Procedure : 2012/0193(COD)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : A8-0230/2017

Texts tabled :

A8-0230/2017

Debates :

PV 04/07/2017 - 21
CRE 04/07/2017 - 21

Votes :

PV 05/07/2017 - 8.6
CRE 05/07/2017 - 8.6
Explanations of votes

Texts adopted :

P8_TA(2017)0299

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PE 604.640v02-00 A8-0230/2017

on the Council position at first reading with a view to the adoption of a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the fight against fraud to the Union's financial interests by means of criminal law

(06182/1/2017 – C8‑0150/2017 – 2012/0193(COD))

Committee on Budgetary Control

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Rapporteur: Ingeborg Gräßle, Juan Fernando López Aguilar

(Joint committee procedure – Rule 55 of the Rules of Procedure)

AMENDMENTS
DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 SHORT JUSTIFICATION
 PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE
 FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the Council position at first reading with a view to the adoption of a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the fight against fraud to the Union's financial interests by means of criminal law

(06182/1/2017 – C8‑0150/2017 – 2012/0193(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: second reading)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Council position at first reading (06182/1/2017 – C8-0150/2017),

–  having regard to its position at first reading(1) on the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2012)0363),

-  having regard to Article 294(7) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

-  having regard to Rule 67a of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the joint deliberations of the Committee on Budgetary Control and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs under Rule 55 of the Rules of Procedure

–  having regard to the recommendation for second reading of the Committee on Budgetary Control and Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (A8-0230/2017),

1.  Approves the Council position at first reading;

2.  Notes that the act is adopted in accordance with the Council position;

3.  Instructs its President to sign the act with the President of the Council, in accordance with Article 297(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union;

4.  Instructs its Secretary-General to sign the act, once it has been verified that all the procedures have been duly completed, and, in agreement with the Secretary-General of the Council, to arrange for its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union;

5.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and national parliaments.

(1)

Texts adopted of 16.4.2014, P7_TA(2014)0427.


SHORT JUSTIFICATION

The conclusion of the negotiations on the Directive on the fight against fraud to the Union’s financial interests by means of criminal law (the "PIF Directive") is a historic moment for the EU. This is the first step towards the harmonisation of criminal law in Europe when crimes are committed against the EU budget. The Rapporteurs from the Budgetary Control Committee and Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee have worked on this issue for more than four years, negotiating together with the Member States’ justice ministers.

The Parliament has now established the legal basis for the work of the European Public Prosecutor by defining his/her competences. An important breakthrough was achieved in cross-border VAT fraud:

  VAT fraud is included in the scope of the Directive for cases involving a loss of at least EUR 10 million in two or more Member States. This threshold is included in the revision clause for assessment in a future revision of the Directive.

  Public procurement fraud was also included in the revision clause foreseeing that in three years the Commission will assess whether the Directive effectively addresses these cases and, if necessary, makes a legislative proposal with a specific provision on procurement fraud.

  The maximum penalty for natural persons will be at least 4 years of imprisonment across Europe when involving damages or advantages of at least EUR 100,000. Parliament has made clear that the maximum penalties as well as the threshold for all offenses are binding to all Member States.

  Prescription periods and deadlines for the enforcement of judgments will be 5 years. The length of the deadline for enforcement is also included in the revision clause under the same terms as the public procurement fraud.

As Council’s first reading position is in conformity with the agreement reached during the interinstitutional negotiations, the Rapporteurs recommend endorsing it without amendments.


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Fight against fraud to the Union’s financial interests by means of criminal law

References

06182/1/2017 – C8-0150/2017 – 2012/0193(COD)

Date of Parliament’s first reading – P number

16.4.2014                     T7-0427/2014

Commission proposal

COM(2012)0363 - C7-0192/2012

Receipt of Council position at first reading announced in plenary

18.5.2017

Committees responsible

       Date announced in plenary

CONT

18.5.2017

LIBE

18.5.2017

 

 

Rapporteurs

       Date appointed

Ingeborg Gräßle

9.12.2013

Juan Fernando López Aguilar

9.12.2013

 

 

Rule 55 – Joint committee procedure

       Date announced in plenary

       

10.6.2013

Discussed in committee

30.5.2017

15.6.2017

 

 

Date adopted

15.6.2017

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

56

12

0

Members present for the final vote

Jan Philipp Albrecht, Nedzhmi Ali, Jonathan Arnott, Inés Ayala Sender, Gerard Batten, Heinz K. Becker, Malin Björk, Michał Boni, Caterina Chinnici, Ryszard Czarnecki, Rachida Dati, Agustín Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Frank Engel, Tanja Fajon, Laura Ferrara, Luke Ming Flanagan, Monika Flašíková Beňová, Kinga Gál, Ana Gomes, Ingeborg Gräßle, Nathalie Griesbeck, Monika Hohlmeier, Brice Hortefeux, Filiz Hyusmenova, Sophia in ‘t Veld, Jean-François Jalkh, Eva Joly, Arndt Kohn, Dietmar Köster, Barbara Kudrycka, Cécile Kashetu Kyenge, Bogusław Liberadzki, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Louis Michel, Claude Moraes, Alessandra Mussolini, Péter Niedermüller, Georgi Pirinski, Judith Sargentini, Claudia Schmidt, Birgit Sippel, Helga Stevens, Hannu Takkula, Indrek Tarand, Traian Ungureanu, Bodil Valero, Marco Valli, Derek Vaughan, Harald Vilimsky, Josef Weidenholzer, Kristina Winberg, Tomáš Zdechovský, Joachim Zeller, Auke Zijlstra

Substitutes present for the final vote

Richard Ashworth, Carlos Coelho, Ignazio Corrao, Maria Grapini, Brian Hayes, Benedek Jávor, Andrejs Mamikins, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Andrey Novakov, Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz, Julia Pitera, Salvatore Domenico Pogliese, John Procter, Barbara Spinelli

Date tabled

22.6.2017


FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

56

+

ALDE

Nedzhmi Ali, Nathalie Griesbeck, Filiz Hyusmenova, Louis Michel, Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz, Hannu Takkula, Sophia in 't Veld

EFDD

Ignazio Corrao, Laura Ferrara, Marco Valli

ENF

Harald Vilimsky

GUE/NGL

Barbara Spinelli

PPE

Heinz K. Becker, Michał Boni, Carlos Coelho, Rachida Dati, Agustín Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Frank Engel, Ingeborg Gräßle, Brian Hayes, Monika Hohlmeier, Brice Hortefeux, Barbara Kudrycka, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Alessandra Mussolini, Andrey Novakov, Julia Pitera, Salvatore Domenico Pogliese, Claudia Schmidt, Traian Ungureanu, Tomáš Zdechovský, Joachim Zeller

S&D

Inés Ayala Sender, Caterina Chinnici, Tanja Fajon, Monika Flašíková Beňová, Ana Gomes, Maria Grapini, Arndt Kohn, Cécile Kashetu Kyenge, Dietmar Köster, Bogusław Liberadzki, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Andrejs Mamikins, Claude Moraes, Péter Niedermüller, Georgi Pirinski, Birgit Sippel, Derek Vaughan, Josef Weidenholzer

Verts/ALE

Jan Philipp Albrecht, Eva Joly, Benedek Jávor, Judith Sargentini, Indrek Tarand, Bodil Valero

12

-

ECR

Richard Ashworth, Ryszard Czarnecki, John Procter, Helga Stevens

EFDD

Jonathan Arnott, Gerard Batten, Kristina Winberg

ENF

Jean-François Jalkh, Auke Zijlstra

GUE/NGL

Malin Björk, Luke Ming Flanagan

PPE

Kinga Gál

0

0

 

 

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

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