Commission Question – Hydroelectric projects in Africa

Question for written answer E-010264/2015

to the Commission

Rule 130

Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)

Subject: Hydroelectric projects in Africa

Has the EU provided any financial or technical assistance to African states in the fields of hydroelectric power infrastructure?

Could the Commission please provide details of any costs

EN

E-010264/2015

Answer given by Mr Mimica

on behalf of the Commission

(9.9.2015) 

The EU supports the construction of hydroelectric plants in Africa and their connection to national and international electricity grids. This has been mainly funded through the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund.1 Support has been provided for all stages of project development (identification, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, assistance in implementation and co-funding of investment costs through interest rate subsidies).

Since 2007, EUR 52 million has been committed for hydroelectric projects through the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund. The total average construction cost of hydroelectric plants co-funded by the EU amounts to EUR 2 860 per kW installed.

1  See ‘Agreement constituting the implementation rules of the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund’, signed on 20th July 2006 between the European Commission (EC) and the European Investment Bank (EIB). The Commission is the Founding Donor (initial funding from the intra-ACP envelope under 9th EDF and later adding resources from 10th EDF) but 12 other Member States have also contributed funding since 2007. Implementation is through joint management with the EIB.

Gulf States should help refugee crisis

In the wake of David Cameron’s announcement today on Syrian refugees UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott has made a plea for the rich Gulf states ‘to do their bit.”

“The six Gulf countries which have so far offered no resettlement places to these refugees really should be taking some.

“Most of these countries are among the richest on the globe following oil exports. They can afford to help and they certainly should do. They are near neighbours of Syria and have far more in common culturally than with Europe, and certainly than with Britain,” said Mr Arnott, Euro-MP for the North East.

“This is a global crisis and I think everyone has to do their bit, including us and including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.

“The migrant plight has divided opinion here and that is because we have already taken in so many immigrants, thanks partly to the EU’s free movement rules, that many people are suffering migrant fatigue.

“We allowed 636,000 new immigrants into this country the last year. Roughly 96% were economic migrants. If you want to know why some people seem to lack compassion, it’s because our uncontrolled mass immigration system has enormous social consequences and puts many local people out of work.

“Stem that flow of mass immigration, and the vast majority of people will recognise the legitimate humanitarian concerns over Syria.

“Meanwhile the issues that need to be addressed are the underlying causes but they get scant mention from the Westminster elite as they know that will raise troubling questions about Western involvement in foreign strife,” he said.

Public deceived over bin collection plans

The scrapping of plans for weekly bin collections was inevitable and it is wrong that the public has been deceived, said local UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott.

“There has been a £250million investment in a failed scheme to encourage town halls to reverse the trend towards fortnightly collections.

“This was a complete waste of our money with not one council restoring weekly bin emptying and some actually scrapping them in favour of fortnightly collections.

“The government is now saying that the scheme is to be dropped which flies in the face of Tory promises while in opposition to restore ‘the fundamental right’ of families to have their bins emptied very seven days.

“But what they never actually admit is that behind the change to alternative week collections lie two EU directives, said Mr Arnott.

“The 1999 Landfill Directive – supported by the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats – and the Waste Framework Directive created ridiculous and impossible recycling targets.

“Not only are householders hit in the pocket with council tax  paying for bin collections but also lumbered with this £250million doomed project.

“Decisions affecting people in the North East should be made in their best interests and not because our hands are tied by Brussels rules and regulations,” he said.

It is understood funding for the scheme will be axed in the autumn spending review because the Department for Communities and Local Government is facing budget cuts of up to 40 per cent.