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Parliamentary questions
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24 April 2014
Question for written answer E-005456-14
to the Commission
Rule 117
Sonia Alfano (ALDE)

 Subject:  Access to documents refused by the authority responsible for the management of ERDF in the Region of Calabria
 Answer in writing 

I have been made aware of the plight of a girl from Calabria who is severely disabled and who depends on her family for assistance on a day-to-day basis. She doesn’t have a bathroom which is suitable for her needs, she lives on the top floor of a local authority-run apartment block which has no lift and has never received regional benefit for the disabled.

Following the issuing of a public notice concerning regional funds designed to improve disabled access to housing (ERDF ROP 2007/2013 for the Region of Calabria) her father submitted an application for so-called ‘accessible housing’. Unfortunately, this application was rejected without justification. For the purposes of legal action, the girl’s father submitted a request for access to the documents. The managing authority agreed to allow the documents to be consulted but would not allow a copy of them to be issued on account of opposition from third parties representing other parties on the housing list. This is contrary to Italian case-law in this regard, according to which the right to defend oneself in court takes precedence over the right of confidentiality. I would add that this particular case has still not been resolved after almost a year, the first request for access dating back to March 2013.

I would ask the Commission to answer the following questions:
Can an authority which manages structural funds, which has, amongst other things, a duty to inform, refuse full access to administrative documents to a potential beneficiary and violate the laws of a Member State?
Could the Commission contact the managing authority for the Region of Calabria without delay in order to establish why this documentation cannot be released to this citizen?
Original language of question: ITOJ C 413, 19/11/2014
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