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PE 613.473v02-00 A8-0086/2018

on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European Chemicals Agency for the financial year 2016

(2017/2167(DEC))

Committee on Budgetary Control

Rapporteur: Bart Staes

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 European Chemicals Agency for the financial year 2016

(2017/2167(DEC))

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the final annual accounts of the European Chemicals Agency for the financial year 2016,

–  having regard to the Court of Auditors’ report on the annual accounts of the European Chemicals Agency for the financial year 2016, together with the Agency’s reply(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 2016, pursuant to Article 287 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to the Council’s recommendation of 20 February 2018 on discharge to be given to the Agency in respect of the implementation of the budget for the financial year 2016 (05941/2018 – C8‑0077/2018),

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

–  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(3), and in particular Article 208 thereof,

–  having regard to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), establishing a European Chemicals Agency, amending Directive 1999/45/EC and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 793/93 and Commission Regulation (EC) No 1488/94 as well as Council Directive 76/769/EEC and Commission Directives 91/155/EEC, 93/67/EEC, 93/105/EC and 2000/21/EC(4), and in particular Article 97 thereof,

–  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(5), and in particular Article 108 thereof,

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

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgetary Control and the opinion of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (A8-0086/2018),

1.  Grants the Executive Director of the European Chemicals Agency discharge in respect of the implementation of the Agency’s budget for the financial year 2016;

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 European Chemicals Agency, 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 European Chemicals Agency for the financial year 2016

(2017/2167(DEC))

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the final annual accounts of the European Chemicals Agency for the financial year 2016,

–  having regard to the Court of Auditors’ report on the annual accounts of the European Chemicals Agency for the financial year 2016, together with the Agency’s reply(6),

–  having regard to the statement of assurance(7) 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 2016, pursuant to Article 287 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to the Council’s recommendation of 20 February 2018 on discharge to be given to the Agency in respect of the implementation of the budget for the financial year 2016 (05941/2018 – C8‑0077/2018),

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

–  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(8), and in particular Article 208 thereof,

–  having regard to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), establishing a European Chemicals Agency, amending Directive 1999/45/EC and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 793/93 and Commission Regulation (EC) No 1488/94 as well as Council Directive 76/769/EEC and Commission Directives 91/155/EEC, 93/67/EEC, 93/105/EC and 2000/21/EC(9), and in particular Article 97 thereof,

–  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(10), and in particular Article 108 thereof,

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

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgetary Control and the opinion of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (A8-0086/2018),

1.  Approves the closure of the accounts of the European Chemicals Agency for the financial year 2016;

2.  Instructs its President to forward this decision to the Executive Director of the European Chemicals Agency, 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 of the European Chemicals Agency for the financial year 2016

(2017/2167(DEC))

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to its decision on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European Chemicals Agency for the financial year 2016,

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

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgetary Control and the opinion of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (A8-0086/2018),

A.  whereas in the context of the discharge procedure, the discharge authority stresses the particular importance of further strengthening the democratic legitimacy of the Union institutions by improving transparency and accountability, and implementing the concept of performance-based budgeting and good governance of human resources;

B.  whereas, according to its statement of revenue and expenditure(11), the final budget of the European Chemicals Agency (”the Agency”) for the financial year 2016 was EUR 110 840 957, representing a decrease of 7,82 % compared to 2015;

C.  whereas the Agency received Union subsidies of EUR 60 937 000, representing a significant increase of EUR 55 903 000 due mainly to the implementation of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), Biocidal Products and Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulations;

D.  whereas the Court of Auditors in its report on the annual accounts of the Agency for the financial year 2016 (“the Court of Auditors' report”), has stated that it has obtained reasonable assurances that the Agency’s annual accounts are reliable and that the underlying transactions are legal and regular;

1.  Recalls that the Agency is a consolidated entity, in accordance with Article 185 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012(12) ('Financial Regulation'), and it is the driving force among regulatory authorities in implementing the Union’s chemicals legislation for the benefit of human health and the environment as well as for innovation and competitiveness; notes that the Agency helps companies to comply with the legislation, advances the safe use of chemicals and provides information on chemicals and addresses chemicals of concern;

Budget and financial management

2.  Notes that budget monitoring efforts during the financial year 2016 resulted in a budget implementation rate of 97 %, representing a decrease of 1,48 %; notes moreover that the payment appropriations execution rate was 86 %, representing a decrease of 1,84 % compared to the previous year;

3.  Points out that in 2016, the fees and charges collected covered 46 % of the Agency’s expenditure including for the first time a high proportion of fees from authorisation applications; calls in this respect for safeguards to be built into the Agency’s work so that it can remain independent vis-à-vis the industry, and, in particular, to retain a critical, independent attitude towards industry´s own research;

4.  With regard to biocidal products notes that, as referred to in Article 208 of the Financial Regulation, in 2016 the Agency collected fee income totalling EUR 7 612 146 (compared to EUR 5 423 667 in 2015), while the Union subsidy amounted to EUR 850 000 (compared to EUR 5 789 000 in 2015), and that additionally, the received EFTA contributions, including Switzerland, reached EUR 142 379;

5.  Acknowledges the fact that with regard to Regulation (EU) No 649/2012(13) (‘PIC Regulation’) and as referred to in Article 208 of the Financial Regulation, in 2016 the Union subsidy to the Agency for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade amounted to EUR 1 151 000;

6.  Notes with concern that the Union regulatory agencies responsible for the risk assessment of regulated products, in particular the Agency and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), do not have sufficient resources to effectively fulfil these responsibilities; the Agency and EFSA should therefore be granted sufficient resources in order to carry out their specific responsibilities;

Transfers

7.  Notes that the Agency made in total 23 transfers amounting to EUR 816 000; notes with satisfaction that the level and nature of transfers in 2016 have remained within the limits of financial rules;

Commitments and carry-overs

8.  Notes from the Court of Auditors’ report that carry-overs of committed appropriations remained high for Title III (REACH operational expenditure) at EUR 10 100 000, i.e. 39 % (compared to EUR 7 300 000 in 2015, i.e. 32 %) and are even higher for Title IV (biocides operational expenditure) at EUR 1 300 000, i.e. 68 % (compared to EUR 1 500 000 in 2015, i.e. 74 %); draws attention to the Court of Auditors’ comment advising the Agency to consider increasing the use of differentiated budget appropriations to better reflect the multi-annual nature of operations and unavoidable delays between the signature of contracts, deliveries and payments;

9.  Notes from the Agency’s reply that the highest carry-over amounts stem from multi-annual IT development projects and rapporteur contracts for substance evaluation which entail a statutory 12-month period starting from the adoption of the Community rolling action plan in March; notes that for the latter, the Agency has already created a differentiated budget line for 2017, which will reduce the nominal carry-over rate for 2017 and beyond; notes that for IT expenditure, the Agency will also consider the possibility of using differentiated budget lines going forward; calls on the Agency to report to the discharge authority on any decision taken on that matter;

10.  Notes that carry-overs may often be partly or fully justified by the multiannual nature of the agencies’ operational programmes, do not necessarily indicate weaknesses in budget planning and implementation and are not always at odds with the budgetary principle of annuality, in particular if they are planned in advance and communicated to the Court of Auditors;

Procurement and staff policy

11.  Notes that the recruitment target of the Agency was achieved with 98 % of posts filled at the end of 2016 for REACH/CLP (classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures) and PIC (export and import of hazardous chemicals);

12.  Observes from the establishment plan that 455 temporary posts (out of 465 authorised under the Union budget) were occupied on 31 December 2016, compared to 467 in 2015;

13.  Notes that out of 590 (full time equivalents) members of staff in 2016 the Agency was employing nine seconded national experts, 101 contract staff, three interim staff and 22 consultants;

14.  Notes with appreciation that by the number of posts occupied on 31 December 2016 gender balance has been met since the ratio is 53 % female to 47 % male;

15.  Notes with satisfaction that in comparison with the 2015 benchmarking exercise at the Agency, there was an increased percentage of operational staff and a decreased percentage of administrative support staff, in line with the Commission benchmarking results;

16.  Notes that in 2016 the Agency signed 630 contracts, out of which 423 contracts were under framework contracts and 207 contracts as a result of new tendering procedures; notes that the 26 contracts included in the latter category were signed as a result of exceptional negotiated procedures based on the relevant rules of the Financial Regulation; notes with satisfaction that the annual list of contractors is published by the Agency on its website by 30 June of each year for the previous year;

17.  Notes that on average the Agency’s staff was on sick leave for 7,9 days in 2016; observes with some concern that the number of days spent per member of staff on well-being activities in 2016 has been less than one day; acknowledges that the Agency implemented its first health and well-being action plan at organisational level and reported on the well-being activities it put in place in 2016, such as team-building, away days, seasonal events, sports facilitation, health education, medical screening, family support and psychological counselling;

18.  Notes with satisfaction that the Agency operates a network of confidential counsellors which consists of colleagues from different units of the Agency who were trained to deal informally with conflicts at work and cases of alleged harassment;

19.  Notes with satisfaction that in 2016 the two cases reported by confidential counsellors involving perceived elements of harassment were dealt with under the framework of the informal procedure and that no formal procedure was opened and, hence, no cases were brought before the court;

20.   Notes that the Agency uses one official vehicle to provide transportation to the executive director while exercising his or her official functions but does not allow for its private use;

Prevention and management of conflicts of interests, transparency and democracy

21.  Notes with satisfaction that the Agency, in line with the discharge authority’s recommendation from 2014, has included in its 2016 annual report a separate chapter on transparency, accountability and integrity;

22.  Notes with satisfaction that under the Agency’s transparency policy, major improvements were made available to the public in 2016, including completely newly designed Agency’s dissemination portal and a microsite for informing consumers about chemicals;

23.  Notes that, on the basis of its procedure for prevention and management of potential conflicts of interest, the Agency has implemented an approach which involves a systematic check for potential conflicts before assigning tasks to members of staff; notes furthermore that, once they take up their function, all members of the Agency’s bodies have their annual declaration of interest reviewed by their respective chair and published on the Agency’s website;

24.  Acknowledges that, when leaving the Agency, members of staff have to sign a declaration related to post-employment duties; notes that out of the 22 members of staff who left the Agency in 2016, in only one of these cases, the Agency saw it necessary to impose specific conditions before authorising the new employment;

25.  Notes that the Agency adopted the guidelines for whistleblowers in June 2015; notes that the Agency’s internal control systems are designed with fraud prevention embedded, with emphasis on risky areas such as financial transactions, procurement and selections; notes that the Agency’s updated anti-fraud strategy was adopted in December 2016 with a focus on developing a widespread anti-fraud culture in the Agency; notes with satisfaction that actions implemented during 2016 include a mandatory online training on prevention of conflicts of interest and an all-staff training by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) on fraud prevention;

26.  Expresses the need to establish an independent disclosure, advice and referral body with sufficient budgetary resources, in order to help whistleblowers use the right channels to disclose their information on possible irregularities affecting the financial interests of the Union, while protecting their confidentiality and offering needed support and advice;

27.  Notes that in 2016 the Agency received 85 requests for access to which the Agency granted a full access to 11 requests, 23 requests were granted only partial access and for six requests the access to documents were refused; calls on the Agency to ensure that these requests are addressed in the proper spirit of openness and transparency, and treated accordingly;

Main achievements

28.  Welcomes the three main achievements identified by the Agency in 2016, namely:

-  significant efforts made to support in particular small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through adequate IT-tools and multi-lingual guidance in light of the 3rd REACH registration deadline and a new free cloud-based service for SMEs starting from 2017;

-  upgraded dissemination portal providing access to gathered data in three levels of detail, ensuring it is easy to understand by the general public as well as by more specialised technical-scientific readers;

-  publishing the second five-year report on the operation of the REACH/CLP containing commitments to further improvements as well as recommendations to the Commission and Member State competent authorities; this report contributed to the Commission’s preparatory studies for the REFIT evaluation of REACH;

Internal audit

29.  Notes that in 2016 an audit on “Operations under the Biocidal Products Regulation in ECHA” was conducted by the Commission’s Internal Audit Service (IAS); notes furthermore that as a result, the IAS issued three “important” and no “very important” nor “critical” recommendations; acknowledges the fact that the Agency developed an action plan in response to the issued recommendations; calls on the Agency to report to the discharge authority on the implementation of this action plan;

30.  Notes that the assurance audits on “Follow-up to dossier evaluation”, “Expert groups in ECHA” as well as “Appeal proceedings before the Board of Appeal” were carried out by the Agency’s Internal Audit Capability (IAC); notes that the audits resulted in two “very important” and several “important” recommendations; acknowledges the fact that the action plans developed by the Agency’s management to respond to the recommendations of the IAC were considered by the IAC as adequate;

Performance

31.  Notes that in December 2016 the Agency started together with EFSA to draft guidance in identifying chemicals with endocrine disrupting properties;

32.  Notes with satisfaction that the Agency works on improving the impact measurement as part of the work on the multi-annual section of its programming document 2019-2021; notes moreover that the Agency is introducing an increasing number of indicators in order to better measure its performance and impact; notes moreover that the Network of EU Agencies is jointly developing an EU decentralised agencies performance framework; calls on the Agency to report to the discharge authority on the implementation of these indicators;

33.  Acknowledges the fact that the Court of Auditors’ report states that, unlike most other agencies, the Agency’s founding regulation does not explicitly require periodical external evaluations of its activities, which are key elements to assess performance; notes however from the Agency’s reply that the Commission commissioned an external performance evaluation study in 2016 and that the consultant’s report has already been published on the Commission’s website; calls on the Commission to include the mandatory periodical evaluation in any future proposal for a revision of the Agency’s founding regulation; calls on the Agency to facilitate, on a voluntary basis, any and all such external evaluations, particularly by the Court of Auditors, until such time as the requisite legislation is put in place;

34.  Notes that approximately 10 700 registration dossiers (mainly updates) and 200 product and process orientated research and development notifications were received in 2016 and that the total number of submissions increased by 29% compared to 2015;

Other comments

35.  Notes from the Court of Auditors’ report that the Agency’s budget is partly financed by fees from Union economic operators; observes that the amount of fees fluctuates every year depending on the volume of registrations of substances; notes that a future decrease of the Agency’s revenue resulting from the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the Union is possible; calls on the Agency to report to the discharge authority on the mitigating measures that may be adopted;

36.  Notes that the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the Union also poses operational risks for the Agency since the Union chemicals legislation which the Agency manages (REACH, BPR, CLP and PIC Regulations) are also internal market regulatory laws; notes that reducing the jurisdiction to which these regulations apply to EU-27 will create an additional workload for providing advice and assistance to the United Kingdom’s companies which will be in a ‘third country’ as well as a transitional workload caused by transferring regulatory work from the United Kingdom to the EU-27; notes that as all regulatory processes are IT-supported, the Agency’s IT tools will require re-tooling; notes moreover that the potential loss of United Kingdom citizens currently employed as experts will also have an operational impact; calls on the Agency to proactively plan and prepare for any and all such potential losses; calls on the Agency to work in close cooperation with the Commission regarding the negotiations relating to the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the Union in order to be sufficiently prepared to minimize any negative operational or financial impact that may occur;

37.  Notes with satisfaction that the Agency has been monitoring CO2 emissions, uses teleconference services to cut the unnecessary travels, reduces the size and improves efficiency of new building by setting required minimum energy efficiency and building standards, reduces paper consumption with new efficient printers, roll-out of IT such as EasySign and use of Sharepoint, replaces lamps in underground car part with energy efficient lamps, encourages recycling to ensure a cost-effective and environment-friendly working place and is committed to further reduce or offset CO2 emissions;

38.  Takes note that in 2016 the Agency continued implementing its integrated regulatory strategy, bringing all REACH and CLP processes together in order to reach the aim of relevant regulations, further advancing in the integration of REACH and CLP processes;

39.  Calls on the Commission to launch a policy debate with relevant stakeholders in order to review Union legislation related to risk assessment for food, chemicals and related products and the effectiveness of such legislation;

40.  Notes that the participation of UN sub-organisations, such as the International Agency for Research on Cancer, as observers in the work of the Agency, was approved in 2016;

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41.  Refers, for other observations of a cross-cutting nature accompanying its decision on discharge, to its resolution of ... 2018(14) on the performance, financial management and control of the agencies.

25.1.2018

OPINION of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

for the Committee on Budgetary Control

on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European Chemicals Agency for the financial year 2016

(2017/2167(DEC))

Rapporteur: Adina-Ioana Vălean

SUGGESTIONS

The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety calls on the Committee on Budgetary Control, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following suggestions into its motion for a resolution:

1.  Recalls that European Chemicals Agency ('the Agency') is a consolidated entity, in accordance with Article 185 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council(15) ('Financial Regulation'), and it is the driving force among regulatory authorities in implementing the Union's chemicals legislation for the benefit of human health and the environment as well as for innovation and competitiveness; notes that the Agency helps companies to comply with the legislation, advances the safe use of chemicals and provides information on chemicals and addresses chemicals of concern;

2.  Notes that in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council(16) ('REACH Regulation'), the Agency is financed through fees paid by industry and by a Union balancing subsidy, as referred to in Article 208 of the Financial Regulation; acknowledges the fact that in 2016, the Agency collected fee income totalling EUR 33 377 004 (in comparison to EUR 23 785 474 in 2015), while the Union subsidy amounted to EUR 58 919 188 (in comparison to no subsidy in 2015) and that additionally, the received European Free Trade Association (EFTA) contribution totalled EUR 1 626 575;

3.  Notes that approximately 10 700 registration dossiers (mainly updates) and 200 product and process orientated research and development notifications were received in 2016 and that the total number of submissions increased by 29% compared to 2015;

4.  Takes note that in 2016 the Agency continued implementing its integrated regulatory strategy, bringing all REACH and classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) processes together in order to reach the aim of relevant regulations, further advancing in the integration of REACH and CLP processes;

5.  Calls on the Commission to launch a policy debate with relevant stakeholders in order to review Union legislation related to risk assessment for food, chemicals and related products and the effectiveness of such legislation;

6.  Welcomes the publication of the second five year report on the operation of REACH, providing input into the second review of the REACH Regulation;

7.  With regard to biocidal products notes that, as referred to in Article 208 of the Financial Regulation, in 2016 the Agency collected fee income totalling EUR 7 612 146 (in comparison to EUR 5 423 667 in 2015), while the Union subsidy amounted to EUR 850 000 (in comparison to EUR 5 789 000 in 2015), and that additionally, the received EFTA contributions, including Switzerland, reached EUR 142 379;

8.  Notes that the management of the budget was more challenging in 2016 than in previous years, due to the difficulty to foresee the magnitude of fee-based financing, particularly for the biocides applications;

9.  Notes with concern that the Union regulatory agencies responsible for the risk assessment of regulated products, in particular the Agency and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), do not have sufficient resources to effectively fulfil these responsibilities; the Agency and EFSA should therefore be granted sufficient resources in order to carry out their specific responsibilities;

10.  Notes that in 2016 the recruitment target of the Agency was achieved with 98% of posts filled at the end of the year for REACH/CLP processes, prior informed consent (PIC) procedure and biocidal products; highlights that since the Agency’s workload has not decreased during 2016, sufficient human and financial resources should be allocated;

11.  Acknowledges that with regard to Regulation (EU) No 649/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council(17) (‘PIC Regulation’) and as referred to in Article 208 of the Financial Regulation, in 2016, the Union subsidy to the Agency for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade amounted to EUR 1 151 000;

12.  Notes that the participation of UN sub-organisations, such as the International Agency for Research on Cancer, as observers in the work of the Agency, was approved in 2016;

13.  Welcomes the redesign of the Agency’s dissemination portal and the launch of a microsite for informing consumers about chemicals, which were carried out under the Agency’s transparency policy;

14.  Notes that in 2016 the Agency’s staff followed a mandatory training on prevention of conflicts of interest and a training by the European Anti-Fraud Office on fraud prevention;

15.  Welcomes that the Court of Auditors has announced that the transactions underlying the annual accounts of the Agency for the financial year 2016 were legal and regular in all material respects, while noting the Court of Auditors' comments that 'Carry-overs of committed appropriations remained high for Title III (REACH operational expenditure) at 10,1 million euro, i.e. 39 % (2015: 7,3 million euro, i.e. 32 %) and are even higher for Title IV (Biocides operational expenditure) at 1,3 million euro, i.e. 68 % (2015: 1,5 million euro, i.e. 74 %). Such high level of carry-overs is in contradiction with the budgetary principle of annuality.'; recommends that the Agency should take on board the following Court of Auditors' advice: 'The Agency may consider increasing the use of differentiated budget appropriations to better reflect the multi annual nature of operations and unavoidable delays between the signature of contracts, deliveries and payments.';

16.  Recommends, based on the facts available, that discharge be granted to the Executive Director of the European Chemicals Agency with respect to the implementation of the Agency's budget for the financial year 2016.

INFORMATION ON ADOPTION IN COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

Date adopted

24.1.2018

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

43

1

2

Members present for the final vote

Marco Affronte, Pilar Ayuso, Ivo Belet, Simona Bonafè, Biljana Borzan, Paul Brannen, Nessa Childers, Birgit Collin-Langen, Seb Dance, Stefan Eck, José Inácio Faria, Francesc Gambús, Elisabetta Gardini, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Arne Gericke, Julie Girling, Françoise Grossetête, Andrzej Grzyb, Anneli Jäätteenmäki, Karin Kadenbach, Urszula Krupa, Giovanni La Via, Peter Liese, Susanne Melior, Gilles Pargneaux, Piernicola Pedicini, Bolesław G. Piecha, John Procter, Julia Reid, Frédérique Ries, Daciana Octavia Sârbu, Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu, Ivica Tolić, Adina-Ioana Vălean, Jadwiga Wiśniewska, Damiano Zoffoli

Substitutes present for the final vote

Elena Gentile, Martin Häusling, Norbert Lins, Nuno Melo, Ulrike Müller, Christel Schaldemose, Bart Staes, Keith Taylor, Carlos Zorrinho

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

Jiří Maštálka

FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

43

+

ALDE

Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Anneli Jäätteenmäki, Ulrike Müller, Frédérique Ries

ECR

Arne Gericke, Urszula Krupa, Bolesław G. Piecha, John Procter, Jadwiga Wiśniewska

GUE/NGL

Stefan Eck, Jiří Maštálka

PPE

Pilar Ayuso, Ivo Belet, Birgit Collin-Langen, José Inácio Faria, Francesc Gambús, Elisabetta Gardini, Françoise Grossetête, Andrzej Grzyb, Giovanni La Via, Peter Liese, Norbert Lins, Nuno Melo, Ivica Tolić, Adina-Ioana Vălean

S&D

Simona Bonafè, Biljana Borzan, Paul Brannen, Nessa Childers, Seb Dance, Elena Gentile, Karin Kadenbach, Susanne Melior, Gilles Pargneaux, Christel Schaldemose, Daciana Octavia Sârbu, Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu, Damiano Zoffoli, Carlos Zorrinho

VERTS/ALE

Marco Affronte, Martin Häusling, Bart Staes, Keith Taylor

1

-

EFDD

Julia Reid

2

0

ECR

Julie Girling

EFDD

Piernicola Pedicini

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

INFORMATION ON ADOPTION IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Date adopted

20.3.2018

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

19

5

0

Members present for the final vote

Nedzhmi Ali, Inés Ayala Sender, Zigmantas Balčytis, Dennis de Jong, Tamás Deutsch, Martina Dlabajová, Raffaele Fitto, Ingeborg Gräßle, Cătălin Sorin Ivan, Jean-François Jalkh, Arndt Kohn, Notis Marias, José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Petri Sarvamaa, Claudia Schmidt, Bart Staes, Indrek Tarand, Marco Valli, Derek Vaughan, Tomáš Zdechovský, Joachim Zeller

Substitutes present for the final vote

Karin Kadenbach, Julia Pitera, Miroslav Poche

FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

19

+

ALDE

Nedzhmi Ali, Martina Dlabajová

PPE

Tamás Deutsch, Ingeborg Gräßle, Julia Pitera, José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Petri Sarvamaa, Claudia Schmidt, Tomáš Zdechovský, Joachim Zeller

S&D

Inés Ayala Sender, Zigmantas Balčytis, Cătălin Sorin Ivan, Karin Kadenbach, Arndt Kohn, Miroslav Poche, Derek Vaughan

VERTS/ALE

Bart Staes, Indrek Tarand

5

-

ECR

Raffaele Fitto, Notis Marias

EFDD

Marco Valli

ENF

Jean-François Jalkh

GUE/NGL

Dennis de Jong

0

0

 

 

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

(1)

OJ C 417, 6.12.2017, p. 98.

(2)

OJ C 417, 6.12.2017, p. 98.

(3)

OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.

(4)

OJ L 396, 30.12.2006, p. 1.

(5)

OJ L 328, 7.12.2013, p. 42.

(6)

OJ C 417, 6.12.2017, p. 98.

(7)

OJ C 417, 6.12.2017, p. 98.

(8)

OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.

(9)

OJ L 396, 30.12.2006, p. 1.

(10)

OJ L 328, 7.12.2013, p. 42.

(11)

OJ C 443, 29.11.2016, p21

(12)

  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 (OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1).

(13)

  Regulation (EU) No 649/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 concerning the export and import of hazardous chemicals (OJ L 201, 27.7.2012, p. 60).

(14)

Texts adopted, P8_TA-PROV(2018)0000.

(15)

  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 (OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1).

(16)

  Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), establishing a European Chemicals Agency, amending Directive 1999/45/EC and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 793/93 and Commission Regulation (EC) No 1488/94 as well as Council Directive 76/769/EEC and Commission Directives 91/155/EEC, 93/67/EEC, 93/105/EC and 2000/21/EC (OJ L 396, 30.12.2006, p. 1).

(17)

  Regulation (EU) No 649/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 concerning the export and import of hazardous chemicals (OJ L 201, 27.7.2012, p. 60).

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