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Parliamentary questions
11 March 2014
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Aldo Patriciello (PPE)

 Subject:  Doing more for Pompeii

The Commission acknowledges that, as Pompeii is one of the world’s greatest archaeological treasures, the site’s conservation is not a matter for Italy alone, which is why the EU has provided EUR 74 million from its regional funds since 2007.

The Commissioner responsible, Androulla Vassiliou, has called for closer coordination between local, regional and national authorities in Italy, in order to ensure that ‘Pompeii is saved for future generations’.

The EUR 74 million in EU funding for Pompeii forms part of an overall budget of EUR 105 million administered by the Italian authorities. The funds are to be spent on long-term, high-tech structural works in the highest risk areas and on water drainage systems for the non-excavated area overlooking the ancient buildings.

The collapse of an ancient wall in Pompeii and the generally poor state of repair of the ruins, which has been exacerbated by heavy rainfall at the site, has led to public anger and calls for more effective action to be taken without delay to preserve the site.

The degradation of this World Heritage site (three more structures have collapsed over recent days, bringing the total number of such incidents over the last five years up to 29) is such that Unesco is considering placing it on its at-risk list.

How does the Commission intend to ensure that the fresh funding is properly monitored and coordinated, in order to put the inefficiencies of the past behind us and make sure that this valuable archaeological site is looked after better than has been the case hitherto?

Does it intend to introduce a special plan that will encourage the people in charge of the site to use the new funds to take on properly qualified workers and carry out the structural works required in order to prevent any further collapses?

Original language of question: ITOJ C 355, 08/10/2014
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