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Parliamentary questions
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25 April 2017
Question for written answer E-002854-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Linnéa Engström (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Mitigation of hydrogeological risks in Olbia (Sardinia, Italy)
 Answer in writing 

The catastrophic consequences suffered by the city of Olbia following floods in 2013 and 2015 have highlighted the serious cost of failing to comply with sustainable land use regulations.

Olbia’s Committee for Hydrological Protection filed a complaint to the Commission(1) denouncing shortcomings in the review of the local hydrogeological planning scheme (PAI)(2): the Olbia hydrogeological risk mitigation project(3), and the fact that many risk mitigation works were embarked upon without a comprehensive Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) being carried out beforehand. More specifically:

Anomalies were found in the contracts awarded to project designers, as the committed amount of EUR 135 000 was artificially split in half between engineering works and geological studies. The purpose of doing so was seemingly to apply the negotiated procedure without prior publication of a contract notice.
Works were either started or pending under the contracting procedure with no prior EIA/SEA, and were found to be inconsistent with the PAI. As a result of the floods, the PAI is currently under review and the risk mitigation measures could be at odds with any scheme that emerges from this review.

What steps will the Commission take to ensure that efforts to mitigate Olbia’s hydrogeological risks comply with Directive 2011/92/EU, as amended by Directive 2014/52/EU (EIA), and Directives 2011/42/EC (SEA) and 2004/18/EC on public works contracts?


(1)The original text of the complaint can be accessed at:
(3)Full original text available at:
(4)This question is supported by two other Members: Bodil Valero (Verts/ALE) and Marco Affronte (Verts/ALE).

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