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European Environmental Monitoring

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what European Community funds are being, or will be, directed to the establishment of the European Environment Agency in 1989–90, 1990–91 and 1991–92;(2) what European Community funds are being, or will be, directed to the establishment of the European monitoring and information system in 1989–90, 1990–91 and 1991–92.

The establishment of the European Environment Agency and the European monitoring and information system are integral parts of a single proposal. As such it is inappropriate and impossible to distinguish separate expenditure elements. The cost of establishing and maintaining the agency and the underlying network in the first year of operations is estimated at 5·5 million ecu, equivalent to about £3·8 million. Budget estimates for later years are not available.