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European Environment Agency

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the activity of the European Environment Agency in the UK in the last 12 months; and if she will list the publications and newsletters published by the Agency over that period. [215273]

Mr. Morley: The European Environment Agency (EEA) does not operate directly within its member countries. Most of its work is carried out through contractual arrangements with national organisations. The EEA coordinates this activity within the UK and elsewhere mainly through the European environment information and observation network (Eionet), which is a partnership network of over 900 experts and over 300 organisations in 37 countries. Additionally, the EEA has established five European topic centres to support data collection, management and analysis. One of these (for water) is a consortium of institutions headed by WRc PLC, based in the UK. The EEA is responsible for developing the network and coordinating its activities. The UK network within Eionet consists of nine main
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institutions either contracted to carry out work for the EEA or supplying expertise and data to fulfil national reporting obligations. Coordination of the national network within the UK and liaison with the EEA is done by the National Focal Point (NFP) based in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who also supply the UK representative on the EEA Management Board. The UK NFP also produces a twice yearly newsletter to keep contacts and other interested stakeholders up to date on EEA activities.

In 2004 the EEA published 23 reports, technical reports and briefings on environmental topics in paper form, listed in Table 1. In addition the Agency published a brochure 'Eionet connects', detailing the workings of the network. The EEA makes these reports and many other documents available on its website, including its Annual Reports and Annual Management Plans.
Table 1: EEA Publications January 2004 to January 2005 inclusive

ReportPublication DateType
Annual European Community CLRTAP emission inventory 1990–200205 January 2005Technical report No. 6/2004
Analysis of Greenhouse gas emission trends and projections in Europe 2004—Draft21 December 2004Technical report No. 7/2004
Greenhouse gas emission trends and projections in Europe 200421 December 2004EEA Report No. 5 /2004
Air pollution and climate change policies in Europe: exploring linkages and the added value of an integrated approach16 November 2004Technical report No. 5/2004
EEA Briefing 4 -2004—Transport biofuels: exploring links with the energy and agriculture sectors10 November 2004Briefing No. 4/2004
Analysis of greenhouse gas emission trends and projections in Europe 200326 October 2004Technical report No. 4/2004
EEA Briefing 3 -2004—Transport and environment in Europe19 October 2004Briefing No. 3/2004
10 key transport and environment issues for policy-makers19 October 2004EEA Report No. 3/2004
Transport price signals20 September 2004Technical report No. 3/2004
Impacts of Europe's changing climate18 August 2004EEA Report No. 2/2004
Annual European Community greenhouse gas inventory 1990–2002 and inventory report 200414 July 2004Technical report No. 2/2004
EEA Briefing 2 -2004—Energy subsidies and renewables04 July 2004Briefing No. 2/2004
Energy subsidies in the European Union: A brief overview03 June 2004Technical report No.1/2004
EEA Signals 200401 June 2004
An inventory of biodiversity indicators in Europe, 200212 May 2004Technical report No 92
High nature value farmland—Characteristics, trends and policy challenges29 April 2004EEA report No. 1/2004
Agriculture and the environment in the EU accession countries— Implications of applying the EU common agricultural policy28 April 2004Environmental issue report No. 37
Exploring the ancillary benefits of the Kyoto Protocol for air pollution in Europe13 April 2004Technical report No. 93
Air pollution in Europe 1990–200031 March 2004Topic report No. 4 /2003
Mapping the impacts of recent natural disasters and technological accidents in Europe23 March 2004Environmental issue report No. 35
Arctic environment: European perspectives15 March 2004Environmental issue report No. 38/2003
EEA Briefing 1/2004—Halting the loss of biodiversity in Europe09 February 2004Briefing No. 1/2004
EMEP/CORINAIR Emission Inventory Guidebook—Third edition, October 2003 update19 January 2004Technical report No. 30

Reports are available from the EEA Website:

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Farming Subsidies

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total amount of subsidy received by the British farming industry was in each of the last three years; how much will be paid in the next three years; from which funding sources this money originates; how much was received from (a) market regimes and (b) import tariffs; and if she will make a statement. [200297]

Alun Michael: Figures for subsidy received by the British farming industry in each of the last three years and forecasts of amounts to be paid in the next three years are set out in the table.

These forecasts are based on the position as at 30 November 2004 and do not take into account the Ministerial Statement of 1 December 2004 concerning the future of the Over Thirty Month Scheme.

The figures for import tariffs have been provided by HM Customs and Excise. Customs and agricultural duties within the common Customs Tariff constitute own resources of the European Union.

Net receipts of agricultural duties for the past three years are as follows:
£ million


HM Customs and Excise Trust Statement

Since 1 January 2001, member states may retain 25 per cent. of these duties by way of collection costs.
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However, agricultural levies are not forecast separately into the future. It is combined with Customs duties under the heading customs duties and levies".
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The figure for Customs duties and levies for 2004–05 is £2.1 billion and the forecast for 2005–06 is £2.1 billion (announced at the pre-Budget in December 2004).
Farming subsidies PQ—British farming industry subsidy expenditure on farm-based schemes

England—CAP Pillar 1 farm-based schemes1,331,4781,351,9291,578,6721,830,0351,698,8191,672,124
England Rural Development148,871198,345220,357251,000284,403285,553
Northern Ireland159,467183,565197,077209,090233,044247,795
Forestry Commission9,55414,17510,32512,56013,22013,220
Over Thirty Months Scheme payments to farmers191,690245,178196,466178,691181,268174,740

1. CAP Pillar 1 farm-based schemes in the UK are 100 per cent. funded by the EC.
2. Rural development in England and OTMS is co-funded by the EC and UK Exchequer.
3. Payments made by Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Forestry Commission cover expenditure incurred on both CAP Pillar 1 farm-based schemes (100 per cent. EC funded) and rural development schemes (co-funded by the EC and the UK Exchequer).

Farming subsidies PQ—British farming industry subsidy expenditure on principal farm-based non-BSE schemes

England—Pillar 1 Farm based(2)1,331,4781,351,9291,578,6721,830,0351,698,8191,672,124
England Rural Development—EC funded59,02973,38883,717100,000118,400185,100
England Rural Development—UK funded89,842124,957136,640151,000166,003100,453
Northern Ireland(3)159,467183,565197,077209,090233,044247,795

(2) CAP Pillar 1 farm-based schemes in the UK are 100 per cent. funded by the EC.
(3) Payments made by Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland cover expenditure incurred on both CAP Pillar 1 farm-based schemes and rural development schemes.
This table excludes all disease control and public health measures.

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