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REPORT     
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1 April 2011
PE 456.840v02-00 A7-0114/2011

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund, in accordance with point 26 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management

(COM(2011)0010 – C7-0023/2011 – 2011/2021(BUD))

Committee on Budgets

Rapporteur: Reimer Böge

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION
 ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 OPINION of the Committee on Regional Development
 RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund, in accordance with point 26 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management

(COM(2011)0010 – C7-0023/2011 – 2011/2021(BUD))

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2011)0010 – C7-0023/2011),

–   having regard to the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management(1), and in particular point 26 thereof,

–   having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 of 11 November 2002 establishing the European Union Solidarity Fund(2),

–   having regard to the Joint Declaration of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, adopted during the conciliation meeting on 17 July 2008 on the Solidarity Fund,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets and the opinion of the Committee on Regional Development (A7-0114/2011),

1.  Approves the decision annexed to this resolution;

2.  Recalls that point 26 of the IIA of 17 May 2006 on budgetary discipline and sound financial management foresees that where there is scope for reallocating appropriations under the heading requiring additional expenditure, the Commission shall take this into account when making the necessary proposal;

3.  Notes that the Commission, by calling for additional commitments and payments to cover the needs of the EUSF at this early stage of the year, found no possibility for redeployment nor reallocating within and between headings concerned;

4.  Is ready to consider the overall situation of payments in the context of the outturn of the 2010 Budget;

5.  Instructs its President to sign the decision with the President of the Council and arrange for its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union;

6.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution, including its annex, to the Council and the Commission.

(1)

OJ C 139, 14.6.2006, p. 1.

(2)

OJ L 311, 14.11.2002, p. 3.


ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

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on mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund, in accordance with point 26 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

having regard to the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management(1), and in particular point 26 thereof,

having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 of 11 November 2002 establishing the European Union Solidarity Fund(2),

having regard to the proposal from the Commission,

Whereas:

(1)      The European Union has created a European Union Solidarity Fund (the "Fund") to show solidarity with the population of regions struck by disasters.

(2)      The Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 allows the mobilisation of the Fund within the annual ceiling of EUR 1 billion.

(3)      Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 contains the provisions whereby the Fund may be mobilised.

(4)      Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Croatia and Romania submitted their application to mobilise the Fund, concerning disaster caused by landslides and heavy flooding.

HAVE ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

For the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2011, the European Union Solidarity Fund shall be mobilised to provide the sum of EUR 182 388 893 in commitment and payment appropriations.

Article 2

This Decision shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Done at,

For the European Parliament                      For the Council

The President                                                The President

(1)

              OJ C 139, 14.06.2006, p. 1.

(2)

              OJ L 311, 14.11.2002, p. 3.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The Commission proposes to mobilise the European Union Solidarity Fund in favour of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Croatia and Romania on the basis of point 26 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 on budgetary discipline and sound financial management (IIA). The IIA allows the mobilisation of the Solidarity Fund within the annual ceiling of EUR 1 billion.

In parallel to the proposal to mobilise the Solidarity Fund in favour of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Croatia and Romania, the Commission has presented a draft amending budget (DAB No 1/2011 of 14 January 2011) in order to enter in the 2011 budget the corresponding commitment and payment appropriations as foreseen in point 26 of the IIA.

Poland applied for assistance from the Solidarity Fund after in May and June 2010 two consecutive flood waves affected a large part of the Polish territory coming from the south to the north moving downstream the main rivers Vistula, Oder and Warta. The floods hit almost all provinces ('voivodeships') of Poland causing significant damages to the farming sector, to public infrastructure and private assets, to transport networks and to cultural heritage sites.

The Polish authorities estimated the total direct damage at EUR 2 998 989 248. This amount represents 0,8468 % of Poland's Gross National Income (GNI). As the estimated total direct damage exceeds the normal threshold for mobilising the Solidarity Fund of EUR 2.124 billion (i.e. 0,6 % of GNI based on 2008 data) the disaster qualifies as a “major natural disaster” and falls thus within the main field of application of Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002.

Slovakia applied for assistance from the Solidarity Fund after in May and June 2010 the central and eastern parts of Slovakia were hit by record heavy rainfall. Areas were drenched, slopes slid and the wide-spread flooding caused severe damage to public and private infrastructure, to road and train networks, agriculture and businesses.

The Slovak authorities estimated the total direct damage at EUR 561 133 594. This amount represents 0,8902 % of Slovakia's GNI. As the estimated total direct damage exceeds the normal threshold for mobilising the Solidarity Fund applicable to Slovakia in 2010 of EUR 378.205 million (i.e. 0,6 % of GNI based on 2008 data) the disaster qualifies as a “major natural disaster” and falls thus within the main field of application of Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002.

Hungary applied for assistance from the Solidarity Fund following one month of near-continuous rainfall in May and June 2010 leading to severe flooding causing widespread damage to the agricultural sector, residential properties and businesses, to the road network and other infrastructure with the north-eastern and central parts of the country being particularly badly affected.

The Hungarian authorities estimated the total direct damage at EUR 719 343 706. This amount represents 0,7307 % of Hungary's GNI. As the estimated total direct damage exceeds the normal threshold for mobilising the Solidarity Fund applicable to Hungary in 2010 of EUR 590.710 million (i.e. 0,6 % of GNI based on 2008 data) the disaster qualifies as a “major natural disaster” and falls thus within the main field of application of Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002.

The Czech Republic applied for assistance from the Solidarity Fund after its territory was hit by severe torrential rains during May and June 2010. These rains resulted in two interconnected waves of floods which affected the North-Eastern part of the territory causing damages to residential properties and businesses, to the road network and other infrastructure.

The Czech authorities estimated the total direct damage caused by the disaster at EUR 204 456 041. As this amount is below the threshold of EUR 824.029 million (i.e. 0,6 % of the Czech Republic's GNI) the disaster does not qualify as a “major natural disaster” under the terms of Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002. However, the Czech Republic was affected by the same flooding disaster which led to the major disaster in Poland and Slovakia. Therefore, the condition set out in Article 2(2) second subparagraph of Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002, whereby a country affected by the same major disaster as a neighbouring country may exceptionally benefit from Solidarity Fund aid, was found to be met.

Croatia applied for assistance from the Solidarity Fund following intense rain with hail and thunderstorms in May and June 2010 causing severe floods that struck eastern and central parts of the country. The disaster caused significant damages to the agriculture sector, public and private property and the transport infrastructure.

The Croatian authorities estimated the total direct damage caused by the disaster at EUR 153 039 303. As this amount is below the threshold of EUR 275.804 million (i.e. 0,6 % of Croatia's GNI) the disaster does not qualify as a “major natural disaster” according to Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002. However, Croatia was affected by the same flooding disaster which led to the major disaster in Hungary. Therefore, the condition set out in Article 2(2) second subparagraph of Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002, whereby a country affected by the same major disaster as a neighbouring country may exceptionally benefit from Solidarity Fund aid, was found to be met. As a country in the process of negotiating its accession to the EU Croatia is eligible for EU Solidarity Fund assistance.

Romania applied for assistance from the Solidarity Fund after in June and July 2010 the major part of the Romanian territory was affected by heavy flooding and land slides. The disaster caused significant damages to infrastructure, to the agricultural sector and to private and public property.

The Romanian authorities estimated the total direct damage at EUR 875 757 770. This amount represents 0,6669 % of Romania's GNI and exceeds the normal threshold for mobilising the Solidarity Fund of EUR 787.935 million (i.e. 0,6 % of GNI based on 2008 data). Therefore the disaster qualifies as a “major natural disaster” and falls within the main field of application of Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002.

After verifying that all applications comply with the eligibility criteria of Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 the Commission proposed to mobilise the Solidarity Fund for an amount of EUR 105 567 155 for Poland, EUR 20 430 841 for Slovakia, EUR 22 485 772 for Hungary, EUR 5 111 401 for the Czech Republic, EUR 3 825 983 for Croatia and EUR 24 967 741 for Romania resulting in a total amount of EUR 182 388 893 in commitment and payment appropriations.

Consequently, in the draft amending budget (DAB No 1/2011 of 14 January 2011) the Commission made the following proposal:

Figures - Solidarity Fund

Article Item

Heading

FF

Budget 2011

Amending budget

No 1/2011

New amount

CA

PA

CA

PA

CA

PA

13 06

Solidarity Fund

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 06 01

European Union Solidarity Fund — Member States

3.2

p.m.

p.m.

178 562 910

178 562 910

178 562 910

178 562 910

13 06 02

European Union Solidarity Fund — Countries negotiating for accession

 

p.m.

p.m.

3 825 983

3 825 983

3 825 983

3 825 983

 

Chapter 13 06 — Total  

 

p.m.

p.m.

182 388 893

182 388 893

182 388 893

182 388 893

According to point 26 of the IIA, when presenting this proposal to deploy the Fund, the Commission initiates the simplified trilogue procedure in view of securing the agreement of the two arms of the Budgetary Authority on the need to use the Fund and the amount required.

According to an internal agreement with the Committee on Regional Development (REGI), this committee should be associated to the process, in order to provide constructive support and contribution to the implementation of the Solidarity Fund. Following the assessment of the requests, the REGI committee of the European Parliament gave its view on the mobilisation of the Fund, as expressed in the opinion attached to the present report.

On this basis, the Rapporteur recommends the approval of the Commission proposal for a decision annexed to this report.


OPINION of the Committee on Regional Development (1.3.2011)

for the Committee on Budgets

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund, in accordance with point 26 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management

(2011/2021(BUD))

Rapporteur: Danuta Maria Hübner

The Commission has informed Parliament in its proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund (COM(2011)0010) that, on the basis of applications for assistance by Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania and candidate country Croatia relating to the flooding disasters of May, June and July 2010, it proposes the mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund, estimating the damage caused per country (in EUR) as follows:

 

Direct damage

Threshold

(in million)

Amount based on 2.5 %

Amount based on 6 %

Total amount ofaid proposed

Poland - flooding 2010"major disaster"

2 998 989 248

2 124.920

53 123 000

52 444 155

105 567 155

Slovakia - flooding 2010"major disaster"

561 133 594

378.205

9 455 125

10 975 716

20 430 841

Hungary - flooding 2010"major disaster"

719 343 706

590.710

14 767 750

7 718 022

22 485 772

Czech Republic - flooding 2010"neighbouring country"

204 456 041

824.029

5 111 401

0

5 111 401

Croatia - flooding 2010"neighbouring country"

153 039 303

275.804

3 825 983

0

3 825 983

Romania - flooding 2010"major disaster"

875 757 770

787.935

19 698 375

5 269 366

24 967 741

Total

182 388 893

In order to avoid undue delay in approving this measure, which the Committee on Budgets intends to adopt as soon as possible, we are pleased to inform you that the Committee on Regional Development has no objection to the mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund to provide the sum of EUR 182 388 893 to the countries concerned as proposed by the Commission and in accordance with the rules laid down in the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 and in Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002.

RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

Date adopted

28.2.2011

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

34

0

0

Members present for the final vote

François Alfonsi, Luís Paulo Alves, Charalampos Angourakis, Jean-Paul Besset, Alain Cadec, Salvatore Caronna, Rosa Estaràs Ferragut, Danuta Maria Hübner, Seán Kelly, Evgeni Kirilov, Constanze Angela Krehl, Ramona Nicole Mănescu, Riikka Manner, Iosif Matula, Erminia Mazzoni, Lambert van Nistelrooij, Jan Olbrycht, Wojciech Michał Olejniczak, Markus Pieper, Tomasz Piotr Poręba, Monika Smolková, Georgios Stavrakakis, Nuno Teixeira, Michail Tremopoulos, Oldřich Vlasák, Kerstin Westphal, Hermann Winkler

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Karima Delli, Karin Kadenbach, Andrey Kovatchev, Marie-Thérèse Sanchez-Schmid, Patrice Tirolien, Derek Vaughan

Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote

Stanimir Ilchev


RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

Date adopted

31.3.2011

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

24

2

1

Members present for the final vote

Marta Andreasen, Francesca Balzani, Reimer Böge, Lajos Bokros, Giovanni Collino, Jean-Luc Dehaene, James Elles, Göran Färm, José Manuel Fernandes, Salvador Garriga Polledo, Carl Haglund, Lucas Hartong, Monika Hohlmeier, Sergej Kozlík, Jan Kozłowski, Alain Lamassoure, Giovanni La Via, Vladimír Maňka, Claudio Morganti, Nadezhda Neynsky, Miguel Portas, László Surján, Angelika Werthmann, Jacek Włosowicz

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Jan Olbrycht, Peter Šťastný

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