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2000 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 303 E/53

The manifold activities of the Commission ensure that environment is duly taken into account. They
include financial assistance (in particular the Instrument for structural policies for pre-accession (ISPA)) and
the definition of environmental approximation as a priority under the accession partnerships. More than
that, the Commission publishes practical guides for approximation with and implementation of the
environmental acquis.

As regards transitional periods, the Commission took the following position in its composite paper
accompanying the reports of progress towards accession by each of the candidate countries, as adopted
on 13 October 1999 (1): ‘For the areas linked to the extension of the single market regulatory measures
should be implemented quickly. Any transition periods should therefore be few and short. For those areas
of the acquis where considerable adaptations are necessary and which require substantial effort, including
important financial outlays (in areas such as environment, energy, infrastructure), transition arrangements
could be spread over a definite period of time, provided candidates can demonstrate that alignment is
underway and that they are committed to detailed and realistic plans for alignment, including the necessary

(1) COM(1999) 500 final.

(2000/C 303 E/047) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2360/99

by Paulo Casaca (PSE) to the Commission

(13 December 1999)

Subject: Salary, allowance, retirement and tax arrangements in the EU institutions

At the beginning of its term of office the Commission announced that it intended to carry out a thorough
reform of the EU institutions in order to increase the efficiency and the transparency thereof.

In so far as they lay down salary and other conditions, the Staff Regulations play an essential role in the
functioning of the EU institutions, for which reason I believe they should be made available to the public.

In order to provide more concise and intelligible information, data relating to officials at one or other end
of their career should be given: a new-recruited graduate official, a senior judge at the Court of Justice and
a Commissioner.

Would the Commission therefore supply the following information as applicable to the above categories of

1. Salary scheme;

2. Expatriation allowance;

3. Financial assistance in respect of official travel;

4. Conditions for retirement, including retirement on health grounds;

5. Tax arrangements.

Answer given by Mr Kinnock on behalf of the Commission

(18 January 2000)

The Commission is sending direct to the Honourable Member and to Parliament’s Secretariat examples of
remuneration (including allowances, taxes and charges) and daily travel allowances for a newly recruited
graduate official (A8-1) and a member of the Commission, the conditions for retirement and invalidity of
officials and the conditions for retirement of Commission Members.

In addition the Commission draws the attention of the Honourable Member to Council Regulation
No 422/67/EEC, 5/67/Euratom of the Council of 25 July 1967 determining the emoluments of the
President and members of the Commission and of the President, Judges, Advocates-General and Registrar
C 303 E/54 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 24.10.2000

of the Court of justice (1) last amended by Council Regulation (EC, ECSC, Euratom) No 2778/98 of
17 December 1998 determining the emoluments of the President and Members of the Commission, of the
President, Judges, Advocates-General and Registrar of the Court of justice and of the President, Members
and Registrar of the Court of First Instance (2) (system of remuneration for the members of the European
institutions); the ‘Commission report to the Council and the Parliament on the system of remuneration’ (3).

The question relating to the remuneration of a judge at the Court of Justice should be addressed to the
Institution concerned.

(1) OJ 187, 8.8.1967.

(2) OJ L 347, 23.12.1998.
(3) COM(1999) 650 final.

(2000/C 303 E/048) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2371/99

by Mihail Papayannakis (GUE/NGL) to the Commission

(16 December 1999)

Subject: Assistance to Greece following natural disasters

In view of:

 the recent disaster (8 November 1999), affecting mainly the southern Peloponnese, western Attiki and
the prefecture of Magnisia, and the damage it caused,

 unauthorised building practices, together with poor and substandard workmanship (for example on
the national road link between Athens and Korinthos), and the altering of water courses (for example
the Kifisos) which form ecosystems, together with the major fire which destroyed the Penteli forests in
1998, all of which have had a disastrous impact on water drainage systems.

1. How many flood protection measures in Greece have received funding from the Commission? Which
if any of these projects have been completed and if so when? Was Commission funding officially
earmarked for afforestation utilised and where? Have the Greek authorities submitted any proposals to
improve the state of the river Kifisos which overflowed in 1997, as requested by the Commissioner
responsible for the environment in response to my written question (E-0188/97) (1)?

2. Could the Commission provide indirect aid for infrastructural measures regarded as eligible for
funding by the local authorities, giving priority to areas affected by the recent bad weather?

(1) OJ C 217, 17.7.1997, p. 122.

Answer given by Mr Barnier on behalf of the Commission

(2 February 2000)

The Commission part-financed a whole series of flood protection measures as part of the various regional
operational programmes under the second Community Support Framework (CSF) for the period 1994 to
1999. Since September 1999, the project to alter the course of the Sarrantapotamos torrent has been part-
financed from the Cohesion Fund. The Community aid amounts to € 2,48 million, 80 % of the total cost. It
is also worth pointing out that, in almost all the projects approved concerning sewerage, the Cohesion
Fund part-finances rainwater drainage systems, thus contributing to flood prevention.

As far as forests are concerned, the Cohesion Fund has part-financed (85 %) three projects, the total cost of
which amounts to € 14,21 million. The work has already been completed and consisted of technical and
forestry work to protect mountain soil against erosion; reafforestation; construction of firebreaks,