Dáil Éireann - Volume 501 - 24 February, 1999

Written Answers. - EU Funding.

91. Mr. Sargent asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the progress, if any, of the community initiatives monitoring committee established to monitor Structural Funds in Ireland. [27269/98]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): My Department chairs and services the Monitoring Committee for the Community Initiative on Rural Development which is known as the Leader II Programme (1994-1999).

The monitoring committee meets twice a year. Its terms of reference are to ensure the satisfactory progress of the operation of the programme in order to achieve its objectives, to review progress in this regard and to propose amendments [205] in the implementation of the programme, where appropriate. A number of amendments which were recommended by the monitoring committee following the Mid-Term Review of the Programme have been approved by the European Commission and incorporated into the operating rules.