Written Answers. - Community Support Framework.

Jack Wall


48 Mr. Wall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she has satisfied herself with the financial amendments to operational programmes affecting industry and human resources in the mid term review of the EU Community Support Framework; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22032/97]

The overall Community Support Framework Mid Term Review package, which included both the industry and human resources OPs, was approved by the Government following intensive negotiations with the European Commission. The main priorities for additional resources which were identified in those negotiations were:

— National Roads

— Industry Research and Development

— Long Term Unemployed, including Early School Leavers

— Information Society

— Farmyard Pollution

— The Environment.

I am satisified that the financial amendments to the industry operational programme and the human resources operational programme reflect the priority accorded to both research and development and long-term unemployed and early school leavers in the CSF mid term review process.