Category Archives: Written Questions

FoE Funding

Question for written answer E-001331/2011
to the Commission
Rule 117
Paul Nuttall (EFD)
Subject: EU funding to Friends of the Earth (UK)

Could the Commission clarify whether it provided any funding to Friends of the Earth (UK) in the period 2009/10?

EN
E-001331/2011, E-001332/2011
Joint answer given by Mr Potocnik
on behalf of the Commission
(12.4.2011)

Friends of the Earth UK has not received funding from the Commission during the period in question.

EU-Canada Economic Trade Agreement

Question for written answer E-001899/2011
to the Commission
Rule 117
Paul Nuttall (EFD)

Subject: Visa-free travel to Canada and Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada

There has been pressure from Eastern European MEPs for the EU to pressure Canada into allowing visa-free access to Eastern European citizens (see Written Declaration 89/2010, which has been circulated by Czech MEPs). One tool of leverage suggested was the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada. Could the Commission clarify if this agreement has been used in any way to put pressure on Canada?

EN
E- 001899/2011
Answer given by Mr De Gucht
on behalf of the Commission
(4.4.2011)

The question of full mutual visa-free travel between the EU and Canada is not part of the scope of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations and the CETA has not been used to put pressure on Canada. However, the EU negotiators have repeatedly, in the margins of the negotiations, made it clear to their Canadian counterparts that this is an important question for the EU and in particular for the Member States which are still under a visa requirement by Canada. Also, it was impressed on the Canadian negotiators that the Canadian visa requirement for citizens of certain Member States is in contradiction with the spirit of an agreement like the CETA which tries to bring the EU and Canada closer together.

Working Time Directive

Question for written answer E-001897/2011
to the Commission
Rule 117
Paul Nuttall (EFD)

Subject: Working Time Directive and midwives

Certain professionals are exempt from some or all the conditions of the Working Time Directive. Could the Commission clarify whether the provisions of the Working Time Directive apply to midwives?

E-001897/2011
Answer given by Mr Andor
on behalf of the Commission
(31.3.2011)

The Working Time Directive applies to professionals generally, including midwives, to the extent that they are employed. Self-employed persons are outside the scope of the Directive. More details about the scope of the Directive are provided in the Commission’s 2010 Report on implementation by Member States of Directive 2003/88/EC.

Written Question: ECHR

Question for written answer P-002243/2011
to the Commission
Rule 117
Paul Nuttall (EFD)

Subject: British withdrawal from jurisdiction of European Court of Human Rights whilst remaining EU member

The British think-tank Policy Exchange has written a report saying that the UK should consider withdrawing the UK from the European Convention on Human Rights (see ‘Bringing Rights Back Home: Making human rights compatible with parliamentary democracy in the UK’). They claim that an EU Member State could do this without having to leave the EU. Could the Commission comment on whether this is possible? Could the Commission comment on whether this would be grounds upon which a Member State could be sanctioned?

P-002243/2011
Answer given by Ms Reding
on behalf of the Commission
(29.3.2011)

The Commission does not consider it appropriate to comment on speculations and hypothesis.

The Commission would like however to draw the attention of the Honourable Member to Article 6(3) of the Treaty on European Union according to which “Fundamental Rights, as guaranteed by the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and as they result from the constitutional traditions common to the Member States, shall constitute general principles of the Union’s law” (see also written question E-5000/06 by Mr Van Orden ).

Brussels Offices?

Can the European Commission provide a list of all the local councils and local government bodies (Such as the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities) that have offices located in Brussels?

Cumbria floods: British Government application

Question for written answer E-6214/2010
to the Commission
Rule 117
Paul Nuttall (EFD)
Subject: Cumbria floods: British Government application

Can the Commission confirm that the British Government did not apply for assistance from the European Solidarity Fund following the Cumbria floods of 2009?

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E-6214/10EN
Answer given by Mr Hahn
on behalf of the Commission
(2.9.2010)

The Commission confirms that the British Government did not apply for assistance from the European Solidarity Fund following the Cumbria floods of 2009.

Make Mine Milk EU Funding

How much money has the EU Commission given to the ‘Make Mine Milk’ campaign (http://www.makeminemilk.co.uk/) including any staff costs, equipment costs, consultancy costs, advertising costs and any other service which the Commission has provided for the campaign?

Cumbria Floods: British Government Application

Could the Commission confirm that the British government did not apply for European Solidarity Funding following the Cumbria floods of 2009?

Cumbria Floods: Extraordinary Regional Disaster Definition

Under the European Solidarity Fund’s, there are provisions for funding an ‘extraordinary regional disaster’, which is, “where the majority of the population of a region is affected, and if it is deemed that the disaster will have serious and lasting effects on its economic stability and living conditions”. Could the Commission define what is meant by ‘region': does this refer to European Parliamentary region? NUTS region? National region?

Cumbria Floods: Extraordinary Regional Disaster

In 2009, Cumbria was hit by floods that caused tremendous physical damage, and economic and social disruption with school and business closures and losses. Whilst the floods did not qualify for funding under the European Solidarity Fund’s main stream (i.e. 0.6% GDP damage), the circumstances the flood created may have qualified under the ‘extraordinary regional disaster’ criteria. Could the Commission comment on whether or not this flooding qualified under this definition or not?