Procedure : 2018/2192(DEC)
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Document selected : A8-0129/2019

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A8-0129/2019

Debates :

PV 26/03/2019 - 12
CRE 26/03/2019 - 12

Votes :

PV 26/03/2019 - 13.33

Texts adopted :

P8_TA(2019)0274

REPORT     
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PE 626.802v02-00 A8-0129/2019

on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) for the financial year 2017

(2018/2192(DEC))

Committee on Budgetary Control

Rapporteur: Petri Sarvamaa

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 Union Agency for Network and Information Security for the financial year 2017

(2018/2192(DEC))

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the final annual accounts of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security for the financial year 2017,

–  having regard to the Court of Auditors’ report on the annual accounts of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security for the financial year 2017, 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 2017, pursuant to Article 287 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to the Council’s recommendation of 12 February 2019 on discharge to be given to the Agency in respect of the implementation of the budget for the financial year 2017 (05825/2019 – C8‑0082/2019),

–  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 (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(4), and in particular Article 70 thereof,

–  having regard to Regulation (EU) No 526/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2013 concerning the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 460/2004(5), and in particular Article 21 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(6), 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 (A8-0129/2019),

1.  Grants the Executive Director of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security discharge in respect of the implementation of the Agency’s budget for the financial year 2017;

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 Union Agency for Network and Information Security, 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 Union Agency for Network and Information Security for the financial year 2017

(2018/2192(DEC))

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the final annual accounts of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security for the financial year 2017,

–  having regard to the Court of Auditors’ report on the annual accounts of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security for the financial year 2017, together with the Agency’s reply(7),

–  having regard to the statement of assurance(8) 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 2017, pursuant to Article 287 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to the Council’s recommendation of 12 February 2019 on discharge to be given to the Agency in respect of the implementation of the budget for the financial year 2017 (05825/2019 – C8‑0082/2019),

–  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(9), and in particular Article 208 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(10), and in particular Article 70 thereof,

–  having regard to Regulation (EU) No 526/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2013 concerning the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 460/2004(11), and in particular Article 21 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(12), 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 (A8-0129/2019),

1.  Approves the closure of the accounts of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security for the financial year 2017;

2.  Instructs its President to forward this decision to the Executive Director of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security, 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 Union Agency for Network and Information Security for the financial year 2017

(2018/2192(DEC))

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to its decision on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security for the financial year 2017,

–  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 (A8-0129/2019),

A.  whereas, according to its statement of revenue and expenditure(13), the final budget of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (the “Agency”) for the financial year 2017 was EUR 11 175 224,40, representing an increase of 1,28 % compared to 2016; whereas the budget of the Agency derives mainly from the Union budget;

B.  whereas the Court of Auditors (the “Court”), in its report on the Agency’s annual accounts for the financial year 2017 (the “Court's report”), has stated that it obtained reasonable assurances that the Agency’s annual accounts are reliable and that the underlying transactions are legal and regular;

Budget and financial management

1.  Notes with appreciation that budget monitoring efforts during the financial year 2017 resulted in a budget implementation rate of 99,99 %, representing an increase of 1,52 % compared to 2016; takes note that the payment appropriations execution rate was 88,19 %, representing a slight decrease of 0,99 % compared to 2016;

Cancellation of carryovers

2.  Notes with concern that the cancellations of carryovers from 2016 to 2017 amounted to EUR 90 916, representing 9,39 % of the total amount carried forward, showing an increase of 3,67 % in comparison to 2016;

Performance

3.  Notes with satisfaction that the Agency uses certain key performance indicators (KPIs) to assess the added value provided by its activities and to enhance its budget management, focusing more qualitative indicators for the assessment of the achievement of its operational goals and more quantitative indicators for its administrative goals; notes, furthermore, that impact indicators show that the Agency's results exceeded the targets established in the Work Programme 2017, against the framework of the ENISA Strategy 2016–2020; invites the Agency to further develop the KPIs to better assess the outcome and impact of its activities, in order to gain advise on how to provide more added value for the Agency’s outputs;

4.  Notes with appreciation that, in 2017, the Agency started the process of helping Member States to implement Directive (EU) 2016/1148(14) and that it compiled a data breach severity assessment tool, in collaboration with several Member States’ authorities, in order to set up a coherent framework at Union level;

5.  Notes in addition that in 2017 ENISA received the EU Ombudsman Award for Good Administration for Excellence in Innovation – Transformation;

6.  Notes with appreciation that the Agency and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training signed a service-level agreement which enables them to share conference facilities and storage space among other synergies;

7.  Notes that a study on the external evaluation of the Agency’s performance over the 2013 to 2016 period was carried out on behalf of the Commission in 2017; calls on the Agency to report to the discharge authority on the outcome of this study and the respective actions taken to in order to address any recommendations made;

Staff policy

8.  Notes with concern that, on 31 December 2017, the establishment plan was only 87,5 % executed, with 42 temporary agents appointed out of 48 temporary agents authorised under the Union budget (compared with 48 authorised posts in 2016); notes that, in addition, 29 contract agents and three seconded national experts worked for the Agency in 2017;

9.  Notes that the Agency has adopted a policy on protecting the dignity of the person and preventing harassment; acknowledges that it organised training sessions and enabled confidential counselling;

10.  Notes from the Court’s report that in 2016, the Agency moved eight additional staff to Athens, reducing the number of staff in Heraklion to 14; notes that according to the Agency, at the end 2017, that number was further reduced to 11 staff members; highlights the fact that in accordance with the Court’s 2013 Report, it is likely that costs could be further reduced if all staff were centralised in one location; calls on the Agency to report to the discharge authority on any possible measures to address the situation;

11.  Notes with concern that the Agency finds it difficult to recruit, attract and hold suitably qualified staff, mainly due to the types of post that are being offered (contract agents posts) and the low correction coefficient factor which applies to the salaries of the Agency’s employees in Greece;

12.  Welcomes the suggestion of the Court to publish vacancy notices also on the website of the European Personnel Selection Office in order to increase publicity; understands the concern of the Agency for what concerns translation costs;

13.  Regrets that, as pointed out by the Court, the hand-over process to the new accounting officer of the Agency was improperly carried out, in particular there was no hand-over report transmitted to the new accountant; notes from the Agency’s reply that informal meetings took place in order to transfer knowledge and that the Agency will implement corrective actions to ensure adequate hand-over to new staff in the future; calls on the Agency to report to the discharge authority on the implementation of the corrective actions;

Prevention and management of conflicts of interests and transparency

14.  Notes the Agency’s existing measures on and ongoing efforts to secure transparency, prevention and management of conflicts of interests, and whistle-blower protection; points out with concern, however, that only the CVs of the executive director and the Chair of the management board (MB) are published on its website, and furthermore, that the Agency publishes only the executive director’s declaration of conflicts of interests on its website, but not of the other senior management members; calls on the Agency to publish the CVs of all the members of the MB and the declarations of conflicts of interests of its senior management and to report to the discharge authority on the measures taken in this regard;

Other comments

15.  Notes with concern that, unlike most other agencies, the Agency did not carry out a comprehensive analysis of the likely impact of the United Kingdom’s decision to withdraw from the European Union on its organisation, operations and accounts; notes from the Agency’s reply that it has revised some of its relevant internal processes in that regard; calls on the Agency to report to the discharge authority on the measures taken in order to mitigate any risks involved;

16.  Notes the Agency’s moderate efforts to ensure a cost-effective and environment-friendly working place; points out that the Agency does not have any additional measures in place to reduce or offset CO² emissions;

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17.  Refers, for other observations of a cross-cutting nature accompanying its decision on discharge, to its resolution of …2019(15) on the performance, financial management and control of the agencies.

INFORMATION ON ADOPTION IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Date adopted

20.2.2019

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

20

1

0

Members present for the final vote

Nedzhmi Ali, Inés Ayala Sender, Zigmantas Balčytis, Dennis de Jong, Tamás Deutsch, Martina Dlabajová, Ingeborg Gräßle, Jean-François Jalkh, Wolf Klinz, Monica Macovei, Georgi Pirinski, José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Petri Sarvamaa, Claudia Schmidt, Bart Staes, Marco Valli, Derek Vaughan, Tomáš Zdechovský, Joachim Zeller

Substitutes present for the final vote

Karin Kadenbach

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

Petra Kammerevert

FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

20

+

ALDE

Nedzhmi Ali, Martina Dlabajová, Wolf Klinz

ECR

Monica Macovei

EFDD

Marco Valli

GUE/NGL

Dennis de Jong

PPE

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

S&D

Inés Ayala Sender, Zigmantas Balčytis, Karin Kadenbach, Petra Kammerevert, Georgi Pirinski, Derek Vaughan

VERTS/ALE

Bart Staes

1

-

ENF

Jean-François Jalkh

0

0

 

 

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

(1)

OJ C 434, 30.11.2018, P. 79.

(2)

OJ C 434, 30.11.2018, P. 79

(3)

OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.

(4)

OJ L 193, 30.7.2018, p. 1.

(5)

OJ L 165, 18.6.2013, p. 41.

(6)

OJ L 328, 7.12.2013, p. 42.

(7)

OJ C 434, 30.11.2018, P. 79.

(8)

OJ C 434, 30.11.2018, P. 79.

(9)

OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.

(10)

OJ L 193, 30.7.2018, p. 1.

(11)

OJ L 165, 18.6.2013, p. 41.

(12)

OJ L 328, 7.12.2013, p. 42.

(13)

OJ C 116/05, 28.03.2018, p.20

(14)

Directive (EU) 2016/1148 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 July 2016 concerning measures for a high common level of security of network and information systems across the Union. OJ L 194, 19.7.2016, p. 1

(15)

Texts adopted, P8_TA(2019)0000.

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