containing a motion for a non-legislative resolution on the draft Council regulation amending Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020
– having regard to the Commission proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020 (COM(2016)0604),
– having regard to the draft Council regulation amending Regulation No 1311/2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020 (14942/2016) and Council’s corrigendum (14942/2016 COR2),
– 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 the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community (C8-0103/2017),
– having regard to the Council agreement in principle of 7 March 2017 on the revision of the multiannual financial framework 2014-2020(1),
– having regard to its resolution of 6 July 2016 on the preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal(2),
– having regard to its resolution of 26 October 2016 on the mid-term revision of the MFF 2014-2020(3),
– having regard to its legislative resolution of xx April 2017 on the draft regulation,
– having regard to Rule 99(2) of its Rules of Procedure,
– having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets (A8-0117/2017),
1. Approves the joint statements by Parliament and the Council annexed to this resolution;
2. Approves its statement annexed to this resolution;
3. Takes note of the unilateral statements by the Council and the Commission;
4. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.
Joint statement of the European Parliament and the Council on reinforcements (top-ups) for the remaining period of the MFF
In the context of the MFF mid-term review/revision, the European Parliament and the Council have agreed on the top-ups as proposed by the Commission for the amounts indicated in the table below, to be implemented in the years 2017 to 2020(1) in the framework of the annual budgetary procedure, without prejudice to the prerogatives of the budgetary authority:
Commitment appropriations, mil. EUR
Total Heading 1a
Heading 1b (YEI)
Total H1a, 1b, 3, 4
* This does not prejudge the outcome of ongoing discussions on draft legislative proposals within H1a and H4.
** Spread over four years (2017-2020).
Redeployments of an overall amount of EUR 945 million will be identified in the annual budget procedure, out of which EUR 875 million in H1a and EUR 70 million in H4.
Joint statement of the European Parliament and the Council on avoiding accumulation of an excessive amount of unpaid bills
The European Parliament and the Council call on the Commission to continue closely scrutinising the implementation of the 2014-2020 programmes in order to ensure an orderly progression of payment appropriations consistent with the authorised commitment appropriations. To that end, they invite the Commission to present in a timely manner, throughout the remaining period of the current MFF, updated figures concerning the state of affairs and estimates regarding payment appropriations. The European Parliament and the Council will take any necessary decisions in due time for duly justified needs to prevent the accumulation of an excessive amount of unpaid bills and to ensure that payment claims are duly reimbursed.
Joint statement of the European Parliament and the Council on payments for Special Instruments
The European Parliament and the Council agreed to adapt the proposal for amending Decision (EU) 2015/435 so as not to prejudice in any way the nature of payments for other special instruments in a general way.
Joint statement of the European Parliament and the Council concerning an independent evaluation of the results of the target of progressive reduction of staff by 5% between 2013 and 2017
The European Parliament and the Council propose that an independent evaluation of the results of the target of progressive reduction of staff by 5% between 2013 and 2017 is undertaken, covering all institutions, bodies and agencies as agreed in the IIA of 2013 on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management. Based on the conclusion of the evaluation, the European Parliament and the Council invite the Commission to present an appropriate follow-up proposal.
Statement of the European Parliament on the joint statements linked to the MFF mid-term revision
The European Parliament recalls that the four joint statements that accompany the revised MFF Regulation are of political nature without any legal implications.
With regard to the joint statement on reinforcements (“top-ups”) and redeployments for Union programmes, it is recalled that the Treaties provide for the budgetary authority to determine the level and content of the Union budget through the annual budgetary procedure. The European Parliament stresses that, as an equal arm of the budgetary authority, it will exercise fully its prerogatives, which will not be compromised by any political declaration. The need to respect the prerogatives of the budgetary authority is also clearly reflected in the text of the joint statement.
The European Parliament understands, therefore, that the amounts indicated in this joint statement represent reference amounts to be examined in the context of the annual budgetary procedure, taking due account of the concrete circumstances of each annual budget. Concerning, in particular, the proposed redeployments in headings 1A and 4, the European Parliament intends to examine any Commission proposals on a case-by-case basis, in order to ensure that no reduction is sustained on key Union programmes, notably if they are conducive to growth and jobs or respond to current pressing needs and present a high implementation rate.
It is evident that any amounts indicated in the joint statement that relate to legislative proposals that are not yet adopted, do not prejudge in any way the outcome of those legislative negotiations.
Statement of the Council on payments for Special Instruments
The Council proposes to maintain the status quo and not establish, in the context of this review/revision, a general and over-arching rule as regards the treatment of payments for other special instruments. The opinion of the Council Legal Service stated that it will remain open for the Budgetary Authority to decide on a case-by-case basis, in respect of a specific mobilisation in question, whether or not some or all of the corresponding payments are to be counted above the MFF ceilings.
Statement of the Commission on reinforcing the Youth Employment Initiative and additional measures to help tackling the migration crisis and security issues
Should the downwards trend in youth unemployment observed since 2013 reverse again, consideration should be given to increase the funding for the Youth Employment Initiative beyond the amount of EUR 1.2 billion agreed in the framework of the mid-term review/revision of the multiannual financial framework (MFF) 2014-2020 by using margins available under the Global Margin for Commitments in accordance with Article 14 of the MFF Regulation. For that purpose, the Commission will report regularly on the observed statistical trends and submit a Draft Amending Budget if appropriate.
Without prejudice to the above, additional margins available should be considered, as a matter of priority, for investing in young people across Europe and for measures helping to address the internal and external dimension of the migration crisis and security issues should new needs arise which are not covered by the existing or agreed funding. The Commission will make proposals to that end if appropriate while keeping in mind the need to maintain sufficient margins for unexpected events and the smooth implementation of already agreed programmes.
A part of the overall top-ups have already been agreed in the context of the 2017 budgetary procedure. The 2017 budget thus includes EUR 200 million in Heading 1a and EUR 725 million in Heading 4. Moreover, the European Parliament and the Council agreed to provide EUR 500 million in Heading 1b for the Youth Employment Initiative in 2017 to be financed by the Global margin for commitments and which will be implemented via an amending budget in 2017. Finally, the European Parliament and the Council also invited the Commission to request the necessary appropriations in an amending budget in 2017 in order to provide the financing of the EFSD from the EU budget as soon as the legal base is adopted.
INFORMATION ON ADOPTION IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE
Result of final vote
Members present for the final vote
Nedzhmi Ali, Jean Arthuis, Reimer Böge, Lefteris Christoforou, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Iris Hoffmann, Bernd Kölmel, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Clare Moody, Siegfried Mureşan, Jan Olbrycht, Paul Rübig, Eleftherios Synadinos, Tiemo Wölken, Stanisław Żółtek
Substitutes present for the final vote
Nicola Caputo, Heidi Hautala, Ivana Maletić, Marco Valli
Substitutes under Rule 200(2) present for the final vote
Iratxe García Pérez, Ramón Jáuregui Atondo, Arndt Kohn, Luigi Morgano, Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández, Fernando Ruas, Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso
FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE
Nedzhmi Ali, Jean Arthuis
Reimer Böge, Lefteris Christoforou, Ivana Maletić, Siegfried Mureşan, Jan Olbrycht, Fernando Ruas, Paul Rübig, Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, Arndt Kohn