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P8_TA(2016)0475

REPORT     
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25 November 2016
PE 594.102v01-00 A8-0353/2016

on the joint text on the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 approved by the Conciliation Committee under the budgetary procedure

(14635/2016 – C8-0470/2016 – 2016/2047(BUD))

European Parliament delegation to the Conciliation Committee

Rapporteurs:   Jens Geier (Section III – Commission)

  Indrek Tarand (other sections)

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 ANNEX
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DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the joint text on the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 approved by the Conciliation Committee under the budgetary procedure

(14635/2016 – C8-0470/2016 – 2016/2047(BUD))

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the joint text approved by the Conciliation Committee and the relevant Parliament, Council and Commission statements (14635/2016 – C8-0470/2016),

–  having regard to the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017, which the Commission adopted on 18 July 2016 (COM(2016)0300),

–  having regard to the position on the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017, which the Council adopted on 12 September 2016 and forwarded to Parliament on 14 September 2016 (11900/2016 – C8-0373/2016),

–  having regard to Letter of amendment No 1/2017 to the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017, which the Commission presented on 17 October 2016,

–  having regard to its resolution of 26 October 2016 on the Council position on the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017(1) and to the budget amendments contained therein,

–  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 Council Decision 2014/335/EU, Euratom of 26 May 2014 on the system of own resources of the European Union(2),

–  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),

–  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 Rule 90 and Rule 91 of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the report of its delegation to the Conciliation Committee (A8-0353/2016),

1.  Approves the joint text agreed by the Conciliation Committee, which consists of the following documents taken together:

-  list of budget lines not modified, compared to the draft budget or the Council's position;

-  summary figures by financial framework headings;

-  line by line figures on all budget items;

-  a consolidated document showing the figures and final text of all lines modified during the conciliation;

2.  Confirms the joint statements by Parliament, the Council and the Commission annexed to this resolution;

3.  Instructs its President to declare that the European Union's general budget for the financial year 2017 has been definitively adopted and to arrange for its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union;

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

(1)

Texts adopted of that date, P8_TA(2016)0411.

(2)

OJ L 168, 7.6.2014, p. 105.

(3)

OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.

(4)

OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884.

(5)

OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.


ANNEX

17.11.2016

FINALBudget 2017 –

Elements for joint conclusions

These joint conclusions cover the following sections:

1.  Budget 2017

2.  Budget 2016 – Draft Amending Budgets 4, 5 and 6/2016

3.  Joint statements

Summary overview

A.  Budget 2017

According to the elements for joint conclusions:

-  The overall level of commitment appropriations in the 2017 budget is set at EUR 157 857,8 million. Overall, this leaves a margin below the MFF ceilings for 2017 of EUR 1 100,1 million in commitment appropriations.

-  The overall level of payment appropriations in the 2017 budget is set at EUR 134 490,4 million.

-  The Flexibility Instrument for 2017 is mobilised in commitment appropriations for an amount of EUR 530 million for heading 3 Security and Citizenship.

-  The Global margin for commitments is mobilised at a level of EUR 1 439,1 million for heading 1a Competitiveness for Growth and Jobs.

-  The Contingency margin is mobilised at a level of EUR 1 906,2 million for heading 3 and heading 4. It is offset for EUR 575,0 million against the unallocated margin under heading 2 Sustainable Growth: Natural Resources in 2017 and for EUR 507,3 million in 2017, EUR 570,0 million in 2018 and EUR 253,9 million in 2019 against the unallocated margins under heading 5 Administration.

-  The 2017 payment appropriations related to the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument in 2014, 2015 and 2016 are estimated by the Commission at EUR 981,1 million.

B.  Budget 2016

According to the elements for joint conclusions:

-  Draft Amending Budget 4/2016 and the accompanying mobilisation of the Contingency margin are accepted, as proposed by the Commission.

-  Draft Amending Budget 5/2016 is accepted as proposed by the Commission.

-  Draft Amending Budget 6/2016 and the related mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund are accepted as proposed by the Commission.

1.  Budget 2017

1.1.  'Closed' lines

Unless stated otherwise below in these conclusions, all budget lines not amended by either Council or Parliament, and those for which Parliament accepted Council's amendments during their respective reading, are confirmed.

For the other budget lines, the Conciliation Committee has agreed on the conclusions included in sections 1.2 to 1.8 below.

1.2.  Horizontal issues

Decentralised agencies

The EU contribution (in commitment and payment appropriations) and the number of posts for all decentralised agencies are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2017 with the exception of:

•  The European Police Office (EUROPOL, budget article 18 02 04) for which 10 additional posts are allocated with additional appropriations of EUR 675 000 in commitment and payment appropriations.

•  The European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit (EUROJUST, budget article 33 03 04) for which 10 additional posts are allocated with additional appropriations of EUR 675 000 in commitment and payment appropriations.

•  The European Banking Authority (EBA, budget article 12 02 04) for which commitment and payment appropriations are reduced by EUR 500 000.

•  The European Asylum Support Office (EASO, budget article 18 03 02) for which the commitment and payment appropriations are increased by EUR 3 000 000.

•  The European Medicines Agency (EMA, budget item 17 03 12 01) for which the commitment and payment appropriations are reduced by EUR 8 350 000.

Executive agencies

The EU contribution (in commitment and payment appropriations) and the number of posts for executive agencies are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget 2017.

Pilot Projects/Preparatory Actions

A comprehensive package of 78 pilot projects/preparatory actions (PP/PA), for a total amount of EUR 76,9 million in commitment appropriations is agreed, as proposed by the Parliament in addition to the preparatory action proposed by the Commission in the Draft budget 2017.

When a pilot project or a preparatory action appears to be covered by an existing legal basis, the Commission may propose the transfer of appropriations to the corresponding legal basis in order to facilitate the implementation of the action.

This package fully respects the ceilings for pilot projects and preparatory actions set in the Financial Regulation.

1.3.  Expenditure headings of the financial framework - commitment appropriations

After taking into account the above conclusions on 'closed' budget lines, agencies and pilot projects and preparatory actions, the Conciliation Committee has agreed on the following:

Heading 1a – Competitiveness for Growth and Jobs

Commitment appropriations of the following lines are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget 2017, as amended by amending letter 1/2017:

 

 

 

 

In EUR

Budget line

Name

DB 2017

Budget 2017

Difference

02 02 02

Improving access to finance for small and middle-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the form of equity and debt

167 030 000

217 030 000

50 000 000

06 02 01 03

Optimising the integration and interconnection of transport modes and enhancing interoperability

360 321 493

410 321 493

50 000 000

08 02 01 01

Strengthening frontier research in ERC — European Research Council

1 736 471 644

1 753 136 644

16 665 000

08 02 04

Spreading excellence and widening participation

123 492 850

140 157 850

16 665 000

09 04 02 01

Leadership in information and communications technology

779 380 777

796 050 777

16 670 000

15 02 01 01

Promoting excellence and cooperation in the European education and training area and its relevance to the labour market

1 701 963 700

1 725 463 700

23 500 000

15 02 01 02

Promoting excellence and cooperation in the European Youth Area and the participation of young people in European democratic life

201 400 000

227 900 000

26 500 000

 

Total

 

 

200 000 000(1)

The Council and the Parliament confirm that the agreed increases in heading 1a as part of the budget 2017 fully respect earlier agreements, and are without prejudice to ongoing legislative procedures.

All other commitment appropriations of heading 1a are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2017, integrating the adjustments agreed in the Conciliation Committee and included in the table below. A specific budget article is created for the "Special events" as foreseen in the Parliament's reading.

 

 

 

 

In EUR

Budget line

Name

DB 2017 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2017

Difference

32 02 01 01

Further integration of the internal energy market and the interoperability of electricity and gas networks across borders

217 403 954

206 508 927

-10 895 027

32 02 01 02

Enhancing Union security of energy supply

217 403 954

207 441 809

-9 962 145

32 02 01 03

Contributing to sustainable development and protection of the environment

217 404 002

206 509 070

-10 894 932

32 02 01 04

Creating an environment more conducive to private investment for energy projects

85 227 000

77 291 975

-7 935 025

15 02 10

Special annual events

 

6 000 000

6 000 000

04 03 02 01

PROGRESS — Supporting the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Union employment and social policy and legislation on working conditions

60 000 000

65 000 000

5 000 000

04 03 02 02

EURES — Promoting workers’ voluntary geographical mobility and boosting employment opportunities

22 578 000

23 578 000

1 000 000

 

Total

 

 

-27 687 129

As a consequence, and after taking into account agencies, pilot projects and preparatory actions, the agreed level of commitments is set at EUR 21 312,2 million, leaving a margin of EUR 51,9 million under the expenditure ceiling of heading 1a and the use of the Global Margin for Commitments for an amount of EUR 1 439,1 million.

Heading 1b – Economic, social and territorial Cohesion

Commitment appropriations are set at the level proposed in the Draft Budget 2017.

Taking into account pilot projects and preparatory actions, the agreed level of commitments is set at EUR 53 586,6 million, leaving a margin of EUR 0,4 million under the expenditure ceiling of heading 1b.

Heading 2 – Sustainable Growth: Natural Resources

Commitment appropriations are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2017, including the additional reduction of EUR 325,0 million arising from increased EAGF assigned revenue communicated by the Commission on 7 November. As a consequence, the Conciliation Committee has agreed on the following:

 

 

 

 

In EUR

Budget line

Name

DB 2017 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2017

Difference

05 03 01 10

Basic payment scheme (BPS)

15 621 000 000

15 296 000 000

-325 000 000

Taking into account agencies, pilot projects and preparatory actions, the agreed level of commitments is set at EUR 58 584,4 million, leaving a margin of EUR 1 031,6 million under the expenditure ceiling of heading 2, taking into account that EUR 575,0 million are used to offset the mobilisation of the Contingency margin.

Heading 3 – Security and Citizenship

Commitment appropriations are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2017 but with the adjustments agreed by the Conciliation Committee, detailed in the following table:

 

 

 

 

In EUR

Budget line

Name

DB 2017 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2017

Difference

09 05 05

Multimedia actions

19 573 000

22 573 000

3 000 000

15 04 02

Culture sub-programme — supporting cross-border actions and promoting transnational circulation and mobility

54 350 000

55 350 000

1 000 000

 

 Total

 

 

4 000 000

The budget remark of article 09 05 05 will be modified through the addition of the following sentence: "Where appropriate, the procurement and grant procedures may include the conclusion of framework partnerships, with a view to promoting a stable financing framework for the pan-European networks funded under this appropriation."

The budget remark of article 15 04 02 will be modified through the addition of the following sentence: "This appropriation may also finance the preparation of the European year for Cultural Heritage."

As a consequence, and after taking into account agencies, pilot projects and preparatory actions, the agreed level of commitments is set at EUR 4 284,0 million, with no margin left under the expenditure ceiling of heading 3, the mobilisation of EUR 530 million through the Flexibility Instrument and the use of the Contingency Margin for an amount of EUR 1 176,0 million.

Heading 4 – Global Europe

Commitment appropriations are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2017, but with the adjustments agreed by the Conciliation Committee, detailed in the following table:

 

 

 

 

In EUR

Budget line

Name

DB 2017 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2017

Difference

01 03 02

Macro-financial assistance

30 828 000

45 828 000

15 000 000

01 03 08

Provisioning of the EFSD Guarantee Fund

275 000 000

p.m.

-275 000 000

13 07 01

Financial support for encouraging the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community

31 836 240

34 836 240

3 000 000

19 03 01 05

Emergency measures

69 480 000

62 850 000

-6 630 000

21 02 07 05

Migration and asylum

448 273 912

404 973 912

-43 300 000

22 04 01 04

Support to peace process and financial assistance to Palestine and to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)

282 219 939

310 100 000

27 880 061

22 04 01 03

Mediterranean countries — Confidence building, security and the prevention and settlement of conflicts

340 360 500

332 480 439

-7 880 061

22 04 02 02

Eastern Partnership — Poverty reduction and sustainable development

313 825 583

322 125 583

8 300 000

 

 Total

 

 

-278 630 000

However, for budget item 19 03 01 07 European Union Special Representatives (EUSRs) the appropriations are set at the level of the Draft Budget 2017.

As a consequence, and after taking into account agencies, pilot projects and preparatory actions, the agreed level of commitments is set at EUR 10 162,1 million, with no margin left under the expenditure ceiling of heading 4 and the use of the Contingency Margin for an amount of EUR 730,1 million.

Heading 5 – Administration

The number of posts in the establishment plans of the Institutions and the appropriations proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2017 are agreed by the Conciliation Committee with the following exceptions:

•  The Parliament for which its reading is approved with the exception that the increase of 76 posts for the political groups is fully offset by a compensatory decrease in the posts of the establishment plan in the Parliament's administration, in the budgetary neutral manner. Moreover, the Conciliation Committee agrees to integrate in the Budget 2017 the impact of the automatic salary update to be applied from 1 July 2016 (EUR 8 717 000).

•  The Council for which its reading is approved with integration in the Budget 2017 of the impact of the automatic salary update to be applied from 1 July 2016 (EUR 3 301 000).

•  The Court of Auditors for which the reductions compared to the Draft Budget 2017 included in Parliament's reading are approved.

•  The European External Action Service (EEAS) for which EUR 560 250 (budget item 1200) are allocated to the contractual agent line with the same amount being reduced on budget item 3003 Buildings and associated costs. The budget remark of item 1200 will be modified by adding the sentence: "These appropriations also cover the cost of contract agents involved in strategic communication activities". Moreover, the following budget lines in the section of the EEAS are adjusted to remove the transfer of the double-hatted EUSRs proposed in the Amending Letter 1.

 

 

In EUR

Budget line

Name

Difference

3001

External staff and outside services

-3 645 000

3002

Other expenditure related to staff

-1 980 000

3003

Buildings and associated costs

-3 636 000

3004

Other administrative expenditure

-815 000

 

 Total

-10 076 000

As a consequence, taking into account pilot projects and preparatory actions, the agreed level of commitments is set at EUR 9 394,5 million, leaving a margin of EUR 16,2 million under the expenditure ceiling of heading 5, after the use of EUR 507,3 million of the margin to offset the mobilisation of the Contingency margin.

Special instruments

Commitment appropriations for special instruments are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget 2017 except for the reserve for the European Union Solidarity Fund (budget article 40 02 44) which is suppressed.

Offsetting of the Contingency margin in 2018 and 2019

The total use of the Contingency margin in 2017 is EUR 1 176,0 million for heading 3 and EUR 730,1 million for heading 4 for a total amount of EUR 1 906,2 million. Offsetting is made for EUR 575,0 million against the unallocated margin under heading 2 in 2017 and for EUR 507,3 million in 2017, EUR 570,0 million in 2018 and EUR 253,9 million in 2019 against the unallocated margins under heading 5. The decision on the mobilisation of the contingency margin for 2017 adopted together with the Amending Letter 1/2017 will be adjusted accordingly.

1.4.  Payment appropriations

The overall level of payment appropriations in the 2017 Budget is set at the level of the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2017 with the following adjustments agreed by the Conciliation Committee:

1.  First, account is taken of the agreed level of commitment appropriations for non-differentiated expenditure, for which the level of payment appropriations is equal to the level of commitment appropriations. This includes the reduction of agricultural expenditure by –EUR 325 million and the adjustments of the administrative expenditure for Sections I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, IX and X (EUR 13,4 million), and decentralised agencies (for which the EU contribution in payment appropriations is set at the level proposed in section 1.2 above). The combined effect is a decrease of -EUR 332,3 million;

2.  The payment appropriations for all new pilot projects and preparatory actions proposed by the Parliament are set at 50% of the corresponding commitment appropriations, or at the level proposed by Parliament if lower. In the case of extension of existing pilot projects and preparatory actions the level of payment appropriations is the one defined in the Draft Budget plus 50% of the corresponding new commitment appropriations, or at the level proposed by Parliament if lower. The combined effect is an increase of EUR 35,2 million;

3.  The payment appropriations for the “special events” (budget article 15 02 10) is the amount stated in Parliament's reading (EUR 6 million);

4.  The payment appropriations (budget article 01 03 08 Provisioning of the EFSD Guarantee Fund) is set at "p.m.";

5.  The adjustments on the following budget lines are agreed as a result of the evolution in commitments for differentiated appropriations:

 

 

 

 

In EUR

Budget line

Name

DB 2017 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2017

Difference

01 03 02

Macro-financial assistance

30 828 000

45 828 000

15 000 000

04 03 02 01

PROGRESS — Supporting the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Union employment and social policy and legislation on working conditions

38 000 000

41 167 000

3 167 000

04 03 02 02

EURES — Promoting workers’ voluntary geographical mobility and boosting employment opportunities

17 000 000

17 753 000

753 000

09 05 05

Multimedia actions

23 997 455

26 997 455

3 000 000

13 07 01

Financial support for encouraging the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community

36 031 865

39 031 865

3 000 000

15 04 02

Culture sub-programme — supporting cross-border actions and promoting transnational circulation and mobility

43 430 071

44 229 071

799 000

22 04 01 04

Support to peace process and financial assistance to Palestine and to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)

280 000 000

307 661 000

27 661 000

22 04 02 02

Eastern Partnership — Poverty reduction and sustainable development

167 700 000

172 135 000

4 435 000

19 03 01 05

Emergency measures

33 212 812

30 043 812

-3 169 000

21 02 07 05

Migration and asylum

155 000 000

115 722 000

-39 278 000

22 04 01 03

Mediterranean countries — Confidence building, security and the prevention and settlement of conflicts

138 000 000

134 805 000

-3 195 000

32 02 01 01

Further integration of the internal energy market and the interoperability of electricity and gas networks across borders

34 765 600

33 023 600

-1 742 000

32 02 01 02

Enhancing Union security of energy supply

26 032 000

24 839 000

-1 193 000

32 02 01 03

Contributing to sustainable development and protection of the environment

26 531 000

25 201 000

-1 330 000

32 02 01 04

Creating an environment more conducive to private investment for energy projects

31 200 000

28 295 000

-2 905 000

 

Total

 

 

5 003 000

6.  The payment appropriations for the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (budget article 40 02 43) is set at zero (a reduction by –EUR 30 million) as the payment appropriations available from assigned revenue are estimated to be enough to cover the whole year 2017.

7.  The reserve for the European Union Solidarity Fund (budget article 40 02 44) is suppressed.

8.  Additional reductions in payments are made on the following lines:

 

 

 

 

In EUR

Budget line

Name

DB 2017 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2017

Difference

04 02 62

European Social Fund (ESF) — More developed regions — Investment for growth and jobs goal

2 508 475 000

2 490 475 000

-18 000 000

13 03 61

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) — Transition regions — Investment for growth and jobs goal

2 214 431 000

2 204 431 000

-10 000 000

13 03 62

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) — More developed regions — Investment for growth and jobs goal

3 068 052 000

3 043 052 000

-25 000 000

13 03 64 01

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) — European territorial cooperation

884 299 000

783 299 000

-101 000 000

 

Total

 

 

-154 000 000

These actions will provide a level of payment appropriations of EUR 134 490,4 million, a reduction of –EUR 931,4 million in comparison with the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2017.

1.5.  Reserve

There are no reserves in addition to those of the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2017, except for:

•  Budget item 13 01 04 04 Support expenditure for Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP) and budget article 13 08 01 Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP) – Operational technical assistance transferred from H1b (ESF, ERDF and CF) for which the full amounts in commitment and payment appropriations are placed in reserve pending the adoption of the legal base for the Structural Reform Support Programme.

•  Budget article 13 08 02 Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP) – Operational technical assistance transferred from H2 (EAFRD) for which the full amount in commitment and payment appropriations is placed in reserve pending the adoption of the legal base for the Structural Reform Support Programme.

•  Budget item 18 02 01 03 Setting up new IT systems to support the management of migration flows across the external borders of the Union for which EUR 40 000 000 in commitment and EUR 28 000 000 in payment appropriations are placed in reserve pending the conclusion of the legislative procedure establishing the Entry/Exit System.

1.6.  Budget remarks

Unless otherwise specifically addressed in previous paragraphs, amendments introduced by the European Parliament or the Council to the text of budgetary remarks are agreed, with the exception of those on budget lines listed in the table below for which the text of budget remarks as proposed in the Draft Budget, amended by Amending Letter 1/2017 and the EAGF update is approved.

This is with the understanding that amendments introduced by the European Parliament or the Council cannot modify or extend the scope of an existing legal base, or impinge on the administrative autonomy of institutions, and that the action can be covered by available resources.

Budget line

Name

04 03 02 03

Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship — Increasing access to, and the availability of, financing for legal and physical persons, especially those furthest from the labour market, and social enterprises

S 03 01 06 01

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)

05 02 11 99

Other measures (other plant products/measures)

05 04 60

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development — EAFRD (2014 to 2020)

05 04 60 02

Operational technical assistance

18 04 01 01

Europe for citizens — Strengthening remembrance and enhancing capacity for civic participation at the Union level

1.7.  New budget lines

The budget nomenclature proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2017, with the inclusion of pilot projects and preparatory actions, and the new budget article for Special Annual Events (15 02 10), is agreed.

1.8.  Revenue

The Commission's proposal in Amending Letter 1/2017 concerning the inclusion in the Budget of revenue from fines for an amount of EUR 1 billion is agreed.

2.  Budget 2016

Draft Amending Budget (DAB) 4/2016 and the accompanying mobilisation of the Contingency margin are approved as proposed by the Commission.

Draft Amending Budget (DAB) 5/2016 is approved as proposed by the Commission.

Draft Amending Budget (DAB) 6/2016 and the related mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund are approved as proposed by the Commission.

3.  Joint Statements

3.1.  Joint statement by the European Parliament, Council and Commission on the Youth Employment Initiative

The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission recall that reducing youth unemployment remains a high and shared political priority, and to this end they reaffirm their determination to make the best possible use of budgetary resources available to tackle it, and in particular through the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI).

They recall that, in accordance with Article 14(1) of Council Regulation (EUR, EURATOM) No 1311/2013 of 2 December 2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020 (MFF Regulation), "Margins left available below the MFF ceilings for commitment appropriations for the years 2014-2017 shall constitute a Global MFF Margin for commitments, to be made available over and above the ceilings established in the MFF for the years 2016 to 2020 for policy objectives related to growth and employment, in particular youth employment".

The Council and the European Parliament invite the Commission to propose an amending budget in 2017 in order to provide EUR 500 million(2) for the YEI in 2017 financed by the Global margin for commitments, as soon as the technical adjustment foreseen by article 6 of the MFF Regulation is adopted.

The Council and the European Parliament undertake to process rapidly the draft amending budget for 2017 put forward by the Commission.

3.2.  Joint statement by the European Parliament, Council and Commission on the payment appropriations

The European Parliament and the Council recall the need to ensure, in the light of implementation, an orderly progression of payments in relation to the appropriations for commitments so as to avoid any abnormal level of unpaid invoices at year-end.

The European Parliament and the Council calls on the Commission to continue monitoring closely and actively the implementation of the 2014-2020 programmes. To that end, they invite the Commission to present in a timely manner, updated figures concerning the state of implementation and estimates regarding payment appropriations requirements in 2017.

The Council and the European Parliament will take any necessary decisions in due time for duly justified needs to prevent the accumulation of an excessive amount of unpaid bills and to ensure that payment claims are duly reimbursed.

3.3  Joint statement by the European Parliament, Council and Commission on the 5 % staff reduction

The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission recall the agreement to progressively render 5 % of the staff as in the establishment plan on 1 January 2013, to be applied to all institutions, bodies and agencies, as stated in Point 27 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management.

The three institutions recall that the target year for the full implementation of the 5 % reduction of staff is 2017. They agree that appropriate follow-up measures will be taken to take stock of the situation with a view to ensuring that all efforts are deployed to avoid any additional delays in implementing the 5 % staff reduction target for all institutions, bodies and agencies.

The three institutions welcome the Commission's overview of consolidated data on all external staff employed by the institutions, presented in the draft budget, in line with point (b) of Article 38(3) of the Financial Regulation. They invite the Commission to continue providing this information when presenting its draft budgets for future years.

The Council and the Parliament underline that achieving the 5 % staff reduction target should contribute to savings in the institutions' administrative expenditure. With that in mind, they invite the Commission to start assessing the outcome of the exercise in order to draw lessons for the future.

3.4  Joint statement by the European Parliament, Council and Commission on the European Fund for Sustainable Development

In order to address the root causes of migration, the Commission launched the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) based on the establishment of an EFSD Guarantee and an EFSD Guarantee Fund. The Commission proposes to endow the EFSD Guarantee Fund with EUR 750 million over the period 2017–2020, of which EUR 400 million from the European Development Fund (EDF) over the four years, EUR 100 million from the ENI over 2017–2020 (of which EUR 25 million in 2017), and EUR 250 million of commitment (and payment) appropriations in 2017.

The Council and the European Parliament invite the Commission to request the necessary appropriations in an amending budget in 2017 in order to provide the financing of the EFSD from the EU budget as soon as the legal base is adopted.

The Council and the European Parliament undertake to process rapidly the draft amending budget for 2017 put forward by the Commission.

3.5  Joint statement on EU Trust Funds and the Facility for Refugees in Turkey

The Parliament, the Council and the Commission agree that the establishment of Trust Funds and of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey should be transparent and clear, consistent with the principle of unity of the Union budget, with the prerogatives of the budgetary authority, and with the objectives of existing legal bases.

They undertake to address, as appropriate, those issues as part of the revision of the Financial Regulation in order to strike the right balance between flexibility and accountability.

The Commission undertakes to:

-  regularly inform the budgetary authority on ongoing and planned Trust Funds' financing (including Member States' contributions) and operations;

-  present, as of 2017, a Working Document accompanying the Draft Budget for the following financial year;

-  propose measures for proper involvement of the European Parliament.

3.6  Joint statement by the European Parliament, Council and Commission on agriculture

The budget 2017 includes a series of emergency measures to assist farmers in facing the market difficulties experienced recently. The Commission confirms that the margin under heading 2 is sufficient to address possible unforeseen needs. It undertakes to monitor the market situation regularly and to present if needed the appropriate measures to address needs which cannot be covered by the appropriations authorised in the budget. In such a case, the European Parliament and the Council commit to process the relevant budgetary proposals as soon as possible.

(1)

  These amounts are part of the overall increase for heading 1a until 2020 in the framework of the Mid-term review/revision of the MFF.

(2)

  This amount is part of the overall increase for YEI until 2020 in the framework of the Mid-term review/revision of the MFF.


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017

References

[00000/2016] – C8-0000/2016] – [2016/2047](BUD)

Delegation Chair: President

Martin Schulz

Committee responsible

  Chair

BUDGJean Arthuis

Rapporteur(s)

Jens Geier

Indrek Tarand

Draft acts considered

COM(2016)3000, COM(2016)0679

Council position

  Date adopted

  Date announced in plenary

11900/2016 – C8-0373/201612.9.2016

14.9.2016

Date of Parliament’s position

27.10.2016

P8_TA(2016)0411

Date of Council letter on non-approval of Parliament amendments

26.10.2016

Conciliation Committee meetings

08.11.2016

16.11.2016

 

 

Date of adoption by Parliament’s delegation under Article 314(5) TFEU

17.11.2016

Members present

Jean Arthuis, José Manuel Fernandes, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Jens Geier, Monika Hohlmeier, Ernest Maragall, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Vladimír Maňka, Siegfried Mureşan, Andrey Novakov, Jan Olbrycht, Petri Sarvamaa, Indrek Tarand, Isabelle Thomas

Date of agreement in Conciliation Committee

17.11.2016

Date on which the co-Chairs established that the joint text had been approved and forwarded it to Parliament and the Council

17.11.2016

Date tabled

25.11.2016

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