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C 277 E/56 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 14.11.


(2002/C 277 E/058) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0502/02

by Armin Laschet (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(22 February 2002)

Subject: Mutual obligation for municipalities to inform each other of projects

1. When planning and carrying out projects affecting other municipalities and citizens in a
neighbouring EU Member State, are municipalities obliged to provide advance notice of these projects or
coordinate them with the local administration in the neighbouring municipality?

2. In what cases are municipalities obliged to provide neighbouring municipalities in other EU countries
with advance notice of their projects? In what cases is cross-border coordination of projects required?

3. If advance notice and coordination is not required, does the Commission consider that it would be
desirable to draw up European regulations?

Answer given by Mr Barnier on behalf of the Commission

(26 April 2002)

The Honourable Member is reminded that matters pertaining to spatial planning fall under the authority of
the Member States.

Where the environment is concerned, if the project is of the types listed in Annexes I and II to Council
Directive 97/11/EC of 3 March 1997 amending Directive 85/337/EEC on assessment of the effects of
certain public and private projects on the environment (1), the Member State in which it will be located
must, if it is likely to have a significant impact across its border, consult the neighbouring Member States
in question.

In the event of confirmation of a significant impact these Member States and the general public concerned
must be properly informed of the project and its environmental impact in order to enable their
observations to be registered within a reasonable time. Member States generally consult one another on
cross-border impact and the minimisation action planned.

There is no other provision apart from this requiring a local authority to inform, prior to execution of a
project, a local authority in a neighbouring Member State.

(1) OJ L 73, 14.3.1997.

(2002/C 277 E/059) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0503/02

by Anna Karamanou (PSE) to the Council

(22 February 2002)

Subject: Accidents caused by non-edible contents of chocolate eggs

Using the European Home and Leisure Injury Surveillance System (EHLASS) to record accidents caused by
non-edible objects contained in chocolate eggs, the Athens University Accident Research and Prevention
Centre has found that these products are dangerous and continue to cause accidents, primarily to children.
Moreover, other studies carried out in Germany, Israel and the USA confirm the Athens findings.