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10. 2.

98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 45/61

GRANTS

Project Sector Approved in Amount in ECU

University Project Education / Training December 94 45 400 000


‘Puertos’ Marine Monitoring Environment April 95 4 700 000
Gandia Urban Renewal Environment December 95 22 500 000
Vigo Urban Renewal Environment December 95 19 500 000
Urban Renewal and Protection of Historical
Heritage in Castilla y Leon Environment October 96 33 800 000
Seprona Environmental Monitoring Environment October 96 8 270 000
Jerez Transport and Urban Environment Transport / Environment December 96 15 800 000
Oviedo Urban Renewal Environment December 96 17 900 000
Canary Islands Airports / Lanzarote Airport Transport April 97 7 000 000

TOTAL 174 870 000

INTEREST REBATES ON EIB LOANS

Project Sector Approved in Amount in ECU

Aguas de Extremadura Environment June 94 19 000 000


Saneamiento Comunidad Valenciana Environment June 94 31 300 000
Improvement of Road Infrastructure in Galicia Transport May 95 19 500 000
Reafforestation in Andalusia Environment June 95 32 000 000
ICO Environmental Global Loan I Environment June 95 64 000 000
Toll Motorway in Galicia Transport December 95 32 000 000
Road improvement and Drinking Water
Supply Facilities in Extremadura Transport / Environment December 95 20 000 000
RENFE Rail Project Transport December 95 60 000 000
BCL Environmental Global Loan Environment December 95 32 000 000
Toll Motorway in Galicia II Transport April 96 32 000 000
Waste Water Treatment Infrastructure and
Road Schemes in Murcia Transport / Environment June 96 16 500 000
Water Supply Infrastructure and Forestry
Schemes in Castilla y Leon Environment June 96 20 000 000
Water Infrastructure and Forestry Schemes
in Galicia Environment July 96 26 500 000
Oviedo Urban Renewal Environment December 96 13 000 000
Canary Island Airports Transport April 97 68 000 000
ICO Environmental Global Loan II Environment May 97 51 600 000

TOTAL 537 400 000

(98/C 45/74) WRITTEN QUESTION P-1618/97


by Sérgio Ribeiro (GUE/NGL) to the Commission
(5 May 1997)

Subject: Manipulation and credibility of Commission statistical forecasts

The Commission itself has stressed the importance of creating a climate of trust. It has said that, for such a
climate of trust to exist, it must ensure that it produces high-quality and reliable surveys and forecasts.
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We share this view and the Commission’s concerns.

However, in its efforts to create a climate of trust, the Commission has actually taken an interventionist approach
and has paid little attention to strengthening its credibility. The way in which statistical forecasts have developed
is far more a sign of its wish to exploit the trust of economic operators and public opinion than of any intention to
build up trust based on reliability. Now, in the April forecasts, as the date draws near for assessment of the
achievement of the convergence criteria, the Commission seems to have surpassed itself and to have reached the
stage where its credibility is being questioned even within its own ranks and this most unusual state of affairs has
caught the attention of the media.

Will the Commission state whether the unequivocal reports issued by the media are accurate, i.e. the claim that
Commissioner Bonino considers that forecasts have been manipulated with a view to improving the statistical
presentation of the state of public finance in Germany and France without doing the same in the case of Italy?

Answer given by Mr de Silguy on behalf of the Commission


(17 June 1997)

The Commission categorically rejects the suggestion that the recent spring economic forecasts for 1977 were
manipulated in any way. In drawing up its forecasts, it scrupulously applies − as it always has done − the
principles of independence from outside pressures, objectivity and non-discrimination in the treatment of
Member States. This means that all Member States are treated equally.

The economic forecasts are drawn up according to a well-established procedure. A Commission forecasting
exercise lasts almost three months, which allows ample time for reflection and for producing high-quality work
that takes account of the most recent information. The professionalism and independence of Commission
officials cannot be called into question.

Lastly, the Commission stresses that there is no connection between this economic-forecasting exercise and the
report which it will produce in the spring of 1998 in preparation for the third stage of economic and monetary
union. This report will be based on the definitive figures for 1997, which will not be known until the end of
February 1998.

(98/C 45/75) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1620/97


by Mihail Papayannakis (GUE/NGL) to the Commission
(7 May 1997)

Subject: Greek operational programme on health and welfare

The operational programme on health and welfare submitted by Greece for 1994-1999 and approved by the
Commission contains a second sub-programme on welfare which is intended to improve the level of social
protection enjoyed by vulnerable population groups: it contains three basic measures designed to strengthen the
Greek system of social protection and to combat the social and economic exclusion of less favoured groups.

Will the Commission say what the take-up rate has been so far in respect of each measure of the sub-programme
on welfare and in respect of specific projects?

Answer given by Mrs Wulf-Mathies on behalf of the Commission


(13 June 1997)

The welfare sub-programme of the operational programme on health and welfare includes measures for:
− a network of centres for the reintegration of the disabled;
− the improvement of services in a number of the already existing centres for the disabled and the
establishment of centres for the autistic;