi
Ελληνική έκδοση | 135Ελληνική έκδοση | 135
English version | 136English version | 136
E-000860/14 by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris to the CommissionE-000860/14 by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris to the Commission
Subject: Olive oil as a cure for breast cancerSubject: Olive oil as a cure for breast cancer
Versione italiana | 137Versione italiana | 137
English version | 138English version | 138
E-000861/14 by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris to the CommissionE-000861/14 by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris to the Commission
Subject: Cancer-fighting purple tomatoesSubject: Cancer-fighting purple tomatoes
Versione italiana | 139Versione italiana | 139
English version | 140English version | 140
E-000862/14 by Marek Henryk Migalski to the CommissionE-000862/14 by Marek Henryk Migalski to the Commission
Subject: Draft act restricting media freedom in RussiaSubject: Draft act restricting media freedom in Russia
Wersja polska | 141Wersja polska | 141
English version | 142English version | 142
E-000863/14 by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris to the CommissionE-000863/14 by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris to the Commission
Subject: VP/HR — Refugees in IraqSubject: VP/HR — Refugees in Iraq
Versione italiana | 143Versione italiana | 143
English version | 144English version | 144
E-000864/14 by Judith Sargentini to the CommissionE-000864/14 by Judith Sargentini to the Commission
Subject: European funds and human trafficking in NigeriaSubject: European funds and human trafficking in Nigeria
Nederlandse versie | 145Nederlandse versie | 145
English version | 146English version | 146
E-000865/14 by Derek Roland Clark to the CommissionE-000865/14 by Derek Roland Clark to the Commission
Subject: Translation servicesSubject: Translation services
English version | 147English version | 147
E-000867/14 by Derek Roland Clark to the CommissionE-000867/14 by Derek Roland Clark to the Commission
Subject: DiscriminationSubject: Discrimination
English version | 148English version | 148
E-000868/14 by Adam Gierek, Andrzej Grzyb and Bogusław Sonik to the CommissionE-000868/14 by Adam Gierek, Andrzej Grzyb and Bogusław Sonik to the Commission
Subject: Lime industry on the Carbon Leakage list 2015-2019Subject: Lime industry on the Carbon Leakage list 2015-2019
Wersja polska | 149Wersja polska | 149
English version | 150English version | 150
E-000869/14 by Pino Arlacchi and Andrea Cozzolino to the CommissionE-000869/14 by Pino Arlacchi and Andrea Cozzolino to the Commission
Subject: Transposition of Directive 2000/78/ECSubject: Transposition of Directive 2000/78/EC
Versione italiana | 151Versione italiana | 151
English version | 152English version | 152
E-000870/14 by Claudette Abela Baldacchino to the CommissionE-000870/14 by Claudette Abela Baldacchino to the Commission
Subject: Prevention of prostate cancerSubject: Prevention of prostate cancer
Verżjoni Maltija | 153Verżjoni Maltija | 153
English version | 154English version | 154
E-000871/14 by Claudette Abela Baldacchino to the CommissionE-000871/14 by Claudette Abela Baldacchino to the Commission
Subject: DementiaSubject: Dementia
Verżjoni Maltija | 155Verżjoni Maltija | 155
English version | 156English version | 156
E-000872/14 by Claudette Abela Baldacchino to the CommissionE-000872/14 by Claudette Abela Baldacchino to the Commission
Subject: AlcoholicsSubject: Alcoholics
Verżjoni Maltija | 157Verżjoni Maltija | 157
English version | 158English version | 158
E-000873/14 by Claudette Abela Baldacchino to the CommissionE-000873/14 by Claudette Abela Baldacchino to the Commission
Subject: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)Subject: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Verżjoni Maltija | 159Verżjoni Maltija | 159
English version | 160English version | 160
E-000874/14 by Claudette Abela Baldacchino to the CommissionE-000874/14 by Claudette Abela Baldacchino to the Commission
Subject: Elder abuseSubject: Elder abuse
Verżjoni Maltija | 161Verżjoni Maltija | 161
English version | 162English version | 162
E-000875/14 by Claudette Abela Baldacchino to the CommissionE-000875/14 by Claudette Abela Baldacchino to the Commission
Subject: Mental health green paper 2005Subject: Mental health green paper 2005
Verżjoni Maltija | 163Verżjoni Maltija | 163
English version | 164English version | 164
E-000876/14 by Mario Borghezio to the CommissionE-000876/14 by Mario Borghezio to the Commission
Subject: VP/HR — Massacre of Christians in NigeriaSubject: VP/HR — Massacre of Christians in Nigeria
Versione italiana | 165Versione italiana | 165
English version | 167English version | 167
E-001016/14 by Lorenzo Fontana to the CommissionE-001016/14 by Lorenzo Fontana to the Commission
Subject: Attacks on Christian communities in NigeriaSubject: Attacks on Christian communities in Nigeria
Versione italiana | 165Versione italiana | 165
English version | 167English version | 167
E-000877/14 by Claudio Morganti to the CommissionE-000877/14 by Claudio Morganti to the Commission
Subject: Hazardous waste in TuscanySubject: Hazardous waste in Tuscany
Versione italiana | 169Versione italiana | 169
English version | 170English version | 170
P-000879/14 by Christel Schaldemose to the CommissionP-000879/14 by Christel Schaldemose to the Commission
Subject: Slaughterhouse closuresSubject: Slaughterhouse closures
Dansk udgave | 171Dansk udgave | 171
English version | 172English version | 172
P-000880/14 by Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou to the CommissionP-000880/14 by Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou to the Commission
Subject: Divergences between estimates of the unemployment rate in the Eurozone and the criteria for calculating itSubject: Divergences between estimates of the unemployment rate in the Eurozone and the criteria for calculating it
Ελληνική έκδοση | 173Ελληνική έκδοση | 173
English version | 174English version | 174
E-000881/14 by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris to the CommissionE-000881/14 by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris to the Commission
Subject: Anaemia as a new form of epidemicSubject: Anaemia as a new form of epidemic
Versione italiana | 175Versione italiana | 175
English version | 176English version | 176
E-000882/14 by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris to the CommissionE-000882/14 by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris to the Commission
Subject: Sports therapy for young people with congenital heart diseaseSubject: Sports therapy for young people with congenital heart disease
Versione italiana | 177Versione italiana | 177
English version | 178English version | 178
E-000883/14 by Daciana Octavia Sârbu to the CommissionE-000883/14 by Daciana Octavia Sârbu to the Commission
Subject: Advertising restrictions and the Childhood Obesity Action PlanSubject: Advertising restrictions and the Childhood Obesity Action Plan
Versiunea în limba română | 179Versiunea în limba română | 179
English version | 180English version | 180
E-000885/14 by Salvador Sedó i Alabart and Marie-Thérèse Sanchez-Schmid to the CommissionE-000885/14 by Salvador Sedó i Alabart and Marie-Thérèse Sanchez-Schmid to the Commission
Subject: Official opening of the Barcelona-Paris high-speed lineSubject: Official opening of the Barcelona-Paris high-speed line
Versión española | 181Versión española | 181
Version française | 182Version française | 182
English version | 183English version | 183
E-000886/14 by Salvador Sedó i Alabart to the CommissionE-000886/14 by Salvador Sedó i Alabart to the Commission
Subject: Multiple chemical sensitivitySubject: Multiple chemical sensitivity
Versión española | 184Versión española | 184
English version | 185English version | 185
E-000887/14 by Cristiana Muscardini to the CommissionE-000887/14 by Cristiana Muscardini to the Commission
Subject: Banks' terms and conditionsSubject: Banks' terms and conditions
Versione italiana | 186Versione italiana | 186
English version | 187English version | 187
E-000888/14 by Cristiana Muscardini to the CommissionE-000888/14 by Cristiana Muscardini to the Commission
Subject: Flooding of the River SecchiaSubject: Flooding of the River Secchia
Versione italiana | 188Versione italiana | 188
English version | 190English version | 190
E-000909/14 by Mara Bizzotto to the CommissionE-000909/14 by Mara Bizzotto to the Commission
Subject: Flood emergency in Emilia RomagnaSubject: Flood emergency in Emilia Romagna
Versione italiana | 188Versione italiana | 188
English version | 190English version | 190
E-000889/14 by Biljana Borzan to the CommissionE-000889/14 by Biljana Borzan to the Commission
Subject: Equal treatment in the treatment of cancer?Subject: Equal treatment in the treatment of cancer?
Hrvatska verzija | 192Hrvatska verzija | 192
English version | 193English version | 193
E-000890/14 by Cristiana Muscardini to the CommissionE-000890/14 by Cristiana Muscardini to the Commission
Subject: Violence against women in IndiaSubject: Violence against women in India
Versione italiana | 194Versione italiana | 194
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E-000891/14 by Roberta Angelilli to the CommissionE-000891/14 by Roberta Angelilli to the Commission
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Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000778/14Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000778/14
alla Commissionealla Commissione
Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (PPE)Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (PPE)
(27 gennaio 2014)(27 gennaio 2014)
Oggetto: Sicurezza nelle scuoleOggetto: Sicurezza nelle scuole
La sicurezza delle scuole è un problema sempre più acuto in Italia e mette a rischio circa otto milioni di studenti. Il 4 % degli edifici è stato costruito prima del 1900, mentre il 44 % tra gli anni Sessanta e Ottanta. Il dato gravissimo è che solo il 17,7 % degli edifici è in possesso del certificato di prevenzione incendi, mentre il 33 % non possiede un impianto idrico antincendio, un edificio su due non ha una scala interna di sicurezza, il 40 % non ha la dichiarazione di conformità dell'impianto elettrico e una quota poco inferiore è stata edificata in zone a alto rischio.La sicurezza delle scuole è un problema sempre più acuto in Italia e mette a rischio circa otto milioni di studenti. Il 4 % degli edifici è stato costruito prima del 1900, mentre il 44 % tra gli anni Sessanta e Ottanta. Il dato gravissimo è che solo il 17,7 % degli edifici è in possesso del certificato di prevenzione incendi, mentre il 33 % non possiede un impianto idrico antincendio, un edificio su due non ha una scala interna di sicurezza, il 40 % non ha la dichiarazione di conformità dell'impianto elettrico e una quota poco inferiore è stata edificata in zone a alto rischio.
Altri dati preoccupanti mostrano che una scuola su sette presenta lesioni strutturali evidenti, il 20 % delle aule presenta distacchi di intonaco, muffe, infiltrazioni e umidità sono stati rilevati in quasi un terzo dei bagni (31 %) e in un'aula e palestra su quattro. Più della metà delle scuole non possiede il certificato di agibilità statica, oltre 6 su 10 non hanno quello di agibilità igienico-sanitaria, altrettante non hanno quello di prevenzione incendi. Solo il 25 % delle scuole è in regola con tutte le certificazioni.Altri dati preoccupanti mostrano che una scuola su sette presenta lesioni strutturali evidenti, il 20 % delle aule presenta distacchi di intonaco, muffe, infiltrazioni e umidità sono stati rilevati in quasi un terzo dei bagni (31 %) e in un'aula e palestra su quattro. Più della metà delle scuole non possiede il certificato di agibilità statica, oltre 6 su 10 non hanno quello di agibilità igienico-sanitaria, altrettante non hanno quello di prevenzione incendi. Solo il 25 % delle scuole è in regola con tutte le certificazioni.
Alla luce di questi dati, può la Commissione chiarire se dispone di dati sulla sicurezza delle strutture scolastiche europee e se lo Stato italiano può avvalersi di fondi specifici mirati per risolvere questo problema e garantire la sicurezza dei propri studenti?Alla luce di questi dati, può la Commissione chiarire se dispone di dati sulla sicurezza delle strutture scolastiche europee e se lo Stato italiano può avvalersi di fondi specifici mirati per risolvere questo problema e garantire la sicurezza dei propri studenti?
Risposta di Johannes Hahn a nome della CommissioneRisposta di Johannes Hahn a nome della Commissione
(25 marzo 2014)(25 marzo 2014)
1. | La Commissione non dispone di dati sulla sicurezza negli istituti di istruzione in Europa.1. | La Commissione non dispone di dati sulla sicurezza negli istituti di istruzione in Europa.
2. | Finanziamenti a sostegno degli interventi di messa in sicurezza nelle scuole sono disponibili nel quadro del programma nazionale 2007-2013 «Ambienti per l'apprendimento» cofinanziato dal Fondo europeo di sviluppo regionale che è attivo in Italia in quattro regioni dell'obiettivo Convergenza (Calabria, Campania, Puglia e Sicilia). L'asse prioritario II del programma «Qualità degli ambienti scolastici», è specificamente destinato a sostenere le misure volte a «incrementare la qualità delle infrastrutture scolastiche, l'ecosostenibilità e la sicurezza degli edifici scolastici; potenziare le strutture per garantire la partecipazione delle persone diversamente abili e quelli finalizzati alla qualità della vita degli studenti». Per ulteriori informazioni si rinvia al sito web del Ministero dell'istruzione:2. | Finanziamenti a sostegno degli interventi di messa in sicurezza nelle scuole sono disponibili nel quadro del programma nazionale 2007-2013 «Ambienti per l'apprendimento» cofinanziato dal Fondo europeo di sviluppo regionale che è attivo in Italia in quattro regioni dell'obiettivo Convergenza (Calabria, Campania, Puglia e Sicilia). L'asse prioritario II del programma «Qualità degli ambienti scolastici», è specificamente destinato a sostenere le misure volte a «incrementare la qualità delle infrastrutture scolastiche, l'ecosostenibilità e la sicurezza degli edifici scolastici; potenziare le strutture per garantire la partecipazione delle persone diversamente abili e quelli finalizzati alla qualità della vita degli studenti». Per ulteriori informazioni si rinvia al sito web del Ministero dell'istruzione:
http://archivio.pubblica.istruzione.it/fondistrutturali/documenti/apprendimento.shtmlhttp://archivio.pubblica.istruzione.it/fondistrutturali/documenti/apprendimento.shtml
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Question for written answer E-000778/14Question for written answer E-000778/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (PPE)Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (PPE)
(27 January 2014)(27 January 2014)
Subject: Safety in schoolsSubject: Safety in schools
School safety is an increasingly acute problem in Italy, putting around eight million pupils at risk. 4% of buildings were constructed before 1900, with 44% constructed between the 1960s and 1980s. The exceedingly serious fact is that only 17.7% of school buildings hold a fire prevention certificate, while 33% have no water-based fire-fighting equipment, one in every two buildings has no internal emergency stairway, 40% have no declaration of conformity of electrical installations and a slightly smaller proportion have been built in high-risk areas.School safety is an increasingly acute problem in Italy, putting around eight million pupils at risk. 4% of buildings were constructed before 1900, with 44% constructed between the 1960s and 1980s. The exceedingly serious fact is that only 17.7% of school buildings hold a fire prevention certificate, while 33% have no water-based fire-fighting equipment, one in every two buildings has no internal emergency stairway, 40% have no declaration of conformity of electrical installations and a slightly smaller proportion have been built in high-risk areas.
Other worrying data show that one in seven schools has obvious structural damage; 20% of classrooms have peeling plaster; and mould, water infiltration and damp have been found in almost one third (31%) of toilet facilities and in one out of every four classrooms and gyms. More than half of all schools have no static compliance certificate, more than 6 out of 10 have no hygiene and public health certificate, just as many have no fire prevention certificate. Only 25% of schools hold all the required certificates.Other worrying data show that one in seven schools has obvious structural damage; 20% of classrooms have peeling plaster; and mould, water infiltration and damp have been found in almost one third (31%) of toilet facilities and in one out of every four classrooms and gyms. More than half of all schools have no static compliance certificate, more than 6 out of 10 have no hygiene and public health certificate, just as many have no fire prevention certificate. Only 25% of schools hold all the required certificates.
In the light of this information, can the Commission clarify whether it has data on safety in European educational establishments and whether the Italian Government can access specific funds designed to resolve this problem and ensure the safety of its students?In the light of this information, can the Commission clarify whether it has data on safety in European educational establishments and whether the Italian Government can access specific funds designed to resolve this problem and ensure the safety of its students?
Answer given by Mr Hahn on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Hahn on behalf of the Commission
(25 March 2014)(25 March 2014)
1. | The Commission has no data on safety in European educational establishments.1. | The Commission has no data on safety in European educational establishments.
2. | Funds to support safety interventions in schools are available within the framework of the 2007-2013 National Programme ‘Learning Environment’ co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, which is active in Italy's four convergence regions (Calabria, Campania, Puglia and Sicily). Priority II of the programme, ‘Quality of schools environment’, is specifically designed to support measures aiming at increasing ‘the quality of school infrastructure, environmental sustainability and the safety of school buildings, and strengthening capacities to ensure participation of people with disabilities and the quality of student life’. Further information is available at the Education Ministry's website: http://archivio.pubblica.istruzione.it/fondistrutturali/documenti/apprendimento.shtml2. | Funds to support safety interventions in schools are available within the framework of the 2007-2013 National Programme ‘Learning Environment’ co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, which is active in Italy's four convergence regions (Calabria, Campania, Puglia and Sicily). Priority II of the programme, ‘Quality of schools environment’, is specifically designed to support measures aiming at increasing ‘the quality of school infrastructure, environmental sustainability and the safety of school buildings, and strengthening capacities to ensure participation of people with disabilities and the quality of student life’. Further information is available at the Education Ministry's website: http://archivio.pubblica.istruzione.it/fondistrutturali/documenti/apprendimento.shtml
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Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000779/14Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000779/14
lill-Kummissjonilill-Kummissjoni
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(27 ta' Jannar 2014)(27 ta' Jannar 2014)
Suġġett: Żieda f'daqqa tal-kurrent elettriku minħabba vultaġġ għoliSuġġett: Żieda f'daqqa tal-kurrent elettriku minħabba vultaġġ għoli
Il-fornituri tas-servizz tal-elettriku ħabbtu wiċċhom ma' diversi talbiet minn individwi għal danni kkawżati minn żieda f'daqqa tal-kurrent elettriku fid-djar tagħhom minħabba vultaġġi għoljin jew brekits tad-dawl imwaħħlin mad-djar tagħhom.Il-fornituri tas-servizz tal-elettriku ħabbtu wiċċhom ma' diversi talbiet minn individwi għal danni kkawżati minn żieda f'daqqa tal-kurrent elettriku fid-djar tagħhom minħabba vultaġġi għoljin jew brekits tad-dawl imwaħħlin mad-djar tagħhom.
Il-Kummissjoni qiegħda tikkunsidra li ddaħħal regolamenti ġodda biex tindirizza din il-kwistjoni?Il-Kummissjoni qiegħda tikkunsidra li ddaħħal regolamenti ġodda biex tindirizza din il-kwistjoni?
Il-Kummissjoni għandha informazzjoni dwar talbiet simili għal danni diretti lil kumpaniji oħrajn fi Stati Membri oħra?Il-Kummissjoni għandha informazzjoni dwar talbiet simili għal danni diretti lil kumpaniji oħrajn fi Stati Membri oħra?
Tweġiba mogħtija mis-Sur Tajani f'isem il-KummissjoniTweġiba mogħtija mis-Sur Tajani f'isem il-Kummissjoni
(24 ta' Marzu 2014)(24 ta' Marzu 2014)
Fil-livell tal-Unjoni Ewropea, id-Direttiva 2006/95/KE (1) tkopri s-sigurtà ta’ tagħmir tal-elettriku fis-suq tal-UE/ŻEE u ddisinjat għall-użu b'rata ta' vultaġġ bejn il-50 u l-1000 V għall-kurrent alternanti u bejn il-75 u l-1500 V għall-kurrent dirett, barra t-tagħmir u l-fenomeni elenkati fl-Anness II ta' dik id-Direttiva. Tapplika wkoll għal komponenti maħsuba biex jintużaw għat-tagħmir elettriku f'din il-medda ta’ vultaġġ, u dan kemm-il darba tkun tista' titwettaq valutazzjoni tar-riskju.Fil-livell tal-Unjoni Ewropea, id-Direttiva 2006/95/KE (1) tkopri s-sigurtà ta’ tagħmir tal-elettriku fis-suq tal-UE/ŻEE u ddisinjat għall-użu b'rata ta' vultaġġ bejn il-50 u l-1000 V għall-kurrent alternanti u bejn il-75 u l-1500 V għall-kurrent dirett, barra t-tagħmir u l-fenomeni elenkati fl-Anness II ta' dik id-Direttiva. Tapplika wkoll għal komponenti maħsuba biex jintużaw għat-tagħmir elettriku f'din il-medda ta’ vultaġġ, u dan kemm-il darba tkun tista' titwettaq valutazzjoni tar-riskju.
Din id-Direttiva tkopri r-riskji kollha b'rabta mas-sikurezza li jistgħu jinħolqu mill-użu tat-tagħmir elettriku, inklużi riskji tal-elettriku, kif ukoll riskji mekkaniċi u kimiċi. Barra minn hekk, din id-Direttiva teħtieġ li l-manifatturi jinkludu tagħrif sabiex ikun żgurat l-użu bla periklu tat-tagħmir u tal-applikazzjonijiet tiegħu. L-għan huwa li tgħin lill-konsumaturi jivvalutaw ir-riskji u jieħdu l-prekawzjonijiet meħtieġa, sabiex jitnaqqsu r-riskji relatati mal-użu tal-prodott.Din id-Direttiva tkopri r-riskji kollha b'rabta mas-sikurezza li jistgħu jinħolqu mill-użu tat-tagħmir elettriku, inklużi riskji tal-elettriku, kif ukoll riskji mekkaniċi u kimiċi. Barra minn hekk, din id-Direttiva teħtieġ li l-manifatturi jinkludu tagħrif sabiex ikun żgurat l-użu bla periklu tat-tagħmir u tal-applikazzjonijiet tiegħu. L-għan huwa li tgħin lill-konsumaturi jivvalutaw ir-riskji u jieħdu l-prekawzjonijiet meħtieġa, sabiex jitnaqqsu r-riskji relatati mal-użu tal-prodott.
Għalhekk tagħmir elettriku bħalma huma s-circuit breakers fil-medda ta’ vultaġġ imsemmija li jipprevjenu l-kurrenti eċċessivi fid-djar għandhom jikkonformaw mal-għanijiet tas-sikurezza tad-Direttiva dwar il-Vultaġġ Baxx.Għalhekk tagħmir elettriku bħalma huma s-circuit breakers fil-medda ta’ vultaġġ imsemmija li jipprevjenu l-kurrenti eċċessivi fid-djar għandhom jikkonformaw mal-għanijiet tas-sikurezza tad-Direttiva dwar il-Vultaġġ Baxx.
L-Istati Membri huma responsabbli għall-implimentazzjoni u l-infurzar ta’ din id-Direttiva, li għandha tiżgura li dawk il-prodotti biss li huma konformi, u b'hekk sikuri, jitpoġġew fis-suq, u li l-konsumaturi jirċievu t-tagħrif meħtieġ.L-Istati Membri huma responsabbli għall-implimentazzjoni u l-infurzar ta’ din id-Direttiva, li għandha tiżgura li dawk il-prodotti biss li huma konformi, u b'hekk sikuri, jitpoġġew fis-suq, u li l-konsumaturi jirċievu t-tagħrif meħtieġ.
Il-Kummissjoni mhix konxja ta’ lmenti simili oħra.Il-Kummissjoni mhix konxja ta’ lmenti simili oħra.
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Question for written answer E-000779/14Question for written answer E-000779/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(27 January 2014)(27 January 2014)
Subject: Electricity power surges due to high voltageSubject: Electricity power surges due to high voltage
Electricity service providers have faced several claims by individuals for damages caused by electricity surges in their homes due to high voltages or brackets affixed to their premises.Electricity service providers have faced several claims by individuals for damages caused by electricity surges in their homes due to high voltages or brackets affixed to their premises.
Is the Commission considering introducing new regulations to address this issue?Is the Commission considering introducing new regulations to address this issue?
Does the Commission have information on similar claims for damages to other electricity companies in other Member States?Does the Commission have information on similar claims for damages to other electricity companies in other Member States?
Answer given by Mr Tajani on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Tajani on behalf of the Commission
(24 March 2014)(24 March 2014)
At European Union level, Directive 2006/95/EC (2) covers the safety of electrical equipment if placed on the EU/EEA market and designed for use with a voltage rating between 50 and 1 000 V for alternating current and between 75 and 1 500 V for direct current, other than the equipment and phenomena listed in Annex II of that directive. It is also applicable to components destined to be used for electrical equipment within this voltage range provided that a risk assessment can be undertaken.At European Union level, Directive 2006/95/EC (2) covers the safety of electrical equipment if placed on the EU/EEA market and designed for use with a voltage rating between 50 and 1 000 V for alternating current and between 75 and 1 500 V for direct current, other than the equipment and phenomena listed in Annex II of that directive. It is also applicable to components destined to be used for electrical equipment within this voltage range provided that a risk assessment can be undertaken.
This directive covers all safety risks arising from the use of electrical equipment, including electrical risks, as well as mechanical and chemical risks. In addition, this directive requires that the manufacturers include information which would ensure safe use and in applications for which the equipment was made. The objective is to enable consumers to assess risks and to take precautions, thereby reducing any risk related to the use of the product.This directive covers all safety risks arising from the use of electrical equipment, including electrical risks, as well as mechanical and chemical risks. In addition, this directive requires that the manufacturers include information which would ensure safe use and in applications for which the equipment was made. The objective is to enable consumers to assess risks and to take precautions, thereby reducing any risk related to the use of the product.
Thus electrical equipment such as circuit breakers within the mentioned voltage range that prevent surges entering houses must comply with the safety objectives of the Low Voltage Directive.Thus electrical equipment such as circuit breakers within the mentioned voltage range that prevent surges entering houses must comply with the safety objectives of the Low Voltage Directive.
Member States are responsible for the implementation and enforcement of this directive, which shall ensure that only compliant, thus safe, products are placed on the market and that the consumers receive the necessary information.Member States are responsible for the implementation and enforcement of this directive, which shall ensure that only compliant, thus safe, products are placed on the market and that the consumers receive the necessary information.
The Commission is not aware of other similar complaints.The Commission is not aware of other similar complaints.
(Verżjoni Maltija)(Verżjoni Maltija)
Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000781/14Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000781/14
lill-Kummissjonilill-Kummissjoni
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(27 ta' Jannar 2014)(27 ta' Jannar 2014)
Suġġett: L-istandards u l-etika fil-ħajja pubblikaSuġġett: L-istandards u l-etika fil-ħajja pubblika
Il-Parlament Malti bħalissa qed jiddiskuti abbozz ta' liġi dwar l-istandards u l-etika fil-ħajja pubblika.Il-Parlament Malti bħalissa qed jiddiskuti abbozz ta' liġi dwar l-istandards u l-etika fil-ħajja pubblika.
Il-Kummissjoni għandha informazzjoni dwar jekk hemmx regoli simili f'kull jew xi wieħed mill-Istati Membri l-oħra?Il-Kummissjoni għandha informazzjoni dwar jekk hemmx regoli simili f'kull jew xi wieħed mill-Istati Membri l-oħra?
Tweġiba mogħtija mis-Sur Šefčovič f'isem il-KummissjoniTweġiba mogħtija mis-Sur Šefčovič f'isem il-Kummissjoni
(20 ta' Marzu 2014)(20 ta' Marzu 2014)
Safejn u sakemm il-Kummissjoni hija konxja li l-Istati Membri kollha għandhom dispożizzjonijiet fis-seħħ għal standards u l-etika fil-ħajja pubblika, kemm fil-livell politiku u fil-livell ta’ uffiċjali. Dawn il-kwistjonijiet huma diskussi perjodikament f’laqgħat tan-Netwerk Ewropew tal-Amministrazzjoni Pubblika (EUPAN): http://www.eupan.euSafejn u sakemm il-Kummissjoni hija konxja li l-Istati Membri kollha għandhom dispożizzjonijiet fis-seħħ għal standards u l-etika fil-ħajja pubblika, kemm fil-livell politiku u fil-livell ta’ uffiċjali. Dawn il-kwistjonijiet huma diskussi perjodikament f’laqgħat tan-Netwerk Ewropew tal-Amministrazzjoni Pubblika (EUPAN): http://www.eupan.eu
Barra minn hekk niġbidlek l-attenzjoni għar-Rapport tal-UE dwar il-ġlieda Kontra l-Korruzzjoni, maħruġ fit-3 ta’ Frar 2014 li jkopri aspetti relatati mal-istandards u l-etika fil-ħajja pubblika. Informazzjoni dettaljata dwar kull Stat Membru tista' tinstab fil-kapitoli tal-pajjiżi tar-rapport. (3)Barra minn hekk niġbidlek l-attenzjoni għar-Rapport tal-UE dwar il-ġlieda Kontra l-Korruzzjoni, maħruġ fit-3 ta’ Frar 2014 li jkopri aspetti relatati mal-istandards u l-etika fil-ħajja pubblika. Informazzjoni dettaljata dwar kull Stat Membru tista' tinstab fil-kapitoli tal-pajjiżi tar-rapport. (3)
(English version)(English version)
Question for written answer E-000781/14Question for written answer E-000781/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(27 January 2014)(27 January 2014)
Subject: Standards and ethics in public lifeSubject: Standards and ethics in public life
The Maltese Parliament is currently discussing a bill on standards and ethics in public life.The Maltese Parliament is currently discussing a bill on standards and ethics in public life.
Does the Commission have information on whether there are similar rules in all or any of the other Member States?Does the Commission have information on whether there are similar rules in all or any of the other Member States?
Answer given by Mr Šefčovič on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Šefčovič on behalf of the Commission
(20 March 2014)(20 March 2014)
As far as the Commission is aware all Member States have provisions in place for standards and ethics in public life, both at the political level and at the level of officials. These issues are discussed periodically in meetings of the European Public Administration Network (EUPAN): http://www.eupan.eu.As far as the Commission is aware all Member States have provisions in place for standards and ethics in public life, both at the political level and at the level of officials. These issues are discussed periodically in meetings of the European Public Administration Network (EUPAN): http://www.eupan.eu.
In addition I draw your attention to the EU Anti-Corruption Report, issued on 3 February 2014 which covers aspects related to standards and ethics in public life. Detailed information on each Member State can be found in country chapters of the report (4).In addition I draw your attention to the EU Anti-Corruption Report, issued on 3 February 2014 which covers aspects related to standards and ethics in public life. Detailed information on each Member State can be found in country chapters of the report (4).
(Verżjoni Maltija)(Verżjoni Maltija)
Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000782/14Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000782/14
lill-Kummissjonilill-Kummissjoni
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(27 ta' Jannar 2014)(27 ta' Jannar 2014)
Suġġett: Enerġija RinnovabbliSuġġett: Enerġija Rinnovabbli
L-Unjoni Ewropea stabbiliet għaliha stess il-miri biex jitnaqqsu l-emissjonijiet tal-gassijiet b'effett ta' serra b'20 % meta mqabbla mal-1990 u biex jiżdied is-sehem tal-enerġija rinnovabbli wkoll b'20 % sal-2020.L-Unjoni Ewropea stabbiliet għaliha stess il-miri biex jitnaqqsu l-emissjonijiet tal-gassijiet b'effett ta' serra b'20 % meta mqabbla mal-1990 u biex jiżdied is-sehem tal-enerġija rinnovabbli wkoll b'20 % sal-2020.
Il-Kummissjoni tista' tipprovdi informazzjoni dwar il-progress ta' Malta fl-ilħuq ta' dawn il-miri?Il-Kummissjoni tista' tipprovdi informazzjoni dwar il-progress ta' Malta fl-ilħuq ta' dawn il-miri?
Il-Kummissjoni tinsab kunfidenti li Malta se tilħaq dawn il-miri?Il-Kummissjoni tinsab kunfidenti li Malta se tilħaq dawn il-miri?
Tweġiba mogħtija mis-Sinjura Hedegaard f'isem il-KummissjoniTweġiba mogħtija mis-Sinjura Hedegaard f'isem il-Kummissjoni
(26 ta' Marzu 2014)(26 ta' Marzu 2014)
1) | Skont il-pakkett dwar il-Klima u l-Enerġija, l-emissjonijiet tal-gassijiet b'effett ta' serra (greenhouse gas — GHG) ta' Malta li mhumiex koperti mill-ETS tal-UE ma jistgħux jiżdiedu b’aktar minn 5% fl-2020, meta mqabbla mal-2005. Malta għandha wkoll tilħaq il-mira ta' 10% ta' enerġija rinnovabbli fil-konsum finali tal-enerġija sal-2020.1) | Skont il-pakkett dwar il-Klima u l-Enerġija, l-emissjonijiet tal-gassijiet b'effett ta' serra (greenhouse gas — GHG) ta' Malta li mhumiex koperti mill-ETS tal-UE ma jistgħux jiżdiedu b’aktar minn 5% fl-2020, meta mqabbla mal-2005. Malta għandha wkoll tilħaq il-mira ta' 10% ta' enerġija rinnovabbli fil-konsum finali tal-enerġija sal-2020.
2) | Fl-2012, l-emissjonijiet li mhumiex koperti mill-ETS f'Malta kienu kemmxejn aktar mill-livell tal-2005. Skont l-aħħar estimi dwar l-emissjonijiet tal-gassijiet b'effett ta' serra mressqin mill-awtoritajiet Maltin (f’Lulju 2013), Malta hija mistennija li tilħaq il-mira tagħha għall-2020 fl-emissjonijiet ta’ gassijiet b'effett ta' serra, b’marġni ta’ inqas minn punt perċentwali wieħed.2) | Fl-2012, l-emissjonijiet li mhumiex koperti mill-ETS f'Malta kienu kemmxejn aktar mill-livell tal-2005. Skont l-aħħar estimi dwar l-emissjonijiet tal-gassijiet b'effett ta' serra mressqin mill-awtoritajiet Maltin (f’Lulju 2013), Malta hija mistennija li tilħaq il-mira tagħha għall-2020 fl-emissjonijiet ta’ gassijiet b'effett ta' serra, b’marġni ta’ inqas minn punt perċentwali wieħed.
Skont l-estimi tal-Eurostat, Malta kisbet sehem ta’ 1,4% ta’ enerġija rinnovabbli fl-2012, li huwa d-doppju tal-ammont fl-2011. Għalhekk Malta qiegħda tagħmel progress fil-promozzjoni tal-enerġija rinnovabbli. Għaldaqstant il-Kummissjoni hija fiduċjuża li Malta tista’ tikseb il-mira tagħha għall-2020 fl-enerġija rinnovabbli jekk jiġu adottati l-miżuri adegwati. F’dan il-kuntest, fl-2013 il-Kummissjoni rrakkomandat lill-Malta biex tkompli bl-isforzi tagħha għad-diversifikazzjoni tat-taħlita tal-enerġija u s-sorsi ta' enerġija, b’mod partikolari billi żżid l-użu tal-enerġija rinnovabbli.Skont l-estimi tal-Eurostat, Malta kisbet sehem ta’ 1,4% ta’ enerġija rinnovabbli fl-2012, li huwa d-doppju tal-ammont fl-2011. Għalhekk Malta qiegħda tagħmel progress fil-promozzjoni tal-enerġija rinnovabbli. Għaldaqstant il-Kummissjoni hija fiduċjuża li Malta tista’ tikseb il-mira tagħha għall-2020 fl-enerġija rinnovabbli jekk jiġu adottati l-miżuri adegwati. F’dan il-kuntest, fl-2013 il-Kummissjoni rrakkomandat lill-Malta biex tkompli bl-isforzi tagħha għad-diversifikazzjoni tat-taħlita tal-enerġija u s-sorsi ta' enerġija, b’mod partikolari billi żżid l-użu tal-enerġija rinnovabbli.
(English version)(English version)
Question for written answer E-000782/14Question for written answer E-000782/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(27 January 2014)(27 January 2014)
Subject: Renewable energySubject: Renewable energy
The European Union has set itself the goals of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20% in relation to 1990 and of increasing the share of renewable energy in the mix to 20% by 2020.The European Union has set itself the goals of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20% in relation to 1990 and of increasing the share of renewable energy in the mix to 20% by 2020.
Can the Commission provide information on Malta’s progress towards reaching these targets?Can the Commission provide information on Malta’s progress towards reaching these targets?
Is the Commission confident that Malta is going to reach these targets?Is the Commission confident that Malta is going to reach these targets?
Answer given by Ms Hedegaard on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Ms Hedegaard on behalf of the Commission
(26 March 2014)(26 March 2014)
1. | Under the climate and energy package, Malta's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions not covered by the EU ETS may not increase by more than 5% in 2020 as compared to 2005. Malta has also to reach a 10% target for renewable energy in its final energy consumption by 2020.1. | Under the climate and energy package, Malta's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions not covered by the EU ETS may not increase by more than 5% in 2020 as compared to 2005. Malta has also to reach a 10% target for renewable energy in its final energy consumption by 2020.
2. | In 2012, non-ETS emissions from Malta were slightly above the 2005 level. According to the latest greenhouse gas emission projections submitted by Maltese authorities (in July 2013), Malta is projected to meet its 2020 greenhouse gas emission target with a margin of less than 1 percentage point.2. | In 2012, non-ETS emissions from Malta were slightly above the 2005 level. According to the latest greenhouse gas emission projections submitted by Maltese authorities (in July 2013), Malta is projected to meet its 2020 greenhouse gas emission target with a margin of less than 1 percentage point.
According to Eurostat's estimates, Malta's achieved a 1.4% share of renewables in 2012 which is twice as much as in 2011. Malta is consequently making progress in promoting renewable energy. The Commission is thus confident that Malta can achieve its 2020 target for renewable energy providing that adequate measures are taken. In this context the Commission has recommended to Malta in 2013 to continue efforts to diversify the energy mix and energy sources, in particular through increasing the up-take of renewable energy.According to Eurostat's estimates, Malta's achieved a 1.4% share of renewables in 2012 which is twice as much as in 2011. Malta is consequently making progress in promoting renewable energy. The Commission is thus confident that Malta can achieve its 2020 target for renewable energy providing that adequate measures are taken. In this context the Commission has recommended to Malta in 2013 to continue efforts to diversify the energy mix and energy sources, in particular through increasing the up-take of renewable energy.
(Verżjoni Maltija)(Verżjoni Maltija)
Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000785/14Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000785/14
lill-Kummissjonilill-Kummissjoni
David Casa (PPE)David Casa (PPE)
(27 ta' Jannar 2014)(27 ta' Jannar 2014)
Suġġett: eBay u l-Artikolu 101 tat-Trattat dwar il-Funzjonament tal-Unjoni EwropeaSuġġett: eBay u l-Artikolu 101 tat-Trattat dwar il-Funzjonament tal-Unjoni Ewropea
eBay hija waħda mill-pjattaformi online l-aktar popolari fid-dinja għall-konsumaturi u n-negozji biex iwettqu bejgħ online, b'mod partikolari fir-rigward tal-kummerċ transkonfinali. Saret ukoll pjattaforma importanti fis-suq intern tal-UE għall-bejgħ online, b' negozji f'diversi Stati Membri li jużawha biex iwettqu partijiet kbar jew sħaħ mill-attività kummerċjali tagħhom.eBay hija waħda mill-pjattaformi online l-aktar popolari fid-dinja għall-konsumaturi u n-negozji biex iwettqu bejgħ online, b'mod partikolari fir-rigward tal-kummerċ transkonfinali. Saret ukoll pjattaforma importanti fis-suq intern tal-UE għall-bejgħ online, b' negozji f'diversi Stati Membri li jużawha biex iwettqu partijiet kbar jew sħaħ mill-attività kummerċjali tagħhom.
Madankollu, fil-preżent eBay qed tonqos milli tipprovdi kundizzjonijiet ugwali għan-negozji fi Stati Membri differenti. B'mod aktar speċifiku, in-negozji minn għadd ta' Stati Membri jistgħu biss jirreġistraw għal kummerċ online fuq is-sit tal-Istati Uniti u huma pprojbiti milli jirreġistraw fuq kwalunkwe sit tal-eBay fl-UE. Dan ipoġġi negozji bbażati f'Malta u f' 14-il Stat Membru ieħor fi żvantaġġ meta jsir il-kummerċ online fis-suq intern tal-UE permezz tas-suq online tal-eBay.Madankollu, fil-preżent eBay qed tonqos milli tipprovdi kundizzjonijiet ugwali għan-negozji fi Stati Membri differenti. B'mod aktar speċifiku, in-negozji minn għadd ta' Stati Membri jistgħu biss jirreġistraw għal kummerċ online fuq is-sit tal-Istati Uniti u huma pprojbiti milli jirreġistraw fuq kwalunkwe sit tal-eBay fl-UE. Dan ipoġġi negozji bbażati f'Malta u f' 14-il Stat Membru ieħor fi żvantaġġ meta jsir il-kummerċ online fis-suq intern tal-UE permezz tas-suq online tal-eBay.
Il-Kummissjoni tista' tikkonferma jekk temminx li l-eBay tgawdi minn pożizzjoni dominanti fis-suq online?Il-Kummissjoni tista' tikkonferma jekk temminx li l-eBay tgawdi minn pożizzjoni dominanti fis-suq online?
Skont il-Kummissjoni, eBay tikkonforma kompletament mal-Artikolu 101 tat-Trattat dwar il-Funzjonament tal-Unjoni Ewropea?Skont il-Kummissjoni, eBay tikkonforma kompletament mal-Artikolu 101 tat-Trattat dwar il-Funzjonament tal-Unjoni Ewropea?
Il-Kummissjoni x'azzjoni lesta li tiegħu jekk ikollu jinsab li l-eBay tgawdi minn pożizzjoni dominanti?Il-Kummissjoni x'azzjoni lesta li tiegħu jekk ikollu jinsab li l-eBay tgawdi minn pożizzjoni dominanti?
X'passi qed tieħu l-Kummissjoni biex tiżgura li jkun hemm kundizzjonijiet indaqs fis-suq intern għal negozji minn Stati Membri differenti?X'passi qed tieħu l-Kummissjoni biex tiżgura li jkun hemm kundizzjonijiet indaqs fis-suq intern għal negozji minn Stati Membri differenti?
Tweġiba mogħtija mis-Sur Almunia f'isem il-KummissjoniTweġiba mogħtija mis-Sur Almunia f'isem il-Kummissjoni
(24 ta' Marzu 2014)(24 ta' Marzu 2014)
Il-Kummissjoni bħalissa mhix fil-pussess ta' evidenza li tippermettilha tikkonkludi li eBay għandu pożizzjoni dominanti fl-Unjoni Ewropea, skont it-tifsira tal-Artikolu 102 TFUE.Il-Kummissjoni bħalissa mhix fil-pussess ta' evidenza li tippermettilha tikkonkludi li eBay għandu pożizzjoni dominanti fl-Unjoni Ewropea, skont it-tifsira tal-Artikolu 102 TFUE.
Is-sejba ta’ dominanza skont l-Artikolu 102 TFUE f'suq partikolari ma tkunx illegali fiha nfisha skont id-dritt tal-kompetizzjoni tal‐Unjoni Ewropea. Impriża li tokkupa pożizzjoni dominanti għandha, madankollu, responsabbiltà partikolari li ma tabbużax mill-pożizzjoni dominanti tagħha. Jekk, wara investigazzjoni fil-fond, il-Kummissjoni tikkonkludi li impriża dominanti qed tabbuża mill-pożizzjoni dominanti tagħha tista' tiddeċiedi li timponi multi fuq dik l-impriża u tkun meħtieġa ttemm l-abbuż.Is-sejba ta’ dominanza skont l-Artikolu 102 TFUE f'suq partikolari ma tkunx illegali fiha nfisha skont id-dritt tal-kompetizzjoni tal‐Unjoni Ewropea. Impriża li tokkupa pożizzjoni dominanti għandha, madankollu, responsabbiltà partikolari li ma tabbużax mill-pożizzjoni dominanti tagħha. Jekk, wara investigazzjoni fil-fond, il-Kummissjoni tikkonkludi li impriża dominanti qed tabbuża mill-pożizzjoni dominanti tagħha tista' tiddeċiedi li timponi multi fuq dik l-impriża u tkun meħtieġa ttemm l-abbuż.
L-iskop tal-Artikolu 101 TFUE huwa limitat għal ftehimiet u prattiki miftiehma bejn impriżi li jirrestrinġu l-kompetizzjoni. Għalhekk kondotta unilaterali minn eBay ma taqax taħt Artikolu 101 TFUE.L-iskop tal-Artikolu 101 TFUE huwa limitat għal ftehimiet u prattiki miftiehma bejn impriżi li jirrestrinġu l-kompetizzjoni. Għalhekk kondotta unilaterali minn eBay ma taqax taħt Artikolu 101 TFUE.
Madankollu, il-Kummissjoni tibqa' impenjata sabiex jiġi żgurat rispett sħiħ tar-regoli ta’ kompetizzjoni tal-UE u għalhekk se tkun qed tissorvelja mill-qrib l-iżviluppi tas-suq.Madankollu, il-Kummissjoni tibqa' impenjata sabiex jiġi żgurat rispett sħiħ tar-regoli ta’ kompetizzjoni tal-UE u għalhekk se tkun qed tissorvelja mill-qrib l-iżviluppi tas-suq.
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Question for written answer E-000785/14Question for written answer E-000785/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
David Casa (PPE)David Casa (PPE)
(27 January 2014)(27 January 2014)
Subject: eBay and Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European UnionSubject: eBay and Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union
eBay is one of the world’s most popular online platforms for consumers and businesses to conduct online selling, in particular with respect to cross-border trade. It has also become an important platform in the EU’s internal market for online selling, with businesses in various Member States using it to conduct major or entire portions of their trading activity.eBay is one of the world’s most popular online platforms for consumers and businesses to conduct online selling, in particular with respect to cross-border trade. It has also become an important platform in the EU’s internal market for online selling, with businesses in various Member States using it to conduct major or entire portions of their trading activity.
However, at present eBay is failing to provide a level playing field for businesses in different Member States. More specifically, businesses from a number of the 28 Member States can only register for online trading on the US site and are prohibited from registering on any of the eBay websites in the EU. This puts businesses based in Malta and 14 other Member States at a disadvantage when trading online in the EU’s internal market using eBay’s online marketplace.However, at present eBay is failing to provide a level playing field for businesses in different Member States. More specifically, businesses from a number of the 28 Member States can only register for online trading on the US site and are prohibited from registering on any of the eBay websites in the EU. This puts businesses based in Malta and 14 other Member States at a disadvantage when trading online in the EU’s internal market using eBay’s online marketplace.
Can the Commission confirm whether it believes that eBay enjoys a dominant position in the online marketplace?Can the Commission confirm whether it believes that eBay enjoys a dominant position in the online marketplace?
According to the Commission, does eBay conform fully with Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union?According to the Commission, does eBay conform fully with Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union?
What action is the Commission prepared to take should eBay be found to enjoy a dominant position?What action is the Commission prepared to take should eBay be found to enjoy a dominant position?
What steps is the Commission taking to ensure that there is a level playing field in the internal market for businesses hailing from different Member States?What steps is the Commission taking to ensure that there is a level playing field in the internal market for businesses hailing from different Member States?
Answer given by Mr Almunia on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Almunia on behalf of the Commission
(24 March 2014)(24 March 2014)
The Commission is not currently in possession of evidence that would allow it to conclude that eBay has a dominant position, within the meaning of Article 102 TFEU, in the European Union.The Commission is not currently in possession of evidence that would allow it to conclude that eBay has a dominant position, within the meaning of Article 102 TFEU, in the European Union.
A finding of dominance under Article 102 TFEU on a given market would not in itself be illegal under European Union competition law. An undertaking that holds a dominant position is, however, under a special responsibility not to abuse its dominant position. If, after an in-depth investigation, the Commission concludes that a dominant undertaking abuses its dominant position it may decide to impose fines on that undertaking and require it to bring the abuse to an end.A finding of dominance under Article 102 TFEU on a given market would not in itself be illegal under European Union competition law. An undertaking that holds a dominant position is, however, under a special responsibility not to abuse its dominant position. If, after an in-depth investigation, the Commission concludes that a dominant undertaking abuses its dominant position it may decide to impose fines on that undertaking and require it to bring the abuse to an end.
The scope of Article 101 TFEU is limited to agreements and concerted practices between undertakings restricting competition. Therefore unilateral conduct by eBay would not fall under Article 101 TFEU.The scope of Article 101 TFEU is limited to agreements and concerted practices between undertakings restricting competition. Therefore unilateral conduct by eBay would not fall under Article 101 TFEU.
However, the Commission remains committed to ensuring the full respect of EU competition rules and will therefore closely monitor market developments.However, the Commission remains committed to ensuring the full respect of EU competition rules and will therefore closely monitor market developments.
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Întrebarea cu solicitare de răspuns scris E-000787/14Întrebarea cu solicitare de răspuns scris E-000787/14
adresată Comisieiadresată Comisiei
Daciana Octavia Sârbu (S&D)Daciana Octavia Sârbu (S&D)
(27 ianuarie 2014)(27 ianuarie 2014)
Subiect: Promovarea pe internet a unor cure de slăbire sau a unor produse medicaleSubiect: Promovarea pe internet a unor cure de slăbire sau a unor produse medicale
Un studiu recent a relevat faptul că, în anul 2012, 72% din consumatorii online europeni au fost utilizatori ai așa-numitei „social health”. Conform studiului Cybercitizen Health Europe, în 2012, 44% din consumatorii online au accesat pagini web referitoare la sănătate, 33% au citit sau au postat sau au citit mărturii ale pacienților.Un studiu recent a relevat faptul că, în anul 2012, 72% din consumatorii online europeni au fost utilizatori ai așa-numitei „social health”. Conform studiului Cybercitizen Health Europe, în 2012, 44% din consumatorii online au accesat pagini web referitoare la sănătate, 33% au citit sau au postat sau au citit mărturii ale pacienților.
Având în vedere accesibilitatea pe internet a unor medicamente și promovarea unor cure de slăbire sau a unor servicii ale căror efecte secundare nu sunt menționate, dar și că uneori pe internet se face o publicitate mincinoasă la anumite produse care pot reprezenta chiar amenințări la adresa sănătății umane,Având în vedere accesibilitatea pe internet a unor medicamente și promovarea unor cure de slăbire sau a unor servicii ale căror efecte secundare nu sunt menționate, dar și că uneori pe internet se face o publicitate mincinoasă la anumite produse care pot reprezenta chiar amenințări la adresa sănătății umane,
Cum poate Comisia reglementa promovarea pe internet a unor cure de slăbire sau a unor produse care reprezintă o amenințare la adresa sănătății umane?Cum poate Comisia reglementa promovarea pe internet a unor cure de slăbire sau a unor produse care reprezintă o amenințare la adresa sănătății umane?
Răspuns dat de dl. Borg în numele ComisieiRăspuns dat de dl. Borg în numele Comisiei
(26 martie 2014)(26 martie 2014)
Comisia cunoaște faptul că un număr din ce în ce mai mare de consumatori caută pe internet informații referitoare la sănătate. Legislația UE ajută la reducerea riscurilor pentru cetățeni.Comisia cunoaște faptul că un număr din ce în ce mai mare de consumatori caută pe internet informații referitoare la sănătate. Legislația UE ajută la reducerea riscurilor pentru cetățeni.
Directiva 2001/83/CE (5) stabilește normele generale privind publicitatea produselor medicamentoase. Directiva respectivă prevede, de asemenea, faptul că toate farmaciile UE și toți distribuitorii UE care sunt autorizați să vândă medicamente online, cu amănuntul, au obligația să afișeze, pe fiecare pagină a site-urilor lor internet, un logo comun. Acesta din urmă va fi conectat, printr-un hiperlink, cu site-ul internet național. Acest lucru permite cetățenilor care cumpără medicamente pe internet să verifice dacă se aprovizionează dintr-o sursă autorizată.Directiva 2001/83/CE (5) stabilește normele generale privind publicitatea produselor medicamentoase. Directiva respectivă prevede, de asemenea, faptul că toate farmaciile UE și toți distribuitorii UE care sunt autorizați să vândă medicamente online, cu amănuntul, au obligația să afișeze, pe fiecare pagină a site-urilor lor internet, un logo comun. Acesta din urmă va fi conectat, printr-un hiperlink, cu site-ul internet național. Acest lucru permite cetățenilor care cumpără medicamente pe internet să verifice dacă se aprovizionează dintr-o sursă autorizată.
Legislația UE în domeniul alimentar nu reglementează curele de slăbire, ci doar produsele. Aceasta se aplică indiferent de modul în care produsul este distribuit și vizează inclusiv produsele alimentare comercializate prin intermediul internetului. Este responsabilitatea operatorilor să respecte legislația și este de datoria autorităților naționale să se asigure că legislația este respectată.Legislația UE în domeniul alimentar nu reglementează curele de slăbire, ci doar produsele. Aceasta se aplică indiferent de modul în care produsul este distribuit și vizează inclusiv produsele alimentare comercializate prin intermediul internetului. Este responsabilitatea operatorilor să respecte legislația și este de datoria autorităților naționale să se asigure că legislația este respectată.
Regulamentul (CE) nr. 178/2002 (6) stabilește cerința generală ca toate alimentele introduse pe piața UE să fie sigure. Regulamentul (CE) nr. 1924/2006 (7) prevede că orice afirmație făcută în cadrul comunicărilor comerciale cu privire la proprietățile benefice ale unui produs alimentar trebuie să fie justificată științific, să fie autorizată în prealabil și să fie în conformitate cu condițiile stabilite de legislația UE. În plus, Directiva 96/8/CE (8) stabilește norme specifice pentru anumite produse utilizate în regimurile hipocalorice pentru scăderea în greutate.Regulamentul (CE) nr. 178/2002 (6) stabilește cerința generală ca toate alimentele introduse pe piața UE să fie sigure. Regulamentul (CE) nr. 1924/2006 (7) prevede că orice afirmație făcută în cadrul comunicărilor comerciale cu privire la proprietățile benefice ale unui produs alimentar trebuie să fie justificată științific, să fie autorizată în prealabil și să fie în conformitate cu condițiile stabilite de legislația UE. În plus, Directiva 96/8/CE (8) stabilește norme specifice pentru anumite produse utilizate în regimurile hipocalorice pentru scăderea în greutate.
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Question for written answer E-000787/14Question for written answer E-000787/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Daciana Octavia Sârbu (S&D)Daciana Octavia Sârbu (S&D)
(27 January 2014)(27 January 2014)
Subject: The online promotion of diets or medical productsSubject: The online promotion of diets or medical products
A recent study revealed that in 2012, 72% of European online consumers were users of the so‐called ‘health-related social networking’. According to the Cybercitizen Health Europe study, in 2012, 44% of online consumers accessed health-related web pages, and 33% read or posted patient testimonials.A recent study revealed that in 2012, 72% of European online consumers were users of the so‐called ‘health-related social networking’. According to the Cybercitizen Health Europe study, in 2012, 44% of online consumers accessed health-related web pages, and 33% read or posted patient testimonials.
The Internet provides wide accessibility for certain medicines, as well as extensive promotion of certain diets or services whose side effects are not stated. Also, the Internet sometimes hosts misleading publicity for certain products which may even pose threats to human health.The Internet provides wide accessibility for certain medicines, as well as extensive promotion of certain diets or services whose side effects are not stated. Also, the Internet sometimes hosts misleading publicity for certain products which may even pose threats to human health.
How can the Commission regulate the online promotion of certain diets or products that pose a threat to human health?How can the Commission regulate the online promotion of certain diets or products that pose a threat to human health?
Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission
(26 March 2014)(26 March 2014)
The Commission is aware of the increased number of consumers seeking health information online: the EU legislation helps to reduce the risks for citizens.The Commission is aware of the increased number of consumers seeking health information online: the EU legislation helps to reduce the risks for citizens.
For medicinal products the general rules on advertising are set up in Directive 2001/83/EC (9). The latter also requires that all EU pharmacies and retailers authorised to sell medicinal products online have to display on every page of their websites a common logo. The logo will be hyperlinked to the national website. This enables citizens buying medicinal products online to verify that they are purchasing from a legally operating source.For medicinal products the general rules on advertising are set up in Directive 2001/83/EC (9). The latter also requires that all EU pharmacies and retailers authorised to sell medicinal products online have to display on every page of their websites a common logo. The logo will be hyperlinked to the national website. This enables citizens buying medicinal products online to verify that they are purchasing from a legally operating source.
EU food law does not regulate diets but products. It applies irrespective of the way the product is distributed and also covers foodstuffs offered through the Internet. It is the responsibility of operators to comply with the legislation and of national authorities to make sure the legislation is complied with.EU food law does not regulate diets but products. It applies irrespective of the way the product is distributed and also covers foodstuffs offered through the Internet. It is the responsibility of operators to comply with the legislation and of national authorities to make sure the legislation is complied with.
Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 (10) sets the general requirement that all food placed on the EU market has to be safe. Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 (11) foresees that any claim made in commercial communications about the beneficial properties of a food has to be scientifically substantiated, pre-authorised and compliant with the conditions set by EU legislation. In addition, Directive 96/8/EC (12) sets specific rules for certain products for energy-restricted diets for weight reduction.Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 (10) sets the general requirement that all food placed on the EU market has to be safe. Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 (11) foresees that any claim made in commercial communications about the beneficial properties of a food has to be scientifically substantiated, pre-authorised and compliant with the conditions set by EU legislation. In addition, Directive 96/8/EC (12) sets specific rules for certain products for energy-restricted diets for weight reduction.
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Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000788/14Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000788/14
alla Commissionealla Commissione
Matteo Salvini (EFD)Matteo Salvini (EFD)
(27 gennaio 2014)(27 gennaio 2014)
Oggetto: Emergenza alluvione in provincia di ModenaOggetto: Emergenza alluvione in provincia di Modena
Le intense piogge che nelle scorse settimane hanno colpito il Nord Italia hanno provocato gravissimi danni, soprattutto nella provincia di Modena, dove l'esondazione del fiume Secchia ha allagato interi paesi provocando danni gravissimi a case, attività produttive e infrastrutture, costringendo oltre 700 famiglie ad abbandonare la propria dimora. Sono stati inoltre riscontrati danni anche agli argini e alla diga sul fiume Panaro che potrebbe, in caso di nuove piogge, esondare anch'esso, con le drammatiche e prevedibili conseguenze.Le intense piogge che nelle scorse settimane hanno colpito il Nord Italia hanno provocato gravissimi danni, soprattutto nella provincia di Modena, dove l'esondazione del fiume Secchia ha allagato interi paesi provocando danni gravissimi a case, attività produttive e infrastrutture, costringendo oltre 700 famiglie ad abbandonare la propria dimora. Sono stati inoltre riscontrati danni anche agli argini e alla diga sul fiume Panaro che potrebbe, in caso di nuove piogge, esondare anch'esso, con le drammatiche e prevedibili conseguenze.
Considerata la gravità della situazione e il concreto pericolo di un ulteriore peggioramento in caso di nuove precipitazioni, quali politiche ha intenzione di attuare la Commissione per fronteggiare quest'emergenza, aiutare le popolazioni colpite e prevenire ulteriori danni?Considerata la gravità della situazione e il concreto pericolo di un ulteriore peggioramento in caso di nuove precipitazioni, quali politiche ha intenzione di attuare la Commissione per fronteggiare quest'emergenza, aiutare le popolazioni colpite e prevenire ulteriori danni?
Risposta di Kristalina Georgieva a nome della CommissioneRisposta di Kristalina Georgieva a nome della Commissione
(11 marzo 2014)(11 marzo 2014)
La gestione delle conseguenze immediate di una catastrofe incombe in primo luogo al paese colpito. Tuttavia, quando l'entità dell'emergenza oltrepassa le capacità di reazione nazionali, il paese colpito può chiedere assistenza tramite il meccanismo di protezione civile dell'UE, e può beneficiare di mezzi o equipe di protezione civile di altri paesi. Il Centro di coordinamento della risposta alle emergenze (CECRE) della Direzione generale Aiuto umanitario e protezione civile (ECHO) coordina l'invio dell'assistenza.La gestione delle conseguenze immediate di una catastrofe incombe in primo luogo al paese colpito. Tuttavia, quando l'entità dell'emergenza oltrepassa le capacità di reazione nazionali, il paese colpito può chiedere assistenza tramite il meccanismo di protezione civile dell'UE, e può beneficiare di mezzi o equipe di protezione civile di altri paesi. Il Centro di coordinamento della risposta alle emergenze (CECRE) della Direzione generale Aiuto umanitario e protezione civile (ECHO) coordina l'invio dell'assistenza.
In occasione delle recenti forti piogge le autorità italiane non hanno chiesto l'assistenza del meccanismo di protezione civile dell'UE. Il 18 gennaio, comunque, a supporto delle misure nazionali di risposta contro le inondazioni, l'Italia ha attivato, attraverso il CECRE, il servizio satellite GIO-GMES Copernicus, chiedendo mappe satellitari per le regioni inondate dell'Emilia Romagna e della Liguria.In occasione delle recenti forti piogge le autorità italiane non hanno chiesto l'assistenza del meccanismo di protezione civile dell'UE. Il 18 gennaio, comunque, a supporto delle misure nazionali di risposta contro le inondazioni, l'Italia ha attivato, attraverso il CECRE, il servizio satellite GIO-GMES Copernicus, chiedendo mappe satellitari per le regioni inondate dell'Emilia Romagna e della Liguria.
Entro 10 settimane dalla data del primo danno provocato dalla calamità, l'Italia può anche presentare una domanda di aiuto finanziario nel quadro del Fondo di solidarietà. Finora il governo italiano non ha manifestato l'intenzione di farlo. Le autorità italiane sono a conoscenza delle condizioni e delle procedure, e i servizi della Commissione sono a disposizione per fornire, se richiesto, ulteriori indicazioni.Entro 10 settimane dalla data del primo danno provocato dalla calamità, l'Italia può anche presentare una domanda di aiuto finanziario nel quadro del Fondo di solidarietà. Finora il governo italiano non ha manifestato l'intenzione di farlo. Le autorità italiane sono a conoscenza delle condizioni e delle procedure, e i servizi della Commissione sono a disposizione per fornire, se richiesto, ulteriori indicazioni.
Per quanto riguarda la prevenzione delle catastrofi naturali, gli Stati membri possono avvalersi del sostegno della politica di coesione, in particolare nell'ambito dell'obiettivo tematico n. 5 — «Promozione dell'adattamento ai cambiamenti climatici, della prevenzione e della gestione dei rischi».Per quanto riguarda la prevenzione delle catastrofi naturali, gli Stati membri possono avvalersi del sostegno della politica di coesione, in particolare nell'ambito dell'obiettivo tematico n. 5 — «Promozione dell'adattamento ai cambiamenti climatici, della prevenzione e della gestione dei rischi».
Il Fondo europeo agricolo per lo sviluppo rurale può altresì sostenere misure, legate al rischio, concernenti la ricostruzione del potenziale agricolo/forestale danneggiato da calamità naturali nell'ambito dei programmi di sviluppo rurale degli Stati membri.Il Fondo europeo agricolo per lo sviluppo rurale può altresì sostenere misure, legate al rischio, concernenti la ricostruzione del potenziale agricolo/forestale danneggiato da calamità naturali nell'ambito dei programmi di sviluppo rurale degli Stati membri.
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Question for written answer E-000788/14Question for written answer E-000788/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Matteo Salvini (EFD)Matteo Salvini (EFD)
(27 January 2014)(27 January 2014)
Subject: Emergency caused by flooding in the province of ModenaSubject: Emergency caused by flooding in the province of Modena
Northern Italy has been buffeted by torrential rain over the past few weeks, causing severe damage across the region but particularly in the province of Modena. Entire villages were swamped when the River Secchia burst its banks, causing major damage to houses, businesses and infrastructure and forcing more than 700 families to abandon their homes. The River Panaro is also at risk of flooding following damage to its dam and embankments, with foreseeably tragic consequences if heavy rain should fall again.Northern Italy has been buffeted by torrential rain over the past few weeks, causing severe damage across the region but particularly in the province of Modena. Entire villages were swamped when the River Secchia burst its banks, causing major damage to houses, businesses and infrastructure and forcing more than 700 families to abandon their homes. The River Panaro is also at risk of flooding following damage to its dam and embankments, with foreseeably tragic consequences if heavy rain should fall again.
Taking account of the gravity of the situation and the very real danger that further rainfall could make it even worse, what policies does the Commission intend to adopt to manage this emergency, help those affected by the flooding and prevent further damage?Taking account of the gravity of the situation and the very real danger that further rainfall could make it even worse, what policies does the Commission intend to adopt to manage this emergency, help those affected by the flooding and prevent further damage?
Answer given by Ms Georgieva on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Ms Georgieva on behalf of the Commission
(11 March 2014)(11 March 2014)
The primary responsibility for dealing with immediate effects of a disaster lies with the affected country. Nevertheless, when the scale of emergency overwhelms national response capabilities, the affected country can request assistance through the Union Civil Protection mechanism and benefit from civil protection means or teams from other countries. The Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) within the Commission's Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) coordinates the delivery of assistance.The primary responsibility for dealing with immediate effects of a disaster lies with the affected country. Nevertheless, when the scale of emergency overwhelms national response capabilities, the affected country can request assistance through the Union Civil Protection mechanism and benefit from civil protection means or teams from other countries. The Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) within the Commission's Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) coordinates the delivery of assistance.
In the case of recent heavy rains, Italian authorities did not request assistance from the Union Civil Protection Mechanism. However, on 18 January, in order to support the national response measures against floods, Italy activated through the ERCC the Copernicus GIO-GMES satellite service, requesting satellite maps for the flooded Regions of Emilia Romagna and Liguria.In the case of recent heavy rains, Italian authorities did not request assistance from the Union Civil Protection Mechanism. However, on 18 January, in order to support the national response measures against floods, Italy activated through the ERCC the Copernicus GIO-GMES satellite service, requesting satellite maps for the flooded Regions of Emilia Romagna and Liguria.
Within 10 weeks of the date of the first damage caused by the disaster, Italy may also submit an application for financial aid from the Solidarity Fund. To date, the Italian Government has not signalled its intention to submit an application. The Italian authorities are aware of the conditions and procedures. Commission services stand ready to provide further guidance, if required.Within 10 weeks of the date of the first damage caused by the disaster, Italy may also submit an application for financial aid from the Solidarity Fund. To date, the Italian Government has not signalled its intention to submit an application. The Italian authorities are aware of the conditions and procedures. Commission services stand ready to provide further guidance, if required.
As regards prevention of natural disasters, Member States can draw on the support of Cohesion Policy, especially within thematic objective 5 on ‘promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management’.As regards prevention of natural disasters, Member States can draw on the support of Cohesion Policy, especially within thematic objective 5 on ‘promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management’.
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development may also support risk related measures related to the rebuilding of agricultural/forestry potential damaged by natural disasters in their rural development programmes of Member States.The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development may also support risk related measures related to the rebuilding of agricultural/forestry potential damaged by natural disasters in their rural development programmes of Member States.
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Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000789/14Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000789/14
alla Commissionealla Commissione
Andrea Zanoni (ALDE)Andrea Zanoni (ALDE)
(27 gennaio 2014)(27 gennaio 2014)
Oggetto: Cromo esavalente, cromo totale e cobalto nel letto del torrente Chiampo a Montebello Vicentino in provincia di VicenzaOggetto: Cromo esavalente, cromo totale e cobalto nel letto del torrente Chiampo a Montebello Vicentino in provincia di Vicenza
Nel sud-ovest della provincia di Vicenza, precisamente nel territorio del comune di Montebello Vicentino, esiste sin dal 1926 un bacino di espansione finalizzato a contenere le piene del fiume Guà e del torrente Chiampo. Attualmente è in fase di realizzazione un progetto di ampliamento del bacino, volto ad aumentarne la capacità al fine di prevenire le alluvioni.Nel sud-ovest della provincia di Vicenza, precisamente nel territorio del comune di Montebello Vicentino, esiste sin dal 1926 un bacino di espansione finalizzato a contenere le piene del fiume Guà e del torrente Chiampo. Attualmente è in fase di realizzazione un progetto di ampliamento del bacino, volto ad aumentarne la capacità al fine di prevenire le alluvioni.
Secondo quanto riportato dalla stampa locale, nel corso dei lavori sarebbe emersa la presenza nel letto del fiume Chiampo e del vicino rio dell'Acquetta e nei terreni circostanti di alcuni inquinanti in concentrazioni che supererebbero i limiti di legge: a un metro di profondità, infatti, il cromo esavalente rilevato sarebbe pari a 4 mg/kg ss (milligrammi/chilo suolo) a fronte del limite di 2 mg/kg ss, e il cromo totale sarebbe pari a 320 mg/kg ss a fronte del limite di 150 mg/kg ss.Secondo quanto riportato dalla stampa locale, nel corso dei lavori sarebbe emersa la presenza nel letto del fiume Chiampo e del vicino rio dell'Acquetta e nei terreni circostanti di alcuni inquinanti in concentrazioni che supererebbero i limiti di legge: a un metro di profondità, infatti, il cromo esavalente rilevato sarebbe pari a 4 mg/kg ss (milligrammi/chilo suolo) a fronte del limite di 2 mg/kg ss, e il cromo totale sarebbe pari a 320 mg/kg ss a fronte del limite di 150 mg/kg ss.
Sotto il metro di profondità, inoltre, la contaminazione rilevata sarebbe ancora più grave: il cromo esavalente salirebbe a 12,5 mg/kg ss, il cromo totale salirebbe a 559 mg/kg ss, e supererebbe i limiti di legge anche il cobalto, che raggiungerebbe la soglia di 25 mg/kg ss a fronte del limite di 20 mg/kg ss.Sotto il metro di profondità, inoltre, la contaminazione rilevata sarebbe ancora più grave: il cromo esavalente salirebbe a 12,5 mg/kg ss, il cromo totale salirebbe a 559 mg/kg ss, e supererebbe i limiti di legge anche il cobalto, che raggiungerebbe la soglia di 25 mg/kg ss a fronte del limite di 20 mg/kg ss.
Si tratterebbe dell'eredità degli sversamenti in passato della locale industria delle concerie.Si tratterebbe dell'eredità degli sversamenti in passato della locale industria delle concerie.
Tali rilievi hanno portato alla decisione di abbandonare il progetto iniziale di spensilizzazione del torrente Chiampo (eliminazione degli argini pensili e incassamento dell'alveo, al fine di abbassare il letto del fiume), propendendo invece per lo scavo più in superficie. La volontà è quella di evitare la dispersione nell'ambiente circostante di tali inquinanti sedimentatisi nel corso del tempo nel sottosuolo. Le autorità competenti, infatti, non sarebbero in grado di sostenere i costi di una bonifica.Tali rilievi hanno portato alla decisione di abbandonare il progetto iniziale di spensilizzazione del torrente Chiampo (eliminazione degli argini pensili e incassamento dell'alveo, al fine di abbassare il letto del fiume), propendendo invece per lo scavo più in superficie. La volontà è quella di evitare la dispersione nell'ambiente circostante di tali inquinanti sedimentatisi nel corso del tempo nel sottosuolo. Le autorità competenti, infatti, non sarebbero in grado di sostenere i costi di una bonifica.
1. | Tutto ciò premesso, può la Commissione far sapere se è a conoscenza della presenza nella zona dei succitati contaminanti nel sottosuolo?1. | Tutto ciò premesso, può la Commissione far sapere se è a conoscenza della presenza nella zona dei succitati contaminanti nel sottosuolo?
2. | Non ritiene che sia necessario bonificare l'area prima di ultimare la realizzazione del progetto succitato?2. | Non ritiene che sia necessario bonificare l'area prima di ultimare la realizzazione del progetto succitato?
3. | Può chiarire se esistano fondi europei ai quali sia possibile attingere per eseguire tale bonifica e, in caso affermativo, secondo quali modalità?3. | Può chiarire se esistano fondi europei ai quali sia possibile attingere per eseguire tale bonifica e, in caso affermativo, secondo quali modalità?
Risposta di Janez Potočnik a nome della CommissioneRisposta di Janez Potočnik a nome della Commissione
(20 marzo 2014)(20 marzo 2014)
La Commissione è a conoscenza (13) della contaminazione ambientale causata dall'attività industriale nell'area circostante la Valle del Chiampo.La Commissione è a conoscenza (13) della contaminazione ambientale causata dall'attività industriale nell'area circostante la Valle del Chiampo.
La Commissione non dispone di informazioni sufficienti sulla situazione locale per poter valutare se il completamento del progetto richieda interventi di bonifica o di altro genere. Indipendentemente dall'azione intrapresa, le autorità italiane devono adottare le misure più appropriate per conseguire un buono stato dei corpi idrici interessati in conformità alla direttiva quadro sulle acque (14).La Commissione non dispone di informazioni sufficienti sulla situazione locale per poter valutare se il completamento del progetto richieda interventi di bonifica o di altro genere. Indipendentemente dall'azione intrapresa, le autorità italiane devono adottare le misure più appropriate per conseguire un buono stato dei corpi idrici interessati in conformità alla direttiva quadro sulle acque (14).
Il sostegno per questo tipo di progetto è disponibile nel quadro del programma per il Veneto 2007-2013, cofinanziato dal Fondo europeo di sviluppo regionale, che nell'ambito dell'azione 3.1.1 prevede il finanziamento delle attività di bonifica dei siti inquinati, compresi i siti industriali abbandonati. Il finanziamento è strettamente subordinato alle condizioni menzionate nel programma, in particolare al principio «chi inquina paga».Il sostegno per questo tipo di progetto è disponibile nel quadro del programma per il Veneto 2007-2013, cofinanziato dal Fondo europeo di sviluppo regionale, che nell'ambito dell'azione 3.1.1 prevede il finanziamento delle attività di bonifica dei siti inquinati, compresi i siti industriali abbandonati. Il finanziamento è strettamente subordinato alle condizioni menzionate nel programma, in particolare al principio «chi inquina paga».
Tuttavia, in base al principio di gestione condivisa applicato alla gestione amministrativa dei fondi strutturali, la selezione dei progetti e la loro attuazione competono alle autorità nazionali. Di conseguenza, qualora l'onorevole deputato desideri ottenere maggiori informazioni, la Commissione gli suggerisce di contattare direttamente l'autorità di gestione del programma (15).Tuttavia, in base al principio di gestione condivisa applicato alla gestione amministrativa dei fondi strutturali, la selezione dei progetti e la loro attuazione competono alle autorità nazionali. Di conseguenza, qualora l'onorevole deputato desideri ottenere maggiori informazioni, la Commissione gli suggerisce di contattare direttamente l'autorità di gestione del programma (15).
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Question for written answer E-000789/14Question for written answer E-000789/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Andrea Zanoni (ALDE)Andrea Zanoni (ALDE)
(27 January 2014)(27 January 2014)
Subject: Hexavalent chromium, total chromium and cobalt in the river bed of the Chiampo in Montebello Vicentino, Vicenza province.Subject: Hexavalent chromium, total chromium and cobalt in the river bed of the Chiampo in Montebello Vicentino, Vicenza province.
Since 1926, there has been a detention basin to contain flood water from the rivers Guà and Chiampo in the commune of Montebello Vicentino, in the south-west of Vicenza province. A project to extend the basin is currently being carried out, to increase its capacity and prevent flooding.Since 1926, there has been a detention basin to contain flood water from the rivers Guà and Chiampo in the commune of Montebello Vicentino, in the south-west of Vicenza province. A project to extend the basin is currently being carried out, to increase its capacity and prevent flooding.
According to the local press, during the works, pollutants in concentrations above the legal limits were found in the river bed of the Chiampo and the Acquetta stream nearby, and in the surrounding area. At a depth of one metre, hexavalent chromium was reported to be 4 mg/kg ss (milligrams/kilo in the soil) compared with the limit of 2 mg/kg ss, and total chromium was 320 mg/kg ss compared with the limit of 150 mg/kg ss.According to the local press, during the works, pollutants in concentrations above the legal limits were found in the river bed of the Chiampo and the Acquetta stream nearby, and in the surrounding area. At a depth of one metre, hexavalent chromium was reported to be 4 mg/kg ss (milligrams/kilo in the soil) compared with the limit of 2 mg/kg ss, and total chromium was 320 mg/kg ss compared with the limit of 150 mg/kg ss.
Additionally, below one metre the contamination appeared to be even worse. Hexavalent chromium rose to 12.5 mg/kg ss, total chromium to 559 mg/kg ss, and cobalt also exceeded the legal limits, reaching a threshold of 25 mg/kg ss compared with the limit of 20 mg/kg ss.Additionally, below one metre the contamination appeared to be even worse. Hexavalent chromium rose to 12.5 mg/kg ss, total chromium to 559 mg/kg ss, and cobalt also exceeded the legal limits, reaching a threshold of 25 mg/kg ss compared with the limit of 20 mg/kg ss.
This situation appears to be the legacy of spillages caused in the past by the local tanneries.This situation appears to be the legacy of spillages caused in the past by the local tanneries.
These findings led to the decision to abandon the initial project to dredge the Chiampo (removal of banks and shoring of the bottom, to lower the river bed), and the proposal instead to excavate more on the surface. The aim is to prevent the pollutants that have become embedded in the subsoil over time from being dispersed into the surrounding area. The authorities are not in a position to take on the costs of reclamation.These findings led to the decision to abandon the initial project to dredge the Chiampo (removal of banks and shoring of the bottom, to lower the river bed), and the proposal instead to excavate more on the surface. The aim is to prevent the pollutants that have become embedded in the subsoil over time from being dispersed into the surrounding area. The authorities are not in a position to take on the costs of reclamation.
1. | Given the above, can the Commission state whether it is aware of the presence of these contaminants in the subsoil in this area?1. | Given the above, can the Commission state whether it is aware of the presence of these contaminants in the subsoil in this area?
2. | Does it not consider that the area must be reclaimed before completing the project?2. | Does it not consider that the area must be reclaimed before completing the project?
3. | Can it clarify whether there are European funds that may be accessed to carry out the reclamation work, and if so, what are the procedures?3. | Can it clarify whether there are European funds that may be accessed to carry out the reclamation work, and if so, what are the procedures?
Answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the Commission
(20 March 2014)(20 March 2014)
The Commission is aware (16) that industrial activity in the area around the Chiampo Valley has led to some contamination of the environment.The Commission is aware (16) that industrial activity in the area around the Chiampo Valley has led to some contamination of the environment.
The Commission does not have sufficient information about the local situation to be able to judge the need for reclamation or other measures to complete the project. Whatever action is taken, the most appropriate measures must be chosen by the Italian authorities to achieve good status in the relevant water bodies in accordance with the Water Framework Directive (17).The Commission does not have sufficient information about the local situation to be able to judge the need for reclamation or other measures to complete the project. Whatever action is taken, the most appropriate measures must be chosen by the Italian authorities to achieve good status in the relevant water bodies in accordance with the Water Framework Directive (17).
Support for this type of project is available within the framework of the 2007-2013 Veneto Programme co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund which, under Action 3.1.1, provides for funding for the reclamation of polluted sites, including abandoned industrial sites. Funding is strictly conditional upon the conditions mentioned in the programme including, primarily, the ‘polluter-pays’ principle.Support for this type of project is available within the framework of the 2007-2013 Veneto Programme co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund which, under Action 3.1.1, provides for funding for the reclamation of polluted sites, including abandoned industrial sites. Funding is strictly conditional upon the conditions mentioned in the programme including, primarily, the ‘polluter-pays’ principle.
In line with the shared management principle used for the administration of the Structural Funds, however, project selection and implementation is the responsibility of the national authorities. For more information the Commission therefore suggests that the Honourable Member contact directly the managing authority of the programme (18).In line with the shared management principle used for the administration of the Structural Funds, however, project selection and implementation is the responsibility of the national authorities. For more information the Commission therefore suggests that the Honourable Member contact directly the managing authority of the programme (18).
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Question for written answer E-000790/14Question for written answer E-000790/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Sir Graham Watson (ALDE)Sir Graham Watson (ALDE)
(27 January 2014)(27 January 2014)
Subject: Individual Investor Programme in MaltaSubject: Individual Investor Programme in Malta
Reports from Malta appear to suggest that changes to its Citizenship Act will include the introduction of an Individual Investor Programme for non-EU citizens.Reports from Malta appear to suggest that changes to its Citizenship Act will include the introduction of an Individual Investor Programme for non-EU citizens.
It would appear that successful applicants for this programme would be able to pay a EUR 650 000 fee, including a non-refundable deposit of EUR 10 000, an additional EUR 25 000 for their spouse to acquire citizenship and a further EUR 25 000 for each child under 18. Successful applicants will be granted citizenship by a certificate of naturalisation issued to foreigners and their families who ‘contribute to the economic development of Malta’.It would appear that successful applicants for this programme would be able to pay a EUR 650 000 fee, including a non-refundable deposit of EUR 10 000, an additional EUR 25 000 for their spouse to acquire citizenship and a further EUR 25 000 for each child under 18. Successful applicants will be granted citizenship by a certificate of naturalisation issued to foreigners and their families who ‘contribute to the economic development of Malta’.
Wealthy foreigners who purchase Maltese citizenship will also acquire EU citizenship, allowing them freedom of movement across the Member States.Wealthy foreigners who purchase Maltese citizenship will also acquire EU citizenship, allowing them freedom of movement across the Member States.
1. | Is the Commission aware of these proposals?1. | Is the Commission aware of these proposals?
The Court of Justice in the case of Micheletti and others (C-369/90) stated that Member States must observe ‘due regard to Community law’ when granting citizenship. The Court noted that ‘under international law, it is for each Member State, having due regard to Community law, to lay down the conditions for the acquisition and loss of nationality’.The Court of Justice in the case of Micheletti and others (C-369/90) stated that Member States must observe ‘due regard to Community law’ when granting citizenship. The Court noted that ‘under international law, it is for each Member State, having due regard to Community law, to lay down the conditions for the acquisition and loss of nationality’.
2. | In light of this, does the Commission believe that Malta’s proposed Individual Investor Programme would meet the requirement of ‘due regard to Community law’ as stated in the Micheletti case?2. | In light of this, does the Commission believe that Malta’s proposed Individual Investor Programme would meet the requirement of ‘due regard to Community law’ as stated in the Micheletti case?
Answer given by Mrs Reding on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mrs Reding on behalf of the Commission
(25 March 2014)(25 March 2014)
The Commission refers the Honourable Member to its answer to Parliamentary Question E-013318/2013 (19).The Commission refers the Honourable Member to its answer to Parliamentary Question E-013318/2013 (19).
(Ελληνική έκδοση)(Ελληνική έκδοση)
Ερώτηση με αίτημα γραπτής απάντησης E-000791/14Ερώτηση με αίτημα γραπτής απάντησης E-000791/14
προς την Επιτροπήπρος την Επιτροπή
Nikos Chrysogelos (Verts/ALE)Nikos Chrysogelos (Verts/ALE)
(27 Ιανουαρίου 2014)(27 Ιανουαρίου 2014)
Θέμα: Σχετικά με το ενεργειακό κόστος των ελληνικών επιχειρήσεωνΘέμα: Σχετικά με το ενεργειακό κόστος των ελληνικών επιχειρήσεων
Ο Έλληνας Υπουργός Περιβάλλοντος, Ενέργειας και Κλιματικής Αλλαγής και προεδρεύων του Συμβουλίου Υπουργών Περιβάλλοντος της ΕΕ κ. Μανιάτης, σε πρόσφατη ανακοίνωσή του (20) σχετικά με το ενεργειακό κόστος των ελληνικών επιχειρήσεων αναφέρεται σε μια «ολοκληρωμένη μελέτη σχετικά με τις επιπτώσεις στην ανταγωνιστικότητα της Ελληνικής Οικονομίας από την προτεινόμενη αλλαγή » στο «backloading» δικαιωμάτων εκπομπής CO2, «η οποία συμπεραίνει πως το μέτρο θα οδηγήσει στην απώλεια 32 700 θέσεων εργασίας και πιθανόν 1 200-7 600 επιπλέον». Με δεδομένα τα εξής:Ο Έλληνας Υπουργός Περιβάλλοντος, Ενέργειας και Κλιματικής Αλλαγής και προεδρεύων του Συμβουλίου Υπουργών Περιβάλλοντος της ΕΕ κ. Μανιάτης, σε πρόσφατη ανακοίνωσή του (20) σχετικά με το ενεργειακό κόστος των ελληνικών επιχειρήσεων αναφέρεται σε μια «ολοκληρωμένη μελέτη σχετικά με τις επιπτώσεις στην ανταγωνιστικότητα της Ελληνικής Οικονομίας από την προτεινόμενη αλλαγή » στο «backloading» δικαιωμάτων εκπομπής CO2, «η οποία συμπεραίνει πως το μέτρο θα οδηγήσει στην απώλεια 32 700 θέσεων εργασίας και πιθανόν 1 200-7 600 επιπλέον». Με δεδομένα τα εξής:
— | ο Έλληνας Υπουργός ΠΕΚΑ έχει υπερψηφίσει στο Συμβούλιο Υπουργών της 16ης Δεκεμβρίου 2013 (21) τη δρομολόγηση της εφαρμογής του μέτρου, και δεν έχει δώσει στη δημοσιότητα τη μελέτη αυτή προκειμένου να κριθεί η επιστημονική της πληρότητα και τεκμηρίωση και η ποιότητα των αναλύσεων που ο ίδιος υιοθετεί,— | ο Έλληνας Υπουργός ΠΕΚΑ έχει υπερψηφίσει στο Συμβούλιο Υπουργών της 16ης Δεκεμβρίου 2013 (21) τη δρομολόγηση της εφαρμογής του μέτρου, και δεν έχει δώσει στη δημοσιότητα τη μελέτη αυτή προκειμένου να κριθεί η επιστημονική της πληρότητα και τεκμηρίωση και η ποιότητα των αναλύσεων που ο ίδιος υιοθετεί,
— | την Ανάλυση Επιπτώσεων (22) της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής,— | την Ανάλυση Επιπτώσεων (22) της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής,
— | τον Ενεργειακό Οδικό Χάρτη (23).— | τον Ενεργειακό Οδικό Χάρτη (23).
Ερωτάται η Επιτροπή εάν:Ερωτάται η Επιτροπή εάν:
Έχει ενημερωθεί σχετικά με την έκθεση την οποία επικαλείται ο Υπουργός για «αρνητικές επιπτώσεις στην απασχόληση», όπως ισχυρίζεται ότι θα υπάρχουν από την αλλαγή στο «backloading»; Έχει παρουσιάσει ο Υπουργός σχετικά στοιχεία πριν συμφωνήσει για το μέτρο στη Σύνοδο των Υπουργών, Περιβάλλοντος στις 16/12/2013; Είναι ενήμερη για την μελέτη που αναφέρει ο Υπουργός και, αν ναι, πώς την αξιολογεί;Έχει ενημερωθεί σχετικά με την έκθεση την οποία επικαλείται ο Υπουργός για «αρνητικές επιπτώσεις στην απασχόληση», όπως ισχυρίζεται ότι θα υπάρχουν από την αλλαγή στο «backloading»; Έχει παρουσιάσει ο Υπουργός σχετικά στοιχεία πριν συμφωνήσει για το μέτρο στη Σύνοδο των Υπουργών, Περιβάλλοντος στις 16/12/2013; Είναι ενήμερη για την μελέτη που αναφέρει ο Υπουργός και, αν ναι, πώς την αξιολογεί;
Συμφωνεί με την εκτίμηση του Υπουργού ή θεωρεί ότι το ενεργειακό κόστος ανά μονάδα προϊόντος μπορεί να βελτιωθεί αν αυξηθεί η ενεργειακή αποδοτικότητα της βιομηχανίας και της ελληνικής οικονομίας και αν βελτιωθεί η διαφάνεια και ο ανταγωνισμός στις αγορές ενέργειας;Συμφωνεί με την εκτίμηση του Υπουργού ή θεωρεί ότι το ενεργειακό κόστος ανά μονάδα προϊόντος μπορεί να βελτιωθεί αν αυξηθεί η ενεργειακή αποδοτικότητα της βιομηχανίας και της ελληνικής οικονομίας και αν βελτιωθεί η διαφάνεια και ο ανταγωνισμός στις αγορές ενέργειας;
Ποια ευρωπαϊκά προγράμματα έχουν αξιοποιηθεί από την Ελλάδα για να βελτιωθεί η ενεργειακή αποδοτικότητα της βιομηχανίας και της οικονομίας και με τι αποτελέσματα;Ποια ευρωπαϊκά προγράμματα έχουν αξιοποιηθεί από την Ελλάδα για να βελτιωθεί η ενεργειακή αποδοτικότητα της βιομηχανίας και της οικονομίας και με τι αποτελέσματα;
Απάντηση του κ. Rehn εξ ονόματος της ΕπιτροπήςΑπάντηση του κ. Rehn εξ ονόματος της Επιτροπής
(12 Μαρτίου 2014)(12 Μαρτίου 2014)
Η Επιτροπή έχει υπόψη της την εν λόγω μελέτη σε μορφή εκτεταμένης περίληψης από τον Ιανουάριο του 2014. Η μελέτη δεν έχει συζητηθεί σε επίπεδο υπουργών. Η Επιτροπή δεν έχει υπόψη της γνωμοδότηση του Συμβουλίου σχετικά με τη μελέτη.Η Επιτροπή έχει υπόψη της την εν λόγω μελέτη σε μορφή εκτεταμένης περίληψης από τον Ιανουάριο του 2014. Η μελέτη δεν έχει συζητηθεί σε επίπεδο υπουργών. Η Επιτροπή δεν έχει υπόψη της γνωμοδότηση του Συμβουλίου σχετικά με τη μελέτη.
Η Επιτροπή δεν δύναται να επιβεβαιώσει τα αποτελέσματα που παρουσιάζονται στην εκτεταμένη περίληψη, δεδομένου ότι διαθέτει περιορισμένες μόνο πληροφορίες όσον αφορά τη μεθοδολογία και τους υπολογισμούς. Η πρόταση για «backloading» συνοδευόταν από εκτίμηση επιπτώσεων, στην οποία εξετάστηκαν οι συνέπειες για τις τιμές ηλεκτρικής ενέργειας, αλλά διαπιστώθηκε ότι δεν υπήρχαν. Επιπλέον, το backloading δικαιωμάτων δεν επηρεάζει τη δωρεάν κατανομή στη βιομηχανία. Ωστόσο, η Επιτροπή έχει υπόψη της την ιδιαίτερη κατάσταση της ελληνικής οικονομίας, λόγω των συνεπειών της χρηματοπιστωτικής και οικονομικής κρίσης.Η Επιτροπή δεν δύναται να επιβεβαιώσει τα αποτελέσματα που παρουσιάζονται στην εκτεταμένη περίληψη, δεδομένου ότι διαθέτει περιορισμένες μόνο πληροφορίες όσον αφορά τη μεθοδολογία και τους υπολογισμούς. Η πρόταση για «backloading» συνοδευόταν από εκτίμηση επιπτώσεων, στην οποία εξετάστηκαν οι συνέπειες για τις τιμές ηλεκτρικής ενέργειας, αλλά διαπιστώθηκε ότι δεν υπήρχαν. Επιπλέον, το backloading δικαιωμάτων δεν επηρεάζει τη δωρεάν κατανομή στη βιομηχανία. Ωστόσο, η Επιτροπή έχει υπόψη της την ιδιαίτερη κατάσταση της ελληνικής οικονομίας, λόγω των συνεπειών της χρηματοπιστωτικής και οικονομικής κρίσης.
Όπως φαίνεται στην δημοσίευση της Επιτροπής SWD(2014)19 (24), το ενεργειακό κόστος ανά μονάδα προστιθέμενης αξίας του ελληνικού μεταποιητικού τομέα μπορεί να θεωρηθεί υψηλό σε σύγκριση με τα δεδομένα ΕΕ, δεδομένου ότι το επίπεδό του υπερβαίνει τον μέσο όρο της ΕΕ.Όπως φαίνεται στην δημοσίευση της Επιτροπής SWD(2014)19 (24), το ενεργειακό κόστος ανά μονάδα προστιθέμενης αξίας του ελληνικού μεταποιητικού τομέα μπορεί να θεωρηθεί υψηλό σε σύγκριση με τα δεδομένα ΕΕ, δεδομένου ότι το επίπεδό του υπερβαίνει τον μέσο όρο της ΕΕ.
Σύμφωνα με το ίδιο έγγραφο της Επιτροπής, οι τιμές ενέργειας που κατέβαλε ο μεταποιητικός τομέας στην Ελλάδα δείχνουν να ευθυγραμμίζονται με τα επίπεδα της ΕΕ. Ωστόσο, η ελληνική βιομηχανία είναι περισσότερο ενεργειοβόρα. Αυτό σημαίνει ότι η ενέργεια αποτελεί πιο σημαντικό παράγοντα κόστους στον μεταποιητικό τομέα στην Ελλάδα από ό, τι στις περισσότερες χώρες της ΕΕ.Σύμφωνα με το ίδιο έγγραφο της Επιτροπής, οι τιμές ενέργειας που κατέβαλε ο μεταποιητικός τομέας στην Ελλάδα δείχνουν να ευθυγραμμίζονται με τα επίπεδα της ΕΕ. Ωστόσο, η ελληνική βιομηχανία είναι περισσότερο ενεργειοβόρα. Αυτό σημαίνει ότι η ενέργεια αποτελεί πιο σημαντικό παράγοντα κόστους στον μεταποιητικό τομέα στην Ελλάδα από ό, τι στις περισσότερες χώρες της ΕΕ.
Την τελευταία δεκαετία, η ελληνική βιομηχανία έχει μειώσει την ενεργειακή της ένταση περισσότερο από τον μέσο όρο της ΕΕ, πλην όμως πολλά άλλα κράτη μέλη κατόρθωσαν να επιτύχουν ακόμη μεγαλύτερες βελτιώσεις. Αυτό δείχνει ότι η ελληνική βιομηχανία έχει ακόμη περιθώρια να βελτιώσει την ενεργειακή αποδοτικότητά της. Λαμβάνοντας υπόψη τις τιμές της ενέργειας, η Επιτροπή πιστεύει ότι μια ανταγωνιστική και ολοκληρωμένη ενιαία εσωτερική αγορά ενέργειας αποτελεί τον πλέον αποτελεσματικό τρόπο για την παροχή ασφαλούς και προσιτής ενέργειας στους καταναλωτές της ΕΕ.Την τελευταία δεκαετία, η ελληνική βιομηχανία έχει μειώσει την ενεργειακή της ένταση περισσότερο από τον μέσο όρο της ΕΕ, πλην όμως πολλά άλλα κράτη μέλη κατόρθωσαν να επιτύχουν ακόμη μεγαλύτερες βελτιώσεις. Αυτό δείχνει ότι η ελληνική βιομηχανία έχει ακόμη περιθώρια να βελτιώσει την ενεργειακή αποδοτικότητά της. Λαμβάνοντας υπόψη τις τιμές της ενέργειας, η Επιτροπή πιστεύει ότι μια ανταγωνιστική και ολοκληρωμένη ενιαία εσωτερική αγορά ενέργειας αποτελεί τον πλέον αποτελεσματικό τρόπο για την παροχή ασφαλούς και προσιτής ενέργειας στους καταναλωτές της ΕΕ.
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Question for written answer E-000791/14Question for written answer E-000791/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Nikos Chrysogelos (Verts/ALE)Nikos Chrysogelos (Verts/ALE)
(27 January 2014)(27 January 2014)
Subject: Energy cost incurred by Greek businessesSubject: Energy cost incurred by Greek businesses
The Greek Minister for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change and President-in-Office of the EU Council of Environment Ministers, Mr Maniatis, referred in a recent statement on the energy cost incurred by Greek businesses (25) to an integrated study on the impact that the changeover to backloading of CO2 emission allowances will have on the competitiveness of the Greek economy. That study concludes that this measure will result in the loss of 32 700 jobs, with the possibility of a further 1 200 to 7 600 job losses. In light of:The Greek Minister for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change and President-in-Office of the EU Council of Environment Ministers, Mr Maniatis, referred in a recent statement on the energy cost incurred by Greek businesses (25) to an integrated study on the impact that the changeover to backloading of CO2 emission allowances will have on the competitiveness of the Greek economy. That study concludes that this measure will result in the loss of 32 700 jobs, with the possibility of a further 1 200 to 7 600 job losses. In light of:
— | the fact that, at the meeting of the Council of Ministers on 16 December 2013 (26), the Greek Minister for the Environment voted in favour of the measure and has not made the above study publicly available, so that its scientific integrity and the quality of the analyses which he himself has endorsed can be assessed;— | the fact that, at the meeting of the Council of Ministers on 16 December 2013 (26), the Greek Minister for the Environment voted in favour of the measure and has not made the above study publicly available, so that its scientific integrity and the quality of the analyses which he himself has endorsed can be assessed;
— | the impact assessment (27) made by the European Commission;— | the impact assessment (27) made by the European Commission;
— | the Energy Roadmap (28),— | the Energy Roadmap (28),
Will the Commission say:Will the Commission say:
Is it aware of the study quoted by the Minister on the adverse impact on employment which he claims will be caused by the changeover to backloading? Did the Minister present the relevant information at the meeting of Environment Ministers on 16 December 2013 before agreeing to the measure? Is the Council aware of the study referred to by the Minister and, if so, what is its opinion of it?Is it aware of the study quoted by the Minister on the adverse impact on employment which he claims will be caused by the changeover to backloading? Did the Minister present the relevant information at the meeting of Environment Ministers on 16 December 2013 before agreeing to the measure? Is the Council aware of the study referred to by the Minister and, if so, what is its opinion of it?
Does it agree with the Minister’s opinion or does it consider that energy cost per unit product could be improved by increasing the energy performance of industry and of the Greek economy and by improving transparency and competition on the energy markets?Does it agree with the Minister’s opinion or does it consider that energy cost per unit product could be improved by increasing the energy performance of industry and of the Greek economy and by improving transparency and competition on the energy markets?
Which energy programmes has Greece used to improve the energy performance of industry and the economy and with what results?Which energy programmes has Greece used to improve the energy performance of industry and the economy and with what results?
Answer given by Mr Rehn on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Rehn on behalf of the Commission
(12 March 2014)(12 March 2014)
The Commission is aware of the executive summary of the study in question since January 2014. The study has not been discussed at Ministerial level. The Commission is not aware of the Council's opinion on the study.The Commission is aware of the executive summary of the study in question since January 2014. The study has not been discussed at Ministerial level. The Commission is not aware of the Council's opinion on the study.
The Commission cannot confirm the results presented in the executive summary since it has only limited information on the methodology and calculations. The proposal for backloading was accompanied by an impact assessment which considered the effects on electricity prices but did not reveal such impacts. In addition, the backloading of allowances does not affect the amount of free allocation to the industry. Nevertheless, the Commission is aware of the particular situation of the Greek economy, in view of the consequences of the financial and economic crisis.The Commission cannot confirm the results presented in the executive summary since it has only limited information on the methodology and calculations. The proposal for backloading was accompanied by an impact assessment which considered the effects on electricity prices but did not reveal such impacts. In addition, the backloading of allowances does not affect the amount of free allocation to the industry. Nevertheless, the Commission is aware of the particular situation of the Greek economy, in view of the consequences of the financial and economic crisis.
As shown in the Commission publication SWD(2014) 19 (29), energy costs per unit of value added of the Greek manufacturing sector can be considered high in an EU comparison, with its level exceeding the EU average.As shown in the Commission publication SWD(2014) 19 (29), energy costs per unit of value added of the Greek manufacturing sector can be considered high in an EU comparison, with its level exceeding the EU average.
Energy prices paid by the manufacturing sector in Greece seem to be in line with the EU levels according to the same Commission document. However, the Greek industry is more energy intensive. This implies that energy is more important as a cost driver in manufacturing in Greece than in most EU countries.Energy prices paid by the manufacturing sector in Greece seem to be in line with the EU levels according to the same Commission document. However, the Greek industry is more energy intensive. This implies that energy is more important as a cost driver in manufacturing in Greece than in most EU countries.
In the last decade, the Greek industry has lowered its energy intensity by more than the EU average, but many other Member States managed to achieve even bigger improvements. This suggests that there is further room for improvement in terms of energy efficiency in the Greek industry. Considering energy prices, the Commission believes that a competitive and integrated single internal energy market is the most effective way to provide secure and affordable energy to consumers in the EU.In the last decade, the Greek industry has lowered its energy intensity by more than the EU average, but many other Member States managed to achieve even bigger improvements. This suggests that there is further room for improvement in terms of energy efficiency in the Greek industry. Considering energy prices, the Commission believes that a competitive and integrated single internal energy market is the most effective way to provide secure and affordable energy to consumers in the EU.
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Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-001370/14Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-001370/14
alla Commissionealla Commissione
Mario Borghezio (NI)Mario Borghezio (NI)
(11 febbraio 2014)(11 febbraio 2014)
Oggetto: Turchia, maglia nera per i diritti umaniOggetto: Turchia, maglia nera per i diritti umani
In una relazione presentata nel mese di gennaio scorso, l'Osservatorio internazionale per i diritti umani ha rilevato che il governo turco ha dimostrato, e continua a dimostrare, una crescente intolleranza nei confronti dell'opposizione politica, delle manifestazioni pubbliche e delle critiche dei media. Le accuse più pesanti riguardano le repressioni delle proteste di massa, la censura ai media, i processi iniqui e un sistema penale alquanto lacunoso.In una relazione presentata nel mese di gennaio scorso, l'Osservatorio internazionale per i diritti umani ha rilevato che il governo turco ha dimostrato, e continua a dimostrare, una crescente intolleranza nei confronti dell'opposizione politica, delle manifestazioni pubbliche e delle critiche dei media. Le accuse più pesanti riguardano le repressioni delle proteste di massa, la censura ai media, i processi iniqui e un sistema penale alquanto lacunoso.
La Commissione intende commentare e intervenire a tal riguardo?La Commissione intende commentare e intervenire a tal riguardo?
Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-001645/14Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-001645/14
alla Commissionealla Commissione
Mario Borghezio (NI)Mario Borghezio (NI)
(14 febbraio 2014)(14 febbraio 2014)
Oggetto: Turchia espelle un giornalista azeroOggetto: Turchia espelle un giornalista azero
Il governo di Ankara ha espulso un giornalista azero accusandolo di aver scritto tweet critici nei confronti di Erdogan. Il cronista, in Turchia da 5 anni, collaborava con il quotidiano Zaman ed è stato accompagnato dalla polizia fino a un aereo per l'Azerbaigian mentre il ministero degli Interni, oltre a non avergli rinnovato il permesso di soggiorno, lo ha inserito nella lista degli stranieri cui è vietato l'ingresso di Turchia.Il governo di Ankara ha espulso un giornalista azero accusandolo di aver scritto tweet critici nei confronti di Erdogan. Il cronista, in Turchia da 5 anni, collaborava con il quotidiano Zaman ed è stato accompagnato dalla polizia fino a un aereo per l'Azerbaigian mentre il ministero degli Interni, oltre a non avergli rinnovato il permesso di soggiorno, lo ha inserito nella lista degli stranieri cui è vietato l'ingresso di Turchia.
Come intende la Commissione intervenire sul governo turco dopo questo ennesimo episodio di intolleranza nei confronti di un giornalista critico?Come intende la Commissione intervenire sul governo turco dopo questo ennesimo episodio di intolleranza nei confronti di un giornalista critico?
Come giudica la Commissione il fatto che nel cosiddetto pacchetto di democratizzazione presentato dal premier Erdogan non vi sia alcun cenno alla libertà di stampa e alle procedure usate nei confronti dei giornalisti (arresti, espulsioni, intimidazioni)?Come giudica la Commissione il fatto che nel cosiddetto pacchetto di democratizzazione presentato dal premier Erdogan non vi sia alcun cenno alla libertà di stampa e alle procedure usate nei confronti dei giornalisti (arresti, espulsioni, intimidazioni)?
Risposta congiunta di Štefan Füle a nome della CommissioneRisposta congiunta di Štefan Füle a nome della Commissione
(31 marzo 2014)(31 marzo 2014)
La Commissione rinvia l’onorevole parlamentare alla sua relazione sui progressi della Turchia del 2013 (30), che tratta al capitolo 23 (31) i problemi messi in evidenza dall’onorevole parlamentare, specialmente l’incidenza del terzo e del quarto pacchetto di riforme della giustizia sui reati connessi al terrorismo e sui casi di carcerazione preventiva. Nella relazione la Commissione esprime le sue preoccupazioni relative alla libertà di espressione, in particolare alla detenzione di giornalisti e all’uso eccessivo della forza durante le dimostrazioni. Tali constatazioni rimangono in ampia misura valide e la Commissione continua a sollevarle nelle riunioni con le autorità turche.La Commissione rinvia l’onorevole parlamentare alla sua relazione sui progressi della Turchia del 2013 (30), che tratta al capitolo 23 (31) i problemi messi in evidenza dall’onorevole parlamentare, specialmente l’incidenza del terzo e del quarto pacchetto di riforme della giustizia sui reati connessi al terrorismo e sui casi di carcerazione preventiva. Nella relazione la Commissione esprime le sue preoccupazioni relative alla libertà di espressione, in particolare alla detenzione di giornalisti e all’uso eccessivo della forza durante le dimostrazioni. Tali constatazioni rimangono in ampia misura valide e la Commissione continua a sollevarle nelle riunioni con le autorità turche.
Per quanto riguarda l’impatto dei negoziati per l’adesione, la Commissione richiama l’attenzione dell’onorevole parlamentare sulle sue conclusioni sulla Turchia allegate alla Strategia di allargamento 2013-2014 (32), dove sottolinea l’importanza di un aumento dell’impegno dell’UE con la Turchia in materia di diritti fondamentali. È nell’interesse sia della Turchia che dell’UE che si raggiunga un accordo sui criteri per l’apertura del capitolo 23 e che questi siano comunicati alla Turchia allo scopo di consentire l’avvio di negoziati in questo settore cruciale: ciò contribuirebbe notevolmente a garantire che l’UE e le sue norme rimangano i parametri per le riforme attuate in Turchia.Per quanto riguarda l’impatto dei negoziati per l’adesione, la Commissione richiama l’attenzione dell’onorevole parlamentare sulle sue conclusioni sulla Turchia allegate alla Strategia di allargamento 2013-2014 (32), dove sottolinea l’importanza di un aumento dell’impegno dell’UE con la Turchia in materia di diritti fondamentali. È nell’interesse sia della Turchia che dell’UE che si raggiunga un accordo sui criteri per l’apertura del capitolo 23 e che questi siano comunicati alla Turchia allo scopo di consentire l’avvio di negoziati in questo settore cruciale: ciò contribuirebbe notevolmente a garantire che l’UE e le sue norme rimangano i parametri per le riforme attuate in Turchia.
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Question for written answer E-000792/14Question for written answer E-000792/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
David Martin (S&D)David Martin (S&D)
(27 January 2014)(27 January 2014)
Subject: Political situation in TurkeySubject: Political situation in Turkey
As the Commission will be aware, the Turkish Government is still violating human rights. The Commission is asked to comment on the following points regarding the present political situation in Turkey and how these impact on Turkey’s accession process and present trade preferences towards the country:As the Commission will be aware, the Turkish Government is still violating human rights. The Commission is asked to comment on the following points regarding the present political situation in Turkey and how these impact on Turkey’s accession process and present trade preferences towards the country:
— | the Turkish anti-terror law that is used to define any dissent as terrorism and to punish ‘offenders’ accordingly;— | the Turkish anti-terror law that is used to define any dissent as terrorism and to punish ‘offenders’ accordingly;
— | the fact that there are more journalists imprisoned in Turkey than in any other country in the world, including journalist Tuncay Ozkan who is currently jailed for life in the highly questionable Ergenekon trials;— | the fact that there are more journalists imprisoned in Turkey than in any other country in the world, including journalist Tuncay Ozkan who is currently jailed for life in the highly questionable Ergenekon trials;
— | the lengthy imprisonment of government opponents awaiting trial, for periods of up to five years;— | the lengthy imprisonment of government opponents awaiting trial, for periods of up to five years;
— | censorship of the media in Turkey;— | censorship of the media in Turkey;
— | excessive police violence against peaceful protestors.— | excessive police violence against peaceful protestors.
Question for written answer E-001370/14Question for written answer E-001370/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Mario Borghezio (NI)Mario Borghezio (NI)
(11 February 2014)(11 February 2014)
Subject: Turkey — black mark for human rightsSubject: Turkey — black mark for human rights
A report published in January by the international human rights organisation UPR Watch has revealed that the Turkish Government has been, and continues to be, increasingly intolerant of political opposition, public demonstrations and media criticism. The most serious allegations concern the repression of mass protests, media censorship, unfair trials and a rather flawed criminal justice system.A report published in January by the international human rights organisation UPR Watch has revealed that the Turkish Government has been, and continues to be, increasingly intolerant of political opposition, public demonstrations and media criticism. The most serious allegations concern the repression of mass protests, media censorship, unfair trials and a rather flawed criminal justice system.
Does the Commission intend to comment and intervene in this regard?Does the Commission intend to comment and intervene in this regard?
Question for written answer E-001556/14Question for written answer E-001556/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
William (The Earl of) Dartmouth (EFD)William (The Earl of) Dartmouth (EFD)
(13 February 2014)(13 February 2014)
Subject: Imprisonment of journalists in TurkeySubject: Imprisonment of journalists in Turkey
Considering that Turkey is the world’s leading jailer of journalists for the second year in a row (33), does the Commission have any plans to review Turkey’s position as an EU candidate country?Considering that Turkey is the world’s leading jailer of journalists for the second year in a row (33), does the Commission have any plans to review Turkey’s position as an EU candidate country?
Question for written answer E-001645/14Question for written answer E-001645/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Mario Borghezio (NI)Mario Borghezio (NI)
(14 February 2014)(14 February 2014)
Subject: Turkey's expulsion of an Azerbaijani journalistSubject: Turkey's expulsion of an Azerbaijani journalist
The Ankara Government has expelled an Azerbaijani journalist accused of tweeting disparaging comments about Prime Minister Erdogan. The reporter, who was working for the Zaman newspaper and had been in Turkey for five years, was put on a plane to Azerbaijan by the police. The Ministry of the Interior has not only refused to renew his residence permit, but also placed him on the blacklist of foreigners prohibited from entering Turkey.The Ankara Government has expelled an Azerbaijani journalist accused of tweeting disparaging comments about Prime Minister Erdogan. The reporter, who was working for the Zaman newspaper and had been in Turkey for five years, was put on a plane to Azerbaijan by the police. The Ministry of the Interior has not only refused to renew his residence permit, but also placed him on the blacklist of foreigners prohibited from entering Turkey.
What sort of representations will the Commission make to the Turkish Government in the light of this, the umpteenth case of intolerance towards a critical journalist?What sort of representations will the Commission make to the Turkish Government in the light of this, the umpteenth case of intolerance towards a critical journalist?
How does it view the fact that Erdogan’s so-called democratisation package says nothing about freedom of the press or the ways in which journalists are treated (arrest, expulsion, intimidation)?How does it view the fact that Erdogan’s so-called democratisation package says nothing about freedom of the press or the ways in which journalists are treated (arrest, expulsion, intimidation)?
Joint answer given by Mr Füle on behalf of the CommissionJoint answer given by Mr Füle on behalf of the Commission
(31 March 2014)(31 March 2014)
The Commission would like to refer the Honourable Members to its 2013 Progress Report on Turkey (34). The issues raised by the Honourable Members are covered by the section on Chapter 23 (35), especially with regard to the impact of the 3rd and the 4th Judicial Reform Packages on the terror-related crimes and pre-trial detentions. The report reflects the Commission's concerns with regard to freedom of expression, including imprisonment of journalists, and the excessive use of force during demonstrations. These findings remain largely valid and the Commission continues to raise them in its meetings with the Turkish authorities.The Commission would like to refer the Honourable Members to its 2013 Progress Report on Turkey (34). The issues raised by the Honourable Members are covered by the section on Chapter 23 (35), especially with regard to the impact of the 3rd and the 4th Judicial Reform Packages on the terror-related crimes and pre-trial detentions. The report reflects the Commission's concerns with regard to freedom of expression, including imprisonment of journalists, and the excessive use of force during demonstrations. These findings remain largely valid and the Commission continues to raise them in its meetings with the Turkish authorities.
Concerning the impact on the accession negotiations, the Commission would like to draw the attention of the Honourable Members to its conclusions on Turkey annexed to the EU Enlargement Strategy 2013 — 2014 (36). It underlines the importance for the EU to enhance its engagement with Turkey on fundamental rights. It is in the interest of both Turkey and the EU that the opening benchmarks for Chapter 23are agreed upon and communicated to Turkey with a view to enabling the opening of negotiations in this crucial area. This would significantly contribute to ensuring that the EU and its standards remain the benchmark for reforms in Turkey.Concerning the impact on the accession negotiations, the Commission would like to draw the attention of the Honourable Members to its conclusions on Turkey annexed to the EU Enlargement Strategy 2013 — 2014 (36). It underlines the importance for the EU to enhance its engagement with Turkey on fundamental rights. It is in the interest of both Turkey and the EU that the opening benchmarks for Chapter 23are agreed upon and communicated to Turkey with a view to enabling the opening of negotiations in this crucial area. This would significantly contribute to ensuring that the EU and its standards remain the benchmark for reforms in Turkey.
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Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000793/14Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000793/14
alla Commissionealla Commissione
Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (PPE)Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (PPE)
(27 gennaio 2014)(27 gennaio 2014)
Oggetto: Sviluppo di reti 5GOggetto: Sviluppo di reti 5G
Lo scorso mercoledì 22 gennaio il Ministero dell'educazione, scienza e tecnologia della Repubblica di Corea ha annunciato che investirà 1,5 miliardi di dollari in un progetto di sviluppo di tecnologia 5G, che dovrebbe essere 1.000 volte più veloce rispetto all'attuale 4G. Una prima versione di prova dovrebbe essere pronta per il 2017, mentre l'immissione sul mercato dovrebbe avvenire nel 2020. Inoltre, il ministero ha confermato la volontà di dotare la nuova rete di supporti tecnologici avanzati, che includono tecnologia Ultra-HD, trasmissioni olografiche e altro ancora.Lo scorso mercoledì 22 gennaio il Ministero dell'educazione, scienza e tecnologia della Repubblica di Corea ha annunciato che investirà 1,5 miliardi di dollari in un progetto di sviluppo di tecnologia 5G, che dovrebbe essere 1.000 volte più veloce rispetto all'attuale 4G. Una prima versione di prova dovrebbe essere pronta per il 2017, mentre l'immissione sul mercato dovrebbe avvenire nel 2020. Inoltre, il ministero ha confermato la volontà di dotare la nuova rete di supporti tecnologici avanzati, che includono tecnologia Ultra-HD, trasmissioni olografiche e altro ancora.
Il programma sarà sviluppato in collaborazione con importanti reti telefoniche pubbliche e private coreane, così come con produttori di supporti e software telefonici. Uno tra questi ha già avviato alcuni test, riuscendo, secondo fonti interne, a sviluppare un segnale di 1.056 Gigabit per secondo, recettibile fino a una distanza di due chilometri.Il programma sarà sviluppato in collaborazione con importanti reti telefoniche pubbliche e private coreane, così come con produttori di supporti e software telefonici. Uno tra questi ha già avviato alcuni test, riuscendo, secondo fonti interne, a sviluppare un segnale di 1.056 Gigabit per secondo, recettibile fino a una distanza di due chilometri.
1. | Considerando quanto precede, può la Commissione far sapere se è a conoscenza dell'annuncio del ministero coreano e dei primi test effettuati?1. | Considerando quanto precede, può la Commissione far sapere se è a conoscenza dell'annuncio del ministero coreano e dei primi test effettuati?
2. | È a conoscenza di test simili sviluppati in centri di ricerca europei?2. | È a conoscenza di test simili sviluppati in centri di ricerca europei?
3. | Intende investire nello sviluppo di una rete simile a quella delineata dalla Repubblica di Corea?3. | Intende investire nello sviluppo di una rete simile a quella delineata dalla Repubblica di Corea?
Risposta di Neelie Kroes a nome della CommissioneRisposta di Neelie Kroes a nome della Commissione
(24 marzo 2014)(24 marzo 2014)
La Commissione è a conoscenza dei progetti di sviluppo di tecnologia 5G in Corea (e altrove) che spingono anche la ricerca e sviluppo europei a concentrarsi con urgenza sulla 5G. I servizi della Commissione stanno lavorando da oltre un anno con tutti i maggiori esponenti del mondo dell’industria e della ricerca in questo settore alla creazione di un partenariato pubblico-privato (PPP 5G) sulla tecnologia 5G, partenariato che sarà attuato nel quadro del programma di ricerca Orizzonte 2020, con una dotazione di circa 700 milioni di euro, integrata da circa 3 milioni e mezzo di euro di investimenti privati. La Commissione ha firmato un accordo contrattuale con l’associazione industriale del PPP 5G il 17 dicembre 2013 (si veda http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/towards-5g). Quest’iniziativa completa il pacchetto «Un continente connesso» nell’intento di seguire un approccio coerente e globale nel settore europeo delle telecomunicazioni.La Commissione è a conoscenza dei progetti di sviluppo di tecnologia 5G in Corea (e altrove) che spingono anche la ricerca e sviluppo europei a concentrarsi con urgenza sulla 5G. I servizi della Commissione stanno lavorando da oltre un anno con tutti i maggiori esponenti del mondo dell’industria e della ricerca in questo settore alla creazione di un partenariato pubblico-privato (PPP 5G) sulla tecnologia 5G, partenariato che sarà attuato nel quadro del programma di ricerca Orizzonte 2020, con una dotazione di circa 700 milioni di euro, integrata da circa 3 milioni e mezzo di euro di investimenti privati. La Commissione ha firmato un accordo contrattuale con l’associazione industriale del PPP 5G il 17 dicembre 2013 (si veda http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/towards-5g). Quest’iniziativa completa il pacchetto «Un continente connesso» nell’intento di seguire un approccio coerente e globale nel settore europeo delle telecomunicazioni.
In occasione del Mobile World Congress svoltosi a Barcellona, il 24 febbraio 2014 la Commissione ha riaffermato la propria determinazione a rafforzare la leadership europea nella tecnologia 5G (si veda http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-14-155_en.htm). Il Mobile World Congress del 2014 ha inoltre dato ai leader dell’industria l’opportunità di confermare il loro pieno sostegno al progetto.In occasione del Mobile World Congress svoltosi a Barcellona, il 24 febbraio 2014 la Commissione ha riaffermato la propria determinazione a rafforzare la leadership europea nella tecnologia 5G (si veda http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-14-155_en.htm). Il Mobile World Congress del 2014 ha inoltre dato ai leader dell’industria l’opportunità di confermare il loro pieno sostegno al progetto.
Per quanto riguarda i test svolti in Corea, finora gli annunci parlano di trasmissione in banda millimetrica e di per sé non sono rivoluzionari, né superano certo le capacità degli attori europei del settore. I centri europei di ricerca stanno portando avanti ricerche analoghe attraverso progetti finanziati dal Settimo programma quadro, come METIS, 5GNOW e iJOIN, per nominarne solo alcuni.Per quanto riguarda i test svolti in Corea, finora gli annunci parlano di trasmissione in banda millimetrica e di per sé non sono rivoluzionari, né superano certo le capacità degli attori europei del settore. I centri europei di ricerca stanno portando avanti ricerche analoghe attraverso progetti finanziati dal Settimo programma quadro, come METIS, 5GNOW e iJOIN, per nominarne solo alcuni.
Nella consapevolezza che le reti si vanno sviluppando a livello globale con requisiti molto elevati in fatto di interoperabilità, la Commissione intende supportare la cooperazione internazionale con la Corea del Sud, ad esempio attraverso il Forum sulla 5G recentemente creato in quel paese, con l’obiettivo di approvare norme di portata mondiale per questa tecnologia.Nella consapevolezza che le reti si vanno sviluppando a livello globale con requisiti molto elevati in fatto di interoperabilità, la Commissione intende supportare la cooperazione internazionale con la Corea del Sud, ad esempio attraverso il Forum sulla 5G recentemente creato in quel paese, con l’obiettivo di approvare norme di portata mondiale per questa tecnologia.
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Question for written answer E-000793/14Question for written answer E-000793/14
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Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (PPE)Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (PPE)
(27 January 2014)(27 January 2014)
Subject: Development of 5G networksSubject: Development of 5G networks
On Wednesday 22 January, the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology announced that it would invest USD 1.5 billion in a project to develop 5G technology, which would be 1 000 times faster than the current 4G. A trial network would be available by 2017, with a full rollout by 2020. The Ministry also confirmed that it intended to develop advanced features for the new network including, amongst other things, Ultra-HD streaming and hologram transmission.On Wednesday 22 January, the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology announced that it would invest USD 1.5 billion in a project to develop 5G technology, which would be 1 000 times faster than the current 4G. A trial network would be available by 2017, with a full rollout by 2020. The Ministry also confirmed that it intended to develop advanced features for the new network including, amongst other things, Ultra-HD streaming and hologram transmission.
The programme will be implemented in collaboration with major public and private telephone operators in Korea, and with producers of telecommunications technology and software. One such company has already carried out a number of tests and, according to internal sources, has successfully produced a 1,056 Gigabit per second signal which can be received at a distance of up to two kilometres.The programme will be implemented in collaboration with major public and private telephone operators in Korea, and with producers of telecommunications technology and software. One such company has already carried out a number of tests and, according to internal sources, has successfully produced a 1,056 Gigabit per second signal which can be received at a distance of up to two kilometres.
1. | In the context of the above, can the Commission advise whether it is aware of the announcement made by the Korean Ministry and of the initial tests that have been carried out?1. | In the context of the above, can the Commission advise whether it is aware of the announcement made by the Korean Ministry and of the initial tests that have been carried out?
2. | Is it aware of similar tests being carried out in European research centres?2. | Is it aware of similar tests being carried out in European research centres?
3. | Does it intend to invest in the development of a network similar to the one planned by the Republic of Korea?3. | Does it intend to invest in the development of a network similar to the one planned by the Republic of Korea?
Answer given by Mrs Kroes on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mrs Kroes on behalf of the Commission
(24 March 2014)(24 March 2014)
The Commission is well aware of the 5G plans in Korea (and elsewhere), anticipating the need to rapidly focus European research and developments on 5G. Commission services have been working for more than a year with all major industrial and research actors of the sector on the setting up of a 5G Public Private Partnership (5G PPP). This PPP will be implemented under the Horizon 2020 research programme and will be allocated about EUR 700 million, complemented by about EUR 3.5 billion of private investments. The Commission signed a Contractual Agreement with the 5G PPP industrial association on 17 December 2013 (see: http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/towards-5g). This initiative complements the Connected Continent package for a comprehensive approach towards the European telecom sector.The Commission is well aware of the 5G plans in Korea (and elsewhere), anticipating the need to rapidly focus European research and developments on 5G. Commission services have been working for more than a year with all major industrial and research actors of the sector on the setting up of a 5G Public Private Partnership (5G PPP). This PPP will be implemented under the Horizon 2020 research programme and will be allocated about EUR 700 million, complemented by about EUR 3.5 billion of private investments. The Commission signed a Contractual Agreement with the 5G PPP industrial association on 17 December 2013 (see: http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/towards-5g). This initiative complements the Connected Continent package for a comprehensive approach towards the European telecom sector.
At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, on 24 February 2014, the Commission reiterated its determination to foster European leadership in 5G. See http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-14-155_en.htm. The MWC 2014 was also the occasion for industrial leaders to reaffirm their full support to the plans.At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, on 24 February 2014, the Commission reiterated its determination to foster European leadership in 5G. See http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-14-155_en.htm. The MWC 2014 was also the occasion for industrial leaders to reaffirm their full support to the plans.
Regarding the tests in Korea, the announcements so far concern millimeter wave transmission and are per se not revolutionary, and certainly not beyond capabilities of European actors. European research centres are engaged in similar research through FP7 projects like METIS, 5GNOW and iJOIN, to name but a few.Regarding the tests in Korea, the announcements so far concern millimeter wave transmission and are per se not revolutionary, and certainly not beyond capabilities of European actors. European research centres are engaged in similar research through FP7 projects like METIS, 5GNOW and iJOIN, to name but a few.
Considering that networks develop globally with very high requirements towards interoperability, the Commission intends to support international cooperation with South Korea, e.g. in the context of the recently created 5G Forum of Korea, with the objective of agreeing global standards for 5G.Considering that networks develop globally with very high requirements towards interoperability, the Commission intends to support international cooperation with South Korea, e.g. in the context of the recently created 5G Forum of Korea, with the objective of agreeing global standards for 5G.
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Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000794/14Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000794/14
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Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (PPE)Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (PPE)
(27 gennaio 2014)(27 gennaio 2014)
Oggetto: Violenze xenofobe contro i senzatettoOggetto: Violenze xenofobe contro i senzatetto
Lo scorso 24 gennaio, a Genova, un gruppo composto da quattro uomini non ancora identificati ha picchiato violentemente quattro clochard di origine slovacca con alcuni tubi metallici rubati in un cantiere vicino il luogo dell'aggressione. Una delle persone aggredite, una donna, ha riportato una frattura scomposta al braccio, mentre gli altri tre sono stati feriti alla testa e alle gambe. Le forze di polizia incaricate dell'indagine propendono per la pista xenofoba.Lo scorso 24 gennaio, a Genova, un gruppo composto da quattro uomini non ancora identificati ha picchiato violentemente quattro clochard di origine slovacca con alcuni tubi metallici rubati in un cantiere vicino il luogo dell'aggressione. Una delle persone aggredite, una donna, ha riportato una frattura scomposta al braccio, mentre gli altri tre sono stati feriti alla testa e alle gambe. Le forze di polizia incaricate dell'indagine propendono per la pista xenofoba.
Il Parlamento europeo ha approvato durante la sessione plenaria di gennaio la proposta di risoluzione sulla strategia per i senzatetto, ma questa realtà è ancora lungi dall'essere risolta.Il Parlamento europeo ha approvato durante la sessione plenaria di gennaio la proposta di risoluzione sulla strategia per i senzatetto, ma questa realtà è ancora lungi dall'essere risolta.
A tal proposito, può la Commissione chiarire se in altri Stati membri si sono verificati episodi di violenza xenofoba nei confronti di senzatetto e se esistano già misure che garantiscano la tutela e l'assistenza legale per queste persone?A tal proposito, può la Commissione chiarire se in altri Stati membri si sono verificati episodi di violenza xenofoba nei confronti di senzatetto e se esistano già misure che garantiscano la tutela e l'assistenza legale per queste persone?
Risposta di Viviane Reding a nome della CommissioneRisposta di Viviane Reding a nome della Commissione
(25 marzo 2014)(25 marzo 2014)
La Commissione condanna tutte le forme di razzismo e di xenofobia, incompatibili con i valori su cui è fondata l'Unione europea.La Commissione condanna tutte le forme di razzismo e di xenofobia, incompatibili con i valori su cui è fondata l'Unione europea.
L'articolo 4 della decisione quadro 2008/913/GAI, relativa ai «crimini di odio» razzisti, impone agli Stati membri di adottare le misure necessarie affinché la motivazione razzista e xenofoba sia considerata una circostanza aggravante o, in alternativa, affinché tale motivazione possa essere presa in considerazione dal giudice all'atto della determinazione della pena.L'articolo 4 della decisione quadro 2008/913/GAI, relativa ai «crimini di odio» razzisti, impone agli Stati membri di adottare le misure necessarie affinché la motivazione razzista e xenofoba sia considerata una circostanza aggravante o, in alternativa, affinché tale motivazione possa essere presa in considerazione dal giudice all'atto della determinazione della pena.
Il 27 gennaio 2014 è stata pubblicata la relazione della Commissione sull'attuazione della decisione quadro. Nel corso di quest'anno si terranno discussioni bilaterali con gli Stati membri per garantire il recepimento integrale e corretto della decisione quadro negli ordinamenti nazionali.Il 27 gennaio 2014 è stata pubblicata la relazione della Commissione sull'attuazione della decisione quadro. Nel corso di quest'anno si terranno discussioni bilaterali con gli Stati membri per garantire il recepimento integrale e corretto della decisione quadro negli ordinamenti nazionali.
Tuttavia, le autorità nazionali sono e rimarranno responsabili delle indagini sui singoli casi per determinare se i reati abbiano una motivazione razziale.Tuttavia, le autorità nazionali sono e rimarranno responsabili delle indagini sui singoli casi per determinare se i reati abbiano una motivazione razziale.
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Question for written answer E-000794/14Question for written answer E-000794/14
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Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (PPE)Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (PPE)
(27 January 2014)(27 January 2014)
Subject: Racial violence against homeless peopleSubject: Racial violence against homeless people
On 24 January, in Genoa, a group of four still unidentified men carried out a violent beating of four homeless people of Slovakian origin with metal pipes stolen from a building site near the scene of the attack. One of the persons assaulted, a woman, suffered a displaced fracture of the arm, whereas the other three received injuries to the head and legs. The police officers leading the enquiry are inclined to believe it was a racially-motivated attack.On 24 January, in Genoa, a group of four still unidentified men carried out a violent beating of four homeless people of Slovakian origin with metal pipes stolen from a building site near the scene of the attack. One of the persons assaulted, a woman, suffered a displaced fracture of the arm, whereas the other three received injuries to the head and legs. The police officers leading the enquiry are inclined to believe it was a racially-motivated attack.
At its plenary session in January, the European Parliament approved the proposed resolution on the homelessness strategy, but this is still far from becoming a reality.At its plenary session in January, the European Parliament approved the proposed resolution on the homelessness strategy, but this is still far from becoming a reality.
To this effect, can the Commission clarify whether episodes of racial violence against homeless people have occurred in other Member States, and whether any measures are already in place to ensure protection and legal assistance for these people?To this effect, can the Commission clarify whether episodes of racial violence against homeless people have occurred in other Member States, and whether any measures are already in place to ensure protection and legal assistance for these people?
Answer given by Mrs Reding on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mrs Reding on behalf of the Commission
(25 March 2014)(25 March 2014)
The Commission condemns all forms and manifestations of racism and xenophobia, as they are incompatible with the values on which the EU is founded.The Commission condemns all forms and manifestations of racism and xenophobia, as they are incompatible with the values on which the EU is founded.
Article 4 of Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA, dedicated to racist ‘hate crime’, obliges Member States to take the necessary measures to ensure that racist and xenophobic motivation is considered an aggravating circumstance, or, alternatively that such motivation may be taken into consideration by the courts in the determination of the penalties.Article 4 of Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA, dedicated to racist ‘hate crime’, obliges Member States to take the necessary measures to ensure that racist and xenophobic motivation is considered an aggravating circumstance, or, alternatively that such motivation may be taken into consideration by the courts in the determination of the penalties.
The Commission's report on the implementation of this framework Decision was published on 27 January 2014 and bilateral discussions will be held with Member States throughout this year with a view to ensuring full and correct transposition of the framework Decision into national law.The Commission's report on the implementation of this framework Decision was published on 27 January 2014 and bilateral discussions will be held with Member States throughout this year with a view to ensuring full and correct transposition of the framework Decision into national law.
However, it is, and will remain, for national authorities to investigate individual cases to determine whether they represent cases of racially motivated hate crime.However, it is, and will remain, for national authorities to investigate individual cases to determine whether they represent cases of racially motivated hate crime.
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Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000795/14Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000795/14
alla Commissionealla Commissione
Andrea Zanoni (ALDE)Andrea Zanoni (ALDE)
(27 gennaio 2014)(27 gennaio 2014)
Oggetto: Contaminazione da cloruro di vinile monomero dell'acqua potabile nell'acquedotto della frazione di Bertesina nel comune di VicenzaOggetto: Contaminazione da cloruro di vinile monomero dell'acqua potabile nell'acquedotto della frazione di Bertesina nel comune di Vicenza
Nel dicembre del 2013 la stampa locale ha riportato la notizia della temporanea chiusura a fini di messa in sicurezza di un pozzo che serve un importante acquedotto del comune di Vicenza, ubicato nella frazione di Bertesina. In seguito alla richiesta di analisi di un campione inviata da un privato, infatti l’ULSS (Unità locale socio-sanitaria) n. 6 e l’ARPAV (Agenzia regionale per la prevenzione e protezione ambientale del Veneto) hanno rilevato una concentrazione di cloruro di vinile monomero di poco superiore a 1 µg/l (microgrammo per litro), a fronte del limite di 0,5 µg/l (37). L’acquedotto contaminato serve le utenze ubicate a est della città e alcune frazioni dei comuni di Bolzano Vicentino, Montebello, Torri di Quartesolo e altri. Nelle acque sotterranee di un pozzo privato di Quinto Vicentino, inoltre, la concentrazione dell’inquinante rilevata alla profondità di 200 metri è addirittura pari a 13,64 µg/l. A oggi, l’emergenza sembrerebbe risolta: le autorità competenti hanno provveduto a effettuare la bonifica e l’acquedotto è tornato in funzione. Quanto accaduto, tuttavia, continua a destare preoccupazione nei titolari delle utenze coinvolte, nonché in generale nella popolazione del luogo; non è stato chiarito, infatti, da quanto tempo il contaminante fosse presente in concentrazioni superiori a quelle di legge, né sembra possibile arrivare a stabilirlo in futuro, come dichiarato alla stampa dal direttore della società che gestisce il servizio idrico integrato nella zona (38). Il cloruro di vinile monomero è una sostanza gravemente cancerogena, che ha origine dalla degradazione del tetracloroetilene (39).Nel dicembre del 2013 la stampa locale ha riportato la notizia della temporanea chiusura a fini di messa in sicurezza di un pozzo che serve un importante acquedotto del comune di Vicenza, ubicato nella frazione di Bertesina. In seguito alla richiesta di analisi di un campione inviata da un privato, infatti l’ULSS (Unità locale socio-sanitaria) n. 6 e l’ARPAV (Agenzia regionale per la prevenzione e protezione ambientale del Veneto) hanno rilevato una concentrazione di cloruro di vinile monomero di poco superiore a 1 µg/l (microgrammo per litro), a fronte del limite di 0,5 µg/l (37). L’acquedotto contaminato serve le utenze ubicate a est della città e alcune frazioni dei comuni di Bolzano Vicentino, Montebello, Torri di Quartesolo e altri. Nelle acque sotterranee di un pozzo privato di Quinto Vicentino, inoltre, la concentrazione dell’inquinante rilevata alla profondità di 200 metri è addirittura pari a 13,64 µg/l. A oggi, l’emergenza sembrerebbe risolta: le autorità competenti hanno provveduto a effettuare la bonifica e l’acquedotto è tornato in funzione. Quanto accaduto, tuttavia, continua a destare preoccupazione nei titolari delle utenze coinvolte, nonché in generale nella popolazione del luogo; non è stato chiarito, infatti, da quanto tempo il contaminante fosse presente in concentrazioni superiori a quelle di legge, né sembra possibile arrivare a stabilirlo in futuro, come dichiarato alla stampa dal direttore della società che gestisce il servizio idrico integrato nella zona (38). Il cloruro di vinile monomero è una sostanza gravemente cancerogena, che ha origine dalla degradazione del tetracloroetilene (39).
Si ricorda alla Commissione che lo scrivente deputato ha presentato l’interrogazione n. E-010392-13 in merito agli analoghi casi di contaminazione verificatisi nella provincia di Verona; nella sua risposta, la Commissione precisava di voler attendere l’esame dei dati contenuti nella relazione di sintesi che sarà pubblicata entro la fine del 2015 sulla qualità delle acque potabili — sulla base delle ultime relazioni elaborate dagli Stati membri — prima di decidere se intervenire.Si ricorda alla Commissione che lo scrivente deputato ha presentato l’interrogazione n. E-010392-13 in merito agli analoghi casi di contaminazione verificatisi nella provincia di Verona; nella sua risposta, la Commissione precisava di voler attendere l’esame dei dati contenuti nella relazione di sintesi che sarà pubblicata entro la fine del 2015 sulla qualità delle acque potabili — sulla base delle ultime relazioni elaborate dagli Stati membri — prima di decidere se intervenire.
Sulla base di quanto esposto può la Commissione rispondere ai seguenti quesiti:Sulla base di quanto esposto può la Commissione rispondere ai seguenti quesiti:
— | è conoscenza della vicenda di contaminazione descritta sopra?— | è conoscenza della vicenda di contaminazione descritta sopra?
— | non ritiene che i casi di contaminazione delle acque, potabili e non, siano ormai talmente gravi e frequenti nella regione del Veneto da necessitare interventi urgenti senza attendere sino al 2015?— | non ritiene che i casi di contaminazione delle acque, potabili e non, siano ormai talmente gravi e frequenti nella regione del Veneto da necessitare interventi urgenti senza attendere sino al 2015?
— | in caso affermativo, quali iniziative urgenti potrebbero essere poste in essere a livello comunitario?— | in caso affermativo, quali iniziative urgenti potrebbero essere poste in essere a livello comunitario?
Risposta di Janez Potočnik a nome della CommissioneRisposta di Janez Potočnik a nome della Commissione
(20 marzo 2014)(20 marzo 2014)
La Commissione non è a conoscenza del caso specifico di inquinamento da cloruro di vinile a Bertesina, Italia, cui fa riferimento l'onorevole parlamentare.La Commissione non è a conoscenza del caso specifico di inquinamento da cloruro di vinile a Bertesina, Italia, cui fa riferimento l'onorevole parlamentare.
La direttiva 98/83/CE (40) obbliga gli Stati membri a garantire che le acque destinate al consumo umano siano conformi ai valori parametrici fissati in detta direttiva. In caso di inosservanza dei valori parametrici, gli Stati membri devono adottare provvedimenti correttivi per ripristinare la qualità dell'acqua.La direttiva 98/83/CE (40) obbliga gli Stati membri a garantire che le acque destinate al consumo umano siano conformi ai valori parametrici fissati in detta direttiva. In caso di inosservanza dei valori parametrici, gli Stati membri devono adottare provvedimenti correttivi per ripristinare la qualità dell'acqua.
L'Italia ha stabilito un valore parametrico per il cloruro di vinile di 0,5 µg/l, conforme al valore fissato nella direttiva 98/83/CE. Dalle informazioni comunicate dall'onorevole parlamentare risulta che le autorità italiane, dopo aver riscontrato valori superiori a tale soglia, hanno adottato i provvedimenti correttivi necessari a ripristinare la qualità dell'acqua. La Commissione non ha altre informazioni che indichino una violazione degli obblighi previsti dalla direttiva nella regione Veneto.L'Italia ha stabilito un valore parametrico per il cloruro di vinile di 0,5 µg/l, conforme al valore fissato nella direttiva 98/83/CE. Dalle informazioni comunicate dall'onorevole parlamentare risulta che le autorità italiane, dopo aver riscontrato valori superiori a tale soglia, hanno adottato i provvedimenti correttivi necessari a ripristinare la qualità dell'acqua. La Commissione non ha altre informazioni che indichino una violazione degli obblighi previsti dalla direttiva nella regione Veneto.
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Question for written answer E-000795/14Question for written answer E-000795/14
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Andrea Zanoni (ALDE)Andrea Zanoni (ALDE)
(27 January 2014)(27 January 2014)
Subject: Vinyl chloride monomer contamination of drinking water supplies in Bertesina, Vicenza municipality, ItalySubject: Vinyl chloride monomer contamination of drinking water supplies in Bertesina, Vicenza municipality, Italy
In December 2013 the local press reported that a well supplying a major water main in Bertesina, Vicenza municipality, Italy, had temporarily been closed to make it safe. A private individual had sent in a water sample for analysis, and the local health and social care services (ULSS No 6) and the Veneto Regional Environmental Protection Agency (ARPAV) found a vinyl chloride monomer concentration of a little over 1 µg/l (microgram per litre), well above the 0.5 µg/l limit (41). The contaminated water main serves users to the east of Vicenza city and in some parts of other municipalities, such as Bolzano Vicentino, Montebello and Torri di Quartesolo. Much higher groundwater levels of this pollutant — 13.64 µg/l — were found in a private well in Quinto Vicentino at a depth of 200 metres. The emergency now appears to be over: the authorities have decontaminated the water main and it is back in use. Nevertheless, what has happened is still a cause of concern for the water users in question and local people in general. It is not clear how long levels of this contaminant had been above the legal limit, and it is likely we will never be able to find out, as the director of the company providing integrated water services in the area has told the press (42). Vinyl chloride monomer is highly carcinogenic and is formed when tetrachloroethylene degrades (43).In December 2013 the local press reported that a well supplying a major water main in Bertesina, Vicenza municipality, Italy, had temporarily been closed to make it safe. A private individual had sent in a water sample for analysis, and the local health and social care services (ULSS No 6) and the Veneto Regional Environmental Protection Agency (ARPAV) found a vinyl chloride monomer concentration of a little over 1 µg/l (microgram per litre), well above the 0.5 µg/l limit (41). The contaminated water main serves users to the east of Vicenza city and in some parts of other municipalities, such as Bolzano Vicentino, Montebello and Torri di Quartesolo. Much higher groundwater levels of this pollutant — 13.64 µg/l — were found in a private well in Quinto Vicentino at a depth of 200 metres. The emergency now appears to be over: the authorities have decontaminated the water main and it is back in use. Nevertheless, what has happened is still a cause of concern for the water users in question and local people in general. It is not clear how long levels of this contaminant had been above the legal limit, and it is likely we will never be able to find out, as the director of the company providing integrated water services in the area has told the press (42). Vinyl chloride monomer is highly carcinogenic and is formed when tetrachloroethylene degrades (43).
I would remind the Commission of the previous question that I tabled — E-010392-13 — on similar cases of contamination in Verona province. In its answer, the Commission said it would wait until it had assessed the data included in the synthesis report on drinking water quality that it will publish by the end of 2015, to be based on the latest reports by the individual Member States, before deciding whether to take action.I would remind the Commission of the previous question that I tabled — E-010392-13 — on similar cases of contamination in Verona province. In its answer, the Commission said it would wait until it had assessed the data included in the synthesis report on drinking water quality that it will publish by the end of 2015, to be based on the latest reports by the individual Member States, before deciding whether to take action.
In the light of the above, can the Commission respond to the following questions:In the light of the above, can the Commission respond to the following questions:
Is it aware of the contamination problem described above?Is it aware of the contamination problem described above?
Does it not believe that cases of drinking water and other water contamination have become so serious and so frequent in the Veneto region that urgent action is warranted without waiting until 2015?Does it not believe that cases of drinking water and other water contamination have become so serious and so frequent in the Veneto region that urgent action is warranted without waiting until 2015?
If so, what urgent initiatives could be introduced at EU level?If so, what urgent initiatives could be introduced at EU level?
Answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the Commission
(20 March 2014)(20 March 2014)
The Commission is not aware of the specific case of vinyl chloride contamination in Bertesina, Italy, referred to by the Honourable Member of Parliament.The Commission is not aware of the specific case of vinyl chloride contamination in Bertesina, Italy, referred to by the Honourable Member of Parliament.
Directive 98/83/EC (44) obliges Member States to ensure that water intended for human consumption meets the parametric values set out in this directive. In case of non-compliance with parametric values, Member States shall take remedial action to restore the quality of water.Directive 98/83/EC (44) obliges Member States to ensure that water intended for human consumption meets the parametric values set out in this directive. In case of non-compliance with parametric values, Member States shall take remedial action to restore the quality of water.
Italy has established a parametric value for vinyl chloride of 0,5 µg/l, in line with the value set in Directive 98/83/EC. From the information provided by the Honourable Member, it appears that the Italian Authorities have taken the necessary remedial action to restore water quality after having found values exceeding this threshold. The Commission has no further information that would indicate a violation of the requirements of the directive in the Veneto area.Italy has established a parametric value for vinyl chloride of 0,5 µg/l, in line with the value set in Directive 98/83/EC. From the information provided by the Honourable Member, it appears that the Italian Authorities have taken the necessary remedial action to restore water quality after having found values exceeding this threshold. The Commission has no further information that would indicate a violation of the requirements of the directive in the Veneto area.
(Deutsche Fassung)(Deutsche Fassung)
Anfrage zur schriftlichen Beantwortung E-000797/14Anfrage zur schriftlichen Beantwortung E-000797/14
an die Kommissionan die Kommission
Reinhard Bütikofer (Verts/ALE)Reinhard Bütikofer (Verts/ALE)
(27. Januar 2014)(27. Januar 2014)
Betrifft: Chrom (VI)Betrifft: Chrom (VI)
Chrom(VI)-Verbindungen sind gentoxische Karzinogene. In den USA hat die Environmental Protection Agency (Umweltschutzbehörde) bisher keine Höchstgrenze für Kontaminanten festgelegt, prüft jedoch derzeit den Erlass einschlägiger Rechtsvorschriften. In Kalifornien gibt es hingegen das Ziel, den Anteil von Chrom in Trinkwasser auf 0,02 ppb (Teile pro Milliarde) zu beschränken.Chrom(VI)-Verbindungen sind gentoxische Karzinogene. In den USA hat die Environmental Protection Agency (Umweltschutzbehörde) bisher keine Höchstgrenze für Kontaminanten festgelegt, prüft jedoch derzeit den Erlass einschlägiger Rechtsvorschriften. In Kalifornien gibt es hingegen das Ziel, den Anteil von Chrom in Trinkwasser auf 0,02 ppb (Teile pro Milliarde) zu beschränken.
In Gesprächen mit Interessenvertretern aus Brescia (Italien) wurde dem Fragesteller mitgeteilt, dass in der Trinkwasserrichtlinie der EU (Richtlinie 98/83/EG des Rates), die aus dem Jahr 1998 stammt, der Grenzwert für Chrom auf 50 Mikrogramm pro Liter festgelegt wurde, diese Richtlinie jedoch keine Höchstgrenze für sechswertiges Chrom enthält.In Gesprächen mit Interessenvertretern aus Brescia (Italien) wurde dem Fragesteller mitgeteilt, dass in der Trinkwasserrichtlinie der EU (Richtlinie 98/83/EG des Rates), die aus dem Jahr 1998 stammt, der Grenzwert für Chrom auf 50 Mikrogramm pro Liter festgelegt wurde, diese Richtlinie jedoch keine Höchstgrenze für sechswertiges Chrom enthält.
Gibt es einen bestimmten Grund, warum keine Höchstgrenze für sechswertiges Chrom festgelegt wurde? Zieht es die Kommission in Betracht, einen möglichen Grenzwert festzulegen? Falls nicht, weshalb nicht?Gibt es einen bestimmten Grund, warum keine Höchstgrenze für sechswertiges Chrom festgelegt wurde? Zieht es die Kommission in Betracht, einen möglichen Grenzwert festzulegen? Falls nicht, weshalb nicht?
Antwort von Herrn Potočnik im Namen der KommissionAntwort von Herrn Potočnik im Namen der Kommission
(20. März 2014)(20. März 2014)
Die in der Richtlinie 98/83/EG (45) festgesetzten Parameter und die entsprechenden Parameterwerte beruhen in der Regel auf den Leitlinien der WHO und der Stellungnahme des von der Kommission eingesetzten Beratenden wissenschaftlichen Ausschusses für die Prüfung der Toxizität und Ökotoxizität chemischer Verbindungen. Die geltende Höchstgrenze für den Gesamtchromgehalt entspricht den derzeitigen WHO-Leitlinien (46), und in diesen ist nicht davon die Rede, dass für Chrom(VI)-Verbindungen besondere Parameterwerte festgesetzt werden müssen.Die in der Richtlinie 98/83/EG (45) festgesetzten Parameter und die entsprechenden Parameterwerte beruhen in der Regel auf den Leitlinien der WHO und der Stellungnahme des von der Kommission eingesetzten Beratenden wissenschaftlichen Ausschusses für die Prüfung der Toxizität und Ökotoxizität chemischer Verbindungen. Die geltende Höchstgrenze für den Gesamtchromgehalt entspricht den derzeitigen WHO-Leitlinien (46), und in diesen ist nicht davon die Rede, dass für Chrom(VI)-Verbindungen besondere Parameterwerte festgesetzt werden müssen.
Sollten die WHO-Leitlinien geändert werden oder der technisch-wissenschaftliche Fortschritt es erfordern, wird die Kommission die vorliegenden Informationen sorgfältig prüfen und geeignete Maßnahmen beschließen.Sollten die WHO-Leitlinien geändert werden oder der technisch-wissenschaftliche Fortschritt es erfordern, wird die Kommission die vorliegenden Informationen sorgfältig prüfen und geeignete Maßnahmen beschließen.
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Question for written answer E-000797/14Question for written answer E-000797/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Reinhard Bütikofer (Verts/ALE)Reinhard Bütikofer (Verts/ALE)
(27 January 2014)(27 January 2014)
Subject: Chromium VISubject: Chromium VI
Hexavalent chromium compounds are genotoxic carcinogens. In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency has not set a maximum contaminant level but it is currently investigating such legislation. In California, on the other hand, there is a goal of limiting Chromium VI to 0.02 parts per billion in drinking water.Hexavalent chromium compounds are genotoxic carcinogens. In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency has not set a maximum contaminant level but it is currently investigating such legislation. In California, on the other hand, there is a goal of limiting Chromium VI to 0.02 parts per billion in drinking water.
During discussions with stakeholders from Brescia, Italy, I was informed that the EU Drinking Water Directive (Council Directive 98/83/EC), which dates back to 1998, sets a limit of 50 micrograms of total chromium per litre but does not set a specific limit for hexavalent chromium.During discussions with stakeholders from Brescia, Italy, I was informed that the EU Drinking Water Directive (Council Directive 98/83/EC), which dates back to 1998, sets a limit of 50 micrograms of total chromium per litre but does not set a specific limit for hexavalent chromium.
Is there any particular reason why a specific limit for hexavalent chromium has not been set? Is the Commission considering setting a possible limit? If not, why?Is there any particular reason why a specific limit for hexavalent chromium has not been set? Is the Commission considering setting a possible limit? If not, why?
Answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the Commission
(20 March 2014)(20 March 2014)
The parameters and corresponding parametric values fixed in Directive 98/83/EC (47) are generally based on the WHO guidance and the opinion of the Commission’s Scientific Advisory Committee regarding the toxicity and ecotoxicity of chemical compounds. The set value for total chromium is in line with the current WHO guidance (48) and this guidance does not refer to a need to establish a specific parametric value for hexavalent chromium.The parameters and corresponding parametric values fixed in Directive 98/83/EC (47) are generally based on the WHO guidance and the opinion of the Commission’s Scientific Advisory Committee regarding the toxicity and ecotoxicity of chemical compounds. The set value for total chromium is in line with the current WHO guidance (48) and this guidance does not refer to a need to establish a specific parametric value for hexavalent chromium.
Should the WHO guidance change or scientific and technical progress warrant it, the Commission would carefully assess the information available and decide on the appropriate course of action.Should the WHO guidance change or scientific and technical progress warrant it, the Commission would carefully assess the information available and decide on the appropriate course of action.
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Question for written answer E-000801/14Question for written answer E-000801/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Catherine Stihler (S&D)Catherine Stihler (S&D)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Timeshare contractsSubject: Timeshare contracts
Can the Commission inform us as to when it intends to publish its review of the EU Timeshare Directive (Directive 2008/122/EC)? Furthermore, does the Commission intend to address the issue of the longevity of timeshare contracts in the review? If not, what is the Commission doing to address these forms of contract, which can be detrimental to consumers?Can the Commission inform us as to when it intends to publish its review of the EU Timeshare Directive (Directive 2008/122/EC)? Furthermore, does the Commission intend to address the issue of the longevity of timeshare contracts in the review? If not, what is the Commission doing to address these forms of contract, which can be detrimental to consumers?
Answer given by Mrs Reding on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mrs Reding on behalf of the Commission
(25 March 2014)(25 March 2014)
The Commission is currently reviewing the application of Directive 2008/122/EC on timeshare and similar products and will report to the European Parliament and the Council by the end of 2014. Inter alia, an interview programme is currently carried out with the relevant national authorities and the consumer and trader representatives as part of an external evaluation study.The Commission is currently reviewing the application of Directive 2008/122/EC on timeshare and similar products and will report to the European Parliament and the Council by the end of 2014. Inter alia, an interview programme is currently carried out with the relevant national authorities and the consumer and trader representatives as part of an external evaluation study.
As regards the longevity of timeshare contracts, Directive 2008/122/EC expressly includes the duration of the contract and the procedures for its termination within the mandatory information, which has to be provided to the timeshare consumer before concluding the contract and included in the contract. If the timeshare seller fails to provide this or other mandatory information as required by the directive, the period during which the consumer can withdraw from the timeshare contract without giving any reason, is extended to three months and 14 calendar days. Accordingly, this directive, in application throughout the EU since 2012, protects consumers from concluding long-term timeshare contracts that they might actually not want and ensures that they enter into such transactions with full knowledge of the relevant terms and conditions.As regards the longevity of timeshare contracts, Directive 2008/122/EC expressly includes the duration of the contract and the procedures for its termination within the mandatory information, which has to be provided to the timeshare consumer before concluding the contract and included in the contract. If the timeshare seller fails to provide this or other mandatory information as required by the directive, the period during which the consumer can withdraw from the timeshare contract without giving any reason, is extended to three months and 14 calendar days. Accordingly, this directive, in application throughout the EU since 2012, protects consumers from concluding long-term timeshare contracts that they might actually not want and ensures that they enter into such transactions with full knowledge of the relevant terms and conditions.
The application of the provisions on information requirements and on the right of withdrawal from timeshare and other contracts covered by the directive 2008/122/EC is part of the ongoing review of the directive.The application of the provisions on information requirements and on the right of withdrawal from timeshare and other contracts covered by the directive 2008/122/EC is part of the ongoing review of the directive.
(Versão portuguesa)(Versão portuguesa)
Pergunta com pedido de resposta escrita E-000803/14Pergunta com pedido de resposta escrita E-000803/14
à Comissãoà Comissão
Elisa Ferreira (S&D) e Diogo Feio (PPE)Elisa Ferreira (S&D) e Diogo Feio (PPE)
(28 de janeiro de 2014)(28 de janeiro de 2014)
Assunto: Proposta de alteração da metodologia da S&P com forte impacto na UEAssunto: Proposta de alteração da metodologia da S&P com forte impacto na UE
Em 14 de outubro de 2013, a Standard & Poor's (S&P) publicou uma consulta sobre a intenção de alterar a metodologia que utiliza para classificar as titularizações de dívida em relação às notações de risco da dívida soberana, propondo-se não estabelecer qualquer distinção entre os países que integram e os que não integram a União Económica e Monetária (UEM).Em 14 de outubro de 2013, a Standard & Poor's (S&P) publicou uma consulta sobre a intenção de alterar a metodologia que utiliza para classificar as titularizações de dívida em relação às notações de risco da dívida soberana, propondo-se não estabelecer qualquer distinção entre os países que integram e os que não integram a União Económica e Monetária (UEM).
A S&P tem a intenção de limitar a quatro pontos o diferencial máximo de notação de risco entre dívidas soberanas e a maior parte das titularizações. Propõe-se igualmente estabelecer requisitos para um determinado nível de reforço do crédito para as notações de risco de operações de titularização que excedam as notações de risco da dívida soberana até ao máximo de um ponto.A S&P tem a intenção de limitar a quatro pontos o diferencial máximo de notação de risco entre dívidas soberanas e a maior parte das titularizações. Propõe-se igualmente estabelecer requisitos para um determinado nível de reforço do crédito para as notações de risco de operações de titularização que excedam as notações de risco da dívida soberana até ao máximo de um ponto.
Segundo a própria S&P, os critérios propostos desencadearão efeitos mais significativos nas operações de titularização de dívida na Europa, em especial nos países periféricos, como Portugal, Itália e Espanha:Segundo a própria S&P, os critérios propostos desencadearão efeitos mais significativos nas operações de titularização de dívida na Europa, em especial nos países periféricos, como Portugal, Itália e Espanha:
«Em Portugal, esperamos que sejam afetadas cerca de 60 % das notações de risco de títulos de dívida garantidos por créditos hipotecários à habitação (RMBS, ou “residential mortgage‐backed securities”), de instrumentos de dívida titularizados garantidos por ativos (ABS, ou “asset-backed securities”) e de obrigações com garantias reais relativas a PME (SME CLO, ou “SME collateralized loan obligations”) (…). As notações de risco da maioria destas classes de RMBS e ABS deteriorar-se-ão entre um e três pontos e as nossas notações de risco referentes à maior parte das classes de SME CLO sofrerão um agravamento entre 4 e 5 pontos (…).»«Em Portugal, esperamos que sejam afetadas cerca de 60 % das notações de risco de títulos de dívida garantidos por créditos hipotecários à habitação (RMBS, ou “residential mortgage‐backed securities”), de instrumentos de dívida titularizados garantidos por ativos (ABS, ou “asset-backed securities”) e de obrigações com garantias reais relativas a PME (SME CLO, ou “SME collateralized loan obligations”) (…). As notações de risco da maioria destas classes de RMBS e ABS deteriorar-se-ão entre um e três pontos e as nossas notações de risco referentes à maior parte das classes de SME CLO sofrerão um agravamento entre 4 e 5 pontos (…).»
«Em Espanha, esperamos que sejam afetadas cerca de 50 % a 60 % das notações de risco de RMBS, ABS, SME CLO, das obrigações garantidas e das chamadas multicédulas (…). Antevemos igualmente que sejam afetadas cerca de 40 % das notações de risco de títulos com garantia hipotecária comercial (CMBS, ou “commercial mortgage-backed securities”), esperando-se de que a maioria sofra um agravamento entre 5 e 6 pontos. »«Em Espanha, esperamos que sejam afetadas cerca de 50 % a 60 % das notações de risco de RMBS, ABS, SME CLO, das obrigações garantidas e das chamadas multicédulas (…). Antevemos igualmente que sejam afetadas cerca de 40 % das notações de risco de títulos com garantia hipotecária comercial (CMBS, ou “commercial mortgage-backed securities”), esperando-se de que a maioria sofra um agravamento entre 5 e 6 pontos. »
«Em Itália, esperamos que sejam afetadas cerca de 60 % a 70 % das notações de risco de RMBS e ABS (…), aproximadamente 40 % das notações de risco de CMBS, cerca de 95 % das notações de risco de obrigações hipotecárias (… e) 100 % das notações de risco de SME CLO (…).»«Em Itália, esperamos que sejam afetadas cerca de 60 % a 70 % das notações de risco de RMBS e ABS (…), aproximadamente 40 % das notações de risco de CMBS, cerca de 95 % das notações de risco de obrigações hipotecárias (… e) 100 % das notações de risco de SME CLO (…).»
«Na Irlanda, esperamos que sejam afetadas cerca de 20 % das notações de risco de RMBS, antevendo-se que a maioria sofra um agravamento entre 1 e 3 pontos.»«Na Irlanda, esperamos que sejam afetadas cerca de 20 % das notações de risco de RMBS, antevendo-se que a maioria sofra um agravamento entre 1 e 3 pontos.»
— Está a Comissão a par da proposta da S&P?— Está a Comissão a par da proposta da S&P?
— Como encara a Comissão esta proposta na perspetiva das alterações às bases institucionais da UEM que estão em curso?— Como encara a Comissão esta proposta na perspetiva das alterações às bases institucionais da UEM que estão em curso?
— Terá a Comissão analisado o impacto potencial que tais medidas terão toda a UE, em particular no atual contexto de dificuldades? Ponderou a Comissão o facto de que estas medidas colocarão os mercados financeiros da UE em desvantagem competitiva relativamente a outras regiões do globo?— Terá a Comissão analisado o impacto potencial que tais medidas terão toda a UE, em particular no atual contexto de dificuldades? Ponderou a Comissão o facto de que estas medidas colocarão os mercados financeiros da UE em desvantagem competitiva relativamente a outras regiões do globo?
Resposta dada por Olli Rehn em nome da ComissãoResposta dada por Olli Rehn em nome da Comissão
(17 de março de 2014)(17 de março de 2014)
O atual enquadramento regulamentar das agências de notação de risco, ou seja, o Regulamento (CE) n.° 1060/2009, relativo às agências de notação de risco (Regulamento ANR) (49), prevê medidas destinadas a aumentar a transparência das notações de risco da dívida soberana, nomeadamente através da obrigação de publicação das metodologias utilizadas e de relatórios pormenorizados que expliquem a forma como foram estabelecidas as notações. Além disso, as agências de notação de risco realizam normalmente consultas públicas sobre as revisões previstas das suas metodologias de notação, de modo a que todos os participantes no mercado possam expressar os seus pontos de vista sobre as alterações propostas.O atual enquadramento regulamentar das agências de notação de risco, ou seja, o Regulamento (CE) n.° 1060/2009, relativo às agências de notação de risco (Regulamento ANR) (49), prevê medidas destinadas a aumentar a transparência das notações de risco da dívida soberana, nomeadamente através da obrigação de publicação das metodologias utilizadas e de relatórios pormenorizados que expliquem a forma como foram estabelecidas as notações. Além disso, as agências de notação de risco realizam normalmente consultas públicas sobre as revisões previstas das suas metodologias de notação, de modo a que todos os participantes no mercado possam expressar os seus pontos de vista sobre as alterações propostas.
Ao mesmo tempo, e desde janeiro de 2011, incumbe à Autoridade Europeia dos Valores Mobiliários e dos Mercados (ESMA) supervisionar as agências de notação de risco, assegurando que as notações sejam emitidas em tempo útil, rigorosas e isentas de conflitos de interesses.Ao mesmo tempo, e desde janeiro de 2011, incumbe à Autoridade Europeia dos Valores Mobiliários e dos Mercados (ESMA) supervisionar as agências de notação de risco, assegurando que as notações sejam emitidas em tempo útil, rigorosas e isentas de conflitos de interesses.
Não obstante o que precede, o Regulamento ANR determina que as metodologias e critérios de notação devem ser estabelecidos pelas agências de notação de risco de forma independente, o que exclui a possibilidade de uma intervenção dos organismos reguladores ou de supervisão no teor das notações de risco e/ou das metodologias utilizadas nesse contexto.Não obstante o que precede, o Regulamento ANR determina que as metodologias e critérios de notação devem ser estabelecidos pelas agências de notação de risco de forma independente, o que exclui a possibilidade de uma intervenção dos organismos reguladores ou de supervisão no teor das notações de risco e/ou das metodologias utilizadas nesse contexto.
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Question for written answer E-000803/14Question for written answer E-000803/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Elisa Ferreira (S&D) and Diogo Feio (PPE)Elisa Ferreira (S&D) and Diogo Feio (PPE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Proposal for a change in S&P's methodology: major impact in the EUSubject: Proposal for a change in S&P's methodology: major impact in the EU
On 14 October 2013, Standard and Poor’s (S&P) published a consultation regarding its intention to change the way in which it rates securitisations in relation to sovereign ratings, proposing not to distinguish between Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and non-EMU member countries.On 14 October 2013, Standard and Poor’s (S&P) published a consultation regarding its intention to change the way in which it rates securitisations in relation to sovereign ratings, proposing not to distinguish between Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and non-EMU member countries.
S&P intends to cap the maximum rating differential between sovereigns and most securitisations at four notches. It is also proposing requirements for a certain level of credit enhancement for ratings on securitisations that exceed the sovereign rating by even one notch.S&P intends to cap the maximum rating differential between sovereigns and most securitisations at four notches. It is also proposing requirements for a certain level of credit enhancement for ratings on securitisations that exceed the sovereign rating by even one notch.
As S&P mentions, the proposed criteria will have the greatest effect on securitisations in Europe, particularly in peripheral countries such as Portugal, Italy and Spain:As S&P mentions, the proposed criteria will have the greatest effect on securitisations in Europe, particularly in peripheral countries such as Portugal, Italy and Spain:
‘In Portugal, we expect approximately 60% of ratings on RMBS, ABS, and SME CLOs to be affected (…) ratings on the majority of these RMBS and ABS classes will be lowered by one to three notches, and our ratings on most of these SME CLOs classes will be lowered by four to five notches (…).’‘In Portugal, we expect approximately 60% of ratings on RMBS, ABS, and SME CLOs to be affected (…) ratings on the majority of these RMBS and ABS classes will be lowered by one to three notches, and our ratings on most of these SME CLOs classes will be lowered by four to five notches (…).’
‘In Spain, we expect approximately 50%-60% of ratings on RMBS, ABS, SME CLO, covered bonds, and multi-cedulas to be affected (…). We expect approximately 40% of ratings on CMBS to be affected, with the expectation that most of these will be lowered by five to six notches.’‘In Spain, we expect approximately 50%-60% of ratings on RMBS, ABS, SME CLO, covered bonds, and multi-cedulas to be affected (…). We expect approximately 40% of ratings on CMBS to be affected, with the expectation that most of these will be lowered by five to six notches.’
‘In Italy, we expect approximately 60%-70% of ratings on RMBS and ABS (…,) approximately 40% of ratings on CMBS, approximately 95% of ratings on covered bonds (… and) 100% of ratings on SME CLOs to be affected (…).’‘In Italy, we expect approximately 60%-70% of ratings on RMBS and ABS (…,) approximately 40% of ratings on CMBS, approximately 95% of ratings on covered bonds (… and) 100% of ratings on SME CLOs to be affected (…).’
‘In Ireland, we expect approximately 20% of ratings on RMBS to be affected, with the expectation that most of these will be lowered by one to three notches.’‘In Ireland, we expect approximately 20% of ratings on RMBS to be affected, with the expectation that most of these will be lowered by one to three notches.’
— Is the Commission aware of S&P’s proposal?— Is the Commission aware of S&P’s proposal?
— How does the Commission view this proposal in view of the ongoing changes to the institutional foundations of the EMU?— How does the Commission view this proposal in view of the ongoing changes to the institutional foundations of the EMU?
— Has the Commission analysed the potential impact that such measures would have across the EU, particularly in the current difficult context, and has it considered the fact that the measures would put EU financial markets at a competitive disadvantage vis-à-vis other world regions?— Has the Commission analysed the potential impact that such measures would have across the EU, particularly in the current difficult context, and has it considered the fact that the measures would put EU financial markets at a competitive disadvantage vis-à-vis other world regions?
Answer given by Mr Rehn on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Rehn on behalf of the Commission
(17 March 2014)(17 March 2014)
The current regulatory framework for credit ratings agencies, i.e. Regulation (EC) No 1060/2009 on credit rating agencies (the CRA Regulation)  (50) provides for measures aimed at increasing the transparency of sovereign ratings, such as an obligation to publish sovereign rating methodologies and detailed reports explaining how ratings were done. In addition, rating agencies habitually consult publicly on planned revisions to their rating methodologies so all market participants can express views on the proposed changes.The current regulatory framework for credit ratings agencies, i.e. Regulation (EC) No 1060/2009 on credit rating agencies (the CRA Regulation)  (50) provides for measures aimed at increasing the transparency of sovereign ratings, such as an obligation to publish sovereign rating methodologies and detailed reports explaining how ratings were done. In addition, rating agencies habitually consult publicly on planned revisions to their rating methodologies so all market participants can express views on the proposed changes.
At the same time, since January 2011, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) supervises credit rating agencies and ensures that ratings are delivered timely, in a rigorous manner and that they are free from conflicts of interest.At the same time, since January 2011, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) supervises credit rating agencies and ensures that ratings are delivered timely, in a rigorous manner and that they are free from conflicts of interest.
Notwithstanding the above, the CRA Regulation stipulates that rating methodologies and criteria are to be established by credit rating agencies in an independent manner, thus ruling out that regulatory or supervisory bodies intervene as to the content of credit ratings or/and methodologies.Notwithstanding the above, the CRA Regulation stipulates that rating methodologies and criteria are to be established by credit rating agencies in an independent manner, thus ruling out that regulatory or supervisory bodies intervene as to the content of credit ratings or/and methodologies.
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Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000806/14Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000806/14
lill-Kummissjonilill-Kummissjoni
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(28 ta' Jannar 2014)(28 ta' Jannar 2014)
Suġġett: TimesharesSuġġett: Timeshares
Id-Direttiva 2008/122/KE dwar il-protezzjoni tal-konsumaturi rigward ċerti aspetti ta’ kuntratti ta’ timeshare, kuntratti dwar prodotti ta’ vaganza għal perjodu fit-tul, kuntratti ta’ bejgħ mill-ġdid u kuntratti ta’ skambju, tipproteġi lill-konsumaturi li jidħlu f'kuntratti timeshare.Id-Direttiva 2008/122/KE dwar il-protezzjoni tal-konsumaturi rigward ċerti aspetti ta’ kuntratti ta’ timeshare, kuntratti dwar prodotti ta’ vaganza għal perjodu fit-tul, kuntratti ta’ bejgħ mill-ġdid u kuntratti ta’ skambju, tipproteġi lill-konsumaturi li jidħlu f'kuntratti timeshare.
Madanakollu, għad hemm diversi eżempji ta' abbuż fil-bejgħ ta' timeshares lil turisti li jżuru lil Malta għal vaganza.Madanakollu, għad hemm diversi eżempji ta' abbuż fil-bejgħ ta' timeshares lil turisti li jżuru lil Malta għal vaganza.
Il-Kummissjoni qiegħda tikkunsidra l-aġġornament ta' din id-Direttiva biex timplimenta regoli aktar stretti?Il-Kummissjoni qiegħda tikkunsidra l-aġġornament ta' din id-Direttiva biex timplimenta regoli aktar stretti?
Il-Kummissjoni hija konxja ta' problemi simili affaċċjati mill-konsumaturi fil-bejgħ ta' timeshares fi kwalunkwe Stat Membru ieħor?Il-Kummissjoni hija konxja ta' problemi simili affaċċjati mill-konsumaturi fil-bejgħ ta' timeshares fi kwalunkwe Stat Membru ieħor?
Tweġiba mogħtija mis-Sinjura Reding f'isem il-KummissjoniTweġiba mogħtija mis-Sinjura Reding f'isem il-Kummissjoni
(25 ta' Marzu 2014)(25 ta' Marzu 2014)
Id-Direttiva 2008/122/KE dwar timeshare u prodotti simili, li ilha tiġi applikata fl-UE mill-2012 u li ħadet post id-Direttiva 94/47/KE ta' qabel, saħħet b'mod sinifikanti il-livell tal-ħarsien tal-konsumatur. B'mod partikolari, id-Direttiva għandha regoli stretti dwar id-dritt tal-iritrar u tar-rekwiżiti għal tagħrif, li jħarsu lill-konsumaturi milli jikkonkludu kuntratti timeshare li jista' jkun li ma jridux realment u jiżguraw li jidħlu f'tali tranżazzjonijiet b'għarfien sħiħ tat-termini u kundizzjonijiet relevanti. L-evalwazzjoni tal-applikazzjoni tad-Direttiva qed issir bħalissa u l-Kummissjoni se tirrapporta lill-Parlament Ewropew u lill-Kunsill fl-2014.Id-Direttiva 2008/122/KE dwar timeshare u prodotti simili, li ilha tiġi applikata fl-UE mill-2012 u li ħadet post id-Direttiva 94/47/KE ta' qabel, saħħet b'mod sinifikanti il-livell tal-ħarsien tal-konsumatur. B'mod partikolari, id-Direttiva għandha regoli stretti dwar id-dritt tal-iritrar u tar-rekwiżiti għal tagħrif, li jħarsu lill-konsumaturi milli jikkonkludu kuntratti timeshare li jista' jkun li ma jridux realment u jiżguraw li jidħlu f'tali tranżazzjonijiet b'għarfien sħiħ tat-termini u kundizzjonijiet relevanti. L-evalwazzjoni tal-applikazzjoni tad-Direttiva qed issir bħalissa u l-Kummissjoni se tirrapporta lill-Parlament Ewropew u lill-Kunsill fl-2014.
Il-Kummissjoni hija konxja tal-ilmenti tal-konsumatur dwar il-bejjiegħa tat-timeshare f'bosta Stati Membri Fil-każ ta' lmenti ta' transfruntiera, il-konsumaturi jistgħu jirċievu għajnuna min-Netwerk taċ-Ċentri Ewropej tal-Konsumaturi (ECC-Net) (51) li twaqqaf flimkien mal-Kummissjoni. Fl-2013, l-ECC-Net tratta madwar 2,750 ilment relatati ma' timeshare u klabbs tal-btajjel. L-ECC-Net qed twettaq b'mod regolari attivitajiet ta' sensibilizzazzjoni dwar ir-riskji li l-konsumaturi jistgħu jaffaċċaw b'tali prodotti.Il-Kummissjoni hija konxja tal-ilmenti tal-konsumatur dwar il-bejjiegħa tat-timeshare f'bosta Stati Membri Fil-każ ta' lmenti ta' transfruntiera, il-konsumaturi jistgħu jirċievu għajnuna min-Netwerk taċ-Ċentri Ewropej tal-Konsumaturi (ECC-Net) (51) li twaqqaf flimkien mal-Kummissjoni. Fl-2013, l-ECC-Net tratta madwar 2,750 ilment relatati ma' timeshare u klabbs tal-btajjel. L-ECC-Net qed twettaq b'mod regolari attivitajiet ta' sensibilizzazzjoni dwar ir-riskji li l-konsumaturi jistgħu jaffaċċaw b'tali prodotti.
Barra minn hekk, il-prattiċi tal-kummerċjanti li jiksru d-Direttiva 2008/122/KE għandhom jiġu rrapportati lill-awtoritajiet ta' infurzar nazzjonali kompetenti. Għal ksur ta' transfruntiera tad-Direttiva, dawn l-awtoritajiet jistgħu jikkooperaw fil-qafas tan-Netwerk għall-Koperazzjoni fil-Ħarsien tal-Konsumatur (CPC) Network (52).Barra minn hekk, il-prattiċi tal-kummerċjanti li jiksru d-Direttiva 2008/122/KE għandhom jiġu rrapportati lill-awtoritajiet ta' infurzar nazzjonali kompetenti. Għal ksur ta' transfruntiera tad-Direttiva, dawn l-awtoritajiet jistgħu jikkooperaw fil-qafas tan-Netwerk għall-Koperazzjoni fil-Ħarsien tal-Konsumatur (CPC) Network (52).
(English version)(English version)
Question for written answer E-000806/14Question for written answer E-000806/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: TimesharesSubject: Timeshares
Directive 2008/122/EC on the protection of consumers in respect of certain aspects of timeshare, long-term holiday product, resale and exchange contracts protects consumers who enter into timeshare contracts.Directive 2008/122/EC on the protection of consumers in respect of certain aspects of timeshare, long-term holiday product, resale and exchange contracts protects consumers who enter into timeshare contracts.
However, there are still several instances of abuses in the selling of timeshares to tourists who visit Malta on holiday.However, there are still several instances of abuses in the selling of timeshares to tourists who visit Malta on holiday.
Is the Commission considering updating this directive to issue stricter rules?Is the Commission considering updating this directive to issue stricter rules?
Is the Commission aware of any similar problems being faced by consumers in the selling of timeshares in any other Member State?Is the Commission aware of any similar problems being faced by consumers in the selling of timeshares in any other Member State?
Answer given by Mrs Reding on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mrs Reding on behalf of the Commission
(25 March 2014)(25 March 2014)
Directive 2008/122/EC on timeshare and similar products, which is in application throughout the EU since 2012 and which replaced the previous Directive 94/47/EC, has significantly enhanced the level of consumer protection. In particular, the directive contains strict rules on the right of withdrawal and information requirements, which protect consumers from concluding timeshare contracts that they might actually not want and ensure that they enter into such transactions with full knowledge of the relevant terms and conditions. The evaluation of the application of the directive is currently underway and the Commission will report to the European Parliament and the Council in 2014.Directive 2008/122/EC on timeshare and similar products, which is in application throughout the EU since 2012 and which replaced the previous Directive 94/47/EC, has significantly enhanced the level of consumer protection. In particular, the directive contains strict rules on the right of withdrawal and information requirements, which protect consumers from concluding timeshare contracts that they might actually not want and ensure that they enter into such transactions with full knowledge of the relevant terms and conditions. The evaluation of the application of the directive is currently underway and the Commission will report to the European Parliament and the Council in 2014.
The Commission is aware of consumer complaints about timeshare sellers in several Member States. In cross-border complaints, consumers may receive assistance from the European Consumer Centres Network (ECC-Net) (53) co-funded by the Commission. In 2013, the ECC-Net dealt with about 2750 complaints related to timeshare and holiday clubs. The ECC-Net is regularly carrying out awareness raising activities on the risks that consumers can face with such products.The Commission is aware of consumer complaints about timeshare sellers in several Member States. In cross-border complaints, consumers may receive assistance from the European Consumer Centres Network (ECC-Net) (53) co-funded by the Commission. In 2013, the ECC-Net dealt with about 2750 complaints related to timeshare and holiday clubs. The ECC-Net is regularly carrying out awareness raising activities on the risks that consumers can face with such products.
Furthermore, traders' practices in breach of Directive 2008/122/EC should be reported to the competent national enforcement authorities. For cross-border infringements of the directive, these authorities may cooperate in the framework of the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Network (54).Furthermore, traders' practices in breach of Directive 2008/122/EC should be reported to the competent national enforcement authorities. For cross-border infringements of the directive, these authorities may cooperate in the framework of the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Network (54).
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Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000807/14Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000807/14
lill-Kummissjonilill-Kummissjoni
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(28 ta' Jannar 2014)(28 ta' Jannar 2014)
Suġġett: Azzjonijiet operattivi għall-flussi tal-migrazzjoniSuġġett: Azzjonijiet operattivi għall-flussi tal-migrazzjoni
Il-konklużjonijiet tal-Kunsill ta' Diċembru 2013 laqgħu l-komunikazzjoni mill-Kummissjoni bit-titolu “dwar il-ħidma tat-Task Force fil-Mediterran” (COM(2013)0869). Il-Kunsill talab ukoll għall-mobilizzazzjoni tal-isforzi kollha sabiex ikunu implimentati l-azzjonijiet proposti f'din il-komunikazzjoni fi skeda ta' żmien ċara, li għandha tkun indikata mill-Kummissjoni.Il-konklużjonijiet tal-Kunsill ta' Diċembru 2013 laqgħu l-komunikazzjoni mill-Kummissjoni bit-titolu “dwar il-ħidma tat-Task Force fil-Mediterran” (COM(2013)0869). Il-Kunsill talab ukoll għall-mobilizzazzjoni tal-isforzi kollha sabiex ikunu implimentati l-azzjonijiet proposti f'din il-komunikazzjoni fi skeda ta' żmien ċara, li għandha tkun indikata mill-Kummissjoni.
Fid-dawl ta' dan, x'azzjoni speċifika ħadet il-Kummissjoni sallum fir-rigward tal-azzjonijiet operattivi indikati? Il-Kummissjoni diġà stabbiliet skedi ta' żmien ċari għal dawn l-azzjonijiet operattivi proposti? Il-Kummissjoni għandha l-ħsieb li tniedi xi proġett ieħor ta' rilokazzjoni għal Malta wara r-rilokazzjoni intra-UE minn Malta permezz tal-proġetti EUREMA I u EUREMA II?Fid-dawl ta' dan, x'azzjoni speċifika ħadet il-Kummissjoni sallum fir-rigward tal-azzjonijiet operattivi indikati? Il-Kummissjoni diġà stabbiliet skedi ta' żmien ċari għal dawn l-azzjonijiet operattivi proposti? Il-Kummissjoni għandha l-ħsieb li tniedi xi proġett ieħor ta' rilokazzjoni għal Malta wara r-rilokazzjoni intra-UE minn Malta permezz tal-proġetti EUREMA I u EUREMA II?
Tweġiba mogħtija mis-Sinjura Malmström f'isem il-KummissjoniTweġiba mogħtija mis-Sinjura Malmström f'isem il-Kummissjoni
(25 ta' Marzu 2014)(25 ta' Marzu 2014)
Kif stabbilit fil-Komunikazzjoni dwar il-ħidma tat-Task Force, il-Kummissjoni bdiet timplimenta bosta attivitajiet li jaqgħu fir-responsabbiltà tiegħu, inklużi: il-konklużjoni tal-ftehim ta' riammissjoni mat-Turkija; l-iffinalizzar tan-negozjati dwar is-Sħubija għall-Mobilità mat-Tuneżija; u l-espansjoni tal-Programm ta' Protezzjoni Reġjonali fl-Affrika ta' Fuq, filwaqt li jiġi ffinanzjat il-Proġett Sahara Mediterran fil-Libja. EASO bdiet proġett biex issaħħaħ is-sistemi ta' asil fil-Marokk, fit-Tuneżija u fil-Ġordan ffinanzjati mill-Kummissjoni. L-impenn għas-sistemazzjoni mill-ġdid tal-UE żdid b'reazzjoni għall-kriżi Sirjana. Żewġ pjanijiet ta' azzjoni tal-EMPACT (Pjattaforma Multidixxiplinari Ewropea għall-Ġlieda kontra t-Theddida Kriminali), dwar it-traffikar u l-kuntrabandu, ġew adottati, filwaqt li l-EUROPOL pprovdiet appoġġ lill-Italja. Frontex saħħet l-operazzjonijiet tagħha fil-Mediterran, u l-koleġiżlaturi qablu dwar test ta' kompromess dwar ir-regoli għas-sorveljanza tal-fruntiera fil-fruntiera tal-baħar estern. Fl-aħħar, ġew mobilizzati fondi ta' emerġenza biex isostnu l-Istati Membri.Kif stabbilit fil-Komunikazzjoni dwar il-ħidma tat-Task Force, il-Kummissjoni bdiet timplimenta bosta attivitajiet li jaqgħu fir-responsabbiltà tiegħu, inklużi: il-konklużjoni tal-ftehim ta' riammissjoni mat-Turkija; l-iffinalizzar tan-negozjati dwar is-Sħubija għall-Mobilità mat-Tuneżija; u l-espansjoni tal-Programm ta' Protezzjoni Reġjonali fl-Affrika ta' Fuq, filwaqt li jiġi ffinanzjat il-Proġett Sahara Mediterran fil-Libja. EASO bdiet proġett biex issaħħaħ is-sistemi ta' asil fil-Marokk, fit-Tuneżija u fil-Ġordan ffinanzjati mill-Kummissjoni. L-impenn għas-sistemazzjoni mill-ġdid tal-UE żdid b'reazzjoni għall-kriżi Sirjana. Żewġ pjanijiet ta' azzjoni tal-EMPACT (Pjattaforma Multidixxiplinari Ewropea għall-Ġlieda kontra t-Theddida Kriminali), dwar it-traffikar u l-kuntrabandu, ġew adottati, filwaqt li l-EUROPOL pprovdiet appoġġ lill-Italja. Frontex saħħet l-operazzjonijiet tagħha fil-Mediterran, u l-koleġiżlaturi qablu dwar test ta' kompromess dwar ir-regoli għas-sorveljanza tal-fruntiera fil-fruntiera tal-baħar estern. Fl-aħħar, ġew mobilizzati fondi ta' emerġenza biex isostnu l-Istati Membri.
Il-Komunikazzjoni inkludiet sejħa għar-rilokazzjoni volontarja mill-Istati Membri. Il-Kummissjoni tibqa' impenjata għall-politika ta' rilokazzjoni. Kellha l-ewwel Forum ta' Rilokazzjoni Annwali u ppreżentat rapport ta' evalwazzjoni dwar l-EUREMA fil-ftit xhur li ġejjin. Il-mekkaniżmu ta' finanzjament għar-rilokazzjoni se jinbidel taħt il-Fond għall-Asil, il-Migrazzjoni u l-Integrazzjoni, għalhekk EUREMA mhijiex se tiġi estiża — minflok kull Stat Membru jista' jagħżel biex jalloka finanzjament għar-rilokazzjoni mill-programmi nazzjonali tagħhom u jagħmlu wegħdiet kull sentejn biex jirċievu somma addizzjonali ta' EUR 6 000 kull persuna. Ir-rilokazzjoni mhijiex se tibqa' limitata biex tgħin lil Malta u tista' tintuża għal Stati Membri oħrajn.Il-Komunikazzjoni inkludiet sejħa għar-rilokazzjoni volontarja mill-Istati Membri. Il-Kummissjoni tibqa' impenjata għall-politika ta' rilokazzjoni. Kellha l-ewwel Forum ta' Rilokazzjoni Annwali u ppreżentat rapport ta' evalwazzjoni dwar l-EUREMA fil-ftit xhur li ġejjin. Il-mekkaniżmu ta' finanzjament għar-rilokazzjoni se jinbidel taħt il-Fond għall-Asil, il-Migrazzjoni u l-Integrazzjoni, għalhekk EUREMA mhijiex se tiġi estiża — minflok kull Stat Membru jista' jagħżel biex jalloka finanzjament għar-rilokazzjoni mill-programmi nazzjonali tagħhom u jagħmlu wegħdiet kull sentejn biex jirċievu somma addizzjonali ta' EUR 6 000 kull persuna. Ir-rilokazzjoni mhijiex se tibqa' limitata biex tgħin lil Malta u tista' tintuża għal Stati Membri oħrajn.
(English version)(English version)
Question for written answer E-000807/14Question for written answer E-000807/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Operational actions on migration flowsSubject: Operational actions on migration flows
The Council conclusions of December 2013 welcomed the Commission’s communication entitled ‘on the work of the Task Force Mediterranean’ (COM(2013)0869). The Council also called for the mobilisation of all efforts in order to implement the actions proposed in this communication within a clear timeframe, which should be indicated by the Commission.The Council conclusions of December 2013 welcomed the Commission’s communication entitled ‘on the work of the Task Force Mediterranean’ (COM(2013)0869). The Council also called for the mobilisation of all efforts in order to implement the actions proposed in this communication within a clear timeframe, which should be indicated by the Commission.
In view of this, what specific action has the Commission taken to date in relation to the outlined operational actions? Has the Commission already set clear timeframes for the proposed operational actions? Does the Commission intend to launch any other relocation project for Malta following the intra-EU Relocation from Malta (EUREMA) I and EUREMA II projects?In view of this, what specific action has the Commission taken to date in relation to the outlined operational actions? Has the Commission already set clear timeframes for the proposed operational actions? Does the Commission intend to launch any other relocation project for Malta following the intra-EU Relocation from Malta (EUREMA) I and EUREMA II projects?
Answer given by Ms Malmström on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Ms Malmström on behalf of the Commission
(25 March 2014)(25 March 2014)
As set out in the communication on the work of the Task Force, the Commission has started implementing several activities falling within its remit, including: concluding the readmission agreement with Turkey; finalising negotiations on the Mobility Partnership with Tunisia; and expanding the Regional Protection Programme in North Africa, while financing the Sahara Mediterranean Project in Libya. EASO has started a project to strengthen the asylum systems in Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan financed by the Commission. The resettlement commitment of the EU has increased in response to the Syrian crisis. Two EMPACT (European Multidisciplinary Platform against Criminal Threats) action plans, on trafficking and smuggling, have been adopted, while Europol has provided support to Italy. Frontex has reinforced its operations in the Mediterranean, and the co-legislators have agreed on a compromise text on rules of border surveillance at the external sea border. Finally, to support Member States, emergency funds have been mobilised.As set out in the communication on the work of the Task Force, the Commission has started implementing several activities falling within its remit, including: concluding the readmission agreement with Turkey; finalising negotiations on the Mobility Partnership with Tunisia; and expanding the Regional Protection Programme in North Africa, while financing the Sahara Mediterranean Project in Libya. EASO has started a project to strengthen the asylum systems in Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan financed by the Commission. The resettlement commitment of the EU has increased in response to the Syrian crisis. Two EMPACT (European Multidisciplinary Platform against Criminal Threats) action plans, on trafficking and smuggling, have been adopted, while Europol has provided support to Italy. Frontex has reinforced its operations in the Mediterranean, and the co-legislators have agreed on a compromise text on rules of border surveillance at the external sea border. Finally, to support Member States, emergency funds have been mobilised.
The communication included a call for voluntary relocation by Member States. The Commission remains committed to the policy of relocation. It hosted the first Annual Relocation Forum and will present an evaluation report on EUREMA within the next few months. The funding mechanism for relocation will change under the new Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, so EUREMA will not be extended — instead each Member State can choose to allocate funding for relocation from their national programmes and make pledges every two years to receive an additional sum of EUR 6 000 per person. Relocation will no longer be limited to assisting Malta and could be used for other Member States.The communication included a call for voluntary relocation by Member States. The Commission remains committed to the policy of relocation. It hosted the first Annual Relocation Forum and will present an evaluation report on EUREMA within the next few months. The funding mechanism for relocation will change under the new Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, so EUREMA will not be extended — instead each Member State can choose to allocate funding for relocation from their national programmes and make pledges every two years to receive an additional sum of EUR 6 000 per person. Relocation will no longer be limited to assisting Malta and could be used for other Member States.
(Verżjoni Maltija)(Verżjoni Maltija)
Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000808/14Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000808/14
lill-Kummissjonilill-Kummissjoni
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(28 ta' Jannar 2014)(28 ta' Jannar 2014)
Suġġett: Il-Programm LIFESuġġett: Il-Programm LIFE
Rapport ippubblikat fis-17 ta' Jannar 2014 mill-Qorti tal-Awdituri bit-titolu “Il-komponent Ambjent tal-Programm LIFE kien effettiv?” (SR 15/2013) jistieden lill-Kummissjoni żżid l-effettività tal-programm Strument Finanzjarju għall-Ambjent (LIFE) billi ttejjeb id-disseminazzjoni u r-replikazzjoni ta' proġetti ambjentali li jkollhom suċċess.Rapport ippubblikat fis-17 ta' Jannar 2014 mill-Qorti tal-Awdituri bit-titolu “Il-komponent Ambjent tal-Programm LIFE kien effettiv?” (SR 15/2013) jistieden lill-Kummissjoni żżid l-effettività tal-programm Strument Finanzjarju għall-Ambjent (LIFE) billi ttejjeb id-disseminazzjoni u r-replikazzjoni ta' proġetti ambjentali li jkollhom suċċess.
Il-Kummissjoni taqbel ma' din l-analiżi?Il-Kummissjoni taqbel ma' din l-analiżi?
X'biħsiebha tagħmel il-Kummissjoni biex tiżgura li l-programm LIFE jaħdem b'mod aktar effettiv biex jilħaq l-għan tiegħu li jservi ta' katalist għall-bidla ambjentali?X'biħsiebha tagħmel il-Kummissjoni biex tiżgura li l-programm LIFE jaħdem b'mod aktar effettiv biex jilħaq l-għan tiegħu li jservi ta' katalist għall-bidla ambjentali?
Tweġiba mogħtija mis-Sur Potočnik f'isem il-KummissjoniTweġiba mogħtija mis-Sur Potočnik f'isem il-Kummissjoni
(18 ta' Marzu 2014)(18 ta' Marzu 2014)
Il-Kummissjoni laqgħet bil-ferħ l-osservazzjonijiet tal-Qorti, u tinnota li ħafna mis-sejbiet tar-rapport kienu ddaħħlu fil-Proposta tagħha għal Regolament ġdid dwar il-Programm LIFE, li kienet saret f’Diċembru tal-2011 u li ġiet adottata fi tmiem l-2013.Il-Kummissjoni laqgħet bil-ferħ l-osservazzjonijiet tal-Qorti, u tinnota li ħafna mis-sejbiet tar-rapport kienu ddaħħlu fil-Proposta tagħha għal Regolament ġdid dwar il-Programm LIFE, li kienet saret f’Diċembru tal-2011 u li ġiet adottata fi tmiem l-2013.
Il-bażi legali l-ġdida se tgħin lill-Kummissjoni tiżgura li l-Programm LIFE jsir fattur iktar effettiv li jixpruna t-tibdil ambjentali, billi torbot lill-Progamm LIFE iktar mal-politiki tal-UE favur l-ambjent, u billi ddaħħal it-tħassib ambjentali f’politiki oħrajn tal-UE. B’mod partikulari, il-kunċett tal-proġetti integrati b’erba’ oqsma ta’ prijorità (in-natura, l-arja, l-ilma u l-iskart) se jippermetti li l-programm LIFE jiġbor fondi oħrajn (pubbliċi jew privati) biex jiġu appoġġati l-proġetti fuq skala kbira u biex jittejjeb l-infurzar tal-politika tal-UE u b’hekk jittejjeb ukoll l-istat tal-ambjent. Il-qasam il-ġdid tal-informazzjoni u l-governanza f’dan il-Programm LIFE l-ġdid se jippermetti lil dawk li huma involuti f’dan il-qasam jikkontribwixxu għall-implimentazzjoni komuni tar-rekwiżiti ambjentali tal-UE. Is-suġġetti tal-proġetti mniżżlin fil-Programm il-ġdid se jwasslu biex l-interventi tal-Programm LIFE jkunu ffukati fuq l-oqsma prinċipali ta’ prijorità stabbiliti fis-Seba’ Programm ta’ Azzjoni Ambjentali tal-UE.Il-bażi legali l-ġdida se tgħin lill-Kummissjoni tiżgura li l-Programm LIFE jsir fattur iktar effettiv li jixpruna t-tibdil ambjentali, billi torbot lill-Progamm LIFE iktar mal-politiki tal-UE favur l-ambjent, u billi ddaħħal it-tħassib ambjentali f’politiki oħrajn tal-UE. B’mod partikulari, il-kunċett tal-proġetti integrati b’erba’ oqsma ta’ prijorità (in-natura, l-arja, l-ilma u l-iskart) se jippermetti li l-programm LIFE jiġbor fondi oħrajn (pubbliċi jew privati) biex jiġu appoġġati l-proġetti fuq skala kbira u biex jittejjeb l-infurzar tal-politika tal-UE u b’hekk jittejjeb ukoll l-istat tal-ambjent. Il-qasam il-ġdid tal-informazzjoni u l-governanza f’dan il-Programm LIFE l-ġdid se jippermetti lil dawk li huma involuti f’dan il-qasam jikkontribwixxu għall-implimentazzjoni komuni tar-rekwiżiti ambjentali tal-UE. Is-suġġetti tal-proġetti mniżżlin fil-Programm il-ġdid se jwasslu biex l-interventi tal-Programm LIFE jkunu ffukati fuq l-oqsma prinċipali ta’ prijorità stabbiliti fis-Seba’ Programm ta’ Azzjoni Ambjentali tal-UE.
Barra minn hekk, il-possibbiltà li l-flus jiġu allokati għall-azzjonijiet ta’ tħejjija, għall-bini tal-kapaċità u għall-għajnuna teknika biex jitfasslu l-proġetti integrati se tiffaċilita parteċipazzjoni iktar omoġenja tal-partijiet interessati fil-Programm, u b’hekk se żżid l-effiċjenza tiegħu. Fl-aħħar nett, il-possibbiltà li jintużaw strumenti finanzjarji innovattivi bħala self, garanziji jew ekwità fil-kuntest tal-Programm LIFE l-ġdid se tiġbed lejh aktar finanzjament għall-azzjonijiet dwar in-natura u l-klima, fi sħubija mas-settur privat u mal-istituzzjonijiet finanzjarji (il-BEI u l-FEI).Barra minn hekk, il-possibbiltà li l-flus jiġu allokati għall-azzjonijiet ta’ tħejjija, għall-bini tal-kapaċità u għall-għajnuna teknika biex jitfasslu l-proġetti integrati se tiffaċilita parteċipazzjoni iktar omoġenja tal-partijiet interessati fil-Programm, u b’hekk se żżid l-effiċjenza tiegħu. Fl-aħħar nett, il-possibbiltà li jintużaw strumenti finanzjarji innovattivi bħala self, garanziji jew ekwità fil-kuntest tal-Programm LIFE l-ġdid se tiġbed lejh aktar finanzjament għall-azzjonijiet dwar in-natura u l-klima, fi sħubija mas-settur privat u mal-istituzzjonijiet finanzjarji (il-BEI u l-FEI).
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Question for written answer E-000808/14Question for written answer E-000808/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: The Financial Instrument for the Environment programmeSubject: The Financial Instrument for the Environment programme
A report published on Friday 17 January 2014 by the Court of Auditors entitled ‘Has the Environment component of the LIFE programme been effective?’ (SR 15/2013) calls on the Commission to increase the effectiveness of the Financial Instrument for the Environment (LIFE) programme by improving the dissemination and replication of successful environmental projects.A report published on Friday 17 January 2014 by the Court of Auditors entitled ‘Has the Environment component of the LIFE programme been effective?’ (SR 15/2013) calls on the Commission to increase the effectiveness of the Financial Instrument for the Environment (LIFE) programme by improving the dissemination and replication of successful environmental projects.
Does the Commission agree with this analysis?Does the Commission agree with this analysis?
What does the Commission intend to do to ensure that the LIFE programme works more effectively to achieve its objective of acting as a catalyst for environmental change?What does the Commission intend to do to ensure that the LIFE programme works more effectively to achieve its objective of acting as a catalyst for environmental change?
Answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the Commission
(18 March 2014)(18 March 2014)
The Commission has welcomed the observations of the Court, and notes that many of the report findings were included in the Commission's Proposal of December 2011 for a new LIFE Regulation adopted at the end of 2013.The Commission has welcomed the observations of the Court, and notes that many of the report findings were included in the Commission's Proposal of December 2011 for a new LIFE Regulation adopted at the end of 2013.
The new legal basis will help the Commission to ensure that the LIFE Programme becomes a more effective catalyst for environmental changes by increasing the link between the LIFE Programme and the EU environmental policies as well as integrating environmental concerns into other EU policies. In particular, the concept of Integrated projects with four priority areas (nature, air, water and waste) will allow using LIFE to lever other funds (public or private) to support large scale projects and improve the enforcement of EU policy and thus the state of environment. The new information and governance strand under this new LIFE Programme will allow actors in the field to contribute to a common implementation of EU environmental requirements. The project topics listed in the new Programme will focus the LIFE intervention on the main priority areas set out in the 7th EU Environment Action Programme.The new legal basis will help the Commission to ensure that the LIFE Programme becomes a more effective catalyst for environmental changes by increasing the link between the LIFE Programme and the EU environmental policies as well as integrating environmental concerns into other EU policies. In particular, the concept of Integrated projects with four priority areas (nature, air, water and waste) will allow using LIFE to lever other funds (public or private) to support large scale projects and improve the enforcement of EU policy and thus the state of environment. The new information and governance strand under this new LIFE Programme will allow actors in the field to contribute to a common implementation of EU environmental requirements. The project topics listed in the new Programme will focus the LIFE intervention on the main priority areas set out in the 7th EU Environment Action Programme.
In addition, the possibility to earmark money for preparatory actions, capacity building as well as technical assistance to design integrated projects will facilitate a more homogenous participation of stakeholders in the Programme, and thus increase its efficiency. Finally, the possibility to use innovative financial instruments as loans, guarantees or equity under the new LIFE Programme will attract greater funding for nature and climate actions, in partnership with the private sector and financial institutions (EIB — EIF).In addition, the possibility to earmark money for preparatory actions, capacity building as well as technical assistance to design integrated projects will facilitate a more homogenous participation of stakeholders in the Programme, and thus increase its efficiency. Finally, the possibility to use innovative financial instruments as loans, guarantees or equity under the new LIFE Programme will attract greater funding for nature and climate actions, in partnership with the private sector and financial institutions (EIB — EIF).
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Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000809/14Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000809/14
lill-Kummissjonilill-Kummissjoni
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(28 ta' Jannar 2014)(28 ta' Jannar 2014)
Suġġett: Skema ta' kumpens għall-investiturSuġġett: Skema ta' kumpens għall-investitur
Id-Direttiva 97/9/KE introduċiet skema ta' kumpens għall-investitur fl-Istati Membri kollha. Din l-iskema tagħti kumpens fejn ditta ta' investiment liċenzjata ma tkun tista', jew ikun hemm il-possibbiltà li ma tkunx tista', tħallas it-talbiet għal kumpens li jsirulha. B'mod ġenerali, dan iseħħ meta ditta liċenzjata ma tkomplix fin-negozju jew issir insolventi. Kontijiet annwali pubblikati reċentement urew li l-iskema ta' kumpens għall-investitur f'Malta hi ferm nieqsa mill-fondi u tinsab fi stat finanzjarju prekarju.Id-Direttiva 97/9/KE introduċiet skema ta' kumpens għall-investitur fl-Istati Membri kollha. Din l-iskema tagħti kumpens fejn ditta ta' investiment liċenzjata ma tkun tista', jew ikun hemm il-possibbiltà li ma tkunx tista', tħallas it-talbiet għal kumpens li jsirulha. B'mod ġenerali, dan iseħħ meta ditta liċenzjata ma tkomplix fin-negozju jew issir insolventi. Kontijiet annwali pubblikati reċentement urew li l-iskema ta' kumpens għall-investitur f'Malta hi ferm nieqsa mill-fondi u tinsab fi stat finanzjarju prekarju.
Il-Kummissjoni qed timmonitorja r-riservi akkumulati f'kull waħda mill-iskemi ta' kumpens għall-investitur fl-Istati Membri? Barra minn hekk, x'qed tagħmel il-Kummissjoni biex tassigura li r-riservi akkumulati f'tali skemi jkunu suffiċjenti biex jipprovdu kumpens għall-konsumaturi Ewropej kollha?Il-Kummissjoni qed timmonitorja r-riservi akkumulati f'kull waħda mill-iskemi ta' kumpens għall-investitur fl-Istati Membri? Barra minn hekk, x'qed tagħmel il-Kummissjoni biex tassigura li r-riservi akkumulati f'tali skemi jkunu suffiċjenti biex jipprovdu kumpens għall-konsumaturi Ewropej kollha?
Tweġiba mogħtija mis-Sur Barnier f'isem il-KummissjoniTweġiba mogħtija mis-Sur Barnier f'isem il-Kummissjoni
(17 ta' Marzu 2014)(17 ta' Marzu 2014)
Id-Direttiva tal-Iskemi ta' Kumpens għall-Investituri attwali ma tobbligax il-ġbir ta' kontribuzzjonijiet ex ante għall-iskemi ta' kumpens għall-investituri u ma teħtieġx li l-iskemi nazzjonali ta' kumpens jikkomunikaw il-livell tal-mezzi finanzjarji disponibbli tagħhom lill-Kummissjoni.Id-Direttiva tal-Iskemi ta' Kumpens għall-Investituri attwali ma tobbligax il-ġbir ta' kontribuzzjonijiet ex ante għall-iskemi ta' kumpens għall-investituri u ma teħtieġx li l-iskemi nazzjonali ta' kumpens jikkomunikaw il-livell tal-mezzi finanzjarji disponibbli tagħhom lill-Kummissjoni.
Sabiex issaħħaħ il-finanzjament ta' skemi ta' kumpens għall-investituri, f'Lulju 2010, il-Kummissjoni pproponiet li temenda d-Direttiva tal-Iskemi ta' Kumpens għall-Investituri (55) u b'mod partikolari li tintroduċi finanzjament ex ante mandatorju f'livell ta' mill-inqas 0.5% tal-valur tal-flejjes u l-istrumenti finanzjarji koperti minn kull skema. Dik il-proposta tirrikjedi wkoll lill-Istati Membri biex kull sena jinformaw lill-Awtorità Ewropea tat-Titoli u s-Swieq dwar il-livell ta' finanzjament tal-iskemi ta' kumpens għall-investituri tagħhom.Sabiex issaħħaħ il-finanzjament ta' skemi ta' kumpens għall-investituri, f'Lulju 2010, il-Kummissjoni pproponiet li temenda d-Direttiva tal-Iskemi ta' Kumpens għall-Investituri (55) u b'mod partikolari li tintroduċi finanzjament ex ante mandatorju f'livell ta' mill-inqas 0.5% tal-valur tal-flejjes u l-istrumenti finanzjarji koperti minn kull skema. Dik il-proposta tirrikjedi wkoll lill-Istati Membri biex kull sena jinformaw lill-Awtorità Ewropea tat-Titoli u s-Swieq dwar il-livell ta' finanzjament tal-iskemi ta' kumpens għall-investituri tagħhom.
Din il-proposta tinsab quddiem il-koleġiżlaturi u l-Kummissjoni tħeġġiġhom biex jissukktaw bid-diskussjonijiet bil-ħsieb li jilħqu ftehim leġiżlattiv.Din il-proposta tinsab quddiem il-koleġiżlaturi u l-Kummissjoni tħeġġiġhom biex jissukktaw bid-diskussjonijiet bil-ħsieb li jilħqu ftehim leġiżlattiv.
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Question for written answer E-000809/14Question for written answer E-000809/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Investor compensation schemeSubject: Investor compensation scheme
Directive 97/9/EC introduced an investor compensation scheme in each and every Member State. This scheme pays compensation where a licensed investment firm is unable, or is likely to be unable, to pay claims against it. In general, this happens when the licensed firm stops trading or becomes insolvent. Recently published annual accounts showed that Malta’s investor compensation scheme is grossly underfunded and in a precarious financial state.Directive 97/9/EC introduced an investor compensation scheme in each and every Member State. This scheme pays compensation where a licensed investment firm is unable, or is likely to be unable, to pay claims against it. In general, this happens when the licensed firm stops trading or becomes insolvent. Recently published annual accounts showed that Malta’s investor compensation scheme is grossly underfunded and in a precarious financial state.
Is the Commission monitoring the reserves accumulated in each of the Member States’ investor compensation schemes? Moreover, what is the Commission doing to ensure that the reserves accumulated in such a scheme are sufficient to provide compensation to all European consumers?Is the Commission monitoring the reserves accumulated in each of the Member States’ investor compensation schemes? Moreover, what is the Commission doing to ensure that the reserves accumulated in such a scheme are sufficient to provide compensation to all European consumers?
Answer given by Mr Barnier on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Barnier on behalf of the Commission
(17 March 2014)(17 March 2014)
The current Investor Compensation Schemes Directive does not mandate the collection of ex ante contributions for investor compensation schemes and does not require national compensation schemes to communicate the level of their available financial means to the Commission.The current Investor Compensation Schemes Directive does not mandate the collection of ex ante contributions for investor compensation schemes and does not require national compensation schemes to communicate the level of their available financial means to the Commission.
In order to reinforce the financing of investor compensation schemes, the Commission has proposed in July 2010 to amend the Investor Compensation Schemes Directive (56) and in particular to introduce mandatory ex ante funding at a level of at least 0.5% of the value of the monies and financial instruments covered by each scheme. That proposal also requires Member States to annually inform the European Securities Markets Authority of the level of funding of their investor compensation schemes.In order to reinforce the financing of investor compensation schemes, the Commission has proposed in July 2010 to amend the Investor Compensation Schemes Directive (56) and in particular to introduce mandatory ex ante funding at a level of at least 0.5% of the value of the monies and financial instruments covered by each scheme. That proposal also requires Member States to annually inform the European Securities Markets Authority of the level of funding of their investor compensation schemes.
This proposal stands before the co-legislators and the Commission would encourage them to resume discussions in view of a legislative agreement.This proposal stands before the co-legislators and the Commission would encourage them to resume discussions in view of a legislative agreement.
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Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000810/14Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000810/14
lill-Kummissjonilill-Kummissjoni
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(28 ta' Jannar 2014)(28 ta' Jannar 2014)
Suġġett: Ir-Raba' Direttiva dwar il-Ħasil tal-FlusSuġġett: Ir-Raba' Direttiva dwar il-Ħasil tal-Flus
Tista' l-Kummissjoni tipprovdi aġġornament dwar il-progress imwettaq fir-rigward tal-proposta għal direttiva dwar il-prevenzjoni tal-użu tas-sistema finanzjarja għall-finijiet tal-ħasil tal-flus u għall-iffinanzjar tat-terroriżmu?Tista' l-Kummissjoni tipprovdi aġġornament dwar il-progress imwettaq fir-rigward tal-proposta għal direttiva dwar il-prevenzjoni tal-użu tas-sistema finanzjarja għall-finijiet tal-ħasil tal-flus u għall-iffinanzjar tat-terroriżmu?
Tweġiba mogħtija mis-Sur Barnier f'isem il-KummissjoniTweġiba mogħtija mis-Sur Barnier f'isem il-Kummissjoni
(20 ta' Marzu 2014)(20 ta' Marzu 2014)
Fil-5 ta' Frar 2013, il-Kummissjoni adottat proposta għal Direttiva dwar il-prevenzjoni tal-użu tas-sistema finanzjarja għall-iskop tal-ħasil tal-flus u l-finanzjament tat-terroriżmu (ir-“4a' Direttiva tal-AML”).Fil-5 ta' Frar 2013, il-Kummissjoni adottat proposta għal Direttiva dwar il-prevenzjoni tal-użu tas-sistema finanzjarja għall-iskop tal-ħasil tal-flus u l-finanzjament tat-terroriżmu (ir-“4a' Direttiva tal-AML”).
Progress sinifikanti nkiseb taħt il-Presidenza Litwana dwar il-proposta għal Direttiva. Il-Kummissjoni tifhem li l-Presidenza Griega se tipprova tikseb approċċ ġenerali dwar dan il-fajl malajr kemm jista' jkun.Progress sinifikanti nkiseb taħt il-Presidenza Litwana dwar il-proposta għal Direttiva. Il-Kummissjoni tifhem li l-Presidenza Griega se tipprova tikseb approċċ ġenerali dwar dan il-fajl malajr kemm jista' jkun.
Fl-20 ta' Frar 2014, il-Kumitati konġunti ECON u LIBE adottaw ir-rapport mill-korelaturi Krišjānis KARIŅŠ u Judith SARGENTINI dwar il-proposta tal-Kummissjoni. Il-Kummissjoni tifhem li hija l-intenzjoni tal-Parlament Ewropew li jressaq rapport għal vot Plenarju qabel tmiem il-mandat tiegħu.Fl-20 ta' Frar 2014, il-Kumitati konġunti ECON u LIBE adottaw ir-rapport mill-korelaturi Krišjānis KARIŅŠ u Judith SARGENTINI dwar il-proposta tal-Kummissjoni. Il-Kummissjoni tifhem li hija l-intenzjoni tal-Parlament Ewropew li jressaq rapport għal vot Plenarju qabel tmiem il-mandat tiegħu.
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Question for written answer E-000810/14Question for written answer E-000810/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Fourth Money Laundering DirectiveSubject: Fourth Money Laundering Directive
Can the Commission provide an update on the progress made on the proposal for a directive on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing?Can the Commission provide an update on the progress made on the proposal for a directive on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing?
Answer given by Mr Barnier on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Barnier on behalf of the Commission
(20 March 2014)(20 March 2014)
On 5 February 2013, the Commission adopted a proposal for a directive on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing (the ‘4th AML Directive’).On 5 February 2013, the Commission adopted a proposal for a directive on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing (the ‘4th AML Directive’).
Significant progess has been achieved under the Lithuanian Presidency on the proposal for a directive. The Commission understands that the Greek Presidency will seek to achieve a general approach on this file as soon as possible.Significant progess has been achieved under the Lithuanian Presidency on the proposal for a directive. The Commission understands that the Greek Presidency will seek to achieve a general approach on this file as soon as possible.
On 20 February 2014, the joint ECON and LIBE Committees adopted the report by co-rapporteurs Krišjānis KARIŅŠ and Judith SARGENTINI on the Commission’s proposal. The Commission understands that it is the European Parliament’s intention to table the report for a Plenary vote before the end of its term.On 20 February 2014, the joint ECON and LIBE Committees adopted the report by co-rapporteurs Krišjānis KARIŅŠ and Judith SARGENTINI on the Commission’s proposal. The Commission understands that it is the European Parliament’s intention to table the report for a Plenary vote before the end of its term.
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Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000812/14Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000812/14
lill-Kummissjonilill-Kummissjoni
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(28 ta' Jannar 2014)(28 ta' Jannar 2014)
Suġġett: L-EdukazzjoniSuġġett: L-Edukazzjoni
Is-47 unjoni nazzjonali tal-istudenti li huma membri tal-Unjoni tal-Istudenti Ewropej (ESU), ħarġu dikjarazzjoni fejn fiha jilqgħu tajjeb l-istqarrija reċenti tal-Kummissjoni dwar l-edukazzjoni għolja Ewropea fid-dinja. Madankollu, l-ESU ddefiniet ukoll l-oqsma politiki ewlenin li fihom jista' jsir titjib, fosthom it-trattament indaqs u d-dritt għall-mobbiltà.Is-47 unjoni nazzjonali tal-istudenti li huma membri tal-Unjoni tal-Istudenti Ewropej (ESU), ħarġu dikjarazzjoni fejn fiha jilqgħu tajjeb l-istqarrija reċenti tal-Kummissjoni dwar l-edukazzjoni għolja Ewropea fid-dinja. Madankollu, l-ESU ddefiniet ukoll l-oqsma politiki ewlenin li fihom jista' jsir titjib, fosthom it-trattament indaqs u d-dritt għall-mobbiltà.
Il-Kummissjoni kif biħsiebha ttejjeb oqsma politiki bħal dawn bħala parti mill-istrateġija internazzjonali għal edukazzjoni għolja fl-Ewropa?Il-Kummissjoni kif biħsiebha ttejjeb oqsma politiki bħal dawn bħala parti mill-istrateġija internazzjonali għal edukazzjoni għolja fl-Ewropa?
Tweġiba mogħtija mis-Sinjura Vassiliou f'isem il-KummissjoniTweġiba mogħtija mis-Sinjura Vassiliou f'isem il-Kummissjoni
(12 ta' Marzu 2014)(12 ta' Marzu 2014)
Ir-rwol tal-Kummissjoni fil-qasam tal-edukazzjoni, kif definit fit-Trattat ta’ Lisbona, huwa li din tikkontribwixxi għal edukazzjoni ta’ kwalità billi tappoġġa u tissupplimenta lill-Istati Membri fl-attivitajiet tagħhom.Ir-rwol tal-Kummissjoni fil-qasam tal-edukazzjoni, kif definit fit-Trattat ta’ Lisbona, huwa li din tikkontribwixxi għal edukazzjoni ta’ kwalità billi tappoġġa u tissupplimenta lill-Istati Membri fl-attivitajiet tagħhom.
Mobilità dejjem ikbar hija għan komuni għall-Kummissjoni u għall-Istati Membri tal-UE. L-Istati Membri individwali għandhom jistabbilixxu miri nazzjonali biex isostnu l-livell ta’ riferiment fl-UE kollha li, sas-sena 2020, 20 % tal-istudenti fl-edukazzjoni terzjarja jridu jkunu pparteċipaw fil-mobilità internazzjonali. Il-mobilità tal-istudenti tibqa’ l-kompetenza tal-Istati Membri individwali.Mobilità dejjem ikbar hija għan komuni għall-Kummissjoni u għall-Istati Membri tal-UE. L-Istati Membri individwali għandhom jistabbilixxu miri nazzjonali biex isostnu l-livell ta’ riferiment fl-UE kollha li, sas-sena 2020, 20 % tal-istudenti fl-edukazzjoni terzjarja jridu jkunu pparteċipaw fil-mobilità internazzjonali. Il-mobilità tal-istudenti tibqa’ l-kompetenza tal-Istati Membri individwali.
Il-programm Erasmus+ jiddefinixxi l-mobilità bħala prijorità u jalloka mill-inqas 63 % tal-fondi totali tiegħu għal dan. L-aċċess inklussiv għall-mobilità hu rifless fir-Regolament dwar l-Erasmus+ (57). Il-programm jipprevedi għotjiet finanzjarji għolja għall-istudenti u l-istaff bi bżonnijiet speċjali sabiex dawn ikunu jistgħu jibbenefikaw b'mod sħiħ mill-opportunitajiet offruti mill-programm. Barra minn hekk, il-garanzija fuq is-self lill-istudenti tal-Erasmus+ u l-boroż ta’ studju mogħtija għal-Lawrji fil-Masters Konġunti (Joint Masters Degrees) tfasslu biex jiżguraw li l-istudenti jkunu mobbli irrispettivament mill-isfond soċjoekonomiku tagħhom.Il-programm Erasmus+ jiddefinixxi l-mobilità bħala prijorità u jalloka mill-inqas 63 % tal-fondi totali tiegħu għal dan. L-aċċess inklussiv għall-mobilità hu rifless fir-Regolament dwar l-Erasmus+ (57). Il-programm jipprevedi għotjiet finanzjarji għolja għall-istudenti u l-istaff bi bżonnijiet speċjali sabiex dawn ikunu jistgħu jibbenefikaw b'mod sħiħ mill-opportunitajiet offruti mill-programm. Barra minn hekk, il-garanzija fuq is-self lill-istudenti tal-Erasmus+ u l-boroż ta’ studju mogħtija għal-Lawrji fil-Masters Konġunti (Joint Masters Degrees) tfasslu biex jiżguraw li l-istudenti jkunu mobbli irrispettivament mill-isfond soċjoekonomiku tagħhom.
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Question for written answer E-000812/14Question for written answer E-000812/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: EducationSubject: Education
The 47 national unions of students who are members of the European Students’ Union (ESU), have adopted a statement in which they welcome the Commission’s recent communication on European higher education in the world. However, the ESU has also defined key policy areas where improvements can be made, namely equal treatment and the right to mobility.The 47 national unions of students who are members of the European Students’ Union (ESU), have adopted a statement in which they welcome the Commission’s recent communication on European higher education in the world. However, the ESU has also defined key policy areas where improvements can be made, namely equal treatment and the right to mobility.
How does the Commission intend to improve such policy areas as part of its international strategy for higher education in Europe?How does the Commission intend to improve such policy areas as part of its international strategy for higher education in Europe?
Answer given by Ms Vassiliou on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Ms Vassiliou on behalf of the Commission
(12 March 2014)(12 March 2014)
The Commission's role in the field of education, as defined by the Lisbon Treaty, is to contribute to quality education by supporting and supplementing the Member States in their activities.The Commission's role in the field of education, as defined by the Lisbon Treaty, is to contribute to quality education by supporting and supplementing the Member States in their activities.
Increased mobility is a joint goal for the Commission and the EU Member States. Individual Member States have set national targets in support of the EU-level benchmark that 20% of all tertiary students should undertake international mobility by 2020. Student mobility remains the competence of the individual Member States.Increased mobility is a joint goal for the Commission and the EU Member States. Individual Member States have set national targets in support of the EU-level benchmark that 20% of all tertiary students should undertake international mobility by 2020. Student mobility remains the competence of the individual Member States.
The Erasmus+ programme defines mobility as a priority and allocates at least 63% of its total funds to it. Inclusive access to mobility is reflected in the Erasmus+ Regulation (58). The programme foresees higher grants for students and staff with special needs so that they can take full advantage of the mobility opportunities offered by the programme. Moreover, the Erasmus+ student loan guarantее and the scholarships awarded for the Joint Masters Degrees were conceived to ensure that students can be mobile regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds.The Erasmus+ programme defines mobility as a priority and allocates at least 63% of its total funds to it. Inclusive access to mobility is reflected in the Erasmus+ Regulation (58). The programme foresees higher grants for students and staff with special needs so that they can take full advantage of the mobility opportunities offered by the programme. Moreover, the Erasmus+ student loan guarantее and the scholarships awarded for the Joint Masters Degrees were conceived to ensure that students can be mobile regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds.
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Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000813/14Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000813/14
lill-Kummissjonilill-Kummissjoni
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(28 ta' Jannar 2014)(28 ta' Jannar 2014)
Suġġett: Karti tal-flus tal-euro ffalsifikatiSuġġett: Karti tal-flus tal-euro ffalsifikati
Il-Bank Ċentrali Ewropew ħareġ statistiki dwar in-numru ta' karti ta' flus iffalsifikati li ġew irtirati miċ-ċirkolazzjoni. Iċ-ċifri juru li 353 000 tal-karti ta' flus iffalsifikati ntremew fit-tieni nofs tal-2013, li jirrappreżenta l-akbar numru rreġistrat sa mit-tieni kwart tal-2010. Il-Bank Ċentrali Ewropew qies din iċ-ċifra bħala waħda baxxa ħafna meta wieħed jikkunsidra n-numru ta' karti ta' flus ġenwini li jkunu fiċ-ċirkolazzjoni f'kwalunkwe mument partikolari.Il-Bank Ċentrali Ewropew ħareġ statistiki dwar in-numru ta' karti ta' flus iffalsifikati li ġew irtirati miċ-ċirkolazzjoni. Iċ-ċifri juru li 353 000 tal-karti ta' flus iffalsifikati ntremew fit-tieni nofs tal-2013, li jirrappreżenta l-akbar numru rreġistrat sa mit-tieni kwart tal-2010. Il-Bank Ċentrali Ewropew qies din iċ-ċifra bħala waħda baxxa ħafna meta wieħed jikkunsidra n-numru ta' karti ta' flus ġenwini li jkunu fiċ-ċirkolazzjoni f'kwalunkwe mument partikolari.
Il-Kummissjoni x'se tagħmel biex tassisti lill-Bank Ċentrali Ewropew u l-Eurosistema biex tiżgura li l-karti tal-flus tal-euro jibqgħu mezz ta' ħlas affidabbli u sikur?Il-Kummissjoni x'se tagħmel biex tassisti lill-Bank Ċentrali Ewropew u l-Eurosistema biex tiżgura li l-karti tal-flus tal-euro jibqgħu mezz ta' ħlas affidabbli u sikur?
Tweġiba mogħtija mis-Sur Šemeta f'isem il-KummissjoniTweġiba mogħtija mis-Sur Šemeta f'isem il-Kummissjoni
(13 ta' Marzu 2014)(13 ta' Marzu 2014)
Il-Kummissjoni taqsam ir-responsabbiltà tal-protezzjoni tal-euro flimkien mal-Bank Ċentrali Ewropew (BĊE). L-Uffiċċju Ewropew kontra l-Frodi (OLAF), bħala servizz tal-Kummissjoni, jimplimenta l-attivitajiet tiegħu fit-tliet oqsma li ġejjin:Il-Kummissjoni taqsam ir-responsabbiltà tal-protezzjoni tal-euro flimkien mal-Bank Ċentrali Ewropew (BĊE). L-Uffiċċju Ewropew kontra l-Frodi (OLAF), bħala servizz tal-Kummissjoni, jimplimenta l-attivitajiet tiegħu fit-tliet oqsma li ġejjin:
— | it-taħriġ u l-assistenza teknika;— | it-taħriġ u l-assistenza teknika;
— | l-analiżi teknika tal-muniti tal-euro ffalsifikati u— | l-analiżi teknika tal-muniti tal-euro ffalsifikati u
— | it-tħejjija tal-inizjattivi leġiżlattivi.— | it-tħejjija tal-inizjattivi leġiżlattivi.
Fil-5 ta' Frar 2013 il-Kummissjoni adottat proposta għal Direttiva (59) biex b'miżuri kriminali ssaħħaħ aktar il-protezzjoni tal-euro u ta' muniti oħrajn. Fost affarijiet oħra, id-Direttiva tintroduċi għodda investigattivi effiċjenti biex itejbu l-prevenzjoni billi jippermettu l-analiżi tal-flus iffalsifikati mill-awtoritajiet kompetenti filwaqt li jinżammu bħala prova fil-proċedimenti mill-awtoritajiet ġudizzjarji; il-proposta ġiet miftiehma mill-Kunsill u mill-Parlament Ewropew fid-19 ta' Frar 2014 (60).Fil-5 ta' Frar 2013 il-Kummissjoni adottat proposta għal Direttiva (59) biex b'miżuri kriminali ssaħħaħ aktar il-protezzjoni tal-euro u ta' muniti oħrajn. Fost affarijiet oħra, id-Direttiva tintroduċi għodda investigattivi effiċjenti biex itejbu l-prevenzjoni billi jippermettu l-analiżi tal-flus iffalsifikati mill-awtoritajiet kompetenti filwaqt li jinżammu bħala prova fil-proċedimenti mill-awtoritajiet ġudizzjarji; il-proposta ġiet miftiehma mill-Kunsill u mill-Parlament Ewropew fid-19 ta' Frar 2014 (60).
Il-programm “Pericles 2020” propost mill-Kummissjoni, se jkompli (61) jappoġġa t-taħriġ relevanti fil-qasam tal-protezzjoni tal-euro. L-azzjonijiet eleġibbli jinkludu wkoll azzjonijiet għotjiet biex jiġi ffinanzjat tagħmir biex jintuża mill-awtoritajiet speċjalizzati għal kontra l-iffalsifikar. Il-programm (62), li jinsab fil-Qafas Finanzjarju Pluriennali 2014-2020 kellu baġit ta' EUR 7 344 000 (63).Il-programm “Pericles 2020” propost mill-Kummissjoni, se jkompli (61) jappoġġa t-taħriġ relevanti fil-qasam tal-protezzjoni tal-euro. L-azzjonijiet eleġibbli jinkludu wkoll azzjonijiet għotjiet biex jiġi ffinanzjat tagħmir biex jintuża mill-awtoritajiet speċjalizzati għal kontra l-iffalsifikar. Il-programm (62), li jinsab fil-Qafas Finanzjarju Pluriennali 2014-2020 kellu baġit ta' EUR 7 344 000 (63).
Il-Kummissjoni se tkompli tappoġġa l-BĊE u l-Eurosistema wkoll fl-2014 u se tkompli tikkoordina magħhom wkoll fil-gruppi ta' esperti relevanti, bħall-“Grupp ta' Esperti dwar l-Iffalsifikar tal-Euro” u l-“Grupp ta' Tmexxija tal-Euro”.Il-Kummissjoni se tkompli tappoġġa l-BĊE u l-Eurosistema wkoll fl-2014 u se tkompli tikkoordina magħhom wkoll fil-gruppi ta' esperti relevanti, bħall-“Grupp ta' Esperti dwar l-Iffalsifikar tal-Euro” u l-“Grupp ta' Tmexxija tal-Euro”.
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Question for written answer E-000813/14Question for written answer E-000813/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Counterfeit euro banknotesSubject: Counterfeit euro banknotes
The European Central Bank has released statistics on the number of counterfeit banknotes withdrawn from circulation. Figures show that 353 000 counterfeit banknotes were disposed of in the second half of 2013, which represents the highest number registered since the second quarter of 2010. The European Central Bank deemed the figure very low considering the number of genuine euro banknotes in circulation at any one time.The European Central Bank has released statistics on the number of counterfeit banknotes withdrawn from circulation. Figures show that 353 000 counterfeit banknotes were disposed of in the second half of 2013, which represents the highest number registered since the second quarter of 2010. The European Central Bank deemed the figure very low considering the number of genuine euro banknotes in circulation at any one time.
What will the Commission do to assist the European Central Bank and the Eurosystem to ensure that euro banknotes remain a trusted and safe means of payment?What will the Commission do to assist the European Central Bank and the Eurosystem to ensure that euro banknotes remain a trusted and safe means of payment?
Answer given by Mr Šemeta on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Šemeta on behalf of the Commission
(13 March 2014)(13 March 2014)
The Commission shares the responsibility of the protection of the euro together with the European Central Bank (ECB). The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), as service of the Commission, implements its activities in the following three domains:The Commission shares the responsibility of the protection of the euro together with the European Central Bank (ECB). The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), as service of the Commission, implements its activities in the following three domains:
— | training and technical assistance;— | training and technical assistance;
— | technical analysis of counterfeit euro coins and— | technical analysis of counterfeit euro coins and
— | the preparation of legislative initiatives.— | the preparation of legislative initiatives.
The Commission adopted on 5 February 2013 a proposal for a directive (64) to further enhance the protection of the euro and other currencies by criminal measures. Inter alia, the directive will introduce efficient investigative tools and improve prevention by allowing the analysis of counterfeits by the competent authorities even whilst they are held as evidence in proceedings by judicial authorities; the proposal was agreed by the Council and the European Parliament on 19 February 2014 (65).The Commission adopted on 5 February 2013 a proposal for a directive (64) to further enhance the protection of the euro and other currencies by criminal measures. Inter alia, the directive will introduce efficient investigative tools and improve prevention by allowing the analysis of counterfeits by the competent authorities even whilst they are held as evidence in proceedings by judicial authorities; the proposal was agreed by the Council and the European Parliament on 19 February 2014 (65).
The ‘Pericles 2020’ programme, proposed by the Commission, will continue (66) to support relevant training in the area of euro protection. The eligible actions will also include grants to finance equipment to be used by specialised anti-counterfeiting authorities. The programme (67), which is anchored in the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 has a budget of EUR 7 344 000 (68).The ‘Pericles 2020’ programme, proposed by the Commission, will continue (66) to support relevant training in the area of euro protection. The eligible actions will also include grants to finance equipment to be used by specialised anti-counterfeiting authorities. The programme (67), which is anchored in the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 has a budget of EUR 7 344 000 (68).
The Commission will continue to support the ECB and the Eurosystem also in 2014 and will also continue to coordinate with them in the relevant expert groups, such as the ‘Euro Counterfeiting Experts Group’ and the ‘Euro Steering Group’.The Commission will continue to support the ECB and the Eurosystem also in 2014 and will also continue to coordinate with them in the relevant expert groups, such as the ‘Euro Counterfeiting Experts Group’ and the ‘Euro Steering Group’.
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Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000815/14Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000815/14
lill-Kummissjonilill-Kummissjoni
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(28 ta' Jannar 2014)(28 ta' Jannar 2014)
Suġġett: Riċerka dwar il-kanċer tas-siderSuġġett: Riċerka dwar il-kanċer tas-sider
Ċifri ppubblikati mill-Aġenzija Internazzjonali għar-Riċerka dwar il-Kanċer juru li l-kanċer tas-sider huwa bil-bosta l-aktar forma komuni ta' kanċer fl-UE għan-nisa. Għalkemm iċ-ċifri juru li r-rati ta' sopravivenza qed jiżdiedu, ċifri oħrajn mill-istess aġenzija juru li r-rata ta' mortalità stmata għan-nisa fl-UE hija ftit aktar minn 20 %.Ċifri ppubblikati mill-Aġenzija Internazzjonali għar-Riċerka dwar il-Kanċer juru li l-kanċer tas-sider huwa bil-bosta l-aktar forma komuni ta' kanċer fl-UE għan-nisa. Għalkemm iċ-ċifri juru li r-rati ta' sopravivenza qed jiżdiedu, ċifri oħrajn mill-istess aġenzija juru li r-rata ta' mortalità stmata għan-nisa fl-UE hija ftit aktar minn 20 %.
F'dan ir-rigward, il-Kummissjoni x'beħsiebha tagħmel sabiex tnaqqas dejjem iktar ir-rati ta' mortalità minħabba l-kanċer tas-sider jew tipi oħra ta' kanċer? Barra minn hekk, il-Kummissjoni qed tippjana li żżid il-finanzjament għar-riċerka dwar il-kanċer tas-sider?F'dan ir-rigward, il-Kummissjoni x'beħsiebha tagħmel sabiex tnaqqas dejjem iktar ir-rati ta' mortalità minħabba l-kanċer tas-sider jew tipi oħra ta' kanċer? Barra minn hekk, il-Kummissjoni qed tippjana li żżid il-finanzjament għar-riċerka dwar il-kanċer tas-sider?
Tweġiba mogħtija mis-Sinjura Geoghegan-Quinn f'isem il-KummissjoniTweġiba mogħtija mis-Sinjura Geoghegan-Quinn f'isem il-Kummissjoni
(19 ta' Marzu 2014)(19 ta' Marzu 2014)
Il-Kummissjoni tgħin lill-Istati Membri biex inaqqsu l-inċidenza tal-kanċer permezz ta’ koordinazzjoni ta’ azzjoni fl-oqsma kollha relatati mal-kanċer, bħal pereżempju pjanijiet nazzjonali dwar il-kanċer, u l-prevenzjoni, l-iskrining, ir-riċerka u l-ġbir ta’ dejta kumparabbli dwar il-kanċer. Kif previst fid-Deċiżjoni ta’ Implimentazzjoni tal-Kummissjoni tat-28 ta’ Novembru 2012 dwar il-Pjan ta’ Ħidma 2013 tal-Programm tal-UE dwar is-Saħħa (69), il-Kummissjoni beħsiebha tniedi Azzjoni Konġunta ġdida biex tfassal Gwida Ewropea dwar it-Titjib fil-Kwalità fil-Kontroll tal-Kanċer.Il-Kummissjoni tgħin lill-Istati Membri biex inaqqsu l-inċidenza tal-kanċer permezz ta’ koordinazzjoni ta’ azzjoni fl-oqsma kollha relatati mal-kanċer, bħal pereżempju pjanijiet nazzjonali dwar il-kanċer, u l-prevenzjoni, l-iskrining, ir-riċerka u l-ġbir ta’ dejta kumparabbli dwar il-kanċer. Kif previst fid-Deċiżjoni ta’ Implimentazzjoni tal-Kummissjoni tat-28 ta’ Novembru 2012 dwar il-Pjan ta’ Ħidma 2013 tal-Programm tal-UE dwar is-Saħħa (69), il-Kummissjoni beħsiebha tniedi Azzjoni Konġunta ġdida biex tfassal Gwida Ewropea dwar it-Titjib fil-Kwalità fil-Kontroll tal-Kanċer.
Permezz tas-Seba' Programm Kwadru tal-Komunità Ewropea għall-attivitajiet ta' riċerka, ta' żvilupp teknoloġiku u ta' dimostrazzjoni (FP7, 2007‐2013), il-Kummissjoni allokat aktar minn EUR 100 miljun għar-riċerka dwar il-prevenzjoni, id-dijanjożi u l-kura tal-kanċer tas-sider.Permezz tas-Seba' Programm Kwadru tal-Komunità Ewropea għall-attivitajiet ta' riċerka, ta' żvilupp teknoloġiku u ta' dimostrazzjoni (FP7, 2007‐2013), il-Kummissjoni allokat aktar minn EUR 100 miljun għar-riċerka dwar il-prevenzjoni, id-dijanjożi u l-kura tal-kanċer tas-sider.
Orizzont 2020 — il-Programm Qafas għar-Riċerka u l-Innovazzjoni (2014-2020) (70) se joffri opportunitajiet biex tiġi indirizzata r-riċerka dwar il-prevenzjoni, id-dijanjożi u l-kura bikrija tal-kanċer, inkluż il-kanċer tas-sider, fost oħrajn permezz tal-isfida soċjali “Is-saħħa, it-tibdil demografiku u l-benesseri ”, li hija mmirata lejn il-promozzjoni tas-saħħa u tal-benesseri għal kulħadd.Orizzont 2020 — il-Programm Qafas għar-Riċerka u l-Innovazzjoni (2014-2020) (70) se joffri opportunitajiet biex tiġi indirizzata r-riċerka dwar il-prevenzjoni, id-dijanjożi u l-kura bikrija tal-kanċer, inkluż il-kanċer tas-sider, fost oħrajn permezz tal-isfida soċjali “Is-saħħa, it-tibdil demografiku u l-benesseri ”, li hija mmirata lejn il-promozzjoni tas-saħħa u tal-benesseri għal kulħadd.
Il-finanzjament tal-UE għar-riċerka jingħata fuq il-bażi ta’ sejħiet kompetittivi għal proposti, wara li ssir valutazzjoni indipendenti bejn il-pari. L-informazzjoni dwar l-opportunitajiet attwali ta’ finanzjament tista' tinkiseb permezz tal-Portal tal-Parteċipant tar-Riċerka u l-Innovazzjoni (71).Il-finanzjament tal-UE għar-riċerka jingħata fuq il-bażi ta’ sejħiet kompetittivi għal proposti, wara li ssir valutazzjoni indipendenti bejn il-pari. L-informazzjoni dwar l-opportunitajiet attwali ta’ finanzjament tista' tinkiseb permezz tal-Portal tal-Parteċipant tar-Riċerka u l-Innovazzjoni (71).
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Question for written answer E-000815/14Question for written answer E-000815/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Roberta Metsola (PPE)Roberta Metsola (PPE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Breast cancer researchSubject: Breast cancer research
Figures released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer show that breast cancer is by far the most common form of cancer in the EU for women. Although figures show that survival rates are on the increase, other figures from the same agency show that the estimated mortality rate for women in the EU is just over 20%.Figures released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer show that breast cancer is by far the most common form of cancer in the EU for women. Although figures show that survival rates are on the increase, other figures from the same agency show that the estimated mortality rate for women in the EU is just over 20%.
To this end, what does the Commission intend to do to further reduce mortality rates for breast and any other types of cancer? Moreover, is the Commission planning to increase funding for breast cancer research?To this end, what does the Commission intend to do to further reduce mortality rates for breast and any other types of cancer? Moreover, is the Commission planning to increase funding for breast cancer research?
Answer given by Ms Geoghegan-Quinn on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Ms Geoghegan-Quinn on behalf of the Commission
(19 March 2014)(19 March 2014)
The Commission helps Member States to reduce cancer incidence, through coordination of action on all cancer-related fronts, such as national cancer plans, prevention, screening, research and comparable data collection. As foreseen in the Commission Implementing Decision of 28 November 2012 on the Work Plan 2013 of the EU Health Programme (72), the Commission intends to launch a new Joint Action to produce a European Guide on Quality Improvement in Cancer Control.The Commission helps Member States to reduce cancer incidence, through coordination of action on all cancer-related fronts, such as national cancer plans, prevention, screening, research and comparable data collection. As foreseen in the Commission Implementing Decision of 28 November 2012 on the Work Plan 2013 of the EU Health Programme (72), the Commission intends to launch a new Joint Action to produce a European Guide on Quality Improvement in Cancer Control.
Through the Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities (FP7, 2007‐2013), the Commission has devoted over EUR 100 million to research on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.Through the Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities (FP7, 2007‐2013), the Commission has devoted over EUR 100 million to research on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
Horizon 2020 — The framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) (73), will offer opportunities to address research on the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer, including breast cancer, through amongst other the ‘ Health, demographic change and wellbeing ’ societal challenge, aimed at promoting health and wellbeing for all.Horizon 2020 — The framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) (73), will offer opportunities to address research on the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer, including breast cancer, through amongst other the ‘ Health, demographic change and wellbeing ’ societal challenge, aimed at promoting health and wellbeing for all.
EU research funding is granted on the basis of competitive calls for proposals, following an independent peer-review evaluation. Information on current funding opportunities can be obtained through the Research and Innovation Participant Portal (74).EU research funding is granted on the basis of competitive calls for proposals, following an independent peer-review evaluation. Information on current funding opportunities can be obtained through the Research and Innovation Participant Portal (74).
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Anfrage zur schriftlichen Beantwortung E-000816/14Anfrage zur schriftlichen Beantwortung E-000816/14
an die Kommissionan die Kommission
Martin Ehrenhauser (NI)Martin Ehrenhauser (NI)
(28. Januar 2014)(28. Januar 2014)
Betrifft: TTIP-VerhandlungenBetrifft: TTIP-Verhandlungen
Vergangene Woche fand ein Stakeholder-Meeting zur dritten Runde der TTIP-Verhandlungen statt. Im Zuge dieser Gespräche sollten Vertreter der Zivilgesellschaft über den Stand der Verhandlungen zwischen der Europäischen Kommission und dem US Handelsministerium unterrichtet werden.Vergangene Woche fand ein Stakeholder-Meeting zur dritten Runde der TTIP-Verhandlungen statt. Im Zuge dieser Gespräche sollten Vertreter der Zivilgesellschaft über den Stand der Verhandlungen zwischen der Europäischen Kommission und dem US Handelsministerium unterrichtet werden.
1. | Wie hoch war der jeweilige Anteil von (a) Beratungsfirmen, (b) Unternehmen und Unternehmensgruppen, (c) von Nichtregierungsorganisationen und Bürgerverbänden, (d) von Gewerkschaften, (e) Denkfabriken und Forschungseinrichtungen, (f) lokalen, kommunalen oder nationalen Behörden an den bisherigen Konsultationen mit der Zivilgesellschaft?1. | Wie hoch war der jeweilige Anteil von (a) Beratungsfirmen, (b) Unternehmen und Unternehmensgruppen, (c) von Nichtregierungsorganisationen und Bürgerverbänden, (d) von Gewerkschaften, (e) Denkfabriken und Forschungseinrichtungen, (f) lokalen, kommunalen oder nationalen Behörden an den bisherigen Konsultationen mit der Zivilgesellschaft?
2. | Sind Wirtschaftsverbände und Lobbyisten der Industrie grundsätzlich berechtigt, Reisekosten im Rahmen des Dialogs mit der Zivilgesellschaft zu beantragen?2. | Sind Wirtschaftsverbände und Lobbyisten der Industrie grundsätzlich berechtigt, Reisekosten im Rahmen des Dialogs mit der Zivilgesellschaft zu beantragen?
3. | Wie definiert die Kommission den Begriff „Zivilgesellschaft“ exakt?3. | Wie definiert die Kommission den Begriff „Zivilgesellschaft“ exakt?
4. | In welcher Höhe wurden welchen Teilnehmern Reisekosten für die betreffende Sitzung und bisherige Sitzungen zurückerstattet?4. | In welcher Höhe wurden welchen Teilnehmern Reisekosten für die betreffende Sitzung und bisherige Sitzungen zurückerstattet?
5. | Erhalten Journalisten und Journalistinnen nationaler Medien Reisekosten zurückerstattet? Wenn nein, weshalb nicht, und wenn ja, wie viel?5. | Erhalten Journalisten und Journalistinnen nationaler Medien Reisekosten zurückerstattet? Wenn nein, weshalb nicht, und wenn ja, wie viel?
6. | Weshalb erhalten besonders US-amerikanische Unternehmensvertreter, jedoch nicht die europäische Zivilgesellschaft Zugang zu allen relevanten Dokumenten aus den TTIP-Verhandlungen?6. | Weshalb erhalten besonders US-amerikanische Unternehmensvertreter, jedoch nicht die europäische Zivilgesellschaft Zugang zu allen relevanten Dokumenten aus den TTIP-Verhandlungen?
7. | Wenn der Grund die Sorge vor einer geschwächten Verhandlungsposition gegenüber den USA ist, weshalb begann die Europäische Kommission die Verhandlungen jedoch exakt acht Wochen nach den ersten Enthüllungen von Edward Snowden und setzte sie stattdessen nicht erst einmal aus?7. | Wenn der Grund die Sorge vor einer geschwächten Verhandlungsposition gegenüber den USA ist, weshalb begann die Europäische Kommission die Verhandlungen jedoch exakt acht Wochen nach den ersten Enthüllungen von Edward Snowden und setzte sie stattdessen nicht erst einmal aus?
8. | Aus welcher Haushaltslinie genau wird die Reisekostenerstattung für die Teilnahme an Stakeholder-Sitzungen finanziert?8. | Aus welcher Haushaltslinie genau wird die Reisekostenerstattung für die Teilnahme an Stakeholder-Sitzungen finanziert?
Antwort von Herrn De Gucht im Namen der KommissionAntwort von Herrn De Gucht im Namen der Kommission
(20. März 2014)(20. März 2014)
1. | Was die Sitzungen im Rahmen des Dialogs mit der Zivilgesellschaft betrifft, so sind die Namen der eingeschriebenen Teilnehmer und die von ihnen vertretenen Organisationen öffentlich zugänglich (75).1. | Was die Sitzungen im Rahmen des Dialogs mit der Zivilgesellschaft betrifft, so sind die Namen der eingeschriebenen Teilnehmer und die von ihnen vertretenen Organisationen öffentlich zugänglich (75).
2. | Die Reisekosten im Zusammenhang mit der Teilnahme an solchen Sitzungen werden nur für Organisationen übernommen, die ihren Sitz nicht in Brüssel haben. Die GD Handel stellt gegebenenfalls ein Ticket für einen Flug in der Touristenklasse oder eine Bahnfahrkarte zweiter Klasse zur Verfügung. Übernommen wird nur der Hauptteil der Reise, nicht hingegen Taxifahrten sowie Aufenthalts- und Unterkunftskosten (76).2. | Die Reisekosten im Zusammenhang mit der Teilnahme an solchen Sitzungen werden nur für Organisationen übernommen, die ihren Sitz nicht in Brüssel haben. Die GD Handel stellt gegebenenfalls ein Ticket für einen Flug in der Touristenklasse oder eine Bahnfahrkarte zweiter Klasse zur Verfügung. Übernommen wird nur der Hauptteil der Reise, nicht hingegen Taxifahrten sowie Aufenthalts- und Unterkunftskosten (76).
3. | Eine Definition des Begriffs „Zivilgesellschaft“ findet sich in „Allgemeine Grundsätze und Mindeststandards für die Konsultation betroffener Parteien durch die Kommission“ (siehe KOM(2002)704 endg., S. 6).3. | Eine Definition des Begriffs „Zivilgesellschaft“ findet sich in „Allgemeine Grundsätze und Mindeststandards für die Konsultation betroffener Parteien durch die Kommission“ (siehe KOM(2002)704 endg., S. 6).
4. | Werden die Reisekosten übernommen, wird dies in der Teilnehmerliste durch den Vermerk „funded“ angezeigt.4. | Werden die Reisekosten übernommen, wird dies in der Teilnehmerliste durch den Vermerk „funded“ angezeigt.
5. | Die Presse nimmt an den Sitzungen im Rahmen des Dialogs mit der Zivilgesellschaft nicht teil.5. | Die Presse nimmt an den Sitzungen im Rahmen des Dialogs mit der Zivilgesellschaft nicht teil.
6. | Berater mit Zugang zu vertraulichen US-amerikanischen Handelsdokumenten haben keinen Zugang zu gemeinsamen Verhandlungstexten (77). Die Kommission unternimmt beispiellose Anstrengungen, den Verhandlungsprozess transparenter zu gestalten. Dazu gehören die Veröffentlichung ihrer Positionspapiere, die regelmäßigen Treffen mit Interessenträgern und die beschlossene öffentliche Konsultation über die Bestimmungen zum Investitionsschutz. Die Bemühungen der Kommission wurden vor kurzem vom Europäischen Bürgerbeauftragten und dem Europäischen Parlament anerkannt (78).6. | Berater mit Zugang zu vertraulichen US-amerikanischen Handelsdokumenten haben keinen Zugang zu gemeinsamen Verhandlungstexten (77). Die Kommission unternimmt beispiellose Anstrengungen, den Verhandlungsprozess transparenter zu gestalten. Dazu gehören die Veröffentlichung ihrer Positionspapiere, die regelmäßigen Treffen mit Interessenträgern und die beschlossene öffentliche Konsultation über die Bestimmungen zum Investitionsschutz. Die Bemühungen der Kommission wurden vor kurzem vom Europäischen Bürgerbeauftragten und dem Europäischen Parlament anerkannt (78).
7. | Die Kommission möchte den Herrn Abgeordneten hierzu auf die Beantwortung der schriftlichen Anfrage E-012850/2013 verweisen.7. | Die Kommission möchte den Herrn Abgeordneten hierzu auf die Beantwortung der schriftlichen Anfrage E-012850/2013 verweisen.
8. | Der Finanzierungsbeschluss 2013 (C(2013)7948 final), der das Arbeitsprogramm der GD Handel darstellt, ist auf der Website der GD Handel veröffentlicht (79).8. | Der Finanzierungsbeschluss 2013 (C(2013)7948 final), der das Arbeitsprogramm der GD Handel darstellt, ist auf der Website der GD Handel veröffentlicht (79).
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Question for written answer E-000816/14Question for written answer E-000816/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Martin Ehrenhauser (NI)Martin Ehrenhauser (NI)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: TTIP negotiationsSubject: TTIP negotiations
A stakeholder meeting took place last week as part of the third round of the TTIP negotiations. The objective of these talks was to brief representatives of civil society on the status of the negotiations between the European Commission and the US Department of Commerce.A stakeholder meeting took place last week as part of the third round of the TTIP negotiations. The objective of these talks was to brief representatives of civil society on the status of the negotiations between the European Commission and the US Department of Commerce.
1. | What have been the respective proportions of (a) consultancy firms, (b) companies and groups of companies, (c) non-governmental organisations and citizens’ groups, (d) trade unions, (e) think tanks and research institutions, and (f) local, municipal or national authorities that have attended the consultations with civil society up to now?1. | What have been the respective proportions of (a) consultancy firms, (b) companies and groups of companies, (c) non-governmental organisations and citizens’ groups, (d) trade unions, (e) think tanks and research institutions, and (f) local, municipal or national authorities that have attended the consultations with civil society up to now?
2. | Are trade associations and industry lobbyists entirely entitled to claim back travel expenses within the framework of the Civil Society Dialogue?2. | Are trade associations and industry lobbyists entirely entitled to claim back travel expenses within the framework of the Civil Society Dialogue?
3. | How exactly does the Commission define the term ‘civil society’?3. | How exactly does the Commission define the term ‘civil society’?
4. | Which participants have had travel expenses reimbursed for the meeting in question and for previous meetings, and how much were they reimbursed?4. | Which participants have had travel expenses reimbursed for the meeting in question and for previous meetings, and how much were they reimbursed?
5. | Are national media journalists reimbursed travel expenses? If not, why not, and if so, how much?5. | Are national media journalists reimbursed travel expenses? If not, why not, and if so, how much?
6. | Why do US business representatives, in particular, receive access to all the relevant documents from the TTIP negotiations but European civil society does not?6. | Why do US business representatives, in particular, receive access to all the relevant documents from the TTIP negotiations but European civil society does not?
7. | If this is due to concerns over a weakened negotiation position vis-à-vis the USA, why did the European Commission enter into the negotiations exactly eight weeks after the first revelations from Edward Snowden rather than postponing them for the time being?7. | If this is due to concerns over a weakened negotiation position vis-à-vis the USA, why did the European Commission enter into the negotiations exactly eight weeks after the first revelations from Edward Snowden rather than postponing them for the time being?
8. | From precisely which budget line is the reimbursement of travel expenses for the participants in the stakeholder meetings being financed?8. | From precisely which budget line is the reimbursement of travel expenses for the participants in the stakeholder meetings being financed?
Answer given by Mr De Gucht on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr De Gucht on behalf of the Commission
(20 March 2014)(20 March 2014)
1. | The names of participants registered at Civil Society Dialogue (CSD) meetings and the organisations they represent are public (80).1. | The names of participants registered at Civil Society Dialogue (CSD) meetings and the organisations they represent are public (80).
2. | Payment of travel arrangements for attendance to CSD meetings is only for organisations not based in Brussels. DG Trade provides for a prior purchase of economy class plane tickets or second class train tickets, and this only for the main part of the journey — the coverage does not include taxi, subsistence or accommodation costs (81).2. | Payment of travel arrangements for attendance to CSD meetings is only for organisations not based in Brussels. DG Trade provides for a prior purchase of economy class plane tickets or second class train tickets, and this only for the main part of the journey — the coverage does not include taxi, subsistence or accommodation costs (81).
3. | The term civil society is defined in the ‘General principles and minimum standards for consultation of interested parties by the Commission’ COM(2002) 704, page 6.3. | The term civil society is defined in the ‘General principles and minimum standards for consultation of interested parties by the Commission’ COM(2002) 704, page 6.
4. | When travel expenses are paid, it is indicated (funded) in the list of participants.4. | When travel expenses are paid, it is indicated (funded) in the list of participants.
5. | The press does not participate in CSD meetings.5. | The press does not participate in CSD meetings.
6. | US cleared advisors do not have access to joint negotiating texts (82). The Commission is making unprecedented efforts to improve transparency of the negotiating process through the publication of its position papers, the organisation of regular stakeholder events and the decision to launch a public consultation on investment protection provisions. The Commission's efforts were recently recognised by the European Ombudsman and the President of the European Parliament (83).6. | US cleared advisors do not have access to joint negotiating texts (82). The Commission is making unprecedented efforts to improve transparency of the negotiating process through the publication of its position papers, the organisation of regular stakeholder events and the decision to launch a public consultation on investment protection provisions. The Commission's efforts were recently recognised by the European Ombudsman and the President of the European Parliament (83).
7. | The Commission refers the Honourable Member to the answer provided to Question E-012850/2013.7. | The Commission refers the Honourable Member to the answer provided to Question E-012850/2013.
8. | The financing Decision 2013 (constituting DG Trade's work programme) is published in DG Trade's website (84).8. | The financing Decision 2013 (constituting DG Trade's work programme) is published in DG Trade's website (84).
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Pregunta con solicitud de respuesta escrita E-000817/14Pregunta con solicitud de respuesta escrita E-000817/14
a la Comisióna la Comisión
Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)
(28 de enero de 2014)(28 de enero de 2014)
Asunto: Ginebra II y Kurdistán OccidentalAsunto: Ginebra II y Kurdistán Occidental
En estos momentos se están desarrollando las conversaciones denominadas Ginebra II entre el Gobierno sirio y diversos representantes de la oposición.En estos momentos se están desarrollando las conversaciones denominadas Ginebra II entre el Gobierno sirio y diversos representantes de la oposición.
Entre los representantes de la oposición no se encuentra el movimiento mayoritario de la minoría kurda de Siria, la Unión Democrática Kurda (PYD). Este movimiento ha declarado la autonomía de la provincia de Al-Hasakah y ha expulsado de la misma tanto al ejército sirio como a las milicias islamistas. Es, por lo tanto, un actor representativo en la situación siria. La Unión Democrática Kurda no ha sido invitada a tomar parte en Ginebra II.Entre los representantes de la oposición no se encuentra el movimiento mayoritario de la minoría kurda de Siria, la Unión Democrática Kurda (PYD). Este movimiento ha declarado la autonomía de la provincia de Al-Hasakah y ha expulsado de la misma tanto al ejército sirio como a las milicias islamistas. Es, por lo tanto, un actor representativo en la situación siria. La Unión Democrática Kurda no ha sido invitada a tomar parte en Ginebra II.
Según han expresado representantes de la PYD, han demandado a los auspiciadores de la conferencia la participación en ella, pero han sido vetados por los EE.UU.Según han expresado representantes de la PYD, han demandado a los auspiciadores de la conferencia la participación en ella, pero han sido vetados por los EE.UU.
¿Es conocedora la Comisión de si la PYD o representantes de Kurdistán Occidental han demandado a los auspiciadores de la Conferencia su presencia en ella?¿Es conocedora la Comisión de si la PYD o representantes de Kurdistán Occidental han demandado a los auspiciadores de la Conferencia su presencia en ella?
¿Ha demandado la PYD directamente a la Comisión o a alguno de sus representantes su presencia en Ginebra II?¿Ha demandado la PYD directamente a la Comisión o a alguno de sus representantes su presencia en Ginebra II?
¿Tiene noticias la Comisión de si la presencia de la PYD ha sido vetada por alguno de los auspiciadores?¿Tiene noticias la Comisión de si la presencia de la PYD ha sido vetada por alguno de los auspiciadores?
¿Ha tomado la Comisión postura alguna frente a ese veto, en el caso de que se haya producido?¿Ha tomado la Comisión postura alguna frente a ese veto, en el caso de que se haya producido?
¿Considera la Comisión conveniente la presencia de representantes de la PYD en Ginebra II?¿Considera la Comisión conveniente la presencia de representantes de la PYD en Ginebra II?
En caso de respuesta afirmativa ¿qué pasos dará la Comisión para asegurar la presencia de la PYD en las conversaciones presentes y futuras que tengan como objetivo la resolución democrática del conflicto sirio?En caso de respuesta afirmativa ¿qué pasos dará la Comisión para asegurar la presencia de la PYD en las conversaciones presentes y futuras que tengan como objetivo la resolución democrática del conflicto sirio?
Respuesta de la Alta Representante y Vicepresidenta Ashton en nombre de la ComisiónRespuesta de la Alta Representante y Vicepresidenta Ashton en nombre de la Comisión
(20 de marzo de 2014)(20 de marzo de 2014)
La Comisión no tiene constancia de que la PYD o representantes de Kurdistán Occidental hayan pedido a los organizadores de la conferencia de Ginebra sobre Siria su participación en la misma. Asimismo, ninguno de dichos representantes ha contactado con la Comisión, que no está al corriente de acción alguna por parte de los organizadores en relación con esta iniciativa.La Comisión no tiene constancia de que la PYD o representantes de Kurdistán Occidental hayan pedido a los organizadores de la conferencia de Ginebra sobre Siria su participación en la misma. Asimismo, ninguno de dichos representantes ha contactado con la Comisión, que no está al corriente de acción alguna por parte de los organizadores en relación con esta iniciativa.
La UE, a través de las conclusiones del Consejo de Asuntos Exteriores, apoya oficialmente la creación de una delegación de oposición conjunta encabezada por la Coalición de Oposición Siria (COS) para las conversaciones de Ginebra II. La delegación de la COS incluye a representantes kurdos.La UE, a través de las conclusiones del Consejo de Asuntos Exteriores, apoya oficialmente la creación de una delegación de oposición conjunta encabezada por la Coalición de Oposición Siria (COS) para las conversaciones de Ginebra II. La delegación de la COS incluye a representantes kurdos.
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Question for written answer E-000817/14Question for written answer E-000817/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Geneva II and Western KurdistanSubject: Geneva II and Western Kurdistan
The Geneva II talks are currently taking place between the Syrian Government and various representatives of the opposition.The Geneva II talks are currently taking place between the Syrian Government and various representatives of the opposition.
The majority movement for the Kurdish minority in Syria, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), is not included among the opposition representatives. This movement has declared the independence of the province of Al-Hasakah and has driven out both the Syrian army and Islamist militias from this region. It is therefore a key player in the situation in Syria. The Democratic Union Party has not been invited to take part in the Geneva II talks.The majority movement for the Kurdish minority in Syria, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), is not included among the opposition representatives. This movement has declared the independence of the province of Al-Hasakah and has driven out both the Syrian army and Islamist militias from this region. It is therefore a key player in the situation in Syria. The Democratic Union Party has not been invited to take part in the Geneva II talks.
According to statements by spokespeople for the PYD, they asked the sponsors of the conference if they could participate, but were vetoed by the USA.According to statements by spokespeople for the PYD, they asked the sponsors of the conference if they could participate, but were vetoed by the USA.
Does the Commission know whether the PYD or representatives for Western Kurdistan have asked the sponsors of the conference if they can be present at the talks?Does the Commission know whether the PYD or representatives for Western Kurdistan have asked the sponsors of the conference if they can be present at the talks?
Has the PYD directly asked the Commission or any of its representatives if they can be present at Geneva II?Has the PYD directly asked the Commission or any of its representatives if they can be present at Geneva II?
Does the Commission know whether the presence of the PYD has been vetoed by any of the sponsors?Does the Commission know whether the presence of the PYD has been vetoed by any of the sponsors?
Has the Commission taken any stance with regard to this veto, if such a veto exists?Has the Commission taken any stance with regard to this veto, if such a veto exists?
Does the Commission think that it would be appropriate for representatives from the PYD to be present at Geneva II? If so, what steps will the Commission take to ensure that the PYD is present at the current talks and any future talks aimed at the democratic resolution of the conflict in Syria?Does the Commission think that it would be appropriate for representatives from the PYD to be present at Geneva II? If so, what steps will the Commission take to ensure that the PYD is present at the current talks and any future talks aimed at the democratic resolution of the conflict in Syria?
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Ashton on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by High Representative/Vice-President Ashton on behalf of the Commission
(20 March 2014)(20 March 2014)
The Commission is not aware whether the PYD or representatives for Western Kurdistan asked the organisers of the Geneva conference on Syria to participate in the conference. The Commission has also not been approached by any of these representatives and is not aware of any actions by the organisers with regard to such an initiative.The Commission is not aware whether the PYD or representatives for Western Kurdistan asked the organisers of the Geneva conference on Syria to participate in the conference. The Commission has also not been approached by any of these representatives and is not aware of any actions by the organisers with regard to such an initiative.
The EU has officially, through the conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council, supported the creation of an inclusive opposition delegation to the Geneva 2 talks to be headed by the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC). The SOC delegation included the Kurdish representatives.The EU has officially, through the conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council, supported the creation of an inclusive opposition delegation to the Geneva 2 talks to be headed by the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC). The SOC delegation included the Kurdish representatives.
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Pregunta con solicitud de respuesta escrita E-000818/14Pregunta con solicitud de respuesta escrita E-000818/14
a la Comisióna la Comisión
Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)
(28 de enero de 2014)(28 de enero de 2014)
Asunto: La gestión del agua en la EUAsunto: La gestión del agua en la EU
Según tengo entendido, el pasado mes de noviembre representantes de una quincena de organizaciones de defensa del medio ambiente del Reino de España entregaron a representantes de la Comisión el documento titulado «Propuestas para la mejora de la gestión del agua en la Unión Europea».Según tengo entendido, el pasado mes de noviembre representantes de una quincena de organizaciones de defensa del medio ambiente del Reino de España entregaron a representantes de la Comisión el documento titulado «Propuestas para la mejora de la gestión del agua en la Unión Europea».
¿Ha recibido la Comisión el citado documento?¿Ha recibido la Comisión el citado documento?
¿Ha podido analizar la Comisión el contenido del mismo?¿Ha podido analizar la Comisión el contenido del mismo?
En caso afirmativo, ¿qué valoración global hace la Comisión sobre las propuestas desarrolladas en el mismo?En caso afirmativo, ¿qué valoración global hace la Comisión sobre las propuestas desarrolladas en el mismo?
¿Piensa la Comisión incorporar alguna de las propuestas al denominado «Plan para salvaguardar los recursos hídricos de Europa», que tiene como objetivo la nueva Directiva marco del agua?¿Piensa la Comisión incorporar alguna de las propuestas al denominado «Plan para salvaguardar los recursos hídricos de Europa», que tiene como objetivo la nueva Directiva marco del agua?
Pregunta con solicitud de respuesta escrita E-001025/14Pregunta con solicitud de respuesta escrita E-001025/14
a la Comisióna la Comisión
Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)
(31 de enero de 2014)(31 de enero de 2014)
Asunto: Propuestas para la mejora de la gestión del agua en la Unión EuropeaAsunto: Propuestas para la mejora de la gestión del agua en la Unión Europea
El pasado mes de noviembre representantes de una quincena de organizaciones de defensa del medio ambiente del Reino de España entregaron a representantes de la Comisión el documento titulado «Propuestas para la mejora de la gestión del agua en la Unión Europea».El pasado mes de noviembre representantes de una quincena de organizaciones de defensa del medio ambiente del Reino de España entregaron a representantes de la Comisión el documento titulado «Propuestas para la mejora de la gestión del agua en la Unión Europea».
En dicho documento se propone que los Estados miembros diseñen y aprueben para cada una de las cuencas hidrográficas planes de sequía en los que determinar en cada momento, teniendo en cuenta factores como la época del año, las aportaciones a los cauces y las reservas hídricas disponibles, tanto superficiales como subterráneas, cuáles deben ser la distribución de los recursos y las medidas por adoptar para minimizar sus efectos, garantizando en todo momento la preservación de los ecosistemas hídricos.En dicho documento se propone que los Estados miembros diseñen y aprueben para cada una de las cuencas hidrográficas planes de sequía en los que determinar en cada momento, teniendo en cuenta factores como la época del año, las aportaciones a los cauces y las reservas hídricas disponibles, tanto superficiales como subterráneas, cuáles deben ser la distribución de los recursos y las medidas por adoptar para minimizar sus efectos, garantizando en todo momento la preservación de los ecosistemas hídricos.
¿Qué opinión le merece esta propuesta a la Comisión?¿Qué opinión le merece esta propuesta a la Comisión?
Pregunta con solicitud de respuesta escrita E-001027/14Pregunta con solicitud de respuesta escrita E-001027/14
a la Comisióna la Comisión
Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)
(31 de enero de 2014)(31 de enero de 2014)
Asunto: Contaminación difusa de las aguasAsunto: Contaminación difusa de las aguas
El pasado mes de noviembre representantes de una quincena de organizaciones de defensa del medio ambiente del Reino de España entregaron a representantes de la Comisión el documento titulado «Propuestas para la mejora de la gestión del agua en la Unión Europea».El pasado mes de noviembre representantes de una quincena de organizaciones de defensa del medio ambiente del Reino de España entregaron a representantes de la Comisión el documento titulado «Propuestas para la mejora de la gestión del agua en la Unión Europea».
Entre las propuestas realizadas, algunas se refieren a la lucha contra las contaminación difusa de las aguas europeas (38 % de las masas de aguas); sobre todo a causa del uso indiscriminado y abusivo de fertilizantes y plaguicidas. En el mencionado documento se propone, bajo el principio de quien contamina paga, la aplicación de tasas por contaminación al uso de fertilizantes y plaguicidas, que debería de repercutir sobre las empresas que los fabrican.Entre las propuestas realizadas, algunas se refieren a la lucha contra las contaminación difusa de las aguas europeas (38 % de las masas de aguas); sobre todo a causa del uso indiscriminado y abusivo de fertilizantes y plaguicidas. En el mencionado documento se propone, bajo el principio de quien contamina paga, la aplicación de tasas por contaminación al uso de fertilizantes y plaguicidas, que debería de repercutir sobre las empresas que los fabrican.
Se propone también el establecimiento de bandas de protección, libres de pesticidas y fertilizantes, de una anchura tal que garantice el efecto tampón frente a la contaminación difusa agraria.Se propone también el establecimiento de bandas de protección, libres de pesticidas y fertilizantes, de una anchura tal que garantice el efecto tampón frente a la contaminación difusa agraria.
¿Qué opinión tiene la Comisión sobre el establecimiento de tasas por contaminación al uso de fertilizantes y plaguicidas?¿Qué opinión tiene la Comisión sobre el establecimiento de tasas por contaminación al uso de fertilizantes y plaguicidas?
¿Qué opinión tiene la Comisión sobre el establecimiento de bandas de protección libres de pesticidas y fertilizantes;¿Qué opinión tiene la Comisión sobre el establecimiento de bandas de protección libres de pesticidas y fertilizantes;
Respuesta conjunta del Sr. Potočnik en nombre de la ComisiónRespuesta conjunta del Sr. Potočnik en nombre de la Comisión
(13 de marzo de 2014)(13 de marzo de 2014)
La Comisión remite a Su Señoría a las repuestas que recientemente dio a las preguntas escritas E-14172/2013 a E-14181/2013 (85) sobre ese mismo asunto.La Comisión remite a Su Señoría a las repuestas que recientemente dio a las preguntas escritas E-14172/2013 a E-14181/2013 (85) sobre ese mismo asunto.
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Question for written answer E-000818/14Question for written answer E-000818/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Water management in the EUSubject: Water management in the EU
It is my understanding that last November representatives from around 15 environmental protection organisations in Spain sent a document entitled ‘Proposals for improving water management in the European Union’ to Commission representatives.It is my understanding that last November representatives from around 15 environmental protection organisations in Spain sent a document entitled ‘Proposals for improving water management in the European Union’ to Commission representatives.
Has the Commission received this document?Has the Commission received this document?
Has the Commission been able to conduct an analysis of its contents?Has the Commission been able to conduct an analysis of its contents?
If so, what is the Commission’s overall evaluation of the proposals discussed therein?If so, what is the Commission’s overall evaluation of the proposals discussed therein?
Does the Commission intend to incorporate any of the proposals into the ‘Blueprint to safeguard Europe’s water resources’, which relates to the new Water Framework Directive?Does the Commission intend to incorporate any of the proposals into the ‘Blueprint to safeguard Europe’s water resources’, which relates to the new Water Framework Directive?
Question for written answer E-001025/14Question for written answer E-001025/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)
(31 January 2014)(31 January 2014)
Subject: Proposals for the improvement of water management in the European UnionSubject: Proposals for the improvement of water management in the European Union
Last November representatives from fifteen Spanish environmental protection organisations delivered a document entitled ‘Proposals for the improvement of water management in the European Union’ to representatives of the Commission.Last November representatives from fifteen Spanish environmental protection organisations delivered a document entitled ‘Proposals for the improvement of water management in the European Union’ to representatives of the Commission.
This paper includes proposals for Member States to design and approve drought plans for all river basins, in which factors such as the time of year, the input to waterways and the amount of water reserves available, both surface and subterranean, should be taken into account in order to determine how resources should be distributed and what measures should be adopted at any given time in order to minimise the effects of droughts and ensure the preservation of water eco-systems at all times.This paper includes proposals for Member States to design and approve drought plans for all river basins, in which factors such as the time of year, the input to waterways and the amount of water reserves available, both surface and subterranean, should be taken into account in order to determine how resources should be distributed and what measures should be adopted at any given time in order to minimise the effects of droughts and ensure the preservation of water eco-systems at all times.
What are the Commission’s views on this proposal?What are the Commission’s views on this proposal?
Question for written answer E-001027/14Question for written answer E-001027/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)
(31 January 2014)(31 January 2014)
Subject: Diffuse water pollutionSubject: Diffuse water pollution
Last November representatives from fifteen Spanish environmental protection organisations delivered a document entitled ‘Proposals for the improvement of water management in the European Union’ to representatives of the Commission .Last November representatives from fifteen Spanish environmental protection organisations delivered a document entitled ‘Proposals for the improvement of water management in the European Union’ to representatives of the Commission .
Some of the proposals put forward refer to the battle against diffuse pollution of European waters (38% of water bodies) caused above all by the indiscriminate and excessive use of fertilisers and pesticides. The paper also proposes that, following the ‘polluter pays’ principle, fines should be imposed for pollution caused by the use of fertilisers and pesticides, which should have direct repercussions on the manufacturers of these contaminants.Some of the proposals put forward refer to the battle against diffuse pollution of European waters (38% of water bodies) caused above all by the indiscriminate and excessive use of fertilisers and pesticides. The paper also proposes that, following the ‘polluter pays’ principle, fines should be imposed for pollution caused by the use of fertilisers and pesticides, which should have direct repercussions on the manufacturers of these contaminants.
Another proposal is that buffer zones should be created that are free from fertilisers and pesticides and wide enough to ensure their effectiveness as barriers against diffuse agricultural pollution.Another proposal is that buffer zones should be created that are free from fertilisers and pesticides and wide enough to ensure their effectiveness as barriers against diffuse agricultural pollution.
What is the Commission’s view on the imposition of fines for pollution caused by the use of fertilisers and pesticides?What is the Commission’s view on the imposition of fines for pollution caused by the use of fertilisers and pesticides?
What is the Commission’s view on the creation of buffer zones that are free from fertilisers and pesticides?What is the Commission’s view on the creation of buffer zones that are free from fertilisers and pesticides?
Joint answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the CommissionJoint answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the Commission
(13 March 2014)(13 March 2014)
The Commission would like to refer the Honourable Member to recent replies to written questions on the same subject (written questions from E-14172/2013 to E-14181/2013 included) (86).The Commission would like to refer the Honourable Member to recent replies to written questions on the same subject (written questions from E-14172/2013 to E-14181/2013 included) (86).
(Versión española)(Versión española)
Pregunta con solicitud de respuesta escrita E-000819/14Pregunta con solicitud de respuesta escrita E-000819/14
a la Comisióna la Comisión
Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)
(28 de enero de 2014)(28 de enero de 2014)
Asunto: Política hídrica y transversalidadAsunto: Política hídrica y transversalidad
El documento de la Comisión producido en 2012 «Propuestas para la mejora de la gestión del agua en la Unión Europea» hace mención a la necesidad de aplicar mejor los objetivos de la política hídrica e integrarlos mejor en otras políticas, tales como la política agrícola común o la política asociada a los Fondos de Cohesión y Fondos Estructurales.El documento de la Comisión producido en 2012 «Propuestas para la mejora de la gestión del agua en la Unión Europea» hace mención a la necesidad de aplicar mejor los objetivos de la política hídrica e integrarlos mejor en otras políticas, tales como la política agrícola común o la política asociada a los Fondos de Cohesión y Fondos Estructurales.
¿Qué pasos se han dado en ese sentido?¿Qué pasos se han dado en ese sentido?
Concretamente, y referido a la nueva PAC, ¿considera la Comisión que se han integrado esas recomendaciones adecuadamente en ella? ¿Considera la Comisión que está alineada con los objetivos de la Directiva marco del agua?Concretamente, y referido a la nueva PAC, ¿considera la Comisión que se han integrado esas recomendaciones adecuadamente en ella? ¿Considera la Comisión que está alineada con los objetivos de la Directiva marco del agua?
¿Cree la Comisión que la Directiva marco del agua debería prevalecer por encima de cualquier otro tipo de legislación del ámbito de las políticas territoriales, agrícolas o industriales?¿Cree la Comisión que la Directiva marco del agua debería prevalecer por encima de cualquier otro tipo de legislación del ámbito de las políticas territoriales, agrícolas o industriales?
Respuesta del Sr. Cioloş en nombre de la ComisiónRespuesta del Sr. Cioloş en nombre de la Comisión
(27 de marzo de 2014)(27 de marzo de 2014)
La Comunicación de la Comisión titulada «Plan para salvaguardar los recursos hídricos de Europa» propone medidas para aumentar la integración de los objetivos de la política de aguas en la política agrícola común (PAC) (87).La Comunicación de la Comisión titulada «Plan para salvaguardar los recursos hídricos de Europa» propone medidas para aumentar la integración de los objetivos de la política de aguas en la política agrícola común (PAC) (87).
1. | Con respecto al Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER) y al Fondo de Cohesión, los reglamentos aplicables al periodo de programación de 2014-2020 establecen una prioridad específica en materia de inversiones para la gestión del agua. Además, y este aspecto es nuevo, la utilización del FEDER o del Fondo de Cohesión para la gestión del agua está supeditada a condiciones previas vinculadas a artículos específicos de la Directiva marco sobre el agua.1. | Con respecto al Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER) y al Fondo de Cohesión, los reglamentos aplicables al periodo de programación de 2014-2020 establecen una prioridad específica en materia de inversiones para la gestión del agua. Además, y este aspecto es nuevo, la utilización del FEDER o del Fondo de Cohesión para la gestión del agua está supeditada a condiciones previas vinculadas a artículos específicos de la Directiva marco sobre el agua.
2. | La nueva PAC (2014-2020) integrará en la condicionalidad las normas pertinentes de la Directiva marco sobre el agua (2000/60/CE) (88) con arreglo a las condiciones de la declaración conjunta del Parlamento Europeo y del Consejo que se recoge en el Reglamento (UE) n° 1306/2013. Algunas normas relativas al agua forman parte ya de la condicionalidad. Además, las prácticas ecologizantes junto con las medidas aplicadas al amparo de los programas de desarrollo rural poseen un potencial considerable para hacer frente a los efectos de la agricultura en el agua. Las ayudas para inversiones en instalaciones de riego estarán supeditadas a las condiciones que establece el artículo 46 del Reglamento (UE) n° 1305/2013 (89). La PAC dispone de un sistema de seguimiento y evaluación que evalúa los resultados y los efectos de las medidas en el medio ambiente.2. | La nueva PAC (2014-2020) integrará en la condicionalidad las normas pertinentes de la Directiva marco sobre el agua (2000/60/CE) (88) con arreglo a las condiciones de la declaración conjunta del Parlamento Europeo y del Consejo que se recoge en el Reglamento (UE) n° 1306/2013. Algunas normas relativas al agua forman parte ya de la condicionalidad. Además, las prácticas ecologizantes junto con las medidas aplicadas al amparo de los programas de desarrollo rural poseen un potencial considerable para hacer frente a los efectos de la agricultura en el agua. Las ayudas para inversiones en instalaciones de riego estarán supeditadas a las condiciones que establece el artículo 46 del Reglamento (UE) n° 1305/2013 (89). La PAC dispone de un sistema de seguimiento y evaluación que evalúa los resultados y los efectos de las medidas en el medio ambiente.
3. | La PAC, aplicada juiciosamente por los Estados miembros, contribuye a la gestión sostenible del agua. Con todo, el instrumento fundamental para la gestión hídrica en las cuencas fluviales es la Directiva marco sobre el agua y los planes hidrológicos de cuenca, que plasman los requisitos de esa Directiva.3. | La PAC, aplicada juiciosamente por los Estados miembros, contribuye a la gestión sostenible del agua. Con todo, el instrumento fundamental para la gestión hídrica en las cuencas fluviales es la Directiva marco sobre el agua y los planes hidrológicos de cuenca, que plasman los requisitos de esa Directiva.
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Question for written answer E-000819/14Question for written answer E-000819/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Water policy and cross-cutting application thereofSubject: Water policy and cross-cutting application thereof
The document ‘Proposals for improving water management in the European Union’ drawn up by the Commission in 2012 refers to the need to more effectively implement the objectives of water policy and to better integrate them in other policies, such as the common agricultural policy or policy relating to the Cohesion Funds or Structural Funds.The document ‘Proposals for improving water management in the European Union’ drawn up by the Commission in 2012 refers to the need to more effectively implement the objectives of water policy and to better integrate them in other policies, such as the common agricultural policy or policy relating to the Cohesion Funds or Structural Funds.
What steps have been taken in this respect?What steps have been taken in this respect?
Specifically, does the Commission think that these recommendations have been appropriately incorporated into the new CAP? Does the Commission think that the CAP is consistent with the objectives of the Water Framework Directive?Specifically, does the Commission think that these recommendations have been appropriately incorporated into the new CAP? Does the Commission think that the CAP is consistent with the objectives of the Water Framework Directive?
Does the Commission take the view that the Water Framework Directive ought to take precedence over any other kind of legislation relating to territorial, agricultural or industrial policies?Does the Commission take the view that the Water Framework Directive ought to take precedence over any other kind of legislation relating to territorial, agricultural or industrial policies?
Answer given by M. Cioloş on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by M. Cioloş on behalf of the Commission
(27 March 2014)(27 March 2014)
The Commission Communication ‘A Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources’ suggests actions to increase the integration of water policy objectives in the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) (90).The Commission Communication ‘A Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources’ suggests actions to increase the integration of water policy objectives in the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) (90).
1. | As regards the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund, the regulations for the 2014-2020 programming period include a specific investment priority on water management. In addition, as a new development, the use of ERDF or Cohesion Fund on water management is subject to an ex-ante conditionality related to specific Articles of the Water Framework Directive.1. | As regards the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund, the regulations for the 2014-2020 programming period include a specific investment priority on water management. In addition, as a new development, the use of ERDF or Cohesion Fund on water management is subject to an ex-ante conditionality related to specific Articles of the Water Framework Directive.
2. | The new CAP (2014-2020) will integrate the pertinent standards of the Water Framework Directive (91) 2000/60/EC in Cross-compliance under the conditions of the Joint statement by the European Parliament and the Council contained in the regulation (EU) No 1306/2013. Some standards on water are already part of Cross-compliance. Moreover, the greening practices together with measures applied under Rural Development Programmes have very significant potential to address agriculture's impact on water. Support for investments in irrigation will be subject to defined conditions set out in Article 46 of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 (92). The CAP is equipped of a monitoring and evaluation system which assesses the results and the impact of measures on the environment.2. | The new CAP (2014-2020) will integrate the pertinent standards of the Water Framework Directive (91) 2000/60/EC in Cross-compliance under the conditions of the Joint statement by the European Parliament and the Council contained in the regulation (EU) No 1306/2013. Some standards on water are already part of Cross-compliance. Moreover, the greening practices together with measures applied under Rural Development Programmes have very significant potential to address agriculture's impact on water. Support for investments in irrigation will be subject to defined conditions set out in Article 46 of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 (92). The CAP is equipped of a monitoring and evaluation system which assesses the results and the impact of measures on the environment.
3. | The CAP, implemented judiciously by Member States contributes towards sustainable water management. However, the primary instrument for managing waters at the river basin level is the Water Framework Directive with the River Basin Management Plans that enact that directive's requirements.3. | The CAP, implemented judiciously by Member States contributes towards sustainable water management. However, the primary instrument for managing waters at the river basin level is the Water Framework Directive with the River Basin Management Plans that enact that directive's requirements.
(Deutsche Fassung)(Deutsche Fassung)
Anfrage zur schriftlichen Beantwortung E-000823/14Anfrage zur schriftlichen Beantwortung E-000823/14
an die Kommissionan die Kommission
Angelika Werthmann (ALDE)Angelika Werthmann (ALDE)
(28. Januar 2014)(28. Januar 2014)
Betrifft: Zunehmende Notwendigkeit von Flächenstilllegung/FruchtwechselBetrifft: Zunehmende Notwendigkeit von Flächenstilllegung/Fruchtwechsel
Bei der Flächenstilllegung, auch Fruchtwechsel genannt, handelt es sich um eine bewährte Methode, die bebautem Boden die Möglichkeit gibt, sich zu regenerieren. Die Flächenstilllegung wurde 1992 als Instrument der EU-Agrarpolitik (93) zur Begrenzung von Überschüssen im Ackerbau eingeführt, und im Herbst 2007 wurde der Prozentsatz für die Flächenstilllegung auf 0 Prozent (94) gesetzt, da sich das Angebot der EU-27 am Ende der Wirtschaftsjahrs 2006/2007 verknappt hatte und die Preise infolgedessen ein historisches Hoch erreicht hatten. Um jedoch der ständig steigenden Nachfrage an Lebensmitteln nachzukommen, wurde der Prozentsatz seit diesem Zeitpunkt nicht erneut angehoben. Es ist nun aber bewiesen, dass die strategische Flächenstilllegung ausschlaggebend für die biologische Vielfalt ist. 2001 verpflichteten sich die EU-Mitgliedstaaten dazu, den Verlust an biologischer Vielfalt bis zum Jahr 2010 zu stoppen („Göteborg-Ziel 2010“), und auch die Strategie Europa 2020 rückt das Thema Nachhaltigkeit in den Vordergrund.Bei der Flächenstilllegung, auch Fruchtwechsel genannt, handelt es sich um eine bewährte Methode, die bebautem Boden die Möglichkeit gibt, sich zu regenerieren. Die Flächenstilllegung wurde 1992 als Instrument der EU-Agrarpolitik (93) zur Begrenzung von Überschüssen im Ackerbau eingeführt, und im Herbst 2007 wurde der Prozentsatz für die Flächenstilllegung auf 0 Prozent (94) gesetzt, da sich das Angebot der EU-27 am Ende der Wirtschaftsjahrs 2006/2007 verknappt hatte und die Preise infolgedessen ein historisches Hoch erreicht hatten. Um jedoch der ständig steigenden Nachfrage an Lebensmitteln nachzukommen, wurde der Prozentsatz seit diesem Zeitpunkt nicht erneut angehoben. Es ist nun aber bewiesen, dass die strategische Flächenstilllegung ausschlaggebend für die biologische Vielfalt ist. 2001 verpflichteten sich die EU-Mitgliedstaaten dazu, den Verlust an biologischer Vielfalt bis zum Jahr 2010 zu stoppen („Göteborg-Ziel 2010“), und auch die Strategie Europa 2020 rückt das Thema Nachhaltigkeit in den Vordergrund.
1. | Wann gedenkt die Kommission den Prozentsatz für die Flächenstilllegung wieder anzuheben?1. | Wann gedenkt die Kommission den Prozentsatz für die Flächenstilllegung wieder anzuheben?
2. | Welche Statistiken kann die Kommission vorweisen, um zu belegen, dass das gänzliche Moratorium der Flächenstilllegung notwendig war?2. | Welche Statistiken kann die Kommission vorweisen, um zu belegen, dass das gänzliche Moratorium der Flächenstilllegung notwendig war?
3. | Wie erklärt die Kommission, dass der Prozentsatz der Flächenstilllegung bisher noch nicht angehoben wurde, obwohl man europaweit von einer Lebensmittelüberproduktion sprechen kann, und angesichts der Tatsache, dass weltweit jährlich 1,3 Milliarden Tonnen Lebensmittel (teilweise auch unverbraucht) entsorgt (95) werden?3. | Wie erklärt die Kommission, dass der Prozentsatz der Flächenstilllegung bisher noch nicht angehoben wurde, obwohl man europaweit von einer Lebensmittelüberproduktion sprechen kann, und angesichts der Tatsache, dass weltweit jährlich 1,3 Milliarden Tonnen Lebensmittel (teilweise auch unverbraucht) entsorgt (95) werden?
Antwort von Herrn Cioloș im Namen der KommissionAntwort von Herrn Cioloș im Namen der Kommission
(21. März 2014)(21. März 2014)
Die für Betriebsinhaber in der EU bestehende Verpflichtung zur Stilllegung von Flächen wurde 2008 abgeschafft, da die Begründung für die Stilllegung landwirtschaftlicher Flächen hinfällig geworden war. Anstelle von Agrarüberschüssen verzeichnet die Landwirtschaft in der EU heute eine stetig wachsende Nachfrage nach Nahrungsmitteln, Futtermitteln und Biomasse. Schätzungen der FAO zufolge muss die weltweite landwirtschaftliche Erzeugung bis 2050 um 60 % über dem Niveau 2005/2007 liegen. Daher wird die verfügbare landwirtschaftliche Fläche für die Primärerzeugung benötigt.Die für Betriebsinhaber in der EU bestehende Verpflichtung zur Stilllegung von Flächen wurde 2008 abgeschafft, da die Begründung für die Stilllegung landwirtschaftlicher Flächen hinfällig geworden war. Anstelle von Agrarüberschüssen verzeichnet die Landwirtschaft in der EU heute eine stetig wachsende Nachfrage nach Nahrungsmitteln, Futtermitteln und Biomasse. Schätzungen der FAO zufolge muss die weltweite landwirtschaftliche Erzeugung bis 2050 um 60 % über dem Niveau 2005/2007 liegen. Daher wird die verfügbare landwirtschaftliche Fläche für die Primärerzeugung benötigt.
Dennoch sind die möglichen positiven Auswirkungen von Flächenstilllegungen auf Bodenfunktionalität und biologische Vielfalt allgemein anerkannt.Dennoch sind die möglichen positiven Auswirkungen von Flächenstilllegungen auf Bodenfunktionalität und biologische Vielfalt allgemein anerkannt.
Gemäß der kürzlich reformierten GAP werden 30 % der Direktzahlungen an Betriebsinhaber unter der Bedingung gewährt, dass drei obligatorische Landbewirtschaftungsmethoden angewendet werden, die sich positiv auf die Umwelt und das Klima auswirken. Bei einer dieser drei Methoden wird von Betriebsinhabern mit mehr als 15 ha Ackerland verlangt, dass sie 5 % ihres Ackerlands als ökologische Vorrangflächen nutzen. Stillgelegte Flächen sind eine Möglichkeit der Landnutzung als ökologische Vorrangfläche. Darüber hinaus kann für die freiwillige Stilllegung landwirtschaftlicher Flächen zu Umweltzwecken eine Unterstützung für Agrarumwelt- und -klimamaßnahmen im Rahmen der Entwicklung des ländlichen Raums gewährt werden. Somit bietet die GAP — dort, wo es nötig ist — auch künftig Anreize für die Stilllegung von Flächen.Gemäß der kürzlich reformierten GAP werden 30 % der Direktzahlungen an Betriebsinhaber unter der Bedingung gewährt, dass drei obligatorische Landbewirtschaftungsmethoden angewendet werden, die sich positiv auf die Umwelt und das Klima auswirken. Bei einer dieser drei Methoden wird von Betriebsinhabern mit mehr als 15 ha Ackerland verlangt, dass sie 5 % ihres Ackerlands als ökologische Vorrangflächen nutzen. Stillgelegte Flächen sind eine Möglichkeit der Landnutzung als ökologische Vorrangfläche. Darüber hinaus kann für die freiwillige Stilllegung landwirtschaftlicher Flächen zu Umweltzwecken eine Unterstützung für Agrarumwelt- und -klimamaßnahmen im Rahmen der Entwicklung des ländlichen Raums gewährt werden. Somit bietet die GAP — dort, wo es nötig ist — auch künftig Anreize für die Stilllegung von Flächen.
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Question for written answer E-000823/14Question for written answer E-000823/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Angelika Werthmann (ALDE)Angelika Werthmann (ALDE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: The growing need for set-aside/crop rotationSubject: The growing need for set-aside/crop rotation
Set-aside, also referred to as crop rotation, is a tried and tested method of giving cultivated soil the opportunity to regenerate. Set-aside was introduced in 1992 as an EU agricultural policy instrument (96) with the aim of limiting surpluses in agriculture and, in the autumn of 2007, the set-aside rate was set to 0% (97) because EU-27 supplies had tightened at the end of the 2006/2007 financial year and prices had reached a historic high as a result. In order to meet the constantly increasing demand for food, however, the rate has not been put back up since then. It has now been proven that strategic set-aside plays a crucial role in biodiversity, however. In 2001, the EU Member States made a commitment to halt the decline in biodiversity by 2010 (‘the 2010 Gothenburg target’) and the Europe 2020 strategy also places special emphasis on the topic of sustainability.Set-aside, also referred to as crop rotation, is a tried and tested method of giving cultivated soil the opportunity to regenerate. Set-aside was introduced in 1992 as an EU agricultural policy instrument (96) with the aim of limiting surpluses in agriculture and, in the autumn of 2007, the set-aside rate was set to 0% (97) because EU-27 supplies had tightened at the end of the 2006/2007 financial year and prices had reached a historic high as a result. In order to meet the constantly increasing demand for food, however, the rate has not been put back up since then. It has now been proven that strategic set-aside plays a crucial role in biodiversity, however. In 2001, the EU Member States made a commitment to halt the decline in biodiversity by 2010 (‘the 2010 Gothenburg target’) and the Europe 2020 strategy also places special emphasis on the topic of sustainability.
1. | When does the Commission intend to put the set-aside rate back up?1. | When does the Commission intend to put the set-aside rate back up?
2. | What statistics can the Commission produce in order to prove that the full suspension of set-aside was necessary?2. | What statistics can the Commission produce in order to prove that the full suspension of set-aside was necessary?
3. | How can the Commission explain why the set-aside rate has not yet been increased, despite the fact that there is a surplus in food production across Europe, and in light of the fact that, on a global level, 1.3 billion tonnes of food (a certain proportion of which is unused) is disposed of (98) each year?3. | How can the Commission explain why the set-aside rate has not yet been increased, despite the fact that there is a surplus in food production across Europe, and in light of the fact that, on a global level, 1.3 billion tonnes of food (a certain proportion of which is unused) is disposed of (98) each year?
Answer given by Mr Cioloş on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Cioloş on behalf of the Commission
(21 March 2014)(21 March 2014)
The obligation for farmers in the EU to set-aside land has ended in 2008. This step has been undertaken because the reasoning to set-aside agricultural land was no longer valid. Instead of agricultural surpluses EU agriculture faces nowadays a constantly increasing demand for food, feed and biomass. The FAO estimates that world agricultural production will have to exceed its 2005/2007 level by 60% by 2050. Therefore, the available agricultural area will be needed for primary production.The obligation for farmers in the EU to set-aside land has ended in 2008. This step has been undertaken because the reasoning to set-aside agricultural land was no longer valid. Instead of agricultural surpluses EU agriculture faces nowadays a constantly increasing demand for food, feed and biomass. The FAO estimates that world agricultural production will have to exceed its 2005/2007 level by 60% by 2050. Therefore, the available agricultural area will be needed for primary production.
Nevertheless, the positive impact that set-aside can have on soil functionality and biodiversity is well acknowledged.Nevertheless, the positive impact that set-aside can have on soil functionality and biodiversity is well acknowledged.
Under the newly reformed CAP, 30% of CAP direct payments are granted to farmers under the condition that they apply three compulsory agricultural practices that are beneficial for the environment and the climate. One of these three practices requires farmers with more than 15 ha arable land to use 5% of their arable land as ecological focus areas. Fallow land is one type of land that counts as ecological focus area. In addition, voluntary set-aside of agricultural land for environmental purposes can be supported by agri-environmental-climate measures as part of Rural Development. Hence, the CAP offers also in the future incentives to set-aside land where it is needed.Under the newly reformed CAP, 30% of CAP direct payments are granted to farmers under the condition that they apply three compulsory agricultural practices that are beneficial for the environment and the climate. One of these three practices requires farmers with more than 15 ha arable land to use 5% of their arable land as ecological focus areas. Fallow land is one type of land that counts as ecological focus area. In addition, voluntary set-aside of agricultural land for environmental purposes can be supported by agri-environmental-climate measures as part of Rural Development. Hence, the CAP offers also in the future incentives to set-aside land where it is needed.
(Wersja polska)(Wersja polska)
Pytanie wymagające odpowiedzi pisemnej E-000824/14Pytanie wymagające odpowiedzi pisemnej E-000824/14
do Komisjido Komisji
Filip Kaczmarek (PPE)Filip Kaczmarek (PPE)
(28 stycznia 2014 r.)(28 stycznia 2014 r.)
Przedmiot: Surowe represje wobec białoruskiego opozycjonistyPrzedmiot: Surowe represje wobec białoruskiego opozycjonisty
Białoruski opozycjonista Jauhien Waśkowicz w dniu 18 maja 2011 r. został skazany na 7 lat więzienia za „atak na placówkę KGB”. Tylko w ciągu 15 miesięcy przesiedział w izolatce 247 dni (8 miesięcy), pomimo że nie naruszył żadnych przepisów dotyczących odbywania kary. Jak informują byli białoruscy więźniowie, wytrzymanie już kilku dni w karcerze jest bardzo wycieńczające dla organizmu, szczególnie w nieogrzewanej celi, w której sen może grozić skrajnym wyziębieniem organizmu, niebezpiecznym dla zdrowia i życia. Pojawia się uzasadnione podejrzenie, że działania o znamionach tortur mają na celu skłonić Jauhiena Waśkowicza do podpisania kompromitującego go oświadczenia.Białoruski opozycjonista Jauhien Waśkowicz w dniu 18 maja 2011 r. został skazany na 7 lat więzienia za „atak na placówkę KGB”. Tylko w ciągu 15 miesięcy przesiedział w izolatce 247 dni (8 miesięcy), pomimo że nie naruszył żadnych przepisów dotyczących odbywania kary. Jak informują byli białoruscy więźniowie, wytrzymanie już kilku dni w karcerze jest bardzo wycieńczające dla organizmu, szczególnie w nieogrzewanej celi, w której sen może grozić skrajnym wyziębieniem organizmu, niebezpiecznym dla zdrowia i życia. Pojawia się uzasadnione podejrzenie, że działania o znamionach tortur mają na celu skłonić Jauhiena Waśkowicza do podpisania kompromitującego go oświadczenia.
W związku z powyższym, czy Komisja zamierza podjąć działania w celu pomocy uwięzionemu białoruskiemu opozycjoniście?W związku z powyższym, czy Komisja zamierza podjąć działania w celu pomocy uwięzionemu białoruskiemu opozycjoniście?
Odpowiedź udzielona przez komisarza Štefana Fülego w imieniu KomisjiOdpowiedź udzielona przez komisarza Štefana Fülego w imieniu Komisji
(1 kwietnia 2014 r.)(1 kwietnia 2014 r.)
Komisja zna sprawę J. Waśkowicza i śledzi sytuację w ścisłej współpracy z delegaturą UE w Mińsku. UE wykorzystuje każdą okazję by uświadomić władzom białoruskim obawy UE – w tym związane z przedmiotową sprawą – oraz by nakłaniać je do poszukiwania stosownych rozwiązań.Komisja zna sprawę J. Waśkowicza i śledzi sytuację w ścisłej współpracy z delegaturą UE w Mińsku. UE wykorzystuje każdą okazję by uświadomić władzom białoruskim obawy UE – w tym związane z przedmiotową sprawą – oraz by nakłaniać je do poszukiwania stosownych rozwiązań.
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Question for written answer E-000824/14Question for written answer E-000824/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Filip Kaczmarek (PPE)Filip Kaczmarek (PPE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Severe repression of a member of the Belarus oppositionSubject: Severe repression of a member of the Belarus opposition
On 18 May 2011 a member of the Belarus opposition, Jauhien Waśkowicz, was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment for an ‘attack on a KGB office’. In the last 15 months alone he has spent 247 days (8 months) in solitary confinement, despite not having breached any prison rules. Former Belarusian prisoners have reported that just several days in solitary confinement takes a heavy toll on health, particularly in an unheated cell, in which sleep can lead to severe hypothermia, posing a danger to the prisoner’s life and health. There are justified suspicions that such actions, akin to torture, are intended to persuade Jauhien Waśkowicz to sign a compromising statement.On 18 May 2011 a member of the Belarus opposition, Jauhien Waśkowicz, was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment for an ‘attack on a KGB office’. In the last 15 months alone he has spent 247 days (8 months) in solitary confinement, despite not having breached any prison rules. Former Belarusian prisoners have reported that just several days in solitary confinement takes a heavy toll on health, particularly in an unheated cell, in which sleep can lead to severe hypothermia, posing a danger to the prisoner’s life and health. There are justified suspicions that such actions, akin to torture, are intended to persuade Jauhien Waśkowicz to sign a compromising statement.
In connection with the foregoing, does the Commission intend to take any steps to assist this imprisoned member of the Belarus opposition?In connection with the foregoing, does the Commission intend to take any steps to assist this imprisoned member of the Belarus opposition?
Answer given by Mr Füle on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Füle on behalf of the Commission
(1 April 2014)(1 April 2014)
The Commission is aware of the case of J. Waskowicz and follows the situation closely together with the EU Delegation in Minsk. The EU takes every opportunity to ensure that the authorities are made aware of the EU's concerns, including of this case, and prompted to address these concerns.The Commission is aware of the case of J. Waskowicz and follows the situation closely together with the EU Delegation in Minsk. The EU takes every opportunity to ensure that the authorities are made aware of the EU's concerns, including of this case, and prompted to address these concerns.
(Deutsche Fassung)(Deutsche Fassung)
Anfrage zur schriftlichen Beantwortung P-000826/14Anfrage zur schriftlichen Beantwortung P-000826/14
an die Kommissionan die Kommission
Jutta Steinruck (S&D)Jutta Steinruck (S&D)
(28. Januar 2014)(28. Januar 2014)
Betrifft: Finanzierung der EURES-GrenzpartnerschaftenBetrifft: Finanzierung der EURES-Grenzpartnerschaften
In VO (EU) Nr. 1296/2013 des Europäischen Parlaments und des Rates vom 11. Dezember 2013 über ein Programm der Europäischen Union für Beschäftigung und soziale Innovation („EaSI“) wurde in Artikel 19 Buchstabe c der thematische Abschnitt „Grenzpartnerschaften“ mit einer Mindestquote von 18 % der EURES- Mittel festgeschrieben. In Artikel 21 der VO sind explizit Aufbau und Tätigkeiten grenzübergreifender EURES-Partnerschaften sowie die Bereitstellung von Informations-, Beratungs-, Vermittlungs- und Einstellungsdiensten für Grenzgänger als Maßnahmen festgeschrieben.In VO (EU) Nr. 1296/2013 des Europäischen Parlaments und des Rates vom 11. Dezember 2013 über ein Programm der Europäischen Union für Beschäftigung und soziale Innovation („EaSI“) wurde in Artikel 19 Buchstabe c der thematische Abschnitt „Grenzpartnerschaften“ mit einer Mindestquote von 18 % der EURES- Mittel festgeschrieben. In Artikel 21 der VO sind explizit Aufbau und Tätigkeiten grenzübergreifender EURES-Partnerschaften sowie die Bereitstellung von Informations-, Beratungs-, Vermittlungs- und Einstellungsdiensten für Grenzgänger als Maßnahmen festgeschrieben.
1. | Wie stellt die EU Kommission sicher, dass EURES-Grenzpartnerschaften, die sich mindestens aus öffentlichen Arbeitsverwaltungen, Gewerkschaften und Arbeitgeberverbänden der beteiligten Länder zusammensetzen, die durch EaSI zur Verfügung stehenden Mittel im Rahmen der Aufforderung zur Einreichung von Vorschlägen direkt bei der EU-Kommission beantragen können?1. | Wie stellt die EU Kommission sicher, dass EURES-Grenzpartnerschaften, die sich mindestens aus öffentlichen Arbeitsverwaltungen, Gewerkschaften und Arbeitgeberverbänden der beteiligten Länder zusammensetzen, die durch EaSI zur Verfügung stehenden Mittel im Rahmen der Aufforderung zur Einreichung von Vorschlägen direkt bei der EU-Kommission beantragen können?
2. | Wie stellt die EU-Kommission sicher, dass die bereits existierenden Grenzpartnerschaften weiterhin und dauerhaft finanzielle Förderung in der notwendigen Höhe aus EaSI erhalten?2. | Wie stellt die EU-Kommission sicher, dass die bereits existierenden Grenzpartnerschaften weiterhin und dauerhaft finanzielle Förderung in der notwendigen Höhe aus EaSI erhalten?
3. | Wie stellt die EU-Kommission den lückenlosen Übergang der Grenzpartnerschaften vom laufenden in den kommenden Förderzeitraum sicher? Ist der EU-Kommission bewusst, dass die Grenzpartnerschaften durch Verzögerungen bei der Bewilligung der Projektvorschläge aus der Aufforderung zur Einreichung von Vorschlägen 2013/2014 seit Juni 2013 ohne vertragliche Grundlage arbeiten und ein hohes finanzielles Risiko tragen? Wann liegen die Verträge zwischen der EU-Kommission und den Hauptantragstellern der EURES-Grenzpartnerschaften zur Unterzeichnung vor? Wann beginnt der Förderzeitraum für die erste Aufforderung zur Einreichung von Vorschlägen im EaSI? Wird bei existierenden Grenzpartnerschaften eine Förderlücke entstehen, und falls ja, wie wird diese geschlossen?3. | Wie stellt die EU-Kommission den lückenlosen Übergang der Grenzpartnerschaften vom laufenden in den kommenden Förderzeitraum sicher? Ist der EU-Kommission bewusst, dass die Grenzpartnerschaften durch Verzögerungen bei der Bewilligung der Projektvorschläge aus der Aufforderung zur Einreichung von Vorschlägen 2013/2014 seit Juni 2013 ohne vertragliche Grundlage arbeiten und ein hohes finanzielles Risiko tragen? Wann liegen die Verträge zwischen der EU-Kommission und den Hauptantragstellern der EURES-Grenzpartnerschaften zur Unterzeichnung vor? Wann beginnt der Förderzeitraum für die erste Aufforderung zur Einreichung von Vorschlägen im EaSI? Wird bei existierenden Grenzpartnerschaften eine Förderlücke entstehen, und falls ja, wie wird diese geschlossen?
4. | Wie stellt die Europäische Kommission sicher, dass die Grenzpartnerschaften im Sinne von EaSI als grenzüberschreitende Akteure anerkannt und im EURES-Netz als eigenständige Institutionen, die nicht der nationalen Logik untergeordnet sind, festgeschrieben werden?4. | Wie stellt die Europäische Kommission sicher, dass die Grenzpartnerschaften im Sinne von EaSI als grenzüberschreitende Akteure anerkannt und im EURES-Netz als eigenständige Institutionen, die nicht der nationalen Logik untergeordnet sind, festgeschrieben werden?
5. | Was ist der Einfluss der neuen EURES-Verordnung (KOM(2014)0006) auf die Bewilligung der Finanzierung unter der jetzt anstehenden Aufforderung zur Einreichung von Vorschlägen?5. | Was ist der Einfluss der neuen EURES-Verordnung (KOM(2014)0006) auf die Bewilligung der Finanzierung unter der jetzt anstehenden Aufforderung zur Einreichung von Vorschlägen?
Antwort von László Andor im Namen der KommissionAntwort von László Andor im Namen der Kommission
(24. Februar 2014)(24. Februar 2014)
1. | Die Kommission wird in der ersten Jahreshälfte 2014 eine Aufforderung zur Einreichung von Vorschlägen in Bezug auf die Fördermittel veröffentlichen, die im Programm für Beschäftigung und soziale Innovation (99) im Jahr 2014 für EURES-Grenzpartnerschaften vorgesehen sind.1. | Die Kommission wird in der ersten Jahreshälfte 2014 eine Aufforderung zur Einreichung von Vorschlägen in Bezug auf die Fördermittel veröffentlichen, die im Programm für Beschäftigung und soziale Innovation (99) im Jahr 2014 für EURES-Grenzpartnerschaften vorgesehen sind.
2. | Mit den für das Unterprogramm EURES vorgesehenen 18 % der Finanzmittel im Rahmen von EaSI werden über die gesamte Laufzeit des Programms (2014-2020) grenzübergreifende Partnerschaften gefördert.2. | Mit den für das Unterprogramm EURES vorgesehenen 18 % der Finanzmittel im Rahmen von EaSI werden über die gesamte Laufzeit des Programms (2014-2020) grenzübergreifende Partnerschaften gefördert.
3. | Um den Begünstigten das administrative Vorgehen zu erleichtern, werden im Rahmen der 2014 veröffentlichten Aufforderung zur Einreichung von Vorschlägen erst Fördermittel zur Deckung von Ausgaben gewährt, die im Kalenderjahr 2015 anfallen. Ausgaben, die den Finanzhilfeempfängern bis zum 31. Dezember 2014 entstehen, sind noch nach der Aufforderung zur Einreichung von Vorschlägen 2013/2014 förderfähig.3. | Um den Begünstigten das administrative Vorgehen zu erleichtern, werden im Rahmen der 2014 veröffentlichten Aufforderung zur Einreichung von Vorschlägen erst Fördermittel zur Deckung von Ausgaben gewährt, die im Kalenderjahr 2015 anfallen. Ausgaben, die den Finanzhilfeempfängern bis zum 31. Dezember 2014 entstehen, sind noch nach der Aufforderung zur Einreichung von Vorschlägen 2013/2014 förderfähig.
4. | Unterstützung wird nur für grenzübergreifende Partnerschaften gewährt, die den Anforderungen der Verordnung (EU) Nr. 1296/2013 über das Programm für Beschäftigung und soziale Innovation (100), der Verordnung (EU) Nr. 492/2011 über die Freizügigkeit der Arbeitnehmer (101) und des Durchführungsbeschlusses der Kommission (102) u. a. zum EURES-Netz genügen.4. | Unterstützung wird nur für grenzübergreifende Partnerschaften gewährt, die den Anforderungen der Verordnung (EU) Nr. 1296/2013 über das Programm für Beschäftigung und soziale Innovation (100), der Verordnung (EU) Nr. 492/2011 über die Freizügigkeit der Arbeitnehmer (101) und des Durchführungsbeschlusses der Kommission (102) u. a. zum EURES-Netz genügen.
5. | Mit der von der Kommission vorgeschlagenen Verordnung über EURES (103) wird nach ihrer Annahme Kapitel II der Verordnung (EU) Nr. 492/2011 ersetzt. Der Verordnungsvorschlag muss von Parlament und Rat noch angenommen werden und hat keinerlei Auswirkungen auf die Finanzierung gemäß den Aufforderungen zur Einreichung von Vorschlägen im Rahmen von EaSI.5. | Mit der von der Kommission vorgeschlagenen Verordnung über EURES (103) wird nach ihrer Annahme Kapitel II der Verordnung (EU) Nr. 492/2011 ersetzt. Der Verordnungsvorschlag muss von Parlament und Rat noch angenommen werden und hat keinerlei Auswirkungen auf die Finanzierung gemäß den Aufforderungen zur Einreichung von Vorschlägen im Rahmen von EaSI.
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Question for written answer P-000826/14Question for written answer P-000826/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Jutta Steinruck (S&D)Jutta Steinruck (S&D)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Funding of EURES Cross-Border PartnershipsSubject: Funding of EURES Cross-Border Partnerships
In Regulation (EC) No 1296/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 on a European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (‘EaSI’), Article 19(c) sets at 18% the minimum percentage of EURES funds to be allocated to the thematic section ‘cross-border partnerships’. Article 21 of that regulation explicitly lists as ‘types of actions’ the development and activities of EURES cross-border partnerships and the provision of information, counselling, placement and recruitment services for cross-border workers.In Regulation (EC) No 1296/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 on a European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (‘EaSI’), Article 19(c) sets at 18% the minimum percentage of EURES funds to be allocated to the thematic section ‘cross-border partnerships’. Article 21 of that regulation explicitly lists as ‘types of actions’ the development and activities of EURES cross-border partnerships and the provision of information, counselling, placement and recruitment services for cross-border workers.
1. | How will the Commission ensure that EURES cross-border partnerships comprising at least public employment services, trade unions and employers’ associations from the participant countries can apply direct to the Commission, following calls for proposals, for the funding provided under EaSI ?1. | How will the Commission ensure that EURES cross-border partnerships comprising at least public employment services, trade unions and employers’ associations from the participant countries can apply direct to the Commission, following calls for proposals, for the funding provided under EaSI ?
2. | How will the Commission ensure that existing cross-border partnerships continue to receive in the long term the level of financial support from EaSI that they need?2. | How will the Commission ensure that existing cross-border partnerships continue to receive in the long term the level of financial support from EaSI that they need?
3. | How will the Commission ensure a smooth transition for cross-border partnerships from the current to the forthcoming funding period? Is the Commission aware that since June 2013, owing to delays in the approval of project proposals under the 2013/2014 call for proposals, cross-border partnerships have been working without a contractual basis and bear a significant financial risk? When will the contracts between the Commission and the main applicants for EURES cross-border partnerships be available for signature? When does the funding period begin for the first call for proposals under EaSI? Will existing cross-border partnership be affected by a funding gap, and if so, how will it be closed?3. | How will the Commission ensure a smooth transition for cross-border partnerships from the current to the forthcoming funding period? Is the Commission aware that since June 2013, owing to delays in the approval of project proposals under the 2013/2014 call for proposals, cross-border partnerships have been working without a contractual basis and bear a significant financial risk? When will the contracts between the Commission and the main applicants for EURES cross-border partnerships be available for signature? When does the funding period begin for the first call for proposals under EaSI? Will existing cross-border partnership be affected by a funding gap, and if so, how will it be closed?
4. | How will the Commission ensure that cross-border partnerships under EaSI will be recognised as cross-border operators and included in the EURES network as independent institutions which are not subject to national priorities?4. | How will the Commission ensure that cross-border partnerships under EaSI will be recognised as cross-border operators and included in the EURES network as independent institutions which are not subject to national priorities?
5. | What impact will the new EURES Regulation (COM(2014)0006) have on the approval of funding under the next call for proposals, which is due soon?5. | What impact will the new EURES Regulation (COM(2014)0006) have on the approval of funding under the next call for proposals, which is due soon?
Answer given by Mr Andor on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Andor on behalf of the Commission
(24 February 2014)(24 February 2014)
1. | The Commission will issue an open call for proposals in the first half of 2014 for the implementation of the 2014 budget available for EURES cross-border partnerships under the Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) (104).1. | The Commission will issue an open call for proposals in the first half of 2014 for the implementation of the 2014 budget available for EURES cross-border partnerships under the Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) (104).
2. | 18% of the EURES axis of EaSI will provide support for cross-border partnerships throughout its life cycle (2014-20).2. | 18% of the EURES axis of EaSI will provide support for cross-border partnerships throughout its life cycle (2014-20).
3. | In order to simplify administration for the beneficiaries, support under the 2014 call for proposals will be granted only for expenditure incurred in the 2015 calendar year. Under the 2013/14 call for proposals, all beneficiaries can incur expenditure until 31 December 2014.3. | In order to simplify administration for the beneficiaries, support under the 2014 call for proposals will be granted only for expenditure incurred in the 2015 calendar year. Under the 2013/14 call for proposals, all beneficiaries can incur expenditure until 31 December 2014.
4. | Support will be granted only for cross-border partnerships which meet the requirements set out in Regulation (EU) No 1296/2013 (105) on the EaSI Programme, Regulation (EU) No 492/2011 (106) on the free movement of workers and the Commission Implementing Decision (107) relating inter alia to the EURES network.4. | Support will be granted only for cross-border partnerships which meet the requirements set out in Regulation (EU) No 1296/2013 (105) on the EaSI Programme, Regulation (EU) No 492/2011 (106) on the free movement of workers and the Commission Implementing Decision (107) relating inter alia to the EURES network.
5. | Once it has been adopted, the Commission proposal (108) for a regulation on EURES, would replace Chapter II of Regulation (EU) No 492/2011. It is subject to approval by Parliament and the Council and has no bearing on the funding under the calls for proposals for EaSI.5. | Once it has been adopted, the Commission proposal (108) for a regulation on EURES, would replace Chapter II of Regulation (EU) No 492/2011. It is subject to approval by Parliament and the Council and has no bearing on the funding under the calls for proposals for EaSI.
(Versão portuguesa)(Versão portuguesa)
Pergunta com pedido de resposta escrita P-000827/14Pergunta com pedido de resposta escrita P-000827/14
à Comissãoà Comissão
Maria do Céu Patrão Neves (PPE)Maria do Céu Patrão Neves (PPE)
(28 de janeiro de 2014)(28 de janeiro de 2014)
Assunto: Ano Internacional da Agricultura FamiliarAssunto: Ano Internacional da Agricultura Familiar
O ano de 2014 foi declarado Ano da Agricultura Familiar pela Assembleia Geral das Nações Unidas, no reconhecimento do seu papel fundamental para a segurança alimentar no mundo. De facto, a agricultura familiar é responsável por 70 % da produção da alimentação mundial e, na União Europeia, corresponde a 97 % das explorações agrícolas, cobrindo 69 % das terras agrícolas da Europa, num universo que envolve cerca de 12 milhões de explorações agrícolas familiares e é responsável por 77 % da força de trabalho agrícola em geral.O ano de 2014 foi declarado Ano da Agricultura Familiar pela Assembleia Geral das Nações Unidas, no reconhecimento do seu papel fundamental para a segurança alimentar no mundo. De facto, a agricultura familiar é responsável por 70 % da produção da alimentação mundial e, na União Europeia, corresponde a 97 % das explorações agrícolas, cobrindo 69 % das terras agrícolas da Europa, num universo que envolve cerca de 12 milhões de explorações agrícolas familiares e é responsável por 77 % da força de trabalho agrícola em geral.
Contrariamente a outros tipos de agricultura que laboram em regimes mais intensivos, e movidos essencialmente pelo lucro, a Agricultura Familiar reveste-se de uma ligação afetiva à terra ímpar, o que justifica maiores preocupações ambientais, desenvolvendo, desta forma, uma ocupação do espaço rural mais sustentável e perene, contribuindo mais decididamente para a fixação das populações no campo e uma maior dinamização da ruralidade, promovendo a coesão territorial e social, o emprego, a gestão dos recursos naturais, a proteção do meio ambiente, em suma, o desenvolvimento e a ocupação sustentáveis das áreas rurais.Contrariamente a outros tipos de agricultura que laboram em regimes mais intensivos, e movidos essencialmente pelo lucro, a Agricultura Familiar reveste-se de uma ligação afetiva à terra ímpar, o que justifica maiores preocupações ambientais, desenvolvendo, desta forma, uma ocupação do espaço rural mais sustentável e perene, contribuindo mais decididamente para a fixação das populações no campo e uma maior dinamização da ruralidade, promovendo a coesão territorial e social, o emprego, a gestão dos recursos naturais, a proteção do meio ambiente, em suma, o desenvolvimento e a ocupação sustentáveis das áreas rurais.
Considerando que em 2013 se concluiu a reforma da Política Agrícola Comum, a qual só será implementada em 2015, consideramos que o ano de 2014 dedicado internacionalmente à Agricultura Familiar constitui uma oportunidade excelente para a elaboração de medidas específicas e concretas para apoiar e desenvolver a Agricultura Familiar na União Europeia, de modo a reforçar o seu papel multifuncional no espaço rural.Considerando que em 2013 se concluiu a reforma da Política Agrícola Comum, a qual só será implementada em 2015, consideramos que o ano de 2014 dedicado internacionalmente à Agricultura Familiar constitui uma oportunidade excelente para a elaboração de medidas específicas e concretas para apoiar e desenvolver a Agricultura Familiar na União Europeia, de modo a reforçar o seu papel multifuncional no espaço rural.
Perante o exposto, pergunta-se o seguinte:Perante o exposto, pergunta-se o seguinte:
Reconhece a Comissão as dificuldades específicas que a agricultura familiar enfrenta no que se refere ao acesso à terra, à concessão de crédito, ao excesso de burocracia, à formação técnica e à valorização da sua produção no contexto do atual desequilíbrio ao longo da cadeia agroalimentar?Reconhece a Comissão as dificuldades específicas que a agricultura familiar enfrenta no que se refere ao acesso à terra, à concessão de crédito, ao excesso de burocracia, à formação técnica e à valorização da sua produção no contexto do atual desequilíbrio ao longo da cadeia agroalimentar?
Que medidas específicas e concretas prevê a Comissão desenvolver, neste ano internacional, para a Agricultura Familiar?Que medidas específicas e concretas prevê a Comissão desenvolver, neste ano internacional, para a Agricultura Familiar?
Resposta dada por Dacian Cioloş em nome da ComissãoResposta dada por Dacian Cioloş em nome da Comissão
(28 de fevereiro de 2014)(28 de fevereiro de 2014)
A Comissão reconhece as dificuldades específicas enfrentadas pelas explorações agrícolas familiares e remete o Senhor Deputado para a resposta à pergunta escrita E-013748/2013 do Senhor Deputado James Nicholson, na qual são apresentadas as medidas destinadas a apoiar e desenvolver estas explorações agrícolas.A Comissão reconhece as dificuldades específicas enfrentadas pelas explorações agrícolas familiares e remete o Senhor Deputado para a resposta à pergunta escrita E-013748/2013 do Senhor Deputado James Nicholson, na qual são apresentadas as medidas destinadas a apoiar e desenvolver estas explorações agrícolas.
No âmbito do Ano Internacional da Agricultura Familiar, a Comissão organizou, em 29 de novembro de 2013, em Bruxelas, uma conferência intitulada « Agricultura familiar: um diálogo para uma agricultura mais sustentável e resistente na Europa e no mundo » . A conferência reuniu cerca de 500 participantes de diferentes meios, incluindo organizações de agricultores, representantes da sociedade civil, do mundo académico, de governos nacionais e regionais, de organizações não governamentais e de organismos das Nações Unidas. Todas as intervenções estão disponíveis no seguinte endereço: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/events/family-farming-conference-2013_en.htm.No âmbito do Ano Internacional da Agricultura Familiar, a Comissão organizou, em 29 de novembro de 2013, em Bruxelas, uma conferência intitulada « Agricultura familiar: um diálogo para uma agricultura mais sustentável e resistente na Europa e no mundo » . A conferência reuniu cerca de 500 participantes de diferentes meios, incluindo organizações de agricultores, representantes da sociedade civil, do mundo académico, de governos nacionais e regionais, de organizações não governamentais e de organismos das Nações Unidas. Todas as intervenções estão disponíveis no seguinte endereço: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/events/family-farming-conference-2013_en.htm.
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Question for written answer P-000827/14Question for written answer P-000827/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Maria do Céu Patrão Neves (PPE)Maria do Céu Patrão Neves (PPE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: International Year of Family FarmingSubject: International Year of Family Farming
The United Nations has designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming, in recognition of this type of farming's fundamental contribution to world food security. Family farms produce 70% of the world's food. In the European Union, 97% of agricultural holdings are family-based, with 69% of Europe's agricultural land being given over to some 12 million family holdings which employ 77% of the overall agricultural workforce.The United Nations has designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming, in recognition of this type of farming's fundamental contribution to world food security. Family farms produce 70% of the world's food. In the European Union, 97% of agricultural holdings are family-based, with 69% of Europe's agricultural land being given over to some 12 million family holdings which employ 77% of the overall agricultural workforce.
Unlike other more intensive forms of agriculture, which are essentially motivated by profit, one of the hallmarks of family farming is its unparalleled emotional link to the land, expressed in greater concern for the environment, which leads it to develop more sustainable and lasting forms of land use and contribute positively to maintaining rural populations, revitalising the countryside, promoting territorial and social cohesion, employment, management of natural resources, environmental protection and, in general, to the development and sustainable use of rural areas.Unlike other more intensive forms of agriculture, which are essentially motivated by profit, one of the hallmarks of family farming is its unparalleled emotional link to the land, expressed in greater concern for the environment, which leads it to develop more sustainable and lasting forms of land use and contribute positively to maintaining rural populations, revitalising the countryside, promoting territorial and social cohesion, employment, management of natural resources, environmental protection and, in general, to the development and sustainable use of rural areas.
Given that the reform of the common agricultural policy was concluded in 2013 and will be implemented in 2015, we feel that the celebration of the International Year of Family Farming in 2014 offers an excellent opportunity to draft specific measures to support and develop family farming in the EU, in order to strengthen its role in the rural environment.Given that the reform of the common agricultural policy was concluded in 2013 and will be implemented in 2015, we feel that the celebration of the International Year of Family Farming in 2014 offers an excellent opportunity to draft specific measures to support and develop family farming in the EU, in order to strengthen its role in the rural environment.
1. | Does the Commission recognise the specific difficulties faced by family farmers in terms of access to land and credit, excessive bureaucracy, technical training and promoting their products in the current context of imbalances along the agro-food chain?1. | Does the Commission recognise the specific difficulties faced by family farmers in terms of access to land and credit, excessive bureaucracy, technical training and promoting their products in the current context of imbalances along the agro-food chain?
2. | What specific measures does the Commission plan to draw up during this international year of Family Farming?2. | What specific measures does the Commission plan to draw up during this international year of Family Farming?
Answer given by Mr Cioloş on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Cioloş on behalf of the Commission
(28 February 2014)(28 February 2014)
The Commission recognises the specific difficulties faced by family farms and refers the Honourable Member to Written Question E-013748/2013 by Mr Nicholson, which outlines the measures to support and develop family farms.The Commission recognises the specific difficulties faced by family farms and refers the Honourable Member to Written Question E-013748/2013 by Mr Nicholson, which outlines the measures to support and develop family farms.
As part of the International Year of Family Farming, the Commission held a conference ‘Family Farming: A dialogue towards more sustainable and resilient farming in Europe and the world’ on 29 November 2013 in Brussels. The conference gathered around 500 participants from different backgrounds, including farmers’ organisations, civil society, academia, national and regional governments, non-governmental organisations and UN bodies. All presentations are uploaded on the following website: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/events/family-farming-conference-2013_en.htm.As part of the International Year of Family Farming, the Commission held a conference ‘Family Farming: A dialogue towards more sustainable and resilient farming in Europe and the world’ on 29 November 2013 in Brussels. The conference gathered around 500 participants from different backgrounds, including farmers’ organisations, civil society, academia, national and regional governments, non-governmental organisations and UN bodies. All presentations are uploaded on the following website: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/events/family-farming-conference-2013_en.htm.
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Anfrage zur schriftlichen Beantwortung E-000828/14Anfrage zur schriftlichen Beantwortung E-000828/14
an die Kommissionan die Kommission
Rebecca Harms (Verts/ALE)Rebecca Harms (Verts/ALE)
(28. Januar 2014)(28. Januar 2014)
Betrifft: Höhe der EU-Finanzmittel für Reaktorforschung an der RWTH Aachen und am Forschungszentrum JülichBetrifft: Höhe der EU-Finanzmittel für Reaktorforschung an der RWTH Aachen und am Forschungszentrum Jülich
Nach uns vorliegenden Informationen erhalten die RWTH Aachen und das Forschungszentrum Jülich (IEK-6) finanzielle Mittel der EU für ihre Reaktorforschung. Daher ersuchen wir die Kommission um die Beantwortung der folgenden Frage:Nach uns vorliegenden Informationen erhalten die RWTH Aachen und das Forschungszentrum Jülich (IEK-6) finanzielle Mittel der EU für ihre Reaktorforschung. Daher ersuchen wir die Kommission um die Beantwortung der folgenden Frage:
In welchem Umfang haben die RWTH Aachen und das Forschungszentrum Jülich in den vergangenen fünf Jahren von der EU finanzielle Mittel für die Reaktorforschung erhalten (bitte getrennt für die Einrichtungen und nach Jahren aufschlüsseln), und aus welchen Haushaltstiteln wurde dies konkret gefördert?In welchem Umfang haben die RWTH Aachen und das Forschungszentrum Jülich in den vergangenen fünf Jahren von der EU finanzielle Mittel für die Reaktorforschung erhalten (bitte getrennt für die Einrichtungen und nach Jahren aufschlüsseln), und aus welchen Haushaltstiteln wurde dies konkret gefördert?
Antwort von Frau Geoghegan-Quinn im Namen der KommissionAntwort von Frau Geoghegan-Quinn im Namen der Kommission
(20. März 2014)(20. März 2014)
Die Förderung der Forschung im Bereich der Reaktorsicherheit in Europa war immer schon ein wichtiges Ziel der Euratom-Forschungs‐ und Ausbildungsprogramme. Diese werden von der Gemeinsamen Forschungsstelle der Kommission sowohl durch indirekte als auch durch direkte Maßnahmen unterstützt. Mit sämtlichen von Euratom finanzierten Reaktorforschungstätigkeiten wird vor allem eine kontinuierliche Verbesserung der nuklearen Sicherheit angestrebt. Dieser Aspekt hat seit dem Unfall in Fukushima noch höhere Priorität.Die Förderung der Forschung im Bereich der Reaktorsicherheit in Europa war immer schon ein wichtiges Ziel der Euratom-Forschungs‐ und Ausbildungsprogramme. Diese werden von der Gemeinsamen Forschungsstelle der Kommission sowohl durch indirekte als auch durch direkte Maßnahmen unterstützt. Mit sämtlichen von Euratom finanzierten Reaktorforschungstätigkeiten wird vor allem eine kontinuierliche Verbesserung der nuklearen Sicherheit angestrebt. Dieser Aspekt hat seit dem Unfall in Fukushima noch höhere Priorität.
Eine Reihe sicherheitsrelevanter Reaktorforschungsprojekte wurde z. B. im Rahmen des Teils „Kernspaltung“ des Siebten Rahmenprogramms der Europäischen Atomgemeinschaft (Euratom) für Forschungs‐ und Ausbildungsmaßnahmen im Nuklearbereich (RP7 (Euratom), 2007-2011) und des Euratom-Rahmenprogramms für die Jahre 2012-2013 (RP7+2) durch indirekte Maßnahmen finanziell unterstützt (Tätigkeitsbereich „Reaktorsysteme“). Sowohl die RWTH Aachen als auch das Forschungszentrum Jülich nahmen an solchen Projekten teil. Die RWTH Aachen nahm an drei Projekten teil, für die sie insgesamt 177 304 EUR erhielt. Das Forschungszentrum Jülich war an acht Projekten beteiligt und erhielt einen Gesamtbetrag von 745 092 EUR.Eine Reihe sicherheitsrelevanter Reaktorforschungsprojekte wurde z. B. im Rahmen des Teils „Kernspaltung“ des Siebten Rahmenprogramms der Europäischen Atomgemeinschaft (Euratom) für Forschungs‐ und Ausbildungsmaßnahmen im Nuklearbereich (RP7 (Euratom), 2007-2011) und des Euratom-Rahmenprogramms für die Jahre 2012-2013 (RP7+2) durch indirekte Maßnahmen finanziell unterstützt (Tätigkeitsbereich „Reaktorsysteme“). Sowohl die RWTH Aachen als auch das Forschungszentrum Jülich nahmen an solchen Projekten teil. Die RWTH Aachen nahm an drei Projekten teil, für die sie insgesamt 177 304 EUR erhielt. Das Forschungszentrum Jülich war an acht Projekten beteiligt und erhielt einen Gesamtbetrag von 745 092 EUR.
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Question for written answer E-000828/14Question for written answer E-000828/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Rebecca Harms (Verts/ALE)Rebecca Harms (Verts/ALE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Level of EU funding for reactor research at RWTH Aachen University and at the Jülich Research CentreSubject: Level of EU funding for reactor research at RWTH Aachen University and at the Jülich Research Centre
According to information in our possession, RWTH Aachen University and the Jülich Research Centre (IEK-6) receive funding from the EU for their reactor research. We therefore ask the Commission to answer the following question:According to information in our possession, RWTH Aachen University and the Jülich Research Centre (IEK-6) receive funding from the EU for their reactor research. We therefore ask the Commission to answer the following question:
To what extent have RWTH Aachen University and the Jülich Research Centre received funding from the EU in the last five years for reactor research (please provide a breakdown according to institutions and years), and under which budget headings was this funding specifically provided?To what extent have RWTH Aachen University and the Jülich Research Centre received funding from the EU in the last five years for reactor research (please provide a breakdown according to institutions and years), and under which budget headings was this funding specifically provided?
Answer given by Ms Geoghegan-Quinn on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Ms Geoghegan-Quinn on behalf of the Commission
(20 March 2014)(20 March 2014)
Promoting reactor safety research in Europe has been an essential objective of the successive Euratom Research and Training Programmes, supported both through indirect actions and direct actions of the Commission's Joint Research Centre. Even more so after Fukushima, all reactor research activities funded by Euratom are characterised by the overriding concern to ensure continuous improvements of nuclear safety.Promoting reactor safety research in Europe has been an essential objective of the successive Euratom Research and Training Programmes, supported both through indirect actions and direct actions of the Commission's Joint Research Centre. Even more so after Fukushima, all reactor research activities funded by Euratom are characterised by the overriding concern to ensure continuous improvements of nuclear safety.
A number of safety-related reactor research projects have notably been funded through indirect actions under the fission part of the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) for nuclear research and training activities (Euratom FP7 2007-2011) and Euratom FP7+2 (2012-2013) programmes (heading ‘Reactor systems’). Both the RWTH Aachen University and the Jülich Research Centre participated in such projects. RWTH Aachen University participated in three projects and received a total contribution of EUR 177,304; the Jülich Research Centre participated in eight projects and received a total funding of EUR 745,092.A number of safety-related reactor research projects have notably been funded through indirect actions under the fission part of the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) for nuclear research and training activities (Euratom FP7 2007-2011) and Euratom FP7+2 (2012-2013) programmes (heading ‘Reactor systems’). Both the RWTH Aachen University and the Jülich Research Centre participated in such projects. RWTH Aachen University participated in three projects and received a total contribution of EUR 177,304; the Jülich Research Centre participated in eight projects and received a total funding of EUR 745,092.
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Pregunta con solicitud de respuesta escrita E-000829/14Pregunta con solicitud de respuesta escrita E-000829/14
a la Comisióna la Comisión
Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE)Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE)
(28 de enero de 2014)(28 de enero de 2014)
Asunto: Impacto y financiación del proyecto Castor sobre la competitividad de las empresasAsunto: Impacto y financiación del proyecto Castor sobre la competitividad de las empresas
Mediobanca, igual como otras entidades y muchos expertos, considera que el almacén de gas Castor provocaría una importante subida de las tarifas del gas para los consumidores españoles en caso de iniciar sus operaciones comerciales. Sus últimos informes sobre la viabilidad del Castor y el impacto que su paralización por los 500 terremotos pueda tener en las cuentas de ACS y en el operador del sistema Enagás alertan de que su entrada en funcionamiento provocaría una subida acumulada en «las tarifas de acceso del 4 % entre los años 2013 y 2017», que sería de «más del 2 % en la tarifa final del gas» también en ese periodo.Mediobanca, igual como otras entidades y muchos expertos, considera que el almacén de gas Castor provocaría una importante subida de las tarifas del gas para los consumidores españoles en caso de iniciar sus operaciones comerciales. Sus últimos informes sobre la viabilidad del Castor y el impacto que su paralización por los 500 terremotos pueda tener en las cuentas de ACS y en el operador del sistema Enagás alertan de que su entrada en funcionamiento provocaría una subida acumulada en «las tarifas de acceso del 4 % entre los años 2013 y 2017», que sería de «más del 2 % en la tarifa final del gas» también en ese periodo.
Esto, según la entidad italiana, «sería demasiado en el actual escenario macro» de España. Es más, «el retraso o cancelación del Castor podría eliminar la presión sobre las tarifas del gas», así como no impactar negativamente en la generación de más déficit de tarifa del gas, que ya ronda los 400 millones de euros en España (109).Esto, según la entidad italiana, «sería demasiado en el actual escenario macro» de España. Es más, «el retraso o cancelación del Castor podría eliminar la presión sobre las tarifas del gas», así como no impactar negativamente en la generación de más déficit de tarifa del gas, que ya ronda los 400 millones de euros en España (109).
Mediobanca, al igual que han hecho otros bancos de negocios en la última semana (RBC, Cheuvreux, JP Morgan…), pinta un panorama sombrío del sector energético en España toda vez que el Gobierno se ha negado a aportar los 3 600 millones de euros para compensar el déficit de tarifa eléctrico. En este entorno, considera que «la eliminación del déficit de tarifa del gas se sustentará principalmente en la posible cancelación del Castor». El consenso de los bancos de negocios determina que si el Castor no entra en funcionamiento, eso será beneficioso tanto para las tarifas finales que pagan los consumidores como para poner freno al déficit de tarifa del gas. Los informes de los últimos días se han producido tras el rifirrafe entre ACS y Enagás a costa del Castor. El grupo de Florentino Pérez informó a la CNMV que el operador de la red de transporte de gas en España asumía los riesgos financieros del 33 % del Castor en virtud de los acuerdos existentes para venderle este paquete, ahora en manos de su filial Escal UGS, la empresa explotadora del almacén.Mediobanca, al igual que han hecho otros bancos de negocios en la última semana (RBC, Cheuvreux, JP Morgan…), pinta un panorama sombrío del sector energético en España toda vez que el Gobierno se ha negado a aportar los 3 600 millones de euros para compensar el déficit de tarifa eléctrico. En este entorno, considera que «la eliminación del déficit de tarifa del gas se sustentará principalmente en la posible cancelación del Castor». El consenso de los bancos de negocios determina que si el Castor no entra en funcionamiento, eso será beneficioso tanto para las tarifas finales que pagan los consumidores como para poner freno al déficit de tarifa del gas. Los informes de los últimos días se han producido tras el rifirrafe entre ACS y Enagás a costa del Castor. El grupo de Florentino Pérez informó a la CNMV que el operador de la red de transporte de gas en España asumía los riesgos financieros del 33 % del Castor en virtud de los acuerdos existentes para venderle este paquete, ahora en manos de su filial Escal UGS, la empresa explotadora del almacén.
¿Qué datos tenía la Comisión sobre los riesgos del proyecto Castor antes de que el BEI aprobara la emisión de bonos para financiar este proyecto?¿Qué datos tenía la Comisión sobre los riesgos del proyecto Castor antes de que el BEI aprobara la emisión de bonos para financiar este proyecto?
¿Qué consecuencias cree que podría tener una subida del 4 % para la competitividad de las empresas españolas en el marco de las recomendaciones específicas?¿Qué consecuencias cree que podría tener una subida del 4 % para la competitividad de las empresas españolas en el marco de las recomendaciones específicas?
¿Le preocupa a la Comisión que pueda aumentar la pobreza energética a raíz de esta subida?¿Le preocupa a la Comisión que pueda aumentar la pobreza energética a raíz de esta subida?
Respuesta del Sr. Rehn en nombre de la ComisiónRespuesta del Sr. Rehn en nombre de la Comisión
(28 de marzo de 2014)(28 de marzo de 2014)
La Comisión no ha tomado parte en la evaluación de los riesgos del proyecto. Normalmente, la evaluación de los riesgos corre a cargo de los promotores de los proyectos y de las autoridades nacionales correspondientes que proporcionan los permisos y autorizaciones necesarios. Por ser parte del plan español de infraestructuras energéticas, el proyecto se incluyó en la evaluación medioambiental estratégica realizada por el Ministerio de Energía español en 2007. El promotor también llevó a cabo una evaluación del impacto ambiental que fue objeto de una amplia consulta pública y que fue aprobada por la autoridad española competente en octubre de 2009.La Comisión no ha tomado parte en la evaluación de los riesgos del proyecto. Normalmente, la evaluación de los riesgos corre a cargo de los promotores de los proyectos y de las autoridades nacionales correspondientes que proporcionan los permisos y autorizaciones necesarios. Por ser parte del plan español de infraestructuras energéticas, el proyecto se incluyó en la evaluación medioambiental estratégica realizada por el Ministerio de Energía español en 2007. El promotor también llevó a cabo una evaluación del impacto ambiental que fue objeto de una amplia consulta pública y que fue aprobada por la autoridad española competente en octubre de 2009.
En su reciente Comunicación COM(2014)15 «Un marco estratégico en materia de clima y energía para el periodo 2020-2030», uno de los elementos clave establecidos por la Comisión es una energía competitiva, segura y asequible. La Comisión ha propuesto una serie de indicadores clave a fin de evaluar los avances que se vayan registrando y proporcionar una base de hechos objetivos sobre los que basar las posibles respuestas políticas. Estos indicadores se refieren, por ejemplo, a las diferencias de los precios de la energía en relación con los principales socios comerciales, a la diversificación del suministro y al recurso a fuentes de energía autóctonas, además de a la capacidad de interconexión entre los Estados miembros. A través de estos indicadores, las políticas garantizarán un sistema energético competitivo y seguro en la perspectiva de 2030.En su reciente Comunicación COM(2014)15 «Un marco estratégico en materia de clima y energía para el periodo 2020-2030», uno de los elementos clave establecidos por la Comisión es una energía competitiva, segura y asequible. La Comisión ha propuesto una serie de indicadores clave a fin de evaluar los avances que se vayan registrando y proporcionar una base de hechos objetivos sobre los que basar las posibles respuestas políticas. Estos indicadores se refieren, por ejemplo, a las diferencias de los precios de la energía en relación con los principales socios comerciales, a la diversificación del suministro y al recurso a fuentes de energía autóctonas, además de a la capacidad de interconexión entre los Estados miembros. A través de estos indicadores, las políticas garantizarán un sistema energético competitivo y seguro en la perspectiva de 2030.
La pobreza energética es motivo de preocupación para la Comisión, que insiste en que los Estados miembros deben hacer todo lo posible para aplicar las disposiciones pertinentes de la legislación europea en materia de energía, como se señala en las respuestas de la Comisión a las preguntas E-000093/2014 (110) y E-001115/2014. Sobre la base de la información disponible, la Comisión no está en condiciones de hacer comentarios sobre el impacto de este proyecto sobre la pobreza energética.La pobreza energética es motivo de preocupación para la Comisión, que insiste en que los Estados miembros deben hacer todo lo posible para aplicar las disposiciones pertinentes de la legislación europea en materia de energía, como se señala en las respuestas de la Comisión a las preguntas E-000093/2014 (110) y E-001115/2014. Sobre la base de la información disponible, la Comisión no está en condiciones de hacer comentarios sobre el impacto de este proyecto sobre la pobreza energética.
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Question for written answer E-000829/14Question for written answer E-000829/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE)Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Impact and funding of the Castor project in relation to the competitiveness of businessesSubject: Impact and funding of the Castor project in relation to the competitiveness of businesses
The Italian investment bank, Mediobanca, like a number of other entities and experts, believes that the Castor gas storage facility would lead to a considerable rise in gas tariffs for Spanish consumers if it begins its commercial operations. Mediobanca’s most recent reports, which relate to the viability of the Castor project and the impact that the halting of activities due to the 500 or so earthquakes it has caused may have on the accounts of ACS and the operator of the system, Enagás, warn that the start-up of the facility would lead to a cumulative rise in ‘the access tariffs of 4% between 2013 and 2017’, which would also be ‘more than 2% on the final gas tariff’ for this period.The Italian investment bank, Mediobanca, like a number of other entities and experts, believes that the Castor gas storage facility would lead to a considerable rise in gas tariffs for Spanish consumers if it begins its commercial operations. Mediobanca’s most recent reports, which relate to the viability of the Castor project and the impact that the halting of activities due to the 500 or so earthquakes it has caused may have on the accounts of ACS and the operator of the system, Enagás, warn that the start-up of the facility would lead to a cumulative rise in ‘the access tariffs of 4% between 2013 and 2017’, which would also be ‘more than 2% on the final gas tariff’ for this period.
According to Mediobanca, ‘this would be too much in the current macroeconomic situation’ in Spain. Moreover, ‘the delay or cancellation of the Castor project could take the pressure off gas tariffs’ as well as not having a negative effect on the creation of an even greater gas tariff deficit, which is already in the region of EUR 400 million in Spain.  (111)According to Mediobanca, ‘this would be too much in the current macroeconomic situation’ in Spain. Moreover, ‘the delay or cancellation of the Castor project could take the pressure off gas tariffs’ as well as not having a negative effect on the creation of an even greater gas tariff deficit, which is already in the region of EUR 400 million in Spain.  (111)
Like a number of other investment banks (such as RBC, Cheuvreux, JP Morgan) this week, Mediobanca paints a bleak picture of the energy industry in Spain, given that the government has refused to provide the EUR 3 600 million needed to offset the electricity tariff deficit. Against this background, it believes that ‘the elimination of the gas tariff deficit will chiefly be based on the possible cancellation of the Castor project’. The consensus among investment banks means that it will be beneficial for the final tariffs paid by consumers and act as a curb on the gas tariff deficit if Castor does not come into operation. The recent reports were issued following the row between ACS and Enagás about Castor. ACS, of which Florentino Pérez is the President, informed the Spanish National Securities Market Commission (CNMV) that the operator of the gas pipeline network in Spain was going to take on 33% of the financial risks for Castor under the existing agreements on the sale of this package, now under the control of its subsidiary Escal UGS, the company running the storage facility.Like a number of other investment banks (such as RBC, Cheuvreux, JP Morgan) this week, Mediobanca paints a bleak picture of the energy industry in Spain, given that the government has refused to provide the EUR 3 600 million needed to offset the electricity tariff deficit. Against this background, it believes that ‘the elimination of the gas tariff deficit will chiefly be based on the possible cancellation of the Castor project’. The consensus among investment banks means that it will be beneficial for the final tariffs paid by consumers and act as a curb on the gas tariff deficit if Castor does not come into operation. The recent reports were issued following the row between ACS and Enagás about Castor. ACS, of which Florentino Pérez is the President, informed the Spanish National Securities Market Commission (CNMV) that the operator of the gas pipeline network in Spain was going to take on 33% of the financial risks for Castor under the existing agreements on the sale of this package, now under the control of its subsidiary Escal UGS, the company running the storage facility.
What information did the Commission have regarding the risks associated with the Castor project before the EIB approved the issuing of bonds to fund it?What information did the Commission have regarding the risks associated with the Castor project before the EIB approved the issuing of bonds to fund it?
What consequences does the Commission think a 4% rise will have for the competitiveness of Spanish companies in light of the specific recommendations?What consequences does the Commission think a 4% rise will have for the competitiveness of Spanish companies in light of the specific recommendations?
Is the Commission concerned that energy poverty could increase as a result of this rise?Is the Commission concerned that energy poverty could increase as a result of this rise?
Answer given by Mr Rehn on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Rehn on behalf of the Commission
(28 March 2014)(28 March 2014)
The Commission was not involved in the assessment of the project’s risks. These risks are normally assessed by the project promoters and the corresponding National authorities who provide the required permits and authorisations. As a part of the Spanish energy infrastructure plan, the project was included in the Strategic Environmental Assessment carried out by the Spanish Energy Ministry in 2007. The promoter has also carried out an Environmental Impact Assessment that was subject to extensive public consultation and was approved by the Spanish competent authority in October 2009.The Commission was not involved in the assessment of the project’s risks. These risks are normally assessed by the project promoters and the corresponding National authorities who provide the required permits and authorisations. As a part of the Spanish energy infrastructure plan, the project was included in the Strategic Environmental Assessment carried out by the Spanish Energy Ministry in 2007. The promoter has also carried out an Environmental Impact Assessment that was subject to extensive public consultation and was approved by the Spanish competent authority in October 2009.
In its recent communication COM(2014)15 — A policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030, one of the key elements set out by the Commission is competitive, affordable and secure energy. The Commission has proposed a set of key indicators to assess progress over time and to provide a factual base for potential policy response. These indicators relate to, for example, energy price differentials with major trading partners, supply diversification and reliance on indigenous energy sources, as well as the interconnection capacity between Member States. Through these indicators, policies will ensure a competitive and secure energy system in a 2030 perspective.In its recent communication COM(2014)15 — A policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030, one of the key elements set out by the Commission is competitive, affordable and secure energy. The Commission has proposed a set of key indicators to assess progress over time and to provide a factual base for potential policy response. These indicators relate to, for example, energy price differentials with major trading partners, supply diversification and reliance on indigenous energy sources, as well as the interconnection capacity between Member States. Through these indicators, policies will ensure a competitive and secure energy system in a 2030 perspective.
The Commission recognises energy poverty as a serious concern and stresses that Member States should put full effort into the implementation of relevant provisions in European energy legislation as described in the Commission's answers to Written Question E-000093/2014 (112) and E-001115/2014. On the basis of the information available, the Commission is not in a position to comment on the impact of this project on energy poverty.The Commission recognises energy poverty as a serious concern and stresses that Member States should put full effort into the implementation of relevant provisions in European energy legislation as described in the Commission's answers to Written Question E-000093/2014 (112) and E-001115/2014. On the basis of the information available, the Commission is not in a position to comment on the impact of this project on energy poverty.
(English version)(English version)
Question for written answer E-000830/14Question for written answer E-000830/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Jim Higgins (PPE)Jim Higgins (PPE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Bus Éireann state aidSubject: Bus Éireann state aid
1. | Could the Commission explain how it is possible to conclude that the bus and coach operator Bus Éireann does not receive state aid from the Department of Education for the school transport services it provides when a separate profit and loss account for school transport was not examined, taking into account the fact that Bus Éireann’s auditors no longer allow the company to claim that school transport services are provided on a ‘cost recovery basis’ in annual reports and financial statements?1. | Could the Commission explain how it is possible to conclude that the bus and coach operator Bus Éireann does not receive state aid from the Department of Education for the school transport services it provides when a separate profit and loss account for school transport was not examined, taking into account the fact that Bus Éireann’s auditors no longer allow the company to claim that school transport services are provided on a ‘cost recovery basis’ in annual reports and financial statements?
2. | Has the Commission seen the Farrell Grant Sparks report commissioned by the Irish Department of Education and Skills concerning the system of charging Bus Éireann for school transport services?2. | Has the Commission seen the Farrell Grant Sparks report commissioned by the Irish Department of Education and Skills concerning the system of charging Bus Éireann for school transport services?
Answer given by Mr Almunia on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Almunia on behalf of the Commission
(21 March 2014)(21 March 2014)
The question of whether Bus Éireann benefits from state aid in relation to the School Transport Scheme is part of the on-going state aid investigation SA.20580 (C31/07) (113).The question of whether Bus Éireann benefits from state aid in relation to the School Transport Scheme is part of the on-going state aid investigation SA.20580 (C31/07) (113).
The Commission has not yet seen the Farrell Grant Sparks report, which the Irish Department of Education and Skills commissioned as part of its March 2011 ‘Value for Money Review of the School Transport Scheme’ (114), but will request a copy from the Irish authorities.The Commission has not yet seen the Farrell Grant Sparks report, which the Irish Department of Education and Skills commissioned as part of its March 2011 ‘Value for Money Review of the School Transport Scheme’ (114), but will request a copy from the Irish authorities.
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Vprašanje za pisni odgovor E-000833/14Vprašanje za pisni odgovor E-000833/14
za Komisijoza Komisijo
Mojca Kleva Kekuš (S&D)Mojca Kleva Kekuš (S&D)
(28. januar 2014)(28. januar 2014)
Zadeva: Razpisi in instrumenti za spodbujanje socialnega podjetništvaZadeva: Razpisi in instrumenti za spodbujanje socialnega podjetništva
Evropska komisija v svojem sporočilu o spodbujanju zadrug v Evropi (COM(2004)0018) priznava, da imajo socialna podjetja pomembno vlogo v evropskem gospodarstvu in pomembno prispevajo k izhodu iz krize. Sektor socialnih podjetij v Evropi je čedalje večji in predstavlja že 10 % vseh evropskih podjetij ter zaposluje več kot 11 milijonov ljudi.Evropska komisija v svojem sporočilu o spodbujanju zadrug v Evropi (COM(2004)0018) priznava, da imajo socialna podjetja pomembno vlogo v evropskem gospodarstvu in pomembno prispevajo k izhodu iz krize. Sektor socialnih podjetij v Evropi je čedalje večji in predstavlja že 10 % vseh evropskih podjetij ter zaposluje več kot 11 milijonov ljudi.
Socialna podjetja pogosto prejemajo podporo preko javnih razpisov, ki jih razpišejo organi upravljanja v državah članicah iz Evropskega socialnega sklada. Na ravni EU pa je bila 17. aprila 2013 sprejeta uredba št. 346/2013 Evropskega parlamenta in Sveta o evropskih skladih za socialno podjetništvo, ki naj bi omogočili tudi zasebne naložbe za razvoj socialnih podjetij. Pri tem z obžalovanjem spoznavam, da je poglavje o socialnem podjetništvu povsem izpadlo iz slovenskih operativnih programov Evropskega sklada za regionalni razvoj v finančni perspektivi 2014–2020.Socialna podjetja pogosto prejemajo podporo preko javnih razpisov, ki jih razpišejo organi upravljanja v državah članicah iz Evropskega socialnega sklada. Na ravni EU pa je bila 17. aprila 2013 sprejeta uredba št. 346/2013 Evropskega parlamenta in Sveta o evropskih skladih za socialno podjetništvo, ki naj bi omogočili tudi zasebne naložbe za razvoj socialnih podjetij. Pri tem z obžalovanjem spoznavam, da je poglavje o socialnem podjetništvu povsem izpadlo iz slovenskih operativnih programov Evropskega sklada za regionalni razvoj v finančni perspektivi 2014–2020.
V Evropskem parlamentu menimo, da bi morali Komisija, Evropska investicijska banka in Evropski investicijski sklad podjetjem socialne ekonomije zagotoviti dostop do finančnih mehanizmov na ravni EU, po potrebi vključno z akcijskim načrtom za financiranje malih in srednjih podjetij.V Evropskem parlamentu menimo, da bi morali Komisija, Evropska investicijska banka in Evropski investicijski sklad podjetjem socialne ekonomije zagotoviti dostop do finančnih mehanizmov na ravni EU, po potrebi vključno z akcijskim načrtom za financiranje malih in srednjih podjetij.
Zato Komisijo sprašujem:Zato Komisijo sprašujem:
Katere spodbude so v novi finančni perspektivi 2014–2020 namenjene socialnim podjetjem in kateri finančni mehanizmi bodo na voljo socialnim podjetjem na ravni EU?Katere spodbude so v novi finančni perspektivi 2014–2020 namenjene socialnim podjetjem in kateri finančni mehanizmi bodo na voljo socialnim podjetjem na ravni EU?
Kakšne so usmeritve in podpora EU za vzpostavitev novih finančnih instrumentov s strani držav članic za zagotavljanje zagonskega in finančnega kapitala, ustanavljanje in rast socialnih podjetij?Kakšne so usmeritve in podpora EU za vzpostavitev novih finančnih instrumentov s strani držav članic za zagotavljanje zagonskega in finančnega kapitala, ustanavljanje in rast socialnih podjetij?
Ali bodo socialna podjetja upravičena tudi do financiranja na ostalih razpisih za mala in srednja podjetja in v kolikšni meri bodo pri kriterijih deležna pozitivne diskriminacije?Ali bodo socialna podjetja upravičena tudi do financiranja na ostalih razpisih za mala in srednja podjetja in v kolikšni meri bodo pri kriterijih deležna pozitivne diskriminacije?
V kolikšni meri bo v razpisih med pogoji financiranja vključena trajnostna narava socialnih podjetij za upravičenost do sredstev in ali bo v upravičene stroške mogoče vključiti tudi nakup rabljene ali re-use opreme namesto nakupa nove?V kolikšni meri bo v razpisih med pogoji financiranja vključena trajnostna narava socialnih podjetij za upravičenost do sredstev in ali bo v upravičene stroške mogoče vključiti tudi nakup rabljene ali re-use opreme namesto nakupa nove?
Kakšne so dosedanje izkušnje ustanavljanja evropskih skladov za socialno podjetništvo in kakšno vlogo imajo lahko pri tem nacionalni javni organi?Kakšne so dosedanje izkušnje ustanavljanja evropskih skladov za socialno podjetništvo in kakšno vlogo imajo lahko pri tem nacionalni javni organi?
Odgovor komisarja Andorja v imenu KomisijeOdgovor komisarja Andorja v imenu Komisije
(28. marec 2014)(28. marec 2014)
Za financiranje socialnih podjetij je bilo v okviru programa EaSI (115) predvidenih vsaj 86 milijonov EUR (za obdobje 2014–2020). Cilj financiranja je podpreti razvoj trga socialnih naložb in poenostaviti dostop socialnih podjetij do sredstev. Tako je bil na primer objavljen razpis za zbiranje predlogov (116) za „podpiranje ponudbe in povpraševanja na finančnem trgu za socialna podjetja“.Za financiranje socialnih podjetij je bilo v okviru programa EaSI (115) predvidenih vsaj 86 milijonov EUR (za obdobje 2014–2020). Cilj financiranja je podpreti razvoj trga socialnih naložb in poenostaviti dostop socialnih podjetij do sredstev. Tako je bil na primer objavljen razpis za zbiranje predlogov (116) za „podpiranje ponudbe in povpraševanja na finančnem trgu za socialna podjetja“.
Uredbe o skladih ESI (117) za obdobje 2014–2020 državam članicam omogočajo, da kot prednostne naložbe izberejo naložbe v socialno podjetništvo, v okviru katerih lahko vzpostavijo nacionalne in regionalne finančne instrumente, ali pa da projekte, povezane s socialnim podjetništvom, financirajo v okviru drugih tematskih ciljev.Uredbe o skladih ESI (117) za obdobje 2014–2020 državam članicam omogočajo, da kot prednostne naložbe izberejo naložbe v socialno podjetništvo, v okviru katerih lahko vzpostavijo nacionalne in regionalne finančne instrumente, ali pa da projekte, povezane s socialnim podjetništvom, financirajo v okviru drugih tematskih ciljev.
Program EU za konkurenčnost podjetij ter MSP (COSME) zagotavlja sredstva, ki jih lahko uporabijo vsa MSP, vključno s socialnimi podjetji (ki so večinoma MSP).Program EU za konkurenčnost podjetij ter MSP (COSME) zagotavlja sredstva, ki jih lahko uporabijo vsa MSP, vključno s socialnimi podjetji (ki so večinoma MSP).
Dve novi direktivi o javnem naročanju (118) določata, da bi morale države članice imeti možnost, da pridržijo pravico do sodelovanja v postopkih oddaje javnih naročil socialnim podjetjem ali določijo, da se ta naročila izvedejo v okviru programov zaščitene zaposlitve. Javni organi naročniki lahko določijo posebne pogoje (gospodarske, inovacijske, okoljske, socialne ali zaposlitvene) za izvedbo javnega naročila.Dve novi direktivi o javnem naročanju (118) določata, da bi morale države članice imeti možnost, da pridržijo pravico do sodelovanja v postopkih oddaje javnih naročil socialnim podjetjem ali določijo, da se ta naročila izvedejo v okviru programov zaščitene zaposlitve. Javni organi naročniki lahko določijo posebne pogoje (gospodarske, inovacijske, okoljske, socialne ali zaposlitvene) za izvedbo javnega naročila.
Upravljavci evropskih skladov za socialno podjetništvo (119) morajo take naložbene instrumente prijaviti pri pristojnih nacionalnih nadzornikih v domači državi članici. Vzpostavitev novega naložbenega instrumenta pomeni iskanje morebitnih investitorjev ter pridobivanje zadostnega kapitala za utemeljitev začetka delovanja. Kot pri zasebnem ali tveganem kapitalu novi naložbeni instrumenti potrebujejo veliko časa. Komisija na tem področju pričakuje postopen napredek.Upravljavci evropskih skladov za socialno podjetništvo (119) morajo take naložbene instrumente prijaviti pri pristojnih nacionalnih nadzornikih v domači državi članici. Vzpostavitev novega naložbenega instrumenta pomeni iskanje morebitnih investitorjev ter pridobivanje zadostnega kapitala za utemeljitev začetka delovanja. Kot pri zasebnem ali tveganem kapitalu novi naložbeni instrumenti potrebujejo veliko časa. Komisija na tem področju pričakuje postopen napredek.
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Question for written answer E-000833/14Question for written answer E-000833/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Mojca Kleva Kekuš (S&D)Mojca Kleva Kekuš (S&D)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Calls for tender and instruments to support social entrepreneurshipSubject: Calls for tender and instruments to support social entrepreneurship
In its communication on the promotion of cooperative societies in Europe (COM(2004)0018), the Commission recognised that social enterprises play an important role in the European economy and contribute to overcoming the crisis. The social enterprise sector in Europe is growing ever larger; it now accounts for 10% of all European enterprises and employs more than 11 million people.In its communication on the promotion of cooperative societies in Europe (COM(2004)0018), the Commission recognised that social enterprises play an important role in the European economy and contribute to overcoming the crisis. The social enterprise sector in Europe is growing ever larger; it now accounts for 10% of all European enterprises and employs more than 11 million people.
Social enterprises often receive support through calls for tender published by the management authorities in the Member States under the European Social Fund. At EU level, Regulation No 346/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on European social entrepreneurship funds, which should also enable private investment in the development of social enterprises, was adopted on 17 April 2013. It is regrettable that the chapter on social entrepreneurship has been entirely left out of the Slovenian operational programmes under the ERDF in the 2014-2020 multiannual financial framework.Social enterprises often receive support through calls for tender published by the management authorities in the Member States under the European Social Fund. At EU level, Regulation No 346/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on European social entrepreneurship funds, which should also enable private investment in the development of social enterprises, was adopted on 17 April 2013. It is regrettable that the chapter on social entrepreneurship has been entirely left out of the Slovenian operational programmes under the ERDF in the 2014-2020 multiannual financial framework.
We in the European Parliament believe that the Commission and the EIB/EIF should ensure that social economy enterprises have access to EU-level financial mechanisms, including, where appropriate, the SME financing action plan.We in the European Parliament believe that the Commission and the EIB/EIF should ensure that social economy enterprises have access to EU-level financial mechanisms, including, where appropriate, the SME financing action plan.
In view of the above, I would like to ask the Commission:In view of the above, I would like to ask the Commission:
What incentives are aimed at social enterprises in the 2014‐2020 multiannual financial framework, and what financial mechanisms will be available to social enterprises at EU level?What incentives are aimed at social enterprises in the 2014‐2020 multiannual financial framework, and what financial mechanisms will be available to social enterprises at EU level?
What guidelines does the EU apply and what support does it provide for Member States setting up new financial instruments to provide start-up and financial capital and for the creation and growth of social enterprises?What guidelines does the EU apply and what support does it provide for Member States setting up new financial instruments to provide start-up and financial capital and for the creation and growth of social enterprises?
Will social enterprises also be eligible for financing under other calls for tender for small and medium-sized enterprises, and to what extent will they benefit from positive discrimination?Will social enterprises also be eligible for financing under other calls for tender for small and medium-sized enterprises, and to what extent will they benefit from positive discrimination?
To what extent will the sustainable nature of social enterprises be included among the financing conditions in calls for tender as regards eligibility for funding? Will it be possible to include the purchase of used equipment as eligible costs rather than new equipment?To what extent will the sustainable nature of social enterprises be included among the financing conditions in calls for tender as regards eligibility for funding? Will it be possible to include the purchase of used equipment as eligible costs rather than new equipment?
What has been the experience so far with setting up European social entrepreneurship funds, and what role could the national public authorities play in this regard?What has been the experience so far with setting up European social entrepreneurship funds, and what role could the national public authorities play in this regard?
Answer given by Mr Andor on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Andor on behalf of the Commission
(28 March 2014)(28 March 2014)
At least EUR 86 million (for 2014-20) has been earmarked for financing social enterprises under the EaSI (120) programme with the aim of supporting the development of the social investment market and facilitate social enterprises’ access to finance. For example, a Call for Proposals (121) was published on the ‘Supporting the demand and supply side of the market for social enterprise finance’At least EUR 86 million (for 2014-20) has been earmarked for financing social enterprises under the EaSI (120) programme with the aim of supporting the development of the social investment market and facilitate social enterprises’ access to finance. For example, a Call for Proposals (121) was published on the ‘Supporting the demand and supply side of the market for social enterprise finance’
The regulations on the ESI (122) Funds for 2014-20 allow the Member States to choose social entrepreneurship as an investment priority, under which national and regional financial instruments can be set up, or to finance projects related to social entrepreneurship under other thematic objectives.The regulations on the ESI (122) Funds for 2014-20 allow the Member States to choose social entrepreneurship as an investment priority, under which national and regional financial instruments can be set up, or to finance projects related to social entrepreneurship under other thematic objectives.
The EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME) provides funds that can be used by all SMEs, including social enterprises (the majority of which are SMEs).The EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME) provides funds that can be used by all SMEs, including social enterprises (the majority of which are SMEs).
Two new Directives on public procurement (123) provide that Member States should be able to reserve the right to participate in award procedures for public contracts to social enterprises or reserve performance of contracts to the context of sheltered employment programmes. Contracting authorities may lay down special conditions (economic, innovation-related, environmental, social or employment-related) to the performance of a contract.Two new Directives on public procurement (123) provide that Member States should be able to reserve the right to participate in award procedures for public contracts to social enterprises or reserve performance of contracts to the context of sheltered employment programmes. Contracting authorities may lay down special conditions (economic, innovation-related, environmental, social or employment-related) to the performance of a contract.
Managers of European social entrepreneurship funds (124) are required to register such fund vehicles with the competent national supervisors in the home Member State. Establishing a new fund vehicle means prospecting potential investors and obtaining sufficient capital to justify the start of operations. As with private equity or venture capital, significant time is needed for new fund vehicles. The Commission expects progress in this area to be incremental.Managers of European social entrepreneurship funds (124) are required to register such fund vehicles with the competent national supervisors in the home Member State. Establishing a new fund vehicle means prospecting potential investors and obtaining sufficient capital to justify the start of operations. As with private equity or venture capital, significant time is needed for new fund vehicles. The Commission expects progress in this area to be incremental.
(Slovenska različica)(Slovenska različica)
Vprašanje za pisni odgovor E-000834/14Vprašanje za pisni odgovor E-000834/14
za Komisijoza Komisijo
Mojca Kleva Kekuš (S&D)Mojca Kleva Kekuš (S&D)
(28. januar 2014)(28. januar 2014)
Zadeva: Zelena javna naročilaZadeva: Zelena javna naročila
Javna naročila znatno vplivajo na gospodarsko rast in trg. V zadnjem desetletju se zato pogosto uporabljajo za doseganje ciljev na področju okolja, socialne politike, razvoja in inovacij, spodbujanja podjetništva in ustvarjanje novih zelenih delovnih mest.Javna naročila znatno vplivajo na gospodarsko rast in trg. V zadnjem desetletju se zato pogosto uporabljajo za doseganje ciljev na področju okolja, socialne politike, razvoja in inovacij, spodbujanja podjetništva in ustvarjanje novih zelenih delovnih mest.
Izkušnje v EU so pri zelenem javnem naročanju zelo različne. Med državami, ki prednjačijo v vrednosti pogodb javnega naročanja, kjer upoštevajo okoljska merila, sta tudi Združeno kraljestvo (75 %) in Avstrija (62 %). V Sloveniji se zeleno javno naročanje postopoma uveljavlja z izvajanjem uredbe o zelenem javnem naročanju. Zaradi trenutnih razmer v gospodarstvu, kjer se še precej občuti kriza, in ker še nimamo velike ponudbe okoljsko sprejemljivejših izdelkov, so bili okoljski kriteriji v uredbi o zelenem javnem naročanju v preteklosti nekoliko prilagojeni.Izkušnje v EU so pri zelenem javnem naročanju zelo različne. Med državami, ki prednjačijo v vrednosti pogodb javnega naročanja, kjer upoštevajo okoljska merila, sta tudi Združeno kraljestvo (75 %) in Avstrija (62 %). V Sloveniji se zeleno javno naročanje postopoma uveljavlja z izvajanjem uredbe o zelenem javnem naročanju. Zaradi trenutnih razmer v gospodarstvu, kjer se še precej občuti kriza, in ker še nimamo velike ponudbe okoljsko sprejemljivejših izdelkov, so bili okoljski kriteriji v uredbi o zelenem javnem naročanju v preteklosti nekoliko prilagojeni.
Na podlagi zadnje ankete, ki jo je Evropska komisija izvedla v letu 2012, je tako znano, da so slovenski javni organi pri javnem naročanju le v 32 % primerih vključili tudi zelena merila, kar je visoko pod povprečjem EU. Tudi pri drugih kazalcih zelenega javnega naročanja se Slovenija uvršča med najslabše države EU. Evropska komisija si je zadala cilj, da bi bilo do leta 2010 že 50 % javnih naročil zelenih, vendar rezultati zadnje ankete kažejo, da mnoge države tudi dve leti kasneje ne dosegajo tega deleža in da so razlike med državami članicami ogromne. Do razlik prihaja tudi pri veljavnosti pridobljenih okoljskih certifikatov v različnih državah članicah, kjer okoljski certifikati, pridobljeni v eni državi članici, ne veljajo oz. v drugi državi članici ne zadostujejo pri kandidiranju na razpisih.Na podlagi zadnje ankete, ki jo je Evropska komisija izvedla v letu 2012, je tako znano, da so slovenski javni organi pri javnem naročanju le v 32 % primerih vključili tudi zelena merila, kar je visoko pod povprečjem EU. Tudi pri drugih kazalcih zelenega javnega naročanja se Slovenija uvršča med najslabše države EU. Evropska komisija si je zadala cilj, da bi bilo do leta 2010 že 50 % javnih naročil zelenih, vendar rezultati zadnje ankete kažejo, da mnoge države tudi dve leti kasneje ne dosegajo tega deleža in da so razlike med državami članicami ogromne. Do razlik prihaja tudi pri veljavnosti pridobljenih okoljskih certifikatov v različnih državah članicah, kjer okoljski certifikati, pridobljeni v eni državi članici, ne veljajo oz. v drugi državi članici ne zadostujejo pri kandidiranju na razpisih.
Komisijo zato sprašujem:Komisijo zato sprašujem:
Kako poteka preverjanje ustreznosti deleža zelenih javnih naročil v državah članicah in kateri ukrepi Evropske komisije so predvideni v primeru nedoseganja meril zelenih javnih naročil?Kako poteka preverjanje ustreznosti deleža zelenih javnih naročil v državah članicah in kateri ukrepi Evropske komisije so predvideni v primeru nedoseganja meril zelenih javnih naročil?
Kako je z enotno veljavnostjo okoljskih certifikatov, pridobljenih v državah članicah EU znotraj Unije, kadar podjetje kandidira na javnem razpisu v državi, v kateri ni posebej pridobilo okoljskega certifikata?Kako je z enotno veljavnostjo okoljskih certifikatov, pridobljenih v državah članicah EU znotraj Unije, kadar podjetje kandidira na javnem razpisu v državi, v kateri ni posebej pridobilo okoljskega certifikata?
Kakšne so načrtovane spodbude oz. okviri Evropske komisije za doseganje večjega deleža zelenih javnih naročil?Kakšne so načrtovane spodbude oz. okviri Evropske komisije za doseganje večjega deleža zelenih javnih naročil?
Odgovor g. Potočnika v imenu KomisijeOdgovor g. Potočnika v imenu Komisije
(14. marec 2014)(14. marec 2014)
1. | Komisija trenutno preučuje nadaljnje ukrepe za natančnejšo ocenitev napredka na področju zelenih javnih naročil v različnih državah članicah, npr. s predlogom smernic za redno spremljanje na ravni držav članic.1. | Komisija trenutno preučuje nadaljnje ukrepe za natančnejšo ocenitev napredka na področju zelenih javnih naročil v različnih državah članicah, npr. s predlogom smernic za redno spremljanje na ravni držav članic.
Ne bo sprejela ukrepov proti državam, ki ne izpolnjujejo cilja glede uporabe meril za javna naročila pri vsaj 50 % javnih naročil, saj to ni obvezna zahteva.Ne bo sprejela ukrepov proti državam, ki ne izpolnjujejo cilja glede uporabe meril za javna naročila pri vsaj 50 % javnih naročil, saj to ni obvezna zahteva.
2. | Če izdelek, označen z znakom za okolje, iz katere koli države izpolnjuje merila, ki jih zahteva javni organ, lahko ta organ znak za okolje sprejme kot zadosten dokaz o izpolnjevanju meril. Enako velja za potrdila v zvezi s standardi za okoljsko upravljanje. Z nedavno sprejeto reformo javnih naročil so bila uvedena nova pravila o enakovrednih znakih in potrdilih v zvezi s standardi za okoljsko upravljanje (125).2. | Če izdelek, označen z znakom za okolje, iz katere koli države izpolnjuje merila, ki jih zahteva javni organ, lahko ta organ znak za okolje sprejme kot zadosten dokaz o izpolnjevanju meril. Enako velja za potrdila v zvezi s standardi za okoljsko upravljanje. Z nedavno sprejeto reformo javnih naročil so bila uvedena nova pravila o enakovrednih znakih in potrdilih v zvezi s standardi za okoljsko upravljanje (125).
3. | V 7. okoljskem akcijskem načrtu (126) je navedeno, da morajo države članice in regije sprejeti dodatne ukrepe za doseganje cilja glede uporabe meril za javna naročila pri vsaj 50 % javnih naročil. Komisija bo razmislila o predlogu sektorske zakonodaje, da se določijo obvezne zahteve o zelenih javnih naročilih za dodatne kategorije izdelkov ter obseg rednega spremljanja napredka držav članic na podlagi ustreznih podatkov iz držav članic, pri čemer bo upoštevala potrebo po čim večjem zmanjšanju upravne obremenitve. Treba bi bilo razvijati prostovoljne mreže zelenih javnih naročnikov, Komisija pa bo okrepila podporo za mreže javnih naročnikov, da bi spodbudila izmenjavo dobrih praks. Pilotni program za preverjanje okoljskih tehnologij (127) z namenom povečanja uporabe inovativnih okoljskih tehnologij družbam, zagotavlja nova sredstva po vsej EU za dokazovanje tehnološke uspešnosti njihovega izdelka ali storitve, ki se lahko uporabijo v postopkih oddaje javnega naročila.3. | V 7. okoljskem akcijskem načrtu (126) je navedeno, da morajo države članice in regije sprejeti dodatne ukrepe za doseganje cilja glede uporabe meril za javna naročila pri vsaj 50 % javnih naročil. Komisija bo razmislila o predlogu sektorske zakonodaje, da se določijo obvezne zahteve o zelenih javnih naročilih za dodatne kategorije izdelkov ter obseg rednega spremljanja napredka držav članic na podlagi ustreznih podatkov iz držav članic, pri čemer bo upoštevala potrebo po čim večjem zmanjšanju upravne obremenitve. Treba bi bilo razvijati prostovoljne mreže zelenih javnih naročnikov, Komisija pa bo okrepila podporo za mreže javnih naročnikov, da bi spodbudila izmenjavo dobrih praks. Pilotni program za preverjanje okoljskih tehnologij (127) z namenom povečanja uporabe inovativnih okoljskih tehnologij družbam, zagotavlja nova sredstva po vsej EU za dokazovanje tehnološke uspešnosti njihovega izdelka ali storitve, ki se lahko uporabijo v postopkih oddaje javnega naročila.
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Question for written answer E-000834/14Question for written answer E-000834/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Mojca Kleva Kekuš (S&D)Mojca Kleva Kekuš (S&D)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Green procurementSubject: Green procurement
Public procurement has a considerable influence on economic growth and the market. It has therefore often been used in the past decade as a way of achieving aims related to the environment, social policy, development and innovation, encouraging entrepreneurship, and the creation of new green jobs.Public procurement has a considerable influence on economic growth and the market. It has therefore often been used in the past decade as a way of achieving aims related to the environment, social policy, development and innovation, encouraging entrepreneurship, and the creation of new green jobs.
Experiences with green procurement in the EU vary widely. The countries that set greatest store by public procurement contracts which allow for environmental criteria include the United Kingdom (75%) and Austria (62%). In Slovenia public procurement is gradually being greened as the Green Procurement Regulation is being enforced. Because of the present economic situation, in which the crisis is making itself acutely felt, and of the limited supply of environmentally more acceptable products, the environmental criteria in the Green Procurement Regulation have to some extent been adjusted.Experiences with green procurement in the EU vary widely. The countries that set greatest store by public procurement contracts which allow for environmental criteria include the United Kingdom (75%) and Austria (62%). In Slovenia public procurement is gradually being greened as the Green Procurement Regulation is being enforced. Because of the present economic situation, in which the crisis is making itself acutely felt, and of the limited supply of environmentally more acceptable products, the environmental criteria in the Green Procurement Regulation have to some extent been adjusted.
According to the most recent survey, which the Commission carried out in 2012, Slovenian authorities have taken greening criteria into account in their public procurement in only 32% of cases, a figure far below the EU average. As far as other green procurement indicators are concerned, Slovenia again ranks among the worst Member States. The Commission had set a target whereby 50% of public procurement was supposed to have been greened by 2010, but the latest survey findings show that, even two years on, many Member States were falling short of that percentage and that the differences between them are enormous. There are also differences as regards the validity of environmental certificates awarded in Member States: certificates issued in one Member State are either not valid in other countries or else do not suffice for tendering purposes.According to the most recent survey, which the Commission carried out in 2012, Slovenian authorities have taken greening criteria into account in their public procurement in only 32% of cases, a figure far below the EU average. As far as other green procurement indicators are concerned, Slovenia again ranks among the worst Member States. The Commission had set a target whereby 50% of public procurement was supposed to have been greened by 2010, but the latest survey findings show that, even two years on, many Member States were falling short of that percentage and that the differences between them are enormous. There are also differences as regards the validity of environmental certificates awarded in Member States: certificates issued in one Member State are either not valid in other countries or else do not suffice for tendering purposes.
1. | What progress is being made in ascertaining whether public procurement is being greened in in Member States as far as is appropriate, and what steps will the Commission take if green procurement criteria are not met?1. | What progress is being made in ascertaining whether public procurement is being greened in in Member States as far as is appropriate, and what steps will the Commission take if green procurement criteria are not met?
2. | What is the position as regards the uniform validity of environmental certificates awarded in Member States when a firm submits a tender under an open procedure in a country that does not specially issue any such certificates?2. | What is the position as regards the uniform validity of environmental certificates awarded in Member States when a firm submits a tender under an open procedure in a country that does not specially issue any such certificates?
3. | What incentives or frameworks has the Commission planned with a view to increasing the proportion of green procurement?3. | What incentives or frameworks has the Commission planned with a view to increasing the proportion of green procurement?
Answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the Commission
(14 March 2014)(14 March 2014)
1. | The Commission is currently considering further measures to help assess the progress on GPP in the various Member States more accurately, e.g. by proposing guidance for periodic monitoring at Member State level.1. | The Commission is currently considering further measures to help assess the progress on GPP in the various Member States more accurately, e.g. by proposing guidance for periodic monitoring at Member State level.
It will not take steps against countries not meeting the 50% target, since this is not a mandatory requirement.It will not take steps against countries not meeting the 50% target, since this is not a mandatory requirement.
2. | If a product bearing an eco-label from any particular country fulfils the criteria required by a public authority, the authority may decide to accept that the eco-label is sufficient proof that these criteria are met. The same is true for certificates concerning Environmental Management Standards (EMS). The recently adopted public procurement reform has introduced new rules on equivalent labels and EMS certificates (128).2. | If a product bearing an eco-label from any particular country fulfils the criteria required by a public authority, the authority may decide to accept that the eco-label is sufficient proof that these criteria are met. The same is true for certificates concerning Environmental Management Standards (EMS). The recently adopted public procurement reform has introduced new rules on equivalent labels and EMS certificates (128).
3. | The 7th Environmental Action Plan (129) states that Member States and regions should take further steps to reach the target of applying green procurement criteria to at least 50% of public tenders. The Commission will consider proposing sector-specific legislation to set mandatory green public procurement requirements for additional product categories and the scope for periodic monitoring of Member States’ progress on the basis of adequate Member State data, while having regard for the need to minimise the level of administrative burden. Voluntary green purchaser networks should be developed, and the Commission will increase support to procurer networks to encourage sharing of good practice. To boost the uptake of innovative environmental technologies, the EU Environmental Technologies Verification (130) pilot programme provides companies with a new, EU-wide means to prove the technology performance of their product or service which can be used in procurement procedures.3. | The 7th Environmental Action Plan (129) states that Member States and regions should take further steps to reach the target of applying green procurement criteria to at least 50% of public tenders. The Commission will consider proposing sector-specific legislation to set mandatory green public procurement requirements for additional product categories and the scope for periodic monitoring of Member States’ progress on the basis of adequate Member State data, while having regard for the need to minimise the level of administrative burden. Voluntary green purchaser networks should be developed, and the Commission will increase support to procurer networks to encourage sharing of good practice. To boost the uptake of innovative environmental technologies, the EU Environmental Technologies Verification (130) pilot programme provides companies with a new, EU-wide means to prove the technology performance of their product or service which can be used in procurement procedures.
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Vraag met verzoek om schriftelijk antwoord E-000836/14Vraag met verzoek om schriftelijk antwoord E-000836/14
aan de Commissieaan de Commissie
Sophia in 't Veld (ALDE), Renate Weber (ALDE) en Joanna Senyszyn (S&D)Sophia in 't Veld (ALDE), Renate Weber (ALDE) en Joanna Senyszyn (S&D)
(28 januari 2014)(28 januari 2014)
Betreft: Blasfemiewetten in de EUBetreft: Blasfemiewetten in de EU
De Griek Filippos Loizos werd tot 10 maanden gevangenisstraf veroordeeld voor het aanmaken van een Facebook-pagina waarop een Grieks-orthodoxe monnik werd bespot. Hij werd beschuldigd van het beledigen van religie en opzettelijke blasfemie (131).De Griek Filippos Loizos werd tot 10 maanden gevangenisstraf veroordeeld voor het aanmaken van een Facebook-pagina waarop een Grieks-orthodoxe monnik werd bespot. Hij werd beschuldigd van het beledigen van religie en opzettelijke blasfemie (131).
Uit paragraaf 32, lid b, van de EU-richtsnoeren over vrijheid van godsdienst en overtuiging, die in 2013 werden aangenomen, blijkt duidelijk dat de EU de vrijheid van meningsuiting verdedigt en zich verzet tegen blasfemiewetten in de hele wereld.Uit paragraaf 32, lid b, van de EU-richtsnoeren over vrijheid van godsdienst en overtuiging, die in 2013 werden aangenomen, blijkt duidelijk dat de EU de vrijheid van meningsuiting verdedigt en zich verzet tegen blasfemiewetten in de hele wereld.
Met betrekking tot het subsidiariteitsbeginsel, denkt de Commissie dat de EU die oproept tot de opheffing van blasfemiewetten in derde landen  terwijl sommige lidstaten nog steeds blasfemiewetten hebben en toepassen, dit een geval is van twee maten en gewichten?Met betrekking tot het subsidiariteitsbeginsel, denkt de Commissie dat de EU die oproept tot de opheffing van blasfemiewetten in derde landen  terwijl sommige lidstaten nog steeds blasfemiewetten hebben en toepassen, dit een geval is van twee maten en gewichten?
Gelooft de Commissie dat de bevordering door de EU van de vrijheid van meningsuiting en de vrijheid van godsdienst en overtuiging in de wereld wordt ondermijnd door het feit dat sommige lidstaten momenteel mensen vervolgen en opsluiten voor blasfemie?Gelooft de Commissie dat de bevordering door de EU van de vrijheid van meningsuiting en de vrijheid van godsdienst en overtuiging in de wereld wordt ondermijnd door het feit dat sommige lidstaten momenteel mensen vervolgen en opsluiten voor blasfemie?
Is de Commissie van mening dat blasfemiewetten het principe van vrijheid van meningsuiting schenden?Is de Commissie van mening dat blasfemiewetten het principe van vrijheid van meningsuiting schenden?
Antwoord van mevrouw Reding namens de CommissieAntwoord van mevrouw Reding namens de Commissie
(25 maart 2014)(25 maart 2014)
Zoals de Commissie al heeft opgemerkt in haar antwoorden op de schriftelijke vragen E-001542/2008, E-003725/2009 en E-009015/2012, behoort de nationale wetgeving inzake godslastering tot de nationale rechtsorde van de lidstaten. In dat opzicht is het dus alleen aan de lidstaten om ervoor te zorgen dat hun verplichtingen met betrekking tot de grondrechten — die voortkomen uit internationale overeenkomsten en uit hun nationale wetgeving — worden nageleefd. In dit verband herinnert de Commissie eraan dat volgens het Europees Hof voor de rechten van de mens de vrijheid van meningsuiting een van de belangrijkste pijlers van een democratische samenleving is en dat dit recht niet alleen gegevens of ideeën beschermt die gunstig worden onthaald of die worden beschouwd als ongevaarlijk of als een kwestie van onverschilligheid, maar ook die welke kwetsen, schokken of storen.Zoals de Commissie al heeft opgemerkt in haar antwoorden op de schriftelijke vragen E-001542/2008, E-003725/2009 en E-009015/2012, behoort de nationale wetgeving inzake godslastering tot de nationale rechtsorde van de lidstaten. In dat opzicht is het dus alleen aan de lidstaten om ervoor te zorgen dat hun verplichtingen met betrekking tot de grondrechten — die voortkomen uit internationale overeenkomsten en uit hun nationale wetgeving — worden nageleefd. In dit verband herinnert de Commissie eraan dat volgens het Europees Hof voor de rechten van de mens de vrijheid van meningsuiting een van de belangrijkste pijlers van een democratische samenleving is en dat dit recht niet alleen gegevens of ideeën beschermt die gunstig worden onthaald of die worden beschouwd als ongevaarlijk of als een kwestie van onverschilligheid, maar ook die welke kwetsen, schokken of storen.
(Wersja polska)(Wersja polska)
Pytanie wymagające odpowiedzi pisemnej E-000836/14Pytanie wymagające odpowiedzi pisemnej E-000836/14
do Komisjido Komisji
Sophia in 't Veld (ALDE), Renate Weber (ALDE) oraz Joanna Senyszyn (S&D)Sophia in 't Veld (ALDE), Renate Weber (ALDE) oraz Joanna Senyszyn (S&D)
(28 stycznia 2014 r.)(28 stycznia 2014 r.)
Przedmiot: Przepisy dotyczące bluźnierstwa w UEPrzedmiot: Przepisy dotyczące bluźnierstwa w UE
Obywatel Grecji Filippos Loizos został skazany na 10 miesięcy więzienia za stworzenie na Facebooku konta wyśmiewającego greckiego prawosławnego mnicha. Został oskarżony o znieważenie religii oraz celowe bluźnierstwo (132).Obywatel Grecji Filippos Loizos został skazany na 10 miesięcy więzienia za stworzenie na Facebooku konta wyśmiewającego greckiego prawosławnego mnicha. Został oskarżony o znieważenie religii oraz celowe bluźnierstwo (132).
Ustęp 32 lit. b wytycznych UE w sprawie wolności religii lub przekonań przyjętych w 2013 r. jasno stwierdza, że UE broni wolności słowa i sprzeciwia się przepisom dotyczącym bluźnierstwa na świecie.Ustęp 32 lit. b wytycznych UE w sprawie wolności religii lub przekonań przyjętych w 2013 r. jasno stwierdza, że UE broni wolności słowa i sprzeciwia się przepisom dotyczącym bluźnierstwa na świecie.
Czy w odniesieniu do zasady pomocniczości Komisja nie uważa, że nawoływanie przez UE do zniesienia przepisów dotyczących bluźnierstwa w krajach trzecich, podczas gdy niektóre państwa członkowskie posiadają takie przepisy, jest przypadkiem podwójnych standardów?Czy w odniesieniu do zasady pomocniczości Komisja nie uważa, że nawoływanie przez UE do zniesienia przepisów dotyczących bluźnierstwa w krajach trzecich, podczas gdy niektóre państwa członkowskie posiadają takie przepisy, jest przypadkiem podwójnych standardów?
Czy Komisja uważa, że promowanie przez UE wolności słowa i wolności religii lub przekonań na świecie jest osłabione przez fakt, że niektóre państwa członkowskie ścigają i skazują na karę więzienia osoby oskarżone o bluźnierstwo?Czy Komisja uważa, że promowanie przez UE wolności słowa i wolności religii lub przekonań na świecie jest osłabione przez fakt, że niektóre państwa członkowskie ścigają i skazują na karę więzienia osoby oskarżone o bluźnierstwo?
Czy Komisja uważa, że przepisy dotyczące bluźnierstwa naruszają zasadę wolności słowa?Czy Komisja uważa, że przepisy dotyczące bluźnierstwa naruszają zasadę wolności słowa?
Odpowiedź udzielona przez komisarz Viviane Reding w imieniu KomisjiOdpowiedź udzielona przez komisarz Viviane Reding w imieniu Komisji
(25 marca 2014 r.)(25 marca 2014 r.)
Jak już Komisja stwierdziła w odpowiedziach na pytania wymagające odpowiedzi pisemnej E-001542/2008, E-003725/2009 oraz E-009015/2012, krajowe przepisy dotyczące bluźnierstwa są sprawą krajowego porządku prawnego państw członkowskich. Zatem w tej sprawie obowiązek zapewnienia przestrzegania zobowiązań w zakresie praw podstawowych spoczywa wyłącznie na państwach członkowskich, zgodnie z prawem wewnętrznym danego państwa i zawartymi porozumieniami międzynarodowymi. W tym kontekście Komisja przypomina, że zgodnie z orzecznictwem Europejskiego Trybunału Praw Człowieka wolność wypowiedzi stanowi jeden z podstawowych filarów demokratycznych społeczeństw oraz że prawo to chroni nie tylko informacje lub idee przyjmowane przychylnie lub uznawane za nieobraźliwe czy też obojętne, lecz także te, które szokują, niepokoją lub obrażają.Jak już Komisja stwierdziła w odpowiedziach na pytania wymagające odpowiedzi pisemnej E-001542/2008, E-003725/2009 oraz E-009015/2012, krajowe przepisy dotyczące bluźnierstwa są sprawą krajowego porządku prawnego państw członkowskich. Zatem w tej sprawie obowiązek zapewnienia przestrzegania zobowiązań w zakresie praw podstawowych spoczywa wyłącznie na państwach członkowskich, zgodnie z prawem wewnętrznym danego państwa i zawartymi porozumieniami międzynarodowymi. W tym kontekście Komisja przypomina, że zgodnie z orzecznictwem Europejskiego Trybunału Praw Człowieka wolność wypowiedzi stanowi jeden z podstawowych filarów demokratycznych społeczeństw oraz że prawo to chroni nie tylko informacje lub idee przyjmowane przychylnie lub uznawane za nieobraźliwe czy też obojętne, lecz także te, które szokują, niepokoją lub obrażają.
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Question for written answer E-000836/14Question for written answer E-000836/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Sophia in 't Veld (ALDE), Renate Weber (ALDE) and Joanna Senyszyn (S&D)Sophia in 't Veld (ALDE), Renate Weber (ALDE) and Joanna Senyszyn (S&D)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Blasphemy laws in the EUSubject: Blasphemy laws in the EU
Greek national Filippos Loizos has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for creating a Facebook page mocking a Greek Orthodox monk. He was charged with insulting religion and malicious blasphemy (133).Greek national Filippos Loizos has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for creating a Facebook page mocking a Greek Orthodox monk. He was charged with insulting religion and malicious blasphemy (133).
Paragraph 32(b) of the EU guidelines on freedom of religion or belief, adopted in 2013, make it clear that the EU defends freedom of expression and opposes blasphemy laws throughout the world.Paragraph 32(b) of the EU guidelines on freedom of religion or belief, adopted in 2013, make it clear that the EU defends freedom of expression and opposes blasphemy laws throughout the world.
With regard to the principle of subsidiarity, does the Commission think that the EU calling for the abolition of blasphemy laws in third countries when some Member States still have and use blasphemy laws is a case of double standards?With regard to the principle of subsidiarity, does the Commission think that the EU calling for the abolition of blasphemy laws in third countries when some Member States still have and use blasphemy laws is a case of double standards?
Does the Commission believe that the EU’s promotion of freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief in the world is undermined by the fact that some Member States are currently prosecuting and imprisoning people for blasphemy?Does the Commission believe that the EU’s promotion of freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief in the world is undermined by the fact that some Member States are currently prosecuting and imprisoning people for blasphemy?
Is the Commission of the opinion that blasphemy laws violate the principle of freedom of expression?Is the Commission of the opinion that blasphemy laws violate the principle of freedom of expression?
Answer given by Mrs Reding on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mrs Reding on behalf of the Commission
(25 March 2014)(25 March 2014)
As the Commission has already pointed out in its answers to written questions E-001542/2008, E-003725/2009 as well as E-009015/2012 national blasphemy laws are a matter for the domestic legal order of the Member States. In this matter, it is thus for Member States alone to ensure that their obligations regarding fundamental rights — as resulting from international agreements and from their internal legislation — are respected. In this context, the Commission recalls that according to the European Court of Human Rights, the freedom of expression constitutes one of the essential foundations of democratic societies and that this right protects not only information or ideas that are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive or as a matter of indifference, but also those that offend, shock or disturb.As the Commission has already pointed out in its answers to written questions E-001542/2008, E-003725/2009 as well as E-009015/2012 national blasphemy laws are a matter for the domestic legal order of the Member States. In this matter, it is thus for Member States alone to ensure that their obligations regarding fundamental rights — as resulting from international agreements and from their internal legislation — are respected. In this context, the Commission recalls that according to the European Court of Human Rights, the freedom of expression constitutes one of the essential foundations of democratic societies and that this right protects not only information or ideas that are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive or as a matter of indifference, but also those that offend, shock or disturb.
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Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000837/14Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000837/14
alla Commissionealla Commissione
Sergio Berlato (PPE)Sergio Berlato (PPE)
(28 gennaio 2014)(28 gennaio 2014)
Oggetto: Mancata traduzione in tutte le lingue del programma europeo Erasmus+ e discriminazione dei cittadini non parlanti la lingua ingleseOggetto: Mancata traduzione in tutte le lingue del programma europeo Erasmus+ e discriminazione dei cittadini non parlanti la lingua inglese
Il nuovo programma europeo Erasmus+, pubblicato nel mese di gennaio, è attualmente consultabile solamente nella versione in lingua inglese. Erasmus+ è uno dei programmi comunitari più conosciuti e apprezzati dai cittadini europei; nel periodo 2014-2020 avrà a sua disposizione 14,7 miliardi di euro e, per la prima volta, affiancherà alla mobilità studentesca anche il supporto a iniziative riguardanti lo sport, le politiche giovanili e la formazione.Il nuovo programma europeo Erasmus+, pubblicato nel mese di gennaio, è attualmente consultabile solamente nella versione in lingua inglese. Erasmus+ è uno dei programmi comunitari più conosciuti e apprezzati dai cittadini europei; nel periodo 2014-2020 avrà a sua disposizione 14,7 miliardi di euro e, per la prima volta, affiancherà alla mobilità studentesca anche il supporto a iniziative riguardanti lo sport, le politiche giovanili e la formazione.
Una segnalazione della Federazione Esperantista Italiana indica che la pubblicazione del suddetto bando nelle altre 23 lingue ufficiali dell'UE sarà effettuata solamente nel mese di aprile, nonostante la prima scadenza per presentare i progetti sia fissata a marzo 2014.Si tratta con tutta evidenza di una pratica discriminatoria nei confronti dei cittadini UE che non sono di madrelingua inglese.Una segnalazione della Federazione Esperantista Italiana indica che la pubblicazione del suddetto bando nelle altre 23 lingue ufficiali dell'UE sarà effettuata solamente nel mese di aprile, nonostante la prima scadenza per presentare i progetti sia fissata a marzo 2014.Si tratta con tutta evidenza di una pratica discriminatoria nei confronti dei cittadini UE che non sono di madrelingua inglese.
Premesso ciò, si chiede alla Commissione europea se:Premesso ciò, si chiede alla Commissione europea se:
1.conferma che la pubblicazione del programma in tutte le lingue ufficiali dell'UE è prevista per il mese di aprile;1.conferma che la pubblicazione del programma in tutte le lingue ufficiali dell'UE è prevista per il mese di aprile;
2. | intende procedere alla traduzione del programma in tutte le lingue ufficiali il prima possibile al fine di evitare una situazione di svantaggio per i cittadini che non parlano la lingua inglese;2. | intende procedere alla traduzione del programma in tutte le lingue ufficiali il prima possibile al fine di evitare una situazione di svantaggio per i cittadini che non parlano la lingua inglese;
3. | intende adottare misure particolari volte a evitare il ripetersi di situazioni analoghe in futuro e garantire in questo modo la parità di condizioni per tutti i cittadini europei.3. | intende adottare misure particolari volte a evitare il ripetersi di situazioni analoghe in futuro e garantire in questo modo la parità di condizioni per tutti i cittadini europei.
Risposta di Androulla Vassiliou a nome della CommissioneRisposta di Androulla Vassiliou a nome della Commissione
(27 marzo 2014)(27 marzo 2014)
L'11 dicembre 2013 il Parlamento europeo e il Consiglio hanno adottato il regolamento (UE) n. 1288/2013 che istituisce «Erasmus+», il programma dell'Unione per l'istruzione, la formazione, la gioventù e lo sport (134). La Commissione può confermare di aver pubblicato il giorno seguente l'invito a presentare proposte relativo al programma Erasmus+ nelle 23 lingue ufficiali dell'UE (135).L'11 dicembre 2013 il Parlamento europeo e il Consiglio hanno adottato il regolamento (UE) n. 1288/2013 che istituisce «Erasmus+», il programma dell'Unione per l'istruzione, la formazione, la gioventù e lo sport (134). La Commissione può confermare di aver pubblicato il giorno seguente l'invito a presentare proposte relativo al programma Erasmus+ nelle 23 lingue ufficiali dell'UE (135).
La guida del programma Erasmus+, che fornisce informazioni dettagliate sulle azioni condotte nell'ambito del programma è disponibile per ora soltanto in inglese. La guida è attualmente in corso di traduzione ad opera dei servizi della Commissione che stanno traducendo guide analoghe relative agli altri nuovi programmi dell'Unione. La guida sarà resa disponibile quanto prima in tutte le lingue.La guida del programma Erasmus+, che fornisce informazioni dettagliate sulle azioni condotte nell'ambito del programma è disponibile per ora soltanto in inglese. La guida è attualmente in corso di traduzione ad opera dei servizi della Commissione che stanno traducendo guide analoghe relative agli altri nuovi programmi dell'Unione. La guida sarà resa disponibile quanto prima in tutte le lingue.
La Commissione ha invitato tutte le agenzie nazionali chiamate ad attuare per suo conto a livello nazionale il programma Erasmus+ a fornire ai candidati potenziali nelle rispettive lingue tutte le necessarie informazioni sull'invito a presentare proposte. Le candidature possono essere presentate in una qualsiasi delle lingue ufficiali dell'UE. Pertanto, la Commissione non ritiene che alcun gruppo di candidati potenziali sia stato posto in una situazione di svantaggio.La Commissione ha invitato tutte le agenzie nazionali chiamate ad attuare per suo conto a livello nazionale il programma Erasmus+ a fornire ai candidati potenziali nelle rispettive lingue tutte le necessarie informazioni sull'invito a presentare proposte. Le candidature possono essere presentate in una qualsiasi delle lingue ufficiali dell'UE. Pertanto, la Commissione non ritiene che alcun gruppo di candidati potenziali sia stato posto in una situazione di svantaggio.
Considerato che l'invito a presentare proposte per Erasmus+ è stato tradotto in tutte le lingue ufficiali dell'UE e considerato l'aiuto ottenibile dalle agenzie nazionali, la Commissione non ha ravvisato alcun motivo per posporre la pubblicazione del primo invito in attesa della traduzione della guida del programma. In effetti, un simile ritardo avrebbe avuto un impatto negativo sostanziale sui cittadini e sulle organizzazioni dell'UE desiderosi di partecipare al programma.Considerato che l'invito a presentare proposte per Erasmus+ è stato tradotto in tutte le lingue ufficiali dell'UE e considerato l'aiuto ottenibile dalle agenzie nazionali, la Commissione non ha ravvisato alcun motivo per posporre la pubblicazione del primo invito in attesa della traduzione della guida del programma. In effetti, un simile ritardo avrebbe avuto un impatto negativo sostanziale sui cittadini e sulle organizzazioni dell'UE desiderosi di partecipare al programma.
Il 2014 è il primo anno di attuazione del programma e la Commissione prevede che le traduzioni saranno caricate sul sito web nel corso di aprile e maggio.Il 2014 è il primo anno di attuazione del programma e la Commissione prevede che le traduzioni saranno caricate sul sito web nel corso di aprile e maggio.
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Question for written answer E-000837/14Question for written answer E-000837/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Sergio Berlato (PPE)Sergio Berlato (PPE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Lack of full translation of the European programme Erasmus+ and discrimination of non-English speaking citizensSubject: Lack of full translation of the European programme Erasmus+ and discrimination of non-English speaking citizens
January saw the publication of the new European programme Erasmus+ which, despite being one of the Community programmes most valued and celebrated by European citizens, is currently only available in English. The Erasmus+ budget for the period 2014-2020 is set at EUR 14.7 billion and the programme will offer support to a variety of initiatives for the first time, including sports, youth politics and training, alongside student mobility.January saw the publication of the new European programme Erasmus+ which, despite being one of the Community programmes most valued and celebrated by European citizens, is currently only available in English. The Erasmus+ budget for the period 2014-2020 is set at EUR 14.7 billion and the programme will offer support to a variety of initiatives for the first time, including sports, youth politics and training, alongside student mobility.
This new version of the programme will only be released in the remaining 23 official languages of the EU in April, according to a report from the Italian Esperantist Federation, despite the fact that March 2014 is the first deadline for project proposals: this is quite plainly a discrimination against all EU citizens who are not native English speakers.This new version of the programme will only be released in the remaining 23 official languages of the EU in April, according to a report from the Italian Esperantist Federation, despite the fact that March 2014 is the first deadline for project proposals: this is quite plainly a discrimination against all EU citizens who are not native English speakers.
1. | That being said, can the Commission confirm that April is the publication date for the programme in all official languages of the EU?1. | That being said, can the Commission confirm that April is the publication date for the programme in all official languages of the EU?
2. | Does it intend to translate the programme into these languages as soon as possible, in order to avoid the unfair treatment of citizens who do not speak English?2. | Does it intend to translate the programme into these languages as soon as possible, in order to avoid the unfair treatment of citizens who do not speak English?
3. | Does it intend to adopt any specific measures to avoid this situation repeating itself in the future, thereby guaranteeing equal opportunities for all Europeans?3. | Does it intend to adopt any specific measures to avoid this situation repeating itself in the future, thereby guaranteeing equal opportunities for all Europeans?
Answer given by Ms Vassiliou on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Ms Vassiliou on behalf of the Commission
(27 March 2014)(27 March 2014)
The European Parliament and the Council adopted on 11 December 2013 Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 establishing ‘Erasmus+’: the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport (136). The Commission can confirm that it published the next day the call for proposals for Erasmus+ in 23 official EU languages (137).The European Parliament and the Council adopted on 11 December 2013 Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 establishing ‘Erasmus+’: the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport (136). The Commission can confirm that it published the next day the call for proposals for Erasmus+ in 23 official EU languages (137).
The Erasmus+ Programme Guide, which provides detailed information about all actions under the Programme, is as yet only available in English. The guide is currently being translated by the Commission's services, which are also translating similar guides for the other new Union programmes. The Guide will be made available in all languages as soon as possible.The Erasmus+ Programme Guide, which provides detailed information about all actions under the Programme, is as yet only available in English. The guide is currently being translated by the Commission's services, which are also translating similar guides for the other new Union programmes. The Guide will be made available in all languages as soon as possible.
The Commission has instructed all National Agencies, which implement Erasmus+ on behalf of the Commission at national level, to provide potential applicants with all necessary supporting information on the call in their own language. Applications can be submitted in any official EU language. Thus the Commission does not consider that any group of potential applicants has been put at a disadvantage.The Commission has instructed all National Agencies, which implement Erasmus+ on behalf of the Commission at national level, to provide potential applicants with all necessary supporting information on the call in their own language. Applications can be submitted in any official EU language. Thus the Commission does not consider that any group of potential applicants has been put at a disadvantage.
Given that the Erasmus+ call for proposals was translated into all official EU languages and given the support available from National Agencies, the Commission saw no justification for postponing the publication of the first call while awaiting translation of the Programme Guide. Indeed, any such delay would have had a substantial negative impact on EU citizens and organisations wishing to participate in the programme.Given that the Erasmus+ call for proposals was translated into all official EU languages and given the support available from National Agencies, the Commission saw no justification for postponing the publication of the first call while awaiting translation of the Programme Guide. Indeed, any such delay would have had a substantial negative impact on EU citizens and organisations wishing to participate in the programme.
2014 is the first year of programme implementation and the Commission does not expect a similar situation arising next year. The Commission expects that the translations will be posted on the website during April and May.2014 is the first year of programme implementation and the Commission does not expect a similar situation arising next year. The Commission expects that the translations will be posted on the website during April and May.
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Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000838/14Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000838/14
alla Commissionealla Commissione
Sergio Berlato (PPE)Sergio Berlato (PPE)
(28 gennaio 2014)(28 gennaio 2014)
Oggetto: Smaltimento illegale di rifiuti tossici nei pressi della linea ferroviaria ad alta velocità Lione-TriesteOggetto: Smaltimento illegale di rifiuti tossici nei pressi della linea ferroviaria ad alta velocità Lione-Trieste
Le Procure della Repubblica italiana di Brescia e di Treviso hanno avviato un'indagine volta a verificare l'esistenza del reato di smaltimento illegale di rifiuti tossici in prossimità di alcuni importanti tratti autostradali e ferroviari italiani, in particolare l'autostrada A4 e il tratto ferroviario Milano-Venezia. Quest'ultimo fa parte del Corridoio europeo TAV n. 5 Lione-Treviso. Durante le analisi dei terreni prelevati nei cantieri della TAV (treno ad alta velocità), vicino Brescia, sono state rinvenute ingenti quantità di scorie nocive contenenti nichel, cromo esavalente e arsenico, tutte sostanze che possono causare gravi danni alla salute umana e all'ambiente circostante. La direttrice dell'Arpa (Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell'Ambiente) di Brescia ha dichiarato che nel caso del cromo la concentrazione presente nel sottosuolo sarebbe addirittura 1.400 volte oltre il limite consentito.Le Procure della Repubblica italiana di Brescia e di Treviso hanno avviato un'indagine volta a verificare l'esistenza del reato di smaltimento illegale di rifiuti tossici in prossimità di alcuni importanti tratti autostradali e ferroviari italiani, in particolare l'autostrada A4 e il tratto ferroviario Milano-Venezia. Quest'ultimo fa parte del Corridoio europeo TAV n. 5 Lione-Treviso. Durante le analisi dei terreni prelevati nei cantieri della TAV (treno ad alta velocità), vicino Brescia, sono state rinvenute ingenti quantità di scorie nocive contenenti nichel, cromo esavalente e arsenico, tutte sostanze che possono causare gravi danni alla salute umana e all'ambiente circostante. La direttrice dell'Arpa (Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell'Ambiente) di Brescia ha dichiarato che nel caso del cromo la concentrazione presente nel sottosuolo sarebbe addirittura 1.400 volte oltre il limite consentito.
Premesso ciò, si chiede alla Commissione europea se:Premesso ciò, si chiede alla Commissione europea se:
è a conoscenza dei fatti sopra citati;è a conoscenza dei fatti sopra citati;
trattandosi dei cantieri riguardanti un tratto del Corridoio europeo n. 5, è in grado di intervenire per verificare il corretto utilizzo dei fondi europei e l'assenza di illegalità;trattandosi dei cantieri riguardanti un tratto del Corridoio europeo n. 5, è in grado di intervenire per verificare il corretto utilizzo dei fondi europei e l'assenza di illegalità;
per quanto concerne la salute pubblica e la tutela dell'ambiente, può assicurare, di concerto con le autorità italiane, la rimozione di tutte le sostanze nocive.per quanto concerne la salute pubblica e la tutela dell'ambiente, può assicurare, di concerto con le autorità italiane, la rimozione di tutte le sostanze nocive.
Risposta di Janez Potočnik a nome della CommissioneRisposta di Janez Potočnik a nome della Commissione
(28 marzo 2014)(28 marzo 2014)
1. | La Commissione non è a conoscenza dei fatti riportati dall'onorevole deputato, da cui apprende però che alcune procure italiane hanno già avviato un'indagine in merito. Un'inchiesta condotta in parallelo dalla Commissione non sarebbe di alcuna utilità.1. | La Commissione non è a conoscenza dei fatti riportati dall'onorevole deputato, da cui apprende però che alcune procure italiane hanno già avviato un'indagine in merito. Un'inchiesta condotta in parallelo dalla Commissione non sarebbe di alcuna utilità.
2. | Il fatto che i rifiuti pericolosi siano stati rinvenuti nei pressi di un cantiere che fa parte di un progetto TEN-T non dovrebbe avere, di per sé, alcuna ripercussione sul finanziamento del progetto.2. | Il fatto che i rifiuti pericolosi siano stati rinvenuti nei pressi di un cantiere che fa parte di un progetto TEN-T non dovrebbe avere, di per sé, alcuna ripercussione sul finanziamento del progetto.
3. | Il programma FESR 2007-2013 per la Lombardia non prevede alcun intervento nel settore della bonifica di terreni inquinati. In tal caso, la rimozione delle sostanze pericolose spetta unicamente alle autorità italiane competenti.3. | Il programma FESR 2007-2013 per la Lombardia non prevede alcun intervento nel settore della bonifica di terreni inquinati. In tal caso, la rimozione delle sostanze pericolose spetta unicamente alle autorità italiane competenti.
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Question for written answer E-000838/14Question for written answer E-000838/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Sergio Berlato (PPE)Sergio Berlato (PPE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Illegal dumping of toxic waste near the high-speed railway line between Lyon and TriesteSubject: Illegal dumping of toxic waste near the high-speed railway line between Lyon and Trieste
An inquiry has been opened by the Italian Public Prosecutors of Brescia and Treviso into the reality of illegal toxic waste dumping near a number of important transport routes in Italy. Among the routes involved are the A4 motorway and the Milan-Venice railway line, the latter forming part of the high-speed railway line along Pan-European transport corridor V (Lyon-Treviso). Huge quantities of hazardous waste containing nickel, hexavalent chromium and arsenic (substances which are highly damaging to both human health and the surrounding environment) were found near Brescia, following analysis of soil samples taken from railway construction sites. The director of the Regional Environmental Protection Agency in Brescia reported that the concentration of chromium present in the subsoil was 1 400 times the permitted limit.An inquiry has been opened by the Italian Public Prosecutors of Brescia and Treviso into the reality of illegal toxic waste dumping near a number of important transport routes in Italy. Among the routes involved are the A4 motorway and the Milan-Venice railway line, the latter forming part of the high-speed railway line along Pan-European transport corridor V (Lyon-Treviso). Huge quantities of hazardous waste containing nickel, hexavalent chromium and arsenic (substances which are highly damaging to both human health and the surrounding environment) were found near Brescia, following analysis of soil samples taken from railway construction sites. The director of the Regional Environmental Protection Agency in Brescia reported that the concentration of chromium present in the subsoil was 1 400 times the permitted limit.
1. | That being said, is the Commission aware of the facts detailed above?1. | That being said, is the Commission aware of the facts detailed above?
2. | Can it intervene in order to ensure that European funds are being used correctly and legally, given that the construction sites involved are located on a section of Pan‐European transport corridor V?2. | Can it intervene in order to ensure that European funds are being used correctly and legally, given that the construction sites involved are located on a section of Pan‐European transport corridor V?
3. | With regard to public health and environmental protection, can it work together with the Italian authorities to ensure the removal of all hazardous substances?3. | With regard to public health and environmental protection, can it work together with the Italian authorities to ensure the removal of all hazardous substances?
Answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the Commission
(28 March 2014)(28 March 2014)
1. | The Commission is not aware of the facts described by the Honourable Member but understands that an inquiry has already been opened by Italian public prosecutors. A parallel investigation by the Commission would not bring any added value.1. | The Commission is not aware of the facts described by the Honourable Member but understands that an inquiry has already been opened by Italian public prosecutors. A parallel investigation by the Commission would not bring any added value.
2. | The fact that hazardous waste has been found near a construction site which happens to be part of a TEN-T project should, as such, have no impact on the financing of the project.2. | The fact that hazardous waste has been found near a construction site which happens to be part of a TEN-T project should, as such, have no impact on the financing of the project.
3. | The 2007-2013 ERDF Programme for Lombardy does not foresee any intervention in the field of rehabilitation of contaminated land. In this case, the removal of hazardous substances remains the sole responsibility of the Italian competent authorities.3. | The 2007-2013 ERDF Programme for Lombardy does not foresee any intervention in the field of rehabilitation of contaminated land. In this case, the removal of hazardous substances remains the sole responsibility of the Italian competent authorities.
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Anfrage zur schriftlichen Beantwortung E-000839/14Anfrage zur schriftlichen Beantwortung E-000839/14
an die Kommissionan die Kommission
Paul Rübig (PPE)Paul Rübig (PPE)
(28. Januar 2014)(28. Januar 2014)
Betrifft: Status von österreichischen Doppelbesitzern und NichtdoppelbesitzernBetrifft: Status von österreichischen Doppelbesitzern und Nichtdoppelbesitzern
Sogenannte Doppelbesitzer, deren Status im Abkommen zwischen der Republik Österreich und der ehemaligen Sozialistischen Föderativen Republik Jugoslawien über den kleinen Grenzverkehr (österr. BGBl. 379 vom 30.10.1968) geregelt ist, verfügen in Österreich über die Möglichkeit, ihre in Slowenien geernteten Trauben in Österreich zu verarbeiten und als Wein mit Angaben zu Herkunft, Sorte und Jahrgang zu verkaufen.Sogenannte Doppelbesitzer, deren Status im Abkommen zwischen der Republik Österreich und der ehemaligen Sozialistischen Föderativen Republik Jugoslawien über den kleinen Grenzverkehr (österr. BGBl. 379 vom 30.10.1968) geregelt ist, verfügen in Österreich über die Möglichkeit, ihre in Slowenien geernteten Trauben in Österreich zu verarbeiten und als Wein mit Angaben zu Herkunft, Sorte und Jahrgang zu verkaufen.
Weinbauern, die nicht den Status eines Doppelbesitzers erfüllen, aber ebenfalls Weintrauben in ihren nahgelegenen slowenischen Weingärten ernten und in Österreich verarbeiten, dürfen diesen Wein nur als „EU-Wein“ — ohne Angaben zu Herkunft, Sorte und Jahrgang — verkaufen.Weinbauern, die nicht den Status eines Doppelbesitzers erfüllen, aber ebenfalls Weintrauben in ihren nahgelegenen slowenischen Weingärten ernten und in Österreich verarbeiten, dürfen diesen Wein nur als „EU-Wein“ — ohne Angaben zu Herkunft, Sorte und Jahrgang — verkaufen.
Ich ersuche die Kommission in diesem Zusammenhang, folgende Fragen zu beantworten:Ich ersuche die Kommission in diesem Zusammenhang, folgende Fragen zu beantworten:
Was gedenkt die Kommission zu tun, um die Diskriminierung zwischen Weinbauern mit und Weinbauern ohne Doppelbesitzerstatus aufzuheben?Was gedenkt die Kommission zu tun, um die Diskriminierung zwischen Weinbauern mit und Weinbauern ohne Doppelbesitzerstatus aufzuheben?
Was gedenkt die Kommission zu tun, um besonders den grenzüberschreitenden, aber regionalen Weinanbau beziehungsweise die grenzüberschreitende, aber regionale Weinverarbeitung zu erleichtern?Was gedenkt die Kommission zu tun, um besonders den grenzüberschreitenden, aber regionalen Weinanbau beziehungsweise die grenzüberschreitende, aber regionale Weinverarbeitung zu erleichtern?
Wie kann die Kommission die innergemeinschaftliche Weinverarbeitung — bei gleichzeitiger Aufrechterhaltung hoher Qualitätsstandards und der regionalen Weinkulturen sowie unter Berücksichtigung ausreichender Konsumenteninformation — erleichtern?Wie kann die Kommission die innergemeinschaftliche Weinverarbeitung — bei gleichzeitiger Aufrechterhaltung hoher Qualitätsstandards und der regionalen Weinkulturen sowie unter Berücksichtigung ausreichender Konsumenteninformation — erleichtern?
Antwort von Herrn Cioloș im Namen der KommissionAntwort von Herrn Cioloș im Namen der Kommission
(21. März 2014)(21. März 2014)
Unbeschadet der nationalen Vorschriften, die nach österreichischem Recht für Weinbauern mit dem Status eines sogennanten Doppelbesitzers gelten, findet das europäische Recht ohne Diskriminierung Anwendung und ermöglicht den Herstellern, ihre grenzübergreifenden Weine gemäß den Bedingungen in Artikel 55 Absatz 1 Buchstabe a Ziffer i zweiter Unterabsatz der Verordnung (EG) Nr. 607/2009 (138) zu vermarkten. In dem von dem Herrn Abgeordneten angesprochenen Fall ist es möglich, die Etiketten der erzeugten Weine mit den Namen der beiden Mitgliedstaaten zu versehen, in denen die Trauben geerntet wurden.Unbeschadet der nationalen Vorschriften, die nach österreichischem Recht für Weinbauern mit dem Status eines sogennanten Doppelbesitzers gelten, findet das europäische Recht ohne Diskriminierung Anwendung und ermöglicht den Herstellern, ihre grenzübergreifenden Weine gemäß den Bedingungen in Artikel 55 Absatz 1 Buchstabe a Ziffer i zweiter Unterabsatz der Verordnung (EG) Nr. 607/2009 (138) zu vermarkten. In dem von dem Herrn Abgeordneten angesprochenen Fall ist es möglich, die Etiketten der erzeugten Weine mit den Namen der beiden Mitgliedstaaten zu versehen, in denen die Trauben geerntet wurden.
Darüber hinaus wird der Name, der ein grenzübergreifendes geografisches Gebiet bezeichnet, gemäß Artikel 95 Absatz 3 und Artikel 96 der Verordnung (EU) Nr. 1308/2013 (139) auf europäischer Ebene geschützt, nachdem der betroffene Mitgliedstaat in einem nationalen Verfahren eine individuelle oder gemeinsame Prüfung des Schutzantrags durchgeführt hat.Darüber hinaus wird der Name, der ein grenzübergreifendes geografisches Gebiet bezeichnet, gemäß Artikel 95 Absatz 3 und Artikel 96 der Verordnung (EU) Nr. 1308/2013 (139) auf europäischer Ebene geschützt, nachdem der betroffene Mitgliedstaat in einem nationalen Verfahren eine individuelle oder gemeinsame Prüfung des Schutzantrags durchgeführt hat.
Schließlich werden die für die Verbraucher erforderlichen Einzelheiten in den Bestimmungen des Kapitels IV der Verordnung (EG) Nr. 607/2009 zur Festlegung besonderer Vorschriften für die Etikettierung und Aufmachung von Weinen gemäß ihrer Kategorie und Herkunft berücksichtigt.Schließlich werden die für die Verbraucher erforderlichen Einzelheiten in den Bestimmungen des Kapitels IV der Verordnung (EG) Nr. 607/2009 zur Festlegung besonderer Vorschriften für die Etikettierung und Aufmachung von Weinen gemäß ihrer Kategorie und Herkunft berücksichtigt.
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Question for written answer E-000839/14Question for written answer E-000839/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Paul Rübig (PPE)Paul Rübig (PPE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Status of Austrian dual owners and non-dual ownersSubject: Status of Austrian dual owners and non-dual owners
So-called dual owners(i.e. cross-border owners of agricultural land since before 1953), whose status is regulated in the Agreement between the Republic of Austria and the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia concerning minor frontier traffic (Austrian Federal Gazette (BGBl.) 379 of 30.10.1968), are able to process in Austria their grapes that have been harvested in Slovenia, and to sell them as wine with indications of origin, type and vintage.So-called dual owners(i.e. cross-border owners of agricultural land since before 1953), whose status is regulated in the Agreement between the Republic of Austria and the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia concerning minor frontier traffic (Austrian Federal Gazette (BGBl.) 379 of 30.10.1968), are able to process in Austria their grapes that have been harvested in Slovenia, and to sell them as wine with indications of origin, type and vintage.
Wine growers who do not have the status of dual owners, but who likewise harvest grapes in their nearby Slovenian vineyards and process them in Austria, are only allowed to sell this wine as ‘EU wine’, without indications of origin, type and vintage.Wine growers who do not have the status of dual owners, but who likewise harvest grapes in their nearby Slovenian vineyards and process them in Austria, are only allowed to sell this wine as ‘EU wine’, without indications of origin, type and vintage.
In this context, I ask the Commission to answer the following questions:In this context, I ask the Commission to answer the following questions:
What does the Commission propose to do in order to eliminate the discrimination between those wine growers who have dual owner status and those who do not?What does the Commission propose to do in order to eliminate the discrimination between those wine growers who have dual owner status and those who do not?
What does the Commission propose to do in order to facilitate cross-border but regional wine growing and cross-border but regional wine processing?What does the Commission propose to do in order to facilitate cross-border but regional wine growing and cross-border but regional wine processing?
How can the Commission facilitate wine processing within the European Union — while at the same time upholding high quality standards and regional wine cultures and also taking into account the need for adequate information to be provided to consumers?How can the Commission facilitate wine processing within the European Union — while at the same time upholding high quality standards and regional wine cultures and also taking into account the need for adequate information to be provided to consumers?
Answer given by Mr.Cioloș on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr.Cioloș on behalf of the Commission
(21 March 2014)(21 March 2014)
Without prejudice to national rules applicable to operators having the status of ‘dual owner’ under Austrian law, European law applies in a non-discriminatory manner and enables producers to market their trans-border wines under the conditions provided for in Article 55 (1) (a ) (i) , second subparagraph of Regulation (EU) No 607/2009 (140). In the case referred to by the Honourable Member, the labelling of the wines obtained is thus possible with the names of the two Member States in which the production of the grapes took place.Without prejudice to national rules applicable to operators having the status of ‘dual owner’ under Austrian law, European law applies in a non-discriminatory manner and enables producers to market their trans-border wines under the conditions provided for in Article 55 (1) (a ) (i) , second subparagraph of Regulation (EU) No 607/2009 (140). In the case referred to by the Honourable Member, the labelling of the wines obtained is thus possible with the names of the two Member States in which the production of the grapes took place.
In addition, for trans-border wines, the provisions of Articles 95 (3) and 96 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 (141) provide protection at European level to a name designating a trans-border geographical area after an individual or joint examination by the Member States concerned, under their national procedure.In addition, for trans-border wines, the provisions of Articles 95 (3) and 96 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 (141) provide protection at European level to a name designating a trans-border geographical area after an individual or joint examination by the Member States concerned, under their national procedure.
Finally, the provisions of Chapter IV of Regulation (EC ) No 607/2009 setting out the specific rules for the labeling and presentation of wines according to their categories and their origins, take into account the particulars required and necessary for consumers to be correctly informed.Finally, the provisions of Chapter IV of Regulation (EC ) No 607/2009 setting out the specific rules for the labeling and presentation of wines according to their categories and their origins, take into account the particulars required and necessary for consumers to be correctly informed.
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Pregunta con solicitud de respuesta escrita E-000840/14Pregunta con solicitud de respuesta escrita E-000840/14
a la Comisióna la Comisión
Rosa Estaràs Ferragut (PPE)Rosa Estaràs Ferragut (PPE)
(28 de enero de 2014)(28 de enero de 2014)
Asunto: Guía para principiantes: Nuevos fondos, mejores normas. Nuevas normas financieras y oportunidades de financiación en el período 2007-2013Asunto: Guía para principiantes: Nuevos fondos, mejores normas. Nuevas normas financieras y oportunidades de financiación en el período 2007-2013
La Comisión Europea publicó en 2007 una «Guía para principiantes: Nuevos fondos, mejores normas. Nuevas normas financieras y oportunidades de financiación en el período 2007-2013».La Comisión Europea publicó en 2007 una «Guía para principiantes: Nuevos fondos, mejores normas. Nuevas normas financieras y oportunidades de financiación en el período 2007-2013».
Dada la gran utilidad que supone este tipo de información para instituciones, empresas y ciudadanos:Dada la gran utilidad que supone este tipo de información para instituciones, empresas y ciudadanos:
¿Tiene la Comisión Europea previsto editar una nueva edición de este documento o algún otro tipo de guía para el nuevo periodo 2014-2020?¿Tiene la Comisión Europea previsto editar una nueva edición de este documento o algún otro tipo de guía para el nuevo periodo 2014-2020?
En caso afirmativo, ¿cuándo tiene prevista su publicación en todas las lenguas oficiales de la Unión Europea?En caso afirmativo, ¿cuándo tiene prevista su publicación en todas las lenguas oficiales de la Unión Europea?
Respuesta del Sr. Lewandowski en nombre de la ComisiónRespuesta del Sr. Lewandowski en nombre de la Comisión
(11 de marzo de 2014)(11 de marzo de 2014)
La Comisión está trabajando en la actualización de esta publicación.La Comisión está trabajando en la actualización de esta publicación.
Para agilizar el proceso editorial y que la publicación llegue al público lo antes posible, la Comisión ha previsto la publicación en Internet (en inglés) cuando se aprueben formalmente todas las bases jurídicas de los programas. Las demás versiones lingüísticas estarán listas posteriormente, dependiendo de la velocidad de los servicios de traducción. Las publicaciones impresas estarán disponibles en un plazo aproximado de dos meses desde la fecha de la aprobación formal de las últimas bases jurídicas.Para agilizar el proceso editorial y que la publicación llegue al público lo antes posible, la Comisión ha previsto la publicación en Internet (en inglés) cuando se aprueben formalmente todas las bases jurídicas de los programas. Las demás versiones lingüísticas estarán listas posteriormente, dependiendo de la velocidad de los servicios de traducción. Las publicaciones impresas estarán disponibles en un plazo aproximado de dos meses desde la fecha de la aprobación formal de las últimas bases jurídicas.
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Question for written answer E-000840/14Question for written answer E-000840/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Rosa Estaràs Ferragut (PPE)Rosa Estaràs Ferragut (PPE)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Beginners' Guide to EU Funding: New funds, better rules. New financial rules and funding opportunities 2007-2013Subject: Beginners' Guide to EU Funding: New funds, better rules. New financial rules and funding opportunities 2007-2013
In 2007, the European Commission published a document entitled ‘Beginners Guide to EU Funding: New funds, better rules. New financial rules and funding opportunities 2007-2013’.In 2007, the European Commission published a document entitled ‘Beginners Guide to EU Funding: New funds, better rules. New financial rules and funding opportunities 2007-2013’.
Given how helpful this kind of information is for institutions, businesses and citizens:Given how helpful this kind of information is for institutions, businesses and citizens:
Does the European Commission have any plans to publish a new edition of this document or some other kind of guide for the new period 2014-2020?Does the European Commission have any plans to publish a new edition of this document or some other kind of guide for the new period 2014-2020?
If so, when does it intend to publish this document in all of the official languages of the European Union?If so, when does it intend to publish this document in all of the official languages of the European Union?
Answer given by Mr Lewandowski on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Lewandowski on behalf of the Commission
(11 March 2014)(11 March 2014)
The Commission is currently working on the update of this publication.The Commission is currently working on the update of this publication.
In order to speed up the production process and make this publication available to the public as soon as possible the Commission has planned a web-based publication which will be ready (in EN) once all the legal bases of the programmes are formally approved. The other language versions will be available at a later stage depending on the speed of the translations services. The printed publication would be available in approximately 2 months from the formal approval of the last legal bases.In order to speed up the production process and make this publication available to the public as soon as possible the Commission has planned a web-based publication which will be ready (in EN) once all the legal bases of the programmes are formally approved. The other language versions will be available at a later stage depending on the speed of the translations services. The printed publication would be available in approximately 2 months from the formal approval of the last legal bases.
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Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000845/14Mistoqsija għal tweġiba bil-miktub E-000845/14
lill-Kummissjonilill-Kummissjoni
Marlene Mizzi (S&D)Marlene Mizzi (S&D)
(28 ta' Jannar 2014)(28 ta' Jannar 2014)
Suġġett: Irtirar retroattiv taċ-ċittadinanzaSuġġett: Irtirar retroattiv taċ-ċittadinanza
Il-kap tal-Partit Nazzjonalista Malti, Simon Busuttil, ripetutament qal lill-istampa li, kemm-il darba l-partit tiegħu jkun elett fil-gvern, se jirtira l-passaporti kollha mogħtija skont il-Programm Malti ta' Investiment Individwali.Il-kap tal-Partit Nazzjonalista Malti, Simon Busuttil, ripetutament qal lill-istampa li, kemm-il darba l-partit tiegħu jkun elett fil-gvern, se jirtira l-passaporti kollha mogħtija skont il-Programm Malti ta' Investiment Individwali.
Meta jitqies il-prinċipju tan-nonretroattività tal-liġi li huwa minqux fid-dritt Ewropew, il-Kummissjoni tqis li r-revoka ta' tali passaporti akkwistati legalment (u d-drittijiet li jagħtu lill-individwu) tkun illegali?Meta jitqies il-prinċipju tan-nonretroattività tal-liġi li huwa minqux fid-dritt Ewropew, il-Kummissjoni tqis li r-revoka ta' tali passaporti akkwistati legalment (u d-drittijiet li jagħtu lill-individwu) tkun illegali?
Tweġiba mogħtija mis-Sinjura Reding f'isem il-KummissjoniTweġiba mogħtija mis-Sinjura Reding f'isem il-Kummissjoni
(27 ta' Marzu 2014)(27 ta' Marzu 2014)
Il-Kummissjoni ma tesprimix opinjonijiet ġuridiċi dwar il-kompatibilità tal-liġi tal-UE ma' miżuri ipotetiċi li ma jkunux ġew ippreżentati.Il-Kummissjoni ma tesprimix opinjonijiet ġuridiċi dwar il-kompatibilità tal-liġi tal-UE ma' miżuri ipotetiċi li ma jkunux ġew ippreżentati.
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Question for written answer E-000845/14Question for written answer E-000845/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Marlene Mizzi (S&D)Marlene Mizzi (S&D)
(28 January 2014)(28 January 2014)
Subject: Retroactive removal of citizenshipSubject: Retroactive removal of citizenship
The leader of the Maltese Nationalist Party, Simon Busuttil, has repeatedly told the press that, should his party be elected to government, he will revoke all passports granted under the Maltese Individual Investor Programme.The leader of the Maltese Nationalist Party, Simon Busuttil, has repeatedly told the press that, should his party be elected to government, he will revoke all passports granted under the Maltese Individual Investor Programme.
Given the principle of the non-retroactivity of law which is enshrined in European law, would the Commission consider the revocation of such legally acquired passports (and the rights they accord the individual) illegal?Given the principle of the non-retroactivity of law which is enshrined in European law, would the Commission consider the revocation of such legally acquired passports (and the rights they accord the individual) illegal?
Answer given by Mrs Reding on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mrs Reding on behalf of the Commission
(27 March 2014)(27 March 2014)
The Commission does not express legal opinions on the compatibility of EC law with hypothetical measures which have not been presented.The Commission does not express legal opinions on the compatibility of EC law with hypothetical measures which have not been presented.
(Versión española)(Versión española)
Pregunta con solicitud de respuesta escrita P-000846/14Pregunta con solicitud de respuesta escrita P-000846/14
a la Comisióna la Comisión
Esther Herranz García (PPE)Esther Herranz García (PPE)
(29 de enero de 2014)(29 de enero de 2014)
Asunto: Transporte público por carreteraAsunto: Transporte público por carretera
Teniendo en cuenta el derecho de los ciudadanos europeos a la libre movilidad, ¿cree la Comisión que la aplicación del Reglamento (CE) n° 1370/2007 del Parlamento Europeo y del Consejo sobre los servicios públicos de transporte de viajeros por ferrocarril y carretera debería ser obligatoria con el objetivo de que los diferentes Estados miembros ofrezcan un transporte público por carretera de calidad a sus ciudadanos?Teniendo en cuenta el derecho de los ciudadanos europeos a la libre movilidad, ¿cree la Comisión que la aplicación del Reglamento (CE) n° 1370/2007 del Parlamento Europeo y del Consejo sobre los servicios públicos de transporte de viajeros por ferrocarril y carretera debería ser obligatoria con el objetivo de que los diferentes Estados miembros ofrezcan un transporte público por carretera de calidad a sus ciudadanos?
¿Es imperativo para los diferentes Estados miembros definir sus propias obligaciones de servicio público para el transporte por carretera a fin de garantizar a todos los ciudadanos europeos su derecho a la movilidad?¿Es imperativo para los diferentes Estados miembros definir sus propias obligaciones de servicio público para el transporte por carretera a fin de garantizar a todos los ciudadanos europeos su derecho a la movilidad?
Respuesta del Sr. Kallas en nombre de la ComisiónRespuesta del Sr. Kallas en nombre de la Comisión
(25 de febrero de 2014)(25 de febrero de 2014)
El objetivo del Reglamento (CE) n° 1370/2007 del Parlamento Europeo y del Consejo, sobre los servicios públicos de transporte de viajeros por ferrocarril y por carretera (142), es definir cómo pueden actuar las autoridades competentes en el ámbito del transporte público de viajeros con el fin de garantizar la prestación de servicios de interés general que sean, entre otras cosas, más frecuentes, más seguros, de mayor calidad o más baratos que los que las fuerzas del mercado por sí solas habrían permitido.El objetivo del Reglamento (CE) n° 1370/2007 del Parlamento Europeo y del Consejo, sobre los servicios públicos de transporte de viajeros por ferrocarril y por carretera (142), es definir cómo pueden actuar las autoridades competentes en el ámbito del transporte público de viajeros con el fin de garantizar la prestación de servicios de interés general que sean, entre otras cosas, más frecuentes, más seguros, de mayor calidad o más baratos que los que las fuerzas del mercado por sí solas habrían permitido.
El Reglamento es directamente aplicable en cada Estado miembro. Sin embargo, no crea una obligación positiva de que los Estados miembros definan sus obligaciones de servicio público. Los Estados miembros y sus autoridades competentes tienen la posibilidad de definir obligaciones de servicio público que respeten la legislación nacional pertinente, así como la legislación de la UE, en particular el Reglamento (CE) n° 1370/2007.El Reglamento es directamente aplicable en cada Estado miembro. Sin embargo, no crea una obligación positiva de que los Estados miembros definan sus obligaciones de servicio público. Los Estados miembros y sus autoridades competentes tienen la posibilidad de definir obligaciones de servicio público que respeten la legislación nacional pertinente, así como la legislación de la UE, en particular el Reglamento (CE) n° 1370/2007.
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Question for written answer P-000846/14Question for written answer P-000846/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Esther Herranz García (PPE)Esther Herranz García (PPE)
(29 January 2014)(29 January 2014)
Subject: Public road transport servicesSubject: Public road transport services
Bearing in mind the right of all EU citizens to free movement, does the Commission believe that application of Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council on public passenger transport services by rail and by road ought to be mandatory in order to ensure that the various Member States offer their citizens a good quality public road transport system?Bearing in mind the right of all EU citizens to free movement, does the Commission believe that application of Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council on public passenger transport services by rail and by road ought to be mandatory in order to ensure that the various Member States offer their citizens a good quality public road transport system?
Are the various Member States bound to establish their own public service obligations for road transport in order to guarantee all EU citizens can enjoy their right to free movement?Are the various Member States bound to establish their own public service obligations for road transport in order to guarantee all EU citizens can enjoy their right to free movement?
Answer given by Mr Kallas on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Kallas on behalf of the Commission
(25 February 2014)(25 February 2014)
The objective of Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council on public passenger transport services by rail and by road (143) is to define how competent authorities may act in the field of public passenger transport to guarantee the provision of services of general interest which are, among other things, more frequent, safer, of a higher quality or provided at lower cost than those that market forces alone would have allowed.The objective of Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council on public passenger transport services by rail and by road (143) is to define how competent authorities may act in the field of public passenger transport to guarantee the provision of services of general interest which are, among other things, more frequent, safer, of a higher quality or provided at lower cost than those that market forces alone would have allowed.
The regulation is directly applicable in all Member States. However, it does not create a positive obligation for Member States to establish public service obligations. The Member States and their competent authorities have the possibility to establish public service obligations that respect the relevant national legislation as well as EU legislation, particularly Regulation (EC) 1370/2007.The regulation is directly applicable in all Member States. However, it does not create a positive obligation for Member States to establish public service obligations. The Member States and their competent authorities have the possibility to establish public service obligations that respect the relevant national legislation as well as EU legislation, particularly Regulation (EC) 1370/2007.
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Anfrage zur schriftlichen Beantwortung E-000847/14Anfrage zur schriftlichen Beantwortung E-000847/14
an die Kommissionan die Kommission
Andreas Schwab (PPE)Andreas Schwab (PPE)
(29. Januar 2014)(29. Januar 2014)
Betrifft: Zugangsbeschränkungen für Computerhardware- und Software-UpdatesBetrifft: Zugangsbeschränkungen für Computerhardware- und Software-Updates
Die Kommission hat bereits mehrere Beschwerden von Mitgliedstaaten hinsichtlich des Verhaltens von Geräteherstellern („original equipment manufacturer“) erhalten. Diese Beschwerden beziehen sich auf deren Zugangsbeschränkungen für Computerhardware‐ und Software-Updates, welche die Gerätehersteller in Bezug auf Hardware- und Softwarewartungsverträge in eine starke Marktposition versetzen. Updates werden nämlich nur noch für Kunden mit Wartungsverträgen mit den Geräteherstellern zugänglich gemacht.Die Kommission hat bereits mehrere Beschwerden von Mitgliedstaaten hinsichtlich des Verhaltens von Geräteherstellern („original equipment manufacturer“) erhalten. Diese Beschwerden beziehen sich auf deren Zugangsbeschränkungen für Computerhardware‐ und Software-Updates, welche die Gerätehersteller in Bezug auf Hardware- und Softwarewartungsverträge in eine starke Marktposition versetzen. Updates werden nämlich nur noch für Kunden mit Wartungsverträgen mit den Geräteherstellern zugänglich gemacht.
Ist die Kommission nicht der Auffassung, dass diese Praktiken gewissermaßen die Hardware- und Softwarekunden dazu verpflichten, Wartungsverträge mit ihrem ursprünglichen Hardware-/Softwarehersteller abzuschließen? Dies wäre mit einer Situation vergleichbar, in der ein Autokäufer sein Auto nur von dem jeweiligen Autoproduzenten und nicht von einer, womöglich billigeren, unabhängigen Werkstätte warten lassen kann.Ist die Kommission nicht der Auffassung, dass diese Praktiken gewissermaßen die Hardware- und Softwarekunden dazu verpflichten, Wartungsverträge mit ihrem ursprünglichen Hardware-/Softwarehersteller abzuschließen? Dies wäre mit einer Situation vergleichbar, in der ein Autokäufer sein Auto nur von dem jeweiligen Autoproduzenten und nicht von einer, womöglich billigeren, unabhängigen Werkstätte warten lassen kann.
Teilt die Kommission die Auffassung, dass diese Praktiken, wenn sie unbeachtet bleiben, weitreichende Auswirkungen auf den Wettbewerb, wie zum Beispiel die Abschottung von unabhängigen Wartungsdienstanbietern, haben können?Teilt die Kommission die Auffassung, dass diese Praktiken, wenn sie unbeachtet bleiben, weitreichende Auswirkungen auf den Wettbewerb, wie zum Beispiel die Abschottung von unabhängigen Wartungsdienstanbietern, haben können?
Wie könnten diese Praktiken nach Ansicht der Kommission, jemals zu einem Preisdruck auf die Wartungsangebote führen oder die Auswahl für die Verbraucher vergrößern?Wie könnten diese Praktiken nach Ansicht der Kommission, jemals zu einem Preisdruck auf die Wartungsangebote führen oder die Auswahl für die Verbraucher vergrößern?
Sollte dies nicht angesichts der wirtschaftlichen Auswirkungen dieser Praktiken, der Zahl der betroffenen Verbraucher innerhalb der EU und der Entscheidung der Kommission im Fall IBM Mainframe-Wartungsdienst im Jahr 2011 eine Priorität der Kommission sein?Sollte dies nicht angesichts der wirtschaftlichen Auswirkungen dieser Praktiken, der Zahl der betroffenen Verbraucher innerhalb der EU und der Entscheidung der Kommission im Fall IBM Mainframe-Wartungsdienst im Jahr 2011 eine Priorität der Kommission sein?
Antwort von Herrn Almunia im Namen der KommissionAntwort von Herrn Almunia im Namen der Kommission
(28. März 2014)(28. März 2014)
Um eine Verletzung des EU-Wettbewerbsrechts festzustellen, müssen in jedem Einzelfall eine ganze Reihe von rechtlichen, wirtschaftlichen und sachbezogenen Einzelheiten geprüft werden, darunter auch die Frage, ob ein Unternehmen auf einem relevanten Markt eine beherrschende Stellung innehat. Daher kann die Kommission keine allgemeine abstrakte Würdigung der Vereinbarkeit solcher Geschäftspraktiken mit dem EU-Wettbewerbsrecht vornehmen.Um eine Verletzung des EU-Wettbewerbsrechts festzustellen, müssen in jedem Einzelfall eine ganze Reihe von rechtlichen, wirtschaftlichen und sachbezogenen Einzelheiten geprüft werden, darunter auch die Frage, ob ein Unternehmen auf einem relevanten Markt eine beherrschende Stellung innehat. Daher kann die Kommission keine allgemeine abstrakte Würdigung der Vereinbarkeit solcher Geschäftspraktiken mit dem EU-Wettbewerbsrecht vornehmen.
Die Kommission ist verpflichtet sicherzustellen, dass die EU-Wettbewerbsvorschriften in vollem Umfang eingehalten werden, und beobachtet genau die Entwicklungen auf den Märkten.Die Kommission ist verpflichtet sicherzustellen, dass die EU-Wettbewerbsvorschriften in vollem Umfang eingehalten werden, und beobachtet genau die Entwicklungen auf den Märkten.
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Question for written answer E-000847/14Question for written answer E-000847/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Andreas Schwab (PPE)Andreas Schwab (PPE)
(29 January 2014)(29 January 2014)
Subject: Restriction of access to computer hardware and software updatesSubject: Restriction of access to computer hardware and software updates
The Commission has already received numerous complaints from Member States about the conduct of ‘original equipment manufacturers’. These complaints relate to their restriction of access to computer hardware and software updates, a practice which puts the equipment manufacturers in a strong position in the market for hardware and software maintenance agreements. Specifically, access to updates is only granted to customers who have maintenance agreements with the equipment manufacturers.The Commission has already received numerous complaints from Member States about the conduct of ‘original equipment manufacturers’. These complaints relate to their restriction of access to computer hardware and software updates, a practice which puts the equipment manufacturers in a strong position in the market for hardware and software maintenance agreements. Specifically, access to updates is only granted to customers who have maintenance agreements with the equipment manufacturers.
Does the Commission not take the view that these practices effectively compel hardware and software customers to sign maintenance agreements with their original hardware or software manufacturer? This could be compared to a situation in which a car buyer was only able to have his car serviced by the manufacturer and not by a potentially cheaper independent garage.Does the Commission not take the view that these practices effectively compel hardware and software customers to sign maintenance agreements with their original hardware or software manufacturer? This could be compared to a situation in which a car buyer was only able to have his car serviced by the manufacturer and not by a potentially cheaper independent garage.
Does the Commission share the view that these practices, if allowed to continue unchecked, may have far-reaching effects on competition, such as the freezing-out of independent maintenance providers?Does the Commission share the view that these practices, if allowed to continue unchecked, may have far-reaching effects on competition, such as the freezing-out of independent maintenance providers?
How, in the Commission’s view, could these practices possibly lead either to price pressure on maintenance arrangements or to increased choice for consumers?How, in the Commission’s view, could these practices possibly lead either to price pressure on maintenance arrangements or to increased choice for consumers?
Given the economic effects of these practices, the number of consumers affected within the EU, and given the Commission’s decision in the IBM mainframe maintenance case in 2011, should this not be a priority for the Commission?Given the economic effects of these practices, the number of consumers affected within the EU, and given the Commission’s decision in the IBM mainframe maintenance case in 2011, should this not be a priority for the Commission?
Answer given by Mr Almunia on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Almunia on behalf of the Commission
(28 March 2014)(28 March 2014)
In order to establish a violation of EU competition rules, a whole range of legal, economic and factual details have to be assessed in every case, including whether or not an undertaking holds a dominant position in a relevant market. Hence, the Commission cannot, in the abstract, make a general assessment of the compliance or otherwise of such business practices with EU competition law.In order to establish a violation of EU competition rules, a whole range of legal, economic and factual details have to be assessed in every case, including whether or not an undertaking holds a dominant position in a relevant market. Hence, the Commission cannot, in the abstract, make a general assessment of the compliance or otherwise of such business practices with EU competition law.
The Commission is committed to ensuring that EU competition rules are fully respected and closely monitors market developments.The Commission is committed to ensuring that EU competition rules are fully respected and closely monitors market developments.
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alla Commissionealla Commissione
Mara Bizzotto (EFD)Mara Bizzotto (EFD)
(29 gennaio 2014)(29 gennaio 2014)
Oggetto: Mercato parallelo dei farmaci e difficile reperibilità degli stessi in ItaliaOggetto: Mercato parallelo dei farmaci e difficile reperibilità degli stessi in Italia
Secondo un esposto di Federfarma (Federazione nazionale unitaria titolari di farmacia) presentato lo scorso luglio alla Procura di Roma, in Italia esisterebbe una sorta di mercato parallelo dei farmaci: alcuni grossisti e farmacisti acquisterebbero farmaci destinati al mercato nazionale per poi rivenderli in altri Stati membri, ad esempio Germania e Regno Unito, nei quali tali medicinali sono commercializzati a prezzi fino a cinque volte superiori a quelli praticati in Italia.Secondo un esposto di Federfarma (Federazione nazionale unitaria titolari di farmacia) presentato lo scorso luglio alla Procura di Roma, in Italia esisterebbe una sorta di mercato parallelo dei farmaci: alcuni grossisti e farmacisti acquisterebbero farmaci destinati al mercato nazionale per poi rivenderli in altri Stati membri, ad esempio Germania e Regno Unito, nei quali tali medicinali sono commercializzati a prezzi fino a cinque volte superiori a quelli praticati in Italia.
Il mercato parallelo riguarderebbe tra l'altro farmaci antidepressivi, antitumorali e per il trattamento del morbo di Parkinson. Questa situazione porta a carenze o irreperibilità per lunghi periodi di numerosi farmaci necessari per la cura di malattie anche gravi.Il mercato parallelo riguarderebbe tra l'altro farmaci antidepressivi, antitumorali e per il trattamento del morbo di Parkinson. Questa situazione porta a carenze o irreperibilità per lunghi periodi di numerosi farmaci necessari per la cura di malattie anche gravi.
Si chiede alla Commissione:Si chiede alla Commissione:
— | se è a conoscenza dei fatti sopra esposti?— | se è a conoscenza dei fatti sopra esposti?
— | Se le risulta che questa situazione si verifichi anche in altri Stati membri?— | Se le risulta che questa situazione si verifichi anche in altri Stati membri?
— | Come intende agire per tutelare i cittadini garantendo una corretta reperibilità dei farmaci e per evitare le speculazioni in corso?— | Come intende agire per tutelare i cittadini garantendo una corretta reperibilità dei farmaci e per evitare le speculazioni in corso?
Risposta di Antonio Tajani a nome della CommissioneRisposta di Antonio Tajani a nome della Commissione
(26 marzo 2014)(26 marzo 2014)
Sul piano dei principi va ricordato che il commercio parallelo costituisce una forma legittima di commercio all'interno del mercato interno, a norma dell'articolo 34 del TFUE. Tuttavia gli Stati membri possono in determinati casi imporre restrizioni agli scambi per i motivi previsti dall'articolo 36 del TFUE o stabiliti dalla giurisprudenza della Corte di giustizia, come la protezione della salute umana.Sul piano dei principi va ricordato che il commercio parallelo costituisce una forma legittima di commercio all'interno del mercato interno, a norma dell'articolo 34 del TFUE. Tuttavia gli Stati membri possono in determinati casi imporre restrizioni agli scambi per i motivi previsti dall'articolo 36 del TFUE o stabiliti dalla giurisprudenza della Corte di giustizia, come la protezione della salute umana.
Il commercio parallelo avviene in diversi Stati membri. Qualora la carenza riguardi medicinali di rilevante interesse terapeutico, la cui irreperibilità metterebbe in pericolo i pazienti interessati, gli Stati membri potrebbero valutare un intervento, purché sia giustificato e proporzionato. Qualunque azione va tuttavia esaminata caso per caso.Il commercio parallelo avviene in diversi Stati membri. Qualora la carenza riguardi medicinali di rilevante interesse terapeutico, la cui irreperibilità metterebbe in pericolo i pazienti interessati, gli Stati membri potrebbero valutare un intervento, purché sia giustificato e proporzionato. Qualunque azione va tuttavia esaminata caso per caso.
Secondo la Commissione gli Stati membri sono i soggetti più idonei a tenere sotto controllo e ad assicurare la continuità dell'approvvigionamento dei medicinali nei rispettivi territori. La Commissione ha comunque agevolato uno scambio di opinioni riguardo ai problemi connessi alla disponibilità di medicinali sui mercati di piccole dimensioni nel contesto del Forum farmaceutico (144).Secondo la Commissione gli Stati membri sono i soggetti più idonei a tenere sotto controllo e ad assicurare la continuità dell'approvvigionamento dei medicinali nei rispettivi territori. La Commissione ha comunque agevolato uno scambio di opinioni riguardo ai problemi connessi alla disponibilità di medicinali sui mercati di piccole dimensioni nel contesto del Forum farmaceutico (144).
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Question for written answer E-000848/14Question for written answer E-000848/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Mara Bizzotto (EFD)Mara Bizzotto (EFD)
(29 January 2014)(29 January 2014)
Subject: Parallel drugs market and difficulty in getting hold of certain drugs in ItalySubject: Parallel drugs market and difficulty in getting hold of certain drugs in Italy
According to a statement by Federfarma (the Italian association of independent pharmacists) filed at the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Rome in July, there appears to be some kind of parallel drugs market in Italy, with some wholesalers and pharmacists buying drugs destined for the domestic market and reselling them in other Member States such as Germany and the United Kingdom, where such drugs are sold at prices up to five times higher than those in Italy.According to a statement by Federfarma (the Italian association of independent pharmacists) filed at the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Rome in July, there appears to be some kind of parallel drugs market in Italy, with some wholesalers and pharmacists buying drugs destined for the domestic market and reselling them in other Member States such as Germany and the United Kingdom, where such drugs are sold at prices up to five times higher than those in Italy.
The drugs being sold on the parallel market include anti-depressants, anti-cancer drugs and drugs for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. As a result, many medicines needed to treat serious diseases are in short supply or unavailable for long periods of time.The drugs being sold on the parallel market include anti-depressants, anti-cancer drugs and drugs for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. As a result, many medicines needed to treat serious diseases are in short supply or unavailable for long periods of time.
Is the Commission aware of the above practices?Is the Commission aware of the above practices?
Does the Commission believe that this is happening in other Member States?Does the Commission believe that this is happening in other Member States?
What action does the Commission intend to take to protect the public, ensuring that there are no shortages of drugs, and to prevent this speculation?What action does the Commission intend to take to protect the public, ensuring that there are no shortages of drugs, and to prevent this speculation?
Answer given by Mr Tajani on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Tajani on behalf of the Commission
(26 March 2014)(26 March 2014)
As a matter of principle it should be recalled that parallel trade is a lawful form of trade within the internal market based on Article 34 TFEU. However, Member States may in certain cases impose restrictions to trade on the basis of justifications provided by Article 36 TFEU or in the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice, such as protection of human health.As a matter of principle it should be recalled that parallel trade is a lawful form of trade within the internal market based on Article 34 TFEU. However, Member States may in certain cases impose restrictions to trade on the basis of justifications provided by Article 36 TFEU or in the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice, such as protection of human health.
Parallel trade takes place in different Member States. In case of shortages in medicinal products of major therapeutical interest, whose interruption of supply would put in danger the concerned patients, Member States could consider taking action as long as they are justified and proportionate. However, any measures are to be examined on a case by case basis.Parallel trade takes place in different Member States. In case of shortages in medicinal products of major therapeutical interest, whose interruption of supply would put in danger the concerned patients, Member States could consider taking action as long as they are justified and proportionate. However, any measures are to be examined on a case by case basis.
In the Commission’s view, Member States are best placed to monitor and ensure the continuous supply of medicines in their territory. The Commission has however facilitated an exchange of view regarding problems related to the availability of medicines in small markets in the framework of the Pharmaceutical Forum (145).In the Commission’s view, Member States are best placed to monitor and ensure the continuous supply of medicines in their territory. The Commission has however facilitated an exchange of view regarding problems related to the availability of medicines in small markets in the framework of the Pharmaceutical Forum (145).
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Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000849/14Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000849/14
alla Commissionealla Commissione
Mara Bizzotto (EFD)Mara Bizzotto (EFD)
(29 gennaio 2014)(29 gennaio 2014)
Oggetto: Programma anti-droga del governo peruvianoOggetto: Programma anti-droga del governo peruviano
In riferimento all'interrogazione E-007999/2011 presentata dalla stessa autrice, può la Commissione fornire un aggiornamento sull'andamento e sull'efficacia del programma per la lotta alla droga in Perú?In riferimento all'interrogazione E-007999/2011 presentata dalla stessa autrice, può la Commissione fornire un aggiornamento sull'andamento e sull'efficacia del programma per la lotta alla droga in Perú?
Risposta dell’Alta Rappresentante/Vicepresidente Catherine Ashton a nome della CommissioneRisposta dell’Alta Rappresentante/Vicepresidente Catherine Ashton a nome della Commissione
(26 marzo 2014)(26 marzo 2014)
La strategia nazionale anti-droga 2012-2016 (ENLCD, Estrategia Nacional de Lucha contra las Drogas) si fonda su tre pilastri: sviluppo alternativo, operazioni di contrasto (compresa l’eradicazione) e prevenzione. Essa riflette l’impegno politico del governo peruviano e segue un approccio globale ed equilibrato, coerente con la strategia anti-droga 2013-2020 dell’UE. La ENLCD è stata sviluppata grazie a un ampio processo partecipativo e comprende, per la prima volta, una serie di indicatori e obiettivi annuali.La strategia nazionale anti-droga 2012-2016 (ENLCD, Estrategia Nacional de Lucha contra las Drogas) si fonda su tre pilastri: sviluppo alternativo, operazioni di contrasto (compresa l’eradicazione) e prevenzione. Essa riflette l’impegno politico del governo peruviano e segue un approccio globale ed equilibrato, coerente con la strategia anti-droga 2013-2020 dell’UE. La ENLCD è stata sviluppata grazie a un ampio processo partecipativo e comprende, per la prima volta, una serie di indicatori e obiettivi annuali.
Grazie ai risultati positivi conseguiti nel 2012 e nel 2013, le autorità peruviane si sforzano di attuare la strategia intensificando le operazioni di polizia nelle zone di coltivazione della cocaina. L’obiettivo per il 2014 consiste nell’estirpare 36 000 ettari (24 000 nel 2013, 14 000 nel 2012). Sono stati compiuti progressi anche in relazione agli altri due pilastri: sviluppo alternativo e prevenzione. sviluppo alternativo e prevenzione.Grazie ai risultati positivi conseguiti nel 2012 e nel 2013, le autorità peruviane si sforzano di attuare la strategia intensificando le operazioni di polizia nelle zone di coltivazione della cocaina. L’obiettivo per il 2014 consiste nell’estirpare 36 000 ettari (24 000 nel 2013, 14 000 nel 2012). Sono stati compiuti progressi anche in relazione agli altri due pilastri: sviluppo alternativo e prevenzione. sviluppo alternativo e prevenzione.
L’UE sta finanziando, nell’ambito del PAA 2013, il programma «sostegno alla strategia nazionale per la lotta anti-droga 2012-2016», con un contributo pari a 32,2 milioni di EUR. Il programma è attuato in parte mediante un sostegno di bilancio e in parte tramite assistenza tecnica.L’UE sta finanziando, nell’ambito del PAA 2013, il programma «sostegno alla strategia nazionale per la lotta anti-droga 2012-2016», con un contributo pari a 32,2 milioni di EUR. Il programma è attuato in parte mediante un sostegno di bilancio e in parte tramite assistenza tecnica.
A livello regionale, la Commissione continua a seguire da vicino la situazione e a sostenere gli sforzi delle autorità peruviane con vari programmi, quali ad esempio il COPOLAD, il programma sulle rotte della cocaina e il progetto PREDEM. Le problematiche legate alle droghe sono e rimarranno una tematica importante nel dialogo politico con il governo peruviano.A livello regionale, la Commissione continua a seguire da vicino la situazione e a sostenere gli sforzi delle autorità peruviane con vari programmi, quali ad esempio il COPOLAD, il programma sulle rotte della cocaina e il progetto PREDEM. Le problematiche legate alle droghe sono e rimarranno una tematica importante nel dialogo politico con il governo peruviano.
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Question for written answer E-000849/14Question for written answer E-000849/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Mara Bizzotto (EFD)Mara Bizzotto (EFD)
(29 January 2014)(29 January 2014)
Subject: The Peruvian Government's anti-drugs programmeSubject: The Peruvian Government's anti-drugs programme
With reference to my Question E-007999/2011, can the Commission provide an update on the progress and effectiveness of the programme to combat drugs in Peru?With reference to my Question E-007999/2011, can the Commission provide an update on the progress and effectiveness of the programme to combat drugs in Peru?
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Ashton on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by High Representative/Vice-President Ashton on behalf of the Commission
(26 March 2014)(26 March 2014)
The 2012-2016 National Strategy to Fight against Drugs (ENLCD) has three axes: Alternative Development, Interdiction (including eradication) and Prevention. It expresses the political commitment of the Peruvian Government and follows a global and balanced approach coherent with the EU Drugs Strategy 2013-2020. The ENLCD was developed thanks to a broad participatory process and includes for the first time a set of performance indicators and annual targets.The 2012-2016 National Strategy to Fight against Drugs (ENLCD) has three axes: Alternative Development, Interdiction (including eradication) and Prevention. It expresses the political commitment of the Peruvian Government and follows a global and balanced approach coherent with the EU Drugs Strategy 2013-2020. The ENLCD was developed thanks to a broad participatory process and includes for the first time a set of performance indicators and annual targets.
Concerning implementation, the Peruvian Authorities are (following the positive results in 2012 and 2013) making efforts to intensify law-enforcement operations in coca growing regions. The objective for 2014 is to eradicate 36,000 ha (24,000 in 2013, 14,000 in 2012). Progress have also been made in the two other axes: Alternative Development and Prevention.Concerning implementation, the Peruvian Authorities are (following the positive results in 2012 and 2013) making efforts to intensify law-enforcement operations in coca growing regions. The objective for 2014 is to eradicate 36,000 ha (24,000 in 2013, 14,000 in 2012). Progress have also been made in the two other axes: Alternative Development and Prevention.
The EU is financing (under the 2013 AAP) the Programme ‘Support to the National Strategy to Fight against Drugs 2012-2016’ with EUR 32.2 million. It is implemented partly by means of budget support and partly by means of technical assistance.The EU is financing (under the 2013 AAP) the Programme ‘Support to the National Strategy to Fight against Drugs 2012-2016’ with EUR 32.2 million. It is implemented partly by means of budget support and partly by means of technical assistance.
From a regional point of view, the Commission continues to follow closely the situation and supports the Peruvian authorities’ efforts through programmes such as COPOLAD, the Cocaine Route Programme and PREDEM. Drugs-related issues are and will remain an important topic in the political dialogue with the Peruvian Government.From a regional point of view, the Commission continues to follow closely the situation and supports the Peruvian authorities’ efforts through programmes such as COPOLAD, the Cocaine Route Programme and PREDEM. Drugs-related issues are and will remain an important topic in the political dialogue with the Peruvian Government.
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Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000850/14Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000850/14
alla Commissionealla Commissione
Mara Bizzotto (EFD)Mara Bizzotto (EFD)
(29 gennaio 2014)(29 gennaio 2014)
Oggetto: Debiti della pubblica amministrazione nei confronti delle imprese in Italia: probabile procedura di infrazioneOggetto: Debiti della pubblica amministrazione nei confronti delle imprese in Italia: probabile procedura di infrazione
Lo scorso 27 gennaio il Vicepresidente della Commissione europea Antonio Tajani ha dichiarato pubblicamente: «Se non vi saranno novità significative, e le notizie che stiamo raccogliendo finora non sono positive, sarò costretto ad aprire una procedura di infrazione contro l'Italia per i mancati pagamenti della pubblica amministrazione alle imprese entro i primi giorni di febbraio».Lo scorso 27 gennaio il Vicepresidente della Commissione europea Antonio Tajani ha dichiarato pubblicamente: «Se non vi saranno novità significative, e le notizie che stiamo raccogliendo finora non sono positive, sarò costretto ad aprire una procedura di infrazione contro l'Italia per i mancati pagamenti della pubblica amministrazione alle imprese entro i primi giorni di febbraio».
La Commissione:La Commissione:
può precisare l'ammontare dei debiti della pubblica amministrazione non ancora saldati nei confronti delle imprese in Italia?può precisare l'ammontare dei debiti della pubblica amministrazione non ancora saldati nei confronti delle imprese in Italia?
può indicare quando potrebbe essere avviata tale procedura nei confronti del nostro Paese?può indicare quando potrebbe essere avviata tale procedura nei confronti del nostro Paese?
può stimare a quanto ammonterebbe la potenziale sanzione comminabile?può stimare a quanto ammonterebbe la potenziale sanzione comminabile?
Risposta di Antonio Tajani a nome della CommissioneRisposta di Antonio Tajani a nome della Commissione
(27 marzo 2014)(27 marzo 2014)
1. | La Commissione non è al corrente dell'importo esatto dei debiti della pubblica amministrazione nei confronti delle imprese in Italia.1. | La Commissione non è al corrente dell'importo esatto dei debiti della pubblica amministrazione nei confronti delle imprese in Italia.
2. | La Commissione è attualmente in contatto con le autorità italiane per chiarire certi aspetti che non risultano essere conformi al disposto della direttiva. Essa deciderà successivamente quali passi adottare.2. | La Commissione è attualmente in contatto con le autorità italiane per chiarire certi aspetti che non risultano essere conformi al disposto della direttiva. Essa deciderà successivamente quali passi adottare.
3. | Conformemente all'articolo 258 del trattato sul funzionamento dell'Unione europea (TFUE) la Commissione ha il diritto di avviare una procedura d'infrazione se uno Stato membro è venuto meno a un obbligo che gli incombe in forza dei trattati. Se in seguito a tale procedura lo Stato membro non pone termine all'inottemperanza, la Commissione può deferire il caso alla Corte di giustizia a motivo della violazione della normativa dell'UE. Se la Corte di giustizia riscontra che l'obbligo non è stato rispettato, lo Stato membro deve porre fine senza indugio all'inottemperanza. In caso contrario la Corte di giustizia può, su richiesta della Commissione, irrogare una sanzione in forma di somma forfettaria o di penalità. In questa fase sarebbe prematuro stimare l'importo potenziale della penalità che potrebbe essere eventualmente imposta. Al proposito la Commissione rinvia alle proprie comunicazioni nel merito (146).3. | Conformemente all'articolo 258 del trattato sul funzionamento dell'Unione europea (TFUE) la Commissione ha il diritto di avviare una procedura d'infrazione se uno Stato membro è venuto meno a un obbligo che gli incombe in forza dei trattati. Se in seguito a tale procedura lo Stato membro non pone termine all'inottemperanza, la Commissione può deferire il caso alla Corte di giustizia a motivo della violazione della normativa dell'UE. Se la Corte di giustizia riscontra che l'obbligo non è stato rispettato, lo Stato membro deve porre fine senza indugio all'inottemperanza. In caso contrario la Corte di giustizia può, su richiesta della Commissione, irrogare una sanzione in forma di somma forfettaria o di penalità. In questa fase sarebbe prematuro stimare l'importo potenziale della penalità che potrebbe essere eventualmente imposta. Al proposito la Commissione rinvia alle proprie comunicazioni nel merito (146).
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Question for written answer E-000850/14Question for written answer E-000850/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Mara Bizzotto (EFD)Mara Bizzotto (EFD)
(29 January 2014)(29 January 2014)
Subject: Liabilities of the public authorities to companies in Italy: probable infringement procedureSubject: Liabilities of the public authorities to companies in Italy: probable infringement procedure
On 27 January European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani stated publicly, ‘If there are no significant developments, and the news we are receiving up to now is not positive, I shall be obliged to initiate an infringement procedure against Italy for failure by the public authorities to make payments to companies by the beginning of February’.On 27 January European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani stated publicly, ‘If there are no significant developments, and the news we are receiving up to now is not positive, I shall be obliged to initiate an infringement procedure against Italy for failure by the public authorities to make payments to companies by the beginning of February’.
Can the Commission:Can the Commission:
specify the amount of the outstanding liabilities of the public authorities to companies in Italy?specify the amount of the outstanding liabilities of the public authorities to companies in Italy?
indicate when such a procedure could be initiated against our country?indicate when such a procedure could be initiated against our country?
estimate the value of the potential penalty which may be imposed?estimate the value of the potential penalty which may be imposed?
Answer given by Mr Tajani on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Tajani on behalf of the Commission
(27 March 2014)(27 March 2014)
1. | The Commission is not informed of the precise amount of outstanding liabilities of the public authorities to companies in Italy.1. | The Commission is not informed of the precise amount of outstanding liabilities of the public authorities to companies in Italy.
2. | The Commission is currently in contact with the Italian authorities in order to clarify issues that seem not to be in compliance with the directive. It will then decide on further steps.2. | The Commission is currently in contact with the Italian authorities in order to clarify issues that seem not to be in compliance with the directive. It will then decide on further steps.
3. | According to Article 258 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), the Commission has the right to initiate infringement proceedings if a Member State has failed to fulfil an obligation under the Treaties. If this procedure would not result in termination of the failure by the Member State, an action for breach of EC law may be brought before the Court of Justice. If the Court finds that indeed the obligation has not been fulfilled, the Member State must terminate the breach without any delay. If the Member State has not complied with the Court of Justice's judgment, the Court may upon the request of the Commission, impose a lump sum or penalty payment. At this stage it would be premature to estimate the value of the potential penalty which may be imposed. In this regard the Commission refers to its relevant Communications (147).3. | According to Article 258 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), the Commission has the right to initiate infringement proceedings if a Member State has failed to fulfil an obligation under the Treaties. If this procedure would not result in termination of the failure by the Member State, an action for breach of EC law may be brought before the Court of Justice. If the Court finds that indeed the obligation has not been fulfilled, the Member State must terminate the breach without any delay. If the Member State has not complied with the Court of Justice's judgment, the Court may upon the request of the Commission, impose a lump sum or penalty payment. At this stage it would be premature to estimate the value of the potential penalty which may be imposed. In this regard the Commission refers to its relevant Communications (147).
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Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000851/14Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000851/14
alla Commissionealla Commissione
Mara Bizzotto (EFD)Mara Bizzotto (EFD)
(29 gennaio 2014)(29 gennaio 2014)
Oggetto: Libertà di stampa in TurchiaOggetto: Libertà di stampa in Turchia
Con riferimento alla persecuzione dei giornalisti dissidenti in Turchia, tema affrontato nella mia interrogazione E-008000/2011, la Commissione può informare sugli sviluppi concreti in merito alla libertà di stampa che sono avvenuti nel Paese in questi anni e indicare, in particolare, se siano state riformate la legislazione e la prassi giudiziarie, come sollecitato dall'UE?Con riferimento alla persecuzione dei giornalisti dissidenti in Turchia, tema affrontato nella mia interrogazione E-008000/2011, la Commissione può informare sugli sviluppi concreti in merito alla libertà di stampa che sono avvenuti nel Paese in questi anni e indicare, in particolare, se siano state riformate la legislazione e la prassi giudiziarie, come sollecitato dall'UE?
Risposta di Štefan Füle a nome della CommissioneRisposta di Štefan Füle a nome della Commissione
(20 marzo 2014)(20 marzo 2014)
La Commissione invita l'onorevole deputato a consultare la relazione del 2013 sui progressi compiuti dalla Turchia (148), in particolare il capitolo 23 «Sistema giudiziario e diritti fondamentali» che contempla la libertà di espressione, compresi gli aspetti relativi alla libertà di stampa. Le conclusioni e la valutazione della relazione sui progressi rimangono sostanzialmente valide.La Commissione invita l'onorevole deputato a consultare la relazione del 2013 sui progressi compiuti dalla Turchia (148), in particolare il capitolo 23 «Sistema giudiziario e diritti fondamentali» che contempla la libertà di espressione, compresi gli aspetti relativi alla libertà di stampa. Le conclusioni e la valutazione della relazione sui progressi rimangono sostanzialmente valide.
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Question for written answer E-000851/14Question for written answer E-000851/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Mara Bizzotto (EFD)Mara Bizzotto (EFD)
(29 January 2014)(29 January 2014)
Subject: Freedom of the press in TurkeySubject: Freedom of the press in Turkey
With reference to the persecution of dissident journalists in Turkey, a subject addressed in my Question E-008000/2011, could the Commission state what specific progress has been made recently regarding freedom of the press in Turkey and state, in particular, whether there have been reforms in legislation and judicial practices, as urged by the EU?With reference to the persecution of dissident journalists in Turkey, a subject addressed in my Question E-008000/2011, could the Commission state what specific progress has been made recently regarding freedom of the press in Turkey and state, in particular, whether there have been reforms in legislation and judicial practices, as urged by the EU?
Answer given by Mr Füle on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Füle on behalf of the Commission
(20 March 2014)(20 March 2014)
The Commission would like to refer the Honourable Member to the 2013 Progress Report on Turkey (149), especially to the Chapter 23 ‘Judiciary and Fundamental rights’, which covers freedom of expression, including freedom of the press related aspects. The findings and the assessment of the progress report remain largely valid.The Commission would like to refer the Honourable Member to the 2013 Progress Report on Turkey (149), especially to the Chapter 23 ‘Judiciary and Fundamental rights’, which covers freedom of expression, including freedom of the press related aspects. The findings and the assessment of the progress report remain largely valid.
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Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000852/14Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000852/14
alla Commissionealla Commissione
Mara Bizzotto (EFD)Mara Bizzotto (EFD)
(29 gennaio 2014)(29 gennaio 2014)
Oggetto: Fondi PAC per le imprese agro-meccanicheOggetto: Fondi PAC per le imprese agro-meccaniche
Nell'ambito della ripartizione dei fondi per la politica agricola comune, può la Commissione indicare se nei bandi per l'innovazione in agricoltura e lo sviluppo rurale, a livello nazionale, possono essere incluse e considerate soggetti eleggibili le imprese agro-meccaniche? In caso di risposta negativa, intende la Commissione rivedere la normativa affinché le imprese di questo tipo possano essere incluse?Nell'ambito della ripartizione dei fondi per la politica agricola comune, può la Commissione indicare se nei bandi per l'innovazione in agricoltura e lo sviluppo rurale, a livello nazionale, possono essere incluse e considerate soggetti eleggibili le imprese agro-meccaniche? In caso di risposta negativa, intende la Commissione rivedere la normativa affinché le imprese di questo tipo possano essere incluse?
Risposta di Dacian Cioloș a nome della CommissioneRisposta di Dacian Cioloș a nome della Commissione
(11 marzo 2014)(11 marzo 2014)
Le norme che disciplinano la politica di sviluppo rurale dell’UE per il periodo 2014-2020 (150) non escludono esplicitamente o implicitamente dai finanziamenti le imprese agro‐meccaniche.Le norme che disciplinano la politica di sviluppo rurale dell’UE per il periodo 2014-2020 (150) non escludono esplicitamente o implicitamente dai finanziamenti le imprese agro‐meccaniche.
Pertanto, l’ammissibilità di tali imprese ai finanziamenti attraverso una determinata misura della politica di sviluppo rurale dipende dalle condizioni di ammissibilità stabilite per quella particolare misura nelle suddette norme a livello di UE e nel programma di sviluppo rurale pertinente.Pertanto, l’ammissibilità di tali imprese ai finanziamenti attraverso una determinata misura della politica di sviluppo rurale dipende dalle condizioni di ammissibilità stabilite per quella particolare misura nelle suddette norme a livello di UE e nel programma di sviluppo rurale pertinente.
Quanto all'innovazione, un'impresa potrebbe potenzialmente partecipare, purché rispetti le condizioni di cui sopra, a progetti finanziati a norma dell'articolo 35 del regolamento n. 1305/2013 (compresi quelli realizzati nell'ambito del partenariato europeo per l'innovazione in materia di produttività e sostenibilità dell'agricoltura). Siffatti progetti coinvolgono di solito più di un operatore.Quanto all'innovazione, un'impresa potrebbe potenzialmente partecipare, purché rispetti le condizioni di cui sopra, a progetti finanziati a norma dell'articolo 35 del regolamento n. 1305/2013 (compresi quelli realizzati nell'ambito del partenariato europeo per l'innovazione in materia di produttività e sostenibilità dell'agricoltura). Siffatti progetti coinvolgono di solito più di un operatore.
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Question for written answer E-000852/14Question for written answer E-000852/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Mara Bizzotto (EFD)Mara Bizzotto (EFD)
(29 January 2014)(29 January 2014)
Subject: CAP funding for agricultural engineering companiesSubject: CAP funding for agricultural engineering companies
As regards the allocation of Common Agricultural Policy funding, can the Commission indicate whether agricultural engineering companies are considered eligible to apply for grants relating to agricultural innovation and rural development at a national level? If not, does the Commission intend to review the legislation to include companies such as these?As regards the allocation of Common Agricultural Policy funding, can the Commission indicate whether agricultural engineering companies are considered eligible to apply for grants relating to agricultural innovation and rural development at a national level? If not, does the Commission intend to review the legislation to include companies such as these?
Answer given by Mr Cioloş on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Cioloş on behalf of the Commission
(11 March 2014)(11 March 2014)
The rules governing the EU's rural development policy for the period 2014-2020 (151) do not contain an explicit or implicit general exclusion of funding for agricultural engineering companies.The rules governing the EU's rural development policy for the period 2014-2020 (151) do not contain an explicit or implicit general exclusion of funding for agricultural engineering companies.
Therefore, the eligibility of such companies for funding via a given measure of rural development policy depends on the eligibility conditions set with regard to that particular measure in the aforementioned EU-level rules and in the relevant rural development programme.Therefore, the eligibility of such companies for funding via a given measure of rural development policy depends on the eligibility conditions set with regard to that particular measure in the aforementioned EU-level rules and in the relevant rural development programme.
With regard to innovation: subject to a company's fulfilment of the conditions mentioned above, it could potentially be involved in projects financed through Art. 35 of Regulation 1305/2013 (including those carried out in the framework of the European Innovation Partnership on Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability). Such projects would usually involve more than one operator.With regard to innovation: subject to a company's fulfilment of the conditions mentioned above, it could potentially be involved in projects financed through Art. 35 of Regulation 1305/2013 (including those carried out in the framework of the European Innovation Partnership on Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability). Such projects would usually involve more than one operator.
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Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000853/14Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000853/14
alla Commissionealla Commissione
Mara Bizzotto (EFD)Mara Bizzotto (EFD)
(29 gennaio 2014)(29 gennaio 2014)
Oggetto: Infiltrazioni terroristiche nei sistemi educativi scolastici in IndonesiaOggetto: Infiltrazioni terroristiche nei sistemi educativi scolastici in Indonesia
Con riferimento alla mia interrogazione E-007889/2011 sul tema delle infiltrazioni terroristiche nei sistemi educativi scolastici, può la Commissione fornire un aggiornamento sull'attuale situazione in Indonesia per quanto riguarda la manipolazione ideologica dei giovani da parte di gruppi islamici violenti?Con riferimento alla mia interrogazione E-007889/2011 sul tema delle infiltrazioni terroristiche nei sistemi educativi scolastici, può la Commissione fornire un aggiornamento sull'attuale situazione in Indonesia per quanto riguarda la manipolazione ideologica dei giovani da parte di gruppi islamici violenti?
Come valuta la Commissione l'impatto avuto in tale ambito dallo strumento di cooperazione allo sviluppo attivo fra UE e Indonesia?Come valuta la Commissione l'impatto avuto in tale ambito dallo strumento di cooperazione allo sviluppo attivo fra UE e Indonesia?
Risposta dell'Alta Rappresentante/Vicepresidente Catherine Ashton a nome della CommissioneRisposta dell'Alta Rappresentante/Vicepresidente Catherine Ashton a nome della Commissione
(20 marzo 2014)(20 marzo 2014)
Dopo l'attentato di Bali del 2002, le autorità indonesiane sono riuscite a far cessare le attività terroristiche e a smantellare le reti estremistiche. I gruppi terroristici, tuttavia, hanno dimostrato la propria capacità di riorganizzarsi e di adeguare le rispettive strategie. Esistono collegamenti fra le vecchie reti jihadistiche e i nuovi gruppi, che hanno un raggio d'azione più ampio. Malgrado ciò, le modalità del processo di reclutamento da parte dei gruppi estremistici non sono ancora del tutto chiare e non è possibile individuare un modello uniforme.Dopo l'attentato di Bali del 2002, le autorità indonesiane sono riuscite a far cessare le attività terroristiche e a smantellare le reti estremistiche. I gruppi terroristici, tuttavia, hanno dimostrato la propria capacità di riorganizzarsi e di adeguare le rispettive strategie. Esistono collegamenti fra le vecchie reti jihadistiche e i nuovi gruppi, che hanno un raggio d'azione più ampio. Malgrado ciò, le modalità del processo di reclutamento da parte dei gruppi estremistici non sono ancora del tutto chiare e non è possibile individuare un modello uniforme.
I recenti arresti evidenziano il gran numero di giovani reclute, che possono essere studenti, giovani privi di istruzione e disoccupati o giovani del ceto medio molto abili nell'uso di internet. Sebbene il processo di reclutamento faccia solitamente leva su problemi e frustrazioni locali anziché su temi di portata internazionale, anche l'autoradicalizzazione e l'uso di materiale di propaganda su internet svolgono un ruolo importante.I recenti arresti evidenziano il gran numero di giovani reclute, che possono essere studenti, giovani privi di istruzione e disoccupati o giovani del ceto medio molto abili nell'uso di internet. Sebbene il processo di reclutamento faccia solitamente leva su problemi e frustrazioni locali anziché su temi di portata internazionale, anche l'autoradicalizzazione e l'uso di materiale di propaganda su internet svolgono un ruolo importante.
L'UE finanzia attualmente un progetto dell'UNODC nel sud-est asiatico, volto a sostenere la lotta alla radicalizzazione condotta dal governo indonesiano, e contribuisce a contrastare questo fenomeno anche attraverso lo strumento europeo per la democrazia e i diritti umani (EIDHR).L'UE finanzia attualmente un progetto dell'UNODC nel sud-est asiatico, volto a sostenere la lotta alla radicalizzazione condotta dal governo indonesiano, e contribuisce a contrastare questo fenomeno anche attraverso lo strumento europeo per la democrazia e i diritti umani (EIDHR).
Il cospicuo sostegno fornito dall'UE al settore dell'istruzione in Indonesia (circa 350 milioni di EUR) svolge un ruolo importante nella promozione di uno spirito di tolleranza e comprensione. Il sostegno dell'UE riguarda specificamente gli aspetti connessi all'equità, alla qualità e alla governance, fra cui rientrano il controllo e la trasparenza dei sistemi di istruzione e di finanziamento delle scuole, nonché il miglioramento della formazione di insegnanti, direttori e ispettori. L'UE lavora a stretto contatto con diversi ministeri, tra cui il ministero dell'Istruzione e il ministero degli Affari religiosi.Il cospicuo sostegno fornito dall'UE al settore dell'istruzione in Indonesia (circa 350 milioni di EUR) svolge un ruolo importante nella promozione di uno spirito di tolleranza e comprensione. Il sostegno dell'UE riguarda specificamente gli aspetti connessi all'equità, alla qualità e alla governance, fra cui rientrano il controllo e la trasparenza dei sistemi di istruzione e di finanziamento delle scuole, nonché il miglioramento della formazione di insegnanti, direttori e ispettori. L'UE lavora a stretto contatto con diversi ministeri, tra cui il ministero dell'Istruzione e il ministero degli Affari religiosi.
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Question for written answer E-000853/14Question for written answer E-000853/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Mara Bizzotto (EFD)Mara Bizzotto (EFD)
(29 January 2014)(29 January 2014)
Subject: Terrorist infiltration of the Indonesian education systemSubject: Terrorist infiltration of the Indonesian education system
With reference to my Question E-007889/2011 on the subject of terrorist infiltration of the education system, can the Commission provide an update on the current situation in Indonesia as regards the ideological manipulation of young people by violent Islamist groups?With reference to my Question E-007889/2011 on the subject of terrorist infiltration of the education system, can the Commission provide an update on the current situation in Indonesia as regards the ideological manipulation of young people by violent Islamist groups?
How does the Commission assess the impact of the Development Cooperation Instrument in place between the EU and Indonesia in relation to this issue?How does the Commission assess the impact of the Development Cooperation Instrument in place between the EU and Indonesia in relation to this issue?
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Ashton on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by High Representative/Vice-President Ashton on behalf of the Commission
(20 March 2014)(20 March 2014)
Since the 2002 Bali bombings Indonesian authorities have been successful in suppressing terrorist activities and dismantling extremist networks. Terrorist groups have, however, proven adept at regrouping and readjusting their strategy. There are ongoing links between old jihadi networks and newer, more diffuse groups. The process of recruitment into extremist groups is however still not well understood and no uniform pattern can be identified.Since the 2002 Bali bombings Indonesian authorities have been successful in suppressing terrorist activities and dismantling extremist networks. Terrorist groups have, however, proven adept at regrouping and readjusting their strategy. There are ongoing links between old jihadi networks and newer, more diffuse groups. The process of recruitment into extremist groups is however still not well understood and no uniform pattern can be identified.
Recent arrests reveal a high number of young recruits: these can be high-school students, uneducated and jobless youth, or middle-class, Internet-savvy young men. Generally local issues and grievances rather than international topics are used in the recruitment process. But self-radicalisation and use of Internet propaganda material also play an important role.Recent arrests reveal a high number of young recruits: these can be high-school students, uneducated and jobless youth, or middle-class, Internet-savvy young men. Generally local issues and grievances rather than international topics are used in the recruitment process. But self-radicalisation and use of Internet propaganda material also play an important role.
The EU is funding a UNODC project in South East Asia which supports Indonesian government efforts in the area of counter-radicalisation. The EU is also helping countering radicalisation via the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).The EU is funding a UNODC project in South East Asia which supports Indonesian government efforts in the area of counter-radicalisation. The EU is also helping countering radicalisation via the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).
The EU's considerable support to the education sector in Indonesia (around EU 350 million) is an important contributor towards an environment of tolerance and understanding. EU support specifically targets equity, quality and governance aspects, which includes oversight and transparency of schooling and school financing systems, as well as increased training of teachers, principals and supervisors. The EU works closely with different ministries including the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs.The EU's considerable support to the education sector in Indonesia (around EU 350 million) is an important contributor towards an environment of tolerance and understanding. EU support specifically targets equity, quality and governance aspects, which includes oversight and transparency of schooling and school financing systems, as well as increased training of teachers, principals and supervisors. The EU works closely with different ministries including the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs.
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Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000854/14Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000854/14
alla Commissionealla Commissione
Lorenzo Fontana (EFD), Matteo Salvini (EFD) e Mario Borghezio (NI)Lorenzo Fontana (EFD), Matteo Salvini (EFD) e Mario Borghezio (NI)
(29 gennaio 2014)(29 gennaio 2014)
Oggetto: Introduzione dell'indicazione a «semaforo» nel Regno Unito e possibili conseguenze per il mercato dell'agroalimentareOggetto: Introduzione dell'indicazione a «semaforo» nel Regno Unito e possibili conseguenze per il mercato dell'agroalimentare
L'introduzione dell'etichettatura cosiddetta «a semaforo» nel Regno Unito fa riferimento a un sistema di misurazione che non si basa sulle quantità effettivamente consumate ma sulla generica presenza di un certo tipo di sostanze in un alimento.L'introduzione dell'etichettatura cosiddetta «a semaforo» nel Regno Unito fa riferimento a un sistema di misurazione che non si basa sulle quantità effettivamente consumate ma sulla generica presenza di un certo tipo di sostanze in un alimento.
Considerando che l'etichettatura in oggetto fornisce un'informazione parziale e che l'adozione di tale provvedimento potrebbe condurre a distorsioni sul mercato comunitario, si interroga la Commissione per sapere:Considerando che l'etichettatura in oggetto fornisce un'informazione parziale e che l'adozione di tale provvedimento potrebbe condurre a distorsioni sul mercato comunitario, si interroga la Commissione per sapere:
se la notizia risponde al vero, ossia se il Regno Unito ha notificato un progetto di disposizione nazionale ai sensi dell'articolo 38 del regolamento (UE) n. 1169/2011, oppure ai sensi dell'articolo 39 del regolamento medesimo e secondo la procedura di cui all'articolo 45;se la notizia risponde al vero, ossia se il Regno Unito ha notificato un progetto di disposizione nazionale ai sensi dell'articolo 38 del regolamento (UE) n. 1169/2011, oppure ai sensi dell'articolo 39 del regolamento medesimo e secondo la procedura di cui all'articolo 45;
quali sono le motivazioni addotte dallo Stato membro in parola a giustificazione di tale progetto di disposizione nazionale;quali sono le motivazioni addotte dallo Stato membro in parola a giustificazione di tale progetto di disposizione nazionale;
se ha consultato il comitato permanente per la catena alimentare su sua iniziativa o su richiesta di uno Stato membro e, in caso affermativo, qual è lo stato del processo di consultazione;se ha consultato il comitato permanente per la catena alimentare su sua iniziativa o su richiesta di uno Stato membro e, in caso affermativo, qual è lo stato del processo di consultazione;
se ha già espresso un parere o qual è il termine esatto entro cui è tenuta ad esprimerlo;se ha già espresso un parere o qual è il termine esatto entro cui è tenuta ad esprimerlo;
se, in caso di parere espresso in senso negativo, intende trasmettere al Parlamento il progetto di atto di esecuzione prima della sua adozione.se, in caso di parere espresso in senso negativo, intende trasmettere al Parlamento il progetto di atto di esecuzione prima della sua adozione.
Risposta di Tonio Borg a nome della CommissioneRisposta di Tonio Borg a nome della Commissione
(14 marzo 2014)(14 marzo 2014)
In data 6 dicembre 2013, il Regno Unito ha trasmesso alla Commissione le informazioni relative al regime su base volontaria che esso raccomanda ai sensi dell’articolo 35, paragrafo 2, del regolamento (UE) n. 1169/2011 relativo alla fornitura di informazioni sugli alimenti ai consumatori (152).In data 6 dicembre 2013, il Regno Unito ha trasmesso alla Commissione le informazioni relative al regime su base volontaria che esso raccomanda ai sensi dell’articolo 35, paragrafo 2, del regolamento (UE) n. 1169/2011 relativo alla fornitura di informazioni sugli alimenti ai consumatori (152).
Raccomandazioni nazionali del tipo suesposto, i cui dati devono essere trasmessi alla Commissione, possono essere adottate purché soddisfino i requisiti di cui all’articolo 35, paragrafo 1, lettere da a) a g). La Commissione ha ricevuto alcune denunce a tale riguardo e sta attualmente esaminando più da vicino il funzionamento del regime e in particolare la sua compatibilità con la libera circolazione delle merci, prescritta dall’articolo 35, paragrafo 1, lettera g), e dalle disposizioni del trattato, in particolare dagli articoli da 34 a 36 del TFUE. Essa, pertanto, non può ancora esprimersi sulla compatibilità del regime con la legislazione UE e in particolare con i criteri stabiliti dall’articolo 35, paragrafo 1, del regolamento.Raccomandazioni nazionali del tipo suesposto, i cui dati devono essere trasmessi alla Commissione, possono essere adottate purché soddisfino i requisiti di cui all’articolo 35, paragrafo 1, lettere da a) a g). La Commissione ha ricevuto alcune denunce a tale riguardo e sta attualmente esaminando più da vicino il funzionamento del regime e in particolare la sua compatibilità con la libera circolazione delle merci, prescritta dall’articolo 35, paragrafo 1, lettera g), e dalle disposizioni del trattato, in particolare dagli articoli da 34 a 36 del TFUE. Essa, pertanto, non può ancora esprimersi sulla compatibilità del regime con la legislazione UE e in particolare con i criteri stabiliti dall’articolo 35, paragrafo 1, del regolamento.
In seguito a una richiesta dell’Italia, le autorità del Regno Unito hanno presentato alla Commissione e agli altri Stati membri i dettagli del regime discussi in occasione della seduta del Comitato permanente per la catena alimentare e la salute degli animali, tenutasi in data 4 ottobre 2013. (153)In seguito a una richiesta dell’Italia, le autorità del Regno Unito hanno presentato alla Commissione e agli altri Stati membri i dettagli del regime discussi in occasione della seduta del Comitato permanente per la catena alimentare e la salute degli animali, tenutasi in data 4 ottobre 2013. (153)
La procedura di notifica di cui all’articolo 45 del regolamento (UE) n. 1169/2011 non si applica in questo caso, poiché riguarda solo prescrizioni imposte dalla normativa nazionale in materia di etichettatura obbligatoria. La Commissione non è pertanto tenuta ad adottare alcun parere.La procedura di notifica di cui all’articolo 45 del regolamento (UE) n. 1169/2011 non si applica in questo caso, poiché riguarda solo prescrizioni imposte dalla normativa nazionale in materia di etichettatura obbligatoria. La Commissione non è pertanto tenuta ad adottare alcun parere.
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Question for written answer E-000854/14Question for written answer E-000854/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Lorenzo Fontana (EFD), Matteo Salvini (EFD) and Mario Borghezio (NI)Lorenzo Fontana (EFD), Matteo Salvini (EFD) and Mario Borghezio (NI)
(29 January 2014)(29 January 2014)
Subject: Introduction of the ‘traffic light’ labelling system in the United Kingdom and possible consequences for the agri-foodstuffs marketSubject: Introduction of the ‘traffic light’ labelling system in the United Kingdom and possible consequences for the agri-foodstuffs market
The ‘traffic light’ labelling system to be introduced in the United Kingdom is a measurement system which, rather than being based on the actual amounts consumed, shows the general presence of a certain type of substance in a food product.The ‘traffic light’ labelling system to be introduced in the United Kingdom is a measurement system which, rather than being based on the actual amounts consumed, shows the general presence of a certain type of substance in a food product.
Given that the labelling system in question provides biased information and that the implementation of this measure might result in distortions on the Community market, could the Commission tell us:Given that the labelling system in question provides biased information and that the implementation of this measure might result in distortions on the Community market, could the Commission tell us:
if the reports are correct, i.e. that the United Kingdom has given notice of a bill for a national provision pursuant to Article 38 of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011, or pursuant to Article 39 of this regulation and in accordance with the rule referred to in Article 45;if the reports are correct, i.e. that the United Kingdom has given notice of a bill for a national provision pursuant to Article 38 of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011, or pursuant to Article 39 of this regulation and in accordance with the rule referred to in Article 45;
what grounds have been put forward by the Member State in question to justify this bill for a national provision;what grounds have been put forward by the Member State in question to justify this bill for a national provision;
whether it has consulted the Standing Committee on the food chain at its own initiative or at the request of a Member State and, if so, what stage the consultation procedure is at;whether it has consulted the Standing Committee on the food chain at its own initiative or at the request of a Member State and, if so, what stage the consultation procedure is at;
whether it has already given its opinion or what the precise deadline is for it to do so;whether it has already given its opinion or what the precise deadline is for it to do so;
whether, where it expresses an unfavourable opinion, it intends to pass the implementing act bill to the European Parliament prior to its adoption.whether, where it expresses an unfavourable opinion, it intends to pass the implementing act bill to the European Parliament prior to its adoption.
Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission
(14 March 2014)(14 March 2014)
On 6 December 2013, the United Kingdom transmitted to the Commission the details of the voluntary scheme it recommends pursuant to Article 35(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers (154).On 6 December 2013, the United Kingdom transmitted to the Commission the details of the voluntary scheme it recommends pursuant to Article 35(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers (154).
Such national recommendations, whose details have to be transmitted to the Commission, can be adopted provided that the requirements laid down by Article 35.1 (a)-(g) are met. The Commission has received some complaints on this subject and is currently examining closer the functioning of the scheme, notably its compatibility with the free movement of goods as provided by Article 35(1)(g) and the Treaty provisions namely Articles 34-36 TFEU. Therefore, it cannot pronounce itself yet on the compliance of the scheme with EC law and more particularly with the criteria set out in the under Article 35(1) of the regulation.Such national recommendations, whose details have to be transmitted to the Commission, can be adopted provided that the requirements laid down by Article 35.1 (a)-(g) are met. The Commission has received some complaints on this subject and is currently examining closer the functioning of the scheme, notably its compatibility with the free movement of goods as provided by Article 35(1)(g) and the Treaty provisions namely Articles 34-36 TFEU. Therefore, it cannot pronounce itself yet on the compliance of the scheme with EC law and more particularly with the criteria set out in the under Article 35(1) of the regulation.
Following a request from Italy, the UK authorities have presented the details of the scheme for discussion to the Commission and the other Member States at the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 4 October 2013 (155).Following a request from Italy, the UK authorities have presented the details of the scheme for discussion to the Commission and the other Member States at the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 4 October 2013 (155).
The notification procedure of Article 45 of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 is not applicable in this case, since it concerns only mandatory labelling requirements imposed by national law. Therefore, there is no Commission opinion to be adopted.The notification procedure of Article 45 of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 is not applicable in this case, since it concerns only mandatory labelling requirements imposed by national law. Therefore, there is no Commission opinion to be adopted.
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Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000855/14Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000855/14
alla Commissionealla Commissione
Roberta Angelilli (PPE)Roberta Angelilli (PPE)
(29 gennaio 2014)(29 gennaio 2014)
Oggetto: Combustione illegale di rifiuti e materiali negli insediamenti abusivi di RomaOggetto: Combustione illegale di rifiuti e materiali negli insediamenti abusivi di Roma
Anche a Roma vi sono le «terre dei fuochi»: negli insediamenti abusivi o nei campi nomadi non autorizzati si bruciano illegalmente materiali tossici e rifiuti tra cui plastica, oro rosso (rame) e ferro, anche per recuperarne materiali vendibili come, ad esempio, il rame contenuto all'interno dei cavi elettrici, ma anche qualsiasi altro tipo di rifiuto speciale o altamente pericoloso di varia provenienza.Anche a Roma vi sono le «terre dei fuochi»: negli insediamenti abusivi o nei campi nomadi non autorizzati si bruciano illegalmente materiali tossici e rifiuti tra cui plastica, oro rosso (rame) e ferro, anche per recuperarne materiali vendibili come, ad esempio, il rame contenuto all'interno dei cavi elettrici, ma anche qualsiasi altro tipo di rifiuto speciale o altamente pericoloso di varia provenienza.
Si creano, di fatto, discariche abusive nelle quali si pratica la combustione illegale di rifiuti, producendo un fumo nero, denso e irrespirabile che costringe i cittadini romani a barricarsi in casa. I roghi di rifiuti sono all'ordine del giorno nella periferia di Roma nelle zone di Parco delle Valli, Viadotto Gronchi, Nuovo Salario, Tor Sapienza, Fidene, Ponte di Nona, Muratella, Magliana ed altre ancora, come testimoniano diverse fonti di stampa locale.Si creano, di fatto, discariche abusive nelle quali si pratica la combustione illegale di rifiuti, producendo un fumo nero, denso e irrespirabile che costringe i cittadini romani a barricarsi in casa. I roghi di rifiuti sono all'ordine del giorno nella periferia di Roma nelle zone di Parco delle Valli, Viadotto Gronchi, Nuovo Salario, Tor Sapienza, Fidene, Ponte di Nona, Muratella, Magliana ed altre ancora, come testimoniano diverse fonti di stampa locale.
Nonostante i continui reclami e le proteste da parte dei cittadini esasperati, l'amministrazione comunale di Roma continua a temporeggiare sulle richieste di verifica della tossicità dei fumi, sulle richieste di sgombero immediato e di completa bonifica di tutti gli insediamenti abusivi e sulla soluzione del problema rifiuti.Nonostante i continui reclami e le proteste da parte dei cittadini esasperati, l'amministrazione comunale di Roma continua a temporeggiare sulle richieste di verifica della tossicità dei fumi, sulle richieste di sgombero immediato e di completa bonifica di tutti gli insediamenti abusivi e sulla soluzione del problema rifiuti.
Premesso ciò, può la Commissione far sapere:Premesso ciò, può la Commissione far sapere:
se è al corrente della situazione e come valuta il comportamento delle autorità regionali e locali?se è al corrente della situazione e come valuta il comportamento delle autorità regionali e locali?
Se intende intervenire in questa vicenda e chiedere delucidazioni alla regione Lazio e al Comune di Roma?Se intende intervenire in questa vicenda e chiedere delucidazioni alla regione Lazio e al Comune di Roma?
Se intende intervenire visto che in questa vicenda sono violati, in particolar modo, il diritto alla salute dei cittadini e la tutela dell'ambiente?Se intende intervenire visto che in questa vicenda sono violati, in particolar modo, il diritto alla salute dei cittadini e la tutela dell'ambiente?
Qual è il quadro generale della situazione?Qual è il quadro generale della situazione?
Risposta di Janez Potočnik a nome della CommissioneRisposta di Janez Potočnik a nome della Commissione
(14 marzo 2014)(14 marzo 2014)
La Commissione non era al corrente della situazione riferita dall'onorevole deputato.La Commissione non era al corrente della situazione riferita dall'onorevole deputato.
In base alla legislazione UE sui rifiuti (156), gli Stati membri devono adottare tutte le misure necessarie per garantire che la gestione dei rifiuti sia effettuata in modo da non mettere a repentaglio la salute umana né pregiudicare l'ambiente. Essi devono inoltre assicurare che ogni produttore iniziale o altro detentore di rifiuti provveda personalmente al loro trattamento oppure li consegni ad un commerciante o ad un ente o a un'impresa che effettua le operazioni di trattamento dei rifiuti o ad un soggetto addetto alla raccolta dei rifiuti pubblico o privato.In base alla legislazione UE sui rifiuti (156), gli Stati membri devono adottare tutte le misure necessarie per garantire che la gestione dei rifiuti sia effettuata in modo da non mettere a repentaglio la salute umana né pregiudicare l'ambiente. Essi devono inoltre assicurare che ogni produttore iniziale o altro detentore di rifiuti provveda personalmente al loro trattamento oppure li consegni ad un commerciante o ad un ente o a un'impresa che effettua le operazioni di trattamento dei rifiuti o ad un soggetto addetto alla raccolta dei rifiuti pubblico o privato.
Le attività illecite connesse ai rifiuti di per sé non denotano necessariamente negligenza delle autorità pubbliche, seppure l'assenza di controlli adeguati ed efficaci di tali attività costituisca una violazione delle disposizioni della direttiva sui rifiuti.Le attività illecite connesse ai rifiuti di per sé non denotano necessariamente negligenza delle autorità pubbliche, seppure l'assenza di controlli adeguati ed efficaci di tali attività costituisca una violazione delle disposizioni della direttiva sui rifiuti.
La Commissione sottoporrà la questione alle autorità italiane competenti.La Commissione sottoporrà la questione alle autorità italiane competenti.
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Question for written answer E-000855/14Question for written answer E-000855/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Roberta Angelilli (PPE)Roberta Angelilli (PPE)
(29 January 2014)(29 January 2014)
Subject: Illegal burning of waste and materials in Rome squatter settlementsSubject: Illegal burning of waste and materials in Rome squatter settlements
Even in Rome there are ‘fire grounds’: in the squatter settlements, or unauthorised traveller camps, toxic materials and waste are being illegally burnt, including plastic, copper and iron, in some cases to recover saleable materials from them, such as, for example, the copper contained in electric cables, but also any other kind of special or extremely hazardous waste of diverse origin.Even in Rome there are ‘fire grounds’: in the squatter settlements, or unauthorised traveller camps, toxic materials and waste are being illegally burnt, including plastic, copper and iron, in some cases to recover saleable materials from them, such as, for example, the copper contained in electric cables, but also any other kind of special or extremely hazardous waste of diverse origin.
Unlawful waste disposal sites are actually being created, where the illegal burning of waste goes on, producing unbreathable, dense, black smoke which forces residents of Rome to barricade themselves in their homes. Waste fires are the order of the day on the outskirts of Rome, in the areas of Parco delle Valli, Viadotto Gronchi, Nuovo Salario, Tor Sapienza, Fidene, Ponte di Nona, Muratella, Magliana and others, as evidenced by various local press sources.Unlawful waste disposal sites are actually being created, where the illegal burning of waste goes on, producing unbreathable, dense, black smoke which forces residents of Rome to barricade themselves in their homes. Waste fires are the order of the day on the outskirts of Rome, in the areas of Parco delle Valli, Viadotto Gronchi, Nuovo Salario, Tor Sapienza, Fidene, Ponte di Nona, Muratella, Magliana and others, as evidenced by various local press sources.
Despite the continuous complaints and protests by exasperated residents, the Rome City Council continues to stall requests for assessment of the toxicity of the smoke, requests for immediate clearance and complete restoration of all squatter sites and for a solution to the waste disposal problem.Despite the continuous complaints and protests by exasperated residents, the Rome City Council continues to stall requests for assessment of the toxicity of the smoke, requests for immediate clearance and complete restoration of all squatter sites and for a solution to the waste disposal problem.
In view of this, can the Commission say:In view of this, can the Commission say:
whether it is aware of the situation and how it views the actions of the regional and local authorities?whether it is aware of the situation and how it views the actions of the regional and local authorities?
whether it intends to intervene in this matter and request explanations from the Lazio Region and the Rome City Council?whether it intends to intervene in this matter and request explanations from the Lazio Region and the Rome City Council?
whether it intends to intervene since the rights particularly infringed in this matter are citizens’ right to health and the protection of the environment?whether it intends to intervene since the rights particularly infringed in this matter are citizens’ right to health and the protection of the environment?
what the overview of the situation is?what the overview of the situation is?
Answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the Commission
(14 March 2014)(14 March 2014)
The Commission was not aware of the situation described by the Honourable Member.The Commission was not aware of the situation described by the Honourable Member.
According to the EU legislation on waste (157), Member States have to take all the necessary measures to ensure that waste management is carried out without endangering human health and without harming the environment. They must also ensure that any original waste producer or other holder carries out the treatment of waste himself or has the treatment handled by a dealer or an establishment which carries out waste treatment operations or arranged by a private or public waste collector.According to the EU legislation on waste (157), Member States have to take all the necessary measures to ensure that waste management is carried out without endangering human health and without harming the environment. They must also ensure that any original waste producer or other holder carries out the treatment of waste himself or has the treatment handled by a dealer or an establishment which carries out waste treatment operations or arranged by a private or public waste collector.
As such, illegal waste activities do not necessarily imply that the public authorities are at fault; however, a failure to adequately and effectively control such activities would contravene the requirements of the Waste Directive.As such, illegal waste activities do not necessarily imply that the public authorities are at fault; however, a failure to adequately and effectively control such activities would contravene the requirements of the Waste Directive.
The Commission will raise the matter with the Italian competent authorities.The Commission will raise the matter with the Italian competent authorities.
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Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000856/14Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000856/14
alla Commissionealla Commissione
Roberta Angelilli (PPE)Roberta Angelilli (PPE)
(29 gennaio 2014)(29 gennaio 2014)
Oggetto: Presunta illegittimità di una doppia imposizione fiscale da parte del Consorzio di Bonifica Tevere e Agro RomanoOggetto: Presunta illegittimità di una doppia imposizione fiscale da parte del Consorzio di Bonifica Tevere e Agro Romano
Il comitato dei cittadini di Borgo San Martino (Roma) si batte da anni contro una doppia imposizione fiscale da parte del Consorzio di Bonifica Tevere e Agro Romano. Tale consorzio è stato istituito nel 1933 con il compito di realizzare le opere di bonifica necessarie a mantenere in efficienza un'area soggetta a problemi idrogeologici attraverso, tra l'altro, una rete di irrigazione sotterranea. Tuttavia, con il passare degli anni le attività di bonifica del Consorzio sono venute meno, facendo ricadere sui cittadini residenti nel comprensorio rurale gli oneri previsti. Infatti, il consorzio in questione obbliga da anni i consorziati a pagare due imposte, una delle quali per il «Ruolo bonifica dei terreni» (un'imposta sulle acque meteoriche calcolata in base agli ettari posseduti), l'altra per il «Ruolo bonifica dei fabbricati». Soprattutto quest'ultima imposizione è totalmente infondata, dal momento che oggigiorno i fabbricati sono oggetto di molteplici imposte ad ogni livello — comunale, provinciale, regionale e statale. Inoltre, in assenza di una rete fognaria, ciascun residente deve realizzare una fossa biologica soggetta, secondo le disposizioni di legge, a un'autorizzazione allo scarico da rinnovare ogni quattro anni, e deve provvedere alle spese di pulizia della fossa stessa. Ad oggi, diverse sentenze della Corte di Cassazione italiana hanno legittimato la richiesta di contributi solo dopo l'accertamento di un concreto beneficio sull'immobile; in altre parole, non basta la mera presenza di un immobile sul territorio appartenente al comprensorio perché si possa presumere un qualsiasi beneficio.Il comitato dei cittadini di Borgo San Martino (Roma) si batte da anni contro una doppia imposizione fiscale da parte del Consorzio di Bonifica Tevere e Agro Romano. Tale consorzio è stato istituito nel 1933 con il compito di realizzare le opere di bonifica necessarie a mantenere in efficienza un'area soggetta a problemi idrogeologici attraverso, tra l'altro, una rete di irrigazione sotterranea. Tuttavia, con il passare degli anni le attività di bonifica del Consorzio sono venute meno, facendo ricadere sui cittadini residenti nel comprensorio rurale gli oneri previsti. Infatti, il consorzio in questione obbliga da anni i consorziati a pagare due imposte, una delle quali per il «Ruolo bonifica dei terreni» (un'imposta sulle acque meteoriche calcolata in base agli ettari posseduti), l'altra per il «Ruolo bonifica dei fabbricati». Soprattutto quest'ultima imposizione è totalmente infondata, dal momento che oggigiorno i fabbricati sono oggetto di molteplici imposte ad ogni livello — comunale, provinciale, regionale e statale. Inoltre, in assenza di una rete fognaria, ciascun residente deve realizzare una fossa biologica soggetta, secondo le disposizioni di legge, a un'autorizzazione allo scarico da rinnovare ogni quattro anni, e deve provvedere alle spese di pulizia della fossa stessa. Ad oggi, diverse sentenze della Corte di Cassazione italiana hanno legittimato la richiesta di contributi solo dopo l'accertamento di un concreto beneficio sull'immobile; in altre parole, non basta la mera presenza di un immobile sul territorio appartenente al comprensorio perché si possa presumere un qualsiasi beneficio.
Per questi motivi i cittadini di Borgo San Martino hanno chiesto al Comune di Cerveteri e alla Regione Lazio di porre fine a questa iniqua doppia tassazione.Per questi motivi i cittadini di Borgo San Martino hanno chiesto al Comune di Cerveteri e alla Regione Lazio di porre fine a questa iniqua doppia tassazione.
Premesso ciò, può la Commissione far sapere:Premesso ciò, può la Commissione far sapere:
se tale doppia imposizione non risulti contraria ai principi sanciti nei Trattati e confermati più volte dalla Corte di giustizia dell'Unione europea?se tale doppia imposizione non risulti contraria ai principi sanciti nei Trattati e confermati più volte dalla Corte di giustizia dell'Unione europea?
Quali azioni concrete possono intraprendere i cittadini di Borgo San Martino per far valere i loro diritti?Quali azioni concrete possono intraprendere i cittadini di Borgo San Martino per far valere i loro diritti?
Qual è il quadro generale della situazione?Qual è il quadro generale della situazione?
Risposta di Algirdas Šemeta a nome della CommissioneRisposta di Algirdas Šemeta a nome della Commissione
(25 marzo 2014)(25 marzo 2014)
La Commissione si rammarica di non poter essere d'aiuto all'onorevole parlamentare, poiché la questione sollevata riguarda un possibile caso di doppia imposizione in un contesto prettamente nazionale.La Commissione si rammarica di non poter essere d'aiuto all'onorevole parlamentare, poiché la questione sollevata riguarda un possibile caso di doppia imposizione in un contesto prettamente nazionale.
La doppia imposizione da parte di uno Stato membro nei confronti dei soggetti passivi che risiedono nel suo territorio è una questione che detti soggetti passivi devono affrontare con lo Stato membro interessato, in quanto non riguarda i principi sanciti dai trattati come interpretati dalla Corte di giustizia dell'Unione europea.La doppia imposizione da parte di uno Stato membro nei confronti dei soggetti passivi che risiedono nel suo territorio è una questione che detti soggetti passivi devono affrontare con lo Stato membro interessato, in quanto non riguarda i principi sanciti dai trattati come interpretati dalla Corte di giustizia dell'Unione europea.
Inoltre, anche la doppia imposizione che risulti dall'esercizio parallelo della competenza fiscale da parte di due Stati membri nei confronti dello stesso soggetto passivo non costituisce, in quanto tale, una restrizione vietata dal Trattato. Pertanto non vi è alcun obbligo giuridico per gli Stati membri di eliminare tale pratica. Per ulteriori informazioni in materia la Commissione rinvia alla risposta scritta all'interrogazione E-011553/2012.Inoltre, anche la doppia imposizione che risulti dall'esercizio parallelo della competenza fiscale da parte di due Stati membri nei confronti dello stesso soggetto passivo non costituisce, in quanto tale, una restrizione vietata dal Trattato. Pertanto non vi è alcun obbligo giuridico per gli Stati membri di eliminare tale pratica. Per ulteriori informazioni in materia la Commissione rinvia alla risposta scritta all'interrogazione E-011553/2012.
La Commissione non è in grado di consigliare i residenti di Borgo San Martino sulle misure specifiche che potrebbero adottare per far valere i loro diritti, in quanto tali misure sono quelle possibili nell'ambito dell'ordinamento giuridico italiano.La Commissione non è in grado di consigliare i residenti di Borgo San Martino sulle misure specifiche che potrebbero adottare per far valere i loro diritti, in quanto tali misure sono quelle possibili nell'ambito dell'ordinamento giuridico italiano.
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Question for written answer E-000856/14Question for written answer E-000856/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Roberta Angelilli (PPE)Roberta Angelilli (PPE)
(29 January 2014)(29 January 2014)
Subject: Presumed illegality of double taxation by Consorzio di Bonifica Tevere e Agro RomanoSubject: Presumed illegality of double taxation by Consorzio di Bonifica Tevere e Agro Romano
For some years the citizens’ committee of Borgo San Martino (Rome) has been fighting against double taxation by Consorzio di Bonifica Tevere e Agro Romano. This consortium was set up in 1933 with the task of carrying out the improvement works necessary to maintain the efficiency of an area liable to hydrogeological problems by means, among other things, of an underground irrigation network. However, over the years the improvement activities of the Consortium have declined, leaving the residents of the rural district to bear the anticipated costs. Indeed, the consortium in question has for some years required its members to pay two taxes, one of which for the ‘Register of Land Improvements’ (a tax on rainwater calculated on the basis of the number of hectares owned) and the other for the ‘Register of Property Improvements’. This latter tax in particular is completely baseless, since in the present day buildings are liable to many taxes at all levels — local, provincial, regional and state. Furthermore, in the absence of any sewerage system, each resident must construct a septic tank, which, in accordance with the law, requires a discharge licence which must be renewed every four years, and must meet the costs of cleaning the septic tank. So far, various judgments of the Italian Court of Cassation have confirmed the legitimacy of claims for local rates only where there is proof of a specific benefit to the property; in other words, the mere existence of a property within the territory belonging to the district is not sufficient for any benefit to be assumed.For some years the citizens’ committee of Borgo San Martino (Rome) has been fighting against double taxation by Consorzio di Bonifica Tevere e Agro Romano. This consortium was set up in 1933 with the task of carrying out the improvement works necessary to maintain the efficiency of an area liable to hydrogeological problems by means, among other things, of an underground irrigation network. However, over the years the improvement activities of the Consortium have declined, leaving the residents of the rural district to bear the anticipated costs. Indeed, the consortium in question has for some years required its members to pay two taxes, one of which for the ‘Register of Land Improvements’ (a tax on rainwater calculated on the basis of the number of hectares owned) and the other for the ‘Register of Property Improvements’. This latter tax in particular is completely baseless, since in the present day buildings are liable to many taxes at all levels — local, provincial, regional and state. Furthermore, in the absence of any sewerage system, each resident must construct a septic tank, which, in accordance with the law, requires a discharge licence which must be renewed every four years, and must meet the costs of cleaning the septic tank. So far, various judgments of the Italian Court of Cassation have confirmed the legitimacy of claims for local rates only where there is proof of a specific benefit to the property; in other words, the mere existence of a property within the territory belonging to the district is not sufficient for any benefit to be assumed.
For these reasons the residents of Borgo San Martino have requested the Municipality of Cerveteri and the Lazio Region to bring to an end this inequitable double taxation.For these reasons the residents of Borgo San Martino have requested the Municipality of Cerveteri and the Lazio Region to bring to an end this inequitable double taxation.
In view of this, can the Commission advise:In view of this, can the Commission advise:
whether such double taxation is contrary to the principles enshrined in the Treaties and confirmed repeatedly by the Court of Justice of the European Union?whether such double taxation is contrary to the principles enshrined in the Treaties and confirmed repeatedly by the Court of Justice of the European Union?
what specific actions the residents of Borgo San Martino can take to enforce their rights?what specific actions the residents of Borgo San Martino can take to enforce their rights?
what the overview of the situation is?what the overview of the situation is?
Answer given by Mr Šemeta on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Šemeta on behalf of the Commission
(25 March 2014)(25 March 2014)
The Commission regrets that it cannot be of assistance to the Honourable Member as the issue brought to its attention concerns a possible case of double taxation in a purely domestic situation.The Commission regrets that it cannot be of assistance to the Honourable Member as the issue brought to its attention concerns a possible case of double taxation in a purely domestic situation.
Double taxation imposed by a single Member State on taxable persons who are resident within its territory is a matter for the taxable persons to take up with the Member State concerned as it does not relate to the principles enshrined in the Treaties, as interpreted by the Court of Justice of the European Union.Double taxation imposed by a single Member State on taxable persons who are resident within its territory is a matter for the taxable persons to take up with the Member State concerned as it does not relate to the principles enshrined in the Treaties, as interpreted by the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Moreover, even double taxation which results from the exercise in parallel by two Member States of their fiscal sovereignty over the same taxable person does not, as such, constitute a restriction prohibited by the Treaty. Therefore there is no legal obligation on Member States to eliminate it. The Commission would like to refer to the written reply provided to Question E-011553/2012 for further information in this regard.Moreover, even double taxation which results from the exercise in parallel by two Member States of their fiscal sovereignty over the same taxable person does not, as such, constitute a restriction prohibited by the Treaty. Therefore there is no legal obligation on Member States to eliminate it. The Commission would like to refer to the written reply provided to Question E-011553/2012 for further information in this regard.
The Commission is not in a position to advise the residents of Borgo San Martino on the specific actions that they could take to enforce their rights, as any such actions are those which are possible under the Italian legal order.The Commission is not in a position to advise the residents of Borgo San Martino on the specific actions that they could take to enforce their rights, as any such actions are those which are possible under the Italian legal order.
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Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000857/14Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta E-000857/14
alla Commissionealla Commissione
Roberta Angelilli (PPE)Roberta Angelilli (PPE)
(29 gennaio 2014)(29 gennaio 2014)
Oggetto: Tutela dei lavoratori della polizia locale di Roma CapitaleOggetto: Tutela dei lavoratori della polizia locale di Roma Capitale
Le polizie locali svolgono molteplici funzioni che spaziano, fra le altre, dalla pubblica sicurezza all'infortunistica stradale, dalla regolazione del traffico ai servizi antidegrado; funzioni, queste, che espongono quotidianamente gli agenti a rischi igienico-sanitari e di incolumità personale. Il 29 gennaio l'Organizzazione sindacale delle polizie locali (OSPOL) ha organizzato una protesta contro l'amministrazione di Roma Capitale e della regione Lazio per numerose inadempienze che mettono a rischio la salute e la sicurezza sul posto di lavoro. Oltre al necessario completamento dell'organico — che prevede 8 450 unità rispetto alle attuali 5 400 — all'attivazione delle progressioni di carriera e al pagamento degli straordinari arretrati, fra le principali richieste si segnalano:Le polizie locali svolgono molteplici funzioni che spaziano, fra le altre, dalla pubblica sicurezza all'infortunistica stradale, dalla regolazione del traffico ai servizi antidegrado; funzioni, queste, che espongono quotidianamente gli agenti a rischi igienico-sanitari e di incolumità personale. Il 29 gennaio l'Organizzazione sindacale delle polizie locali (OSPOL) ha organizzato una protesta contro l'amministrazione di Roma Capitale e della regione Lazio per numerose inadempienze che mettono a rischio la salute e la sicurezza sul posto di lavoro. Oltre al necessario completamento dell'organico — che prevede 8 450 unità rispetto alle attuali 5 400 — all'attivazione delle progressioni di carriera e al pagamento degli straordinari arretrati, fra le principali richieste si segnalano:
— | migliori standard igienico-sanitari e anti-infortunistici nei luoghi di lavoro, anche tramite la messa a norma dei plessi di comando municipale;— | migliori standard igienico-sanitari e anti-infortunistici nei luoghi di lavoro, anche tramite la messa a norma dei plessi di comando municipale;
— | migliore tutela della salute, tramite l'attivazione dell'Osservatorio epidemiologico presso la regione Lazio, al fine di garantire visite preventive e controlli periodici di monitoraggio;— | migliore tutela della salute, tramite l'attivazione dell'Osservatorio epidemiologico presso la regione Lazio, al fine di garantire visite preventive e controlli periodici di monitoraggio;
— | maggiore tutela nell'espletamento delle attività lavorative, l'assegnazione di adeguati strumenti di autodifesa e autotutela (giubbotto antitaglio, casco protettivo, guanti rinforzati), il riconoscimento della strada quale luogo di lavoro e adeguate coperture assicurative contro le aggressioni.— | maggiore tutela nell'espletamento delle attività lavorative, l'assegnazione di adeguati strumenti di autodifesa e autotutela (giubbotto antitaglio, casco protettivo, guanti rinforzati), il riconoscimento della strada quale luogo di lavoro e adeguate coperture assicurative contro le aggressioni.
Premesso che la tutela e la sicurezza nei luoghi di lavoro e nell'espletamento delle attività lavorative sono principi cardine della legislazione europea, la quale mira a definire standard di tutela minimi per i lavoratori, con una particolare attenzione ai lavoratori più a rischio, può la Commissione far sapere:Premesso che la tutela e la sicurezza nei luoghi di lavoro e nell'espletamento delle attività lavorative sono principi cardine della legislazione europea, la quale mira a definire standard di tutela minimi per i lavoratori, con una particolare attenzione ai lavoratori più a rischio, può la Commissione far sapere:
— | come valuta il comportamento dell'amministrazione comunale di Roma e della regione Lazio;— | come valuta il comportamento dell'amministrazione comunale di Roma e della regione Lazio;
— | se tali inadempienze non violino la Carta dei diritti fondamentali dell'Unione europea e, in particolare, l'articolo 31 (Condizioni di lavoro giuste ed eque), l'articolo 34 (Sicurezza sociale e assistenza sociale) e l'articolo 35 (Protezione della salute);— | se tali inadempienze non violino la Carta dei diritti fondamentali dell'Unione europea e, in particolare, l'articolo 31 (Condizioni di lavoro giuste ed eque), l'articolo 34 (Sicurezza sociale e assistenza sociale) e l'articolo 35 (Protezione della salute);
— | se tali comportamenti non violino le normative europee in materia di sicurezza, salute e tutela nei luoghi di lavoro, in particolare le direttive 89/391/CEE e 89/654/CEE;— | se tali comportamenti non violino le normative europee in materia di sicurezza, salute e tutela nei luoghi di lavoro, in particolare le direttive 89/391/CEE e 89/654/CEE;
— | quali azioni o misure possono essere intraprese per assicurare alla polizia locale condizioni e garanzie per un adeguato svolgimento delle prestazioni lavorative.— | quali azioni o misure possono essere intraprese per assicurare alla polizia locale condizioni e garanzie per un adeguato svolgimento delle prestazioni lavorative.
Risposta di László Andor a nome della CommissioneRisposta di László Andor a nome della Commissione
(21 marzo 2014)(21 marzo 2014)
1. | La Commissione non è a conoscenza della situazione menzionata e non ha ricevuto nessuna segnalazione di carenze che pregiudichino la salute e sicurezza sul luogo di lavoro attribuibili alle autorità di Roma capitale e della Regione Lazio.1. | La Commissione non è a conoscenza della situazione menzionata e non ha ricevuto nessuna segnalazione di carenze che pregiudichino la salute e sicurezza sul luogo di lavoro attribuibili alle autorità di Roma capitale e della Regione Lazio.
La Commissione non può prendere posizione in assenza di informazioni più precise. In tutti i casi le autorità nazionali competenti hanno la responsabilità di fare rispettare le disposizioni nazionali che recepiscono la legislazione dell'UE in materia di salute e sicurezza sul luogo di lavoro.La Commissione non può prendere posizione in assenza di informazioni più precise. In tutti i casi le autorità nazionali competenti hanno la responsabilità di fare rispettare le disposizioni nazionali che recepiscono la legislazione dell'UE in materia di salute e sicurezza sul luogo di lavoro.
2. | All'atto di dare attuazione alla normativa dell'Unione gli Stati membri devono rispettare le disposizioni della Carta dei diritti fondamentali dell'UE.2. | All'atto di dare attuazione alla normativa dell'Unione gli Stati membri devono rispettare le disposizioni della Carta dei diritti fondamentali dell'UE.
3. | Le direttive 89/391/CEE (158) e 89/654/CEE (159) stabiliscono le misure di prevenzione e protezione per quanto concerne la salute e la sicurezza dei lavoratori sul luogo di lavoro. Esse definiscono un certo numero di principi generali in tema di prevenzione dei rischi professionali, di protezione della salute e della sicurezza, di eliminazione dei rischi e dei fattori d'infortunio, di informazione, consultazione, partecipazione equilibrata, conformemente alle leggi e/o prassi nazionali nonché di informazione dei lavoratori e dei loro rappresentanti oltre a orientamenti generali per l'applicazione di tali principi.3. | Le direttive 89/391/CEE (158) e 89/654/CEE (159) stabiliscono le misure di prevenzione e protezione per quanto concerne la salute e la sicurezza dei lavoratori sul luogo di lavoro. Esse definiscono un certo numero di principi generali in tema di prevenzione dei rischi professionali, di protezione della salute e della sicurezza, di eliminazione dei rischi e dei fattori d'infortunio, di informazione, consultazione, partecipazione equilibrata, conformemente alle leggi e/o prassi nazionali nonché di informazione dei lavoratori e dei loro rappresentanti oltre a orientamenti generali per l'applicazione di tali principi.
Spetta alle autorità nazionali competenti monitorare e assicurare nei casi individuali l'attuazione delle disposizioni nazionali che recepiscono dette direttive e far rispettare i diritti consacrati nella Carta.Spetta alle autorità nazionali competenti monitorare e assicurare nei casi individuali l'attuazione delle disposizioni nazionali che recepiscono dette direttive e far rispettare i diritti consacrati nella Carta.
4. | Le direttive dell'UE in materia di salute e di sicurezza sul luogo di lavoro fissano requisiti minimi e non ostano a che gli Stati membri mantengano o introducano misure protettive più rigorose rispetto a quelle in esse stabilite.4. | Le direttive dell'UE in materia di salute e di sicurezza sul luogo di lavoro fissano requisiti minimi e non ostano a che gli Stati membri mantengano o introducano misure protettive più rigorose rispetto a quelle in esse stabilite.
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Question for written answer E-000857/14Question for written answer E-000857/14
to the Commissionto the Commission
Roberta Angelilli (PPE)Roberta Angelilli (PPE)
(29 January 2014)(29 January 2014)
Subject: Protection for municipal police officers in RomeSubject: Protection for municipal police officers in Rome
The numerous duties performed by municipal police forces in Italy, including ensuring public safety at the scenes of traffic accidents, traffic management and services to prevent petty crime, expose officers to health and safety risks on a daily basis. On 29 January, the Italian Municipal Police Officer’s Union protested against a number of shortcomings on the part of the administrations of Rome and Lazio, shortcomings which are jeopardising health and safety in the workplace. In addition to expanding the workforce (to 8 450 officers in comparison to the current figure of 5 400), invigorating career advancement and settling of outstanding payments, the main demands were as follows:The numerous duties performed by municipal police forces in Italy, including ensuring public safety at the scenes of traffic accidents, traffic management and services to prevent petty crime, expose officers to health and safety risks on a daily basis. On 29 January, the Italian Municipal Police Officer’s Union protested against a number of shortcomings on the part of the administrations of Rome and Lazio, shortcomings which are jeopardising health and safety in the workplace. In addition to expanding the workforce (to 8 450 officers in comparison to the current figure of 5 400), invigorating career advancement and settling of outstanding payments, the main demands were as follows:
— | higher standards for hygiene, health and accident prevention in the workplace, including though the modernisation of municipal headquarters;— | higher standards for hygiene, health and accident prevention in the workplace, including though the modernisation of municipal headquarters;
— | using the Epidemiological Observatory in Lazio to improve health protection and guarantee preventive medical care and regular checkups;— | using the Epidemiological Observatory in Lazio to improve health protection and guarantee preventive medical care and regular checkups;
— | greater protection in the performance of duties, issuing of appropriate equipment for the purposes of self-defence (body armour, safety helmets, reinforced gloves), formal recognition of the street as a place of work and extensive insurance cover in case of assault.— | greater protection in the performance of duties, issuing of appropriate equipment for the purposes of self-defence (body armour, safety helmets, reinforced gloves), formal recognition of the street as a place of work and extensive insurance cover in case of assault.
Given that protection and safety in the workplace and in the performance of duties are fundamental principles of European legislation, legislation that is aimed at defining minimum standards of protection for workers (in particular those with high-risk jobs):Given that protection and safety in the workplace and in the performance of duties are fundamental principles of European legislation, legislation that is aimed at defining minimum standards of protection for workers (in particular those with high-risk jobs):
— | How does the Commission evaluate the conduct of the municipal authorities of Rome and Lazio?— | How does the Commission evaluate the conduct of the municipal authorities of Rome and Lazio?
— | Do these shortcomings violate the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, particularly Article 31 (Fair and just working conditions), Article 34 (Social security and social assistance) and Article 35 (Healthcare)?— | Do these shortcomings violate the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, particularly Article 31 (Fair and just working conditions), Article 34 (Social security and social assistance) and Article 35 (Healthcare)?
— | Does such conduct violate European legislation regarding safety and health in the workplace, in particular Directives 89/391/EEC and 89/654/EEC?— | Does such conduct violate European legislation regarding safety and health in the workplace, in particular Directives 89/391/EEC and 89/654/EEC?
— | What actions or measures can be taken to guarantee favourable working conditions for municipal police forces?— | What actions or measures can be taken to guarantee favourable working conditions for municipal police forces?
Answer given by Mr Andor on behalf of the CommissionAnswer given by Mr Andor on behalf of the Commission
(21 March 2014)(21 March 2014)
1. | The Commission is not aware of the situation referred to and has not been notified of any shortcomings endangering workplace health and safety in the conduct of the Rome and Lazio municipal authorities.1. | The Commission is not aware of the situation referred to and has not been notified of any shortcomings endangering workplace health and safety in the conduct of the Rome and Lazio municipal authorities.
It cannot state a position in the absence of more precise information. In any event, the competent national authorities are responsible for enforcing national provisions transposing EU legislation on health and safety at work.It cannot state a position in the absence of more precise information. In any event, the competent national authorities are responsible for enforcing national provisions transposing EU legislation on health and safety at work.
2. | When implementing Union law, Member States must respect the provisions of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights2. | When implementing Union law, Member States must respect the provisions of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
3. | Directives 89/391/EEC (160) and 89/654/EEC (161) lay down preventive and protective measures for worker health and safety in the workplace. They establish a number of general principles concerning the prevention of occupational risks, the protection of safety and health, the elimination of risk and accident factors, the informing, consultation, balanced participation in accordance with national laws and/or practices and training of workers and their representatives, and general guidelines for implementing those principles.3. | Directives 89/391/EEC (160) and 89/654/EEC (161) lay down preventive and protective measures for worker health and safety in the workplace. They establish a number of general principles concerning the prevention of occupational risks, the protection of safety and health, the elimination of risk and accident factors, the informing, consultation, balanced participation in accordance with national laws and/or practices and training of workers and their representatives, and general guidelines for implementing those principles.
It is for the competent national authorities to monitor and enforce the implementation of national provisions transposing those Directives in individual cases and ensure respect of the rights enshrined in the Charter.It is for the competent national authorities to monitor and enforce the implementation of national provisions transposing those Directives in individual cases and ensure respect of the rights enshrined in the Charter.
4. | The EU Directives on health and safety at work establish minimum requirements and do not prevent any Member State from maintaining or introducing more stringent protective measures than those laid down therein.4. | The EU Directives on health and safety at work establish minimum requirements and do not prevent any Member State from maintaining or introducing more stringent protective measures than those laid down therein.
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