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Parliamentary questions
12 July 2018
E-002387/2018
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the Commission

There is no EU legislation defining or regulating Type A or B Business Parks. This characterisation is done on the basis of national legislation.

In accordance with Regulation 1083/2006(1), assistance under the Structural Funds is provided according to an approach of complementarity and partnership between the Commission and Member States, with due regard for their respective powers.

In this context, and on the basis of the shared management principle, the selection, implementation and monitoring of co-financed actions is the responsibility of the Member States, at the most appropriate territorial level and according to the institutional system of each Member State.

Thus, the selection of projects comes under the exclusive competence of the national management authorities, provided that their choices are in line with the principles laid down in the programming documents (operational programmes) adopted in consultation with the Commission. The Commission only controls projects over the ceiling of EUR 50 million, and there is no indication that this is the case for the project at stake.

No EU funding has been received for this project either from the Continental Greece Regional Operational Programme, or from the Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Operational Programme.

If the project at stake falls within the scope of Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment(2) and if an environmental impact assessment had to be carried out in the first place, then the public consultation procedure has to be re-launched in the event the competent national authorities consider that a change or extension of the project which may have significant adverse effects has occurred.

(1)OJ L 210 of 31.7.2006, p. 25
(2)OJ L 26, 28.1.2012, p. 1‐21 as amended by Directive 2014/52/EU, OJ L 124, 25.4.2014, p. 1‐18.

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