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2004 EN Official Journal of the European Union C 11 E/163

management plan and the programmes of measures to be developed for the river Ebro under the Water
Framework Directive.

(1) Written answer of 17.12.02.


(2) Directive 2000/60/EC of the Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for
Community action in the field of water policy, OJ L 237, 22.12.2000.

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by Christos Folias (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(1 April 2003)

Subject: Institutional framework envisaged by Europe for jointly funded projects

In recent weeks road networks in Greece have been damaged by landslides, subsidence and fissuring, etc.
Despite the progress achieved in recent years by Greece regarding EU-funded public works projects, they
are still bedevilled on a regular basis by poor workmanship, delays, overspending, supplementary contracts,
the absence of any organisation formally responsible for carrying out surveys, etc.

What view does the Commission take of this and what are its recommendations? What action is it taking
to establish an institutional framework at European level so as to shed a clearer light on the awarding of
contracts and execution of projects with a view to achieving good standards of workmanship and
compliance with deadlines and estimates in respect of projects jointly funded by the EU?

Answer given by Mr Barnier on behalf of the Commission

(15 May 2003)

The Commission shares the Honourable Member’s concern over the need for a European level institutional
framework guaranteeing transparency in the assignment of contracts to carry out work. Such a framework
already exists in the form notably of Council Directive 93/37/EEC of 14 June 1993 concerning the
coordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts (1), which has already been correctly
transposed into Greek law.

Under the above legislation the Member States themselves are responsible for the work they carry out.

The Commission considered that it could not ignore the structural weaknesses the Greek public works
domain. In the context of the second Community support framework the Greek authorities agreed with it
on the need for reform targeted on improving the quality of technical planning and construction work
itself and on execution of work within the contracted cost and time frameworks. This reform is to
continue in the context of the third Community support framework.

(1) OJ L 199, 9.8.1993.

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by Caroline Lucas (Verts/ALE) to the Commission

(1 April 2003)

Subject: Nuclear safety at military sites in the UK and other Member States

The UK has implemented Euratom Basic Safety Standards (BSS) Directive (96/29/Euratom (1)) with the
Radiological Emergency Public Preparedness Information Regulations (Reppir).