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A8-0071/2014

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P8_TA(2014)0099

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15.12.2014
PE 541.352v03-00 A8-0071/2014

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument, in accordance with point 12 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

(COM(2014)0349 – C8‑0022/2014 – 2014/2039(BUD))

Committee on Budgets

Rapporteur: Eider Gardiazabal Rubial

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION
 ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL
 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 mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument, in accordance with point 12 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

(COM(2014)0349 – C8‑0022/2014 – 2014/2039(BUD))

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2014)0349 – C8‑0022/2014),

–       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(1), and in particular Article 11 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(2), and in particular point 12 thereof,

–       having regard to the new draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2015, which the Commission adopted on 28 November 2014 (COM(2014)0723),

–       having regard to the position on the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2015, which the Council adopted on 12 December 2014 and forwarded to Parliament the same day (16739/2014 – C8-0287/2014),

–       having regard to its position adopted on 17 December 2014 on the 2015 draft general budget(3),

–       having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets (A8-0071/2014),

A.     whereas after having examined all possibilities for re-allocating commitment appropriations under sub-heading 1b, it appears necessary to mobilise the Flexibility Instrument for commitment appropriations,

B.     whereas the Commission has proposed to mobilise the Flexibility Instrument, over and above the MFF ceilings, to complement the financing in the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2015 for EUR 79,8 million in commitment appropriations in relation to the additional allocation from the Structural Funds to Cyprus, by a total amount of EUR 100 million for the year 2015,

1.      Notes that, despite contained reinforcements in commitment appropriations on a limited number of budget items, the 2015 ceiling of sub-heading 1b does not allow for an adequate financing of important and urgent political priorities of the Union;

2.      Agrees therefore with the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument and amends the Commission proposal to finance the additional allocation for the Cypriot Structural Funds programmes under sub-heading 1b up to the amount of EUR 83,26 million;

3.      Reiterates that the mobilisation of this instrument, as foreseen in Article 11 of the MFF Regulation, evidences, once more, the crucial need for the Union budget to be flexible;

4.      Reiterates its long-standing view that, without prejudice of the possibility for payment appropriations to be mobilised for specific budget lines through the Flexibility Instrument without prior mobilisations in commitments, the payments stemming from commitments previously mobilised through the Flexibility Instrument can only be counted over and above the ceilings;

5.      Approves the decision annexed to this resolution;

6.      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;

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

(1)

OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884.

(2)

OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

(3)

Texts Adopted, P8_TA(2014)0000.


ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

on the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument

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 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(1), and in particular point 12 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas,

(1)    Article 11 of Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013(2) allows the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument within the annual ceiling of EUR 471 million (2011 prices) to allow the financing of clearly identified expenditure which could not be financed within the limits of the ceilings available for one or more other headings.

(2)    After having examined all possibilities for re-allocating appropriations under sub-heading 1b, it appears necessary to mobilise the Flexibility Instrument to complement the financing in the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2015, beyond the ceiling of sub-heading 1b, by EUR 83 285 595 towards the financing of the Cypriot Structural Funds programmes, to grant an additional allocation from the Structural Funds to Cyprus for the year 2015 for a total amount of EUR 100 000 000.

(3)    For the financial year 2014, the European Parliament and the Council have already mobilised the Flexibility Instrument by Decision of 20 November 2013 for the financing of the Cypriot Structural Funds programmes for an amount of EUR 89 330 000 in commitment appropriations only.

(4)    Taking into account the supplementary nature of the Flexibility Instrument, it is necessary to provide additional payment appropriations to cover the additional commitment appropriations for Cyprus for the two financial years 2014 and 2015 on the basis of the expected payment profile, estimated to EUR 11.3 million in 2015, EUR 45.7 million in 2016, EUR 75.4 million in 2017 and EUR 40.2 million in 2018. The annual amounts for each year of the period 2015-2018 will have to be confirmed by each draft budget presented by the Commission during this period,

HAVE ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

For the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2015, the Flexibility Instrument shall be used to provide the sum of EUR 83 285 595 in commitment appropriations in sub-heading 1b.

That amount shall be used to complement the financing of the Cypriot Structural Funds programmes under sub-heading 1b.

Payments associated with the financing of the Cypriot Structural Funds through the Flexibility Instrument in 2014 and 2015 will be EUR 172 600 000 for the period 2015-2018. The exact annual amount will be defined in the draft budget of the year as presented by the Commission.

Article 2

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

Done at […],

For the European Parliament                      For the Council

The President                                                The President

(1)

OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

(2)

Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 of 2 December 2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884)


RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

Date adopted

15.12.2014

 

 

 

Result of final vote

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34

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Members present for the final vote

Jean Arthuis, Richard Ashworth, Reimer Böge, Lefteris Christoforou, Jean-Paul Denanot, Gérard Deprez, José Manuel Fernandes, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Jens Geier, Iris Hoffmann, Monika Hohlmeier, Bernd Kölmel, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Vladimír Maňka, Sophie Montel, Clare Moody, Siegfried Mureşan, Victor Negrescu, Jan Olbrycht, Younous Omarjee, Pina Picierno, Paul Rübig, Petri Sarvamaa, Patricija Šulin, Eleftherios Synadinos, Isabelle Thomas, Inese Vaidere, Marco Valli, Monika Vana, Daniele Viotti, Marco Zanni

Substitutes present for the final vote

Tamás Deutsch, Pablo Echenique, Ernest Maragall, Andrej Plenković, Sergei Stanishev, Nils Torvalds

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