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Final EU 2008 Budget: €120.3bn, 5.7 % increase in 2007, go ahead for Galileo and the European Institute of Technology

Budget - 13-12-2007 - 19:56
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EU Budget 2008

The European Parliament adopted its second reading of the 2008 EU budget. The EU general budget for 2008 will be €120 346 758 612 in payment appropriations, nearly 0.96% of the total GNI of the Member States. The 2008 budget is it is an increase of 5.7% on the 2007 figure. The European Parliament's second reading concludes the annual budgetary procedure and it will be officially signed in the EP in Brussels on 18 December at 3pm.

1) Galileo and European Institute of Technology
 
The financing of Galileo (the European satellite navigation system, which will be independent of the American, Russian and Chinese systems) and the European Institute of Technology (EIT): both projects, according to this vote, will be funded entirely by the Community, without jeopardising the necessary financial means of the Lisbon Agenda multiannual programmes such as Lifelong Learning and Trans-European Networks. The amount needed by 2013 (a shortfall of €2.4bn) will be found mainly from the revision of the Financial Perspectives. Globally, €3.7bn are foreseen for Galileo and EIT within the multi-annual financial framework until 2013.
 
Details (2007-2013)
   -   €1 600 million from a revision of the multiannual Financial Framework (reallocation of unused means in the agricultural budget for 2007)
   -   €200 million from the use of the so-called flexibility instrument
   -   €400 million of reprioritisation within heading 1A (growth and employment) from the transport related research activities financed under  FP 7
   -   €200 million of redeployment within heading 1A concerning mainly administrative expenditure (€100 mio), decentralised agencies (€50 mio) and Euratom (€50 million)
   -   €300 million from the margin - for the European Institute of Technology.
 
In 2008
EIT
Commitments
Payments
European Institute of Technology
0
0
European Institute of Technology and Innovation
2,900,000
2,900,000
European Institute of Technology and Innovation - Governing Structure
p.m.
p.m.
European Institute of Technology and Innovation - Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs)
p.m.
p.m.
GALILEO
 
 
Galileo Programme
p.m.
890,000,000
100,000,000
200,000,000
Galileo Supervisory -Authority - Subsidy under Titles 1 and 2
7,059,000
7,460,000
Galileo Supervisory Authority - Subsidy under Title 3
2,933,500
3,100,000
 
 
 
 
2) CFSP, Kosovo, Palestine
 
The additional needs for the common foreign and security policy (CFSP, including EU police mission in Kosovo) for 2008: The CFSP will receive a total of €285 million from the EU budget, an increase of €125 million over 2007. Of this figure, €70 million will be deployed through the flexibility instrument, which is designed to finance unforeseen or exceptional expenditure, under the Interinstitutional Agreement (IIA) of 17 May 2006. This exceptional funding will be used in 2008 for the CFSP actions, essentially for the EU growing obligations in Kosovo.
 
Palestine in 2008 (essential part of expenditure planned)
 
Commitments
Payments
European Neighbourhood and Partnership financial assistance to Palestine, the peace process and UNRWA
300,000,000
200,000,000
 
Kosovo in 2008
 
Commitments
Payments
Macroeconomic assistance
152,000,000
112,000,000
Transition and institution-building assistance to potential candidate countries
436,700,000
98,625,400
Police missions (only a part of this amount will go to Kosovo)
60,000,000
37,000,000
 
The political involvement of the European Parliament in this matter deserves attention: according to a declaration agreed in conciliation, the European Commission will hold regular political dialogue three times a year with the European Parliament on democratic scrutiny and coherence of external EU relations.
 
For the first time, growth and jobs ("Sustainable growth and employment", heading 1a & 1b) take the biggest share of the EU budget, edging ahead of farm subsidies (Agriculture part, under
the heading 2: "Natural resources").
 
Given the urgency of immigration matters, the Parliament proposes an increase for the agency managing EU external borders, the EP decided to double the amounts allocated to Frontex (EU Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders) , the agency for the EU's external frontiers, with €30 million extra (€2.8 million will be dedicated to administrative costs) . The figure earmarked for this agency thus rises to €70 million in total. The plenary endorsed the 2nd reading budget committee vote and decided to release the reserves agreed at the first reading for Frontex.
 
As regards the initial (at the first reading) €49 million reserve under Heading 5, devoted to the European Commission staff expenditure, MEPs decided to maintain in reserve only €5 million.
 
Budget 2008 (2nd reading)
 
Heading
Parliament
(1st reading)
Council
(2nd reading)
Parliament
(2nd reading)
Commitments
Payments
Commitments
Payments
Commitments
Payments
 
1a Sustainable growth and employment - Competitiveness
 
10.004.015.250 
10.004.015.250 
10.004.015.250 
8.990.265.850 
11.086.000.000 
9.772.639.600 
 
1b Sustainable growth and employment - Cohesion
46.877.941.445 
46.877.941.445 
46.877.941.445 
40.124.714.507 
46.877.941.445 
40.551.565.026 
 
2 Natural resources
55.722.680.496 
55.722.680.496 
55.002.330.496 
53.136.027.053 
55.041.123.496 
53.177.320.053 
 
3a Freedom, Security and Justice
686.735.780 
686.735.780 
717.735.780 
509.147.780 
728.034.000 
533.196.000 
 
3b Citizenship
583.943.000 
583.943.000 
583.943.000 
649.943.000 
614.843.000 
708.253.006 
 
4 EU as a global partner
7.129.014.000 
7.129.014.000 
7.216.014.000 
7.737.525.400 
7.311.218.000 
8.112.728.400 
 
5 Administration
7.190.244.746 
7.190.244.746 
7.206.908.091 
7.207.468.091 
7.283.860.235 
7.284.420.235 
 
6 Compensation
206.636.292 
206.636.292 
206.636.292 
206.636.292 
206.636.292 
206.636.292 
 
TOTAL
128.401.211.009
128.401.211.009
127.815.524.354
118.561.617.979
129.149.656.468
120.346.758.612
 
As a percentage of GNI of the Member States 
1,02%
1,02%
1,02%
0,94%
1,03%
0,96%
 
 
 
REF.: 20071213IPR15281