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A8-0292/2018

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P8_TA(2018)0365

REPORT     
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26.9.2018
PE 625.537v02-00 A8-0292/2018

on the Council position on Draft amending budget No 5/2018 of the European Union for the financial year 2018, Section III – Commission: Cancellation of the reserve related to the support to Turkey from the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA II), reinforcement of the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and of the Humanitarian Aid for other urgent actions and modification of the establishment plan of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) in the context of the WiFi4EU initiative

(11843/2018 – C8‑0415/2018 – 2018/2165(BUD))

Committee on Budgets

Rapporteur: Siegfried Mureşan

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION
 ANNEX: LETTER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
 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 5/2018 of the European Union for the financial year 2018, Section III – Commission: Cancellation of the reserve related to the support to Turkey from the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA II), reinforcement of the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and of the Humanitarian Aid for other urgent actions and modification of the establishment plan of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) in the context of the WiFi4EU initiative

(11843/2018 – C8‑0415/2018 – 2018/2165(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 Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2018/1046 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 July 2018 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union, amending Regulations (EU) No 1296/2013, (EU) No 1301/2013, (EU) No 1303/2013, (EU) No 1304/2013, (EU) No 1309/2013, (EU) No 1316/2013, (EU) No 223/2014, (EU) No 283/2014, and Decision No 541/2014/EU, and repealing Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012(2), and in particular Article 44 thereof,

–  having regard to the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2018, as definitively adopted on 30 November 2017(3),

–  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(4),

–  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(5),

–  having regard to Council Decision 2014/335/EU, Euratom of 26 May 2014 on the system of own resources of the European Union(6),

–  having regard to Draft amending budget No 5/2018, which the Commission adopted on 10 July 2018 (COM(2018)0537),

–  having regard to the position on Draft amending budget No 5/2018 which the Council adopted on 18 September 2018 and forwarded to Parliament on 20 September 2018 (11843/2018 – C8‑0415/2018),

–  having regard to the letter of the Committee on Foreign Affairs,

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

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets (A8-0292/2018),

A.  whereas, at the insistence of Parliament, the budgetary authority decided, within the context of the 2018 budgetary procedure, to place in reserve EUR 70 million of commitment appropriations and EUR 35 million of payment appropriations of the Union’s support to Turkey from the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA II) on the budget item 22 02 03 01 Support for political reforms and related progressive alignment with the Union acquis;

B.  whereas Parliament and the Council decided that for the amounts put in reserve to be released, Turkey would need to make “measurable sufficient improvements in the fields of rule of law, democracy, human rights and press freedom, according to the annual report of the Commission”; whereas the Commission’s annual report on Turkey from 17 April 2018(7) confirmed unequivocally a backsliding of the rule of law, democracy and human rights in Turkey; whereas the condition set by the budgetary authority has therefore not been met;

C.  whereas the Commission has proposed to fully cancel the amounts which have been placed in reserve, both in commitment and payment appropriations, as well as the related budgetary remarks;

D.  whereas the Commission has proposed to reinforce the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) with EUR 70 million in commitment appropriations in order to fund actions linked to the Central Mediterranean migratory route through the North Africa window of the EU Trust Fund for Africa (EUR 28 million) and to fulfil part of the Union pledge made at the 24-25 April 2018 Brussels II conference “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” (EUR 42 million, which are to be transferred to the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (the ‘Madad’ Fund));

E.  whereas the Commission has proposed to reinforce Humanitarian Aid with EUR 35 million in payment appropriations to meet needs triggered by the EUR 124,8 million reinforcements at the end of 2017 which did not include payment appropriations;

F.  whereas the Commission has also proposed to reinforce the establishment plan of the innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) in the context of the WiFi4EU initiative, by adding one post of temporary agent at grade AD7; whereas this amendment can be financed within the Agency’s budget for this year;

1.  Takes note of Draft amending budget No 5/2018 as submitted by the Commission, which is devoted to cancelling, both in commitment and payment appropriations, the reserve related to Turkey from the IPA II, to reinforcing of the ENI in commitment appropriations and of Humanitarian Aid in payments appropriations, and to reinforcing the establishment plan of the INEA in the context of the WiFi4EU initiative;

2.  Expresses its concern at the continuing deterioration in fundamental rights and freedoms and the rule of law in Turkey and Turkey’s further drifting away from European values;

3.  Reiterates that any decision related to IPA II funding in Turkey should not be made to the detriment of Union support to Turkish civil society, which should be further increased;

4.  Insists on the need to apply workable solutions along the Central Mediterranean migratory route, in cooperation with relevant international, national or regional authorities, and fully respecting international human rights standards with regard to the treatment of migrants;

5.  Approves the Council position on Draft amending budget No 5/2018;

6.  Instructs its President to declare that Amending budget No 5/2018 has been definitively adopted and arrange for its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union;

7.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the other institutions and bodies concerned and the national parliaments.

(1)

OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.

(2)

OJ L 193, 30.7.2018, p. 1.

(3)

OJ L 57, 28.2.2018.

(4)

OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884.

(5)

OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

(6)

OJ L 168, 7.6.2014, p. 105.

(7)

  COM(2018) 450, SWD(2018) 153.


ANNEX: LETTER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Ref.: D(2018)30946

Mr Jean Arthuis

Chair

Committee on Budgets

Subject:  AFET opinion on the report on draft amending budget No 5/2018

Dear Chair,

In view of your Committee’s report on “the Council position on Draft amending budget No 5/2018 of the European Union for the financial year 2018, Section III - Commission: Cancellation of the reserve related to the support to Turkey from the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA II), reinforcement of the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and of the Humanitarian Aid for other urgent actions and modification of the establishment plan of the Innovation & Networks Executive Agency (INEA) in the context of the WiFi4EU initiative (2018/2165(BUD))”, the coordinators of the Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET) have decided that AFET should submit its opinion in the form of a letter due to the tight schedule.

AFET approves of the Draft amending budget No 5/2018, which proposes to cancel the reserve (EUR 70 million in commitment appropriations and EUR 35 million in payment appropriations) included in the 2018 budget for support to Turkey under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) and transfer the related commitment and payment appropriations to the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and Humanitarian Aid, respectively. The conditions for releasing the reserve, namely “measurable sufficient improvements [by Turkey] in the fields of rule of law, democracy, human rights and press freedom”, were clearly not met. On the contrary, the Commission’s annual report on Turkey of 17 April 2018 found that Turkey continues to move away from Europe with regard to the rule of law, democracy and human rights. The outcome of the recent parliamentary and presidential elections and the subsequent introduction of the executive presidency have cemented this trend.

Therefore, the proposed cancellation of the budgetary reserve is justified and necessary. At the same time, as pointed out in your committee’s draft report, this measure should not come at the expense of Turkish civil society. It is in the EU’s utmost interest to continue supporting those elements of Turkish society that are working towards an open, democratic Turkey based on European values. Therefore, the Commission needs to ensure that the remaining funds for Turkey under IPA II are geared primarily toward civil society organisations.

AFET welcomes the proposed reinforcements of the ENI and Humanitarian Aid, which are both under heavy pressure. As regards the ENI reinforcement (EUR 70 million in commitment appropriations), the additional funds will be dedicated to measures linked to the Central Mediterranean migratory route financed under the EU Trust Fund for Africa (EUR 28 million) and the financing of the Union pledge made at the Brussels II Conference for the Syria crisis (EUR 42 million). AFET fully supports the Syria pledge and measures to address the root causes of migration. At the same time, we insist that the Member States need to contribute their fair share to the financing of these priority measures and do more to plug the existing funding gaps.

Yours sincerely,

David McAllister  Cristian Dan Preda

AFET Chair  AFET rapporteur for the 2018 budget

Copy:  Mr Siegfried Muresan, Rapporteur for the 2018 EU budget


INFORMATION ON ADOPTION IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Date adopted

25.9.2018

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

27

1

4

Members present for the final vote

Nedzhmi Ali, Jean Arthuis, Reimer Böge, Lefteris Christoforou, André Elissen, José Manuel Fernandes, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Jens Geier, Monika Hohlmeier, John Howarth, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Siegfried Mureşan, Răzvan Popa, Paul Rübig, Petri Sarvamaa, Jordi Solé, Eleftherios Synadinos, Indrek Tarand, Isabelle Thomas, Inese Vaidere, Monika Vana, Marco Zanni, Manuel dos Santos, Stanisław Żółtek

Substitutes present for the final vote

Karine Gloanec Maurin, Giovanni La Via, Ivana Maletić, Andrey Novakov

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

José Blanco López, Jonathan Bullock, Sofia Ribeiro, Ruža Tomašić


FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

27

+

ALDE

Jean Arthuis

ECR

Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Ruža Tomašić

ENF

Marco Zanni

PPE

Reimer Böge, Lefteris Christoforou, José Manuel Fernandes, Monika Hohlmeier, Giovanni La Via, Ivana Maletić, Siegfried Mureşan, Andrey Novakov, Sofia Ribeiro, Paul Rübig, Petri Sarvamaa, Inese Vaidere

S&D

José Blanco López, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Jens Geier, Karine Gloanec Maurin, John Howarth, Răzvan Popa, Isabelle Thomas, Manuel dos Santos

VERTS/ALE

Jordi Solé, Indrek Tarand, Monika Vana

1

-

NI

Eleftherios Synadinos

4

0

ALDE

Nedzhmi Ali

EFDD

Jonathan Bullock

ENF

André Elissen, Stanisław Żółtek

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

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