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Parliamentary questions
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12 March 2015
Question for written answer E-004083-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marie-Christine Arnautu (NI) , Bruno Gollnisch (NI)

 Subject:  Funding of urban transport projects
 Answer in writing 

The 2014 report of the European Court of Auditors on the effectiveness of projects supported by the EU in the field of urban public transport indicates that two thirds of the funded projects have performed badly.

Between 2000 and 2013, the Union allocated EUR 10.7 billion to the co-funding of projects seeking to help local authorities to set up urban transport systems. These projects contribute nothing to the European Union’s desire to create interoperability in the European transport network. It appears that the Member States and regional authorities are capable of ensuring the effectiveness of their urban areas.

According to the principle of subsidiarity as defined in Article 5 of the Treaty on European Union, the funding of these projects is a matter not for the Union, but for the regional authorities.

These projects, although badly designed, have received 85% of the Union subsidies. It appears, therefore, that cross-financing has given rise to irresponsibility.

Can the Commission explain in detail in what respects the regional authorities are incapable of ensuring the efficiency of their urban transport networks?

Can it confirm that it will not fund any more projects which do not fall within its responsibilities?

Original language of question: FR 
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