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A8-0373/2017

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P8_TA(2018)0098

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PE 612.066v02-00 A8-0373/2017

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU, Euratom) No. 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations

(COM(2017)0481 – C8‑0307/2017 – 2017/0219(COD))

Committee on Constitutional Affairs

Rapporteur: Mercedes Bresso, Rainer Wieland

ERRATA/ADDENDA
DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE
 FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU, Euratom) No. 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations

(COM(2017)0481 – C8‑0307/2017 – 2017/0219(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2017)0481),

–  having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 224 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C8‑0307/2017),

–  having regard to Article 294(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to its resolution of 15 June 2017 on the funding of political parties and political foundations(1),

–  having regard to Rule 59 of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and the opinion in the form of amendments of the Committee on Budgetary Control (A8-0373/2017),

1.  Adopts its position at first reading hereinafter set out;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it replaces, substantially amends or intends to substantially amend its proposal;

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

Amendment    1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5)  For reasons of transparency and in order to strengthen the scrutiny and the democratic accountability of European political parties and the link between European civil society and the Union institutions, in particular the European Parliament, access to funding from the general budget of the European Union should be made conditional upon the publication by the member parties of the programme and logo of the European political party concerned, as well as information regarding the gender representation among the candidates at the last elections to the European Parliament and among the members of the European Parliament.

(5)  For reasons of transparency and in order to strengthen the scrutiny and the democratic accountability of European political parties and the link between European civil society and the Union institutions, in particular the European Parliament, access to funding from the general budget of the European Union should be made conditional upon the publication, in a comprehensive, reliable and user-friendly way, by the member parties of the programme and logo of the European political party concerned, as well as information regarding the gender representation among the candidates at the last elections to the European Parliament and among the members of the European Parliament.

Amendment    2

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point -1 (new)

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No. 1141/2014

Recital 12

 

Present text

Amendment

 

(-1)  Recital 12 is replaced by the following:

(12)  European political parties and their affiliated European political foundations wishing to obtain recognition as such at Union level by virtue of European legal status and to receive public funding from the general budget of the European Union should respect certain principles and fulfil certain conditions. In particular, it is necessary for European political parties and their affiliated European political foundations to respect the values on which the Union is founded, as expressed in Article 2 TEU.

(12)  European political parties and their affiliated European political foundations wishing to obtain recognition as such at Union level by virtue of European legal status and to receive public funding from the general budget of the European Union should respect certain principles and fulfil certain conditions. In particular, it is necessary for European political parties and their affiliated European political foundations to respect, especially in their programme and in their activities, the values on which the Union is founded, as expressed in Article 2 TEU, namely respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.

Amendment    3

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point -1 a (new)

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014

Recital 30 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the CommissionPresent text

Amendment

 

(-1a)  Recital 30 a is inserted:

 

(30 a)   In accordance with the provisions and the procedures laid down in Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1939, the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) is called to investigate alleged criminal offenses in the context of the funding of European political parties and European political foundations which affect the financial interests of the EU, within the meaning of Directive (EU) 2017/1731 of the European Parliament and the Council. The obligation under Article 24 of Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1939 to report to the EPPO any conduct that could constitute an offence within the competence of the EPPO also applies to the Authority for European political parties and European political foundations.

Amendment    4

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 1 a (new)

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(1a)   in Article 3(1), the following point is inserted:

 

‘(b a)  its member parties must not be members of another European political party;’;

Amendment    5

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 1 b (new)

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014

Article 10 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1

 

Present text

Amendment

 

(1b)   the first subparagraph of Article 10(3) is replaced by the following:

‘The European Parliament, the Council or the Commission may lodge with the Authority a request for verification of compliance by a specific European political party or European political foundation with the conditions laid down in point (c) of Article 3(1) and point (c) of Article 3(2). In such cases, and in the cases referred to in point (a) of Article 16(3), the Authority shall ask the committee of independent eminent persons established by Article 11 for an opinion on the subject. The committee shall give its opinion within two months.’

‘The European Parliament, on its own initiative or following a reasoned request from a group of citizens, submitted in accordance with the relevant provisions of its Rules of Procedure, the Council or the Commission may lodge with the Authority a request for verification of compliance by a specific European political party or European political foundation with the conditions laid down in point (c) of Article 3(1) and point (c) of Article 3(2). In such cases, and in the cases referred to in point (a) of Article 16(3), the Authority shall ask the committee of independent eminent persons established by Article 11 for an opinion on the subject. The committee shall give its opinion within two months.’

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Amendment    6

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 3

Regulation (EU, Euratom) Nr. 1141/2014

Article 18 – paragraph 3 a

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3a.  A European political party shall include in its application evidence demonstrating that its member parties have continuously published on their websites, during 12 months preceding the moment at which the applications is made, the political programme and logo of the European political party as well as information, in relation to each of the member parties of the European political party, on the gender representation among the candidates at the last elections to the European Parliament and among the Members of the European Parliament.

3a.  A European political party shall include in its application evidence demonstrating that the majority of its member parties and in any event a minimum of seven of them have continuously published on their websites, in a comprehensive, reliable and user-friendly way, during 12 months preceding the moment at which the applications is made, the political programme and logo of the European political party. In addition, European political parties are encouraged to include in their applicationsinformation, in relation to each of the member parties of the European political party, on the gender representation among the candidates at the last elections to the European Parliament and among the Members of the European Parliament.

Amendment    7

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 4

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014

Article 19 – paragraph 1 – indent 1

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

–  5 % shall be distributed in equal shares among the beneficiary European political parties,

–  10 % shall be distributed in equal shares among the beneficiary European political parties,

Amendment    8

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 4

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014

Article 19 – paragraph 1 – indent 2

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

—   95 % shall be distributed in proportion to their share of elected members of the European Parliament among the beneficiary European political parties.

—   90 % shall be distributed among the beneficiary European political parties in proportion to their share of elected members of the European Parliament who are members of a European political party.

Amendment    9

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 5 – point b

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014

Article 27 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph ba

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ba)   where the party or foundation in question did not fulfil one or more of the conditions set out in Article 3(1) or Article 3(2) at the moment of its registration and where the party or foundation has provoked the decision to register it by means of false or incomplete information relating to those conditions; a decision removing the party or foundation from the Register shall be adopted within a reasonable period from the moment at which the Authority could have ascertained that the party or foundation in question did not fulfil the condition or conditions concerned;

(ba)   where a decision to register the party or foundation in question is based on incorrect or misleading information for which the applicant is responsible or where that decision has been obtained by deceit.

Amendment    10

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 5 a (new)

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No. 1141/2014

Article 30 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2

 

Present text

Amendment

 

(5a)  In Article 30, paragraph 2, subparagraph 2 is replaced by the following:

In the event of such termination, payments by the Authorising Officer of the European Parliament shall be limited to the eligible expenditure actually incurred by the European political party or European political foundation up to the date when the termination decision takes effect.

“In the event of such termination, payments by the Authorising Officer of the European Parliament shall be limited to the reimbursable expenditure incurred by the European political party or the eligible costs incurred by European political foundation up to the date when the termination decision takes effect;

Justification

The reference to reimbursable expenditure is the expression used in the Financial Regulation Article 204g and in article 17, 4 and 5 of Regulation 1141/2014, and is the adequate concept to use in the recovery.

Amendment    11

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 6 a (new)

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No. 1141/2014

Article 32 – paragraph 1 – point j a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(6a)  In Article 32, paragraph 1, the following point is inserted:

 

“(ja)  an updated list of Members of the European Parliament who are members of a European political party.”;

Amendment    12

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 7

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014

Article 38 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The European Parliament shall, after consultation of the Authority, publish five years after the moment at which this Regulation becomes applicable, a report on the application of this Regulation and on the activities funded. The report shall indicate, where appropriate, possible amendments to be made to the statute and funding systems.

The European Parliament shall, after consultation of the Authority, publish at the end of the third year after the moment at which this Regulation becomes applicable and every five years thereafter, a report on the application of this Regulation and on the activities funded. The report shall indicate, where appropriate, possible amendments to be made to the statute and funding systems.

Amendment    13

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 8

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014

Article 40a – paragraph 1

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

By the way of derogation from Article 18(3a) and as regards applications for funding for the financial year 2019, the Authorising Officer of the European Parliament shall, before deciding on an application on funding, request evidence from a European political party demonstrating that its member parties have continuously published on their websites, for a period beginning one month after the entry into force of Regulation (EU, EURATOM) No. XX/2018, the political programme and logo of the European political party as well as information, in relation to each of the member parties of the European political party, on the gender representation among the candidates at the last elections to the European Parliament and among the members of the European Parliament.

By the way of derogation from Article 18(3a) and as regards applications for funding for the financial year 2019, the Authorising Officer of the European Parliament shall, before deciding on an application on funding, request evidence from a European political party demonstrating that the majority of its member parties and in any event a minimum of seven of them have continuously published on their websites, for a period beginning one month after the entry into force of Regulation (EU, EURATOM) No. XX/2018, the political programme and logo of the European political party as well as information, in relation to each of the member parties of the European political party, on the gender representation among the candidates at the last elections to the European Parliament and among the members of the European Parliament.

Amendment    14

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 8

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014

Article 40a – paragraph 1 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a.  European political parties registered before the [date of application of Regulation (EU) 2018/... (the Amending Regulation)] shall, by 31 December 2018, submit documents proving that they satisfy the conditions laid down in points (b) and (ba) of Article 3(1).

Amendment    15

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 8

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014

Article 40a – paragraph 1 b (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1b.  The Authority shall remove a European political party and its affiliated European political foundation from the Register where the party in question fails to prove within the period of time set out in paragraph 1a that it meets the conditions laid down in points (b) and (ba) of Article 3(1).

Amendment    16

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 2a

 

However, the provisions of Regulation(EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014, applicable prior to the entry into force of this Regulation, shall continue to apply in their original versions to acts done and commitments made in respect of the funding of political parties and political foundations at European level for the budget year 2018.

Justification

To ensure legal certainty. Procedures already started in 2017 should be submitted to the existing Regulation before its revision.

23.11.2017

POSITION IN THE FORM OF AMENDMENTS

of the Committee on Budgetary Control

for the Committee on Constitutional Affairs

on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU, Euratom) No. 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations

(COM(2017)0481 – C8‑0307/2017 – 2017/0219(COD))

For the Committee on Budgetary Control: Ingeborg Gräßle (Chair)

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on Budgetary Control presents the following amendments to the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, as the committee responsible:

Amendment    1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(11a)  The material scope of competences of the EPPO is limited to criminal offences affecting the financial interests of the Union in accordance with the Regulation establishing the Office. The tasks of the EPPO should thus be to investigate, prosecute and bring to judgement the perpetrators of offences against the Union’s financial interests under Directive (EU) 2017/1371 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 20171a , and offences, which are inextricably linked to them.

 

_________________

 

1a Directive (EU) 2017/1371 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2017 on the fight against fraud to the Union’s financial interests by means of criminal law (OJ L 198, 28.7.2017, p. 29).

Amendment    2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(11 b)  In order to ensure compliance with the obligations laid down by this Regulation regarding the funding and expenditure of European political parties and European political foundations and regarding other matters, it is necessary to establish effective control mechanisms. To that end, the Authority, the Authorising Officer of the European Parliament and the Member States should cooperate and exchange all necessary information. They should also agree on practical arrangements that include some common rules on how to protect whistle-blowers. Mutual cooperation amongst Member States' authorities should be also encouraged in order to ensure the effective and efficient control of obligations stemming from applicable national law. The involvement of OLAF and the EPPO in the information sharing is required when the decision of the Authority is to be followed up.

Amendment    3

Proposal for a directive

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 4 a (new)

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014

Article 25 – paragraph 7 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(4a)  In In Article 25, the following paragraph is added:

 

(7a)  When criminal offenses affecting the financial interests of the Union , within the meaning of Directive (EU) 2017/1371 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2017, are perpetrated in one or more Member States that are participating in enhanced cooperation on the establishment of the EPPO, the EPPO shall be called to investigate in accordance with the conditions laid down in Regulation (EU) No xxx/xxxx [OJ, please insert the number of the Regulation on the EPPO];

Amendment    4

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 5 a (new)

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014

Article 28 – paragraph 2

 

Present text

Amendment

 

(5a)   In Article 28, paragraph 2 is replaced by the following:

(2)  They shall also agree on practical arrangements for such exchange of information, including the rules regarding the disclosure of confidential information or evidence and the cooperation among Member States.

(2)  They shall also agree on practical arrangements for such exchange of information, including the rules regarding the disclosure of confidential information or evidence, the protection of whistle-blowers and the cooperation among Member States.

Amendment    5

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 5 b (new)

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014

Article 28 – paragraph 4

 

Present text

Amendment

 

(5b)   In Article 28, paragraph 4 is replaced by the following:

(4)  The Authority shall inform the Authorising Officer of the European Parliament of any decision it has taken in relation to sanctions, in order to enable him or her to draw the appropriate consequences under the Financial Regulation.

(4)  The Authority shall inform the Authorising Officer of the European Parliament of any decision it has taken in relation to sanctions, in order to enable him or her to draw the appropriate consequences under the Financial Regulation. Where appropriate, the authority shall also inform OLAF and the EPPO, in order to enable those bodies to proceed with the relevant investigation accordingly;

Amendment    6

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 5 c (new)

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014

Article 30 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph

 

Present text

Amendment

 

(5c)   In Article 30(2), the second subparagraph is replaced by the following:

In the event of such termination, payments by the Authorising Officer of the European Parliament shall be limited to the eligible expenditure actually incurred by the European political party or European political foundation up to the date when the termination decision takes effect.

In the event of such termination, payments by the Authorising Officer of the European Parliament shall be limited to the reimbursable expenditure incurred by the European political party or the eligible expenditure incurred by European political foundation up to the date when the termination decision takes effect.

Justification

The reference to reimbursable expenditure is the expression used in the Financial Regulation Article 204g and in article 17, 4 and 5 of Regulation 1141/2014, and is the adequate concept to use in the recovery.

Amendment    7

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 2a

 

However, the provisions of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014, applicable prior to the entry into force of this Regulation, shall continue to apply in their original versions to acts done and commitments made in respect of the funding of political parties and political foundations at European level for the budget year 2018.

Justification

To ensure legal certainty. Procedures already started in 2017 should be submitted to the existing Regulation before its revision.

PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

Title

Statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations

References

COM(2017)0481 – C8-0307/2017 – 2017/0219(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

AFCO

2.10.2017

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

CONT

2.10.2017

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Ingeborg Gräßle

16.10.2017

Previous rapporteur

Ingeborg Gräßle

Date adopted

26.10.2017

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

17

7

5

Members present for the final vote

Nedzhmi Ali, Jonathan Arnott, Inés Ayala Sender, Ryszard Czarnecki, Dennis de Jong, Ingeborg Gräßle, Cătălin Sorin Ivan, Jean-François Jalkh, Arndt Kohn, Georgi Pirinski, José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Petri Sarvamaa, Claudia Schmidt, Bart Staes, Hannu Takkula, Indrek Tarand, Derek Vaughan, Tomáš Zdechovský

Substitutes present for the final vote

Richard Ashworth, Brian Hayes, Andrey Novakov, Julia Pitera

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

Jean-Paul Denanot

FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

11

+

ALDE

PPE

Greens

Nedzhmi Ali, Hannu Takkula

Ingeborg Gräßle, Brian Hayes, Andrey Novakov, Julia Pitera, José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Petri Sarvamaa, Claudia Schimdt, Tomáš Zdechovský

Bart Staes

7

-

S&D

ENF

Inés Ayala Sender, Jean-Paul Denanot, Cătălin Sorin Ivan, Arndt Kohn, Georgi Pirinski, Derek Vaughan

Jean-François Jalkh

5

0

ECR

EFDD

GUE/NGL

Greens

Richard Ashworth, Ryszard Czarnecki

Jonathan Arnott

Dennis de Jong

Indrek Tarand

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

(1)

Texts adopted, P8_TA(2017)0274.


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations

References

COM(2017)0481 – C8-0307/2017 – 2017/0219(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

13.9.2017

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

AFCO

2.10.2017

 

 

 

Committees asked for opinions

       Date announced in plenary

BUDG

2.10.2017

CONT

2.10.2017

JURI

2.10.2017

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

BUDG

26.9.2017

JURI

9.10.2017

 

 

Rapporteurs

       Date appointed

Mercedes Bresso

28.9.2017

Rainer Wieland

28.9.2017

 

 

Discussed in committee

11.10.2017

23.10.2017

21.11.2017

 

Date adopted

21.11.2017

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

19

2

2

Members present for the final vote

Gerolf Annemans, Mercedes Bresso, Elmar Brok, Pascal Durand, Danuta Maria Hübner, Diane James, Ramón Jáuregui Atondo, Alain Lamassoure, Jo Leinen, Morten Messerschmidt, Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz, Markus Pieper, Paulo Rangel, Helmut Scholz, György Schöpflin, Pedro Silva Pereira, Barbara Spinelli, Claudia Țapardel, Josep-Maria Terricabras, Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski

Substitutes present for the final vote

Jérôme Lavrilleux, Cristian Dan Preda, Viviane Reding, Jasenko Selimovic

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

Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso

Date tabled

24.11.2017


FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

19

+

ALDE

Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz, Jasenko Selimovic

GUE/NGL

Helmut Scholz, Barbara Spinelli

PPE

Elmar Brok, Danuta Maria Hübner, Alain Lamassoure, Jérôme Lavrilleux, Paulo Rangel, Viviane Reding, György Schöpflin, Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso

S&D

Mercedes Bresso, Ramón Jáuregui Atondo, Jo Leinen, Claudia Țapardel, Pedro Silva Pereira

Verts/ALE

Pascal Durand, Josep-Maria Terricabras

2

-

ECR

Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski

NI

Diane James

2

0

ECR

Morten Messerschmidt

ENF

Gerolf Annemans

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

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