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Parliamentary questions
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12 February 2019
Answer given by Mr Oettinger on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-006479/2018

The Commission proposed to reduce annual pre-financing for the last three years of the current implementation period 2021-2023, which are overlapping with the next implementation period. Evidence shows that annual pre-financing paid to Member States for a given accounting year and cleared with the acceptance of accounts results in annual recovery orders of a significant magnitude (e.g. EUR 6.6 billion in 2017). This means in practice that payment appropriations are included in the Union’s budget to pay annual pre-financing that a year later has to be recovered to a significant extent.

The reduction in annual pre-financing thus increases transparency, contributes to the predictability of budgetary planning and to a more stable and predictable payment profile. The proposed lower pre-financing takes into account the anticipated accelerated submission of interim payment claims, the fact that for these years the basis for calculating the amount of annual pre-financing is increased by the size of the performance reserve (which will definitely be allocated by then) as well as pre-financing available for Member States from the 2021-2027 programming period.

The Commission took into account lessons learned from the previous programming period in order to deal with the accumulated backlog of payments. Lower pre-financing rates contribute to mitigating the risk of payment shortages at the beginning of the next financial framework, without undermining the effective implementation of the funds.

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