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PE 557.054v03-00 A8-0185/2015

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/2015/000 TA - Technical Assistance at the initiative of the Commission)

(COM(2015)0156 – C8‑0093/2015 – 2015/2076(BUD))

Committee on Budgets

Rapporteur: Gérard Deprez

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION

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/2015/000 TA - Technical Assistance at the initiative of the Commission)

(COM(2015)0156 – C8‑0093/2015 – 2015/2076(BUD))

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2015)0156 – C8‑0093/2015),

   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 its Resolution of 17 September 2014 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)(4),

   having regard to the 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 (A8-0185/2015),

A. whereas the 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 or of the global financial and economic crisis and to assist their reintegration into the labour market,

B.  whereas the Union’s financial assistance to workers made redundant should be dynamic 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 to the IIA of 2 December 2013 in respect of the adoption of decisions to mobilise the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF),

C. whereas the adoption of the EGF Regulation reflects the agreement reached between the Parliament and the Council to reintroduce the crisis mobilisation criterion, to increase the Union financial contribution to 60 % of the total estimated cost of proposed measures, to increase efficiency for the treatment of EGF applications in the Commission and by the Parliament and the Council by shortening the time for assessment and approval, to widen eligible actions and beneficiaries by introducing self-employed persons and young people and to finance incentives for setting up own businesses,

D. whereas the maximum annual budget available for the EGF in 2015 is EUR 150 million (2011 prices) and whereas Article 11(1) of the EGF Regulation states that 0,5 % of this amount (i.e. EUR 811 825 in 2015) can be made available 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,

E.  whereas the European Parliament has frequently underlined the necessity of better visibility of the EGF as a Union instrument of solidarity with the workers made redundant,

F.  whereas the proposed amount of EUR 630 000 corresponds to about 0,39 % of the maximum annual budget available for the EGF in 2015,

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

2.  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 and the networking seminars on the implementation of the EGF;

3.  Stresses that a key objective of those meetings should be to analyse the ex-post evaluation of the EGF (2007-2013) and thoroughly discuss its recommendations. Calls on the Commission to present a complete analysis and report of the EGF funds already implemented to the European Parliament;

4.   Welcomes the continued work on the standardised procedures for EGF applications and management using the functionalities of the electronic data exchange system (SFC2014), which allows for the simplification and faster processing of applications, and better reporting;

5.   Notes that the process of integration of the EGF into the electronic data exchange system (SFC2014) has been going on for years and that the relevant costs from EGF budget will continue to be relatively high for the next two or three years, until the integration process is completed;

6.   Asks the Commission to present the progress of integration into SFC2014 from the beginning of 2011 until 2014;

7.  Recommends that the Commission and the Member States should focus their networking activities, in particular on the following:

a. improving the monitoring and evaluation of the impact of EGF support on individual participants in the following ways:

-         the budget for monitoring and evaluation should be used to assess the longer term impact on EGF beneficiaries.

-         the EGF application form and the template for the final report on the execution of a contribution from the EGF should clearly recall the obligation on the EGF coordinator and the Member State to provide data on employment outcomes of beneficiaries twelve months after the implementation of the measures, and data regarding the employment rate in the last 12 months, since the implementation of the EGF in the area concerned, in order to have a broader view of the EGF´s impact.

-         more detailed information on the measures accessed by individual participants should be recorded and clearly communicated to allow, for instance, for a clearer cost-benefit assessment of different measures.

-         the approval of final case reports and the final case closure should be coupled with the provision of complete beneficiary outcome information (at an aggregate level). Previously beneficiary outcome data has been incomplete.

b. further streamlining the application process in the following ways:

-         at the national level the process of providing assistance to dismissed workers should be further encouraged to start without waiting for the approval of applications;

-         where this is not possible, the Commission and the Member States should consider counting the EGF implementation period from the date an application is approved. This would allow for the full funding period of 24 months to be exploited.

c.    provide greater flexibility during the delivery period in the following ways:

-         the Commission should provide greater flexibility for Member States to provide additional measures as new opportunities / demand arises during the delivery period beyond the measures described in the application form.

-         the reference period required to count redundancies for the EGF application is perceived as a straightjacket affecting the aim of solidarity and the success of EGF assistance and this period could be reviewed to allow flexibility in the form of an addendum to the application form where it can be demonstrated that the redundancies are due to the same reasons and are linked to the redundancies presented in the application.

8.      Recommends that the Commission assess the reasons that resulted, for some projects, in a delay in terms of approval or implementation and to present publicly its recommendations.

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

10. Notes that the cost of information activities continues to be significantly reduced in 2015; considers that this should not have an adverse effect on the production and sufficient distribution of information material and necessary guidance;

11. Underlines the need for increased contact between all those involved in EGF applications, including, in particular, the social partners and stakeholders at regional and local level, to create as many synergies as possible; interaction between the National Contact Person and regional or local case delivery partners should be strengthened and communication and support arrangements and information flows (internal divisions, tasks and responsibilities) made explicit and agreed on by all partners concerned;

12. Underlines the need to extend access to EGF support to young people up to the age of 25 who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs) in equal numbers to workers receiving support in regions with high youth unemployment, if it is demonstrated in the mid-term evaluation that there is a need to maintain this measure after December 2017;

13. 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(5); underlines furthermore the importance of increased contact between all those involved in EGF applications, including the social partners;

14. Calls for the timely publication of the final evaluation in accordance with the deadline set out in Article 17 of the Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006 of the European Parliament and the Council.(6)

15. 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 will of the Parliament to draft an own-initiative report based on the evaluation by the Commission to take stock of the functioning of the new EGF Regulation and the cases examined; the improved procedure put in place by the Commission, following Parliament's request to ensure the EGF truly is an urgency instrument and to accelerate the release of grants, is aimed at presenting to the European Parliament and the Council the Commission's assessment on the eligibility of an EGF application together with the proposal to mobilise the EGF; welcomes the significant acceleration of examination and authorisation of applications brought by the new EGF Regulation;

16. Underlines that the mid-term evaluation to be launched in current 2015 should also take into account the long-term impact of the crisis and globalisation on SMEs and therefore evaluate the possibility of lowering the criteria of 500 workers being made redundant set out in Article 4 of the EGF Regulation, as suggested by the European Parliament in its Resolution of 17 September 2014.

17. Requests the Member States to highlight the additionality of EGF cases and to create links more clearly with other funds; Member States should consider the most appropriate ways for EGF to add value and avoid displacement effects;

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.

ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF/2015/000 TA - 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(7), and in particular Article 11(2) 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(8), and in particular point 13 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)      The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aims 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 , 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 is not to exceed a maximum annual amount of EUR 150 million (2011 prices), as laid down in Article 12 of Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013(9).

(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.

(4)      The EGF should, therefore, be mobilised in order to provide the sum of EUR 630 000 for 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 2015, the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund shall be mobilised to provide the sum of EUR 630 000 in commitment and payment appropriations.

Article 2

This Decision shall enter into force on the third day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Done at Brussels,

For the European Parliament                      For the Council

The President                                                The President

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

I. Background

The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund was 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 Article 12 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020(10) and of Article 15 of Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013(11), the Fund may 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(12), 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's proposal

On 15 April 2015, the Commission adopted a new proposal for a decision on the mobilisation of the EGF.

It concerns the mobilisation of EUR 630 000 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 2015 the requested amount is intended to cover the following activities:

1.          Monitoring and data gathering: The Commission will collect data on applications received, paid and wound up, and measures proposed and implemented. This data will be made available on the web site and compiled in appropriate form for the Biennial Report of 2017. Building on the work of recent years, costs for this activity will be EUR 20 000.

2.          Information: The web site on the EGF(13), 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 the EGF Regulation, will be regularly updated and expanded, with each new element also being translated into all EU languages. General awareness of the EGF and its visibility will be encouraged. A small print run of the EGF ex-post evaluation will be made available together with an online publication. The EGF will be covered in various Commission publications and audio-visual activities as provided for in Article 11(4) of the EGF Regulation. Costs of all these items are estimated at EUR 20 000 in 2015.

3.          Creation of a knowledge base / application interface: The Commission is continuing its work setting up standardised procedures for EGF applications and management, using the functionalities of SFC 2014, into which it is being integrated. This allows applications under the EGF Regulation to be simplified, their processing to be speeded up and reports to be more easily extracted for varying needs. Integration of final reports will follow, with the objective of easing the administrative burden for the Member States. The cost of these items is estimated at EUR 100 000, as the EGF contribution to the development of SFC and its regular maintenance.

4.          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 (end of 2015 / first half of 2016), together estimated at EUR 70 000.

5.          In addition, the Commission will be organising networking among the Member States, with two seminars of EGF implementing bodies from the Member States around the same dates, focusing on issues arising with the practical implementation of the EGF Regulation at grassroots level. The cost of these items is estimated at EUR 120 000.

6.          Evaluation: As 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 the EGF Regulation, EUR 300 000 will be needed for this purpose.

III. Procedure

In order to mobilise the Fund, the Commission has submitted to the Budget Authority a transfer request for a global amount of EUR 630 000 from the EGF reserve (04 04 01) to the EGF budget line (04 01 04 04).

This is the eleventh transfer proposal for the mobilisation of the Fund transmitted to the Budgetary Authority to date during 2015.

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.

ANNEX: LETTER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS

ZP/jb

D(2015)20125

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/2015/000 Technical Assistance 2015 (COM(2015)156 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/2015/000 Technical Assistance 2015 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 630 000 Euros proposed to be mobilised by the Commission for technical assistance in 2015 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 12 of Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020;

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

C) 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 as Technical Assistance to finance expenditure mentioned in Articles 11(1) and (4) as well as 12(2), (3) and (4) of the EGF Regulation;

2.  Welcomes the continued work on the standardised procedures for EGF applications and management using the functionalities of the electronic data exchange system (SFC2014), which allows for the simplification and faster processing of applications, and better reporting;

3.  Notes that the procedure to integrate the EGF into the electronic data exchange system (SFC2014) has been going on for years and the relevant costs from EGF budget will continue to be relatively high for the next two or three years, until the integration process is completed;

4.  Asks the Commission to present the progress of integration into SFC2014 from the beginning in 2011 until 2014;

5.  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 and the networking seminars on the implementation of EGF;

6.  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(14); underlines furthermore the importance to liaise with all those involved in EGF applications, including the social partners;

7.  Notes that the cost of information activities continues to be significantly reduced in 2015; considers that this should not have an adverse effect on the production and sufficient distribution of information material and necessary guidance;

8.   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;

9.  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.

Yours sincerely,

Marita ULVSKOG,

Acting Chair, 1st Vice-Chair

RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

Date adopted

8.6.2015

 

 

 

Result of final vote

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27

5

3

Members present for the final vote

Nedzhmi Ali, Jonathan Arnott, Jean Arthuis, Reimer Böge, Lefteris Christoforou, Jean-Paul Denanot, Gérard Deprez, José Manuel Fernandes, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Jens Geier, Monika Hohlmeier, Bernd Kölmel, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Vladimír Maňka, Ernest Maragall, Sophie Montel, Clare Moody, Siegfried Mureşan, Victor Negrescu, Liadh Ní Riada, Jan Olbrycht, Younous Omarjee, Paul Rübig, Petri Sarvamaa, Patricija Šulin, Eleftherios Synadinos, Paul Tang, Isabelle Thomas, Inese Vaidere, Marco Valli, Monika Vana, Marco Zanni, Stanisław Żółtek

Substitutes present for the final vote

Heidi Hautala, Andrej Plenković

(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)

             Texts adopted, P8_TA(2014)0016.

(5)

OJ L 304, 20.11.2010, p. 47.

(6)

Regulation (EC)No 1927/2006 of the European Parliament and the Council of 20 December 2006 on establishing the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (OJ L 406, 30.12.2006, p. 1)

(7)

              OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 855.

(8)

              OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

(9)

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

(10)

    OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884.

(11)

    OJ L 347, 30.12.2013, p. 855.

(12)

    OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

(13)

            http://ec.europa.eu/egf

(14)

Official Journal of the European Union L 304/47 20.11.2010

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