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Parliamentary questions
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5 March 2018
Question for written answer E-001362-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Rosa D'Amato (EFDD)

 Subject:  Prometeo 2000
 Answer in writing 

On 18 February 2016, the company Prometeo 2000, in Grumo Appula, submitted the coordinated AIA-VIA procedure (integrated environmental authorisation/positive environmental compatibility opinion). This resulted from a change to the project intended to bring the plant, most of which has already been completed, into line with the environmental legislation that has come into force since construction was completed.

The area is protected as a site of Community importance (SCI) and a special protection area (SPA), under the name ‘Alta Murgia’, code IT9120007. This is due to the presence of a specific habitat (pseudo-steppe and grasslands on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia)) and animal and plant species of Community interest, under EU Directives 92/43/EC and 79/409/EEC. These areas combine to make up an overall system of natural areas (‘Natura 2000’)(1).

Article 5(m) of Regional Regulation 28/2008 prohibits, in all SPAs, the construction or expansion of new landfills or treatment plants and the disposal of waste or sewage(2).

The precautionary principle requires urgent preventive action to be taken in cases where there is a risk of ‘serious or irreversible’ damage to the environment, even where there is no absolute scientific certainty concerning the actual dangers.

Does the Commission consider that:
(1) Given the possible odorous emissions, the composting plant is damaging to the bird life and plant species protected by Directives 2009/147/EC and 92/43/EC?
(2) The precautionary principle laid down in Article 191(2) TFEU applies to these works?


Original language of question: IT 
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