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REPORT     
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3 April 2017
PE 599.595v02-00 A8-0154/2017

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund to provide assistance to the United Kingdom, Cyprus and Portugal

(COM(2017)0045 – C8-0022/2017 – 2017/2017(BUD))

Committee on Budgets

Rapporteur: José Manuel Fernandes

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION
 ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 ANNEX – LETTER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
 INFORMATION ON ADOPTION IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund to provide assistance to the United Kingdom, Cyprus and Portugal

(COM(2017)0045 – C8-0022/2017 – 2017/2017(BUD))

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2017)0045 – C8-0022/2017),

–  having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 of 11 November 2002 establishing the European Union Solidarity Fund(1),

–  having regard to Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 of 2 December 2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020(2), and in particular Article 10 thereof,

–  having regard to the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management(3), and in particular point 11 thereof,

–  having regard to the letter from the Committee on Regional Development,

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets (A8-0154/2017),

1.  Welcomes the decision as a sign of the Union’s solidarity with the Union citizens and regions hit by the natural disasters;

2.  Approves the decision annexed to this resolution;

3.  Instructs its President to sign the decision with the President of the Council and arrange for its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union;

4.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution, including its annex, to the Council and the Commission.

(1)

OJ L 311, 14.11.2002, p. 3.

(2)

OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884.

(3)

OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.


ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

on the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund to provide assistance to the United Kingdom, Cyprus and Portugal

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 of 11 November 2002 establishing the European Union Solidarity Fund(1), and in particular Article 4(3) thereof,

Having regard to the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management(2), and in particular point 11 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)  The European Union Solidarity Fund (the "Fund") aims to enable the Union to respond in a rapid, efficient and flexible manner to emergency situations in order to show solidarity with the population of regions struck by natural disasters.

(2)  The Fund is not to exceed a maximum annual amount of EUR 500 000 000 (2011 prices), as laid down in Article 10 of Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013(3).

(3)  On 26 February 2016, the United Kingdom submitted an application to mobilise the Fund, following floods that affected 11 regions(4) during the period of December 2015 to January 2016. In their application the authorities of the United Kingdom stressed that the damage assessment was incomplete and that the relevant figures were only provisional. The final application file was completed on 22 September 2016.

(4)  On 5 September 2016, Cyprus submitted an application to mobilise the Fund, following the consequences of severe drought built up since October 2015 and wild fires on 18 and 19 June 2016.

(5)  On 21 September 2016, Portugal submitted an application to mobilise the Fund, following wild fires in the island of Madeira between 8 and 13 August 2016.

(6)  The applications by the United Kingdom, Cyprus and Portugal meet the conditions for providing a financial contribution from the Fund, as laid down in Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002.

(7)  The Fund should therefore be mobilised in order to provide a financial contribution to the United Kingdom, Cyprus and Portugal.

(8)  In order to minimise the time taken to mobilise the Fund, this Decision should apply from the date of its adoption,

HAVE ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

For the general budget of the Union for the financial year 2017, the European Union Solidarity Fund shall be mobilised as follows in commitment and payment appropriations:

(a) the amount of EUR 60 301 050 shall be provided to the United Kingdom;

(b) the amount of EUR 7 298 760 shall be provided to Cyprus;

(c) the amount of EUR 3 925 000 shall be provided to Portugal;

Article 2

This Decision shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

It shall apply from … [the date of its adoption](5)**.

Done at [Brussels],

For the European Parliament  For the Council

The President  The President

(1)

  OJ L 311, 14.11.2002, p. 3.

(2)

  OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p.1.

(3)

  Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 of 2 December 2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884).

(4)

  UKC2-Northumberland, UKD1-Cumbria, UKD3-Great Manchester, UKD4-Lancashire, UKE2-North Yorkshire, UKE4-West Yorkshire, UKL1-West Wales and the Valleys, UKM2-Eastern Scotland, UKM3-South Western Scotland, UKM5-North Eastern Scotland and UKN0-Northern Ireland.

(5)

** Date to be inserted by the Parliament before the publication in OJ.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The Commission proposes to mobilise the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) to grant financial assistance relating to floods in the United Kingdom, drought and fires in Cyprus and fires in Portugal.

United Kingdom - Floods in 2016

During December 2015 and January 2016, 11 regions in the United Kingdom(1) were affected by heavy rainfall and strong winds, which led to flooding and infrastructure damage. These caused destruction of public and private infrastructure, private homes and damages in agriculture.

In their application, received by the Commission on 26 February 2016 but completed only on 22 September 2016, the UK authorities estimated total direct damage caused by the disaster at EUR 2 412,042 million. As this represents 5,77 % of the weighted average GDP of the regions affected by this disaster (EUR 41 784 million based on 2014 data) and exceeds the 1,5 % threshold of regional GDP, the disaster qualifies as a “regional disaster” within the meaning of Article 2(3) of the EUSF Regulation.

The cost of eligible essential emergency operations, as defined in Article 3 of the Regulation, has been estimated by the UK authorities at EUR 408,232 million, out of which over EUR 338 million concern the transport sector and over EUR 32 million concern the securing of preventive infrastructure.

The affected regions fall under the category of "less developed regions", "transition regions" and "more developed regions" under the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds (2014-2020). The UK authorities declared that their European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development allocation is being used to support farmers with their recovery on an application basis.

The UK did not request the payment of an advance.

In line with past practice, the Commission proposes to apply the rate of 2,5 % of total direct damage as it is below the UK’s “major disaster” threshold. The total amount of aid proposed is therefore EUR 60 301 050.

Cyprus - Drought and fires in 2016

From October 2015 to June 2016, Cyprus suffered from very low precipitation combined with extremely high temperatures, leading to severe drought with important crop failure, forest and vegetation fires and scarcity of water. Two major wild fires in June 2016 burnt an area of over 2600 hectars of state forest.

In their application, received by the Commission on 5 September 2016, the Cypriot authorities estimated total direct damage caused by the disaster at EUR 180,803 million. As this represents 1,78 % of Cyprus’ GNI and exceeds the 0,6% GNI threshold (i.e. EUR 100,412 million), the disaster qualifies as a “major disaster” within the meaning of Article 2(2) of the EUSF Regulation.

The cost of eligible essential emergency operations, as defined in Article 3 of the Regulation, has been estimated by the Cypriot authorities at EUR 49 million, out of which over EUR 46,082 million concerns the cost of the intervention of the emergency services against the wild fires and EUR 2,484 million concern the immediate restoration of affected natural zones to avoid immediate effects from soil erosion.

The affected region falls under the category of "more developed regions" under the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds (2014-2020). The Cypriot authorities have not signalled to the Commission their intention to reallocate funding from the ESI Funds programmes towards recovery measures.

Cyprus requested the payment of an advance, which was awarded by the Commission on 17 November 2016, amounting to EUR 729 876 and paid out in full.

In line with past practice, the Commission proposes to apply the rate of 2,5 % of total direct damage up to the level of Cyprus’ “major disaster” threshold and 6 % to the part of the total direct damage above this threshold. The total amount of aid proposed is therefore EUR 7 298 760.

Portugal – Madeira fires in 2016

Between 8 and 13 August 2016, the Portuguese island of Madeira suffered from large wild fires, burning an area of 6 000 hectares. They led to the destruction of essential public infrastructure, public buildings, private homes, businesses and damages in agriculture.

In their application, received by the Commission on 21 September 2016, the Portuguese authorities estimated total direct damage caused by the disaster at EUR 157 million. As this represents 3,84 % of the regional GDP of the island of Madeira (PT30 - Região Autónoma da Madeira) and thus exceeds the 1 % threshold, the disaster qualifies as a “regional disaster” within the meaning of Article 2(3) of the EUSF Regulation.

The cost of eligible essential emergency operations, as defined in Article 3 of the Regulation, has been estimated by the Portuguese authorities at EUR 7,347 million, out of which over EUR 1,816 million concerns the cost for temporary accommodation and EUR 1,756 million concerns cleaning-up measures.

The affected region falls under the category of "less developed regions" under the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds (2014-2020). The Portuguese authorities signalled to the Commission their intention to reallocate funding from the ESI Funds programmes towards recovery measures.

Portugal requested the payment of an advance, which was awarded by the Commission on 9 November 2016, amounting to EUR 392 500 and paid out in full.

In line with past practice, the Commission proposes to apply the rate of 2,5 % of total direct damage as it is below Portugal’s “major disaster” threshold. The total amount of aid proposed is therefore EUR 3 925 000.

Conclusion

The proposed mobilisation requires an amendment to the 2017 budget and a draft amending budget (N°1/2017), aiming at increasing budget article 13 06 01 'Assistance to Member States in the event of a major natural disaster with serious repercussions on living conditions, the natural environment or the economy' by EUR 71 524 810 both in commitment and in payment appropriations.

This is the first mobilisation decision of 2017 and the total amount of aid proposed complies with the 2017 annual ceiling provisions for the EU Solidarity Fund as set in the MFF Regulation of EUR 563 081 210 (i.e. EUR 500 million in 2011 prices). As the 2016 allocation of EUR 552 040 402 remained unspent and was carried over for one year to 2017, the remaining unspent amount of the EUSF available for mobilisation is currently EUR 1 115 121 612.

The Rapporteur recommends the swift approval of the Commission proposal for a decision annexed to this report, in sign of solidarity with the affected regions.

(1)

  UKC2-Northumberland, UKD1-Cumbria, UKD3-Great Manchester, UKD4-Lancashire, UKE2-North Yorkshire, UKE4-West Yorkshire, UKL1-West Wales and the Valleys, UKM2-Eastern Scotland, UKM3-South Western Scotland, UKM5-North Eastern Scotland and UKN0-Northern Ireland.


ANNEX – LETTER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Dear Mr. Arthuis,

The European Commission has transmitted to the European Parliament its proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund (COM(2017)0045), on the basis of applications to mobilise the Fund submitted by the United Kingdom, Cyprus and Portugal in relation to the floods in the United Kingdom, the drought and fires in Cyprus and Madeira fires in Portugal that effected in 2016.

The Commission proposes the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund, estimating the damages caused by the disasters as follows:

Disaster

Total direct damage

 

 

 

(million EUR)

Applied regional disaster threshold

 

 

 

(million EUR)

Applied major disaster threshold

 

 

 

(million EUR)

2,5% of total direct damage up to the major threshold

 

(EUR)

6% of total direct damage above the major threshold

 

(EUR)

Total amount of aid proposed

 

 

(EUR)

United Kingdom - Floods in 2016 (regional disaster)

2 412,042

 

626,764

 

 

n/a

60 301 050

 

-

60 301 050

Cyprus - Drought and fires in 2016 (major disaster)

180,803

n/a

 

101,412

2 535 300

 

4 763 460

7 298 760

Portugal – Madeira fires in 2016 (regional disaster)

157,000

40,850

 

n/a

3 925 000

-

3 925 000

 

TOTAL

 

71 524 810

The Commission further proposes a Draft Amending Budget (DAB) No 1 for the year 2017 (COM(2017)0046 final) in order to cover the above-mentioned proposed mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund, by increasing budget article 13 06 01 (EU Solidarity Fund for Member States) by EUR 71 524 810 both in commitment and in payment appropriations.

The Committee coordinators have assessed these proposals, and asked me to write to you reporting that the majority of this Committee has no objection to this mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund to allocate the above-mentioned amount as proposed by the Commission, and supports the corresponding DAB No 1/2017 as proposed by the Commission.

Yours sincerely,

Iskra MIHAYLOVA


INFORMATION ON ADOPTION IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Date adopted

3.4.2017

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

35

1

0

Members present for the final vote

Nedzhmi Ali, Jean Arthuis, Lefteris Christoforou, Gérard Deprez, Manuel dos Santos, José Manuel Fernandes, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Jens Geier, Ingeborg Gräßle, Iris Hoffmann, Bernd Kölmel, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Clare Moody, Siegfried Mureşan, Victor Negrescu, Liadh Ní Riada, Jan Olbrycht, Younous Omarjee, Pina Picierno, Paul Rübig, Petri Sarvamaa, Jordi Solé, Eleftherios Synadinos, Indrek Tarand, Isabelle Thomas, Monika Vana, Daniele Viotti, Marco Zanni, Stanisław Żółtek

Substitutes present for the final vote

Nicola Caputo, Ivana Maletić, Andrey Novakov, Marco Valli, Tomáš Zdechovský

Substitutes under Rule 200(2) present for the final vote

Othmar Karas, Bernd Lucke

FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

35

+

ALDE

Nedzhmi Ali, Jean Arthuis, Gérard Deprez

ECR

Bernd Kölmel, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Bernd Lucke

EFDD

Marco Valli

ENF

Marco Zanni

GUE/NGL

Liadh Ní Riada, Younous Omarjee

NI

Eleftherios Synadinos

PPE

Lefteris Christoforou, José Manuel Fernandes, Ingeborg Gräßle, Othmar Karas, Ivana Maletić, Siegfried Mureşan, Andrey Novakov, Jan Olbrycht, Paul Rübig, Petri Sarvamaa, Tomáš Zdechovský

S&D

Nicola Caputo, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Jens Geier, Iris Hoffmann, Clare Moody, Victor Negrescu, Pina Picierno, Isabelle Thomas, Daniele Viotti, Manuel dos Santos

Verts/ALE

Jordi Solé, Indrek Tarand, Monika Vana

1

-

ENF

Stanisław Żółtek

0

0

 

 

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

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