Statement by Henri Grethen, Member on the European Court of Auditors, on the Special Report "Have EU Structural Measures successfully supported the regeneration of industrial and military brownfield sites"
On 18 April 2013, Henri Grethen, Member on the European Court of Auditors, answered questions about ECA's Special Report No 23/2012 "Have EU Structural Measures successfully supported the regeneration of industrial and military brownfield sites?".
The report calls on the European Commission to improve the running of regeneration projects on so-called "brownfield" sites – former industrial and military areas which are often derelict and contaminated.
The Auditors found that results could have been achieved at a reduced cost to national and EU budgets because the need for public funding was not always established and rules governing EU funded regeneration projects do not sufficiently allow public money to be clawed back if projects generate more revenue than expected. They also found that the ‘polluter pays’ principle has not been fully applied so that national and EU funds have borne part of the cost of environmental clean-ups. SHOTLISTLINK
Type: Report Reference: I-077527 Date: 18/04/2013 Duration: 02:32 Personalities:Grethen, Henri Location:Brussels - International Press Centre Languages:ORIGINAL