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PE 487.951v03-00 A7-0268/2013

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on specific provisions concerning the European Regional Development Fund and the Investment for growth and jobs goal and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006

(COM(2011)0614 – C7-0328/2011 – 2011/0275(COD))

Committee on Regional Development

Rapporteur: Jan Olbrycht

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 OPINION of the Committee on Budgets
 OPINION of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
 OPINION of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
 OPINION of the Committee on Transport and Tourism
 PROCEDURE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on specific provisions concerning the European Regional Development Fund and the Investment for growth and jobs goal and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006

(COM(2011)0614 – C7-0328/2011 – 2011/0275(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2011)0614),

–   having regard to Article 294(2) and Articles 178 and 349 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C7-0328/2011),

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

–   having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee of 25 April 2012(1),

–   having regard to the opinion of the Committee of the Regions of 3 May 2012(2),

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

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Regional Development and the opinions of the Committee on Budgets, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the Committee on Transport and Tourism (A7-0268/2013),

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

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(1) Article 176 of the Treaty provides that the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is intended to help to redress the main regional imbalances in the Union. The ERDF therefore contributes to reducing the gap between the levels of development of the various regions and the extent to which the least favoured regions, including rural and urban areas, declining industrial regions, areas with severe and permanent natural and demographic handicaps, such as islands, mountainous areas, sparsely populated areas and border regions, are lagging behind.

(1) Article 176 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) provides that the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is intended to help to redress the main regional imbalances in the Union. Therefore, in accordance with that article and Article 174, second and third paragraphs, of TFEU, the ERDF is to contribute to reducing disparities between the levels of development of the various regions and the backwardness of the least favoured regions, among which particular attention should be paid to regions which suffer from severe and permanent natural or demographic handicaps such as the northernmost regions with very low population density and island, cross-border and mountain regions.

Amendment  2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2) The provisions common to the ERDF, the European Social Fund (ESF) (hereinafter referred to as 'the Structural Funds') and the Cohesion Fund are set out in Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 of […] laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund covered by the Common Strategic Framework and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 [Common Provisions Regulation - CPR].

(2) The provisions common to the ERDF, the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Cohesion Fund are set out in Regulation (EU) No […]/2013 of […] laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund covered by the Common Strategic Framework and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 [Common Provisions Regulation - CPR].

Amendment  3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3) Specific provisions concerning the type of activities which may be supported by the ERDF under the thematic objectives defined in Regulation (EU) No []/2012 [CPR] should be laid down. At the same time, expenditure outside the scope of the ERDF should be defined and clarified, including as regards the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in installations falling under Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 October 2003 establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community and amending Council Directive 96/61/EC.

(3) Specific provisions concerning the type of activities which may be supported by the ERDF in order to contribute to the investment priorities within the thematic objectives defined in Regulation (EU) No [...]/2013 [CPR] should be laid down. At the same time, expenditure outside the scope of the ERDF should be defined and clarified, including investments to achieve the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the activities listed in Annex I to Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 October 2003 establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community and amending Council Directive 96/61/EC.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(3a) In order to avoid excessive financing, these investments should not be eligible for support from the ERDF as they already benefit financially from the application of Directive 2003/87/EC. This exclusion should not restrict the possibility to use the ERDF to support activities not covered by Annex I of Directive 2003/87/EC even if implemented by the same economic operators, such as energy efficiency investments in the district heating networks, smart energy distribution, storage and transmission systems, measures aimed at reducing air pollution, even if one of their indirect effects is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions or if they are listed in the national plan referred to in Article 10c(1) of Directive 2003/87/EC.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(3b) Support under the investment priority ‘community-led local development’ may contribute to all thematic objectives as set out in this Regulation.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(3c) It is important to ensure that, in promoting risk management investments, specific risks at regional, cross border and transnational level should be taken into account.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4) In order to address the specific needs of the ERDF, and in line with the Europe 2020 strategy that cohesion policy should support the need to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, it is necessary to set out within each thematic objective laid down in Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] the ERDF-specific actions as 'investment priorities'.

(4) In order to address the specific needs of the ERDF, and in line with the Europe 2020 strategy that cohesion policy should support the need to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, it is necessary to set out within each thematic objective laid down in Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2013 [CPR] the ERDF-specific actions as 'investment priorities' which shall set out detailed objectives, which are not mutually exclusive, to which the ERDF shall contribute. These investment priorities should form the basis for the definition of specific objectives within programmes that take into account the needs and characteristics of the programme area.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5) The ERDF should contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy, thus ensuring greater concentration of ERDF support on the priorities of the Union. According to the category of regions supported, the support from the ERDF should be concentrated on research and innovation, small and medium-sized enterprises and climate change mitigation. The degree of concentration should take into account the level of development of the region as well as the specific needs of regions whose GDP per capita for the 2007-13 period was less than 75% of the average GDP of the EU-25 for the reference period.

(5) The ERDF should contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, thus ensuring greater concentration of ERDF support on the priorities of the Union. According to the category of regions supported, the support from the ERDF under the investment for growth and jobs goal should be concentrated on research and innovation, information and communication technologies (ICT), small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and promoting a low carbon economy. This concentration should be attained at national level allowing for flexibility at the level of operational programmes and in different categories of regions and should be adjusted, if appropriate, to take into account Cohesion Fund resources allocated to supporting the investment priorities referred to in Article 3(a) of Regulation (EU) No [...]/2013 [CF]. The degree of concentration should take into account the level of development of the region, the contribution of Cohesion Fund resources if applicable, as well as the specific needs of regions whose GDP per capita for the 2007-13 period was less than 75% of the average GDP of the EU-25 for the reference period, regions designated with the phasing-out status in the 2007-2013 period and certain NUTS 2 level regions consisting solely of island Member States or of islands.

Amendment  9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5a) It is necessary to promote innovation and the development of SMEs in emerging areas linked to European and regional challenges such as creative and cultural industries and innovative services reflecting new societal demands or products and services linked to ageing population, care and health, eco-innovation, the low carbon economy and resource efficiency.

Amendment  10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5b) In accordance with Regulation (EU) No […]/2013 [CPR], in order to optimise the added value from investments funded wholly or in part through the Union budget in the field of research and innovation, synergies will be sought in particular between the operation of the ERDF and Horizon 2020 whilst respecting their distinct objectives.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5c) In order to maximise their contribution to the objective of supporting employment friendly growth, activities supporting sustainable tourism, culture and natural heritage should be part of a territorial strategy for specific areas, including the conversion of declining industrial regions. Support for such activities should also contribute to strengthening innovation and the use of ICT, SMEs, environment and resource efficiency or the promotion of social inclusion.

Amendment  12

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5 d (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5d) In order to promote sustainable regional or local mobility or to reduce air and noise pollution, it is necessary to promote healthy, sustainable and safe modes of transport. Investments in airport infrastructure supported by the ERDF should promote environmentally sustainable air transport inter alia when enhancing regional mobility through connecting secondary and tertiary nodes to TEN-T infrastructure, including through multimodal nodes.

Amendment  13

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5 e (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5e) In order to promote the achievement of the energy and climate targets set by the Union as part of the Union strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, the ERDF should support investments to promote energy efficiency and security of supply in Member States through, inter alia, the development of smart energy distribution, storage and transmission systems, including through the integration of distributed generation from renewable sources. Member States should be able to invest in energy infrastructures that are consistent with their chosen energy mix in order to meet their security of supply requirements and consistent with their targets under the Union strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Amendment  14

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5 f (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5f) In order to ensure alignment with Regulation (EU) No […]/2013 [CPR], small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which may include social economy enterprises, should be understood as covering micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the meaning of the Annex to the Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC of 6 May 2003 concerning the definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (OJ L 124, 20.5.2003, p. 36).

Amendment  15

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5 g (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5g) In order to promote social inclusion and combat poverty, particularly among marginalised communities, it is necessary to improve access to social, cultural and recreational services, through the provision of small-scale infrastructure, taking account of the specific needs of the disabled and the elderly.

Amendment  16

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5 h (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5h) Community-based services shall cover all forms of in-home, family-based, residential and other community services which support the right of all persons to live in the community, with an equality of choices and which seek to prevent isolation or segregation from the community.

Amendment  17

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5 i (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5i) It is necessary to specify what additionally can be supported by the ERDF under the European territorial cooperation goal.

Amendment  18

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5 j (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5j) In order to increase flexibility and reduce administrative burden by allowing joint implementation, the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund investment priorities under the corresponding thematic objectives should be aligned.

Amendment  19

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6) A common set of indicators to assess progress of programme implementation should be set out before the Member States draft their operational programmes. These indicators should be complemented by programme-specific indicators.

(6) A common set of output indicators to assess the aggregated progress at Union level of implementation of programmes should be set out in Annex to this Regulation. These should correspond to the investment priority and type of action supported in accordance with this Regulation and the relevant provisions of Regulation (EU) No […..]/2013 [CPR]. Those indicators should be complemented by programme-specific result indicators and, where appropriate, programme-specific output indicators.

Amendment  20

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) Within the framework of sustainable urban development, it is considered necessary to support integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate and social challenges affecting urban areas and to define a procedure to establish the list of cities covered by such actions and the financial allocation set aside for such actions.

(7) Within the framework of sustainable urban development, it is considered necessary to support integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate, demographic and social challenges affecting urban areas, including functional urban areas, and to promote urban rural linkages.

Amendment  21

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(7a) Criteria for selecting urban areas where integrated actions for sustainable urban development are to be implemented and indicative amounts for those actions should be set out in the Partnership Agreement with a minimum of 5% of the ERDF resources allocated at national level for that purpose. The scope of any delegation to urban authorities should be decided by the managing authority in consultation with the urban authority.

Amendment  22

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 8

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(8) Building on the experience and strengths of the integration of measures in the field of sustainable urban development into operational programmes supported by the ERDF during the 2007-2013 period, a further step should be taken at Union level by establishing an urban development platform.

(9) In order to reinforce capacity building, networking and exchange of experience between programmes and bodies responsible for implementing sustainable urban development strategies and innovative actions in the field of sustainable urban development it is necessary to establish an urban development network at Union level to complement existing programmes and bodies.

Amendment  23

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(9) In order to identify or test new solutions to issues relating to sustainable urban development which are of relevance at Union level, the ERDF should support innovative actions in the field of sustainable urban development.

(8) In order to identify or test new solutions to issues relating to sustainable urban development which are of relevance at Union level, the ERDF should support innovative actions in the field of sustainable urban development.

Amendment  24

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11) Specific attention should be paid to the outermost regions, namely by extending, on an exceptional basis, the scope of the ERDF to the financing of operating aid linked to the offsetting of the additional costs resulting from their specific economic and social situation, which is compounded by the handicaps resulting from the factors referred to in Article 349 of the Treaty, namely their remoteness, insularity, small size, difficult topography and climate and their economic dependence on a few products, the permanence and combination of which severely restrain their development. In order to support the development of existing and new economic activities, at least 50% of the specific additional allocation should be allocated to actions contributing to the diversification and modernisation of the economies of the outermost regions.

(11) Specific attention should be paid to the outermost regions, namely adopting measures under Article 349 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union extending, on an exceptional basis, the scope of the ERDF to the financing of operating aid linked to the offsetting of the additional costs resulting from their specific economic and social situation, which is compounded by the handicaps resulting from the factors referred to in Article 349 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, namely their remoteness, insularity, small size, difficult topography and climate and their economic dependence on a few products, the permanence and combination of which severely restrain their development. Operating aid granted by Member States in this context is exempt from the notification obligation laid down in Article 108(3) TFEU, if, at the time it is granted, it fulfils the conditions laid down by a Regulation declaring certain categories of aid compatible with the internal market in application of Articles 107 and 108 TFEU adopted pursuant to Article 1 of Regulation (EC) No 994/98.

Amendment  25

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(11a) Following point 51 of the conclusions of the European Council of 7-8 February 2013, and taking into account the special objectives of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union concerning the territories referred to in Article 349 TFEU, the status of Mayotte has been changed by the European Council Decision No. 2012/419/EU of 11 July 2012 to become a new outermost region from 1st January 2014. In order to facilitate and to promote focused and rapid infrastructural development of Mayotte, a derogation from the general rules on the ERDF thematic objectives should be granted in order to make it exceptionally possible for Mayotte that at least 50% of the ERDF component of its total Structural Funds envelope be allocated to five thematic objectives of Regulation (EU) No [...]/2013[CPR].

Amendment  26

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 12

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(12) In order to define procedures for the selection and implementation of innovative actions, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of the content and scope set out in Article 9. It is of particular importance that the Commission carries out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level. The Commission, when preparing and drawing-up delegated acts, should ensure a simultaneous, timely and appropriate transmission of relevant documents to the European Parliament and to the Council.

(12) In order to supplement this Regulation with certain non-essential elements, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of detailed rules for the criteria for the selection and management of innovative actions. The Commission should also be empowered to amend the Annex to this Regulation, in order to make adjustments, where justified, to ensure the effective assessment of progress in programme implementation. It is of particular importance that the Commission carries out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level. The Commission, when preparing and drawing-up delegated acts, should ensure a simultaneous, timely and appropriate transmission of relevant documents to the European Parliament and to the Council.

Amendment  27

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(13) In order to ensure uniform conditions for the implementation of this Regulation, implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission in respect of the list of cities to participate in the urban development platform. Those powers should be exercised in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011 laying down the rules and general principles concerning mechanisms for control, by Member States, of the Commission’s exercise of implementing powers.

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Amendment  28

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 14 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(14a) Nevertheless, this Regulation should not affect either the continuation or modification of assistance approved by the Commission on the basis of Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006 or any other legislation applying to that assistance on 31 December 2013, which should consequently apply thereafter to that assistance or the projects concerned until their closure. Applications to receive assistance made under Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006 should therefore remain valid.

Amendment  29

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 14 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(14b) Since the economic, social and territorial cohesion objectives cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States by reason of the extent of the disparities between the levels of development of the various regions and the backwardness of the least favoured regions and the limit on the financial resources of the Member States and regions and can therefore be better achieved at Union level, the Union may adopt measures, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity as set out in Article 5 of the Treaty on European Union. In accordance with the principle of proportionality, as set out in that Article, this Regulation does not go beyond what is necessary in order to achieve those objectives.

Amendment  30

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The ERDF shall contribute to the financing of support which aims to reinforce economic, social and territorial cohesion by redressing the main regional imbalances through support for the development and structural adjustment of regional economies, including the conversion of declining industrial regions and regions lagging behind.

The ERDF shall contribute to the financing of support which aims to reinforce economic, social and territorial cohesion by redressing the main regional imbalances through support for the sustainable development and structural adjustment of regional economies, including the conversion of declining industrial regions and regions lagging behind.

Amendment  31

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – heading and title – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 3

Article 3

Scope of support from the ERDF

Scope of support

1. The ERDF shall support:

1. The ERDF shall support the following activities in order to contribute to the investment priorities set out in Article 5:

(a) productive investment, which contributes to creating and safeguarding sustainable jobs, through direct aid to investment in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs);

(a) productive investment, which contributes to creating and safeguarding sustainable jobs, through direct aid to investment in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs);

 

(aa) productive investment, irrespective of the size of the enterprise, contributing to the investment priorities set out in Article 5.1 and 5.4, and, if it involves cooperation between large enterprises and SMEs, 5.2;

(b) investments in infrastructure providing basic services to citizens in the areas of energy, environment, transport, and information and communication technologies (ICT);

(b) investments in infrastructure providing basic services to citizens in the areas of energy, environment, transport, and information and communication technologies (ICT);

(c) investments in social, health and educational infrastructure;

(c) investments in business, social, health, research, innovation and educational infrastructure;

(d) development of endogenous potential by supporting regional and local development and research and innovation. These measures shall include:

(d) investment in the development of endogenous potential through fixed investment in equipment and small-scale infrastructure; including small-scale cultural and sustainable tourism infrastructure, services to enterprises, support to research and innovation bodies and investment in technology and applied research in enterprises;

(i) fixed investment in equipment and small-scale infrastructure;

 

(ii) support for and services to enterprises, in particular SMEs;

 

(iii) support to public research and innovation bodies and investment in technology and applied research in enterprises;

 

(iv) networking, cooperation and exchange of experience between regions, towns, and relevant social, economic and environmental actors;

(e) networking, cooperation and exchange of experience between competent regional, local, urban and other public authorities, economic and social partners, and bodies representing civil society referred to in Article 5 of the CPR, studies, preparatory actions and capacity building.

(e) technical assistance.

 

In more developed regions, the ERDF shall not support investments in infrastructure providing basic services to citizens in the areas of environment, transport, and ICT.

 

Amendment  32

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The ERDF shall not support:

2. The ERDF shall not support:

(a) the decommissioning of nuclear power stations;

(a) the decommissioning and the construction of nuclear power stations;

(b) the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in installations falling under Directive 2003/87/EC;

(b) investment to achieve the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from activities falling under Annex I to Directive 2003/87/EC;

(c) the manufacturing, processing and marketing of tobacco and tobacco products;

(c) the manufacturing, processing and marketing of tobacco and tobacco products;

(d) undertakings in difficulties as defined under Union State aid rules.

(d) undertakings in difficulties as defined under Union State aid rules;

 

(da) investment in airport infrastructure unless related to environmental protection or accompanied by investments necessary to mitigate or reduce its negative environmental impact.

Amendment  33

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a. Under the European Territorial Cooperation goal, the ERDF may also support the sharing of human resources and facilities and all types of infrastructure across borders in all regions.

Amendment  34

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The thematic objectives set out in Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] and corresponding investment priorities set out in Article 5 of this Regulation to which the ERDF may contribute shall be concentrated as follows:

1. The thematic objectives set out in Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] and corresponding investment priorities set out in Article 5 of this Regulation to which the ERDF may contribute under the investment for jobs and growth goal shall be concentrated as follows:

(a) in more developed regions and transition regions:

(a) in more developed regions:

(i) at least 80% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to the thematic objectives set out in points 1, 3 and 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] ; and

(i) at least 80% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to two or more of the thematic objectives set out in points 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] ; and

(ii) at least 20% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to the thematic objective set out in point 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] ;

(ii) at least 20% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to the thematic objective set out in point 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] ;

 

(aa) in transition regions:

 

(i) at least 60% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to two or more of the thematic objectives set out in points 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2013 [CPR]; and

 

(ii) at least 15% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to the thematic objective set out in point 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2013 [CPR];

(b) in less developed regions:

(b) in less developed regions:

(i) at least 50% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to the thematic objectives set in out in point 1, 3 and 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] .

(i) at least 50% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to two or more of the thematic objectives set in out in point 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] .

(ii) at least 6% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to the thematic objective set out in point 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR].

(ii) at least 12% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to the thematic objective set out in point 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR]

By derogation from point (a) (i), in those regions whose GDP per capita for the 2007-13 period was less than 75% of the average GDP of the EU-25 for the reference period but which are eligible under the category of transition or more developed regions as defined in Article 82(2)(b) and (c) of Regulation (EU) No [ ]/2012 [CPR] in the 2014-2020 period, at least 60% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to each of the thematic objectives set in out in points 1, 3 and 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR].

By derogation from point (a), those regions whose GDP per capita for the 2007-13 period was less than 75% of the average GDP of the EU-25 for the reference period, and the regions designated with the phasing-out status in the 2007-2013 period but which are eligible under the category of more developed regions as defined in Article 82(2)(c) of Regulation (EU) No [ ]/2012 [CPR] in the 2014-2020 period, shall be considered as transition regions for the purpose of this Article.

 

By derogation from point (a) and (aa), all NUTS 2 level regions consisting solely of island Member States or of islands which are situated in Member States which receive support from the Cohesion Fund, or which are outermost regions, shall be considered as less developed regions for the purpose of this Article.

Amendment  35

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. By way of derogation from paragraph 1, the minimum ERDF share allocated to a category of region may be lower than that set out in paragraph 1 provided that such a decrease is compensated by an increase in other categories of regions. The resulting sum at national level of the amounts for all categories of region respectively for:

 

(a) the thematic objectives set out in points 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] and;

 

(b) the thematic objective set out in point 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR];

 

shall accordingly not be less than the sum at national level resulting from applying the minimum ERDF shares set out in paragraph 1.

Amendment  36

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1b. By way of derogation from paragraph 1, Cohesion Fund resources allocated to supporting the investment priorities set out in Article 3(a)of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CF] may be counted towards achieving the minimum shares set out in paragraph 1(a)(ii), 1(aa)(ii) and 1(b)(ii) of this Article. In such a case, the share referred to in paragraph 1(b)(ii) of this Article shall be increased to 15%. Where applicable, these resources shall be allocated pro rata to the different categories of region based on their relative shares of the total population of the Member State concerned.

Amendment  37

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The ERDF shall support the following investment priorities within the thematic objectives set out in Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR]:

The ERDF shall support the following investment priorities within the thematic objectives set out in Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] in accordance with needs and potentials described in the Partnership Agreement referred to in Article 14(1)(a)(i) of that Regulation:

Amendment  38

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation:

(1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation through:

(a) enhancing research and innovation infrastructure (R&I) and capacities to develop R&I excellence and promoting centres of competence, in particular those of European interest;

(a) enhancing research and innovation (R&I) infrastructure and capacities to develop R&I excellence and promoting centres of competence, in particular those of European interest;

(b) promoting business R&I investment, product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation and public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation;

(b) promoting business investment in innovation and research, and developing links and synergies between enterprises, R&D centres and higher education, in particular product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation and supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production, in particular in Key Enabling Technologies and diffusion of general purpose technologies;

(c) supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production in Key Enabling Technologies and diffusion of general purpose technologies;

 

Amendment  39

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2) enhancing access to and use and quality of ICT:

(2) enhancing access to and use and quality of ICT through:

(a) extending broadband deployment and the roll-out of high-speed networks;

(a) extending broadband deployment and the roll-out of high-speed networks and supporting the adoption of emerging technologies and networks for the digital economy;

(b) developing ICT products and services, e-commerce and enhancing demand for ICT;

(b) developing ICT products and services, e-commerce and enhancing demand for ICT;

(c) strengthening ICT applications for e-government, e-learning, e-inclusion and e-health;

(c) strengthening ICT applications for e-government, e-learning, e-inclusion, e-culture and e-health;

Amendment  40

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3) enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs:

(3) enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs through:

(a) promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms;

(a) promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators;

(b) developing new business models for SMEs, in particular for internationalisation;

(b) developing and implementing new business models for SMEs, in particular for internationalisation;

 

(ba) supporting the creation and the extension of advanced capacities for product and service development;

 

(bb) supporting the capacity of SMEs to engage in growth in regional, national and international markets, and in innovation processes;

Amendment  41

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4) supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors:

(4) supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors through:

(a) promoting the production and distribution of renewable energy sources;

(a) promoting the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable sources;

(b) promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in SMEs;

(b) promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in enterprises;

(c) supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in public infrastructures and in the housing sector;

(c) supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructures, including in public buildings, and in the housing sector;

(d) developing smart distribution systems at low voltage levels;

(d) developing and implementing smart distribution systems at low and medium voltage levels;

(e) promoting low-carbon strategies for urban areas;

(e) promoting low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multi-modal urban mobility and mitigation relevant adaptation measures;

 

(ea) promoting research in, innovation in and adoption of low-carbon technologies;

 

(eb) promoting the use of high-efficiency co-generation of heat and power based on useful heat demand;

Amendment  42

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5) promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management:

(5) promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management through:

(a) supporting dedicated investment for adaptation to climate change;

(a) supporting investment for adaptation to climate change, including eco-system based approaches;

(b) promoting investment to address specific risks, ensuring disaster resilience and developing disaster management systems;

(b) promoting investment to address specific risks, ensuring disaster resilience and developing disaster management systems;

Amendment  43

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6) protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency:

(6) preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency through:

(a) addressing the significant needs for investment in the waste sector to meet the requirements of the environmental acquis;

(a) investing in the waste sector to meet the requirements of the Union's environmental acquis and to address needs, identified by Member States, for investment going beyond those requirements;

(b) addressing the significant needs for investment in the water sector to meet the requirements of the environmental acquis;

(b) investing in the water sector to meet the requirements of the Union's environmental acquis and to address needs, identified by Member States, for investment going beyond those requirements;

(c) protecting, promoting and developing cultural heritage;

(c) conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage;

(d) protecting biodiversity, soil protection and promoting ecosystem services including NATURA 2000 and green infrastructures;

(d) protecting and restoring biodiversity, soil protection and restoration and promoting ecosystem services including NATURA 2000 and green infrastructures;

(e) action to improve the urban environment, including regeneration of brownfield sites and reduction of air pollution;

(e) action to improve the urban environment, revitalisation of cities, regeneration and decontamination of brownfield sites (including conversion areas), reduction of air pollution and promotion of noise-reduction measures;

 

(ea) promoting innovative technologies to improve environmental protection and resource efficiency in the waste sector, water sector, soil protection or to reduce air pollution;

 

(eb) supporting industrial transition towards a resource-efficient economy, promoting green growth, eco-innovation and environmental performance management in the public and private sectors;

Amendment  44

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures:

(7) promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures through:

(a) supporting a multimodal Single European Transport Area by investing in the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) network;

(a) supporting a multimodal Single European Transport Area by investing in the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) network;

(b) enhancing regional mobility through connecting secondary and tertiary nodes to TEN-T infrastructure;

(b) enhancing regional mobility through connecting secondary and tertiary nodes to TEN-T infrastructure, including multimodal nodes;

(c) developing environment-friendly and low-carbon transport systems and promoting sustainable urban mobility;

(c) developing and improving environment-friendly (including low-noise), and low-carbon transport systems including inland waterways and maritime transport, ports, multimodal links and airport infrastructure, in order to promote sustainable regional and local mobility;

(d) developing comprehensive, high quality and interoperable railway system;

(d) developing and rehabilitating comprehensive, high quality and interoperable railway system, and promoting noise-reduction measures;

 

(da) improving energy efficiency and security of supply through the development of smart energy distribution, storage and transmission systems and through the integration of distributed generation from renewable sources;

Amendment  45

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 8

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(8) promoting employment and supporting labour mobility:

(8) promoting sustainable and quality employment and supporting labour mobility through:

(a) development of business incubators and investment support for self-employment and business creation;

(a) supporting the development of business incubators and investment support for self-employment, micro-enterprises and business creation;

 

(aa) supporting employment friendly growth through the development of endogenous potential as part of a territorial strategy for specific areas, including the conversion of declining industrial regions and enhancement of accessibility to and development of specific natural and cultural resources;

(b) local development initiatives and aid for structures providing neighbourhood services to create new jobs, where such actions are outside the scope of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [ESF];

(b) supporting local development initiatives and aid for structures providing neighbourhood services to create new jobs, where such actions are outside the scope of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [ESF];

(c) investing in infrastructure for public employment services;

(c) investing in infrastructure for employment services;

Amendment  46

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 9

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(9) promoting social inclusion and combating poverty:

(9) promoting social inclusion and combating poverty and any discrimination through:

(a) investing in health and social infrastructure which contribute to national, regional and local development, reducing inequalities in terms of health status, and transition from institutional to community-based services;

(a) investing in health and social infrastructure which contribute to national, regional and local development, reducing inequalities in terms of health status, promoting social inclusion through improved access to social, cultural and recreational services and the transition from institutional to community-based services;

(b) support for physical and economic regeneration of deprived urban and rural communities;

(b) support for physical, economic and social regeneration of deprived communities in urban and rural areas;

(c) support for social enterprises;

(c) support for social enterprises;

 

(ca) investments undertaken in the context of Community-led local development strategies;

Amendment  47

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10) investing in education, skills and lifelong learning by developing education and training infrastructure;

(10) investing in education, training and vocational training for skills and lifelong learning by developing education and training infrastructure;

Amendment  48

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11) enhancing institutional capacity and an efficient public administration by strengthening of institutional capacity and the efficiency of public administrations and public services related to implementation of the ERDF, and in support of actions in institutional capacity and in the efficiency of public administration supported by the ESF.

(11) enhancing institutional capacity of public authorities and stakeholders and an efficient public administration by strengthening of institutional capacity and the efficiency of public administrations and public services related to implementation of the ERDF, and in support of actions in institutional capacity and in the efficiency of public administration supported by the ESF.

Amendment  49

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Common indicators, as set out in the Annex to this Regulation, shall be used where relevant and in accordance with Article 24(3) of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR]. For common indicators, baselines shall be set at zero and cumulative targets shall be fixed for 2022.

Common output indicators, as set out in the Annex to this Regulation, programme-specific result indicators and, where relevant, programme-specific output indicators shall be used in accordance with Article 24(3) and Article 87(2)(b)(ii) and (iv) of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR].

For programme-specific output indicators, baselines shall be set at zero and cumulative targets shall be fixed for 2022.

For common and programme-specific output indicators, baselines shall be set at zero. Cumulative quantified target values for these indicators shall be fixed for 2022.

For programme-specific result indicators, baselines shall use the latest available data and targets shall be fixed for 2022, but may be expressed in quantitative or qualitative terms.

For programme-specific result indicators, which relate to investment priorities, baselines shall use the latest available data and targets shall be fixed for 2022. Targets may be expressed in quantitative or qualitative terms.

 

The Commission shall be empowered to adopt a delegated act in accordance with Article 13 to amend the list of common output indicators in the Annex to this Regulation, in order to make adjustments, where justified to ensure effective assessment of progress in programme implementation.

Amendment  50

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The ERDF shall support, within operational programmes, sustainable urban development through strategies setting out integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate and social challenges affecting urban areas.

1. The ERDF shall support, within operational programmes, sustainable urban development through strategies setting out integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate, demographic and social challenges affecting urban areas, taking into account the need to promote urban-rural linkages.

 

1a. Sustainable urban development shall be undertaken through Integrated Territorial Investments referred to in ex-Article 99 of Regulation (EU) No [...]/2013 [CPR] or through a specific operational programme, or a specific priority axis in accordance with Article 87(1)(c) of Regulation (EU) No [...]/2013 [CPR].

Amendment  51

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Each Member State shall establish in its Partnership Contract a list of cities where integrated actions for sustainable urban development are to be implemented and an indicative annual allocation for these actions at national level.

2. Taking into account its specific territorial situation, each Member State shall establish in its Partnership Agreement the principles for the selection of urban areas where integrated actions for sustainable urban development are to be implemented and an indicative annual allocation for these actions at national level.

At least 5% of the ERDF resources allocated at national level shall be allocated to integrated actions for sustainable urban development delegated to cities for management through Integrated Territorial Investments referred to in Article 99 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR].

2a. At least 5% of the ERDF resources allocated at national level under the Investment for growth and jobs goal shall be allocated to integrated actions for sustainable urban development where cities, sub-regional or local bodies responsible for implementing sustainable urban strategies (hereinafter “Urban Authorities”) shall be responsible for tasks relating at least to the selection of operations in accordance with Article 113(6) of Regulation (EU) No […]/2013 [CPR], or, where appropriate, in accordance with Article 113(7) of that Regulation. The indicative amount to be dedicated for the purposes of paragraph (1a) shall be set out in the operational programme or operational programmes concerned.

 

2b. The managing authority shall decide, in consultation with the urban authority, the scope of tasks concerning the management of integrated actions for sustainable urban development which urban authorities shall undertake. The decision of the managing authority shall be formally recorded in writing. The managing authority may retain the right to undertake a final verification of eligibility of operations before approval.

Amendment  52

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – heading and title – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 8

Article 9

Urban development platform

Urban Development Network

1. The Commission shall establish, in accordance with Article 51 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR], an urban development platform to promote capacity-building and networking between cities and exchange of experience on urban policy at Union level in areas related to the investment priorities of the ERDF and to sustainable urban development.

1. The Commission shall establish, in accordance with Article 51 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR], an urban development network to promote capacity-building, networking and exchange of experience at Union level between urban authorities responsible for implementing sustainable urban development strategies in accordance with Article 7, paragraphs 2a and 2b of this Regulation and innovative actions in the field of sustainable urban development in accordance with Article 8 (ex-Article 9) of this Regulation.

Amendment  53

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The Commission shall adopt a list of cities to participate in the platform on the basis of the lists established in the Partnership Contracts, by means of implementing acts. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the advisory procedure referred to in Article 14(2).

2. The activities of the urban development network shall be complementary to those undertaken under interregional cooperation pursuant to Article 2 paragraph 3 (b) of Regulation (EU) No […]/2013 [ETC].

The list shall contain a maximum number of 300 cities, with a maximum number of 20 per Member State. Cities shall be selected based on the following criteria:

 

(a) population, taking account of the specificities of national urban systems;

 

(b) the existence of a strategy for integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate and social challenges affecting urban areas.

 

Amendment  54

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The platform shall also support networking between all cities which undertake innovative actions at the initiative of the Commission.

deleted

Amendment  55

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 9

Article 8

Innovative Actions in the field of Sustainable Urban Development

Innovative Actions in the field of Sustainable Urban Development

1. At the initiative of the Commission, the ERDF may support innovative actions in the field of sustainable urban development, subject to a ceiling of 0,2% of the total annual ERDF allocation. They shall include studies and pilot projects to identify or test new solutions to issues relating to sustainable urban development which are of relevance at Union level.

1. At the initiative of the Commission, the ERDF may support innovative actions in the field of sustainable urban development in accordance with Article 84(7) of Regulation (EU) No [...]/2013 [CPR]. They shall include studies and pilot projects to identify or test new solutions to issues relating to sustainable urban development which are of relevance at Union level. The Commission shall encourage the involvement of relevant partners from the categories referred to in Article 5(1) of Regulation (EU) No […]/2013 [CPR] in the preparation and implementation of innovative actions.

2. By derogation to Article 4 above, innovative actions may support all activities necessary to achieve the thematic objectives set out in Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] and corresponding investment priorities.

2. By derogation to Article 4 of this regulation, innovative actions may support all activities necessary to achieve the thematic objectives set out in Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] and corresponding investment priorities.

3. The Commission shall adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 13 concerning procedures for the selection and implementation of innovative actions.

3. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 13, laying down detailed rules concerning the principles for the selection and management of innovative actions to be supported.

Amendment  56

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The specific additional allocation for the outermost regions shall be used to offset the additional costs, linked to the handicaps referred in Article 349 of the Treaty, incurred in the outermost regions in supporting:

1. The specific additional allocation for the outermost regions shall not be subject to Article 4 and be used to offset the additional costs, linked to the characteristics and constraints referred to in Article 349 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, incurred in the outermost regions in supporting:

(a) the thematic objectives set out in Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR];

(a) the thematic objectives set out in Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR];

(b) freight transport services and start-up aid for transport services;

(b) freight transport services and start-up aid for transport services;

(c) operations linked to storage constraints, the excessive size and maintenance of production tools, and lack of human capital in the local market.

(c) operations linked to storage constraints, the excessive size and maintenance of production tools, and lack of human capital in the local market.

At least 50% of the specific additional allocation shall be allocated to actions contributing to the diversification and modernisation of the economies of the outermost regions, with a particular focus on the thematic objectives set out in points 1, 2 and 3 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR].

 

2. The specific additional allocation may also be used to help finance operating aid and expenditure covering public service obligations and contracts in the outermost regions.

2. The specific additional allocation may also be used to help finance operating aid and expenditure covering public service obligations and contracts in the outermost regions.

3. The amount to which the rate of co-financing applies shall be proportionate to the additional costs referred to in paragraph 1 incurred by the beneficiary in the case of operating aid and expenditure covering public service obligations and contracts only, and may cover the total eligible costs in the case of expenditure for investment.

3.The amount to which the rate of co-financing applies shall be proportionate to the additional costs referred to in paragraph 1 incurred by the beneficiary in the case of operating aid and expenditure covering public service obligations and contracts only, and may cover the total eligible costs in the case of expenditure for investment.

4. Financing under this Article shall not be used to support:

4. Financing under this Article shall not be used to support:

(a) operations involving products falling within Annex I to the Treaty;

(a) operations involving products falling within Annex I to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union;

(b) aids to transport of persons authorised under Article 107(2)(a) of the Treaty;

(b) aids to transport of persons authorised under Article 107(2)(a) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union;

(c) tax exemptions and exemption of social charges.

(c) tax exemptions and exemption of social charges.

 

4a. By derogation from Article 3(1), points (a), (aa) and (b), the ERDF may support productive investments in enterprises in the outermost regions, irrespectively of their size.

 

4b. The ERDF part of the special allocation for the outermost region of Mayotte shall not be subject to Article 4 of this Regulation, and at least 50% shall be allocated to the thematic objectives set out in points 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No [... ]/2013 [CPR].

Amendment  57

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 11 a

 

Northern sparsely populated regions

 

The specific additional allocation for the Northern sparsely populated regions shall not be subject to Article 4 and shall be allocated to the thematic objectives set out in points 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2013 [CPR].

Amendment  58

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. This Regulation shall not affect either the continuation or modification, including the total or partial cancellation, of assistance approved by the Commission on the basis of Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006 or any other legislation applying to that assistance on 31 December 2013, which shall consequently apply thereafter to that assistance or the projects concerned until their closure.

1. This Regulation shall not affect either the continuation or modification, including the total or partial cancellation, of assistance approved by the Commission on the basis of Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006 or any other legislation applying to that assistance on 31 December 2013, which shall consequently apply thereafter to that assistance or the operations concerned until their closure.

2. Applications to receive assistance made under Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006 shall remain valid.

2. Applications to receive assistance made or approved under Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006 shall remain valid.

Amendment  59

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 9(3) shall be conferred on the Commission for an indeterminate period of time from 1 January 2014.

2. The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Articles 6 and 8(3) shall be conferred on the Commission for an indeterminate period of time from 1 January 2014.

Amendment  60

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 –paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The delegation of power referred to in Article 9(3) may be revoked at any time by the European Parliament or by the Council. A decision to revoke 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.

3. The delegation of power referred to in Articles 6 and 8(3) may be revoked at any time by the European Parliament or by the Council. A decision to revoke 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.

Amendment  61

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5. A delegated act adopted pursuant to Article 9(3) 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.

5. A delegated act adopted pursuant to Articles (6) and 8(3) 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  62

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 14

deleted

Committee procedure

 

1. The Commission shall be assisted by the Coordination Committee of the Funds. That committee shall be a committee within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011.

 

2. Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 4 of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 shall apply.

 

Amendment  63

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006 is hereby repealed.

Without prejudice to the provisions laid down in Article 12, Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006 is hereby repealed with effect from 1 January 2014.

References to the repealed Regulation shall be construed as references to this Regulation

References to the repealed Regulation shall be construed as references to this Regulation and shall be read in accordance with the correlation table set out in Annex X.

Amendment  64

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The European Parliament and the Council shall review this Regulation by 31 December 2022, in accordance with Article 177 of the Treaty.

The European Parliament and the Council shall review this Regulation by 31 December 2020, in accordance with Article 177 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Amendment  65

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Productive investment

 

Text proposed by the Commission

 

UNIT

NAME

Productive investment

 

 

 

enterprises

Number of enterprises receiving grants

 

enterprises

Number of enterprises receiving financial support other than grants

 

enterprises

Number of enterprises receiving non-financial support

 

enterprises

Number of new enterprises supported

 

EUR

Private investment matching public support to SMEs (grants)

 

EUR

Private investment matching public support to SMEs (non-grants)

 

full time equivalents

Number of jobs created in assisted SMEs

Tourism

visits

Number of visits to supported attractions

Amendment

 

UNIT

NAME

Productive investment

 

 

 

enterprises

Number of enterprises receiving support

 

enterprises

Number of enterprises receiving grants

 

enterprises

Number of enterprises receiving financial support other than grants

 

enterprises

Number of enterprises receiving non-financial support

 

enterprises

Number of new enterprises supported

 

EUR

Private investment matching public support to enterprises (grants)

 

EUR

Private investment matching public support to enterprises (non-grants)

 

full time equivalents

Employment increase in supported enterprises

Sustainable Tourism

visits/year

Increase in expected number of visits to supported sites of cultural and natural heritage and attractions

Amendment  66

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – ICT Infrastructure

 

Text proposed by the Commission

 

UNIT

NAME

ICT Infrastructure

persons

Population covered by broadband access of at least 30 Mbps

Amendment

 

UNIT

NAME

ICT Infrastructure

Households

Additional households with broadband access of at least 30 Mbps

Amendment  67

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Transport

 

Text proposed by the Commission

 

UNIT

NAME

Transport

 

 

Railway

km

Total length of new railway line

 

 

of which: TEN-T

 

km

Total length of reconstructed or upgraded railway line

 

 

of which: TEN-T

Roads

km

Total length of newly built roads

 

 

of which: TEN-T

 

km

Total length of reconstructed or upgraded roads

 

 

of which: TEN-T

Urban transport

passenger trips

Increase of passenger trips using supported urban transport service

Inland waterways

tonne-km

Increase of cargo transported on improved inland waterways

Amendment

 

UNIT

NAME

Transport

 

 

Railway

km

Total length of new railway line

 

 

of which: TEN-T

 

km

Total length of reconstructed or upgraded railway line

 

 

of which: TEN-T

Roads

km

Total length of newly built roads

 

 

of which: TEN-T

 

km

Total length of reconstructed or upgraded roads

 

 

of which: TEN-T

Urban transport

km

Total length of new or improved tram and metro lines

Inland waterways

km

Total length of improved or created inland waterway

Amendment  68

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Environment

 

deleted

Wastewater treatment

population equivalent

Additional population served by improved wastewater treatment

Risk prevention and management

persons

Population benefiting from flood protection measures

 

Persons

Population benefiting from forest fire protection measures

Land rehabilitation

Hectares

Total surface area of rehabilitated land

deleted

Nature and biodiversity

Hectares

Surface area of habitats supported to attain a better conservation status

Amendment  69

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Research, Innovation

 

deleted

 

deleted

 

Full time equivalents

Number of new researchers in supported entities

 

Full time equivalents

Number of researchers working in improved research infrastructure facilities

 

Enterprises

Number of enterprises cooperating with research institutions

 

EUR

Private investment matching public support in innovation or R&D projects

 

Enterprises

Number of enterprises supported to introduce new to the market products

 

Enterprises

Number of enterprises supported to introduce new to the firm products

Amendment  70

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Energy and Climate change

 

Text proposed by the Commission

 

UNIT

NAME

Energy and Climate change

 

 

Renewables

MW

Additional capacity of renewable energy production

Energy efficiency

Households

Number of households with improved energy consumption classification

 

kWh/year

Decrease of primary energy consumption of public buildings

 

Users

Number of additional energy users connected to smart grids

GHG reduction

tonnes of CO2eq

Estimated decrease of GHG in CO2 equivalents

Amendment

 

UNIT

NAME

Energy and Climate change

 

 

Renewables

MW

Additional capacity of renewable energy production

Energy efficiency

Households

Number of households with improved energy consumption classification

 

kWh/year

Decrease of annual primary energy consumption of public buildings

 

Users

Number of additional energy users connected to smart grids

GHG reduction

tonnes of CO2eq

Estimated annual decrease of GHG

Amendment  71

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Social infrastructure

 

Text proposed by the Commission

 

UNIT

NAME

Social infrastructure

 

 

Childcare & education

Persons

Service capacity of supported childcare or education infrastructure

Health

Persons

Capacity of supported health services

Housing

Households

Number of households benefiting from improved housing conditions

Cultural heritage

Visits

Number of visits at supported sites

Amendment

 

UNIT

NAME

Social infrastructure

 

 

Childcare & education

Persons

Capacity of supported childcare or education infrastructure

Health

Persons

Population covered by improved health services

deleted

deleted

Amendment  72

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Urban Development

 

Text proposed by the Commission

 

UNIT

NAME

Urban Development

 

 

 

Persons

Population living in areas with integrated urban development strategies

 

square metres

New open space in urban areas

 

square metres

New public or commercial buildings in urban areas

 

square metres

New housing in urban areas

Amendment

 

UNIT

NAME

Urban Development specific indicators

 

 

 

Persons

Population living in areas with integrated urban development strategies

 

square metres

Open space created or rehabilitated in urban areas

 

square metres

Public or commercial buildings built or renovated in urban areas

 

housing units

Rehabilitated housing in urban areas

(1)

OJ C 191, 29.6.2012, p. 44.

(2)

OJ C 225, 27.7.2012, p. 114.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

After 13 trilogue meetings, 2 technical meetings and few written procedures which followed, the co-legislators have finalised the negotiations on ERDF and reached an agreement concerning all the articles of the regulation(1). Four parliamentary committees have contributed with opinions to the work of the Regional Development Committee (REGI): the Committee on Budgets (BUDG), the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN). Moreover, both the European Economic and Social Committee (Rapporteur: Etele Baráth) and the Committee of the Regions (Rapporteur: Michael Schneider) have issued opinions.

The conclusions of the Inter-institutional negotiations were included in the draft report consisting of 74 amendments. Further 21 amendments and 6 compromise amendments(2) were tabled by the Rapporteur in line with the latest outcome of Inter-institutional negotiations. All these amendments were adopted in REGI on the 10th of July and the final Committee report consists of 72 amendments to the Commission's proposal.

This has paved the way for the first reading agreement, as on the 26th of June the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) of the Council adopted the Council's final position and the outgoing Irish Presidency informed the European Parliament that the latest text outlined in the fourth column table document could constitute a basis for a compromise between the two institutions.

The Commission proposal for the 2014-2020 ERDF regulation brought a novelty by introducing a thematic concentration and by strengthening the urban dimension. The proposed thematic concentration meant focusing on a limited number of thematic objectives, further detailed in investment priorities. The mechanism set up obligatory quotas for investment under pre-defined thematic objectives that vary depending on the category of region. This mechanism aimed at contributing to achievement of the Europe 2020 Strategy objectives. The strengthened urban dimension included three elements: an obligatory delegation of 5% of the ERDF resources for management to cities, an Urban Development Platform and support for innovative actions in the field of sustainable urban development. Most of these provisions were maintained by the co-legislators, however, they were slightly modified during the negotiations. This improvement shall provide for flexibility and allow for better adaptation of the ERDF support to various needs of regions across the whole EU.

The EP Negotiating Team defended its mandate during the negotiations and as a result, the vast majority of amendments improving the distribution of ERDF support in the next programming period are included in the Inter-institutional agreement. As far as the scope of support is concerned, the EP managed to broaden it by introducing the eligibility of small scale cultural and sustainable tourism infrastructure and by allowing for support for productive investment also in large enterprises (in the areas of research and innovation, shift towards low carbon economy and ICT provided that there is cooperation with SMEs). Moreover, the Parliament removed the ban for investments in infrastructure providing basic services in the areas of environment, transport and ICT in more developed regions. Finally, it narrowed the scope of support for the airport infrastructure by reducing it only to investments related to environmental protection.

The agreed compromise package concerning the thematic concentration includes several provisions from the EP mandate which called for more flexibility in this respect. The most important is the inclusion of an additional thematic objective in the obligatory ones and the introduction of a separate mechanism for the concentration for the category of transition regions. Also, a set of Parliament's derogations was included in the package, in particular concerning specific needs of regions designated with the phasing-out status in the 2007-2013 period and NUTS 2 level regions consisting solely of islands, so as the derogation for the northern sparsely populated regions. An important provision stemming from the EP mandate about the derogation for productive investments in enterprises in outermost regions, irrespectively of their size, is also included in the agreed compromise.

The Parliament's negotiators introduced several new elements to the list of investment priorities from its mandate that enlarged the scope of future investments. The addition of “eco-innovation” to the thematic objective on strengthening research, technological development and innovation and the addition of "promoting social inclusion through improved access to social, cultural and recreational services" in order to contribute to social inclusion and combating poverty and any discrimination, occurred to be the most controversial during the negotiations. High-efficiency co-generation of heat and power, e-culture, energy efficiency measures in large enterprises, rehabilitation of railway systems and broad eligibility for improvement of urban environment and revitalisation of cities are some of the further additional investment priorities added by the Parliament. Moreover, the investment priority in relation to urban mobility was moved to the thematic objective 4: shift towards low-carbon economy included in the obligatory ring-fencing.

A common approach with mainstream programmes concerning indicators was agreed in order to better capture the outputs of and increase in the overall orientation on results. The Parliament agreed to follow the Council Partial General Approach concerning the list of indicators figuring in the Annex to the regulation, as this list of indicators results from extensive consultations between the Member States’ experts and the Commission. Nevertheless, the provision of a delegated act to amend the list of indicators in order to ensure effective assessment of progress in programme implementation has been introduced.

The outcome of the negotiations on the provisions related to the urban dimension can be considered as the biggest success for the EP NT. The compromise text on integrated sustainable urban development is based to a large extend on the EP mandate including the most controversial provision about the delegation of powers to Urban Authorities and the focus on functional areas.

From the very beginning the European Parliament welcomed the Commission proposal to strengthen the urban dimension of cohesion policy. The EP supported the "ring-fencing" of 5% of the national ERDF allocation for cities where integrated actions for sustainable urban development are implemented, thus the main element of the new policy. However, from the very beginning the house questioned the proposed "list of cities" to be drawn by each Member State for this purpose, and this provision was deleted by the European Parliament quite early in the parliamentary process, which was confirmed in the trilogues.

The negotiations resulted in a change of provisions concerning the possible methods for the implementation of the integrated actions for sustainable urban development along the EP mandate. The co-legislators agreed that they can be undertaken not only through Integrated Territorial Investments but also through a specific operational programme or a specific priority axis. The provision concerning the level of delegation assured needed flexibility by defining a whole spectrum of possible delegation which needs to be decided between the managing authorities and the urban authorities: from a simple selection of operations to a full delegation in the form of a global grant.

Furthermore, from the beginning, the Parliament opposed the Urban Development Platform and its original mandate included a deletion of this provision. However, after long discussions, the EP agreed to create an Urban Development Network instead, with a limited scope of actions, which will aim only at exchange of experience related to the implementation of 5% of the ERDF resources for integrated actions for sustainable urban development and the innovative actions. This will allow for the evaluation of the new elements by the Commission but will assure the complementary to existing programmes and bodies at the same time.

The text as agreed provides a clearer and simplified framework for investment, as it ensures a better coordination with other fund specific regulations, as well as with the CPR, through the linkages with and through the thematic objectives and/or the investment priorities. This is a major breakthrough in terms of improved coordination and stronger synergies of and among the funds and their implementation in view of delivering smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in line with the Europe 2020 Strategy. The new element of thematic concentration provides for a greater concentration of resources on a limited number of objectives that should result in a better added value of the interventions. Finally, the new ERDF provides for the first time for an obligatory urban dimension and assures for a stronger focus on urban development at a strategic level.

Declarations agreed during Interinstitutional negotiations

Apart from the legal provisions finalised during Interinstitutional negotiations, two of the most difficult agreements in the ERDF Regulation were adopted together with accompanying declarations.

Agreement on the text on indicators for the Investment Growth and Jobs Goal was accompanied by the following "Joint declaration of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the application of Article 6 of the ERDF Regulation, Article 15 of the ETC Regulation and Article 4 of the Cohesion Fund Regulation":

“The European Parliament and the Council note the assurance provided by the Commission to the EU legislature that the common output indicators for the ERDF Regulation, the ETC Regulation and the Cohesion Fund Regulation to be included in an annex to, respectively, each regulation, are the outcome of a lengthy preparatory process involving the evaluation experts of both the Commission and the Member States and, in principle, are expected to remain stable.”

The Parliament's amendment to Article 11(2) concerning exemption of the operating aid for outermost regions from the notification obligation for the state aid has been dealt with in Recital 11 and in the following "Declaration of the Commission":

"The Commission shares the objective expressed by the European Parliament of simplifying state aid procedures as regards operating aid granted to undertakings established in the outermost regions which are linked to the offsetting of the additional costs incurred in such regions as a result of their specific economic and social situation.

According to the proposal for the future General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) as recently published by the Commission services(3), operating aid intended to compensate certain additional costs incurred by beneficiaries established in these regions(4) would be considered compatible with the internal market, under the conditions stipulated therein, and would thus be exempted from notification under Article 108(3) TFEU. The Commission considers that this will provide a sound basis for achieving the simplification which is sought, and will take full account of all observations received from Member States in the on-going consultation process in view of the adoption of the Regulation in 2014."

(1)

Subject to the principle that "nothing is agreed until everything is agreed" and that it is subject to legal scrutiny and finalisation by the jurist-linguists

(2)

These Compromise amendments include the final tuning of the indicators proposed after the consultations between the Commission and Member States' experts and introduction of a standard Recital on alignment between the ERDF and CF regulations

(3)

             http://ec.europa.eu/competition/consultations/2013_gber/index_en.html

(4)

             Transport costs of goods produced in the outermost regions, additional production and operating costs other than transport costs.


OPINION of the Committee on Budgets (21.6.2012)

for the Committee on Regional Development

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on specific provisions concerning the European Regional Development Fund and the Investment for growth and jobs goal and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006

(COM(2011)0614 – C7-0328/2011 – 2011/0275(COD))

Rapporteur: Andrea Cozzolino

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

The cohesion policy is one of the main tools of investment to support key priorities of the Union laid down in the Europe 2020 strategy. Under Articles 174 and 176 of the TFEU, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is intended to reduce the gap between the development levels of regions and the delay suffered by the less-favoured regions, so its actions must be directed in particular to the countries and regions where the needs are greatest.

According to the European Commission's proposal, the 2014-2020 ERDF would support regional and local development by co-financing investments in R&D and innovation; climate change and environment; business support to SMEs; services of common economic interest; telecommunication, energy and transport infrastructures; health, education and social infrastructures; and sustainable urban development. Your Rapporteur believes however that activities linked both to tourism and cultural heritage should be better reflected in the regulation.

To ensure greater concentration of ERDF support on EU priorities, as laid down by the EU 2020 strategy, the European Commission proposes a thematic concentration while taking into account the different level of development. The Rapporteur supports the need to avoid duplication of effort, as well as the effects of dispersion and insufficient prioritization that in the past, have limited the added value of European investment. Especially at a time of scare resources, thematic concentration and the identification of investment priorities, in line with the objectives of the strategy Europe 2020 is essential.

The proposed Regulation also provides for an increased focus on sustainable urban development notably through the earmarking of a minimum of 5% of ERDF resources for sustainable urban development. Your Rapporteur welcomes this increased focus.

The financial envelope for the ERDF for 2014-2020 is not mentioned in the ERDF proposed regulation but in the proposed regulation laying down common provisions for all funds [CPR].(1) Article 84(1) of the later foresees 96,52% of the global envelope of structural and cohesion funds, i.e. 324,3 billion (2011 constant prices), for the Investment for growth and jobs goal. Out of these 324,3 billion , 68,7 billion (2011 constant prices) are allocated for the Cohesion Fund. Furthermore, the Commission proposes minimum shares for the European Social Fund (ESF) for each category of regions, implying a minimum overall share for the ESF of 25% of the budget allocated to structural and cohesion funds altogether, i.e. EUR 84 billion. As a consequence, a maximum of EUR 183,3 billion remains available for the ERDF for the period 2014-2020. This represents a decrease compared to the 2007-2013 period. Your Rapporteur regrets that the global envelope for cohesion policy is decreased and that, as a consequence, the ERDF budgetary allocation is decreased.

In EUR billion, constant 2011 prices,

 

MFF 2007 - 2013

MFF 2014 - 2020

Change

ERDF

203

183

- 10 %

ESF

78

84

+ 8 %

Cohesion Fund

71

69

- 3 %

Total

354

336

- 5,3 %

Due to rounding, figures may not add-up exactly to the total shown

It will however depend on the final outcome of the negotiations on the whole envelope to be allocated to cohesion policy. It cannot be fixed until agreement is reached on the proposal for a regulation laying down the Multiannual Financial Framework for the years 2014-2020 Furthermore, your Rapporteur wishes to underline the conviction expressed by the European Parliament in its resolution of 8 June 2011 that "at least a 5% increase of resources is needed for the next MFF" compared to the 2013 level and that "the amounts allocated to cohesion policy in the current financial programming period should be at least maintained in the next period" which is apparently not the case.

Concerning other provisions with budgetary implications, your Rapporteur welcomes the Commission's simplification efforts in the Common Provision Regulation(2). Your Rapporteur further stresses the responsibility of the Member States to support these simplification efforts.

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on Budgets calls on the Committee on Regional Development, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following amendments in its report:

Amendment  1

Draft legislative resolution

Paragraph 1a (new)

Draft legislative resolution

Amendment

 

1a. Recalls its resolution of 8 June 2011 on Investing in the future: a new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for a competitive, sustainable and inclusive Europe1; reiterates that sufficient additional resources are needed in the next MFF in order to enable the Union to fulfil its existing policy priorities and the new tasks provided for in the Treaty of Lisbon, as well as to respond to unforeseen events; points out that even with an increase in the level of resources for the next MFF of at least 5% compared to the 2013 level only a limited contribution can be made to the achievement of the Union's agreed objectives and commitments, and to the principle of Union solidarity; challenges the Council, if it does not share this approach, to clearly identify which of its political priorities or projects could be dropped altogether, despite their proven European added value;

 

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1 Texts adopted, P7_TA(011)0266.

Amendment  2

Draft legislative resolution

Paragraph 1 b (new)

Draft legislative resolution

Amendment

 

1b. Recalls, in particular, that in the same resolution the European Parliament stresses that “a successful and strengthened cohesion policy needs adequate funding” and concludes that “the amounts allocated to it in the current financial programming period should be at least maintained in the next period”;

Amendment  3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital - 1 (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(-1) Whereas in its resolution of 8 June 2011 on Investing in the future: a new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for a competitive, sustainable and inclusive Europe, the European Parliament stressed "the European added-value of cohesion policy, as this policy constitutes a well-established mechanism of delivering growth and jobs, a major tool for convergence, sustainable development and solidarity and one of the Union's most significant, visible, and successful policies for decades". The European Parliament pointed out, however, that a modern cohesion policy must undertake a number of structural reforms, in particular in the field of simplification, respond to the main challenges facing the Union, and promote synergies with other policies and instruments on the ground. The European Parliament expressed its conviction that EU cohesion policy should remain an EU wide policy giving access to resources, experiences and assistance to all EU regions.

Justification

Paragraph 64 of the European Parliament's resolution of 8 June 2011 "Investing in the future: a new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for a competitive, sustainable and inclusive Europe".

Amendment  4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital - 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(-1a) Whereas in its resolution of 8 June 2011, the European Parliament stressed that a successful and strengthened cohesion policy needs adequate funding, and that the amounts allocated to it in the current financial programming period should be, at least, maintained in the next period in order to step up its efforts to reduce development disparities between EU regions. The Commission proposes, however, to decrease the overall cohesion policy envelope by 5.3% compared to the 2007-2013 envelope. According to the Commission's proposal, a maximum of EUR 183 billion would be allocated to the ERDF which would represent a decrease of 10% compared to the 2007-2013 period.

Justification

Paragraph 67 of the European Parliament's resolution of 8 June 2011 "Investing in the future: a new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for a competitive, sustainable and inclusive Europe", complemented with figures.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5) The ERDF should contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy, thus ensuring greater concentration of ERDF support on the priorities of the Union. According to the category of regions supported, the support from the ERDF should be concentrated on research and innovation, small and medium-sized enterprises and climate change mitigation. The degree of concentration should take into account the level of development of the region as well as the specific needs of regions whose GDP per capita for the 2007-13 period was less than 75% of the average GDP of the EU-25 for the reference period.

(5) The ERDF should contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy, thus ensuring greater concentration of ERDF support on the priorities of the Union. According to the category of regions supported, the support from the ERDF should be concentrated on research and innovation, small and medium-sized enterprises and climate change mitigation. Particular attention should be paid to the need to coordinate with existing EU instruments and programmes in the above-mentioned fields. The degree of concentration should take into account the level of development of the region as well as the specific needs of regions whose GDP per capita for the 2007-13 period was less than 75% of the average GDP of the EU-25 for the reference period.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5a) In its resolution of 8 June 2011 on Investing in the future: a new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for a competitive, sustainable and inclusive Europe1, the European Parliament recalled that, according to the Article 195 of the Lisbon Treaty, tourism is a new EU competence under the Lisbon Treaty, and should, therefore, also be reflected in the next MFF. It stressed the important contribution of sustainable tourism to the European economy and believed that the European strategy for tourism should aim at raising the competitiveness of the sector, promoting cooperation between the national, regional and local authorities and be supported with adequate funding for the next period. The ERDF should support activities relevant to the tourism dimension.

 

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1 Texts adopted, P7_TA(011)0266.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) Within the framework of sustainable urban development, it is considered necessary to support integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate and social challenges affecting urban areas and to define a procedure to establish the list of cities covered by such actions and the financial allocation set aside for such actions.

(7) In its resolution of 8 June 2011, the European Parliament expressed its belief that urban areas - as places with a high concentration of challenges (unemployment, social exclusion, environmental degradation, migration) - can play an important role in regional development and contribute to tackling economic and social disparities on the ground. Accordingly,, it stressed the necessity for a more visible and focused approach to the urban dimension of cohesion policy, while ensuring balanced conditions for synergic development of urban, suburban and rural areas. Within the framework of sustainable urban development, it is thus considered necessary to support integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate and social challenges affecting urban areas and to define a procedure to establish the list of cities covered by such actions and the financial allocation set aside for such actions.

Justification

Paragraph 70 of the European Parliament's resolution of 8 June 2011 "Investing in the future: a new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for a competitive, sustainable and inclusive Europe".

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(9a) In its resolution of 8 June 2011, the European Parliament recognised that, according to the Treaty, particular attention should be paid to rural areas, areas affected by industrial transition, and regions suffering from severe and permanent natural or demographic handicaps such as the northernmost regions with very low population density, islands, cross-border and mountain regions, as well as outermost regions. It expressed its belief that resources and capacities found within these regions can have a significant role in the future competitiveness of the European Union and, accordingly, stressed that the areas facing those challenges should also be recognised in the 2014-2020 MFF. The European Parliament considered that, for regions facing permanent handicaps, a special strategy needs to be elaborated, as set out in the EP resolution of 22 September 2010.

Justification

Paragraph 71 of the European Parliament's resolution of 8 June 2011 "Investing in the future: a new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for a competitive, sustainable and inclusive Europe".

Amendment  9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(11) Specific attention should be paid to the outermost regions, namely by extending, on an exceptional basis, the scope of the ERDF to the financing of operating aid linked to the offsetting of the additional costs resulting from their specific economic and social situation, which is compounded by the handicaps resulting from the factors referred to in Article 349 of the Treaty, namely their remoteness, insularity, small size, difficult topography and climate and their economic dependence on a few products, the permanence and combination of which severely restrain their development. In order to support the development of existing and new economic activities, at least 50% of the specific additional allocation should be allocated to actions contributing to the diversification and modernisation of the economies of the outermost regions.

(11) Specific attention should be paid to the outermost regions, namely by extending, on an exceptional basis, the scope of the ERDF to the financing of operating aid linked to the offsetting of the additional costs resulting from their specific economic and social situation, which is compounded by the handicaps resulting from the factors referred to in Article 349 of the Treaty, namely their remoteness, insularity, small size, difficult topography and climate and their economic dependence on a few products, the permanence and combination of which severely restrain their development. In order to support the development of existing and new economic activities, at least 50% of the specific additional allocation should be allocated to actions contributing to the diversification and modernisation of the economies of the outermost regions. In particular, synergies should be facilitated between the ERDF and the Framework Programme for Research and Development, in order to increase the development of the outermost regions and curb the under-utilisation of research funds.

Justification

Paragraph 5 of the opinion of the Committees on Budget for the Committee on Regional Development on the role of Cohesion Policy in the outermost regions of the European Union in the context of EU2020 (2011/2195(INI)).

Amendment  10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(11a) It is important to ensure sound financial management of the programme and its implementation in the most effective and user-friendly manner possible, while also ensuring legal certainty and the accessibility of the instrument for all participants. Since activities under the cohesion fund are carried out under shared management, Member States should refrain from adding additional rules, which would complicate the usage of funds for the beneficiary.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 - introductory sentence

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The ERDF shall support the following investment priorities within the thematic objectives set out in Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR]:

The ERDF shall support the following investment priorities within the thematic objectives set out in Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] while ensuring synergies and complementarities with relevant Union programmes and instruments:

Amendment  12

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) promoting business R&I investment, product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation and public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation;

(b) promoting business R&I investment, product and service development, technology transfer, eco-efficient innovation, social innovation, cultural and creative industries and public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation;

PROCEDURE

Title

Specific provisions concerning the European Regional Development Fund and the ‘Investment for growth and jobs’ goal and repeal of Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006

References

COM(2011)0614 – C7-0328/2011 – 2011/0275(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

REGI

25.10.2011

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

BUDG

25.10.2011

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Andrea Cozzolino

6.2.2012

Date adopted

20.6.2012

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

31

4

1

Members present for the final vote

Richard Ashworth, Francesca Balzani, Reimer Böge, Zuzana Brzobohatá, Andrea Cozzolino, James Elles, Eider Gardiazábal Rubial, Jens Geier, Ivars Godmanis, Ingeborg Gräßle, Lucas Hartong, Jutta Haug, Monika Hohlmeier, Sidonia Elżbieta Jędrzejewska, Anne E. Jensen, Ivailo Kalfin, Sergej Kozlík, Giovanni La Via, Barbara Matera, Claudio Morganti, Juan Andrés Naranjo Escobar, Nadezhda Neynsky, Dominique Riquet, Alda Sousa, László Surján, Helga Trüpel, Angelika Werthmann

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

François Alfonsi, Alexander Alvaro, Jürgen Klute, Bogdan Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Jan Mulder, María Muñiz De Urquiza, Paul Rübig, Peter Šťastný, Theodor Dumitru Stolojan

(1)

COM (2011) 615

(2)

COM (2011) 615


OPINION of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (25.6.2012)

for the Committee on Regional Development

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on specific provisions concerning the European Regional Development Fund and the Investment for growth and jobs goal and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006

(COM(2011)0614 – C7-0328/2011 – 2011/0275(COD))

Rapporteur: Mario Pirillo

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

Cohesion policy is the main investment instrument for supporting the key priorities of the Union as enshrined in the Europe 2020 strategy. Since environmental protection and sustainable development are central to those priorities, the EU's cohesion policy is also the most suitable way to support the shift towards a competitive and low-carbon economy and the investment in climate change mitigation and adaption measures, as well as environmental and biodiversity protection and sustainable urban development.

The Commission has presented a number of legislative proposals for the new cohesion policy framework. The current proposal is an integral part of that framework, and introduces changes aimed at improving the policy's impact in terms of achieving the EU priorities. The legislative package sets out a list of thematic objectives in line with the Europe 2020 strategy and lays down a series of provisions common to all the Structural Funds and intended to simplify management procedures and enhance efficiency.

The proposal sets out specific provisions for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), whose purpose is to correct imbalances between EU regions. For each thematic objective, the proposal sets out a list of investment priorities to which the ERDF may contribute, and in particular, establishes the following thematic concentration:

-     in more developed regions and regions in transition, where GDP is equal to or higher than 75% of the European average, at least 80% of resources are allocated to energy efficiency and renewables, research and innovation and SME support, (with at least 20% being allocated to energy efficiency and renewables);

-     in less developed regions, where GDP is less than 75% of the European average, in order to take the greatest variety of development needs into account, those percentages have been reduced to 50% and 6% respectively.

Furthermore, 5% of ERDF resources are allocated to sustainable urban development.

The proposal for a regulation also seeks to place greater emphasis on results by defining common indicators relating to physical outputs and progress towards the objectives to be achieved.

The rapporteur agrees with and supports the Commission proposal, while at the same time tabling a number of amendments seeking to make ERDF investments more effective in achieving EU environmental priorities.

First of all, while the Commission's decision to establish a system of thematic concentration for the ERDF is to be fully supported, allocating 6% of the resources for less developed regions to funding the shift to a low-carbon economy in all sectors is insufficient, given that it is precisely these regions that require a substantial investment in order to reduce emissions. An increase to 15% is therefore being proposed.

At the same time, environmental protection and support for resource efficiency should not be excluded from the thematic concentration system. In particular, protecting and restoring biodiversity and promoting ecosystem services are key challenges that must be addressed in order to safeguard the future of the environment, and, together with measures to tackle climate change, should be the underlying focus of all sustainable development policies. It should be pointed out that, although biodiversity is of fundamental importance to the quality of human life, as well as the survival of species, the 2010 biodiversity protection targets have not been met. For these reasons, a number of amendments have been tabled in order to include the thematic objective of protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency among the ERDF priorities, in accordance with the thematic concentration system (80% of resources for more developed regions and regions in transition and 50% for less developed regions).

Finally, particular attention is paid to common indicators for the ERDF, which need to be clearly defined to enable the results achieved in respect of the environmental priorities to be accurately measured. Firstly, in connection with the prevention and management of climate change-related risks the indicators should not focus solely on civil protection measures; greater attention should be paid to increasing the prevention and resistance capacity of ecosystems. Specific nature and biodiversity indicators should also be introduced, to cover, for example, the conservation of marine and coastal habitats, the development of green infrastructure and the creation of new green urban spaces.

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety calls on the Committee on Regional Development, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following amendments in its report:

Amendment  1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) Within the framework of sustainable urban development, it is considered necessary to support integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate and social challenges affecting urban areas and to define a procedure to establish the list of cities covered by such actions and the financial allocation set aside for such actions.

(7) Within the framework of integral sustainable urban development, it is considered necessary to support integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate and social challenges affecting urban areas, to adapt cities to the challenges of climate change, and to define a procedure to establish the list of cities covered by such actions and the financial allocation set aside for such actions.

Amendment  2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(9) In order to identify or test new solutions to issues relating to sustainable urban development which are of relevance at Union level, the ERDF should support innovative actions in the field of sustainable urban development.

(9) In order to identify or test new solutions to issues relating to sustainable urban development which are of relevance at Union level, the ERDF should support innovative actions in the field of integral sustainable urban development.

Amendment  3

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The ERDF shall contribute to the financing of support which aims to reinforce economic, social and territorial cohesion by redressing the main regional imbalances through support for the development and structural adjustment of regional economies, including the conversion of declining industrial regions and regions lagging behind.

The ERDF shall contribute to the financing of support which aims to reinforce economic, social and territorial cohesion by redressing the main regional imbalances through support for the sustainable development and structural adjustment of regional economies, including the conversion of declining industrial regions and regions lagging behind.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) investments in infrastructure providing basic services to citizens in the areas of energy, environment, transport, and information and communication technologies (ICT);

(b) investments in infrastructure providing basic services to citizens in the areas of energy, environment, sustainable tourism and transport, and information and communication technologies (ICT);

Amendment  5

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) investments in social, health and educational infrastructure;

(c) investments in social, sports, health and educational infrastructure;

Justification

Sport is a useful means of improving public health in Europe and, with entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, has come under the EU’s powers. The scope of ERDF support should thus be extended to encompass this key area.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point d – point iii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iii) support to public research and innovation bodies and investment in technology and applied research in enterprises;

(iii) support to public or private organisations that perform research and innovation bodies and investment in technology and applied research in enterprises;

Amendment  7

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point d – point iv a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iva) investments to promote sustainable tourism and protect cultural heritage;

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

In more developed regions, the ERDF shall not support investments in infrastructure providing basic services to citizens in the areas of environment, transport, and ICT.

deleted

Justification

Regardless of the nature of the region, it is for the national and/or regional authorities – not the European authorities – to decide whether basic services for citizens in the areas of environment, transport, and ICT may be subsidised from the ERDF. Certain regions, including some of the most developed regions, have significant needs for investment in water infrastructure.

Amendment  9

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point a – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i) at least 80% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to the thematic objectives set out in points 1, 3 and 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] ;

(i) at least 80% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to the thematic objectives set out in points 1, 3, 4 and 6 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] ;

Justification

Environmental protection and energy resource should be included in the thematic objectives on which ERDF funding is focused,both in more developed and transition regions and in less developed regions.

Amendment  10

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point a – point ii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

ii) at least 20% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to the thematic objective set out in point 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR].

ii) at least 25% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to the thematic objective set out in point 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR].

Justification

is not on track to meet its energy saving target by 2020 and both Parliament and Council have stated that it must be achieved – thus requiring an additional financial effort. It is a massive win win-win for creating green jobs, maximizing economic opportunities in every single region, reducing consumer bills and improving energy security.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i) at least 50% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to the thematic objectives set in out in points 1, 3 and 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] .

(i) at least 50% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to the thematic objectives set in out in points 1, 3, 4 and 6 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] .

Amendment  12

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b – point ii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

ii) at least 6% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to the thematic objective set out in point 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR].

ii) at least 15% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to the thematic objective set out in point 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR].

Justification

is not on track to meet its energy saving target by 2020 and both Parliament and Council have stated that it must be achieved – thus requiring an additional financial effort. It is a massive win win-win for creating green jobs, maximizing economic opportunities in every single region, reducing consumer bills and improving energy security.

Amendment  13

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) promoting business R&I investment, product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation and public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation;

(b) promoting business R&I investment, product and service development, including in the tourism sector, technology transfer, social innovation and public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation;

Amendment  14

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 4 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) promoting the production and distribution of renewable energy sources;

(a) promoting the sustainable and cost-efficient production and distribution of renewable energy sources;

Amendment  15

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 4 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) promoting the production and distribution of renewable energy sources;

(a) promoting the production and distribution of renewable and low-carbon energy sources;

Justification

To address the challenge of climate change and environmental protection, the national and regional authorities must be allowed to support the development of supply networks for both renewable and low-carbon energy sources, by, for example, increasing the number of recharging points for electric vehicles, thereby fostering electro-mobility, which has hitherto been held back by the lack of charging options.

Amendment  16

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 4 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) promoting low-carbon strategies for urban areas;

(e) promoting low-carbon strategies – including sustainable mobility and clean public transport – for all types of region, particularly urban areas;

Justification

To address the challenge of climate change and environmental protection, electro-mobility and clean public transport need to be encouraged.

Amendment  17

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 4 – point e a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ea) promoting sustainable tourism;

Amendment  18

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 5 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) promoting investment to address specific risks, ensuring disaster resilience and developing disaster management systems;

(b) promoting investment to address specific risks, ensuring disaster resilience and developing disaster management systems, including the restoration of river, coastal and mountain ecosystems;

Amendment  19

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 6 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6) protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency:

(6) protecting the environment, biodiversity and ecosystems, and promoting resource efficiency:

Amendment  20

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 6 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

a) addressing the significant needs for investment in the waste sector to meet the requirements of the environmental acquis;

a) addressing the significant needs for investment in the waste sector with a view to reducing the disposal of waste.

Amendment  21

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 6 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

b) addressing the significant needs for investment in the water sector to meet the requirements of the environmental acquis;

b) addressing the significant needs for investment in the water sector to reduce leakage and improve the supply and quality of water and to ensure that it is used more efficiently;

Justification

As water supply infrastructure is very often outdated, an average of one out of every four litres of water is lost in piping it to its destination. The wastage rate is even as high as 40% in some regions. Regardless of questions of water quality, it must be ensured that water is used in a sustainable and responsible manner by reducing leakage.

Amendment  22

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 6 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) protecting, promoting and developing cultural heritage;

(c) protecting, promoting and developing tangible and intangible natural and cultural heritage;

Amendment  23

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 6 – point (d)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) protecting biodiversity, soil and promoting ecosystem services including NATURA 2000 and green infrastructures;

(d) protecting biodiversity, restoring ecosystems and soil and promoting ecosystem services including NATURA 2000 and green infrastructures;

Justification

Environmental investment priorities should not be limited to the protection of biodiversity but should also actively seek to restore the ecosystems on which it relies.

Amendment  24

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 6 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da) promoting sustainable tourism;

Amendment  25

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 7 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) developing environment-friendly and low-carbon transport systems and promoting sustainable urban mobility;

(c) developing integrated and intermodal environment-friendly and low-carbon local public transport systems and promoting sustainable non-motorised urban mobility;

Amendment  26

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 9 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) investing in health and social infrastructure which contribute to national, regional and local development, reducing inequalities in terms of health status, and transition from institutional to community-based services;

(a) investing in health, sports and social infrastructure which contribute to national, regional and local development, reducing inequalities in terms of health status, and transition from institutional to community-based services;

Justification

Sport is a useful means of improving public health in Europe and, with entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, has come under the EU’s powers. Sport should therefore be added to the list of ERDF investment priorities.

Amendment  27

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 11 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(11a) maintaining the economic activity in urban centres.

Amendment  28

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

A specific indicator shall be introduced in the education and training field.

Amendment  29

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The list shall contain a maximum number of 300 cities, with a maximum number of 20 per Member State. Cities shall be selected based on the following criteria:

The list shall contain a maximum number of 300 cities, with a maximum number of 20 per Member State. This number of cities shall also include medium and smaller sized cities. Cities shall be selected based on the following criteria:

Amendment  30

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

For the selection, Member States shall demand cities to include an integral strategy in the concrete projects which will take into account the added value of natural and historical resources and its impact on production and on employment.

 

The rehabilitation of historic cities ensembles for the adaptation to the flagships of Europe 2020, accessibility, ICT, energy and the needs of disabled people shall be taken into account in the selection of the cities.

 

The recovery of cities and houses after catastrophes shall be also taken into account as selection criteria.

Amendment  31

Proposal for a regulation

Annex 1 – table title 1 – row 21 – 'Urban transport'

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Urban transport

passenger trips

Increase of passenger trips using supported urban transport service

 

Amendment

Local public transport

passenger trips

Increase of passenger trips using supported public transport service

 

percentage

change in modal share of urban mobility

Justification

As regards transport, the common indicators should take into account all of the improvements made to public transport thanks to the Fund.

Amendment  32

Proposal for a regulation

Annex - table - row 24 - 'Solid waste' - column 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Additional waste recycling capacity

Additional waste recycling and reuse capacity

Justification

Directive 2008/98 on waste establishes a five-level waste hierarchy in which reuse takes priority over recycling. The indicator should therefore take account of both waste management options.

Amendment  33

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – table – row 24 a (new) – 'Solid waste'

 

Text proposed by the Commission

 

Amendment

 

kilograms / capita

Household waste per person

Amendment  34

Proposal for a regulation

Annex - table - row 28 - 'Risk prevention and management'

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Risk prevention and management

Persons

Population benefiting from flood protection measures

Amendment

Risk prevention and management

Persons

Population benefiting from flood protection measures

 

Hectares

Size of the area with increased flood prevention and mitigation capacity

Justification

The indicators regarding risk prevention and management should not take into account only the population benefiting from flood protection measures, but also include the size of the area in which risk prevention capacity has been increased. This should be achieved using an ecosystemic approach.

Amendment  35

Proposal for a regulation

Annex - table - row 29 - 'Risk prevention and management'

 

Text proposed by the Commission

 

Persons

Population benefiting from forest fire protection and other protection measures

Amendment

 

Persons

Population benefiting from forest fire protection and other protection measures

 

Hectares

Size of the area with increased forest fire resistance and prevention capacity

Justification

As is the case with flooding, the risk prevention and management indicators should take into account not only the population benefiting from forest fire protection measures, but also the size of the area in which risk prevention capacity has been increased.

Amendment  36

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – table – row 29 a (new) – 'Risk prevention and management'

 

Text proposed by the Commission

 

Amendment

 

Persons

Population benefiting from water shortage or drought mitigation measures

Amendment  37

Proposal for a regulation

Annex - table - row 32 - 'Nature and biodiversity'

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Nature and biodiversity

Hectares

Surface area of habitats in better conservation status

Amendment

Nature and biodiversity

Hectares

Surface area of marine and land habitats in better conservation status

 

km

Total length of coastline covered by coastal erosion prevention and reduction measures carried out using an ecosystemic approach

 

Hectares

New green infrastructure

Justification

The common indicators on nature and biodiversity should take into account both marine and land habitats, as well as coastal erosion prevention. Green infrastructure can play an important role in nature and biodiversity protection.

Amendment  38

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – table – row 44 a (new) – 'Energy efficiency'

 

Text proposed by the Commission

 

Amendment

 

kWh/GDP

Energy intensity

Amendment  39

Proposal for a regulation

Annex - table - line 52 a (new) - 'Urban Development'

 

Text proposed by the Commission

 

Amendment

 

New green spaces in urban areas

Justification

Sustainable urban development necessarily involves increasing the number and size of green spaces in urban areas, which should therefore be explicitly covered by an indicator.

PROCEDURE

Title

Specific provisions concerning the European Regional Development Fund and the ‘Investment for growth and jobs’ goal and repeal of Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006

References

COM(2011)0614 – C7-0328/2011 – 2011/0275(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

REGI

25.10.2011

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

ENVI

25.10.2011

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Mario Pirillo

8.11.2011

Discussed in committee

8.5.2012

 

 

 

Date adopted

20.6.2012

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

50

2

0

Members present for the final vote

Elena Oana Antonescu, Sophie Auconie, Pilar Ayuso, Paolo Bartolozzi, Lajos Bokros, Martin Callanan, Nessa Childers, Yves Cochet, Chris Davies, Edite Estrela, Jill Evans, Karl-Heinz Florenz, Elisabetta Gardini, Matthias Groote, Françoise Grossetête, Cristina Gutiérrez-Cortines, Satu Hassi, Jolanta Emilia Hibner, Dan Jørgensen, Christa Klaß, Eija-Riitta Korhola, Peter Liese, Kartika Tamara Liotard, Zofija Mazej Kukovič, Linda McAvan, Miroslav Ouzký, Andres Perello Rodriguez, Mario Pirillo, Pavel Poc, Anna Rosbach, Oreste Rossi, Dagmar Roth-Behrendt, Carl Schlyter, Richard Seeber, Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu, Anja Weisgerber, Åsa Westlund, Glenis Willmott, Sabine Wils, Marina Yannakoudakis

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Margrete Auken, Erik Bánki, Nikos Chrysogelos, Minodora Cliveti, Vittorio Prodi, Birgit Schnieber-Jastram, Rebecca Taylor, Eleni Theocharous, Marita Ulvskog, Anna Záborská, Andrea Zanoni

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

Véronique Mathieu


OPINION of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (21.6.2012)

for the Committee on Regional Development

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on specific provisions concerning the European Regional Development Fund and the Investment for growth and jobs goal and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006

(COM(2011)0614 – C7–0328/2011 – 2011/0275(COD))

Rapporteur: Patrizia Toia

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

The Structural Funds is one of the essential EU instruments for realising the agreed EU policy objectives in the field of energy, innovation, research, telecom and SME by way of strategic financial investments. Our Committee is therefore deeply interested and involved in the right setting of the objectives and investment priorities of the EU Cohesion Policy 2014–2020. Furthermore we have to guarantee that the investments through the Structural Funds are adequately coordinated with other Community programmes, in particular Horizon 2020, the CEF and COSME and that synergies between the different Funds are exploited at the best.

In order to fine tune the objectives and investment priorities and to improve the coordination and proper implementation of the fund, your rapporteur propose therefore several amendements.

Your rapporteur welcomes the Commission's focus on research and innovation, information technologies, small and medium-sized enterprises and energy, but takes the view that an appropriate degree of flexibility should be used as far as the regions are concerned, in order to promote and strengthen integrated development policies geared towards growth and the achievement of excellence in all sectors. She therefore believes that any changes to the percentages listed in Article 4 call for further debate within the ITRE committee and that the thematic concentration objectives should be examined as part of a full revision of the legislation in question.

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy calls on the Committee on Regional Development, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following amendments in its report:

Amendment  1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5) The ERDF should contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy, thus ensuring greater concentration of ERDF support on the priorities of the Union. According to the category of regions supported, the support from the ERDF should be concentrated on research and innovation, small and medium-sized enterprises and climate change mitigation. The degree of concentration should take into account the level of development of the region as well as the specific needs of regions whose GDP per capita for the 2007-13 period was less than 75% of the average GDP of the EU-25 for the reference period.

(5) The ERDF should contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy, thus ensuring greater concentration of ERDF support on the priorities of the Union. According to the category of regions supported, the support from the ERDF should be concentrated on research and innovation, small and medium-sized enterprises, promoting inclusive economic growth and climate change mitigation. The degree of concentration should take into account the level of development of the region as well as the specific needs of regions whose GDP per capita for the 2007-13 period was less than 75% of the average GDP of the EU-25 for the reference period.

Amendment  2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5a) A decisive factor for a region's development is its capacity for innovation, which in turn depends heavily on research and development. The lack of outstanding research facilities that might attract both top international scientists and their own next generation of researchers poses a serious barrier to development in many regions. Almost all of Europe's regions have a successful diaspora of scientists working at the best research institutions in the world, including outside Europe. It will benefit the whole European Innovation Union if these talented people return. The ERDF should therefore support all the efforts made by the regions to set up such research institutions in an innovation-friendly environment. All possible synergies with 'Horizon 2020' should be exploited, in particular where regions apply for support under the 'Horizon 2020' programme by, for example, taking part in a competition for the creation of outstanding research institutions alongside an existing top research body. It is only through such measures that new institutions can become centres of gravity that will attract innovative enterprises and develop into a nucleus for research and innovation clusters.

Justification

Der Brain Drain in einigen MS ist eine Herausforderung für ganz Europa! Um attraktive Forschungsinstitute aufzubauen, brauchen diese MS Unterstützung: für die Infrastruktur aus dem EFRE, für die Sicherung der Exzellenz aus Horizont 2020. Im Matias-Bericht hat das EP einen Wettbewerb vorgeschlagen, bei dem Teams aus jeweils einem bestehenden Spitzeninstitut und einer aufstrebenden Region antreten. Ihre wissenschaftlichen Konzepte werden nach dem Exzellenzprinzip aus H2020 gefördert. Die Region setzt Eigen- und EFRE-Mittel - die nicht dem Wettbewerb unterliegen - für die Infrastruktur ein.

Amendment  3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 6 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(6a) In order to increase the synergies between the ERDF and other Community programmes, the Commission should set up, and regularly update, an on-line inventory of projects proposals for Community programmes, such as Horizon 2020, the CEF or the COSME Programme, that have been positively evaluated but have not or not sufficiently achieved Community funding. Member States should consider whether the project proposals of relevance for them in this inventory could be included in their operational programmes.

Justification

This new recital mirrors the suggestion to introduce a "seal of excellence" for excellent projects or demonstration / pilot plants, that were not or not sufficiently funded out of European funds and that Member States could finance under the SF. A first step, however, would be to have this information available.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) Within the framework of sustainable urban development, it is considered necessary to support integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate and social challenges affecting urban areas and to define a procedure to establish the list of cities covered by such actions and the financial allocation set aside for such actions.

(7) Within the framework of integral sustainable and inclusive urban development, it is considered necessary to support integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate and social challenges affecting urban areas, to adapt cities to the challenges of climate change, and to define a procedure to establish the list of cities covered by such actions and the financial allocation set aside for such actions.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 8

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(8) Building on the experience and strengths of the integration of measures in the field of sustainable urban development into operational programmes supported by the ERDF during the 2007-2013 period, a further step should be taken at Union level by establishing an urban development platform.

(8) Building on the experience and strengths of the integration of measures in the field of sustainable and inclusive urban development into operational programmes supported by the ERDF during the 2007-2013 period, a further step should be taken at Union level by establishing an urban development platform.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(9) In order to identify or test new solutions to issues relating to sustainable urban development which are of relevance at Union level, the ERDF should support innovative actions in the field of sustainable urban development.

(9) In order to identify or test new solutions to issues relating to sustainable and inclusive urban development which are of relevance at Union level, the ERDF should support innovative actions in the field of integral sustainable urban development.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(9a) Stresses the importance of maintaining the economic activity in urban centres.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The ERDF shall contribute to the financing of support which aims to reinforce economic, social and territorial cohesion by redressing the main regional imbalances through support for the development and structural adjustment of regional economies, including the conversion of declining industrial regions and regions lagging behind.

The ERDF shall contribute to the financing of support which aims to reinforce economic, social and territorial cohesion by redressing the main regional imbalances through support for the development and structural adjustment of regional economies, including the conversion of declining industrial regions, regions facing demographic challenges and regions lagging behind. The ERDF shall be deployed to their full extent to support capacity building in the regions through dedicated activities aimed at founding centres of excellences, modernising universities, purchase of scientific equipment, local technology transfer, support to start-ups and spin-offs, and local interaction between industry and academia, thereby establishing a "stairway to excellence" to bridge the divide between more and less developed regions of the Union and to contribute to the Union strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Amendment  9

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point (a)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) productive investment, which contributes to creating and safeguarding sustainable jobs, through direct aid to investment in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs);

(a) productive investment, which contributes to creating and safeguarding sustainable jobs, primarily through direct aid to investment in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs);

Amendment  10

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point (c)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) investments in social, health and educational infrastructure;

(c) investments in social, health and educational infrastructure, with an emphasis on the least-developed regions and the most socio-economically vulnerable regions;

Amendment  11

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point (d) – first subparagraph

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) development of endogenous potential by supporting regional and local development and research and innovation. These measures shall include:

(d) investments aimed at developing endogenous potential of research and innovation capacity at regional and local level also through the creation of clusters These measures shall include:

Justification

This is just to make the text more readable and to stir it more clearly towards RDI.

Amendment  12

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point (d) – subpoint (i)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i) fixed investment in equipment and small-scale infrastructure;

(i) fixed investment in equipment and research infrastructure including the necessary enabling infrastructures;

Justification

The "enabling infrastructure" is included in order to make broadband infrastructure investments possible under this thematic concentration.

Amendment  13

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point (d) – subpoint (ii)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ii) support for and services to enterprises, in particular SMEs;

(ii) support for and services to enhance innovation in enterprises, in particular SMEs;

Amendment  14

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point (d) – subpoint (iii)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iii) support to public research and innovation bodies and investment in technology and applied research in enterprises;

(iii) support to research and innovation bodies (primarly public) and investment in technology and applied research in enterprises; this includes the creation of top research institutions, for example as part of a corresponding competition under the Horizon 2020 programme, and support for all appropriate measures that will make these institutions internationally attractive, including internationally competitive salaries;

Amendment  15

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point d – point iv

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iv) networking, cooperation and exchange of experience between regions, towns, and relevant social, economic and environmental actors;

(iv) networking, cooperation and exchange of experience between regions, towns, and relevant social, economic and environmental, scientific and research actors;

Amendment  16

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point d – point iv a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iva) To support public and private organisations in the improvement of health systems.

Amendment  17

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) technical assistance.

(e) Technical assistance in all levels of administrations and management bodies dealing with innovation.

Amendment  18

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

In order to make these measures more effective it is important to introduce public contracts for innovation or pre-commercial public contracts.

Amendment  19

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

In more developed regions, the ERDF shall not support investments in infrastructure providing basic services to citizens in the areas of environment, transport, and ICT.

In more developed regions, the ERDF shall not primarily support investments in infrastructure providing basic services to citizens in the areas of environment, transport, and ICT.

Amendment  20

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point a – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i) at least 80% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to the thematic objectives set in out in point 1, 3 and 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] . and

deleted

Amendment  21

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point a – point ii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ii) at least 20% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to the thematic objective set out in point 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR].

deleted

Amendment  22

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b – point ii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ii) at least 6% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to the thematic objective set out in point 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR].

(ii) at least 15 % of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to the thematic objective set out in point 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR].

Amendment  23

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

By derogation from point (a) (i), in those regions whose GDP per capita for the 2007-13 period was less than 75% of the average GDP of the EU-25 for the reference period but which are eligible under the category of transition or more developed regions as defined in Article 82(2)(b) and (c) of Regulation (EU) No [ ]/2012 [CPR] in the 2014-2020 period, at least 60% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to each of the thematic objectives set in out in points 1, 3 and 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR].

deleted

Amendment  24

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation:

(1) strengthening research, technological development, innovation and the improvement of training in European education centres.

Amendment  25

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 1 – subpoint (a)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) enchancing research and innovation infrastructure (R&I) and capacities to develop R&I excellence and promoting centres of competence, in particular those of European interest;

(a) enhancing research and innovation (R&I) investments in technology and capacities to develop R&I excellence and promoting the setting-up, upgrade and operation and centres of competence, in particular those of European interest, including their necessary enabling infrastructures and those presenting possible synergies with other European programmes, for example with the competition to create top research institutions under Horizon 2020;

Justification

Amendment  26

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 1 – subpoint (b)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) promoting business R&I investment, product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation and public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation;

(b) promoting business R&I investment, product and service development, technology transfer, spin-offs, start-ups, social and organizational innovation and public service applications, eco-innovation, demand stimulation, collaborative R&I projects, networks of excellences, national/regional research facilities and technology centres, competence centres and science parks, graduate and master education, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation;

Justification

Selection of elements of Commission staff working document (SWD(2012) 61 final) taken over in order to ensure a better definition of the investment priorities.

Amendment  27

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 1 – subpoint (b a) (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) strengthening high-skilled human capacity building, including researcher training and mobility and centres of excellence;

Amendment  28

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 1 – subpoint (b b) (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(bb) supporting adequate links and synergies with the EU Program Horizon 2020;

Amendment  29

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 1 – subpoint (c)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production in Key Enabling Technologies and diffusion of general purpose technologies;

(c) supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, human resources, early product validation actions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production in Key Enabling Technologies and diffusion of general purpose technologies, through cooperation with actors in the world of research and education, technology transfer, applied research, technology development and demonstration facilities, in order to help companies develop more innovative products, processes, marketing and services and diversify the national/regional economy through new high-growth activities;

Justification

Selection of elements of Commission staff working document (SWD(2012) 61 final) taken over in order to ensure a better definition of the investment priorities.

Amendment  30

Proposal for a regulation

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

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) supporting capacity-building for the swift economic exploitation of new ideas stemming from research and innovation (R&I). This includes support for clusters, cooperative partnerships between research, education and innovation actors including industry thematic research and innovation platforms, business R&I infrastructures, promotion of R&I business advisory services, also in the field of services, creative hubs, cultural and creative industries and social innovation, pilots and demonstration activities, and creating more demand for innovative products also through public procurement and project financing public tenders of innovation;

Amendment  31

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 2 – introductory sentence

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2) enhancing access to and use and quality of ICT:

(2) In line with the targets of the digital agenda for Europe enhancing access to and use and quality of ICT through:

Amendment  32

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 2 – subpoint (a)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) extending broadband deployment and the roll-out of high-speed networks;

(a) extending broadband deployment and the roll-out of high-speed networks, and the support for the adoption of Future Emerging Technologies and digital economy network and of open, affordable, viable and future-proof Next Generation Access Infrastructures (NGA) on areas not sufficiently served by private investment, or where the market fails to deliver.

 

The adoption of long-term investment models should be in line with EU guidance on broadband investment and respect of state aid rules. It should strengthen regional innovation and competitiveness, ensure a high level of competition and create a level playing field for all market players. The resulting infrastructure should enable disaggregation of services at end-user level, and the differentiation of services and end-to-end interoperability of networks and independence of operators and service suppliers.

Justification

Selection of elements of Commission staff working document (SWD(2012) 61 final) taken over in order to ensure a better definition of the investment priorities.

Amendment  33

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 2 – subpoint (a a) (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(a a) If the basic broadband target of the digital agenda for Europe is not reached by 2013, authorisation could be given to support investment to cover the remaining population with satellite;

Justification

Investment priority is not included in either the proposal or the staff working document but nevertheless in line with the Digital agenda for Europe.

Amendment  34

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 2 – subpoint (c)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) strengthening ICT applications for e-government, e-learning, e-inclusion and e-health;

(c) developing and strengthening ICT applications that contribute to meeting future societal challenges and opportunities such as e-learning, e-health, ageing population, reducing carbon emissions, resource-efficiency, education, e-Inclusion, e-Culture, energy efficiency, integrated ICT solutions for 'smart cities', consumer information and empowerment and e-government applications with the aim of enhancing innovation, the modernisation of public administrations and access to these services by citizens, including marginalised groups and people with disabilities;

Justification

Selection of elements of Commission staff working document (SWD(2012) 61 final) taken over in order to ensure a better definition of the investment priorities.

Amendment  35

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 2 – subpoint (c a) (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) promoting education and training on the use of ICT;

Amendment  36

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 3 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3) enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs:

(3) enhancing the competitiveness and sustainability of SMEs

Amendment  37

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 3 – subpoint (a)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms;

(a) promoting entrepreneurship among women and men and fostering the creation of new firms and business incubators in the areas addressing major EU societal challenges; in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and research results, by providing the necessary enabling infrastructure and by providing sufficient financial engineering assistance to the SMEs;

Justification

Amendment  38

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 3 – subpoint (b)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) developing new business models for SMEs, in particular for internationalisation;

(b) developing and applying new business models for SMEs including new value chains and marketing organisation, in particular for internationalisation;

Amendment  39

Proposal for a regulation

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

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) promoting entrepreneurship, including the provision of start-up capital, guarantees, loans and mezzanine and seed capital through financial instruments and support for the development of business plans;

Justification

Selection of elements of Commission staff working document (SWD(2012) 61 final) taken over in order to ensure a better definition of the investment priorities.

Amendment  40

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 3 – subpoint (b b) (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(bb) promoting commercial exploitation of new ideas and research results and the creation of more knowledge-intensive businesses through interventions tailored to the needs of SMEs at their various stages of development and along the innovation value chain;

Justification

Selection of elements of Commission staff working document (SWD(2012) 61 final) taken over in order to ensure a better definition of the investment priorities.

Amendment  41

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 3 – subpoint (b c) (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(bc) promoting business advisory services, in particular in the areas of business start-up, business transfer, access to new markets, business strategy and monitoring, technology transfer and foresight as well as user-oriented and design-driven innovation, raising innovation management capacity and encouraging the development and use of such services;

Justification

Selection of elements of Commission staff working document (SWD(2012) 61 final) taken over in order to ensure a better definition of the investment priorities.

Amendment  42

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 3 – subpoint (b d) (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(bd) support the development of web-tools to provide targeted information and facilitate regulatory procedures for SMEs, particularly in the area of public procurement, employment law, social security, taxation and standardisation;

Justification

Selection of elements of Commission staff working document (SWD(2012) 61 final) taken over in order to ensure a better definition of the investment priorities.

Amendment  43

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 3 – subpoint (b e) (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(be) development of SMEs in emerging areas linked to European and regional challenges such as creative and cultural industries, new forms of tourism, and innovative services reflecting new societal demands or products and services linked to ageing population, care and health, eco-innovations, the low carbon economy and resource efficiency, including coordination with public procurement to speed up the market take-up of innovative solutions to address these challenges.

Justification

Selection of elements of Commission staff working document (SWD(2012) 61 final) taken over in order to ensure a better definition of the investment priorities.

Amendment  44

Proposal for a regulation

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

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(bf) support in creating and increasing capacity in the development of services and products;

Amendment  45

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 3 – subpoint (b g) (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(bg) development of SMEs in emerging areas linked to European and regional challenges such as creative and cultural industries, new forms of tourism including cultural tourism, and innovative services reflecting new societal demands or products and services linked to ageing population, care and health, eco-innovations, the low carbon economy and resource efficiency, including coordination with public procurement to speed up the market take-up of innovative solutions to address these challenges;

Amendment  46

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 4 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in SMEs;

(b) increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy use in and by SMEs;

Amendment  47

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 4 – subpoint (c)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in public infrastructures and in the housing sector;

(c) supporting energy efficiency, wider use of Energy Performance Contracting and renewable energy use especially in public infrastructures and in the deep renovation of the housing sector;

Justification

Selection of elements of Commission staff working document (SWD(2012) 61 final) taken over in order to ensure a better definition of the investment priorities.

Amendment  48

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 4 – subpoint (e)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) promoting low-carbon strategies for urban areas;

(e) promoting efficient and renewable-based energy strategies and interventions for urban areas, including public lighting systems and smart grids and the adaptation of these to reduce carbon emissions;

Amendment  49

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 4 – subpoint (e a) (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ea) promoting innovative systems, in particular small-scale heating and electricity systems;

Amendment  50

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 4 – subpoint (e b) (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(eb) energy efficiency and renewable heating and cooling in public buildings, in particular the demonstration of zero-emission and positive-energy buildings, as well as deep renovation of existing buildings to beyond cost-optimal levels;

Justification

Selection of elements of Commission staff working document (SWD(2012) 61 final) taken over in order to ensure a better definition of the investment priorities.

Amendment  51

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 4 – subpoint (e c) (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ec) mainstreaming of innovative renewable energy technologies, in particular technologies mentioned in the Strategic Energy Technology Plan and in the Energy Roadmap 2050, along with second- and third-generation biofuels;

Justification

Selection of elements of Commission staff working document (SWD(2012) 61 final) taken over in order to ensure a better definition of the investment priorities.

Amendment  52

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 4 – subpoint (e d) (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ed) supporting the uptake of marine-based renewable energy production, including tidal and wave energy;

Justification

Selection of elements of Commission staff working document (SWD(2012) 61 final) taken over in order to ensure a better definition of the investment priorities.

Amendment  53

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 7 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures:

(7) promoting intermodal sustainable transport and mobility while focusing on removing bottlenecks and completing missing transborder links in sustainable and intermodal transport infrastructures:

Amendment  54

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – point 7 – subpoint (c)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) developing environment-friendly and low-carbon transport systems and promoting sustainable urban mobility;

(c) developing environment-friendly and low-carbon transport systems and promoting sustainable urban and interurban mobility;

Amendment  55

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 7 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da) modernising urban transport and increasing its efficiency;

Amendment  56

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 8 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(8) promoting employment and supporting labour mobility:

(8) promoting employment and the development in particular of green jobs, and supporting labour mobility:

Amendment  57

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 8 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) development of business incubators and investment support for self-employment and business creation;

(a) development of business incubators and investment support for self-employment, micro-enterprises and business creation;

Amendment  58

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 8 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) investing in infrastructure for public employment services;

(c) investing in infrastructure for public employment services and vocational training centres;

Amendment  59

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 9 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) support for social enterprises;

(c) support for social economy enterprises and organisations;

Justification

Support to social economy enterprises and organisations (cooperatives, mutual societies, associations and foundations) is essential to promote the values of social economy actors in Europe and recognize their role in the EU Single Market.

Amendment  60

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Building greater synergy, complementarity and interoperability between the instruments of Horizon 2020, in which excellence and the stairway to excellence is the main driver, and the structural funds, whose main driver is capacity building and smart specialisation, providing that bridges are built in both directions linking the two programmes;

Amendment  61

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

The structural funds could be used to finance equipment, human resource development, the creation of clusters in the priority areas of Horizon 2020 and as a source of small grants given for the preparation of proposals to be submitted to Horizon 2020;

Amendment  62

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

National and regional funds might be used to contribute to the funding of ERC, Marie Curie or collaborative projects that meet the criteria of excellence but cannot be funded due to lack of European funds. Horizon 2020 could confer a "seal of excellence" status on positively evaluated projects that have not otherwise been able to achieve funding because of budgetary limitations;

Amendment  63

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 d (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

The structural funds could be used to finance or co-finance the follow up to Horizon 2020 research projects (e.g. pilot scale and demonstration projects);

Amendment  64

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 e (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Structural funds could be used to valorise research results in such a way as to encourage easy access to knowledge or to facilitate the deployment of the resulting knowledge in terms of its direct economic or societal use;

Amendment  65

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 f (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Recommends that the Commission analyse the possibility of set ting up am all-European common fund financed by the structural funds to promote collaborative European research;

Amendment  66

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Common indicators, as set out in the Annex to this Regulation, shall be used where relevant and in accordance with Article 24(3) of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR]. For common indicators, baselines shall be set at zero and cumulative targets shall be set for 2022.

Common indicators, as set out in the Annex to this Regulation, shall be used where relevant following consultation with Member States and regions and in accordance with Article 24(3) of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR]. For common indicators, baselines shall be set at zero and cumulative targets shall be set for 2022.

Justification

The regions have a key role to play in defining indicators as beneficiaries of the fund.

Amendment  67

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – subparagraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Stresses the need to have a specific indicator in the education and training field.

Amendment  68

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Sustainable urban development

Sustainable and inclusive urban development

Amendment  69

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The ERDF shall support, within operational programmes, sustainable urban development through strategies setting out integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate and social challenges affecting urban areas.

1. The ERDF shall support, within operational programmes, sustainable and inclusive urban development through strategies setting out integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate and social challenges affecting urban areas.

Amendment  70

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Each Member State shall establish in its Partnership Contract a list of cities where integrated actions for sustainable urban development are to be implemented and an indicative annual allocation for these actions at national level.

2. Each Member State, in cooperation with the regional authorities, shall establish in its Partnership Contract a list of cities where integrated actions for sustainable and inclusive urban development are to be implemented and an indicative annual allocation for these actions at national level.

Justification

In relation to the EU cohesion and urban development policy, it is important to highlight the vital role played by the regional authorities, which are the institutions that guide and then implement locally the intervention strategies set out in the programming documents.

Amendment  71

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The Commission shall establish, in accordance with Article 51 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR], an urban development platform to promote capacity-building and networking between cities and exchange of experience on urban policy at Union level in areas related to the investment priorities of the ERDF and to sustainable urban development.

1. The Commission shall establish regularly, in accordance with Article 51 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR], in cooperation with the Committee of the Regions and with support from the relevant territorial cooperation programmes, an urban development platform to promote capacity-building and networking as well as political dialogue and exchange of experience on urban policy at Union level especially in areas related to the investment priorities of the ERDF and to sustainable and inclusive urban development.

Justification

There is no reason to restrict the scope for networks and exchanges of experience between cities. The Urban programme will continue to be very important for cities not involved in the platform, but could also become a programme to expand cooperation between cities both within and outside the platform.

Amendment  72

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Commission shall adopt a list of cities to participate in the platform on the basis of the lists established in the Partnership Contracts, by means of implementing acts. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the advisory procedure referred to in Article 14(2).

The Commission shall adopt, in conjunction with the Member States, a list of conurbations, towns and cities to participate in the platform on the basis of the lists established in the Partnership Contracts, by means of implementing acts. These implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the advisory procedure referred to in Article 14(2).

Amendment  73

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The list shall contain a maximum number of 300 cities, with a maximum number of 20 per Member State. Cities shall be selected based on the following criteria:

The list shall contain a maximum number of 300 cities, with a maximum number of 20 per Member State. This number of cities shall also include medium and smaller sized cities. Cities shall be selected based on the following criteria:

Amendment  74

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) For the selection, Member State shall demand cities to include an integral strategy in the concrete projects which will take into account the added value of natural and historical resources and its impact on production and on employment.

Amendment  75

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2 – point b b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(bb) Urges the rehabilitation of historic cities ensembles for the adaptation to the flagships of Europe2020, accessibility, ICT, energy and the needs of disabled people to be other criterias that will be taken into account in the selection of the cities.

Amendment  76

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2 – point b c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(bc) Stressed the need to include the recovery of cities and houses after catastrophes to be also taken into account as a selection criteria.

Amendment  77

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Innovative Actions in the field of Sustainable Urban Development

Innovative Actions in the field of Sustainable and Inclusive Urban Development

Amendment  78

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. At the initiative of the Commission, the ERDF may support innovative actions in the field of sustainable urban development, subject to a ceiling of 0,2% of the total annual ERDF allocation. They shall include studies and pilot projects to identify or test new solutions to issues relating to sustainable urban development which are of relevance at Union level.

1. At the initiative of the Commission, the ERDF may support innovative actions in the field of sustainable and inclusive urban development, subject to a ceiling of 0,2% of the total annual ERDF allocation. They shall include studies and pilot projects to identify or test new solutions to issues relating to sustainable urban development which are of relevance at Union level.

Amendment  79

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 9(3) shall be conferred on the Commission for an indeterminate period of time from 1 January 2014.

2. The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 9(3) shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of five years from 1 January 2014.

 

The Commission shall draw up a report in respect of the delegation of power not later than nine months before the expiry of the five-year period. The delegation of power shall be 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.

Amendment  80

Proposal for a regulation

Annex 1 – table title 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

The common indicators should if relevant include a gender-disaggregated perspective.

PROCEDURE

Title

Specific provisions concerning the European Regional Development Fund and the ‘Investment for growth and jobs’ goal and repeal of Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006

References

COM(2011)0614 – C7-0328/2011 – 2011/0275(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

REGI

25.10.2011

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

ITRE

25.10.2011

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Patrizia Toia

15.11.2011

Discussed in committee

23.4.2012

 

 

 

Date adopted

19.6.2012

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

47

5

3

Members present for the final vote

Amelia Andersdotter, Josefa Andrés Barea, Jean-Pierre Audy, Zigmantas Balčytis, Ivo Belet, Bendt Bendtsen, Jan Březina, Reinhard Bütikofer, Maria Da Graça Carvalho, Giles Chichester, Jürgen Creutzmann, Pilar del Castillo Vera, Christian Ehler, Gaston Franco, Adam Gierek, Norbert Glante, Fiona Hall, Kent Johansson, Romana Jordan, Krišjānis Kariņš, Lena Kolarska-Bobińska, Bogdan Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Marisa Matias, Jaroslav Paška, Aldo Patriciello, Vittorio Prodi, Miloslav Ransdorf, Herbert Reul, Teresa Riera Madurell, Michèle Rivasi, Paul Rübig, Salvador Sedó i Alabart, Francisco Sosa Wagner, Konrad Szymański, Patrizia Toia, Ioannis A. Tsoukalas, Claude Turmes, Niki Tzavela, Marita Ulvskog, Vladimir Urutchev, Kathleen Van Brempt, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Henri Weber

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

António Fernando Correia de Campos, Ioan Enciu, Roger Helmer, Jolanta Emilia Hibner, Yannick Jadot, Ivailo Kalfin, Seán Kelly, Werner Langen, Mario Pirillo, Peter Skinner, Lambert van Nistelrooij

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

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis


OPINION of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (20.6.2012)

for the Committee on Regional Development

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on specific provisions concerning the European Regional Development Fund and the Investment for growth and jobs goal and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006

(COM(2011)0614 – C7-0328/2011 – 2011/0275(COD))

Rapporteur: Michael Cramer

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

Commission's proposal

This regulation establishes the provisions governing the European Regional Development Fund and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006. The ERDF aims at strengthening economic and social cohesion in the EU by correcting imbalances between its regions. It supports regional and local development by co-financing investments in R&D and innovation, climate change and environment, business support to SMEs, services of common economic interest, telecommunication, energy and transport infrastructures, health, education and social infrastructures and sustainable urban development.

Rapporteur's point of view

The rapporteur supports the Commission's proposal but advocates for a better integration of the EU 2020 targets into the EU's structural instruments, in particular when it comes to funding priorities. Furthermore, coherence between this regulation and those on the Transeuropean Transport Networks (TEN-T) and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is indispensable.

He endorses a result-oriented approach and supports the increased use of (ex ante-) conditionality when it comes to a shift towards more sustainable and efficient transport and mobility as well as to safety, noise reduction, environmental legislation and the protection of the climate and biodiversity.

The transport sector is responsible for approximately 24% of all CO2 emissions and has seen them increase by 34% since 1990. Given the time needed to design and deliver large-scale infrastructure projects, investments made over the next years will determine transport and mobility over the next decades. In order to ensure the quality standard of living for the next generations of the EU citizens, European projects should support sustainable modes, focusing on mobility chains that combine walking, cycling, car sharing, car pooling and public transport and are flexible enough to accommodate new mobility solutions.

As the Cohesion Fund and the ERDF are a major source of EU transport funding it is crucial to shift the EU's funding priorities within their respective frameworks and to focus on investments in smart and sustainable mobility in order to avoid, or at least limit, any related external costs in the future. This will also reduce the burden on future public budgets at the level of regions, Member States and the EU. Europe can no longer afford to support extremely costly and lengthy large-scale projects. Instead of "thinking big" the EU start to "act smart".

In this respect, the European added value is decisive and it is the rapporteur's view that the focus of structural support should be put on reinforcing intermodality and removing bottlenecks, filling-in missing trans-border links as well as ensuring that legislation related to safety and the protection of the environment, the climate and biodiversity is fully respected. To this end there is a need for better environmental impact assessments and clear ex ante criteria in order to incentivise the beneficiaries and make them rethink their policies at national, regional and local level.

This point of view is reflected by the following amendments.

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on Transport and Tourism calls on the Committee on Regional Development, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following amendments in its report:

Amendment  1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(1) Article 176 of the Treaty provides that the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is intended to help to redress the main regional imbalances in the Union. The ERDF therefore contributes to reducing the gap between the levels of development of the various regions and the extent to which the least favoured regions, including rural and urban areas, declining industrial regions, areas with severe and permanent natural and demographic handicaps, such as islands, mountainous areas, sparsely populated areas and border regions, are lagging behind.

(1) Article 176 of the Treaty provides that the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is intended to help to redress the main regional imbalances in the Union and thus enhance the principle of territorial cohesion. The ERDF therefore contributes to reducing the gap between the levels of development of the various regions and the extent to which the least favoured regions, including rural and urban areas, declining industrial regions, areas with severe and permanent natural and demographic handicaps, such as islands, mountainous areas, sparsely populated areas and border regions, are lagging behind.

Amendment  2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(2a) Economic, social and territorial cohesion can be strengthened only if existing territorial imbalances are addressed and disparities in terms of development and accessibility eliminated. With that aim in view, a rebalancing of activities between coastal and inland areas, between urban and rural areas and between readily accessible and isolated areas is essential and must be included among the priorities for cohesion policy as implemented by this Regulation. In the light of this imperative, balanced, environmentally sound territorial development based on effective and sustainable transport, energy, services and tourism infrastructures whose use is not hampered by physical, technical and administrative obstacles should be encouraged and guaranteed. An integrated approach of this kind can boost intelligent, inclusive and sustainable growth and help the Union achieve its regional development objectives.

Justification

Economic, social and territorial cohesion are prerequisites for intelligent, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe. However, continuing territorial imbalances in terms of dynamism and accessibility represent an obstacle to that cohesion. If this problem is to be overcome, rebalancing between territories, on the basis of the development of effective infrastructures, should be encouraged through the ERDF objective ‘Investment for growth and employment’.

Amendment  3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(4a) As was stated in the European Parliament resolution of 8 June 2011 entitled ‘Investing in the future: a new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for a competitive, sustainable and inclusive Europe’, tourism is one of the new competences to have been conferred on the Union, and the European strategy for tourism should seek to make the sector more competitive and should be supported by the necessary funding for the next period.

Justification

The object of this amendment is to make a more explicit reference to the role of tourism under the ERDF Regulation.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5) The ERDF should contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy, thus ensuring greater concentration of ERDF support on the priorities of the Union. According to the category of regions supported, the support from the ERDF should be concentrated on research and innovation, small and medium-sized enterprises and climate change mitigation. The degree of concentration should take into account the level of development of the region as well as the specific needs of regions whose GDP per capita for the 2007-13 period was less than 75% of the average GDP of the EU-25 for the reference period.

(5) The ERDF should contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy, thus ensuring greater concentration of ERDF support on the priorities of the Union. According to the category of regions supported, the support from the ERDF should be primarily concentrated on research and innovation, small and medium-sized enterprises, the minimisation of external costs, climate change mitigation and sustainable transport infrastructure development. The degree of concentration should take into account the level of development of the region as well as the specific needs of regions whose GDP per capita for the 2007-13 period was less than 75% of the average GDP of the EU-25 for the reference period.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5 a) When supporting investments in transport and mobility projects, the ERDF shall be oriented towards the objectives defined in the Commission's White Paper - Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area - Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system1 and the corresponding resolution of the European Parliament of 15 December 20112;

 

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1 COM2011(144)

 

2 P7_TA(2011)0584

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) Within the framework of sustainable urban development, it is considered necessary to support integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate and social challenges affecting urban areas and to define a procedure to establish the list of cities covered by such actions and the financial allocation set aside for such actions.

(7) Within the framework of sustainable urban development, it is considered necessary to support integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate, social and mobility challenges affecting urban areas and to define a procedure to establish the list of cities covered by such actions and the financial allocation set aside for such actions.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(7 a) A shift towards sustainable mobility - based on multimodal transport, integrated transport systems and diversion of international and transit traffic out of the city centres - is crucial to achieve its EU 2020 targets, given that transport accounts for 24 % of all CO2 emissions in the Union and transport in the Union has seen its emissions increase by 34 % since 1990. The sustainable mobility will require major investments, e.g. in bypassing urban areas, promotion of modern and environmentally friendly public transport, intelligent traffic management systems as well as public logistic platforms or intermodal terminals.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(7b) As a result of public investments worth billions of euros, other sectors have achieved substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, amounting to -34 % in industry, -14 % in households and -17 % in energy generation, since 1990.

Amendment  9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7 c (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(7c) New funding priorities focusing on the achievement of complex multimodal transport are indispensable, given that the major share of transport investments provided by the ERDF has in the past been directed towards road transport; although road transport is already responsible for 72 % of all CO2 emissions originating from the Union transport sector.1

 

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1 see European Environment Agency (2011): EEA Report No 7/2011 - TERM 2011: transport indicators tracking progress. towards environmental targets in Europe.

Amendment  10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(9) In order to identify or test new solutions to issues relating to sustainable urban development which are of relevance at Union level, the ERDF should support innovative actions in the field of sustainable urban development.

(9) In order to identify or test new solutions to issues relating to sustainable urban development which are of relevance at Union level, the ERDF should support innovative actions and technologies in the field of sustainable urban development, including innovative traffic management systems, placing the emphasis, in particular, on environmentally sound transport, intermodality and sustainable mobility between towns and cities and peri-urban and rural areas.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(9a) The tourism sector offers vast potential for development, acts as a significant stimulus for growth, has a dense economic fabric, incorporating many SMUs, and provides large numbers of jobs. It is therefore of strategic importance for the Union, and the ERDF should support this industry and its related sectors. ERDF support is all the more relevant because tourism has a real impact on cohesion, the dynamism and attractiveness of regions, territorial development and the environment. ERDF support for measures to assist professionals and customers with the aim of guaranteeing the availability and employment of sustainable, responsible and high-quality tourism infrastructures and practices which safeguard the environment, our natural heritage and biodiversity can help to achieve the objectives of cohesion policy, the Europe 2020 strategy and environmental protection.

Justification

Tourism makes a significant contribution to growth and competitiveness in Europe. The sector faces a number of challenges which are fundamental to its future and, at the same time, has a significant impact on the environment, cohesion, regional dynamism and territorial development. Provision should therefore be made for ERDF action to support measures which can help to achieve the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy and cohesion policy.

Amendment  12

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(9b) In the light of the provisions of Parliament’s roadmap for a single European transport area (2011/2096(INI)), ERDF funding for measures in urban areas should take account of the sustainable mobility plans drawn up for the urban areas concerned, in keeping with the subsidiarity principle.

Justification

In keeping with the thinking behind the roadmap for a single European transport area, in which Parliament calls for proposals concerning urban mobility to be put forward between now and 2015, the provisions of the urban mobility plan are to be laid down by the Commission and, in the context of the provision of ERDF support, due account must be taken of those plans when the eligibility of projects is verified and when the proper use of the funds allocated is scrutinised.

Amendment  13

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10) The ERDF should address the problems of accessibility to, and remoteness from, large markets facing areas with an extremely low population density, as referred to in Protocol No 6 on special provisions for Objective 6 in the framework of the Structural Funds in Finland and Sweden to the 1994 Act of Accession. The ERDF should also address the specific difficulties encountered by certain islands, mountainous areas, border regions and sparsely populated areas whose geographical situation slows down their development, with a view to supporting their sustainable development.

(10) The ERDF should address the problems of accessibility to, and remoteness from, large markets facing areas with an extremely low population density, as referred to in Protocol No 6 on special provisions for Objective 6 in the framework of the Structural Funds in Finland and Sweden to the 1994 Act of Accession. The ERDF should also address the specific difficulties encountered by certain islands, mountainous areas, border regions and sparsely populated areas whose geographical situation slows down their development, with a view to supporting their sustainable development. As a next point, the ERDF should address the problems of regular transport services to and from national and regional capitals, links between cities and their surrounding areas - including rural areas - or regions, connections of industrial zones and international airports as well as cultural exchange and tourism infrastructure.

Amendment  14

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(11a) The ERDF funds earmarked for transport infrastructure should be aimed at both co-financing a more sustainable transport system and at fostering social and territorial cohesion in the Union, reducing the development gap among the regions and, in particular, improving accessibility and public mobility.

Amendment  15

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 11 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(11a) Article 195 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union provides that the Union shall complement the action of the Member States in the tourism sector, in particular by promoting the competitiveness of Union undertakings in that sector.

Justification

Since the entry into force, tourism is explicitly defined as one of the policy areas where the EU can take action. This change needs to be reflected in legislation and funding rules.

Amendment  16

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The ERDF shall contribute to the financing of support which aims to reinforce economic, social and territorial cohesion by redressing the main regional imbalances through support for the development and structural adjustment of regional economies, including the conversion of declining industrial regions and regions lagging behind.

The ERDF shall contribute to the financing of support which aims to reinforce economic, social and territorial cohesion by redressing the main regional imbalances through support for the development and structural adjustment of regional economies, including the conversion of declining industrial regions and regions lagging behind, taking into account the difficulties affecting areas with permanent serious natural or demographic handicaps.

 

 

Amendment  17

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) investments in infrastructure providing basic services to citizens in the areas of energy, environment, transport, and information and communication technologies (ICT);

(b) investments in infrastructure providing basic services to citizens in the areas of energy, environment, sustainable tourism and transport, and information and communication technologies (ICT);

Amendment  18

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) investments in measures to increase energy efficiency in the transport sector, especially in the field of urban transport;

Amendment  19

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point d – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) development of endogenous potential by supporting regional and local development and research and innovation. These measures shall include:

(d) development of endogenous potential by supporting regional and local development and research and innovation, while taking care not to increase levels of bureaucracy. These measures shall include:

Amendment  20

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point d – point iii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iii) support to public research and innovation bodies and investment in technology and applied research in enterprises;

(iii) support to public research and innovation bodies and investment in technology, transport safety, technological innovation in transport and mobility as well as applied research in enterprises;

Amendment  21

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point d – point iv

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iv) networking, cooperation and exchange of experience between regions, towns, and relevant social, economic and environmental actors;

(iv) networking, cooperation and exchange of experience and best practices between regions, towns, and relevant social, economic and environmental actors;

Amendment  22

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point d – point iv a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iv a) new capacity building, studies and preparatory actions;

Amendment  23

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

In more developed regions, the ERDF shall not support investments in infrastructure providing basic services to citizens in the areas of environment, transport, and ICT.

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Justification

If the ERDF is to provide effective support for the efforts to achieve the objective of ‘Investment for growth and employment’, its scope must include the environment, transport and ICT, which are key areas in that respect.

Amendment  24

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da) large projects for road connections without a trans-border connection, airports within 200 km of each other not cooperating on the use of infrastructure capacities;

Amendment  25

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point a – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i) at least 80% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to the thematic objectives set out in points 1, 3 and 4 of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] ;

(i) at least 80% of the total ERDF resources at national level shall be allocated to up to three of the thematic objectives set out in Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR];

Justification

Regional policy has to allow for the fact that needs are different from one area to the next. Thematic concentration is undoubtedly necessary, but decisions cannot be taken without regard to regional variations. If the individual regions, together with the Commission, assess their needs, funding priorities can be determined.

Amendment  26

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 3 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms;

(a) promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms in areas which are fundamental to European growth and competitiveness, in particular tourism and related sectors;

Justification

The economic fabric of the tourism sector, which incorporates many SMUs, is very dense. Increased competition at world level and the need to safeguard the competitiveness of tourism firms make Union support essential in order to foster entrepreneurism in the tourism and related sectors.

Amendment  27

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 3 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) developing new business models for SMEs, in particular for internationalisation;

(b) developing and implementing new business models for SMEs, in particular for internationalisation;

Amendment  28

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 3 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) developing SME activities in emerging fields linked to European and regional challenges, for example devising and promoting services related to new forms of environment-friendly tourism and eco-tourism;

Amendment  29

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(3a) Investments in tourism projects and promotion of measures consistent with the European Tourism Strategy;

Justification

This amendment reflects Article 195 TFEU, which sipulates that the Union should complement the action of the Member States in the tourism sector.

Amendment  30

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 4 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in SMEs;

(b) increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy use in SMEs;

Amendment  31

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 4 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in public infrastructures and in the housing sector;

(c) increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy use in public infrastructures and in the housing sector;

Amendment  32

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 4 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) promoting low-carbon strategies for urban areas;

(e) promoting low-carbon strategies for urban areas, especially through the promotion of sustainable local, urban and regional transport and mobility such as public transport and non-motorised mobility;

Amendment  33

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 6 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) action to improve the urban environment, including regeneration of brownfield sites and reduction of air pollution;

(e) action to improve the urban environment, including regeneration of brownfield sites and reduction of air pollution, including the areas located in the immediate neighbourhood of the urban areas;

Amendment  34

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 6 – point e a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(e a) supporting endogenous growth potential of specific areas by enhancing accessibility to and use of specific natural and cultural resources and developing sustainable regional and local tourism;

Amendment  35

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 6 – point e a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ea) measures to foster sustainable tourism and encourage responsible initiatives and practices on the part of professionals in the tourism and related sectors and of tourists, including measures to reduce the sector’s impact on the environment and facilitate adaptation to climate change;

Justification

Tourism has a real impact on the environment. Measures to reduce the damage it does to our natural heritage and to biodiversity and foster responsible and sustainable behaviour and infrastructure should therefore be encouraged.

Amendment  36

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures:

(7) promoting efficient co-modality aiming at sustainable, safe and eco-efficient transport and mobility, while focusing on improving existing infrastructure, bridging missing-links in cross-border connections and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures, including connections to regional, local, rural and urban areas;

Amendment  37

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 7 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) supporting a multimodal Single European Transport Area by investing in the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) network;

(a) supporting a sustainable, safe and efficient co-modal Single European Transport Area by investing in the Trans-European Transport Network while focusing on the integration of the Member States which acceded to the European Union on or after 1 May 2004 and their infrastructure needs based on solidarity and territorial cohesion, while focusing on the eco-efficiency of modernising existing infrastructure in the short term and avoiding the reliance on the long term realisation of very large projects;

Amendment  38

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 7 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) enhancing regional mobility through connecting secondary and tertiary nodes to TEN-T infrastructure;

(b) enhancing regional mobility through the interconnection of secondary and tertiary nodes and networks with TEN-T infrastructure;

Justification

Regional mobility and the dynamism and attractiveness of territories depend to a significant degree on effective interconnections between TEN-T infrastructures and secondary and tertiary nodes and networks.

Amendment  39

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 7 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) enhancing regional mobility through connecting secondary and tertiary nodes to TEN-T infrastructure;

(b) enhancing regional mobility through connecting secondary and tertiary nodes to TEN-T infrastructure and by investing in regional airports;

Amendment  40

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 7 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) developing environment-friendly and low-carbon transport systems and promoting sustainable urban mobility;

(c) improving, upgrading and developing safe, renewable-energy based, environment friendly, low-noise, intelligent and interoperable transport systems and promoting sustainable accessible regional, local, rural and urban transport and mobility;

Amendment  41

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 7 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(c a) d) completing fundamental transport infrastructure in less developed regions in order to improve territorial and social cohesion, boost employment, create sustainable and interoperable transport system, deploying environmentally efficient transport and improving transport safety, convenience and accessibility for Europe´s citizens;

Amendment  42

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 7 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) developing comprehensive, high quality and interoperable railway system;

(d) promoting optimum traffic development through the introduction of intelligent transport systems, such as developing and supporting comprehensive, high quality, interoperable and accessible railway systems, including the deployment of the ERTMS and rail freight noise-reduction measures at the source; supporting environment-friendly bus services and sustainable waterborne transport;

Amendment  43

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 7 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(d a) developing a complex system of multimodal transport including public logistic platforms, intermodal terminals and initial support of regular intermodal transport links as well as inclusion of industrial zones and international airports in multimodal transport and their adequate connection to trans-European and fundamental national infrastructure;

Amendment  44

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 7 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da) modernising urban transport and increasing its efficiency;

Amendment  45

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 7 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da) developing sustainable sea or air transport systems to help open up islands to the greatest extent possible to passenger and goods traffic;

Amendment  46

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 7 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(d a) developing tourism infrastructure, including transport infrastructure to tourism sites or facilities;

Amendment  47

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 7 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da) developing a safe transport network, in particular to achieve the goal of reducing road accident victims by 50%;

Amendment  48

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point 7 – point d b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(d b) enhancing regional mobility through connecting secondary and tertiary nodes to TEN-T infrastructure;

Amendment  49

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Common indicators, as set out in the Annex to this Regulation, shall be used where relevant and in accordance with Article 24(3) of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR]. For common indicators, baselines shall be set at zero and cumulative targets shall be fixed for 2022.

The Commission shall further develop the list of common indicators, taking into consideration, amongst others, minimising external costs, protecting the climate, reducing accidents, air pollution and noise in accordance with Article 24(3) of the Regulation (EU) No [...]/2012 [CPR] and the provisions of the European Parliament's resolution on the ‘Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area' [2011/2096(INI)]. For common indicators, baselines shall be set at zero and cumulative targets shall be fixed for 2022.

Amendment  50

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

For programme-specific result indicators, baselines shall use the latest available data and targets shall be fixed for 2022, but may be expressed in quantitative or qualitative terms.

3. For programme-specific result indicators, baselines shall use the latest available data and targets shall be fixed for 2022, and shall be expressed in both quantitative and qualitative terms.

Amendment  51

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The ERDF shall support, within operational programmes, sustainable urban development through strategies setting out integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate and social challenges affecting urban areas.

1. The ERDF shall support, within operational programmes, sustainable urban development through strategies setting out integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate, social and mobility challenges affecting urban areas.

Amendment  52

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The ERDF shall support, within operational programmes, sustainable urban development through strategies setting out integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate and social challenges affecting urban areas.

1. The ERDF shall support, within operational programmes, sustainable urban development through strategies setting out integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate, transport and social challenges affecting urban areas.

Amendment  53

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. In the light of the provisions of Parliament’s roadmap for a single European transport area (2011/2096(INI)), in keeping with the principle of subsidiarity support for urban development shall take account of any urban mobility plan which has been drawn up for the urban area concerned, the provisions of which shall be laid down by the Commission in a proposal on urban mobility to be submitted by 2015.

Justification

In keeping with the thinking behind the roadmap for a single European transport area, in which Parliament calls for proposals concerning urban mobility to be put forward between now and 2015, the provisions of the urban mobility plan must be laid down by the Commission and, in the context of the provision of ERDF support, due account must be taken of those plans when the eligibility of projects is verified and when the proper use of the funds allocated is scrutinised.

Amendment  54

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) the improvement of health and life quality for the population in urban areas by reducing accidents, noise and air pollution through co-funded transport projects;

Amendment  55

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(a a) city budget per capita;

Amendment  56

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) the existence of a strategy for integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate and social challenges affecting urban areas.

(b) the existence of a strategy for integrated actions to tackle the economic, environmental, climate, social and mobility challenges affecting urban areas.

Amendment  57

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) point (a) shall not constitute an obstacle to the selection of cities in remote or island regions or cities whose population is significantly lower than that of the large urban agglomerations of the Member State concerned.

Amendment  58

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Operational programmes co-financed by the ERDF covering areas with severe and permanent natural or demographic handicaps referred to in Article 111(4) of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] shall pay particular attention to addressing the specific difficulties of those areas.

Operational programmes co-financed by the ERDF covering areas with severe and permanent natural or demographic handicaps referred to in Article 111(4) of Regulation (EU) No […]/2012 [CPR] shall pay particular attention to improving mobility and accessibility in those regions and addressing the specific difficulties of those areas.

Amendment  59

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) freight transport services and start-up aid for transport services;

(b) freight transport services and start-up aid for safe transport services, based on sustainable mobility;

Amendment  60

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ca) the specific opportunities of sustainable tourism projects, based on the protection of natural, cultural and historic heritage;

Amendment  61

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

4a. All undertakings established in the outermost regions shall be eligible for the specific additional allocation and, by way of derogation from Article 3(1)(a), any investment in production funded under the ERDF.

Amendment  62

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 15a

 

Evaluation

 

By 31 December 2017 at the latest, the Commission shall submit to the Council and Parliament an evaluation report on the achievement of the objectives set for this Regulation.

Amendment  63

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – row 10 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Tourism

Visits

Number of visits to supported attractions

Amendment by Parliament

Tourism

Visits

Number of visits to supported attractions

 

EUR

Volume of investment in smart and sustainable mobility

Amendment  64

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – row 15

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Railway

km

Total length of new railway line

 

 

of which: TEN-T

 

km

Total length of reconstructed or upgraded railway line

 

 

of which: TEN-T

Amendment by Parliament

Railway

km

Total length of new railway line

 

 

of which: TEN-T

 

km

Total length of repaired, reconstructed or upgraded railway line

 

 

of which: TEN-T

Amendment  65

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – row 16a

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Railway

km

Total length of new railway line

 

 

of which: TEN-T

 

km

Total length of reconstructed or upgraded railway line

 

 

of which: TEN-T

Amendment by Parliament

Railway

km

Total length of new railway line

 

 

of which: TEN-T

 

km

Total length of reconstructed or upgraded railway line

 

 

of which: TEN-T

 

number

newly built, reconstructed or upgraded cross-border sections

Amendment  66

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – row 16 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Transport

 

 

Railway

km

Total length of new railway line

 

 

of which: TEN-T

 

km

Total length of reconstructed or upgraded railway line

Amendment by Parliament

Transport

 

 

Railway

km

Total length of new railway line

 

 

of which: TEN-T

 

km

Total length of reconstructed or upgraded railway line

 

tonnes/km

Increase in the volume of goods transported by rail

Amendment  67

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – row 16 b (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Transport

 

 

Railway

km

Total length of new railway line

 

 

of which: TEN-T

 

km

Total length of reconstructed or upgraded railway line

Amendment by Parliament

Transport

 

 

Railway

km

Total length of new railway line

 

 

of which: TEN-T

 

km

Total length of reconstructed or upgraded railway line

 

passengers/km

Increase in the number of passengers transported by rail

Amendment  68

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – row 16 c (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Transport

 

 

Railway

km

Total length of new railway line

 

 

of which: TEN-T

 

km

Total length of reconstructed or upgraded railway line

Amendment by Parliament

Transport

 

 

Railway

km

Total length of new railway line

 

 

of which: TEN-T

 

km

Total length of reconstructed or upgraded railway line

 

km

Total length of railway line equipped with ERTMS

Amendment  69

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – row 19

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Roads

km

Total length of newly built roads

 

 

of which: TEN-T

 

km

Total length of reconstructed or upgraded roads

 

 

of which: TEN-T

Amendment by Parliament

Roads

km

Total length of newly built roads

 

 

of which: TEN-T

 

km

Total length of repaired, reconstructed or upgraded roads

 

 

of which: TEN-T

Amendment  70

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – row 20a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Roads

km

Total length of newly built roads

 

 

of which: TEN-T

 

km

Total length of reconstructed or upgraded roads

 

 

of which: TEN-T

Amendment by Parliament

Roads

km

Total length of newly built roads

 

 

of which: TEN-T

 

km

Total length of reconstructed or upgraded roads

 

 

of which: TEN-T

 

number

newly built, reconstructed or upgraded cross-border sections

Amendment  71

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – row 20 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

 

 

 

Amendment by Parliament

International airports

minutes

Total reduction of the average time needed to reach the airport by means of public transport from the nearest city centre

Amendment  72

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – row 21 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Urban transport

passenger trips

Increase of passenger trips using supported urban transport service

Amendment by Parliament

Urban transport

passenger trips

Increase of passenger trips using supported urban transport service

 

percentage

Change in modal share of public transport and non-motorised mobility such as walking and cycling

Amendment  73

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – row 21 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Urban transport

passenger trips

Increase of passenger trips using supported urban transport service

Amendment by Parliament

Urban transport

passenger trips

Increase of passenger trips using supported urban transport service

 

more eco-efficient vehicles

Increase in the number of vehicles and development of related infrastructure for more eco-efficient urban transport

Amendment  74

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – 22 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Inland waterways

tonne-km

Increase of cargo transported on improved inland waterways

Amendment by Parliament

Inland waterways

tonne-km

Increase of cargo transported on improved inland waterways

 

passenger trips

Increase in the number of people using inland waterway transport services

Amendment  75

Proposal for a regulation

Annex –row 22a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

 

 

 

Amendment by Parliament

Climate effect

mio of tonnes of CO2 equivalents

change of greenhouse gas emissions resulting from co-funded measure(s)

Amendment  76

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – row 27

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Wastewater treatment

population equivalent

Additional population served by improved wastewater treatment

Amendment by Parliament

Wastewater treatment

population equivalent

Additional wastewater treatment capacity

Amendment  77

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – row 32

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Nature and biodiversity

hectares

Surface area of habitats in better conservation status

Amendment by Parliament

Nature and biodiversity

hectares

Surface area of restored biotopes

PROCEDURE

Title

Specific provisions concerning the European Regional Development Fund and the ‘Investment for growth and jobs’ goal and repeal of Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006

References

COM(2011)0614 – C7-0328/2011 – 2011/0275(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

REGI

25.10.2011

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

TRAN

25.10.2011

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Michael Cramer

25.11.2011

Discussed in committee

27.2.2012

24.4.2012

 

 

Date adopted

19.6.2012

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

35

0

2

Members present for the final vote

Magdi Cristiano Allam, Georges Bach, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Philip Bradbourn, Michael Cramer, Joseph Cuschieri, Philippe De Backer, Luis de Grandes Pascual, Christine De Veyrac, Saïd El Khadraoui, Ismail Ertug, Knut Fleckenstein, Jacqueline Foster, Mathieu Grosch, Jim Higgins, Juozas Imbrasas, Dieter-Lebrecht Koch, Ádám Kósa, Werner Kuhn, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Gesine Meissner, Dominique Riquet, Petri Sarvamaa, Vilja Savisaar-Toomast, Olga Sehnalová, Brian Simpson, Keith Taylor, Silvia-Adriana Ţicău, Giommaria Uggias, Peter van Dalen, Dominique Vlasto, Artur Zasada, Roberts Zīle

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Spyros Danellis, Gilles Pargneaux, Alfreds Rubiks

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

María Irigoyen Pérez


PROCEDURE

Title

Specific provisions concerning the European Regional Development Fund and the ‘Investment for growth and jobs’ goal and repeal of Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006

References

COM(2011)0614 – C7-0328/2011 – 2011/0275(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

6.10.2011

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

REGI

25.10.2011

 

 

 

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)

       Date announced in plenary

BUDG

25.10.2011

EMPL

25.10.2011

ENVI

25.10.2011

ITRE

25.10.2011

 

TRAN

25.10.2011

CULT

25.10.2011

FEMM

25.10.2011

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

EMPL

27.10.2011

CULT

23.1.2012

FEMM

30.5.2012

 

Rapporteur(s)

       Date appointed

Jan Olbrycht

21.6.2011

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

22.11.2011

25.1.2012

20.3.2012

8.5.2012

 

29.5.2012

21.6.2012

11.7.2012

26.11.2012

 

24.1.2013

19.2.2013

19.3.2013

23.4.2013

 

29.5.2013

19.6.2013

 

 

Date adopted

10.7.2013

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

39

0

2

Members present for the final vote

François Alfonsi, Luís Paulo Alves, Catherine Bearder, Jean-Jacob Bicep, Victor Boştinaru, John Bufton, Francesco De Angelis, Tamás Deutsch, Rosa Estaràs Ferragut, Brice Hortefeux, Danuta Maria Hübner, Filiz Hakaeva Hyusmenova, Vincenzo Iovine, María Irigoyen Pérez, Seán Kelly, Mojca Kleva Kekuš, Constanze Angela Krehl, Jacek Olgierd Kurski, Petru Constantin Luhan, Ramona Nicole Mănescu, Vladimír Maňka, Iosif Matula, Erminia Mazzoni, Miroslav Mikolášik, Jens Nilsson, Jan Olbrycht, Wojciech Michał Olejniczak, Younous Omarjee, Markus Pieper, Monika Smolková, Georgios Stavrakakis, Nuno Teixeira, Lambert van Nistelrooij, Oldřich Vlasák, Kerstin Westphal, Hermann Winkler, Joachim Zeller, Elżbieta Katarzyna Łukacijewska

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Jan Březina, Andrea Cozzolino, Karima Delli, Cornelia Ernst, Ivars Godmanis, Elisabeth Schroedter, Evžen Tošenovský, Giommaria Uggias

Date tabled

17.7.2013

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