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Parliamentary questions
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2 February 2016
Question for written answer E-000958-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Rosa D'Amato (EFDD)

 Subject:  Windfarm at Le Cesine
 Answer in writing 

Le Cesine, in the municipality of Vernole (LE), was declared a state nature reserve in 1980, and responsibility for its management was awarded to WWF Italy.

Studies and research conducted over the years by the WWF have led to Le Cesine being granted the status first of a special protection area (SPA) (IT9150014), owing to it being a nesting site for various species, and then of a site of Community importance (SCI) (IT9150032), owing to the listed animal and plant species found in the area. The area is of major importance for birds, and has for some time featured on the list of wetlands of international importance.

Work is under way at the sites Campana and Filandra, which are located between Vernole and Castrì, to install 11 wind turbines with a total power rating of 22 MW, a 16-kilometre long underground cableway, which will also serve the municipalities of Caprarica and Martignano, and a high-to-medium voltage transformer station in Martignano. The work is being performed by Tarifa Energia s.r.l, based on a sole licence issued by the Puglia Regional Government.

In the light of the above, can the Commission state:
1. whether a facility on this scale might not occasion damage to the SPA IT9150014 and the SCI IT9150032, as well as to migratory birds heading there;
2. whether it feels that a facility of such a size might not cause changes in the routes taken by migratory birds?
Original language of question: IT 
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