– having regard to the draft Council regulation (11791/2013), and Council’s corrigendum of 14 November 2013 thereon(11791/2013 COR 1),
– having regard to the request for consent submitted by the Council in accordance with Article 312 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and Article 106a of Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community (C7-0238/2013),
– having regard to its resolution of 23 October 2012 in the interest of achieving a positive outcome of the Multiannual Financial Framework approval procedure(1),
– having regard to its resolution of 13 March 2013 on the European Council conclusions of 7-8 February 2013 concerning the Multiannual Financial Framework(2),
– having regard to its resolution of 3 July 2013 on the political agreement on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020(3),
– having regard to Rules 75 and 81(1) of its Rules of Procedure,
– having regard to the recommendation of the Committee on Budgets (A7-0389/2013), the opinion of the Committee on Regional Development and the letter of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (A7-0389/2013),
1. Consents to the draft Council regulation laying down the Multiannual Financial Framework for the years 2014-2020 as set out in annex to this resolution;
2. Approves the joint declarations by Parliament, the Council and the Commission annexed to this resolution;
3. Takes note of the Commission declarations annexed to this resolution;
4. Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.
ANNEX 1: DRAFT COUNCIL REGULATION LAYING DOWN THE MULTIANNUAL FINANCIAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE YEARS 2014-2020
THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 312 thereof, in conjunction with the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community, and in particular Article 106a thereof,
Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,
Having regard to the consent of the European Parliament(1),
After transmission of the draft legislative act to national parliaments,
Acting in accordance with a special legislative procedure,
(1) The annual ceilings on commitments appropriations by category of expenditure and the annual ceilings on payment appropriations established by this Regulation must respect the ceilings set for commitments and own resources in Council Decision 2007/436/EC,Euratom(2)(3)*.
(2) Taking into account the need for an adequate level of predictability for preparing and implementing medium-term investments, the duration of the multiannual financial framework (MFF) should be set at seven years starting on 1 January 2014. A review will take place in 2016 at the latest, following the European Parliament elections. This will allow the institutions, including the European Parliament elected in 2014, to reassess the priorities. The results of this review should be taken into account in any revision of this Regulation for the remaining years of the MFF. This arrangement is hereinafter referred to as "review/revision".
(3) In the context of the mid-term review/revision of the MFF, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agree to jointly examine the most suitable duration for the subsequent MFF before the Commission presents its proposals with a view to striking the right balance between the duration of the respective terms of office of the members of the European Parliament and the European Commission - and the need for stability for programming cycles and investment predictability.
(4) Specific and maximum possible flexibility should be implemented to allow the Union to fulfil its obligations in compliance with Article 323 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).
(5) The following special instruments are necessary to allow the Union to react to specified unforeseen circumstances, or to allow the financing of clearly identified expenditure which cannot be financed within the limits of the ceilings available for one or more headings as laid down in the MFF, thereby facilitating the budgetary procedure: the Emergency Aid Reserve, the European Union Solidarity Fund, the Flexibility Instrument, the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, the Contingency Margin, the specific flexibility to tackle youth unemployment and strengthen research and the global margin for commitments for growth and employment, in particular youth employment. Specific provision should therefore be made for a possibility to enter commitment appropriations into the budget over and above the ceilings set out in the MFF where it is necessary to use special instruments.
(6) If it is necessary to mobilise the guarantees given under the general budget of the Union for the loans provided under the Balance of Payment Facility or the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism set out in Council Regulation (EC) No 332/2002(4) and in Council Regulation (EU) No 407/2010(5), respectively, the necessary amount should be mobilised over and above the ceilings of the commitments and payments appropriations of the MFF, while respecting the own-resources ceiling.
(7) The MFF should be laid down in 2011 prices. The rules for technical adjustments to the MFF to recalculate the ceilings and margins available should also be laid down.
(8) The MFF should not take account of budget items financed by assigned revenue within the meaning of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council(6) (the "Financial Regulation").
(9) This Regulation might need to be revised in case of unforeseen circumstances that cannot be dealt with within ceilings established as part of the MFF. It is therefore necessary to provide for revision of the MFF in such cases.
(10) Rules should be laid down for other situations that might require the MFF to be adjusted or revised. Such adjustments or revisions might be related to the implementation of the budget, measures linking effectiveness of funds to sound economic governance, revision of the Treaties, enlargements, the reunification of Cyprus, or delayed adoption of new rules governing certain policy areas.
(11) The national envelopes for cohesion policy are established on the basis of the statistical data and forecasts used for the July 2012 update of the Commission proposal for this Regulation. Given the forecasting uncertainties and the impact for the capped Member States, and to take account of the particularly difficult situation of Member States suffering from the crisis, the Commission will, in 2016, review all Member States' total allocations under the "Investment for growth and jobs" goal of cohesion policy for the years 2017 to 2020.
(12) It is necessary to provide for general rules on interinstitutional cooperation in the budgetary procedure.
(13) Specific rules are also necessary for dealing with large-scale infrastructure projects whose lifetime extends well beyond the period set for the MFF. It is necessary to establish maximum amounts for the contributions from the general budget of the Union to those projects,thereby ensuring that they do not have any impact on other projects financed from that budget.
(14) The Commission should present a proposal for a new multiannual financial framework before 1 January 2018, to enable the institutions to adopt it sufficiently in advance of the start of the subsequent multiannual financial framework. This Regulation should continue to apply in the event that a new financial framework is not adopted before the end of the term of the MFF laid down in this Regulation.
(15) The Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions were consulted and have adopted opinions(7),
HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:
Chapter 1 GENERAL PROVISIONS
Multiannual Financial Framework
The multiannual financial framework for the period 2014 to 2020 (the "MFF") is set out in the Annex.
Mid-term review/revision of the MFF
By the end of 2016 at the latest, the Commission shall present a review of the functioning of the MFF taking full account of the economic situation at that time as well as the latest macroeconomic projections. This compulsory review shall, as appropriate, be accompanied by a legislative proposal for the revision of this Regulation in accordance with the procedures set out in the TFEU. Without prejudice to Article 7 of this Regulation, preallocated national envelopes shall not be reduced through such a revision.
Compliance with the ceilings of the MFF
1. The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission shall, during each budgetary procedure and when implementing the budget for the year concerned, comply with the annual expenditure ceilings set out in the MFF.
The sub-ceiling for Heading 2 as set out in the Annex is established without prejudice to the flexibility between the two pillars of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The adjusted ceiling to be applied to pillar I of the CAP following the transfers between the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and direct payments shall be laid down in the relevant legal act and the MFF shall be adjusted accordingly under the technical adjustment provided for in Article 6(1) of this Regulation.
2. The special instruments provided for in Articles 9 to 15 shall ensure the flexibility of the MFF and shall be laid down in order to allow the budget procedure to run smoothly. The commitment appropriations may be entered in the budget over and above the ceilings of the relevant headings laid down in the MFF where it is necessary to use the resources from the Emergency Aid Reserve, the European Union Solidarity Fund, the Flexibility Instrument, the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, the Contingency Margin, the specific flexibility to tackle youth unemployment and strengthen research and the global margin for commitments for growth and employment, in particular youth employment, in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002(8), Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council(9)(10)*, and the Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission.(11)(12)**
3. Where a guarantee for a loan covered by the general budget of the Union in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 332/2002 or Regulation (EU) No 407/2010 needs to be mobilised, it shall be over and above the ceilings laid down in the MFF.
Article 4Respect of own resources ceiling
1. For each of the years covered by the MFF, the total appropriations for payments required, after annual adjustment and taking account of any other adjustments and revisions as well as the application of paragraphs 2 and 3 of Article 3, shall not be such as to produce a call-in rate for own resources that exceeds the own resources ceiling set in accordance with Decision 2007/436/EC, Euratom(13)*.
2. Where necessary, the ceilings set in the MFF shall be lowered by way of revision in order to ensure compliance with the own-resources ceiling set in accordance with Decision 2007/436/EC, Euratom*.
Article 5Global margin for payments
1. Every year, starting in 2015, as part of the technical adjustment referred to in Article 6, the Commission shall adjust the payment ceiling for the years 2015-2020 upwards by an amount equivalent to the difference between the executed payments and the MFF payment ceiling of the year n-1.
2. The annual adjustments shall not exceed the following maximum amounts (in 2011 prices) for the years 2018-2020 as compared to the original payment ceiling of the relevant years:
2018 - EUR 7 billion
2019 - EUR 9 billion
2020 - EUR 10 billion.
3. Any upward adjustment shall be fully offset by a corresponding reduction of the payment ceiling for year n-1.
Article 6Technical adjustments
1. Each year the Commission, acting ahead of the budgetary procedure for year n+1, shall make the following technical adjustments to the MFF:
(a) revaluation, at year n+1 prices, of the ceilings and of the overall figures for appropriations for commitments and appropriations for payments;
(b) calculation of the margin available under the own-resources ceiling set in accordance with Decision 2007/436/EC, Euratom(14)*;
(c) calculation of the absolute amount of the Contingency Margin provided for in Article 13;
(d) calculation of the global margin for payments provided for in Article 5;
(e) calculation of the global margin for commitments provided for in Article 14.
2. The Commission shall make the technical adjustments referred to in paragraph 1 on the basis of a fixed deflator of 2 % per year.
3. The Commission shall communicate the results of the technical adjustments referred to in paragraph 1 and the underlying economic forecasts to the European Parliament and the Council.
4. Without prejudice to Article 7 and 8, no further technical adjustments shall be made in respect of the year concerned, either during the year or as ex-post corrections during subsequent years.
Article 7Adjustment of cohesion policy envelopes
1. To take account of the particularly difficult situation of Member States suffering from the crisis, the Commission shall in 2016, together with the technical adjustment for the year 2017, review all Member States' total allocations under the "Investment for growth and jobs" goal of cohesion policy for the years 2017 to 2020, applying the allocation method defined in the relevant basic act on the basis of the then available most recent statistics and of the comparison, for the capped Member States, between the cumulated national GDP observed for the years 2014 and 2015 and the cumulated national GDP estimated in 2012. It shall adjust those total allocations whenever there is a cumulative divergence of more than +/- 5 %.2. The adjustments required shall be spread in equal proportions over the years 2017-2020 and the corresponding ceilings of the MFF shall be modified accordingly. The payment ceilings shall also be modified accordingly to ensure an orderly progression in relation to the appropriations for commitments.
3. In its technical adustment for the year 2017, following the mid-term review of the eligibility of Member States for the Cohesion Fund provided for in Article [82(5)] of Regulation (EU) No ... of the European Parliament and of the Council(15)(16)*, in case a Member State either becomes newly eligible to the Cohesion Fund or loses its existing eligibility, the Commission shall add or subtract the resulting amounts to or from the funds allocated to the Member State for the years 2017 to 2020.
4. The required adjustments resulting from paragraph 3 shall be spread in equal proportions over the years 2017-2020 and the corresponding ceilings of the MFF shall be modified accordingly. The payment ceilings shall also be modified accordingly to ensure an orderly progression in relation to the appropriations for commitments.
5. The total net effect, whether positive or negative, of the adjustments referred to in paragraphs 1 and 3 shall not exceed EUR 4 billion.
related to measures linking effectiveness of funds to sound economic governance
In the case of the lifting by the Commission of a suspension of budgetary commitments concerning the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development or the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund in the context of measures linking effectiveness of these funds to sound economic governance, the Commission, in accordance with the relevant basic act, shall transfer the suspended commitments to the following years. Suspended commitments of year n may not be re-budgeted beyond year n+3.
Chapter 2SPECIAL INSTRUMENTS
Emergency Aid Reserve
1. The Emergency Aid Reserve is intended to allow for a rapid response to specific aid requirements of third countries following events which could not be foreseen when the budget was established, first and foremost for humanitarian operations, but also for civil crisis management and protection, and situations of particular pressure resulting from migratory flows at the Union's external borders where circumstances so require.
2. The annual amount of the Reserve is fixed at EUR 280 million (2011 prices) and may be used up to year n+1 in accordance with the Financial Regulation. The Reserve shall be entered in the general budget of the Union as a provision. The portion of the annual amount stemming from the previous year shall be drawn on first. That portion of the annual amount from year n which is not used in year n+1 shall lapse.
Article 10European Union Solidarity Fund
1. The European Union Solidarity Fund is intended to allow financial assistance in the event of major disasters occurring on the territory of a Member State or of a candidate country, as defined in the relevant basic act. There shall be a ceiling on the annual amount available for that Fund of EUR 500 million (2011 prices). On 1 October each year, at least one quarter of the annual amount shall remain available in order to cover needs arising until the end of that year. The portion of the annual amount not entered in the budget may be used up to year n+1. The portion of the annual amount stemming from the previous year shall be drawn on first. That portion of the annual amount from year n which is not used in year n+1 shall lapse.
2. In exceptional cases and if the remaining financial resources available in the European Union Solidarity Fund in the year of occurrence of the disaster, as defined in the relevant basic act, are not sufficient to cover the amount of assistance considered necessary by the European Parliament and the Council, the Commission may propose that the difference be financed through the annual amounts available for the following year.
Article 11Flexibility Instrument
1. The Flexibility Instrument is intended to allow the financing, for a given financial year, of clearly identified expenditure which could not be financed within the limits of the ceilings available for one or more other headings. There shall be a ceiling on the annual amount available for the Flexibility Instrument of EUR 471 million (2011 prices).
2. The unused portion of the annual amount of the Flexibility Instrument may be used up to year n+3. The portion of the annual amount stemming from previous years shall be used first, in order of age. That portion of the annual amount from year n which is not used in year n+3 shall lapse.
Article 12European Globalisation Adjustment Fund
1. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, the objectives and scope of which are defined in Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council(17)*, shall not exceed a maximum annual amount of EUR 150 million (2011 prices).
2. The appropriations for the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund shall be entered in the general budget of the Union as a provision.
1. A Contingency Margin of up to 0,03 % of the Gross National Income of the Union shall be constituted outside the ceilings of the MFF, as a last-resort instrument to react to unforeseen circumstances. It may be mobilised only in relation to an amending or annual budget.
2. Recourse to the Contingency Margin shall not exceed, at any given year, the maximum amount foreseen in the annual technical adjustment of the MFF, and shall be consistent with the own-resources ceiling.
3. Amounts made available through the mobilisation of the Contingency Margin shall be fully offset against the margins in one or more MFF headings for the current or future financial years.
4. The amounts thus offset shall not be further mobilised in the context of the MFF. Recourse to the Contingency Margin shall not result in exceeding the total ceilings of commitment and payment appropriations laid down in the MFF for the current and future financial years.
Article 14 Global margin for commitments for growth and employment,
in particular youth employment
1. Margins left available below the MFF ceilings for commitment appropriations for the years 2014-2017 shall constitute a Global MFF Margin for commitments, to be made available over and above the ceilings established in the MFF for the years 2016 to 2020 for policy objectives related to growth and employment, in particular youth employment.
2. Each year, as part of the technical adjustment provided for in Article 6, the Commission shall calculate the amount available. The Global MFF Margin or part thereof may be mobilised by the European Parliament and the Council in the framework of the budgetary procedure pursuant to Article 314 TFEU.
Article 15Specific flexibility to tackle youth unemployment and strengthen research
Up to EUR 2 543 million(in 2011 prices) may be frontloaded in 2014 and 2015, as part of the annual budgetary procedure, for specified policy objectives relating to youth employment, research, ERASMUS in particular for apprenticeships, and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. That amount shall be fully offset against appropriations within and/or between headings in order to leave unchanged the total annual ceilings for the period 2014-2020 and the total allocation per heading or sub-heading over the period.
Article 16 Contribution to the financing of large-scale projects
1. A maximum amount of EUR 6 300million (in 2011 prices) shall be available for the European satellite navigation programmes (EGNOS and Galileo) from the general budget of the Union for the period 2014-2020.
2. A maximum amount of EUR 2 707 million (in 2011 prices) shall be available for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project (ITER) from the general budget of the Union for the period 2014-2020.
3. A maximum amount of EUR 3 786 million (in 2011 prices) shall be available for Copernicus (the European Earth Observation Programme) from the general budget of the Union for the period 2014-2020.
Article 17Revision of the MFF
1. Without prejudice to Article 4(2), Articles 18 to 22 and Article 25, in the event of unforeseen circumstances, the MFF may be revised in compliance with the own-resources ceiling set in accordance with Decision 2007/436/EC, Euratom(18)*.
2. As a general rule, any proposal for a revision of the MFF in accordance with paragraph 1 shall be presented and adopted before the start of the budgetary procedure for the year or the first of the years concerned.
3.Any proposal for revision of the MFF in accordance with paragraph 1 shall examine the scope for reallocating expenditure between the programmes covered by the heading concerned by the revision, with particular reference to any expected under-utilisation of appropriations. The objective should be that a significant amount, in absolute terms and as a percentage of the new expenditure planned, shall be within the existing ceiling for the heading.
4. Any revision of the MFF in accordance with paragraph 1 shall take into account the scope for offsetting any raising of the ceiling for one heading by the lowering of the ceiling for another.
5. Any revision of the MFF in accordance with paragraph 1 shall maintain an appropriate relationship between commitments and payments.
Article 18Revision related to implementation
When notifying the European Parliament and the Council of the results of the technical adjustments to the MFF, the Commission shall present any proposals to revise the total appropriations for payments which it considers necessary, in the light of implementation, to ensure a sound management of the yearly payments ceilings and, in particular, their orderly progression in relation to the appropriations for commitments. The European Parliament and the Council shall decide on those proposals before 1 May of year n.
Revision following new rules or programmes for the Structural Funds, the Cohesion Fundthe European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, the European Maritim
and Fisheries Fund, the Asylum and Migration Fund and the Internal Security Fund
1. In the event of the adoption after 1 January 2014 of new rules or programmes under shared management for the Structural Funds, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, the Asylum and Migration Fund and the Internal Security Fund, the MFF shall be revised in order to transfer to subsequent years, in excess of the corresponding expenditure ceilings, allocations not used in 2014.
2. The revision concerning the transfer of unused allocation for the year 2014 shall be adopted before 1 May 2015.
Article 20Revision of the MFF in case of a revision of the Treaties
Should a revision of the Treaties with budgetary implications occur between 2014 and 2020, the MFF shall be revised accordingly.
Article 21Revision of the MFF in the event of enlargement of the
If there is an accession or accessions to the Union between 2014 and 2020, the MFF shall be revisedto take account of the expenditure requirements resulting therefrom.
Article 22Revision of the MFF in the event of the reunification of
In the event of of the reunification of Cyprus between 2014 and 2020, the MFF shall be revisedto take account of the comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem and the additional financial needs resulting from the reunification.
Article 23Interinstitutional cooperation in the budgetary procedure
The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission (hereinafter "the institutions") shall take measures to facilitate the annual budgetary procedure.
The institutions shall cooperate in good faith throughout the procedure with a view to reconciling their positions. The institutions shall, at all stages of the procedure, cooperate through appropriate interinstitutional contacts in order to monitor the progress of the work and analyse the degree of convergence.
The institutions shall ensure that their respective calendars of work are coordinated as far as possible, in order to enable proceedings to be conducted in a coherent and convergent fashion, leading to the final adoption of the general budget of the Union.
Trilogues may be held at all stages of the procedure and at different levels of representation, depending on the nature of the expected discussions. Each institution, in accordance with its own rules of procedure, shall designate its participants for each meeting, define its mandate for the negotiations and inform the other institutions in good time of the arrangements for the meetings.
Article 24 Unity of the budget
All expenditure and revenue of the Union and Euratom shall be included in the general budget of the Union in accordance with Article 7 of the Financial Regulation, including expenditure resulting from any relevant decision taken unanimously by the Council after consulting the European Parliament, in the framework of Article 332 TFEU.
Article 25Transition towards the next multiannual financial framework
Before 1 January 2018, the Commission shall present a proposal for a new multiannual financial framework.
If no Council regulation determining a new multiannual financial framework has been adopted before 31 December 2020, the ceilings and other provisions corresponding to the last year of the MFF shall be extended until a regulation determining a new financial framework is adopted. If a new Member State accedes to the Union after 2020, the extended financial framework shall, if necessary, be revised in order to take the accesion into account.
Article 26Entry into force
This Regulation shall enter into force on the third day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
It shall apply from 1 January 2014.
This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.
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 (OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1).
Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the 'Proposal for a Council Regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020' (OJ C 229, 31.7.2012, p. 32); Opinion of the Committee of the Regions on 'New Multiannual Financial Framework post-2013' (OJ C 391, 18.12.2012, p. 31).
* OJ: If the new Regulation on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (2014-2020) (2011/0269 (COD)) is adopted before or at the same time as this Regulation, please amend the reference, so it refers to the new Regulation.
Regulation (EU) No ... of the European Parliament and of the Council 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 Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 (OJ L … ).
* OJ: If the new Regulation on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (2014-2020) (2011/0269 (COD)) is adopted before or at the same time as this Regulation, please amend the reference, so it refers to the new Regulation.
* OJ: If the new decision on own resources (2011/0183 (CNS)) is adopted before or at the same time as this Regulation, please amend the reference, so it refers to the new Decision.
ANNEX 2: DECLARATIONS
Draft Joint Declaration on Own Resources
1. According to Article 311 of the TFEU the Union shall provide itself with the means necessary to attain its objectives and carry through its policies; it also stipulates that , without prejudice to other revenue, the budget shall be financed wholly from own resources. Article 311 al. 3 indicates that the Council, acting in accordance with a special legislative procedure, shall unanimously and after consulting the European Parliament adopt a decision on the system of own resources and that, in that context, the Council may establish new categories of own resources or abolish an existing category.
2. On this basis, the Commission presented in June 2011 a set of proposals to reform the Own Resources system of the Union. At its meeting of 7/8 February, the European Council agreed that Own Resources arrangements should be guided by the overall objectives of simplicity, transparency and equity. In addition, the European Council called on the Council to continue working on the proposal of the Commission for a new own resource based on value added tax (VAT). It also invited the Member States participating in the enhanced cooperation in the area of financial transaction tax (FTT) to examine if it could become the base for a new own resource for the EU budget.
3. The question of own resources requires further work. To this end, a high-level Group will be convened, composed of members appointed by the three institutions. It will take into account all existing or forthcoming input which may be brought by the three European institutions and by National Parliaments. It should draw on appropriate expertise, including from national budgetary and fiscal authorities as well as independent experts.
4. The Group will undertake a general review of the Own Resources system guided by the overall objectives of simplicity, transparency, equity and democratic accountability. A first assessment will be available at the end of 2014. Progress of the work will be assessed at political level by regular meetings, at least once every six months.
5. National Parliaments will be invited to an inter-institutional conference during 2016 to assess the outcome of this work.
6. On the basis of the results of this work, the Commission will assess if new Own Resource initiatives are appropriate. This assessment will be done in parallel to the review referred to in Article 1a of the MFF Regulation with a view to possible reforms to be considered for the period covered by the next multiannual financial framework.
Draft Joint Declaration on improving effectiveness of public spending in matters subject to EU's action
The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agree to work together with the objective of cost savings and better synergies at national and European levels in order to improve the effectiveness of public spending in matters subject to EU's action. To this end, the institutions will, as they consider most appropriate, draw on, inter alia, knowledge of best practices, information sharing as well as available independent assessment. The results should be available and serve as one basis for the proposal of the Commission for the next multiannual financial framework.
Draft Joint Declaration
The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agree that the annual budgetary procedures applied for the MFF 2014-2020 will integrate, as appropriate, gender-responsive elements, taking into account the ways in which the overall financial framework of the Union contributes to increased gender equality (and ensures gender mainstreaming).
Draft Joint Declaration on Article 15 of the Council Regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020
The Institutions agree to use the amount referred to in Article 15 of the Council Regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020 as follows: EUR 2143 million for Youth Employment, EUR 200 million for Horizon 2020, EUR 150 million for Erasmus and EUR 50 million for COSME.
Draft declaration by the European Commission on national management declarations
In its discharge resolution of 17 April 2013, the European Parliament requested to establish a template for national management declarations to be issued by Member States at the appropriate political level. The Commission is prepared to examine this request and is willing to invite the European Parliament and the Council to participate in a working group with a view to issue recommendations by the end of this year.
Draft declaration by the European Commission on the review/revision
With regard to the provisions of Article 1A MFFR, taking into account the result of the Review, the Commission confirms its intention to submit legislative proposals for a revision of the MFF Regulation. In this context, it will pay particular attention to the functioning of the global margin for payments in order to ensure that the overall payments ceiling remains available throughout the period. It will also examine the evolution of the global margin for commitments. The Commission will also take into account the particular requirements of the Horizon 2020 programme. The Commission will also examine aligning its proposals for the next MFF with the political cycles of the Institutions.
OPINION of the Committee on Regional Development (2.10.2013)
for the Committee on Budgets
on the draft Council regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020
Your Rapporteur regrets the cuts made in all MFF ceilings and in Cohesion policy maximum level of expenditure in particular. It should be recalled that, if in the next programming period the EU Cohesion Policy is to go on representing a strong tool to increase strategic investment with a proven added value and put the European economy back on the growth and competitiveness track by creating jobs and wealth for the EU citizens and thus improving their quality of life, its funding had to be maintained at least at the level of the 2007-2013 period, as an absolute minimum level of sound funding.
The cuts in cohesion policy ceilings are problematic as they may jeopardise the goals laid down in the Europe 2020 Strategy for the whole of the EU and the achievement of economic, social and territorial cohesion in particular. It is therefore doubtful whether cohesion policy will remain a functional mechanism enabling proper involvement by all EU regions in the single market, which might thus undermine European solidarity.
Your rapporteur is also concerned about the inclusion in the draft MFF regulation of Article 8 which makes a reference to macro-economic conditionality, thereby somehow assuming that macro-economic conditionality will be agreed by the co-legislators in the context of the negotiations on the legislative package for cohesion policy, and thus pre-empting Parliament’s position in the context of those negotiations.
It should also be recalled that one of the preconditions for the adoption of the MFF regulation, as stipulated in Parliament’s resolution of 3 July 2013 on the political agreement on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020, was to have a ‘political agreement on the relevant legal bases, especially on points that are also reflected in the MFF Regulation’.
However, by the time the draft MFF regulation was referred to Parliament at the beginning of September and by the time your rapporteur drafted this opinion, no agreement had yet been reached by Parliament’s negotiating team and the other institutions on the issue of macro-economic conditionality or on other important issues pertaining to the legislative procedure.
Your rapporteur is thus recommending that Parliament give its consent as the only possible way to ensure the foreseeabilityand flexibilityof EU policy spending by 2020, instead of relying on the uncertainty of EU annual budgets, which however in no way guarantees that EU policies will deliver the results expected by EU citizens, as policy implementation is at risk.
Furthermore, the Committee on Budgets (BUDG), as the Committee responsible for issuing the recommendation on the draft Council regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020, should ensure that before Parliament gives its consent, all remaining major obstacles at the interinstitutional negotiations have been removed, and in particular those concerning macro-economic conditionality.
The Committee on Regional Development calls on the Committee on Budgets, as the committee responsible, to propose that Parliament give its consent, provided that the conditions established by the European Parliament’s resolution of 3 July on the political agreement on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020are fulfilled.
RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE
Result of final vote
Members present for the final vote
François Alfonsi, Charalampos Angourakis, Catherine Bearder, John Bufton, Francesco De Angelis, Tamás Deutsch, Rosa Estaràs Ferragut, Danuta Maria Hübner, Filiz Hakaeva Hyusmenova, Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández, María Irigoyen Pérez, Seán Kelly, Mojca Kleva Kekuš, Constanze Angela Krehl, Jacek Olgierd Kurski, Petru Constantin Luhan, Vladimír Maňka, Iosif Matula, Erminia Mazzoni, Miroslav Mikolášik, Jens Nilsson, Jan Olbrycht, Wojciech Michał Olejniczak, Younous Omarjee, Tomasz Piotr Poręba, Ovidiu Ioan Silaghi, Monika Smolková, Georgios Stavrakakis, Nuno Teixeira, Lambert van Nistelrooij, Oldřich Vlasák, Kerstin Westphal, Hermann Winkler, Elżbieta Katarzyna Łukacijewska
Substitute(s) present for the final vote
Andrea Cozzolino, Ivars Godmanis, Juozas Imbrasas, Karin Kadenbach, Andrey Kovatchev, James Nicholson, Heide Rühle, Elisabeth Schroedter, Richard Seeber, Giommaria Uggias, Iuliu Winkler
Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote
António Fernando Correia de Campos, Sabine Verheyen
LETTER OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORT AND TOURISM
Mr Alain Lamassoure
Chair of the Committee on Budgets
ASP 13 E 205
Subject:TRAN Committee's position on the agreement on the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)
Dear Mr Lamassoure,
Before the summer break, the TRAN/ITRE negotiating team found an agreement with the Council on the Connecting Europe Facility.
In this agreement, the total financial amount for the transport sector is set at EUR 23 174 000 000 (in constant 2011 prices) out of which EUR 10 000 000 000 shall be transferred from the Cohesion Fund to be spent in line with the CEF Regulation exclusively in Member States eligible for funding from the Cohesion Fund. These figures correspond to the Commission’s indicative breakdown attached to your letter of 9 July 2013.
The agreement – including all figures for the 3 sectors - still needs to be voted on in a joint TRAN/ITRE Committee meeting on 7 October in Strasburg. If this agreement is endorsed by the joint Committee it consequently means that the TRAN Committee also endorses the financial allocation for the transport sector under the next MFF.
Let me nevertheless once again underline that many of my colleagues, including myself, strongly deplore the severe cuts for the Connecting Europe Facility compared to the initial Commission proposal. The financial amounts available for transport infrastructure under the CEF will unfortunately not besufficient to meet the enormous challenges currently faced in the transport sector.
We therefore count on your Committee to ensure that potential additional funds are made available for the CEF in the near future through the new flexibility mechanisms agreed under the MFF 2014 – 2020.
RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE
Result of final vote
Members present for the final vote
Marta Andreasen, Jean-Luc Dehaene, José Manuel Fernandes, Eider Gardiazábal Rubial, Salvador Garriga Polledo, Ivars Godmanis, Ingeborg Gräßle, Lucas Hartong, Anne E. Jensen, Ivailo Kalfin, Sergej Kozlík, Jan Kozłowski, Alain Lamassoure, Jan Mulder, Vojtěch Mynář, Juan Andrés Naranjo Escobar, Nadezhda Neynsky, Alda Sousa, Derek Vaughan, Angelika Werthmann, Jacek Włosowicz
Substitute(s) present for the final vote
François Alfonsi, Maria Da Graça Carvalho, Frédéric Daerden, Paul Rübig, Peter Šťastný
Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote
Pablo Arias Echeverría, Jean-Paul Besset, Arkadiusz Tomasz Bratkowski, Zdravka Bušić, Jolanta Emilia Hibner, Helmut Scholz, Tadeusz Zwiefka