The Commission is proposing that Council Regulation No 2040/2000 of 26 September 2000(1), for which Mr Ioannis Averoff was rapporteur on the Committee on Budgets at the time(2), be repealed.
It contends that, for the following reasons, the regulation is no longer relevant:
·in agriculture because budget discipline provisions have been incorporated into Council Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 on the financing of the common agricultural policy(3), and
·in the foreign policy domain because a new mechanism has been established for the loan guarantee reserve for 2007-2013.
I. Provisions relating to agriculture
Your rapporteur agrees that, since Regulation (EC) No 2040/2000 was adopted, budgetary discipline has been enhanced by a new regulation, 1290/2005, as an annual ceiling has been set for EAGGF-finance spending, the maximum financial perspective amounts for the fund having been entered. That regulation has also ensured that the annual ceiling for EAGGF-financed spending is observed in all circumstances and at all stages in the budget procedure and during budget implementation.
II. Provisions relating to reserves in connection with external actions
It is equally true that, in the meantime, a legal basis has been established for the proposed mechanism for endowing the Guarantee Fund for external actions; Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 89/2007 of 30 January 2007(4) amending Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2728/94 establishing a Guarantee Fund for external actions(5).
The political mandate for the European Investment Bank to award the corresponding loans was issued by the Council on 19 December 2006(6).
Furthermore, the reserve for emergency aid to third states was incorporated into Article 45(1) of the Financial Regulation as long ago as 2002(7). In the meantime, the amount of the emergency aid reserve is now determined in the IIA of 17 May 2006 (paragraph 25).
Moreover, for the first time, a line 01 04 01 13 was created in the 2007 budget (heading 4: ‘The EU as a Global Player’), with an allocation of EUR 200 m for the reserve for loans and loan guarantees to and in non-member countries.
That establishes the necessary legal basis (within the meaning of Article 49(1) of the Financial Regulation and the IIA), and there is no risk of a regulatory gap as a result of the planned repeal of Regulation (EC) No 2040/2000.
Consequently, the main components of Council Regulation No 2040/2000 have become obsolete. Outdated legislation should be repealed from a ‘better lawmaking’ perspective, too, so as to minimise the number of provisions in force(8).
The European Court of Auditors reaches the same conclusion in its Opinion No 8/2006 of 6 December 2006(9).
Your rapporteur therefore proposes that the Commission proposal be approved unamended.
E.g. Interinstitutional Agreement on better law-making of 31 December 2003 (point 35) or, most recently, the working document of 14 November 2006 on the strategy for the simplification of the regulatory environment (COM(2006)0690).
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