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A8-0281/2017

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P8_TA(2017)0336

REPORT     
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5.9.2017
PE 607.951v03-00 A8-0281/2017

on the Council position on Draft amending budget No 4/2017 of the European Union for the financial year 2017 accompanying the proposal to mobilise the European Union Solidarity Fund to provide assistance to Italy

(11813/2017 – C8‑0304/2017 – 2017/2109(BUD))

Committee on Budgets

Rapporteur: Jens Geier

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION
 ANNEX: LETTER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
 INFORMATION ON ADOPTION IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE
 FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION

on the Council position on Draft amending budget No 4/2017 of the European Union for the financial year 2017 accompanying the proposal to mobilise the European Union Solidarity Fund to provide assistance to Italy

(11813/2017 – C8‑0304/2017 – 2017/2109(BUD))

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Article 314 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to Article 106a of the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community,

–  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(1), and in particular Article 41 thereof,

–  having regard to the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017, as definitively adopted on 1 December 2016(2),

–  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(3) (MFF Regulation),

–  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(4),

–  having regard to Council Decision 2014/335/EU, Euratom of 26 May 2014 on the system of own resources of the European Union(5),

–  having regard to Draft amending budget No 4/2017, which the Commission adopted on 26 June 2017 (COM(2017)0541),

–  having regard to the position on Draft amending budget No 4/2017 which the Council adopted on 4 September 2017 and forwarded to Parliament on the same day (11813/2017 – C8‑0304/2017),

–  having regard to Rules 88 and 91 of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets (A8-0281/2017),

A.  whereas Draft amending budget No 4/2017 relates to the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) for an amount of EUR 1 196 797 579 in relation to the earthquakes that occurred in Italy between August 2016 and January 2017 in the regions of Abruzzo, Lazio, Marche and Umbria,

B.  whereas the amount of EUR 30 000 000 was already paid for this EUSF case by means of an advance from the 2016 Union budget,

C.  whereas that mobilisation represents the biggest ever mobilisation of the EUSF,

D.  whereas the purpose of Draft amending budget No 4/2017 is to formally enter the corresponding budgetary adjustment into the 2017 Union budget,

E.  whereas the Commission consequently proposes to amend the 2017 Union budget and to increase Article 13 06 01 'Assistance to Member States in the event of a major natural disaster with serious repercussions on living conditions, the natural environment or the economy' by EUR 1 166 797 579 both in commitment and payment appropriations,

F.  whereas, while the total amount available for the mobilisation of the EUSF at this stage of the year is EUR 293 971 080 short of the proposed amount, the Commission proposes to cover that difference from the annual amount available in 2018, in line with Article 10(2) of the MFF Regulation; whereas that possibility has never been used before,

G.  whereas the EUSF is a special instrument as defined in the MFF Regulation, and the corresponding commitment and payments appropriations are to be budgeted over and above the MFF ceilings,

H.  whereas the Commission proposes to fully redeploy the necessary payment appropriations within the 2017 Union budget and to replenish the negative reserve activated in Amending Budget No 1/2017 (EUR 70 402 434) from the budget lines for the 2007-2013 structural funds programmes,

1.  Stresses the urgent need to release financial assistance through the EUSF to the regions affected by the natural disasters; notes that creating synergies between all available Union instruments is of paramount importance, ensuring that resources are used effectively for reconstruction activities and all other necessary actions;

2.  Takes note of Draft amending budget No 4/2017, as submitted by the Commission;

3.  Approves the Council position on Draft amending budget No 4/2017;

4.  Instructs its President to declare that Amending budget No 4/2017 has been definitively adopted and arrange for its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union;

5.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Court of Auditors and the national parliaments.

(1)

  OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.

(2)

  OJ L 51, 28.2.2017.

(3)

  OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884.

(4)

  OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

(5)

  OJ L 168, 7.6.2014, p. 105.


ANNEX: LETTER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Mr Jean ARTHUIS

Chairman

Committee on Budgets

European Parliament

Subject:  Mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund to provide assistance to Italy

Dear Mr. Arthuis,

The European Commission has transmitted to the European Parliament its proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund (COM(2017)0540), on the basis of an application to mobilise the Fund submitted by Italy further to a series of earthquakes that took place between August 2016 and January 2017 in the regions of Abruzzo, Lazio, Marche and Umbria.

The Commission proposes the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund, estimating the damages caused by the disasters as follows:

Disaster

Total direct damages

(million EUR)

Major disaster threshold

 

(million EUR)

2,5% of direct damages up to threshold

(million EUR)

6% of direct damages above threshold(EUR)

 

Total amount of aid proposed

 

(EUR)

ITALY

21 878,767

3 312,242 

82 806 050

1 113 991 529

1 196 797 579

TOTAL

1 196 797 579

Considering the amount of EUR 30 000 000 that was already paid for this European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) case as advance from the budget 2016, the Commission further proposes a Draft Amending Budget (DAB) No 4 for the year 2017 (COM(2017)0541 final) to cover the above-mentioned proposed mobilisation of the EUSF by increasing budget article 13 06 01 'Assistance to Member States in the event of a major natural disaster with serious repercussions on living conditions, the natural environment or the economy' by EUR 1 166 797 579 both in commitment and payment appropriations.

The Committee coordinators have assessed these proposals, and asked me to write to you reporting that the majority of this Committee has no objection to this mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund to allocate the above-mentioned amount as proposed by the Commission, and supports the corresponding DAB No 4/2017 as proposed by the Commission.

Yours sincerely,

Iskra MIHAYLOVA


INFORMATION ON ADOPTION IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Date adopted

30.8.2017

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

35

1

0

Members present for the final vote

Jean Arthuis, Richard Ashworth, Reimer Böge, Lefteris Christoforou, Gérard Deprez, Manuel dos Santos, André Elissen, José Manuel Fernandes, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Jens Geier, Iris Hoffmann, Monika Hohlmeier, John Howarth, Bernd Kölmel, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Vladimír Maňka, Siegfried Mureşan, Liadh Ní Riada, Jan Olbrycht, Younous Omarjee, Urmas Paet, Pina Picierno, Paul Rübig, Petri Sarvamaa, Jordi Solé, Patricija Šulin, Indrek Tarand, Isabelle Thomas, Inese Vaidere, Monika Vana, Daniele Viotti, Tiemo Wölken, Marco Zanni

Substitutes present for the final vote

Giovanni La Via, Tomáš Zdechovský

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

Fabio Massimo Castaldo


FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

35

+

ALDE

Jean Arthuis, Gérard Deprez, Urmas Paet,

ECR

Richard Ashworth, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Bernd Kölmel,

EFDD

Fabio Massimo Castaldo

ENF

Marco Zanni,

GUE/NGL

Liadh Ní Riada, Younous Omarjee,

PPE

Reimer Böge, Lefteris Christoforou, José Manuel Fernandes, Monika Hohlmeier, Giovanni La Via, Siegfried Mureşan, Jan Olbrycht, Paul Rübig, Petri Sarvamaa, Patricija Šulin, Inese Vaidere, Tomáš Zdechovský,

S&D

Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Jens Geier, Iris Hoffmann, John Howarth, Vladimír Maňka, Pina Picierno, Isabelle Thomas, Daniele Viotti, Tiemo Wölken, Manuel dos Santos,

VERTS/ALE

Jordi Solé, Indrek Tarand, Monika Vana,

1

-

ENF

André Elissen,

0

0

 

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

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