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P7_TA(2013)0472

REPORT     
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14 November 2013
PE 523.056v01-00 A7-0387/2013

on the joint text on the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2014 approved by the Conciliation Committee under the budgetary procedure

(xxxxx/2013 – C7-xxxx/2013 – 2013/2145(BUD))

European Parliament delegation to the Budgetary Conciliation Committee

Rapporteurs: Anne E. Jensen (Section III – Commission)

Monika Hohlmeier (other sections)

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 ANNEX
 PROCEDURE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the joint text on the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2014 approved by the Conciliation Committee under the budgetary procedure

(xxxxx/2013 – C7-xxxx/2013 – 2013/2145(BUD))

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the joint text approved by the Conciliation Committee (PE-CONS xxxxx/2013 – C7-xxxx/2013) and the Parliament, Council and Commission statements annexed to this resolution,

–   having regard to its resolution of 23 October 2013 on the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2014 as modified by the Council – all sections(1) and the budgetary amendments therein,

–    having regard to the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2014, adopted by the Commission on 28 June 2013 (COM (2013)0450),

–    having regard to the position on the draft general budget of the European Union adopted by the Council on 2 September 2013 and forwarded to Parliament on 12 September 2013 (13176/2013 – C7-0260/2013]),

–    having regard to Letters of Amendment No 1/2014 and 2/2014 to the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2014 presented by the Commission on 18 September 2013 and 16 October 2013 respectively,

–    having regard to Article 314 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and to Article 106a of the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community,

–    having regard to Council Decision 2007/436/EC, Euratom of 7 June 2007 on the system of the European Communities' own resources(2),

–    having regard to Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002(3),

–    having regard to the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management(4),

–    having regard to the Draft Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management,

–    having regard to the draft Council Regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014 - 2020,

–    having regard to Rule 75d and 75e of its Rules of Procedure,

–    having regard to the report of its delegation to the Conciliation Committee (A7-0387/2013),

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

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

-    summary figures by financial framework headings;

-    line by line figures on all budget items;

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

2.  Confirms the joint statements by the Parliament, the Council and the Commission included in the joint conclusions agreed by the Conciliation Committee annexed to this resolution;

3.  Confirms the joint statements by the Parliament and the Commission on payment appropriations as well as by the Parliament and the Council on heading 5 and salary adjustments and on EU Special Representatives, annexed to this resolution;

4.  Instructs its President to declare that the European Union's general budget for the financial year 2014 has been definitively adopted and to arrange for its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union;

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

(1)

      Texts adopted, P7_TA(2013)0437.

(2)

      OJ L 163, 23.6.2007, p. 17.

(3)

      OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.

(4)

      OJ C 139, 14.6.2006, p. 1.


ANNEX

FINAL 12.11.2013Budget 2014 –

Joint conclusions

These joint conclusions cover the following sections:

1.  Budget 2014

2.  Budget 2013 – Amending Budgets 8/2013 and 9/2013

3.  Statements

1.        Budget 2014

1.1.     'Closed' lines

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

For the other budget items, the Conciliation Committee has reached the following conclusions:

1.2.     Horizontal issues

Decentralised agencies

The number of posts for all decentralised agencies is set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, with the exception of:

· European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), for which 7 additional posts are agreed;

· European Banking Authority (EBA), for which 8 additional posts are agreed;

· European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), for which 3 additional posts are agreed;

· European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), for which 5 additional posts are agreed;

· European Asylum Support Office (EASO), for which 2 additional posts are agreed; and

· EUROPOL, for which 2 additional posts are agreed.

The EU contribution (in commitment appropriations and in payment appropriations) for decentralised agencies is set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget (DB), with the exception of:

· European Banking Authority (EBA), for which an additional amount of EUR 2.1 million is agreed, on the basis of the EU funding key of 40% (60% to be co-financed by national supervisory authorities);

· European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), for which an additional amount of EUR 1.2 million is agreed, on the basis of the EU funding key of 40% (60% to be co-financed by national supervisory authorities);

· European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), for which an additional amount of EUR 2.0 million is agreed, on the basis of the EU funding key of 40% (60% to be co-financed by national supervisory authorities);

· European Asylum Support Office (EASO), for which an additional amount of EUR 0,130 million is agreed;

· EUROPOL, for which an additional amount of EUR 1.7 million is agreed; and

· FRONTEX, for which an additional amount of EUR 2.0 million is agreed.

The Conciliation Committee agrees on the joint statement on decentralised agencies as set out in Section 3.4.

Executive agencies

The EU contribution (in commitment appropriations and in payment appropriations) and the number of posts for executive agencies are set at the level proposed by the Commission in Amending Letter 2/2014.

Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs)

The EU contribution (in commitment appropriations and in payment appropriations) and the number of posts for Joint Technology Initiatives are set at the level proposed at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget (DB), as amended by Amending Letter 1/2014.

Pilot Projects/Preparatory Actions

A comprehensive package of 68 pilot projects/preparatory actions (PP/PA), for an amount of EUR 79.4 million in commitment appropriations is agreed, as proposed by the Parliament. When a pilot project or a preparatory action appears to be covered by an existing legal basis, the Commission may propose the transfer of appropriations to the corresponding legal basis in order to facilitate the implementation of the action.

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

1.3.     Expenditure headings of the financial framework - commitment appropriations

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

Heading 1a

Commitment appropriations are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1 and 2/2014, with the following exceptions:

in EUR million

Budget line

Name

Reinforcements / reductions of commitment appropriations

DB 2014

Budget 2014

Difference

01 02 01

Coordination, surveillance and communication on the economic and monetary union, including the euro

13,000

11,000

- 2,000

04 03 01 02

Social dialogue

38,500

-

- 38,500

04 03 01 05

Information and training sessions for workers’ organisations

-

18,600

18,600

04 03 01 06

Information, consultation and participation of representatives undertakings

-

7,250

7,250

04 03 01 08

Industrial relations and social dialogue

-

15,935

15,935

04 03 02 02

EURES – Promoting workers’ geographical mobility and boosting employment opportunities

19,310

21,300

1,990

04 03 02 03

Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship – Facilitating access to finance for entrepreneurs, especially those furthest from the labour market, and social enterprises

25,074

26,500

1,426

06 02 05

Support activities to the European transport policy and passenger rights, including communication activities

16,019

20,019

4,000

09 03 01

Accelerating the deployment of broadband networks

-

10,000

10,000

09 04 01 01

Strengthening research in FET – Future and Emerging Technologies

241,003

246,003

5,000

15 02 10

Special Annual Events

-

3,000

3,000

 

Total            

 

 

26,701

As a consequence, and after taking into account pilot projects and preparatory actions, as well as decentralised agencies, the margin under the expenditure ceiling of heading 1a amounts to EUR 76.0 million.

Heading 1b

Commitment appropriations are set at the level proposed in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter No 1/2014, with the exception of the following budget lines, for each of which an amount of EUR 2.5 million in commitments is agreed:

· 13 03 67 'Macro regional strategies 2014-2020: European strategy for the Baltic Sea region – Technical assistance' and

· 13 03 68 'Macro regional strategies 2014-2020: European strategy for the Danube region – Technical assistance'.

Furthermore, for the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD, chapter 04 06) an additional amount of EUR 134.9 million in commitments is agreed. A corresponding amount in commitments is transferred from the European Social Fund (ESF, chapter 04 02), broken down as follows:

· - EUR 67.9 million for the "Less developed regions" (budget line 04 02 60)

· - EUR 22.2 million for the "Transition regions" (budget line 04 02 61)

· - EUR 44.8 million for the "More developed regions" (budget line 04 02 62)

The Flexibility Instrument will be mobilised for an amount of EUR 89.3 million for additional assistance to Cyprus.

Heading 2

Commitment appropriations are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 2/2014, with the exception of:

·  budget line 05 08 80 Union participation at the World Exposition 2015 “Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life” in Milan, for which an additional amount of EUR 1 million in commitments is agreed.

As a consequence, and after taking into account pilot projects and preparatory actions, the margin under the expenditure ceiling of heading 2 amounts to EUR 35.8 million.

Heading 3

Commitment appropriations are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 2/2014, with the following exceptions:

in EUR million

Budget line

Name

Reinforcements of commitment appropriations

DB 2014

Budget 2014

Difference

15 04 02

Supporting the cultural and creative sectors to operate in Europe and beyond and to promote transnational circulation and mobility

52,922

53,922

1,000

15 04 03

MEDIA sub-programme – Supporting the MEDIA cultural and creative sectors to operate in Europe and beyond and to promote transnational circulation and mobility

102,321

103,321

1,000

16 02 01

Europe for Citizens – Strengthening remembrance and enhancing capacity for civic participation at the Union level

21,050

23,050

2,000

16 03 01 01

Multimedia actions

18,740

25,540

6,800

33 02 02

Promoting non-discrimination and equality

30,651

31,151

0,500

 

Total            

 

 

11,300

As a consequence, and after taking into account pilot projects and preparatory actions, as well as decentralised agencies, the margin under the expenditure ceiling of heading 3 amounts to EUR 7.0 million.

Heading 4

Commitment appropriations are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 2/2014, with the following exceptions:

in EUR million

Budget line

Name

Reinforcements / reductions of commitment appropriations

DB 2014

Budget 2014

Difference

01 03 02

Macro-financial assistance

76,257

60,000

- 16,257

19 02 01

Response to crisis and emerging crisis (Instrument for Stability)

201,867

204,337

2,470

19 02 02

Support conflict prevention, crisis preparedness and peace building (Instrument for Stability)

22,000

22,494

0,494

19 05 01

Cooperation with third countries to advance and promote European Union and mutual interests

100,511

106,109

5,598

21 02 01 01

Latin America – poverty reduction and sustainable development

205,735

0,000

- 205,735

21 02 01 02

Latin America – democracy, rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights

48,259

0,000

- 48,259

21 02 02 01

Asia – poverty reduction and sustainable development

581,964

0,000

- 581,964

21 02 02 02

Asia – democracy, rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights

154,699

0,000

- 154,699

21 02 03 01

Central Asia – poverty reduction and sustainable development

65,240

0,000

- 65,240

21 02 03 02

Central Asia– democracy, rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights

4,911

0,000

- 4,911

21 02 04 01

Middle East – poverty reduction and sustainable development

37,305

0,000

- 37,305

21 02 04 02

Middle East – democracy, rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights

13,107

0,000

- 13,107

21 02 05 01

South Africa – poverty reduction and sustainable development

22,768

0,000

- 22,768

21 02 05 02

South Africa – democracy, rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights

2,530

0,000

- 2,530

21 02 06 01

Pan-Africa – poverty reduction and sustainable development

85,210

0,000

- 85,210

21 02 06 02

Pan-Africa – democracy, rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights

9,468

0,000

- 9,468

21 02 07 01

Global Public Goods – poverty reduction and sustainable development

620,988

0,000

- 620,988

21 02 07 02

Global Public Goods – democracy, rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights

19,036

0,000

- 19,036

21 02 07 03

Environment and climate change

0,000

163,094

163,094

21 02 07 04

Sustainable energy

0,000

82,852

82,852

21 02 07 05

Human development

0,000

163,094

163,094

21 02 07 06

Food security and sustainable agriculture

0,000

197,018

197,018

21 02 07 07

Migration and asylum

0,000

46,319

46,319

21 02 08 01

Non-State actors and Local authorities — Poverty reduction and sustainable development

183,452

0,000

- 183,452

21 02 08 02

Non-State actors and Local authorities — Democracy, rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights

61,151

0,000

- 61,151

21 02 08 03

Civil society in development

0,000

212,399

212,399

21 02 08 04

Local authorities in development

0,000

36,366

36,366

21 02 09

Middle East

0,000

51,182

51,182

21 02 10

Central Asia

0,000

71,571

71,571

21 02 11

Pan Africa

0,000

97,577

97,577

21 02 12

Latin America

0,000

259,304

259,304

21 02 13

South Africa

0,000

25,978

25,978

21 02 14

Asia

0,000

537,057

537,057

21 02 15

Afghanistan

0,000

203,497

203,497

21 03 01 01

Mediterranean countries – human rights and mobility

205,355

211,087

5,731

21 03 01 02

Mediterranean countries – poverty reduction and sustainable development

680,400

687,811

7,411

21 03 01 03

Mediterranean countries – confidence building, security and the prevention and settlement of conflicts

75,950

80,199

4,249

21 03 01 04

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

250,000

300,000

50,000

21 03 02 01

Eastern Partnership – human rights and mobility

240,841

247,067

6,226

21 03 02 02

Eastern Partnership – poverty reduction and sustainable development

335,900

339,853

3,953

21 03 02 03

Eastern Partnership – confidence building, security and the prevention and settlement of conflicts

11,800

12,966

1,166

21 03 03 03

Support to other multi-country cooperation in the neighbourhood

163,277

163,771

0,494

21 04 01

Enhancing the respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms and supporting democratic reforms

127,841

132,782

4,941

21 05 01

Global and trans-regional security threats (Instrument for Stability)

81,514

82,255

0,741

21 08 02

Coordination and promotion of awareness on development issues

11,700

13,331

1,631

22 02 01

Support to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

 

 

 

22 02 01 01

Support for political reforms and progressive alignment with and adoption, implementation and enforcement of the ‘acquis communautaire’

248,565

249,800

1,235

22 02 01 02

Support for economic, social and territorial development

248,565

249,800

1,235

22 02 03

Support to Turkey

 

 

 

22 02 03 01

Support for political reforms and progressive alignment with and adoption, implementation and enforcement of the "acquis communautaire"

292,938

294,173

1,235

22 02 03 02

Support for economic, social and territorial development

292,938

294,173

1,235

22 03 01

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

30,000

31,482

1,482

23 02 01

Delivery of rapid, effective and needs-based humanitarian aid and food assistance

859,529

874,529

15,000

 

Total            

 

 

131,755

As a consequence, and after taking into account pilot projects and preparatory actions, the margin under the expenditure ceiling of heading 4 amounts to EUR 10.0 million.

Heading 5

As far as establishment plan posts of the Sections are concerned, the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 2/2014, is agreed, with the exception of the European Parliament, for which its own reading is agreed.

Commitment appropriations are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 2/2014, with the exception of:

· The amounts corresponding to the possible impact of the 2011 and 2012 salary adjustments, which are not included in the budgets of each Section at this stage, pending the ruling of the Court of Justice. The Conciliation Committee agrees on the joint statement as set out in Section 3.5;

· Furthermore, as far as the appropriations of the other Sections are concerned, the level proposed by the European Parliament is agreed, with the following exceptions:

o For the Court of Auditors (Section V), the abatement rate proposed by the Council is agreed;

o For the Court of Justice (Section IV), excluding the reduction of EUR 0.6 million proposed by the European Parliament;

o For the European External Action Service (Section X), excluding the transfer of the EU Special Representatives proposed by the European Parliament. The Conciliation Committee agrees on the joint statement as set out in Section 3.6.

· In addition, three new lines (30 01 16 01, 30 01 16 02, 30 01 16 03) are included in the budget of the Commission (Section III), with the corresponding level of appropriations proposed by the European Parliament in its reading.

As a consequence, and after taking into account pilot projects and preparatory actions, the margin under the expenditure ceiling of heading 5 amounts to EUR 316.8 million.

Creation of function group AST/SC

The establishment plans of all EU Institutions and bodies will be modified to take account of the creation in the Staff Regulations of the new AST/SC function group, as proposed in Amending Letter 2/2014.

Heading 6

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

1.4.     Special instruments

Commitment appropriations for the Emergency Aid Reserve (EAR) and the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget.

1.5.     Payment appropriations

The overall level of payment appropriations in the 2014 budget is set at EUR 135 504 613 000.

The Council position on the Draft Budget is used as a starting point to apply the following allocation of payment appropriations across budget lines in 2014:

1.  First, account is taken of the agreed level of commitment appropriations for non-differentiated expenditure, for which the level of payment appropriations by definition is equal to the level of commitments;

2.  By analogy, the same applies to decentralised agencies, for which the EU contribution in payment appropriations is set at the level proposed in section 1.2 above;

3.  The payment appropriations for all new pilot projects and preparatory actions are set at 50% of the corresponding commitment appropriations, or to the level proposed by Parliament if lower; in the case of extension of existing pilot projects and preparatory actions the level of payments is the one defined in the Draft Budget plus 50% of the corresponding new commitments, or to the level proposed by Parliament if lower;

4.  The following specific amounts in payment appropriations are agreed:

a.  The level of payment appropriations for the EU Solidarity Fund in 2014 is set at EUR 150 million;

b.  The level of payment appropriations for the Joint Technology Initiatives is set at the level proposed in Amending Letter 1/2014, whereas the level of payment appropriations for the International Fisheries Agreements is set at the level proposed in Amending Letter 2/2014;

c.  The level of payment appropriations for 'Support to peace process and financial assistance to Palestine and to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)' is set at EUR 200 million;

d.  The level of payment appropriations for the Macro-regional strategies 2014-2020 is set at 50% of the level of commitments defined under heading 1b in section 1.3 above;

e.  The level of payment appropriations for the Special Annual Events is set at the level of commitments defined under heading 1a in section 1.3 above.

5.  The level of payment appropriations set in paragraphs 2 to 4 has a net impact of EUR 285 million compared with the Council position on the Draft Budget for the expenditure items concerned. Taking into account the difference between the overall level of payment appropriations of EUR 135 504 613 000 and the Council position on the Draft Budget, the remaining amount of EUR 215 million allows for an increase of payment appropriations across all budget lines with differentiated appropriations for which no specific rules have been defined in the paragraphs 2 to 4 above, in proportion with the difference between the Draft Budget proposed by the Commission and the Council position.

As part of the overall compromise, the Conciliation Committee agrees on the joint statement on payment appropriations as set out in section 3.1 below.

The Council takes note of the joint statement of the European Parliament and the Commission on payment appropriations as set out in section 3.2 below.

1.6.     Budgetary remarks

All amendments introduced by the European Parliament or the Council to the text of budgetary remarks are agreed with changes as set out in Annex 1. This is with the understanding that they cannot modify or extend the scope of an existing legal base, or impinge on the administrative autonomy of institutions, and that the action can be covered by available resources.

1.7.     New budget lines

Unless mentioned otherwise in the joint conclusions agreed by the Conciliation Committee or agreed jointly by both arms of the budgetary authority in their respective reading, the budget nomenclature as proposed by the Commission in its Draft Budget and its Amending Letters 1 and 2/2014 will remain unchanged, with the exception of pilot projects and preparatory actions.

These commonly agreed nomenclature changes concern the following budget lines:

Budget line

Name

04 03 01 05

Information and training sessions for workers’ organisations

04 03 01 06

Information, consultation and participation of representatives undertakings

04 03 01 08

Industrial relations and social dialogue

15 02 01

Promoting excellence and cooperation in the European education, training and youth area, its relevance to the labour market and the participation of young people in European democratic life

15 02 01 01

Education and training

15 02 01 02

Youth

15 02 10

Special Annual Events

21 02 07 03

Environment and climate change

21 02 07 04

Sustainable energy

21 02 07 05

Human development

21 02 07 06

Food security and sustainable agriculture

21 02 07 07

Migration and asylum

21 02 08 03

Civil society in development

21 02 08 04

Local authorities in development

21 02 09

Middle East

21 02 10

Central Asia

21 02 11

Pan Africa

21 02 12

Latin America

21 02 13

South Africa

21 02 14

Asia

21 02 15

Afghanistan

30 01 16 01

Retirement Pensions of former Members of the European Parliament

30 01 16 02

Invalidity Pensions of former Members of the European Parliament

30 01 16 03

Survivor’s Pensions of former Members of the European Parliament

The budget remarks for the new budget lines on Social Dialogue, as proposed by the Commission, are set out in the Annex.

1.8.     Reserves

The reserve of EUR 2 million set by the European Parliament on budget line 01 02 01 'Coordination, surveillance and communication on the economic and monetary union, including the euro' is agreed.

1.9.     Revenues

The revenue side of the budget is approved as proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 2/2014 adjusted to the level of payments agreed in the Conciliation Committee.

2.       Budget 2013

Draft Amending Budget (DAB) 8/2013 is agreed with the amounts as proposed by the Council.

DAB 9/2013 is agreed as proposed by the Council, with the following amendments:

1.  A reinforcement of EUR 200 million to meet outstanding needs for payment appropriations in 2013 in the field of research is agreed, on the following budget lines:

in EUR million

Budget line

Name

Reinforcement in payment appropriations in 2013

06 06 02 03

SESAR Joint Undertaking

12,458 million

08 02 02

Cooperation - Health - Innovative Medicines Initiative Joint Undertaking

17,981 million

08 04 01

Cooperation - Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies

19,936 million

08 06 01

Cooperation - Environment (including climate change)

2,804 million

08 10 01

Ideas

41,884 million

08 19 01

Capacities - Support for coherent development of research policies

0,406 million

09 04 01 01

Support for research cooperation in the area of information and communication technologies (ICTs - Cooperation)

40,813 million

10 03 01

Nuclear activities of the Joint Research Centre (JRC)

0,406 million

15 07 77

People

63,313 million

 

Total

200 million

2.  A redeployment of payment appropriations for a total amount of EUR 50 million in 2013 is agreed from the following budget lines:

in EUR million

Budget line

Name

Redeployments of payment appropriations

Budget 2013

DAB 9/2013

Difference

01 03 02

Macro-Financial Assistance

 

 

10,000

04 05 01

European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF)

 

 

13,116

08 01 04 31

Research Executive Agency (REA)

 

 

3,915

08 01 05 01

Expenditure related to research staff

 

 

7,230

08 01 05 03

Other management expenditure for research

 

 

15,739

 

Total            

 

 

50,000

The redeployment of payment appropriations for administrative support expenditure for research (chapter 08 01) in 2013 concerns non-differentiated expenditure, which leads to a corresponding reduction in commitment appropriations (- EUR 26.9 million) on the last three lines in the table above.

An amount of EUR 250 million of payment appropriations for the EU Solidarity Fund in included in the 2013 budget, whereas an amount of EUR 150 million of payment appropriations for the EU Solidarity Fund is included in the 2014 budget.

3.        Statements

3.1.     Joint statement on payment appropriations

The European Parliament, the Council, and the Commission recall their shared responsibility, as laid down in Article 323 of the Treaty on the Functioning the European Union (TFEU), that ‘the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission shall ensure that the financial means are made available to allow the Union to fulfil its legal obligation in respect of third parties’.

The European Parliament and the Council recall the need to ensure, in the light of implementation, an orderly progression of payments so as to avoid any abnormal shift of outstanding commitments (‘RAL’) onto the 2015 budget. In this respect, they will have recourse, when appropriate, to the various flexibility mechanisms included in the MFF Regulation, among others in its Article 13.

The European Parliament and the Council agree to set the level of payment appropriations for 2014 at EUR 135 504 613 000. They ask the Commission to initiate any necessary action, on the basis of the provisions of the draft MFF Regulation and the Financial Regulation, to cover the responsibility assigned by the Treaty and, in particular, after having examined the scope for reallocation of the relevant appropriations, with particular reference to any expected under-implementation of appropriations (Financial Regulation Article 41§2) to request additional payment appropriations in an amending budget if the appropriations entered in the 2014 budget are insufficient to cover expenditure.

The European Parliament and the Council will take position on any draft amending budget as quickly as possible in order to avoid any shortfall in payment appropriations. In addition, the European Parliament and the Council undertake to process swiftly any possible transfer of payment appropriations, including across financial framework headings, in order to make the best possible use of payment appropriations entered in the budget and align them to actual execution and needs.

The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission will, throughout the year, actively monitor the state of implementation of the 2014 budget, in particular under sub-heading 1b (Economic, social and territorial cohesion) and rural development under heading 2 (Sustainable Growth: Natural Resources). This will take the form of dedicated inter-institutional meetings, in accordance with point 36 of the Annex of the Interinstitutional Agreement, to take stock of payment implementation and revised forecasts.

3.2.     European Parliament and Commission statement on payment appropriations

The European Parliament and the Commission recall the need for specific and maximum flexibility within the 2014-2020 MFF. Changes to the proposed legal bases agreed by the legislative authority will lead to further pressure on the payment ceilings under the 2014-2020 MFF. In the context of the finalisation of the legislative package for the Cohesion policy 2014-2020 and taking into account the possible impact of the SME initiative, the Commission issued a declaration on the impact of the agreement reached on the performance reserve and pre-financing levels, on payment needs. Whilst the overall impact of these changes on additional payment appropriations in the 2014-2020 MFF is considered to remain limited, the Commission stated that the annual fluctuations in the global level of payments would be managed through the use of the global margin for payments. If needed, the Commission may also have recourse to the Flexibility Instrument and the Contingency Margin agreed upon in the draft MFF Regulation.

Therefore, the Commission intends to propose correcting measures in light of implementation, using, to the extent necessary, all the tools offered by the new MFF. Specifically, in the course of 2014 the Commission may have to propose to have recourse to the Contingency Margin, in accordance with Article 13 of the draft MFF Regulation.

3.3.     Council statement on payment appropriations

The Council recalls that the special instruments can only be activated to cater for genuinely unforeseen circumstances.

It recalls that the Contingency Margin shall not result in exceeding the total ceilings of commitment and payment appropriations.

As regards other special instruments, the Council recalls that Article 3(2) of the draft MFF Regulation states that commitment appropriations may be entered in the budget over and above the ceilings of the relevant headings.

3.4.     Joint statement on decentralised agencies

The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission recall the importance to progressively reduce the staffing levels of all EU institutions, bodies and agencies by 5% over five years, as agreed in point 23 of the draft Interinstitutional Agreement on budgetary discipline, cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management.

The European Parliament and the Council commit to pursue progressively the above-mentioned 5% staff reduction for the period 2013-2017 while insisting as well on the proper functioning of the agencies so that they can fulfil the tasks they have been assigned by the legislative authority. In this respect, they consider that further measures, including structural ones, may be required to achieve this reduction for decentralised agencies. In this context, the Commission will continue its assessment of the possibilities to merge and/or wind-up some of the existing agencies, and/or other ways to achieve synergies.

Further to the work carried out by the Inter-Institutional Working Group, which resulted in the Common Approach on decentralised agencies agreed in July 2012, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agree on the need for a closer and more permanent scrutiny on the development of decentralised agencies to ensure a coherent approach. Without prejudice to their respective prerogatives, they agree to establish a specific inter-institutional working group with the aim of defining a clear development path for agencies, based on objective criteria. The Group should in particular discuss:

· Evaluation of establishment plans on a case-by-case basis;

· Ways to provide adequate appropriations and staff for additional tasks, assigned to individual agencies by the legislative authority;

· Treatment of agencies which are fully or partially fee-financed;

· Administrative structure of agencies, financing models, treatment of assigned revenues;

· Reassessment of needs; potential mergers/closures; transfer of tasks to the Commission.

The European Parliament and the Council will take into due account the results achieved by the Inter-Institutional Working Group in their deliberations as legislative and budgetary authority.

3.5.     Joint statement on heading 5 and salary adjustments

The European Parliament and the Council agree that pending the outcome of the cases before the European Court of Justice, the appropriations related to the proposed salary adjustments of 1.7% for 2011 and 1.7% for 2012 will not be included at this stage in the 2014 budget.

Should the Court of Justice rule in favour of the Commission, the Commission will present a Draft Amending Budget in 2014 in order to cover the proposed salary adjustments, for all the Sections. Under such a scenario, the European Parliament and the Council undertake to act swiftly on the relevant Draft Amending Budget.

3.6.     Joint statement on EU Special Representatives

The Parliament and the Council agree to examine the transfer of appropriations for the European Union Special Representatives from the Commission's budget (Section III) to the budget of the European External Action Service (Section X) in the context of the 2015 budgetary procedure.

  Annex 1 – Modification of budgetary remarks

With reference to section 1.6 of the joint conclusions, as compared to the budgetary remarks voted by the Council and the Parliament, the following modifications are agreed:

Heading 1A

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Information and training measures for workers' organisations

Remarks

This appropriation is intended to cover expenditure on information and training measures for workers’ organisations, including representatives of workers’ organisations in the candidate countries, deriving from the implementation of Union action in the framework of the implementation of the Union social dimension action. These measures should help workers’ organisations to help address the overarching challenges facing European employment and social policy as laid down in the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Social Agenda and within the context of Union initiatives to address the consequences of the economic crisis.

Moreover, this appropriation is also intended to support the work programmes of the two institutes – ETUI (European Trade Union Institute) and EZA (European Centre for Workers’ Questions) - which have been established to promote capacity-building through educational measures and research at European level, including in candidate countries, to include worker representatives in decision-making processes to a greater extent.

This appropriation is intended to cover in particular the following activities:

— Support for the work programmes of the two specific trade union institutes, ETUI (European Trade Union Institute) and EZA (European Centre for Workers’ Questions), which have been established to facilitate capacity-building through training and research at European level, as well as to improve the degree of involvement of workers' representatives in European governance,

— Information and training measures for workers’ organisations, including representatives of workers’ organisations in the candidate countries, deriving from the implementation of Union action in the framework of the implementation of the Union social dimension,

— Measures involving representatives of the social partners in the candidate countries with the specific purpose of promoting social dialogue at Union level. It is also intended to promote equal participation of women and men in the decision-making bodies of workers’ organisations."

Legal Basis

Task resulting from specific powers directly conferred on the Commission by the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union pursuant to Article 154.

Convention concluded in 1959 between the ECSC High Authority and the International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre (CIS) of the International Labour Office.

Council Directive 89/391/EEC of 12 June 1989 on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health of workers at work (OJ L 183, 29.6.1989, p. 1), and the associated individual Directives.

Council Directive 92/29/EEC of 31 March 1992 on the minimum safety and health requirements for improved medical treatment on board vessels (OJ L 113, 30.4.1992, p. 19).

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Information, consultation and participation of representatives of undertakings

Remarks

This appropriation is intended to provide funding for action to foster the development of employee involvement in undertakings in furtherance of Directives 97/74/EC and 2009/38/EC on European Works Councils, Directives 2001/86/EC and 2003/72/EC on employees’ involvement in the European Company and in the European Cooperative Society respectively, Directive 2002/14/EC establishing a general framework for informing and consulting employees in the European Community, and Article 16 of Directive 2005/56/EC on cross-border mergers of limited liability companies.

This appropriation covers the funding of measures to strengthen transnational cooperation between workers’ and employers’ representatives in respect of information, consultation and participation of employees within companies operating in more than one Member State. Short training courses for negotiators and representatives in transnational information, consultation and participation bodies may be funded in that context. This may involve social partners from candidate countries. This appropriation may be used to finance measures enabling social partners to exercise their rights and discharge their duties as regards employee involvement, especially on European Works Councils and in SMEs, to familiarise them with transnational company agreements, and to cooperate to a greater extent in connection with Union law on employee involvement.

In addition, it may be used to finance measures to develop expertise on employee involvement across Member States, to promote cooperation between relevant authorities and stakeholders, and to foster relations with EU institutions so as to support implementation of Union law on employee involvement and make it more effective.

This appropriation is intended to cover in particular the following activities:

— Measures to set the conditions for social dialogue in companies and proper employee involvement in undertakings as provided under directive 2009/38/EC on European Works Councils, Directives 2001/86/EC and 2003/72/EC on employees’ involvement in the European company and in the European cooperative society, respectively, Directive 2002/14/EC establishing a general framework for informing and consulting employees in the European Community, Directive 98/59/EC on collective redundancies and Article 16 of Directive 2005/56/EC on cross-border mergers of limited liability companies.

— Initiatives to strengthen transnational cooperation between workers’ and employers’ representatives in respect of information, consultation and participation of employees within companies operating in more than one Member State and short training actions for negotiators and representatives in transnational information, consultation and participation bodies may be funded in that context. This may involve social partners from candidate countries.

— Measures to enable social partners to exercise their rights and duties as regards employee involvement, especially within the framework of European Works Councils, to familiarise them with transnational company agreements and strengthen their cooperation in respect to Union law on employee involvement.

— Operations fostering the development of employee involvement in undertakings.

— Innovative actions relating to employee involvement, with the view of supporting the anticipation of change and the prevention and resolution of disputes in the context of corporate restructuring, mergers, take-overs and relocation in union-scale undertakings and union-scale groups of undertakings.

— Measures to strengthen cooperation between the social partners for the development of employee involvement in the design of solutions addressing the consequences of the economic crisis, such as mass redundancies, or the need for a shift towards an inclusive, sustainable and low-carbon economy.

— Transnational exchange of information and good practice in matters relevant for social dialogue at company level.

Legal Basis

Task resulting from specific powers directly conferred on the Commission by the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union pursuant to Articles 154 and 155.

Council Directive 97/74/EC of 15 December 1997 extending to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Directive 94/45/EC on the establishment of a European Works Council or a procedure in Community-scale undertakings and Community-scale groups of undertakings for the purposes of informing and consulting employees (OJ L 10, 16.1.1998, p. 22).

Council Directive 2001/86/EC of 8 October 2001 supplementing the Statute for a European Company with regard to the involvement of employees (OJ L 294, 10.11.2001, p. 22).

Directive 98/59/EC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to collective redundancies (OJ L 225, 12.8.1998, p. 16).

Directive 2001/23/EC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the safeguarding of employees' rights in the event of transfers of undertakings, businesses or parts of undertakings or businesses (OJ L 82, 22.3.2001, p. 16).

Directive 2002/14/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2002 establishing a general framework for informing and consulting employees in the European Community (OJ L 80, 23.3.2002, p. 29).

Council Directive 2003/72/EC of 22 July 2003 supplementing the Statute for a European Cooperative Society with regard to the involvement of employees (OJ L 207 of 18.8.2003, p. 25).

Directive 2005/56/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2005 on cross-border mergers of limited liability companies (OJ L 310, 25.11.2005, p. 1).

Directive 2009/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 May 2009 on the establishment of a European Works Council or a procedure in Community-scale undertakings and Community-scale groups of undertakings for the purposes of informing and consulting employees (Recast) (OJ L 122, 16.5.2009, p. 28).

Convention concluded in 1959 between the ECSC High Authority and the International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre (CIS) of the International Labour Office.

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Industrial relations and social dialogue

Remarks

The objective of this activity is to strengthen the role of social dialogue and promote the adoption of agreements and other joint actions between the social partners at the EU level. This appropriation is intended to cover the financing of the social partners’ participation The actions financed should help social partner organisations to address in the European employment strategy and of the social partners’ contribution to addressing the overarching challenges facing European employment and social policy as laid down in the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Social Agenda and within the context of Union initiatives to address the consequences of the economic crisis and to contribute to the improvement and dissemination of knowledge of industrial relations institutions and practices. It is intended to cover grants for promoting social dialogue at cross-industry and sectoral level in accordance with Article 154 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The appropriations shall therefore be used to finance consultations, meetings, negotiations and other operations designed to achieve these objectives.

In addition, this appropriation is intended to cover support for industrial relations measures, in particular those designed to develop expertise and the exchange of Union-relevant information.

This appropriation is also intended to cover the funding of measures involving representatives of the social partners in the candidate countries with the specific purpose of promoting social dialogue at Union level. A gender sensitive approach is taken into account in the implementation of these objectives and it is, therefore, intended to promote equal participation of women and men in the decision-making bodies of both trade unions and employers’ organisations. These last two components are cross-cutting.

On the basis of these objectives, two sub-programmes have been established:

– support for European social dialogue

– improvement of expertise in industrial relations.

This appropriation is intended to cover in particular the following activities:

— Studies, consultations, meetings of experts, negotiations, information, publications and other operations directly linked to the achievement of the above objective or measures falling under this budget line, plus any other expenditure on technical and administrative assistance not involving public authority tasks outsourced by the Commission under ad hoc service contracts.

— Actions undertaken by social partners to promote social dialogue (including capacity of social partners) at cross-industry and sector level,

— Actions to improve knowledge on industrial relations institutions and practices across the EU and dissemination of results,

— Measures involving representatives of the social partners in the candidate countries with the specific purpose of promoting social dialogue at Union level. It is also intended to promote equal participation of women and men in the decision-making bodies of both trade unions and employers’ organisations,

— Actions to support industrial relations measures, in particular those designed to develop expertise and the exchange of Union-relevant information.

Legal Basis

Task resulting from specific powers directly conferred on the Commission by the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union pursuant to Articles 154 and 155.

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Special Annual Events

Remarks

The remarks for this budget line read as follows:

Add following text:

This appropriation is intended to cover completion costs of measures supported as special annual sport events.

Special Annual Event: The European MOVE Week

Commitments: EUR 1 000 000; Payments: EUR 1 000 000

The European MOVE Week is a European-wide flagship event promoting grassroots sport and physical activity and their positive impact on European citizens and societies.

As part of the vision to get 100 million more Europeans to be active in sport and physical activity by 2020, the MOVE Week 2014 is a bottom-up approach, involving local communities, sports clubs, schools, workplaces and cities in a large-scale celebration of sport and physical activity. It is an integrated part of the European NowWeMove campaign and thus a sustainable contribution to more physically active and healthy European citizens.

MOVE Week 2014 will feature a minimum of 300 events from all 28 EU member states and a minimum of 150 cities, introducing new sport and physical activity initiatives and highlighting the myriad of successful existing actions.

Special Annual Event: European Special Olympics Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium 2014

Commitments: EUR 2 000 000; Payments: EUR 2 000 000

This appropriation is intended to cover costs of measures supported as special annual events. The amount of 2 000 000 Euro allocated to co-finance the multi- annual event of The European Special Olympics Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium (13-20 Sept 2014). This funding will also allow participating athletes from all 28 member states to train, to prepare and to attend the games in Belgium.

This event will see 2,000 athletes and their delegations from 58 countries competing over 10 days. More than 4,000 volunteers will help to make this multi-sport event unique. Along with the Sports Programme, other Scientific, Educational and Family Programmes will be set up. 30 Belgian cities will host the athletes and Antwerp will host the event. Many special events will be organised before, during, and after the Games.


PROCEDURE

Title

General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2014

References

xxxxx/2013 – C7-xxxx/2013 – 2013/2145(BUD)

Delegation Chair: President

Martin Schulz

Committee responsible

  Chair

BUDGAlain Lamassoure

Rapporteur(s)

Anne E. Jensen

Monika Hohlmeier

Draft acts considered

COM(2013)0450, COM(2013)0644, COM(2013)0719

Council position

  Date adopted

         Date announced in plenary

13176/2013 – C7-0260/20132.9.2013

12.9.2013

Date of Parliament’s position

23.10.2013

P7_TA(2013)0437

Date of Council letter on non-approval of Parliament amendments

23.10.2013

Conciliation Committee meetings

4.11.2013

11.11.2013

 

 

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

12.11.2013

Members present

Richard Ashworth, Maria Da Graça Carvalho, José Manuel Fernandes, Eider Gardiazábal Rubial, Salvador Garriga Polledo, Ingeborg Gräßle, Jutta Haug, Monika Hohlmeier, Liisa Jaakonsaari, Anne E. Jensen, Ivailo Kalfin, Jan Kozłowski, Giovanni La Via, Alain Lamassoure, George Lyon, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Jan Mulder, Andrej Plenković, Paul Rübig, Alda Sousa, Helga Trüpel

Date of agreement in Conciliation Committee

12.11.2013

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

12.11.2013

Date tabled

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