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A7-0173/2012

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on common provisions for monitoring and assessing draft budgetary plans and ensuring the correction of excessive deficit of the Member States in the euro area

(COM(2011)0821 – C7-0448/2011– 2011/0386(COD))

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

Rapporteur: Elisa Ferreira

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 OPINION of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
 PROCEDURE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on common provisions for monitoring and assessing draft budgetary plans and ensuring the correction of excessive deficit of the Member States in the euro area

(COM(2011)0821 – C7-0448/2011 – 2011/0386(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2011)0821),

–   having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 136 and Article 121(6) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C7-0448/2011),

–   having regard to Article 294(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–   having regard to the reasoned opinion submitted, within the framework of Protocol No 2 on the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, by the Swedish Parliament and the French Senate, asserting that the draft legislative act does not comply with the principle of subsidiarity,

–   having regard to the opinion of the European Central Bank of 7 March 2012(1),

–   having regard to Rule 55 of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the opinion of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (A7-0173/2012),

1.  Adopts its position at first reading hereinafter set out;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it intends to amend its proposal substantially or replace it with another text;

3.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.

Amendment  1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(1a) Article 9 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) provides that, in defining and implementing its policies and actions, the Union shall take into account requirements linked to the promotion of a high level of employment, the guarantee of adequate social protection, the fight against social exclusion, and a high level of education, training and protection of human health.

Amendment              2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2) The Stability and Growth Pact, in particular Regulations (EC) No 1466/97 of 7 July 1997 on the strengthening of the surveillance of budgetary positions and the surveillance and coordination of economic policies and Council Regulation (EC) No 1467/97 of 7 July 1997 on speeding up and clarifying the implementation of the excessive deficit procedure, designed to secure budgetary discipline across the Union, sets out the framework for preventing and correcting excessive government deficits. It has been further strengthened by Regulation No …/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1466/97 on the strengthening of the surveillance of budgetary positions and the surveillance and coordination of economic policies and Regulation (EU) No …/2011 amending Regulation (EC) No 1467/97 on speeding up and clarifying the implementation of the excessive deficit procedure. Regulation (EC) No …/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the effective enforcement of budgetary surveillance in the euro area added a system of effective, preventive and gradual enforcement mechanisms in the form of financial sanctions for the Member States whose currency is the euro.

(2) The Stability and Growth Pact, in particular Regulations (EC) No 1466/97 of 7 July 1997 on the strengthening of the surveillance of budgetary positions and the surveillance and coordination of economic policies and Council Regulation (EC) No 1467/97 of 7 July 1997 on speeding up and clarifying the implementation of the excessive deficit procedure, aiming at secure budgetary discipline across the Union, sets out the framework for preventing and correcting excessive government deficits. Regulations (EC) No 1466/97 and 1467/97 have been amended and the Stability and Growth Pact has been further strengthened, by Regulation (EU) No 1175/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council1 and by Regulation (EU) No 1177/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council2. Regulation (EU) No 1173/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the effective enforcement of budgetary surveillance in the euro area3 added a system of effective, preventive and gradual enforcement mechanisms in the form of financial sanctions for the Member States whose currency is the euro. Article 2-a of Regulation (EC) No 1466/97, moreover, lays down the elements that constitute the European Semester for economic policy coordination.

 

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1 OJ L 306, 23.11.2011, p. 12.

 

2 OJ L 306, 23.11.2011, p. 33.

 

3 OJ L 306, 23.11.2011, p. 1.

Amendment  3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(2a) Pursuant to Article 2-a of Regulation (EU) No 1466/97, the European Semester includes the formulation, and the surveillance of the implementation, of the broad guidelines of the economic policies of the Member States and of the Union (broad economic policy guidelines) in accordance with Article 121(2) TFEU; the formulation, and the examination of the implementation, of the employment guidelines that must be taken into account by Member States in accordance with Article 148(2) TFEU (employment guidelines); the submission and assessment of Member States' stability or convergence programmes under that Regulation; the submission and assessment of Member States' national reform programmes supporting the Union's strategy for growth and jobs and established in line with the broad economic guidelines, with the employment guidelines and with the general guidance to Member States issued by the Commission and the European Council at the beginning of the annual cycle of surveillance; the surveillance to prevent and correct macroeconomic imbalances under Regulation (EU) No 1176/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 November 2011 on the prevention and correction of macroeconomic imbalances1.

 

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1 OJ L 306, 23.11.2011, p. 25.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3) The amendments to the Stability and Growth Pact increase both the guidance, and, for the Member States whose currency is the euro, incentives for the setting and the implementation of a prudent budgetary policy, while avoiding excessive government deficits. These provisions have created a more robust framework at the level of the Union for the surveillance of national economic policies.

(3) The amendments to the Stability and Growth Pact increase both the guidance, and, for the Member States whose currency is the euro, reinforced and more automatic sanctions for non-compliance with a prudent budgetary policy, while avoiding excessive government deficits. These provisions have created a more robust framework at the level of the Union for the surveillance of national economic policies but deeper coordination of economic policy and incentives for compliance are needed.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(3a) The revised Stability and Growth Pact is based on the objective of sound government finances as a means of strengthening the conditions for price stability and for strong sustainable growth underpinned by financial stability, thereby supporting the achievement of the Union's objectives for sustainable growth and jobs.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(3b) The European Council, meeting on 17 June 2010, adopted a new Union strategy for growth and jobs, to enable the Union to emerge stronger from the crisis, and to turn its economy towards smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, accompanied by a high level of quality employment, productivity and social cohesion. The Unions strategy for growth and jobs also contains objectives in the fields of poverty, education, innovation and the environment.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(3c) Due attention should be paid to the Union's strategy for growth and jobs and how it is implemented by Member States via their national reform programmes.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4) The Treaty allows the adoption of specific measures in the euro area which go beyond the provisions applicable to all Member States in order to ensure the proper functioning of the Economic and Monetary Union.

(4) The TFEU allows the adoption of specific measures in the euro area which go beyond the provisions applicable to all Member States in order to ensure, and to avoid policies in the Member States that jeopardise, the proper functioning of the economic and monetary union. More active use, where appropriate and necessary, should be made of specific measures provided for in Article 136 TFEU in order to create the necessary conditions for a deeper and more resilient integration which should go hand in hand with enhanced democratic legitimacy of the economic and monetary union.

Amendment  9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(4a) Sound public finances and balanced budgets are a prerequisite for economic and financial stability as clearly demonstrated by the sovereign debt crisis, underlining the need for strong and solid fiscal frameworks. Furthermore, the deficits of today, associated with stagnated economies, highlight the need for reforms rather than increased spending.

Amendment  10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 4 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(4b) Member States should refrain from adopting any measure which could jeopardise the attainment of the Union's objectives in the framework of the economic and monetary union, in particular the practice of accumulating debts outside the general government accounts.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5) Strong public finances are best ensured at the planning stage and gross errors should be identified as early as possible. Member States should benefit not just from the setting of guiding principles and budgetary targets but also from a synchronised monitoring of their budgetary policies.

(5) Strong public finances and coordinated economic policies are best ensured at the planning stage and gross errors should be identified as early as possible. Member States should benefit not just from the setting of guiding principles and budgetary targets but also from a synchronised monitoring of their budgetary and macroeconomic policies and public debt issuances. With a view to better coordinating the planning national debt issuances, Member States need to report ex-ante on their public debt issuance plans.

Amendment  12

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5a) The aim of this Regulation is to put in place further Union mechanisms for the coordination and surveillance of Member States' budgetary and economic policies. Nevertheless, prudence should be shown at all stages, and, for this reason, no matters related to the Member States' debt issuance plans, the renewal of outstanding debt or other relevant operations should be made public, and they should be used for internal coordination only. This need arises from the risk that a Member State may be subject to by making its financial needs known in advance to the financial markets.

Amendment  13

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6) Setting-up a common budgetary timeline for Member States whose currency is the euro should better synchronize the key steps in the preparation of national budgets, thus contributing to the effectiveness of the European semester for budgetary policy coordination. Adopting a common budgetary timeline should lead to stronger synergies by facilitating policy coordination among Member States whose currency is the euro and ensure that the Council and Commission recommendations are appropriately integrated in the national process for budget adoption.

(6) Setting-up a common budgetary timeline for Member States whose currency is the euro should better synchronize the key steps in the preparation of national budgets, thus contributing to the effectiveness of the European semester for economic and budgetary policy coordination. Adopting a common budgetary timeline should lead to stronger synergies by facilitating policy coordination among Member States whose currency is the euro and ensure that the country-specific policy recommendations and the national reform programmes and stability and convergence programmes, as well as the recommendations based on the macro-economic imbalances analysis are appropriately integrated in the national process for budget adoption.

Amendment  14

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 6 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(6a) It is essential that the common budgetary plan timeline is coherent with the Member States' budgetary timeframes. If it is not, any Commission opinion regarding a Member State's draft budgetary plan has the risk of lacking democratic legitimacy in that Member State's parliament.

Amendment  15

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 6 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(6b) Where the budget is not adopted by 31 December as provided for by this Regulation, reversionary budget procedures should be in place to ensure that the government remains able to discharge its essential duties.

Amendment  16

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) There is strong evidence showing the effectiveness of rules-based fiscal frameworks in supporting sound and sustainable fiscal policies. The introduction of national fiscal rules that are consistent with the budgetary objectives set at Union level should be a crucial element to ensure the respect of the Stability and Growth Pact provisions. In particular, Member States should put in place structural balanced budget rules which transpose into national legislation the main principles of the Union fiscal framework. This transposition should be effective through binding rules preferably of a constitutional nature so as to demonstrate the strongest commitment of national authorities in relation to the Stability and Growth Pact.

(7) Effective rules-based fiscal frameworks can be important in supporting sound and sustainable fiscal policies. The introduction of national fiscal rules that are consistent with the economic and budgetary objectives set at Union level, and which include the definition of exceptional circumstances and severe economic downturns, should be a crucial element to ensure the sustainable respect of the Stability and Growth Pact provisions. In particular, Member States should put in place a mechanism to be triggered in the case of a significant deviation from the medium-term budgetary objective or the adjustment path towards it aiming at ensuring a timely return to the medium-term objective. It is essential that those rules cover the general government as a whole and be of binding force or otherwise guaranteed to be fully complied with throught the national budgetary processes.

Amendment  17

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(7a) The extent of sovereign indebtedness in the Union is a paramount challenge which should be addressed if the economy is to return to a stable and resilient growth trend in the short as well as the long term. A significant time span will elapse before the average level of indebtedness among Member States returns to the 60 % trajectory stipulated by the Stability and Growth Pact. Fulfilment of the medium-term budgetary objectives is a fundamental precondition in this regard while deviating from them could trigger soaring interest rates and thereby threaten growth and recovery.

Amendment  18

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 8

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(8) Biased and unrealistic macroeconomic and budgetary forecasts can considerably hamper the effectiveness of budgetary planning and consequently impair commitment to budgetary discipline. Forecasts from independent bodies can provide unbiased and realistic macroeconomic forecasts.

(8) Biased and unrealistic macroeconomic and budgetary forecasts can considerably hamper the effectiveness of budgetary planning and consequently impair commitment to budgetary discipline. Forecasts from independent and technically competent bodies endowed with functional autonomy vis-à-vis the budgetary authorities of the Member State which comply with minimum requirements, as laid down in Annex I, can provide unbiased and realistic macroeconomic forecasts, once their comparability and coherence has been established.

Amendment  19

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 8 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(8a) The Commission should set indicative lower and upper thresholds that are symmetric by drafting the alert mechanism report, in particular with respect to current account balances.

Amendment  20

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(9) This gradually strengthened surveillance will further complement the existing provisions of the Stability and Growth Pact and strengthen the surveillance of budgetary discipline in Member States whose currency is the euro. A gradually enhanced monitoring procedure should contribute to better budgetary outcomes to the benefit of all Member States whose currency is the euro. As part of a gradually strengthened procedure, a closer monitoring is particularly valuable to Member States that are subject to an excessive deficit procedure.

(9) This gradually strengthened surveillance and coordination will further complete the European Semester for economic policy coordination, complement the existing provisions of the Stability and Growth Pact and strengthen the surveillance of budgetary and macro financial soundness and economic convergence in Member States whose currency is the euro. A gradually enhanced monitoring procedure should contribute to better budgetary and economic outcomes to the benefit of all Member States whose currency is the euro, without creating unnecessary bureaucracy. As part of a gradually strengthened procedure, a closer monitoring is particularly valuable to Member States that are subject to an excessive deficit procedure.

Amendment  21

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10) As demonstrated by the sovereign debt crisis, and in particular by the need to put in place common financial backstops, Member States whose currency is the euro share enhanced spill-overs from their budgetary policy. Each of the Member States whose currency is the euro should consult the Commission and other Member States whose currency is the euro before the adoption of any major fiscal policy reform plans with potential spill-over effects, so as to give the possibility for an assessment of possible impact for the euro area as a whole. They should consider their budgetary plans to be of common concern and submit them to the Commission for monitoring purposes in advance of the plans becoming binding. The Commission should be in a position, if necessary, to adopt an opinion on the draft budgetary plan, that the Member State and in particular budgetary authorities should be invited to take into account in the process of the budget law adoption. Such an opinion should ensure that Union's policy guidance in the budgetary area is appropriately integrated in the national budgetary preparations. In particular, this opinion should include an assessment of whether or not the budgetary plans appropriately address the recommendations issued in the context of the European semester in the budgetary area. The Commission should stand ready to present this opinion to the Parliament of the Member State concerned at its request. The extent to which this opinion has been taken into account should be part of the assessment, if and when the conditions are met, leading to the decision to place the concerned Member State in excessive deficit procedure, where no follow-up to the early guidance from the Commission should be considered as an aggravating factor. Also, based on an overall assessment of the plans by the Commission, the Eurogroup should discuss the budgetary situation and prospects for the euro area.

(10) Member States whose currency is the euro generate or are affected by spill-over effects from their budgetary and macroeconomic policies. Spill-over effects should therefore be identified and addressed within the framework of country-specific surveillance procedures as well as in the overall assessment of the budgetary situation and prospects in the euro area as a whole. That assessment should identify, on a country-by-country basis, potential negative spill-over effects on the sustainability of public finances of the Member States generated by its private sector or by other Member States. The sovereign debt crisis has also demonstrated the interlinkage between sovereign debt, financial stability and bank solvency. Each of the Member States whose currency is the euro should consult the Commission and other Member States whose currency is the euro before the adoption of any major economic and fiscal policy reform plans with potential spill-over effects, so as to give the possibility for an assessment of possible impact for the euro area as a whole. They should consider their budgetary and economic plans to be of common concern and submit them to the Commission for monitoring purposes in advance of the plans becoming binding. The Commission should be in a position to adopt, as soon as possible and no later than 15 November, an opinion on the draft budgetary plan, that the Member State should be invited to take into account in the process of the budget law adoption. Such an opinion should ensure that Union's policy guidance in the economic and budgetary area is appropriately integrated in the national budgetary preparations. In particular, this opinion should include an assessment of whether or not the budgetary plans appropriately address the recommendations issued in the context of the European semester in the economic and budgetary area (country-specific policy recommendations). In the same context, it should ensure that Member State commitments in the framework of their national reform programmes as well as any commitments made by them within the framework of economic partnership programmes and Council recommendations within the macroeconomic imbalances procedure are appropriately reflected in the draft national budget. The Commission should stand ready to present this opinion to the Parliament of the Member State concerned at its request. The extent to which this opinion has been taken into account should be part of the assessment, if and when the conditions are met, leading to the decision to place the concerned Member State in excessive deficit procedure, where no follow-up to the early guidance from the Commission should be considered as an aggravating factor. Also, based on an overall assessment of the plans by the Commission, the Eurogroup and the European Parliament should discuss the budgetary situation and prospects for the euro area.

Amendment  22

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(10a) In the event of particularly serious non-compliance with the draft budgetary plan with the adjustment path towards the medium-term budgetary objective, the Commission, in its opinion on the draft budgetary plan, should request, after consultation with the Member State concerned, a revised draft budgetary plan, in accordance with the provisions of this Regulation. This will be the case in particular where the implementation of the initial budgetary plan would put at risk the financial stability of the Member State concerned or risk jeopardising the proper functioning of the economic and monetary union or where the implementation of the initial budgetary plan would entail an obvious significant violation of the recommendations formulated by the Council under the Stability and Growth Pact.

Amendment  23

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(10b) In the context of better coordination and ex ante discussions among Member States of any major economic and fiscal policy reform plans with potential spill-over effects, the Commission should put forward a report, and if necessary a proposal, to the European Parliament and the to Council, with a detailed plan setting out how such coordination and ex ante discussions are to operate, what form such coordination and discussions are to take, what policies are envisaged, and the likely political consequences - to the Member States and, in particular, to the national parliaments - of decisions arising from such coordination and ex ante discussions. That Commission opinion should, at least, ensure that the coordination is integrated into the European Semester framework.

Amendment  24

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(10b) Furthermore, strengthening economic governance should include a closer and more timely involvement of the European Parliament and the national parliaments. While recognising that the counterparts of the European Parliament in the framework of the dialogue are the relevant institutions of the Union and their representatives, the competent committee of the European Parliament may offer an opportunity to participate in an exchange of views to a Member State which is the subject of a Council decision imposing an interest-bearing deposit or an annual fine in accordance with this Regulation. The Member State's participation in such an exchange of views is voluntary.

Amendment  25

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11) Member States whose currency is the euro and which are subject to an excessive deficit procedure should be monitored more closely to secure a full and timely correction of the excessive deficit. A closer monitoring should ensure early correction of any deviations from the Council recommendations to correct the excessive deficit. Such monitoring should complement the provisions set out in Regulation (EC) No 1467/97. The modalities of this closer monitoring should be graduated depending on the stage of the procedure the Member State is subject to, as provided for in Article 126 of the Treaty.

(11) Member States whose currency is the euro and which are subject to an excessive deficit procedure should be monitored more closely to secure a coherent, sustainable and timely correction of the excessive deficit. A closer monitoring should ensure early prevention and correction of any deviations from the Council recommendations to correct the excessive deficit or from the country-specific recommendations. Such monitoring should complement the provisions set out in Regulation (EC) No 1467/97. The modalities of this closer monitoring should be graduated depending on the stage of the procedure the Member State is subject to, as provided for in Article 126 TFEU. Member States that are subject to an excessive deficit procedure should present an economic partnership programme including a detailed description of the structural reforms. It is essential that such structural reforms be put in place and implemented to ensure an effective and durable correction of their excessive deficits. Where appropriate, the social partners should be involved in accordance with national law and practices.

Amendment  26

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 12

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(12) The closer monitoring for Member States subject to an excessive deficit procedure should allow the identification of risks in the compliance of a Member State's deadline to correct the excessive deficit. In the event of such risks being identified, the Commission should issue a recommendation to the Member State for measures to be taken within a given timeframe that should be presented to the Parliament of the Member State concerned at its request. This assessment should allow rapid correction of any developments putting at risk the correction of the excessive deficit within the established deadline. Assessment of compliance with this Commission recommendation should be part of the continuous assessment made by the Commission of effective action to correct an excessive deficit. When deciding whether effective action to correct the excessive deficit has been taken, the Council should also base its decision on whether or not the Member State complied with the Commission recommendation.

(12) It is essential that closer monitoring for Member States subject to an excessive deficit procedure be undertaken in the context of a economic partnership programme. In that context, the Commission should invite the Member State to carry out a comprehensive assessment of in-year budgetary execution for the general government and its sub-sectors and to report regularly to the Commission and to the Economic and Financial Committee, for the general government and its sub-sectors, the in-year budgetary execution, the budgetary impact of discretionary measures taken on both the expenditure and the revenue side, targets for the government expenditure and revenues, as well as information on the measures adopted and the nature of those envisaged to achieve the targets.

Amendment  27

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 12 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(12a) In order to ensure the proper functioning of economic and monetary union and respect for budgetary discipline, it is indispensable to safeguard the stability in the euro area as a whole and therefore to strengthen the efficiency and the resilience of the euro area financial system to adverse shocks, to address liquidity constraints as well as negative externalities related to the fragmentation of the sovereign bond markets and to reduce marginal funding costs for Member States facing funding pressures. For that overarching purpose, it is necessary to adopt a roadmap towards euro area common sovereign debt instruments including the establishment of an enhanced economic policy coordination framework. As a first step for the coordinated and common issuance of euro area sovereign debt instruments, it is essential that a redemption fund be established over a period of approximately 25 years together with the coordination of euro area Member State debt issuance. This first step is without prejudice to the implementation of further steps in the roadmap before the end of that period.

Amendment  28

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 12 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(12b) In applying this Regulation, the Council and the Commission should fully respect the role of the social partners, as well as differences between national systems, such as those relating to wage formation.

Amendment  29

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(13) In order to enhance the dialogue between the Union institutions, in particular the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, and to ensure greater transparency and accountability, the competent committee of the European Parliament may offer the opportunity to the Member State concerned by a Commission recommendation to participate in an exchange of views,

(13) In order to enhance the dialogue between the Union institutions, in particular the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, and to ensure greater transparency and accountability, the competent committee of the European Parliament may offer the opportunity to the Member State concerned by a Commission recommendation to participate in an exchange of views. Rules should also be provided for strengthening accountability, transparency and scrutiny of budgetary and more broadly euro area economic policy surveillance and coordination, in accordance with democratic principles. To that end, specific provisions should be provided for, in accordance with national practices for involving national parliaments, the social partners and civil society organisations.

Amendment  30

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(13a) Budgetary plans and structural reforms should be consistent with the protection of social rights and should avoid increasing inequalities. Therefore budgetary discipline should not be implemented to the detriment of medium and long-term means required for a sustainable and environmentally friendly transformation of the economy in line with the Union strategy for jobs and growth and the 2050 climate change objectives.

Amendment  31

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(13b) Tax policy plays a crucial role for enhancing the effectiveness and fairness of budgetary plans while contributing to sustainable growth. A comprehensive set of measures and legislative initiatives such as an European financial transaction tax and a common consolidated corporate tax base should be swiftly adopted at the Union and at the national level in order to remove unjustified exceptions, broaden the tax base, improve the efficiency of tax collection, tackle tax evasion and apply comprehensively the 'polluter pays' principle.

Amendment  32

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. This Regulation sets out provisions for enhanced monitoring of budgetary policies in the euro area by:

1. This Regulation sets out provisions for enhanced monitoring of budgetary and economic policies and an enhanced economic policy coordination framework in the euro area by:

Amendment  33

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) complementing the procedure for prevention and correction of excessive macroeconomic imbalances as established by Regulation (EU) No 1174/2011;

Amendment  34

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) guaranteeing the compatibility between budgetary policies and the procedure for prevention and correction of excessive macroeconomic imbalances as established by Regulation (EU) No 1174/2011, through a closer monitoring of Member States' national reform programmes and any economic partnership programmes, in order to ensure sustainable compliance and convergence within the euro area.

Amendment  35

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. This Regulation shall be applied in full compliance with Article 152 TFEU and the recommendations adopted under this Regulation shall be applied in a manner fully respecting practices and institutions for wage formation. The application of this Regulation and those recommendations shall take into account Article 28 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, and, accordingly, shall not affect the right to negotiate, conclude or enforce collective agreements and to take collective action in accordance with national law and practices.

Amendment  36

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(1) "independent fiscal council" means a body endowed with functional autonomy vis-à-vis the fiscal authorities of the Member State in charge of monitoring the implementation of national fiscal rules;

(1) "fiscal council" means an independent and technically competent body endowed with functional autonomy vis-à-vis the budgetary authorities of the Member State in charge of monitoring the implementation of national fiscal rules;

Amendment  37

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2) "independent macroeconomic forecasts" means the macroeconomic and/or budgetary forecasts produced by an independent body or a body endowed with functional autonomy vis-à-vis the fiscal authorities of the Member State;

(2) "independent macroeconomic forecasts" means the macroeconomic forecasts produced or endorsed by an independent and technically competent body endowed with functional autonomy vis-à-vis the budgetary authorities of the Member State which comply with minimum requirements as laid down in Annex I. The Commission shall ensure the comparability and coherence of the independent forecasts across Member States;

Amendment  38

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5) ‘government’ and ‘deficit’ have the meaning' set out in Article 2 of the Protocol (No 12) on the excessive deficit procedure annexed to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

(5) ‘government’, ‘deficit’ and 'debt' mean, respectively, ‘government’, ‘deficit’ and 'debt' as defined in Article 2 of the Protocol (No 12) on the excessive deficit procedure annexed to the Treaty on European Union and the TFEU;

Amendment  39

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5a) "Stability and Growth Pact" means the multilateral surveillance system laid down in Regulation (EC) No 1466/97 and the procedure for the avoidance of Member States' excessive deficit laid down in Article 126 TFEU and in Regulation (EC) No 1467/97;

Amendment  40

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 5 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5b) "a particularly serious non-compliance with the adjustment path towards the medium-term budgetary objective", means a deviation in the figures presented in the draft budget which is at least 1 % of GDP in a single year or at least 0,5 % of GDP on average per year in two consecutive years and that cannot be justified by exceptional circumstances or a severe economic downturn, after taking into account mitigating factors and spill-over effects, as described in Regulation (EC) No 1467/97 and Regulation (EU) No 1176/2011.

Amendment  41

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a. The application of this Regulation is without prejudice to Article 9 TFEU.

Amendment  42

Proposal for a regulation

Chapter I a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Chapter Ia

 

Economic policy coordination

 

Article 2a

 

Timeline for the European Semester for economic policy coordination referred to Article 2-a of Regulation (EC) No 1466/97

 

1. The Member States' budgetary procedure shall be coherent with the framework of the European Semester, in accordance with an annual cycle which includes:

 

(a) the Spring European Council policy orientations to individual Member States, based on the Annual Growth Survey, including the Commission's draft Joint Employment Report, and the annual reports under Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 1176/2011; such policy orientations will provide guidance to Member States in the drafting of their national reform programmes and their stability or convergence programmes, to be presented by Member States in April in accordance with Article 4(1) and Article 8(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1466/97;

 

(b) the Summer European Council endorsement of the country-specific policy recommendations, according to the Commission opinions on the adequacy of Member States' national reform programmes and stability or convergence programmes, presented in accordance with Articles 121 and 148 TFEU.

Amendment  43

Proposal for a regulation

Chapter 2 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Common Budgetary Provisions

Common Budgetary Provisions and information requirements on national public debt issuance

Amendment  44

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Member States shall make public annually their medium-term fiscal plans in accordance with their medium-term budgetary framework based on independent macroeconomic forecast together with their Stability Programmes, no later than 15 April.

1. Member States shall, in the context of the European Semester make public, preferably by 15 April but no later than 30 April each year, their national medium-term fiscal plans in accordance with their medium-term budgetary framework, based on credible and independent macroeconomic forecasts. Such plans shall be presented together with the national reform programmes and the stability or convergence programmes and shall be fully consistent with the policy orientations based on the annual growth survey and the annual reports under Article 3 of Regulation (EU) No 1176/2011.

Amendment  45

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Budget laws for the general government shall be adopted and made public annually no later than 31 December.

3. Budget laws for the general government shall be adopted and made public annually no later than 31 December. Member States shall have in place reversionary budget procedures to be applied where objectively justified for reasons beyond the control of the Member State's government, the budget is not adopted or agreed and made public by 31 December.

Amendment  46

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Member States shall have in place numerical fiscal rules on the budget balance that implement in the national budgetary processes their medium-term budgetary objective as defined in Article 2a of Regulation (EC) No 1466/97. Such rules shall cover the general government as a whole and be of binding, preferably constitutional, nature.

1. Member States shall have in place numerical fiscal rules that implement in the national budgetary processes their medium-term budgetary objective as defined in Article 2a of Regulation (EC) No 1466/97 those rules shall also include the definition of exceptional circumstances and severe economic downturns which may lead to temporary deviation from the medium-term budgetary objective or the adjustment path towards it, provided that such deviation does not endanger fiscal sustainability in the medium term, as set out in Articles 5 and 6 of Regulation (EC) No 1466/97. Those rules should include a mechanism, to be triggered in the case of significant deviation from the medium-term budgetary objective or the adjustment path towards it, aiming at ensuring a timely return to the medium-term objective. Such rules shall cover the general government as a whole and shall be binding or otherwise guaranteed to be fully respected and complied with throughout the national budgetary process.

Amendment  47

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Member States shall have in place an independent fiscal council for monitoring the implementation of national fiscal rules as referred to in paragraph 1.

2. Member States shall have in place a fiscal council for monitoring both ex ante and ex post the implementation of national fiscal rules which complies with the minimum requirements laid down in Annex I for independent fiscal institutions.

Amendment  48

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Member States shall submit annually to the Commission and the Eurogroup a draft budgetary plan for the forthcoming year no later than 15 October.

1. Member States shall submit annually to the Commission and the Eurogroup a draft budgetary plan for the forthcoming year no later than 1 October, taking into account the country-specific policy recommendations of the Summer European Council and any recommendations addressed to the Member State in the context of the Stability and Growth Pact or the macroeconomic imbalances procedure as established by Regulations (EU) No 1174/2011 and 1176/2011.

Amendment  49

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The draft budgetary plan shall be made public at the same time.

2. The draft budgetary plan, as set out in this Article, shall be made public when submitted to the Commission.

Amendment  50

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 3 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) the projections at unchanged policies for expenditure and revenue as a percentage of GDP for the general government and their main components.;

(b) the projections at unchanged policies for expenditure and revenue as a percentage of GDP for the general government and their main components; those projections shall cover both current expenditure and investment expenditure and, to that end, clear budgetary targets on current and investment expenditure shall be set and, in the case of investment expenditure, an evaluation of its economic returns shall be published;

Amendment  51

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 3 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) details of the expenditure directly linked to the achievement of the Union’s strategy for growth and jobs, including public investment, together with details of the link with the achievement of the budgetary objectives in the long term as well as a social impact assessment of the measures provided for in the budgetary plan;

Amendment  52

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 3 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) a detailed description and a well-documented quantification of the measures to be included in the budget for the year to come in order to bridge the gap between the targets referred to in point (c) and the projections at unchanged policies provided in accordance with point (b). The description may be less detailed for measures with a budgetary impact estimated to be lower than 0.1% of GDP. Particular attention shall be paid to major fiscal policy reform plans with potential spillover effects for other Member States whose currency is the euro.

(d) a detailed description and a well-documented quantification of the measures to be included in the budget for the year to come in order to bridge the gap between the targets referred to in points (c) and (ca) and the projections at unchanged policies provided in accordance with point (b). The description may be less detailed for measures with a budgetary impact estimated to be lower than 0.1% of GDP. Particular and explicit attention shall be paid to major fiscal policy reform plans with potential spill-over effects for other Member States whose currency is the euro;

Amendment  53

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 3 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) the main assumptions about expected economic developments and important economic variables which are relevant to the achievement of the budgetary targets. These assumptions shall be based on independent macroeconomic growth forecast;

(e) the main assumptions about expected economic developments and important economic variables which are relevant to the achievement of the budgetary targets set in accordance with Article 4 of the Directive 2011/85/EU. The macroeconomic and budgetary forecasts shall include an estimation of the assumed impact on potential output and macroeconomic multiplier effects. The methodology, the economic and econometric underlying models and assumptions, as well as any other relevant parameter underpinning independent macroeconomic forecast shall be annexed to the annual medium-term fiscal plans;

Amendment  54

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 3 – point f

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(f) where applicable, additional indications on how the current recommendations addressed to the Member State concerned in accordance with Article 121 of the Treaty in the budgetary area will be met.

(f) where applicable, additional indications on how the current recommendations addressed to the Member State concerned in accordance with Articles 121 and 148 TFEU will be met in accordance with points (a) to (ca);

Amendment  55

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 3 – point f a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fa) a quantification of the public investment needs and, as appropriate, of the budgetary impact together with an evaluation of the economic returns of the measures foreseen in the national reform programmes;

Amendment  56

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 3 – point f b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fb) an analysis of the contribution of reforms and investments included in the national reform programmes to the achievement of the objectives of stability programmes including a cost-benefit analysis of the reforms from a budgetary point of view.

Amendment  57

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. Where the budgetary targets reported in the draft budgetary plan in accordance with points (a) and (c) of paragraph 3 or the projections at unchanged policies differ from those in the most recent stability programme, the differences shall be duly explained.

4. Where the budgetary targets reported in the draft budgetary plan in accordance with points (a) and (ca) of paragraph 3 or the projections at unchanged policies differ from those in the most recent stability programme, the differences shall be duly explained.

Amendment  58

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

4a. The medium-term fiscal plans shall contain an updated projection of multiannual expenditure as a percentage of GDP for the general government and their main components as well as multiannual targets and commitments on expenditure earmarked to the achievement of the objectives embedded in the Union strategy for growth and jobs.

Amendment  59

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5. Where the Commission identifies particularly serious non-compliance with the budgetary policy obligations laid down in the Stability and Growth Pact, it shall, within two weeks from the submission of the draft budgetary plan, request a revised draft budgetary plan from the Member State concerned. This request shall be made public.

5. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article -11 specifying the content of the draft budgetary plan referred to in paragraph 1 and the content of the provisions referred to in paragraphs 2 to 4.

Paragraphs 2 to 4 shall apply in case of revised draft budgetary plan.

 

Amendment  60

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph -1 (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

-1. Where the Commission identifies a particularly serious non-compliance of the draft budgetary plan with the adjustment path towards the medium-term budgetary objective, it may request a revised draft budgetary plan, after adequate consultation of and explanation by the Member State. The request shall be made up to one month from the submission of the draft budgetary plan.

 

Article 5(2) and (4) shall apply to revised draft budgetary plans.

Amendment  61

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The Commission shall, if necessary, adopt an opinion on the draft budgetary plan by 30 November.

1. The Commission shall adopt an opinion on the draft budgetary plan of each Member State no later than 15 November.

Amendment  62

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The Commission opinion shall be made public and, at the request of the Parliament of the Member State concerned, shall be presented by the Commission to the Parliament concerned.

2. The Commission opinion referred in paragraph 1 shall be made public and presented to the Eurogroup. At the request of the parliament of the Member State concerned or of the European Parliament, it shall be presented by the Commission to the parliament concerned.

Amendment  63

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The Commission shall make an overall assessment of the budgetary situation and prospects in the euro area as a whole. The assessment shall be made public.

3. The Commission shall make an overall assessment of the budgetary situation and prospects in the euro area as a whole. The overall assessment shall include stress tests that provide an indication of the risks to public finance sustainability in the event of adverse financial or budgetary developments. The assessment shall identify on a country-by-country basis potential negative spill-over effects on the sustainability of public finances of the Member States generated by its private sector or by other Member States.

 

The assessment shall be made public and shall be integrated in the forthcoming annual growth survey. The Commission shall annex to the assessment a detailed summary of the Spring and Autumn forecasts for the euro area as a whole. The chosen baseline scenario for the assessment shall be described with reasoning and shall be built on a balanced account of downside and upside risks in order to consider the complete range of possible outcomes. The assessment shall disclose the methodologies, assumptions and relevant parameters that underpin its macroeconomic forecasts and stress tests as well as an ex post evaluation of the previous year baseline scenario.

Amendment  64

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. The Eurogroup shall discuss opinions of the Commission on the national budgetary plans and the budgetary situation and prospects in the euro area as a whole on the basis of the overall assessment made by the Commission in accordance with paragraph 3. The assessment shall be made public.

4. The Eurogroup and the relevant committee of the European Parliament shall discuss opinions of the Commission on the national budgetary plans and the budgetary situation and prospects in the euro area as a whole on the basis of the overall assessment made by the Commission in accordance with paragraph 3. The outcome of that discussion shall be made public and shall be taken into account in the following European Semester, in particular in the annual growth survey.

Amendment  65

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

4a. Following the discussions between the Eurogroup and the relevant committee of the European Parliament, if appropriate the Commission shall update its specific recommendations in the framework of the annual growth survey aiming at reinforcing the common macroeconomic framework of the euro area as well as outlining supportive measures foreseen in case of adverse financial, economic or budgetary developments.

Amendment  66

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 6a

 

Reporting on debt issuance

 

1. Member States shall report to the Commission and the Eurogroup, ex-ante and in a timely manner, on their national debt issuance plans.

 

2. The form and content of the reporting referred to in paragraph 1 shall be harmonised and laid down by the Commission in cooperation with the Member States.

 

3. Issues relating to the annual debt issuance plan of the Member States, such as financial needs, renewal of outstanding debt, shall not be made public.

Amendment  67

Proposal for a regulation

Chapter III a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Chapter IIIa

 

Establishment of a roadmap for enhanced economic policy coordination, a growth facility and a framework for enhanced debt issuance

 

Article 6b

 

Roadmap for enhanced economic policy coordination framework and growth facility

 

1. By ...*, the Commission shall present a report establishing a roadmap towards euro area stability bonds. It shall also present a proposal for a euro area sustainable growth instrument aiming at mobilising approximately 1% of GDP per year over a period of ten years, including an increase in the capital of the EIB and project bonds, to be invested in European infrastructure including science and technology. The instrument shall aim at creating the necessary conditions for sustainable growth in order to ensure the proper functioning of economic and monetary union and to safeguard the stability of the euro and thereby the sustainable coordination of Member States' budgetary discipline.

 

2. The steps set up in Articles 6c and 6d are without prejudice of further steps being implemented before the end of this period.

 

Article 6c

 

Coordination of euro area Member State debt issuance

 

1. With a view to better coordinating the planning and placement of their national debt issuance, Member States shall report ex ante on their public debt issuance plans to the Commission and to the Council.

 

2. Member States whose currency is the euro shall seek to improve the financing conditions of their pubic debt by agreeing, following a proposal by the Commission, an annual coordinated public debt issuance framework.

 

3. Member States cooperating under paragraph 2 may further improve and stabilise their financing conditions on the basis of the prevailing economic fundamentals and market conditions and following a methodology to be established by a regulation of the European Parliament and the Council.

 

Article 6d

 

European redemption fund

 

1. As an element of the first step of the roadmap referred to in Article 6a a European redemption fund (ERF), based on joint liability and strict fiscal discipline shall be established with the aim of reducing excessive debt over a period of 25 years to be adjusted according to actual growth figures. Following that period, the ERF shall be wound up.

 

2. Member States whose currency is the euro and who are not subject to an assistance or adjustment programme shall:

 

(a) transfer debt amounts above 60 % of GDP to the ERF over a roll-in period of five years;

 

(b) have in place numerical fiscal rules that implement in the national budgetary processes their medium-term budgetary objective as described in Article 2a of Regulation (EC) No 1466/97;

 

(c) implement a fiscal consolidation strategy and a structural reform agenda;

 

(d) lodge guarantees to adequately cover loans provided by the ERF;

 

(e) reduce their structural deficit during the roll-in period to comply with the budget rule in point (b).

 

3. The Commission shall ensure the setting up and day-to-day management of the ERF, the details of which should be established in a Regulation from the European Parliament and the Council.

 

4. Participation in the ERF shall be open to other Member States as from the entry into force of the decision of the Council of the European Union taken in accordance with Article 140(2) TFEU to abrogate their derogation from adopting the euro.

 

5. Member States shall implement provisions in national law to ensure winding up and terminating the ERF after a maximum of 25 years adjustable according to actual growth figures.

 

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* OJ please insert date: one month after entry into force of this Regulation.

Amendment  68

Proposal for a regulation

Article -7 (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article -7

 

Economic partnership programmes

 

1. If the Council, acting under Article 126(6) TFEU, decides that an excessive deficit exists in a Member State, the Member State concerned shall present to the Commission and to the Council an economic partnership programme describing the policy measures and structural reforms that are needed to ensure an effectively durable correction of the excessive deficit, as a detailed development of its national reform programme and its stability programme and fully taking into account the Council recommendations on the implementation of the integrated guidelines for the economic and employment policies of the Member State concerned.

 

2. The economic partnership programme shall be fully consistent with the policies referred to in Article 1.

 

The economic partnership programme shall identify and select a number of specific budgetary priorities aiming at stabilising the economy in the short term, enhancing long-term sustainable growth and addressing structural weaknesses in the Member State concerned. Those priorities shall be aimed at rebalancing competitiveness according to the creation of European Added Value and shall be consistent with the Union's strategy for growth jobs. The Member State, in close coordination with the Commission, shall prepare a report outlining the selected programmes and projects including an action plan aiming at identifying, frontloading and mobilising financial resources, including EIB credit lines and relevant Union financial instruments. That report shall be updated on an annual basis.

 

3. In the event of a severe economic downturn as defined in Article 2(2) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1467/97 or of a significant downside correction of forecasts, the Member State concerned shall adopt an updated adjustment path towards the medium-term budgetary objective to be agreed with the Commission taking into proper account pro-cyclical effects of consolidation measures. The application of the debt rule shall be coherently adjusted.

 

4. The economic partnership programme shall be presented at the same time as the reports provided for in Article 3(4a) and Article 5(1a) of Regulation (EC) No 1467/97.

 

5. The Council, acting by qualified majority on a proposal from the Commission, shall adopt an opinion on the economic partnership programme.

 

6. If a corrective action plan exists in accordance with Article 8(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1176/2011, the measures referred to in paragraph 1 shall be included in that plan.

 

7. The implementation of the programme, and the annual budgetary plans consistent with it, shall be monitored by the Commission and by the Council.

 

8. The competent committee of the European Parliament may offer the opportunity to the Member State concerned and the Commission to participate to an exchange of views. The competent committee of the European Parliament may invite other committees of the European Parliament to join in that exchange of views.

Amendment  69

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. When the Council decides in accordance with Article 126(6) of the Treaty that an excessive deficit exists in a Member State, the Member State concerned shall be subject to paragraphs 2 to 5 of this Article, until the abrogation of its excessive deficit procedure.

1. For the purpose of monitoring the partnership programme referred to in Article -7(7), the Member State concerned, on a request from the Commission, shall fulfil the requirements described in paragraphs 2 to 6 of this Article, until the abrogation of its excessive deficit procedure.

Amendment  70

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The Member State subject to closer monitoring shall without delay carry out a comprehensive assessment of in-year budgetary execution for the general government and its sub-sectors. The financial risks associated to government-owned entities and government contracts shall also be covered by the assessment to the extent that they may contribute to the existence of an excessive deficit. The result of this assessment shall be included in the report submitted in accordance with Article 3(4a) or 5(1a) of Regulation (EC) No 1467/97 on action taken to correct the excessive deficit.

2. On a request from the Commission, the Member State shall carry out a comprehensive assessment of in-year budgetary execution for the general government and its sub-sectors. The financial risks associated to government-owned entities and contingent liabilities with potentially large impacts on public budgets, as described in Council Directive 2011/85/EU shall also be covered by the assessment to the extent that they may contribute to the existence of an excessive deficit. The result of this assessment shall be included in the report submitted in accordance with Article 3(4a) or 5(1a) of Regulation (EC) No 1467/97 on action taken to correct the excessive deficit.

Amendment  71

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Member State shall report regularly to the Commission and to the Economic and Financial Committee or any sub-committee it will designate for that purpose, for the general government and its sub-sectors, the in-year budgetary execution, the budgetary impact of discretionary measures taken on both the expenditure and the revenue side, targets for the government expenditure and revenues, as well as information on the measures adopted and the nature of those envisaged to achieve the targets. The report shall be made public.

3. ,On a request from the Commission, the Member State shall report regularly to the Commission and to the Economic and Financial Committee, for the general government and its sub-sectors, the in-year budgetary execution, the budgetary impact of discretionary measures taken on both the expenditure and the revenue side, targets for the government expenditure and revenues, as well as information on the measures adopted and the nature of those envisaged to achieve the targets. The report shall be made public.

 

The Commission shall specify the content of the report referred to in this paragraph.

 

The competent committee of the European Parliament may offer the opportunity to the Member State concerned to participate in an exchange of views.

Amendment  72

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 6 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) carry out and report on a comprehensive independent audit of the accounts of the general government conducted in coordination with national supreme audit institutions, aiming at assessing the reliability, completeness and accuracy of these public accounts for the purposes of the excessive deficit procedure. In this context, the Commission (Eurostat) shall assess the quality of data reported by the Member State concerned in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 679/2010;

(a) carry out and report on a comprehensive independent audit of the accounts of the general government conducted in coordination with national supreme audit institutions, aiming at assessing the reliability, completeness and accuracy of these public accounts for the purposes of the excessive deficit procedure. In this context, the Commission (Eurostat) shall assess the quality of data reported by the Member State concerned in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 479/2009, as regards the quality of statistical data in the context of the excessive deficit procedure;

Amendment  73

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. In case of risks of non-compliance with the deadline to correct the excessive deficit, the Commission shall address a recommendation to the Member State concerned for adoption of further measures within a timeframe consistent with the deadline for the correction of its excessive deficit referred to in paragraph 1. The recommendation by the Commission shall be made public, and, at the request of the Parliament of the Member State concerned, shall be presented by the Commission to the Parliament concerned.

2. Where there is a risk of non-compliance with the deadline to correct the excessive deficit and where those risks are not due to circumstances beyond the control of the Member State concerned, the Commission shall address a recommendation to the Member State concerned for the diligent implementation of the measures provided for in the initial recommendations within a timeframe consistent with the deadline for the correction of its excessive deficit referred to in paragraph 1. The recommendation by the Commission shall be made public, and, at the request of the parliament of the Member State concerned, it shall be presented by the Commission to the parliament concerned.

Amendment  74

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Within the timeframe set by the Commission recommendation referred to in paragraph 2, the Member State concerned shall report to the Commission on measures adopted in response to this recommendation together with the reports provided for in Article 7(3). The report shall include the budgetary impact of all discretionary measures taken, targets for the government expenditure and revenues, information on the measures adopted and the nature of those envisaged to achieve the targets, as well as information on the other actions being taken in response to the Commission recommendation. The report shall be made public.

3. Within the timeframe set by the Commission recommendation referred to in paragraph 2, the Member State concerned shall additionally report to the Commission on the measures implemented in response to this recommendation. The report shall be made public.

Amendment  75

Proposal for a regulation

Article -11 (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article -11

 

Exercise of the delegation

 

1. The power to adopt delegated acts is conferred on the Commission subject to the conditions laid down in this Article.

 

2. The delegation of power referred to in Article 5(5) shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of three years from the date of entry into force of this Regulation. The Commission shall draw up a report in respect of the delegation of power not later than nine months before the end of the three-year period. The delegation of power shall be tacitly extended for periods of an identical duration, unless the European Parliament or the Council opposes such extension not later than three months before the end of each period.

 

3. The delegation of powers referred to in Article 5(5) may be revoked at any time by the European Parliament or by the Council. A decision of revocation shall put an end to the delegation of the power specified in that decision. It shall take effect the day following the publication of the decision in the Official Journal of the European Union or at a later date specified therein. It shall not affect the validity of any delegated acts already in force.

 

4. As soon as it adopts a delegated act, the Commission shall notify it simultaneously to the European Parliament and to the Council.

 

5. A delegated act adopted pursuant to Article 5(5) shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed either by the European Parliament or the Council within a period of two months of notification of that act to the European Parliament and the Council or if, before the expiry of that period, the European Parliament and the Council have both informed the Commission that they will not object. That period shall be extended by two months at the initiative of the European Parliament or the Council.

Amendment  76

Proposal for a regulation

Article -11 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article -11a

 

Economic Dialogue

 

In order to enhance the dialogue between the Union institutions, in particular the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, and to ensure greater transparency and accountability, the competent committee of the European Parliament may invite the President of the Council, the Commission and, where appropriate, the President of the European Council or the President of the Eurogroup to appear before the committee to discuss decisions taken pursuant to Article 5(5), Article 6(4), Article 7(5), Article 8(4) and Article 9(3).

 

The competent committee of the European Parliament may offer the opportunity to the Member State concerned by such decisions to participate in an exchange of views.

Amendment  77

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) the contribution of this Regulation to the achievement of the Union's strategy on growth and jobs.

Amendment  78

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a. As soon as possible and no later than 31 December 2012, the Commission shall present a report to the European Parliament and to the Council examining the feasibility of options and making proposals for a possible roadmap towards common issuance of public debt instruments, taking account of financial, fiscal and legal conditions. The Commission shall pay particular attention to the feasibility of introducing a redemption fund which combines temporary common issuance of debt and strict rules on fiscal adjustment.

Amendment  79

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 11a

 

Commission report

 

By ...*, the Commission shall put forward a report, and if necessary a proposal, to the European Parliament and to the Council, setting out how coordination and ex ante discussions among Member States of any major economic and fiscal policy reform plans with potential spill-over effects are to operate, what form that coordination and those discussions are to take, what policies are contemplated, and the likely political consequences - to Member States and, in particular, to the national parliaments - of decisions arising from such coordination and ex ante discussions.

 

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* OJ please insert date: three months after entry into force of this Regulation.

Amendment  80

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 11b

 

European debt authority

 

By ...*, the Commission shall put forward a report, and if necessary a proposal, to the European Parliament and to the Council, evaluating the possibility of the creation of a European debt authority, responsible for managing and coordinating all issues relating to the annual debt issuance plan of the Member States, the renewal of Member States' outstanding debt and the assessment of the sustainability of all Member States' government debt. The Commission's report should also evaluate the possible annual publication of data relating to Member States' public debt, deficit and other macroeconomic indicators.

 

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* OJ please insert date: three months after entry into force of this Regulation.

Amendment  81

Proposal for a regulation

Annex I (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Common principles for Independent Fiscal Institutions (IFIs)

 

– Ownership: without prejudice to the principles set out below, the characteristics of IFIs should be consistent with the Member State's legal framework and political and administrative system. Design choices may have to take into account capacity constraints in smaller Member States.

 

– Mandate: the mandate of IFIs should be clearly defined in legislation to prevent unwarranted interference from fiscal authorities or unwarranted extension of its mandate at the expense of fiscal authorities' powers or the prerogatives of national parliaments.

 

– Resources: the resources allocated to IFIs should be commensurate with their mandate in order to fulfil it in a credible manner.

 

– Accountability: statutory mechanisms should be put in place to encourage appropriate accountability to the legislature. The reports and analyses of IFIs should be published and made available free of charge.

 

Leadership: senior appointments should be selected on the basis of merit, experience and technical competence, in particular as regards the budget process. The appointment process may involve several institutions, for instance through a parliamentary confirmation procedure or whereby several institutions designate each one or several members. Term lengths that the leadership of IFIs serve should be clearly specified in legislation, should be non-renewable, and should preferably extend beyond the parliamentary term. Termination of contracts should be strictly limited to cases where members are guilty of serious misconduct.

 

– Staff: staff of IFIs should be selected through open competition based on merit and technical competence. Conditions of employment should be along the lines of that of the civil service.

 

– Access to information, transparency and communication policy: as a rule, IFIs should be guaranteed full access in legislation to all relevant information needed to discharge effectively their mandate in a timely manner. Any restrictions to the rule should also be clearly defined. Without prejudice to that legislation, the capability of IFIs to communicate in a timely manner through available media channels should not be impeded. If housed in another entity, it should be made clear that opinions only commit IFIs and not the host institution.

(1)

     OJ C 141, 17.5.2012, p. 7.


OPINION of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (29.3.2012)

for the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on common provisions for monitoring and assessing draft budgetary plans and ensuring the correction of excessive deficit of the Member States in the euro area

(COM(2011)0821 – C7-0448/2011 – 2011/0386(COD))

Rapporteur: Tamás Deutsch

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

Background

In November 2011, the European Parliament and the Council formally adopted the legislative package aimed at reinforcing the economic governance in the EU and the euro area. The package was made up of six proposals: four of them deal with fiscal issues, including a reform of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP), while two new regulations aim at detecting and addressing emerging macroeconomic imbalances within the EU and the euro area.

The regulation on the strengthening of the surveillance of budgetary positions and the surveillance and coordination of economic policies as well as the regulation on speeding up and clarifying the implementation of the excessive deficit procedure were both designed to strengthen the budgetary discipline across the EU. The regulation on the effective enforcement of budgetary surveillance in the euro area additionally provided for a system of enforcement mechanisms in the form of financial sanctions for euro-zone members.

Observations

The Commission's proposal for a regulation sets out additional monitoring requirements for national budgetary policies, proposes a common budgetary timeline and calls for closer monitoring of budgetary decisions of Member States subject to an excessive deficit procedure.

Your rapporteur welcomes the initiative of synchronized monitoring of budgetary policies, in particular the provisions relating to the setting-up of a common budgetary timeline, rules-based fiscal frameworks as well as the strengthened surveillance of Member States subject to an excessive deficit procedure. He feels, however, that the enforcement of budgetary surveillance should always be subject to overarching objectives of the EU, and in particular to the requirements of Article 9 TFEU related to the promotion of a high level of employment, the guarantee of adequate social protection.

Equally important, your rapporteur feels that EU budgetary policy should be fully aligned with the new strategy for jobs and growth, the EU2020 strategy, which is also designed to help the EU emerge from the crisis and to turn the EU economy towards smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, accompanied by high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion.

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs calls on the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following amendments in its report:

Amendment  1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(1a) Article 9 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union requires that in defining and implementing its policies and activities, the Union shall take into account requirements linked to the promotion of a high level of employment, the guarantee of adequate social protection, the fight against social exclusion, and a high level of education, training and protection of human health.

Amendment  2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3) The amendments to the Stability and Growth Pact increase both the guidance, and, for the Member States whose currency is the euro, incentives for the setting and the implementation of a prudent budgetary policy, while avoiding excessive government deficits. These provisions have created a more robust framework at the level of the Union for the surveillance of national economic policies.

(3) The amendments to the Stability and Growth Pact increase both the guidance, and, for the Member States whose currency is the euro, incentives for the setting and the implementation of a prudent budgetary policy, while avoiding excessive government deficits. These provisions have created a more robust framework at the level of the Union for the surveillance of national economic policies. An enhanced surveillance of social policies linked with job creation should be added to these provisions.

Amendment  3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(3a) The European Council, meeting on 17 June 2010, adopted a new strategy for growth and jobs, the EU 2020 strategy, to enable the Union to emerge stronger from the crisis, and to turn its economy towards smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, accompanied by a high level of quality employment, productivity and social cohesion.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(3a) The Union has committed itself to a Growth and Jobs strategy 'Europe 2020' containing objectives in the fields of employment, poverty, education, innovation and the environment;

Amendment  5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(3a) Due attention should be paid to the Europe 2020 Strategy for Growth and Jobs and how it is implemented by Member States via their national reform programmes.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5) Strong public finances are best ensured at the planning stage and gross errors should be identified as early as possible. Member States should benefit not just from the setting of guiding principles and budgetary targets but also from a synchronised monitoring of their budgetary policies.

(5) Balanced and sustainable public finances are best ensured at the planning stage and gross errors should be identified as early as possible. Member States should benefit not just from the setting of guiding principles and budgetary targets but also from a synchronised review of their budgetary and growth policies.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6) Setting-up a common budgetary timeline for Member States whose currency is the euro should better synchronize the key steps in the preparation of national budgets, thus contributing to the effectiveness of the European semester for budgetary policy coordination. Adopting a common budgetary timeline should lead to stronger synergies by facilitating policy coordination among Member States whose currency is the euro and ensure that the Council and Commission recommendations are appropriately integrated in the national process for budget adoption.

(6) Setting-up a common budgetary timeline for Member States whose currency is the euro should better synchronize the key steps in the preparation of national budgets, thus contributing to the effectiveness of the European semester for budgetary policy coordination and promoting economic growth and sustainable employment. Adopting a common budgetary timeline should: a) lead to stronger synergies by facilitating policy coordination among Member States whose currency is the euro; b) guarantee that budgetary policies will be aligned with the EU 2020 strategy and c) ensure that the Council and Commission recommendations are appropriately integrated in the national process for budget adoption.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) There is strong evidence showing the effectiveness of rules-based fiscal frameworks in supporting sound and sustainable fiscal policies. The introduction of national fiscal rules that are consistent with the budgetary objectives set at Union level should be a crucial element to ensure the respect of the Stability and Growth Pact provisions. In particular, Member States should put in place structural balanced budget rules which transpose into national legislation the main principles of the Union fiscal framework. This transposition should be effective through binding rules preferably of a constitutional nature so as to demonstrate the strongest commitment of national authorities in relation to the Stability and Growth Pact.

(7) There is strong evidence showing the effectiveness of rules-based fiscal frameworks in supporting sound and sustainable fiscal policies. The introduction of national fiscal rules that are consistent with the budgetary, employment and sustainable growth objectives set at Union level should be a crucial element to ensure the respect of the Stability and Growth Pact provisions. In particular, Member States should put in place structural balanced budget rules which transpose into national legislation the main principles of the Union fiscal and employment framework. That transposition should be effected through binding national rules so as to demonstrate the strongest commitment of national authorities in relation to the Stability and Growth Pact.

Amendment  9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 8

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(8) Biased and unrealistic macroeconomic and budgetary forecasts can considerably hamper the effectiveness of budgetary planning and consequently impair commitment to budgetary discipline. Forecasts from independent bodies can provide unbiased and realistic macroeconomic forecasts.

(8) Biased and unrealistic macroeconomic and budgetary forecasts hamper considerably the effectiveness of budgetary planning and consequently impair commitment to budgetary discipline. Forecasts from independent bodies could provide unbiased and more realistic macroeconomic forecasts.

Amendment  10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10) As demonstrated by the sovereign debt crisis, and in particular by the need to put in place common financial backstops, Member States whose currency is the euro share enhanced spill-overs from their budgetary policy. Each of the Member States whose currency is the euro should consult the Commission and other Member States whose currency is the euro before the adoption of any major fiscal policy reform plans with potential spill-over effects, so as to give the possibility for an assessment of possible impact for the euro area as a whole. They should consider their budgetary plans to be of common concern and submit them to the Commission for monitoring purposes in advance of the plans becoming binding. The Commission should be in a position, if necessary, to adopt an opinion on the draft budgetary plan, that the Member State and in particular budgetary authorities should be invited to take into account in the process of the budget law adoption. Such an opinion should ensure that Union's policy guidance in the budgetary area is appropriately integrated in the national budgetary preparations. In particular, this opinion should include an assessment of whether or not the budgetary plans appropriately address the recommendations issued in the context of the European semester in the budgetary area. The Commission should stand ready to present this opinion to the Parliament of the Member State concerned at its request. The extent to which this opinion has been taken into account should be part of the assessment, if and when the conditions are met, leading to the decision to place the concerned Member State in excessive deficit procedure, where no follow-up to the early guidance from the Commission should be considered as an aggravating factor. Also, based on an overall assessment of the plans by the Commission, the Eurogroup should discuss the budgetary situation and prospects for the euro area.

(10) As demonstrated by the sovereign debt crisis, and in particular by the need to put in place common financial backstops, Member States whose currency is the euro share enhanced spill-overs from their budgetary and macroeconomic policy. Each of the Member States whose currency is the euro should consult the Commission and other Member States whose currency is the euro before the adoption of any major fiscal policy reform plans with potential spill-over effects, so as to give the possibility for an assessment of possible impact for the euro area as a whole, including social and environmental impact. They should consider their budgetary plans to be of common concern and submit them to the Commission for monitoring purposes in advance of the plans becoming binding. The Commission should be in a position, if necessary, to adopt an opinion on the draft budgetary plan, that the Member State and in particular budgetary authorities should be invited to take into account in the process of the budget law adoption. Such an opinion should ensure that Union's policy guidance given in the European semester is appropriately integrated in the national budgetary preparations. In particular, this opinion should include an assessment of whether or not the budgetary plans appropriately address the 'EU 2020' growth, employment and social targets as well as the recommendations issued in the context of the European semester. The Commission should stand ready to present this opinion to the Parliament of the Member State concerned at its request. The extent to which this opinion has been taken into account should be part of the assessment, if and when the conditions are met, leading to the decision to place the concerned Member State in excessive deficit procedure, where no follow-up to the early guidance from the Commission should be considered as an aggravating factor. Also, based on an overall assessment of the plans by the Commission, the Eurogroup should discuss the budgetary situation and prospects for the euro area.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11) Member States whose currency is the euro and which are subject to an excessive deficit procedure should be monitored more closely to secure a full and timely correction of the excessive deficit. A closer monitoring should ensure early correction of any deviations from the Council recommendations to correct the excessive deficit. Such monitoring should complement the provisions set out in Regulation (EC) No 1467/97. The modalities of this closer monitoring should be graduated depending on the stage of the procedure the Member State is subject to, as provided for in Article 126 of the Treaty.

(11) Member States whose currency is the euro and which are subject to an excessive deficit procedure should be monitored more closely to secure a full and timely correction of the excessive deficit. A closer monitoring should ensure early correction of any deviations from the Council recommendations to correct the excessive deficit, promoting sustainable growth. Such monitoring should complement the provisions set out in Regulation (EC) No 1467/97. The modalities of this closer monitoring should be graduated depending on the stage of the procedure the Member State is subject to, as provided for in Article 126 of the Treaty.

Amendment  12

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 12

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(12) The closer monitoring for Member States subject to an excessive deficit procedure should allow the identification of risks in the compliance of a Member State's deadline to correct the excessive deficit. In the event of such risks being identified, the Commission should issue a recommendation to the Member State for measures to be taken within a given timeframe that should be presented to the Parliament of the Member State concerned at its request. This assessment should allow rapid correction of any developments putting at risk the correction of the excessive deficit within the established deadline. Assessment of compliance with this Commission recommendation should be part of the continuous assessment made by the Commission of effective action to correct an excessive deficit. When deciding whether effective action to correct the excessive deficit has been taken, the Council should also base its decision on whether or not the Member State complied with the Commission recommendation.

(12) The closer monitoring for Member States subject to an excessive deficit procedure should allow the identification of risks in the compliance of a Member State's deadline to correct the excessive deficit. In the event of such risks being identified, the Commission should issue a recommendation to the Member State for measures to be taken within a given timeframe that should be presented to the Parliament of the Member State concerned at its request. This assessment should allow rapid correction of any developments putting at risk the correction of the excessive deficit within the established deadline. Assessment of compliance with this Commission recommendation should be part of the continuous assessment made by the Commission of effective action to correct an excessive deficit. When deciding whether effective action to correct the excessive deficit has been taken, the Council should also base its decision on whether or not the Member State complied with the Commission recommendation and to what extend this affects the employment targets.

Amendment  13

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(13) In order to enhance the dialogue between the Union institutions, in particular the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, and to ensure greater transparency and accountability, the competent committee of the European Parliament may offer the opportunity to the Member State concerned by a Commission recommendation to participate in an exchange of views,

(13) In order to enhance the dialogue between the Union institutions, in particular the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, and to ensure greater transparency and accountability, the competent committees of the European Parliament may offer the opportunity to the Member State concerned by a Commission recommendation as well as the social partners of that Member State to participate in an exchange of views,

Amendment  14

Proposal for a regulation

Chapter II – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Common Budgetary Provisions

Common Budgetary Provisions and information requirements on national public debt issuance

Amendment  15

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Member States shall make public annually their medium-term fiscal plans in accordance with their medium-term budgetary framework based on independent macroeconomic forecast together with their Stability Programmes, no later than 15 April.

1. Member States shall make public annually their medium-term fiscal and economic investment plans in accordance with their medium-term budgetary framework based on independent macroeconomic forecast together with their Stability Programmes, no later than 15 April.

Amendment  16

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Member States shall have in place numerical fiscal rules on the budget balance that implement in the national budgetary processes their medium-term budgetary objective as defined in Article 2a of Regulation (EC) No 1466/97. Such rules shall cover the general government as a whole and be of binding, preferably constitutional, nature.

1. Member States shall have in place numerical fiscal rules on the budget balance that implement in the national budgetary processes their medium-term budgetary objective as defined in Article 2a of Regulation (EC) No 1466/97. Such national rules shall cover the general government as a whole and be of binding nature.

Amendment  17

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 4 a

 

Information requirements on national public debt issuance

 

In view of better coordinating the planning and optimising the financing conditions of public debt issuance, Member States shall report in advance their public debt issuance plans to the Commission and the Council.

Amendment  18

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 3 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(a a) a detailed description of projected expenditure directly related to the achievement of the objectives embedded in the EU 2020 strategy for growth and jobs including public investments, using indicators from the Joint Assessment Framework;

Amendment  19

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 3 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) the impact of the draft budgetary plan with regard to the 'EU 2020' growth, employment and social targets.

Amendment  20

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 3 – point a b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ab) a social impact assessement of the draft budgetary plan as well as an assessment of its consistency with the Union's growth and jobs objectives, and with the broad guidelines for the economic policies of the Member States and of the guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States;

Amendment  21

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 3 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) the targeted expenditure and revenue as a percentage of GDP for the general government and their main components, taking into account the conditions and criteria to establish the growth path of government expenditure net of discretionary revenue measures under Article 5(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1466/97;

(c) the targeted expenditure and revenue as a percentage of GDP for the general government and their main components, taking into account the conditions and criteria to establish the growth path of government expenditure net of discretionary revenue measures under Article 5(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1466/97 and its impacts on growth and employment;

Amendment  22

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 3 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) the main assumptions about expected economic developments and important economic variables which are relevant to the achievement of the budgetary targets. These assumptions shall be based on independent macroeconomic growth forecast;

(e) the main assumptions about expected economic and social developments and important economic and social variables which are relevant to the achievement of the budgetary targets. These assumptions shall be based on independent macroeconomic growth forecast;

Amendment  23

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

4a. Member States shall include in their Stability Programmes and National Reform Programmes an updated and detailed description of projected expenditure directly related to the achievement of the objectives embedded in the EU 2020 strategy for growth and jobs, including public investments, using indicators from the Joint Assessment Framework. The detailed description referred to above shall duly explain differences of projected expenditure from the most recent Stability Programmes.

Amendment  24

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 5 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5. Where the Commission identifies particularly serious non-compliance with the budgetary policy obligations laid down in the Stability and Growth Pact, it shall, within two weeks from the submission of the draft budgetary plan, request a revised draft budgetary plan from the Member State concerned. This request shall be made public.

5. Where the Commission identifies particularly serious non-compliance with the country-specific recommendations given in the European semester, it shall, within two weeks from the submission of the draft budgetary plan, request a revised draft budgetary plan from the Member State concerned. The Commission shall make public its request and the reply of the Member State concerned.

Amendment  25

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 5 – subparagraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Paragraphs 2 to 4 shall apply in case of revised draft budgetary plan.

Paragraphs 2 to 4a shall apply in case of revised draft budgetary plan.

Amendment  26

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The Commission shall, if necessary, adopt an opinion on the draft budgetary plan by 30 November.

1. The Commission shall, if necessary, adopt an opinion on the draft budgetary plan by 30 November. The Commission shall in this respect pay due attention to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs by the Member State concerned. 

Amendment  27

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The Commission opinion shall be made public and, at the request of the Parliament of the Member State concerned, shall be presented by the Commission to the Parliament concerned.

2. The Commission opinion shall be made public and, at the request of the Parliament of the Member State concerned or the European Parliament, shall be presented by the Commission to the Parliament concerned.

Amendment  28

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The Commission shall make an overall assessment of the budgetary situation and prospects in the euro area as a whole. The assessment shall be made public.

3. The Commission shall make an overall assessment of the budgetary situation and prospects in the euro area as a whole. The assessment shall be made public, as well as their effects with regard to the 'EU 2020' growth, employment and social targets.

Amendment  29

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4,. The Eurogroup shall discuss opinions of the Commission on the national budgetary plans and the budgetary situation and prospects in the euro area as a whole on the basis of the overall assessment made by the Commission in accordance with paragraph 3. The assessment shall be made public.

4. The Eurogroup shall discuss opinions of the Commission on the national budgetary plans and the budgetary situation and prospects in the euro area as a whole on the basis of the overall assessment made by the Commission in accordance with paragraph 3. The Eurogroup may make recommendations to the Council. The assessment shall be made public.

Amendment  30

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Member State shall report regularly to the Commission the Economic and Financial Committee or any sub-committee it will designate for that purpose, for the general government and its sub-sectors, the in-year budgetary execution, the budgetary impact of discretionary measures taken on both the expenditure and the revenue side, targets for the government expenditure and revenues, as well as information on the measures adopted and the nature of those envisaged to achieve the targets. The report shall be made public.

3. Member State shall report regularly to the Commission, the European Parliament, the Economic and Financial Committee or any sub-committee it will designate for that purpose, for the general government and its sub-sectors, the in-year budgetary execution, the budgetary impact of discretionary measures taken on the expenditure and the revenue side, targets for the government expenditure and revenues, as well as information on the measures adopted, their impact with regard to the 'EU 2020' growth, employment and social targets as well as the nature of those envisaged to achieve the targets. The report shall be accompanied by a social impact assessment. The report shall be made public.

Amendment  31

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. In case of risks of non-compliance with the deadline to correct the excessive deficit, the Commission shall address a recommendation to the Member State concerned for adoption of further measures within a timeframe consistent with the deadline for the correction of its excessive deficit referred to in paragraph 1. The recommendation by the Commission shall be made public, and, at the request of the Parliament of the Member State concerned, shall be presented by the Commission to the Parliament concerned.

2. In case of risks of non-compliance with the deadline to correct the excessive deficit, the Commission shall address a recommendation to the Member State concerned for adoption of further measures within a timeframe consistent with the deadline for the correction of its excessive deficit referred to in paragraph 1. The recommendation by the Commission shall be made public, and, at the request of the Parliament of the Member State concerned or the European Parliament, shall be presented by the Commission to the Parliament concerned.

Amendment  32

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Within the timeframe set by the Commission recommendation referred to in paragraph 2, the Member State concerned shall report to the Commission on measures adopted in response to this recommendation together with the reports provided for in Article 7(3). The report shall include the budgetary impact of all discretionary measures taken, targets for the government expenditure and revenues, information on the measures adopted and the nature of those envisaged to achieve the targets, as well as information on the other actions being taken in response to the Commission recommendation. The report shall be made public.

3. Within the timeframe set by the Commission recommendation referred to in paragraph 2, the Member State concerned shall report to the Commission on measures adopted in response to this recommendation together with the reports provided for in Article 7(3). The report shall include the budgetary and social impact of all discretionary measures taken, targets for the government expenditure and revenues, information on the measures adopted and the nature of those envisaged to achieve the targets, information on the other actions being taken in response to the Commission recommendation as well as the impact of the measures on the achievement of progress towards the objectives of the EU 2020 strategy for growth and jobs. The report shall be made public.

Amendment  33

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) the effects of this Regulation with regard to growth, employment and social targets of the EU 2020 strategy.

Amendment  34

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 11 a

 

Economic Dialogue

 

1. In order to enhance the dialogue between the institutions of the Union, in particular the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, and to ensure greater transparency and accountability, the competent committees of the European Parliament may invite the President of the Council, the Commission and, where appropriate, the President of the European Council or the President of the Eurogroup to appear before the committees to discuss the recommendations and decisions taken pursuant to this Regulation.

 

2. The competent committees of the European Parliament may invite representatives of the Member State which is the subject of a Council recommendation or decision under this Regulation, as well as the social partners of that Member State, to participate to an exchange of views.

 

3. Representatives of the Commission may be invited to participate to an exchange of views by the Parliament of the Member State, which is the subject of a Council recommendation or decision under this Regulation.

 

4. The Council and the Commission shall regularly inform the European Parliament of the social and economic impacts of the application of this Regulation.

PROCEDURE

Title

Common provisions for monitoring and assessing draft budgetary plans and ensuring the correction of excessive deficit of the Member States in the euro area

References

COM(2011)0821 – C7-0448/2011 – 2011/0386(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

ECON

13.12.2011

 

 

 

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)

       Date announced in plenary

EMPL

13.12.2011

 

 

 

Rapporteur(s)

       Date appointed

Tamás Deutsch

15.12.2011

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

13.2.2012

1.3.2012

26.3.2012

 

Date adopted

27.3.2012

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

36

4

3

Members present for the final vote

Regina Bastos, Edit Bauer, Heinz K. Becker, Phil Bennion, Pervenche Berès, Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, Philippe Boulland, Milan Cabrnoch, David Casa, Alejandro Cercas, Ole Christensen, Derek Roland Clark, Marije Cornelissen, Emer Costello, Frédéric Daerden, Karima Delli, Sari Essayah, Thomas Händel, Marian Harkin, Nadja Hirsch, Danuta Jazłowiecka, Jean Lambert, Veronica Lope Fontagné, Olle Ludvigsson, Thomas Mann, Elisabeth Morin-Chartier, Csaba Őry, Siiri Oviir, Konstantinos Poupakis, Elisabeth Schroedter, Jutta Steinruck, Traian Ungureanu, Inês Cristina Zuber

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Sergio Gaetano Cofferati, Tamás Deutsch, Sergio Gutiérrez Prieto, Richard Howitt, Filiz Hakaeva Hyusmenova, Ramona Nicole Mănescu, Ria Oomen-Ruijten, Csaba Sógor

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

Ioan Enciu, Louis Grech


PROCEDURE

Title

Common provisions for monitoring and assessing draft budgetary plans and ensuring the correction of excessive deficit of the Member States in the euro area

References

COM(2011)0821 – C7-0448/2011 – 2011/0386(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

23.11.2011

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

ECON

13.12.2011

 

 

 

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)

       Date announced in plenary

BUDG

13.12.2011

EMPL

13.12.2011

 

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

BUDG

29.2.2012

 

 

 

Rapporteur(s)

       Date appointed

Elisa Ferreira

25.10.2011

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

9.1.2012

28.2.2012

26.3.2012

 

Date adopted

14.5.2012

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

18

12

14

Members present for the final vote

Burkhard Balz, Elena Băsescu, Sharon Bowles, Udo Bullmann, Pascal Canfin, Nikolaos Chountis, Leonardo Domenici, Derk Jan Eppink, Diogo Feio, Markus Ferber, Elisa Ferreira, Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz, Jean-Paul Gauzès, Sven Giegold, Sylvie Goulard, Liem Hoang Ngoc, Gunnar Hökmark, Syed Kamall, Othmar Karas, Jürgen Klute, Philippe Lamberts, Werner Langen, Astrid Lulling, Hans-Peter Martin, Ivari Padar, Alfredo Pallone, Antolín Sánchez Presedo, Olle Schmidt, Edward Scicluna, Peter Simon, Marianne Thyssen, Ramon Tremosa i Balcells, Corien Wortmann-Kool, Pablo Zalba Bidegain

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Ashley Fox, Robert Goebbels, Roberto Gualtieri, Carl Haglund, Thomas Mann, Mario Mauro, Gianni Pittella

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

Alejandro Cercas, Monika Hohlmeier, Ria Oomen-Ruijten

Date tabled

29.5.2012

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