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on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, in accordance with point 13 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management (application EGF/2014/000 TA 2014 – Technical assistance at the initiative of the Commission)

(COM(2014)0366 – C8‑0031/2014 – 2014/2041(BUD))

Committee on Budgets

Rapporteur: Liadh Ni Riada

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION
 ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 ANNEX: LETTER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS
 RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, in accordance with point 13 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management (application EGF/2014/000 TA 2014 – Technical assistance at the initiative of the Commission)

(COM(2014)0366 – C8‑0031/2014 – 2014/2041(BUD))

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2014)0366 – C8‑0031/2014),

–       having regard to the European Council conclusions on a Compact for Growth and Jobs of 28-29 June 2012,

–       having regard to the European Council conclusions of 7-8th February 2013,

–       having regard to Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (2014-2020) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006(1) (EGF Regulation),

–       having regard to Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 of 2 December 2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020(2), and in particular Article 12 thereof,

–       having regard to the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management(3) (IIA of 2 December 2013), and in particular point 13 thereof,

–       having regard to trilogue procedure provided for in point 13 of the IIA of 2 December 2013,

–       having regard to the letter of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs,

–       having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets (A8-0003/2014),

A.     whereas the European Union has set up legislative and budgetary instruments to provide additional support to workers, who are suffering from the consequences of major structural changes in world trade patterns, dramatically aggravated by the economic, financial and social crisis, and to assist their reintegration into the labour market,

B.     whereas the amount of EUR 330 000 proposed to be mobilised by the Commission for technical assistance in 2014 is below the maximum of 0,5% of the annual maximum amount of the EGF (EUR 150 million at 2011 prices) as laid down by Article 11(1) of the EGF Regulation;

C.     whereas the Union’s financial assistance to workers made redundant should be adequate and made available as quickly and efficiently as possible, in accordance with the Joint Declaration of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission adopted during the conciliation meeting on 17 July 2008, and having due regard for the IIA of 2 December 2013 in respect of the adoption of decisions to mobilise the EGF,

D.     whereas the findings of the Commission’s Internal Audit suggest improvement and securing of the functionalities of the EGF database, which require external expertise;

E.     whereas up to 0,5% of the annual EGF amount can be made available each year for technical assistance at the initiative of the Commission, in order to finance preparation, monitoring, data gathering and creation of a knowledge base, administrative and technical support, information and communication activities as well as audit, control and evaluation activities necessary to implement the EGF Regulation, as stipulated in Article 11(1) of that Regulation; whereas, technical assistance shall also include the provision of information and guidance for the Member States in using, monitoring and evaluating the EGF to the European and national social partners, as stipulated in Article 11(4) of the EGF Regulation,

F.     whereas the technical assistance expenditure in year 2014 is significantly reduced compared to the previous year, also due to the fact that there are no evaluations to be funded;

G.     whereas, in accordance with Article 12(2) of the EGF Regulation, the Commission is obliged to set up an internet site, available in all Union languages, to provide and disseminate information on applications and highlighting the role of the budgetary authority,

H.     whereas the final phase of the ex-post evaluation of the EGF (2007-2013) was conducted in 2013;

I.      whereas, on the basis of those articles, the Commission requested that the EGF be mobilised to cover expenditures in relation to technical assistance in order to monitor applications received and paid and measures proposed and implemented, to expand the website and translate new elements in all Union languages, increase the visibility of EGF, produce publications and audio-visual tools, to create a knowledge base, to provide administrative and technical support to Member States and regional authorities and not requesting funds for evaluations in 2014,

J.      whereas the number of EGF cases that has been wound up until today provides for a considerable number of qualitative and quantitative data regarding the influence of the EGF in relation to the employability of the workers made redundant due to the effects of globalisation and the financial and economic crisis;

K.     whereas the application fulfils the eligibility criteria set up by the EGF Regulation,

L.     whereas the cost of information activities in 2014 is significantly reduced;

M.    whereas the EGF Working Groups have frequently underlined the necessity of a better visibility of the EGF as a community instrument of solidarity with the workers made redundant;

N.     whereas preparations are on-going with a view to integrating the EGF into the electronic data exchange system (SFC2014);

O.     whereas the technical assistance provided by the Commission to the Member States supports and enhances the use of the EGF by providing information on the applications and by spreading best practice among the Member States;

1.      Agrees with the measures proposed by the Commission to be financed as technical assistance in accordance with Article 11(1) and (4) as well as with Article 12(2), (3) and (4) of the EGF Regulation;

2.      Recalls the importance of networking and exchange of information on the EGF; supports, therefore, the funding of the Expert Group of Contact Persons of the EGF as well as other networking activities among the Member States including this year's networking seminar for practitioners on the implementation of the EGF; underlines the need to further enhance the liaising between all those involved in EGF applications, including namely the social partners and stakeholders at regional and local level, to create as many synergies as possible;

3.      Notes that the cost of information activities is significantly reduced in 2014; underlines the importance of this not having an adverse effect on the production and sufficient distribution of information material and necessary guidance on the new EGF Regulation in the first year of its implementation;

4.      Encourages the Commission to further enhance its work on the standardised procedures for simplified applications, faster processing of the applications and better reporting with the aim of easing the administrative burden for the Member States; encourages the Commission to increase the visibility of EGF in further actions;

5.      Underlines the importance of increasing general awareness about EGF and its visibility; reminds applicant Member States of their role to publicise the actions funded by EGF to the targeted beneficiaries, authorities, social partners, the media and the general public, as set out in Article 12 of the EGF Regulation;

6.      Notes the fact that the Commission will make available a print run of the EGF ex-post evaluation together with an online publication;

7.      Welcomes the fact that the final phase of the ex-post evaluation of EGF (2007-2013) was conducted in 2013; calls for the timely publication of the final evaluation in accordance with the deadline set in Article 17 of the previous EGF Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006);

8.      Calls on the co-legislators to introduce special provisions to facilitate the mobilisation of the EGF in the Member States which are facing particularly serious social, economic and financial constraints;

9.      Notes that the Commission has already started to work in 2011 on the electronic application form and the standardised procedures for simplified applications, faster processing of the applications and better reporting; notes furthermore the preparations to integrate the EGF into the electronic data exchange system (SFC2014); asks the Commission to present the progress made following the use of technical assistance between 2011 and 2013;

10.    Deeply regrets that the Commission did not duly analyse the effectiveness of the use of the crisis derogation criterion, especially taking into account that these EGF cases were not duly considered in the EGF framework review; regrets, however, that the results did not arrive in time to feed into the discussion on the new regulation for the EGF in 2014-2020, especially regarding the effectiveness of the use of the crisis derogation criterion; still believes that this should be taken into account for the future evaluation of the EGF; calls on the co-legislators to consider the reintroduction of this measure without delay, especially in the context of the social emergency situations in several Member States;

11.    Recalls the importance of networking and exchange of information on the EGF, particularly in relation to the provisions of the new EGF Regulation; supports, therefore, the funding of the Expert Group of Contact Persons of the EGF; calls on the Commission to invite the Parliament to the expert group meetings and seminars in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Framework Agreement on relations between the European Parliament and the European Commission(4); underlines furthermore the importance to liaise with all those involved in EGF applications, including the social partners;

12.    Urges the Member States to profit from the exchange of best practices and to learn particularly from those Member States, regional and local authorities that have already put in place national information networks on the EGF involving the social partners and stakeholders at local and regional level with a view of having a good structure for assistance in place once any situation which falls under the scope of the EGF might occur; points out the need to encourage assistance with autonomy and ease of access at regional level to implement a bottom up ethos, empowering local solutions at a regional level where any situation which falls under the scope of the EGF might occur;

13.    Requests the Member States and all the institutions involved to make the necessary efforts to improve procedural and budgetary arrangements in order to accelerate the mobilisation of the EGF; notes in this sense, the improved procedure put in place by the Commission, following Parliament's request to accelerate the release of grants, aimed at presenting to the budgetary authority the Commission's assessment on the eligibility of an EGF application together with the proposal to mobilise the EGF; takes note of the adoption of the new EGF Regulation which will allow greater efficiency, transparency, accountability and visibility of the EGF;

14.    Strongly believes that it is essential that Union expenditure is closely scrutinised on the basis of value for money; asks the Commission to outline clearly the added value in terms of tangible outcomes in creating a separate budget line for the EGF;

15.    Welcomes the extension of the objectives and criteria of the EGF regulation introduced in December 2013, in order to integrate and facilitate applications from regions and countries with a smaller demographic density; deeply regrets that this has an exceptional character and is limited to a threshold of a maximum of 15% of the maximum annual amount of the EGF, while these regions are suffering a much higher impact of the global social, economic and financial crisis;

16.    Welcomes the extension of the scope of the fund regarding the eligible beneficiaries, namely self-employed persons and the provision of personalised services co-financed by the EGF to a number of NEETs under the age of 25, or when the Member states decide under the age of 30; nevertheless, believes that the fund would increase its effectiveness and produce a much higher impact if the general threshold would be placed at 200 workers, instead of 500;

17.    Following the extension of the objectives, criteria and eligible beneficiaries of the EGF, insists on the need to increase the level of appropriations available for the EGF both in commitments and in payments to at least the 2013 level, that is to say, to at least EUR 500 million, in full alignment with the policy priorities set by the Union regarding the promotion of investment for growth and jobs; furthermore, reminds the Council of the Parliament's position to consider the integration of the EGF in the Union budget in the framework of the 2014-2020 MFF review, in accordance with the principle of budgetary unity;

18.    Approves the decision annexed to this resolution;

19.    Instructs its President to sign the decision with the President of the Council and arrange for its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union;

20.    Instructs its President to forward this resolution, including its annex, to the Council and the Commission.

(1)

OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 855

(2)

OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884.

(3)

OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

(4)

OJ L 304, 20.11.2010, p. 47.


ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, in accordance with point 13 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management (EGF/2014/000 TA 2014 - Technical assistance at the initiative of the Commission)

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (2014-2020) and repealing Regulation (EC) 1927/2006(1), and in particular Article 11(2) thereof,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 of 2 December 2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020(2), and in particular Article 12 thereof,

Having regard to the Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission of 2 December 2013 on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management(3), and in particular point 13 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)      The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) was established to provide support for workers made redundant and self-employed persons whose activities have ceased as a result of major structural changes in world trade patterns due to globalisation, as a result of a continuation of the global financial and economic crisis addressed in Regulation (EC) No 546/2009(4), or as a result of a new global financial and economic crisis, and to assist them with their reintegration into the labour market.

(2)      The EGF shall not exceed a maximum annual amount of EUR 150 million (2011 prices), as laid down in Article 12 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013.

(3)      Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 provides that a maximum of 0,5 % of the annual maximum amount of the EGF may be used each year for technical assistance at the initiative of the Commission. The Commission therefore proposes to mobilise an amount of EUR 330 000.

(4)      The EGF should, therefore, be mobilised in order to provide technical assistance at the initiative of the Commission,

HAVE ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

For the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2014, the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund shall be mobilised to provide the sum of EUR 330 000 in commitment and payment appropriations.

Article 2

This Decision shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Done at Brussels,

For the European Parliament                      For the Council

The President                                                The President

(1)

              OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 855.

(2)

             OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884.

(3)

              OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

(4)

             OJ L 167, 29.6.2009, p. 26.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

I. Background

The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund has been created in order to provide additional assistance to workers suffering from the consequences of major structural changes in world trade patterns.

According to the provisions of point 28 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 on budgetary discipline and sound financial management(1) (now replaced by the IIA of 2 December 2013) and of Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006(2) (now replaced by Regulation No 1309/2013), the Fund could not exceed a maximum amount of EUR 500 million, drawn from any margin under the global expenditure ceiling from the previous year, and/ or from the cancelled commitment appropriations from the previous two years, excluding those related to Heading 1b.

According to the provisions of Article 12 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020(3) and of Article 15 of Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013(4), the Fund may now not exceed a maximum annual amount of EUR 150 million (2011 prices). The appropriate amounts are entered into the general budget of the Union as a provision.

As concerns the procedure, according to point 13 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management(5), in order to activate the Fund the Commission, in case of a positive assessment of an application, presents to the budgetary authority a proposal for mobilisation of the Fund and, at the same time, a corresponding request for transfer. In the event of disagreement, a trilogue shall be initiated.

II. The Commission proposal

On 24 June 2014, the Commission adopted a new proposal for a decision on the mobilisation of the EGF.

It concerns the mobilisation of EUR 330 000 from the Fund, covering technical assistance for the Commission. The objective of the technical assistance is to finance monitoring, information, to create a knowledge base interface and to advice Member States on using, following up and evaluating the EGF. According to Article 11(1) of the EGF Regulation, 0.5% of the annual maximum amount of the EGF (i.e. EUR 750 000 in 2011 prices) can be made available each year for technical assistance at the initiative of the Commission.

According to the Commission's proposal, in 2014 the requested amount is intended to cover the following activities:

Monitoring: The Commission will continue to collect the data on applications received and paid, and the measures proposed and implemented, and it will update the Statistical Portrait of the EGF. Building on the preparatory work of recent years, most of this will be done with the Commission's normal administrative resources. However, some external expertise will be required to improve and secure the functionalities of the EGF database in accordance with the findings of the Commission's Internal Audit. The cost for all these activities is estimated at EUR 20 000.

Information: The website on the EGF(6), which the Commission has set up within its Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion area, and which it is maintaining as required under Article 12(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013, will be regularly updated and expanded, with each new element also being translated into all EU languages. Information on the new EGF Regulation will be produced, and a small print run of the EGF ex-post evaluation will be made available together with an online publication. General awareness of the EGF and its visibility will be encouraged. The EGF will be covered in various Commission publications and audio-visual activities. The cost for all these items is estimated at EUR 20 000.

Creation of a knowledge base: The Commission is continuing its work with a view of setting up an electronic application form and standardised procedures for EGF applications, which will allow applications under the new Regulation to be simplified, their processing to be sped up and reports to be more easily extracted for varying needs. Standardisation of final reporting forms is also continuing, with the objective of easing the administrative burden of the Member States. The cost for these items is estimated at EUR 100 000.

Administrative and technical support: The Expert Group of Contact Persons of the EGF, with one member from each Member State, will be holding two meetings, together estimated at EUR 70 000.

In addition, the Commission will be organising networking among the Member States, with two seminars of EGF implementing bodies in the Member States around the same dates, focusing on issues arising with the interpretation of the new EGF Regulation, particularly as regards the possible inclusion of NEETs in the measures. The cost of these items is estimated at EUR 120 000.

Evaluation: There will be no need to provide funds for evaluations in 2014. Public procurement for the mid-term evaluation will be launched in 2015, with a view to concluding the evaluation by 30 June 2017, as required by Article 20(1)(a) of Regulation (EU) 1309/2013.

III. Procedure

In order to mobilise the Fund, the Commission has submitted to the Budgetary Authority a transfer request for a global amount of EUR 330 000 from the EGF reserve (40 02 43) and payment appropriations (04 0401) to the EGF budget line (04 01 04 04).

This is the fifth transfer proposal for the mobilisation of the Fund transmitted to the Budgetary Authority to date during 2014.

The trilogue procedure shall be initiated in the event of disagreement, as provided for in Article 15(4) of the EGF Regulation.

According to an internal agreement, the Employment and Social Affairs Committee should be associated to the process, in order to provide constructive support and contribution to the assessment of the applications from the Fund.

V. Opinion of the rapporteur

Your rapporteur agrees with the measures proposed by the Commission to be financed as technical assistance which she believes will help simplify the application procedure and enable better access to the relevant data.

She supports in particular the proposed measures for knowledge and information sharing via the EGF website and via expert groups and networks at local, regional and national level which combined with a better overview of the functioning of the EGF would lead to more efficient implementation of EGF measures in the future.

Your rapporteur very much welcomes the extension of the scope of the EGF regarding eligible beneficiaries, namely self-employed persons and the provision of personalised services co-financed by the EGF to a number of NEETs (a young person "Not in Education, Employment, or Training") under the age of 25, or when the Member States decide under the age of 30, which furthermore justifies the need to increase the resources made available for the EGF.

Your rapporteur encourages the enhancement of further assistance, with autonomy and ease of access at regional level, empowering local solutions at local and regional level where any situation which falls under the scope of the EGF might occur.

Your rapporteur welcomes the extension of the objectives and criteria of the EGF, in order to integrate and facilitate applications from regions and countries with a smaller demographic density; however, the rapporteur regrets the exceptional character of this measure and believes that a higher annual threshold should be set. She also believes that the 500 workers threshold should be reduced to 200 workers, in order to promote the access to the fund.

Your rapporteur insists on the need to at least come back to the previous level of appropriations of the EGF of at EUR500 million, especially taking into account the extension of the scope of the fund following the political priorities set by the EU. Furthermore and under the budgetary unity principle, your rapporteur considers that for transparency and accountability reasons, it is of the utmost importance to promote the integration of the EGF in the EU budget.

Your rapporteur insists in particular on the urgent need to reintegrate the "crisis derogation" criterion and to introduce special provisions to facilitate the mobilisation of the EGF fund to the Member States, which are facing particularly serious social, economic and financial constraints.

Your rapporteur recommends the enhancement of the liaison between all those involved in the EGF applications and calls on the Member States to implement a set of complementary measures at the local, regional and national level to ensure that the adequate support is given to the workers on one hand and that adequate legal provisions are set in place in order to prevent any misuse of the EGF funds, on the other hand.

(1)

            OJ C 139, 14.6.2006, p. 1.

(2)

           OJ L 406, 30.12.2006, p. 1.

(3)

           OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884.

(4)

           OJ L 347, 30.12.2013, p. 855.

(5)

            OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

(6)

http://ec.europa.eu/egf


ANNEX: LETTER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS

ZP/ch D(2014)39257

M. Jean Arthuis

Chair of the Committee on Budgets

ASP 09G205

Subject: Opinion on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) for the case EGF/2014/000 Technical Assistance 2014 (COM(2014)366 final)

Dear Chair,

The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) as well as its Working Group on the EGF examined the mobilisation of the EGF for the case EGF/2014/000 Technical Assistance 2014 and adopted the following opinion.

The EMPL committee and the Working Group on the EGF are in favour of the mobilisation of the Fund concerning this request. In this respect, the EMPL committee presents some remarks without, however, putting into question the transfer of the payments.

The deliberations of the EMPL committee are based on the following considerations:

A)  Whereas the amount of 330 000 Euros proposed to be mobilised by the Commission for technical assistance in 2014 is below the maximum of 0.5% of the annual maximum amount of the EGF (150 million Euros at 2011 prices) as laid down by Article 11(1) of the Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 (EGF Regulation);

B)  Whereas the findings of the Commission’s Internal Audit suggest improvement and securing of the functionalities of the EGF database, which require external expertise;

C)  Whereas the technical assistance expenditure in year 2014 is significantly reduced compared to the previous year, also due to the fact that there are no evaluations to be funded;

D)  Whereas the final phase of the ex-post evaluation of the EGF (2007-2013) was conducted in 2013;

E)  Whereas the number of EGF cases that has been wound up until today provides for a considerable number of qualitative and quantitative data regarding the influence of the EGF in relation to the employability of the workers made redundant due to the effects of globalisation or the financial and economic crisis;

F)  Whereas the cost of information activities in 2014 is significantly reduced;

G)  Whereas the EGF Working Group has frequently underlined the necessity of a better visibility of the EGF as a community instrument of solidarity with the workers made redundant;

H)  Whereas preparations are on-going with a view to integrating the EGF into the electronic data exchange system (SFC2014);

I)  Whereas the technical assistance provided by the Commission to the Member States supports and enhances the use of the EGF by providing information on the applications and by spreading best practice among the Member States;

Therefore, the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs calls on the Committee on Budgets, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following suggestions in its motion for a resolution concerning the mobilisation of the fund for technical assistance of the Commission:

1.  Agrees with the measures proposed by the Commission to be financed as Technical Assistance in accordance with Articles 11(1) and (4) as well as 12(2), (3) and (4) of the EGF Regulation;

2.  Notes that the cost of information activities is significantly reduced in 2014; underlines the importance of this not having an adverse effect on the production and sufficient distribution of information material and necessary guidance on the new EGF Regulation in the first year of its implementation; 

3.  Underlines the importance of increasing general awareness about EGF and its visibility; reminds applicant Member States of their role to publicise the actions funded by EGF to the targeted beneficiaries, authorities, social partners, the media and the general public, as set out in Article 12 of the Regulation;

4.  Welcomes that the final phase of the ex-post evaluation of EGF (2007-2013) was conducted in 2013; calls for the timely publication of the final evaluation in accordance with the deadline set in Article 17 of the previous EGF Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006;

5.  Notes that the Commission has already started to work in 2011 on the electronic application form and the standardised procedures for simplified applications, faster processing of the applications and better reporting; notes furthermore the preparations to integrate the EGF into the electronic data exchange system (SFC2014); asks the Commission to present the progress made following the use of technical assistance between 2011 and 2013;

6.  Recalls the importance of networking and exchange of information on the EGF, particularly in relation to the provisions of the new Regulation; supports, therefore, the funding of the Expert Group of Contact Persons of the EGF; calls on the Commission to invite the Parliament to the expert group meetings and seminars in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Framework Agreement on relations between the European Parliament and the European Commission(1); underlines furthermore the importance to liaise with all those involved in EGF applications, including the social partners.

Yours sincerely,

Marita ULVSKOG,

Acting Chair, 1st Vice-Chair

(1)

Official Journal of the European Union L 304/47 20.11.2010


RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

Date adopted

11.9.2014

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

26

3

2

Members present for the final vote

Nedzhmi Ali, Richard Ashworth, Jean-Paul Denanot, Gérard Deprez, José Manuel Fernandes, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Jens Geier, Esteban González Pons, Heidi Hautala, Iris Hoffmann, Kaja Kallas, Bernd Kölmel, Vladimír Maňka, Siegfried Mureşan, Victor Negrescu, Liadh Ní Riada, Jan Marian Olbrycht, Pina Picierno, Pedro Silva Pereira, Patricija Šulin, Paul Tang, Indrek Tarand, Marco Valli, Monika Vana, Marco Zanni

Substitutes present for the final vote

Georgios Kyrtsos, Giovanni La Via, Janusz Lewandowski, Ivan Štefanec, Anders Primdahl Vistisen

Substitutes under Rule 200(2) present for the final vote

Albert Deß

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