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A8-0181/2019

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P8_TA(2019)0355

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PE 628.433v03-00 A8-0181/2019

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 as regards the adjustment of annual pre-financing for the years 2021 to 2023

(COM(2018)0614 – C8‑0396/2018 – 2018/0322(COD))

Committee on Regional Development

Rapporteur: Mirosław Piotrowski

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DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 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) No 1303/2013 as regards the adjustment of annual pre-financing for the years 2021 to 2023

(COM(2018)0614 – C8‑0396/2018 – 2018/0322(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2018)0614),

–  having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 177 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C‑0396/2018),

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

–  having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee of 24 January 2019(1),

–  after consulting the Committee of the Regions,

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

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Regional Development (A8-0181/2019),

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

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point b

Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013

Article 134 – paragraph 2 – indent 6

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

“— 2021–2023: 1 %”.

“— 2021–2023: 2 %”.

(1)

  Not yet published in the Official Journal.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

On 7 September 2018, the Commission submitted a new proposal to amend the current Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) for 2014-2020. That amendment concerns the pre-financing rates for the years 2021-2023 under the 2014-2020 programmes. Funding under the CPR for 2021-2027 is not affected.

At current rates, annual pre-financing paid to Member States results in annual recovery orders for large amounts (for example, EUR 6.6 billion in 2017). This means that payment credits are requested from Member States each year in order to pay them annual pre-financing from the Union budget, which in turn has to be recovered to a significant extent a year later.

As annual pre-financing is made available for an accounting year which spans over two annual budgetary years, the excess amount paid in year N as annual pre-financing is cleared in year N+1, which results in unnecessary payment flows.

Therefore, for 2021-2023, which corresponds to the last three years of the current implementation period and overlaps with the next implementation period starting in 2021, the Commission proposes that annual pre-financing should be reduced. This approach results from the proposal for the 2021-2027 period, where it is intended that only initial pre-financing should be paid, in six annual tranches.

The Commission’s proposal to reduce the rate of annual pre-financing for 2021-2023 from 3 % of the amount of support from the Funds to 1 % goes too far, and the rapporteur of the Committee on Regional Development is of the opinion that it is more appropriate to set an annual pre-financing rate of 2 % for the cash flow requirements for the implementation of the Programme. This pre-financing rate takes into account the expected increasing number of interim payment claims, the addition of the performance reserve to the basis for the calculation of pre-financing, and the new pre-financing available under the 2021-2027 programming period.

Article 134(2) will therefore be modified to set the annual pre-financing for 2021-2023 at 2 %. The annual pre-financing for the year 2020 is to be maintained at 3 %. Funding for 2021-2023 under the CPR for 2021-2027 will be determined by the new regulation and is not affected by this amendment.

The rapporteur believes that only with a 2 % payment rate can the Commission’s proposal can be accepted.


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Adjustment of annual pre-financing for the years 2021 to 2023

References

COM(2018)0614 – C8-0396/2018 – 2018/0322(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

7.9.2018

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

REGI

13.9.2018

 

 

 

Committees asked for opinions

       Date announced in plenary

BUDG

13.9.2018

EMPL

13.9.2018

PECH

13.9.2018

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

BUDG

13.9.2018

EMPL

27.9.2018

PECH

12.9.2018

 

Rapporteurs

       Date appointed

Mirosław Piotrowski

22.11.2018

 

 

 

Previous rapporteurs

Iskra Mihaylova

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

14.2.2019

 

 

 

Date adopted

21.3.2019

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

19

0

0

Members present for the final vote

Franc Bogovič, Mercedes Bresso, Aleksander Gabelic, Ivan Jakovčić, Constanze Krehl, Iskra Mihaylova, Mirosław Piotrowski, Stanislav Polčák, Fernando Ruas, Monika Smolková, Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, Matthijs van Miltenburg, Lambert van Nistelrooij, Kerstin Westphal, Joachim Zeller

Substitutes present for the final vote

John Howarth, Ivana Maletić, Milan Zver

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

Stanisław Ożóg

Date tabled

25.3.2019


FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

19

+

ALDE

Ivan Jakovčić, Iskra Mihaylova, Matthijs van Miltenburg

ECR

Stanisław Ożóg, Mirosław Piotrowski

PPE

Franc Bogovič, Ivana Maletić, Lambert van Nistelrooij, Stanislav Polčák, Fernando Ruas, Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, Joachim Zeller, Milan Zver

S&D

Mercedes Bresso, Aleksander Gabelic, John Howarth, Constanze Krehl, Monika Smolková, Kerstin Westphal

0

-

 

 

0

0

 

 

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

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