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P8_TA(2015)0169

REPORT     
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31.3.2015
PE 541.303v02-00 A8-0110/2015

on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the SESAR Joint Undertaking for the financial year 2013

(2014/2130(DEC))

Committee on Budgetary Control

Rapporteur: Anders Primdahl Vistisen

1. PROPOSAL FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT DECISION

1. PROPOSAL FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT DECISION

on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the SESAR Joint Undertaking for the financial year 2013

(2014/2130(DEC))

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to the final annual accounts of the SESAR Joint Undertaking for the financial year 2013,

–       having regard to the Court of Auditors’ report on the annual accounts of the SESAR Joint Undertaking for the financial year 2013, together with the Joint Undertaking’s replies(1),

–       having regard to the statement of assurance(2) as to the reliability of the accounts and the legality and regularity of the underlying transactions provided by the Court of Auditors for the financial year 2013, pursuant to Article 287 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–       having regard to the Council’s recommendation of 17 February 2015 on discharge to be given to the joint undertaking in respect of the implementation of the budget for the financial year 2013 (05306/2015 – C8‑0049/2015),

–       having regard to Article 319 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–       having regard to Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities(3),

–       having regard to Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002(4), and in particular Article 208 thereof,

–       having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 219/2007 of 27 February 2007 on the establishment of a Joint Undertaking to develop the new generation European air traffic management system (SESAR)(5), and in particular Article 4b thereof,

–       having regard to Commission Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2343/2002 of 19 November 2002 on the framework Financial Regulation for the bodies referred to in Article 185 of Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities(6),

–       having regard to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1271/2013 of 30 September 2013 on the framework financial regulation for the bodies referred to in Article 208 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council(7),

–       having regard to Rule 94 of and Annex V to its Rules of Procedure,

–       having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgetary Control and the opinion of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (A8-0110/2015),

1.      Grants the Executive Director of the SESAR Joint Undertaking discharge in respect of the implementation of the joint undertaking’s budget for the financial year 2013;

2.      Sets out its observations in the resolution below;

3.      Instructs its President to forward this decision and the resolution forming an integral part of it to the Executive Director of the SESAR Joint Undertaking, the Council, the Commission and the Court of Auditors, and to arrange for their publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (L series).

2. PROPOSAL FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT DECISION

on the closure of the accounts of the SESAR Joint Undertaking for the financial year 2013

(2014/2130(DEC))

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to the final annual accounts of the SESAR Joint Undertaking for the financial year 2013,

–       having regard to the Court of Auditors’ report on the annual accounts of the SESAR Joint Undertaking for the financial year 2013, together with the Joint Undertaking’s replies(8),

–       having regard to the statement of assurance(9) as to the reliability of the accounts and the legality and regularity of the underlying transactions provided by the Court of Auditors for the financial year 2013, pursuant to Article 287 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–       having regard to the Council’s recommendation of 17 February 2015on discharge to be given to the joint undertaking in respect of the implementation of the budget for the financial year 2013 (05306/2014 – C8‑0049/2014),

–       having regard to Article 319 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–       having regard to Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities(10),

–       having regard to Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002(11), and in particular Article 208 thereof,

–       having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 219/2007 of 27 February 2007 on the establishment of a Joint Undertaking to develop the new generation European air traffic management system (SESAR)(12), and in particular Article 4b thereof,

–       having regard to Commission Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2343/2002 of 19 November 2002 on the framework Financial Regulation for the bodies referred to in Article 185 of Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities(13),

–       having regard to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1271/2013 of 30 September 2013 on the framework financial regulation for the bodies referred to in Article 208 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council(14),

–       having regard to Rule 94 of and Annex V to its Rules of Procedure,

–       having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgetary Control and the opinion of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (A8-0110/2015),

1.      Approves the closure of the accounts of the SESAR Joint Undertaking for the financial year 2013;

2.      Instructs its President to forward this decision to the Executive Director of the SESAR Joint Undertaking, the Council, the Commission and the Court of Auditors, and to arrange for its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (L series).

3. MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION

with observations forming an integral part of the decision on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget for the SESAR Joint Undertaking for the financial year 2013

(2014/2130(DEC))

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to its decision on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the SESAR Joint Undertaking for the financial year 2013,

–       having regard to Rule 94 of and Annex V to its Rules of Procedure,

–       having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgetary Control and the opinion of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (A8-0110/2015),

A.     whereas the SESAR Joint Undertaking ("the Joint Undertaking") was set up in February 2007 to run the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) programme that aims to modernise air traffic management in Europe;

B.     whereas the SESAR project is divided into a "definition phase"(2004-2007) led by Eurocontrol, a first "development phase"(2008-2016), funded by the 2008-2013 programming period managed by the Joint Undertaking and a "deployment phase" (2014-2020) running in parallel to the “development phase”; whereas the deployment phase is expected to be led by industry and stakeholders for the large-scale production and implementation of the new air traffic management infrastructure;

C.     whereas the Joint Undertaking started to work autonomously in 2007 and the "deployment phase" is bound to start;

D.     whereas the Joint Undertaking was designed as a public-private partnership with the Union and Eurocontrol as founding members;

E.     whereas the budget for the 2008-2016 development phase of the SESAR project is EUR 2 100 000 000 and is to be provided in equal parts by the Union, Eurocontrol and the participating public and private partners,

1.  Highlights the Joint Undertaking’s vital role in coordinating and implementing research into the SESAR project, which is a pillar project of the Single European Sky; notes also that 2014 marks the beginning of the deployment phase of the SESAR project;

Budget and Financial Management

2.  Notes that the Court of Auditors ("the Court") stated that the 2013 annual accounts of the Joint Undertaking present fairly, in all material respects, its financial position as of 31 December 2013 and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the year then ended, in accordance with the provisions of its Financial Rules;

3.  Notes that the Joint Undertaking's final budget for the financial year 2013 included commitment appropriations of EUR 64 300 000 and payment appropriations of EUR 105 400 000; notes furthermore that the utilisation rates for commitment and payment appropriations were 99,6 % and 94,7 % respectively;

4.  Takes note that as of 31 December 2013, the Joint Undertaking's development phase consisted of project work done by 16 members including Eurocontrol, on programme activities involving more than 100 private and public entities and subcontractors resulting in 333 out of 358 programme projects to be implemented or completed under the third Multilateral Framework Agreement (MFA);

5.  Points out that 100 % of the Union and Eurocontrol contributions payable to the other 15 members under the third MFA of EUR 595 000 000 has been committed; notes furthermore that 55 % of that amount, equalling EUR 316 000 000, has been paid out until 31 December 2013 while the remaining 45 % (EUR 279 000 000) is expected to be paid by 31 December 2016;

6.  Acknowledges that in 2013 the Joint Undertaking concluded its fourth MFA which came into force on 1 January 2014 and is expected to remain in force for the remaining three years of the Joint Undertaking's operating life; notes that the fourth MFA provides for the reduction of the number of projects to 250 through mergers of current projects, as well as the allocation of EUR 38 000 000 to the funding of new operational activities; acknowledges that this allocation will be provided by the Joint Undertaking and will result from synergies of the mentioned mergers;

7.  Calls on the Joint Undertaking to submit a report to the discharge authority concerning the contributions of all members other than the Commission, including the application of the evaluation rules for in-kind contributions, together with an assessment by the Commission;

Legal framework

8.  Takes note that on 13 December 2013 the Joint Undertaking's Administrative Board, in agreement with the Commission, adopted its Financial Rules for the 2014-2020 programming period on a provisional basis ; recalls that the Financial Rules have been adopted pursuant to the Commission’s framework financial regulation(15) with effect from 1 January 2014;

9.  Notes that the Joint Undertaking's Financial Rules are subject to the forthcoming opinions and decisions of the Commission, with a focus on the continuation of derogations of funding that were in place in the previous programming period;

10. Notes the Joint Statement by the Parliament, the Council and the Commission(16) and the subsequent political agreement reached on the separate discharge for Joint Undertakings;

Internal control systems

11. Notes that in accordance with the coordinated strategic audit plan for the Joint Undertaking for 2012-2014, a limited review of the closing procedure applicable to grant management projects as well as a risk assessment of information technology were carried out by the Commission's Internal Audit Service’s (IAS); notes moreover that a compliance audit of procurement and contract management as well as a review of the ABAC Workflow authorisations were carried out by the Internal Audit Capability (IAC) in 2013;

12. Points out that the Joint Undertaking has put specific measures in place in order to prevent conflicts of interest with respect to its three key stakeholders: Administrative Board members, employees and experts;

13. Takes note that between October 2012 and March 2014, the Commission's Second Interim Evaluation was carried out in order to assess the Joint Undertaking in terms of the implementation of its establishing regulation, working methods, results obtained and general financial situation; emphasises that the report produced two main recommendations, one addressing the need to improve the approach towards the specific information and communication needs of Member States, and the second which addresses the need to continue efforts to improve the Joint Undertaking's annual goal completion rate; is concerned that its annual goal completion rate was 82 % by the end of 2012 (60 % in 2010) and believes performance must be improved;

14. Notes from the Court's report that the improvements in the ex-ante controls area have been implemented;

Monitoring and reporting of research results

15. Takes note that on 31 May 2013, the Joint Undertaking published its Annual Report on the monitoring of the implementation of the Intellectual Property provisions in all financial years prior to 2013; notes furthermore that on 30 October 2013, the Administrative Board of the Joint Undertaking adopted the compiled list of the Foreground ownership assessment and the related ownership status for all financial years prior to 2013;

16. Believes, where appropriate, that links between the Joint Undertaking and the Clean Sky Joint Undertaking should be strengthened; invites the Commission to work with both joint undertakings in order to improve the communication and reinforce synergies and complementarities, ensuring at the same time that there is no risk of overlapping between the activities of the two joint undertakings in question;

17. Acknowledges from the Court's report that the Joint Undertaking proceeded to disseminate research foreground by making available detailed information on deliverables and their processes to the relevant stakeholders on its extranet, as well as by publishing general details of 2013 deliverables in its 2013 annual activity report;

18. Calls on the Joint Undertaking to submit a report to the discharge authority on the social-economic benefits of the already completed projects; calls for that report to be submitted to the discharge authority together with an assessment by the Commission;

19. Recalls that Parliament has previously requested the Court to draw up a special report on the capacity of the joint undertakings, together with their private partners, to ensure added value and efficient execution of Union research, technological development and demonstration programmes.

11.03.2015

OPINION of the Committee on Transport and Tourism

for the Committee on Budgetary Control

on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the SESAR Joint Undertaking for the financial year 2013

(2014/2130(DEC))

Rapporteur: Dominique Riquet

SUGGESTIONS

The Committee on Transport and Tourism calls on the Committee on Budgetary Control, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following suggestions in its motion for a resolution:

1.  Welcomes the finding of the Court of Auditors that the accounts of the SESAR Joint Undertaking ('the Undertaking') for the 2013 financial year are in order;

2.  Notes that the Undertaking’s annual budget for 2013 was EUR 64,3 million in commitment appropriations and EUR 105,4 million in payment appropriations and that the implementation rates were 99,6 % and 94,7 % respectively;

3.  Highlights the Undertaking’s vital role in coordinating and implementing research into the SESAR project, which is a pillar project of the Single European Sky; notes also that 2014 marks the beginning of the deployment phase of the SESAR project;

4.  Notes that as of 31 December 2013, the the Undertaking development phase consisted of project work by 16 members (including Eurocontrol) on programme activities involving more than 100 private and public entities and subcontractors; notes that of the 358 SESAR programme projects, 333 (93 %) were being implemented or had been completed;

5.  Welcomes the fact that the Undertaking has put in place specific measures to prevent conflicts and that the improvements as regards the ex ante control area have been implemented; calls furthermore for the application of a general principle of transparency;

6.  Proposes that Parliament grant the Executive Director of the Joint Undertaking discharge in respect of the implementation of its budget for the financial year 2013.

RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

Date adopted

24.2.2015

 

 

 

Result of final vote

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–:

0:

38

5

0

Members present for the final vote

Lucy Anderson, Marie-Christine Arnautu, Georges Bach, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Deirdre Clune, Michael Cramer, Luis de Grandes Pascual, Andor Deli, Karima Delli, Isabella De Monte, Ismail Ertug, Jacqueline Foster, Bruno Gollnisch, Tania González Peñas, Dieter-Lebrecht Koch, Merja Kyllönen, Miltiadis Kyrkos, Bogusław Liberadzki, Peter Lundgren, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Georg Mayer, Gesine Meissner, Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar, Jens Nilsson, Markus Pieper, Gabriele Preuß, Christine Revault D’Allonnes Bonnefoy, Dominique Riquet, Massimiliano Salini, Claudia Schmidt, Claudia Tapardel, Keith Taylor, Pavel Telička, István Ujhelyi, Wim van de Camp, Elissavet Vozemberg, Janusz Zemke, Roberts Zīle, Kosma Złotowski, Elżbieta Katarzyna Łukacijewska

Substitutes present for the final vote

Rosa D’Amato, Werner Kuhn, Jörg Leichtfried

RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

Date adopted

23.3.2015

 

 

 

Result of final vote

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23

4

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Members present for the final vote

Nedzhmi Ali, Inés Ayala Sender, Ryszard Czarnecki, Dennis de Jong, Tamás Deutsch, Martina Dlabajová, Ingeborg Gräßle, Rina Ronja Kari, Bogusław Liberadzki, Verónica Lope Fontagné, Monica Macovei, Fulvio Martusciello, Dan Nica, Georgi Pirinski, Petri Sarvamaa, Claudia Schmidt, Igor Šoltes, Bart Staes, Michael Theurer, Marco Valli, Derek Vaughan, Anders Primdahl Vistisen, Joachim Zeller

Substitutes present for the final vote

Caterina Chinnici, Iris Hoffmann, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Andrey Novakov, Julia Pitera

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

Laura Ferrara

(1)

OJ C 452, 16.12.2014, p. 58

(2)

OJ C 452, 16.12.2014, p. 59

(3)

OJ L 248, 16.9.2002, p. 1.

(4)

OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.

(5)

OJ L 64, 2.3.2007, p. 1.

(6)

OJ L 357, 31.12.2002, p. 72.

(7)

OJ L 328, 7.12.2013, p. 42.

(8)

OJ C 452, 16.12.2014, p. 58

(9)

OJ C 452, 16.12.2014, p. 59

(10)

OJ L 248, 16.9.2002, p. 1.

(11)

OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.

(12)

OJ L 64, 2.3.2007, p. 1.

(13)

OJ L 357, 31.12.2002, p. 72.

(14)

OJ L 328, 7.12.2013, p. 42.

(15)

Commission delegated regulation (EU) No 1271/2013 of 30 September 2013 on the framework financial regulation for the bodies referred to in Article 208 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 328, 7.12.2013, p. 42.)

(16)

           OJ L 163, 29.5.2014, p. 21.

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