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Thursday, 26 October 2000 - Strasbourg Final edition
ECSC operating budget for 2001
A5-0251/2000

European Parliament resolution on the draft ECSC operating budget for 2001 (COM(2000) 360 - C5-0340/2000 - 2000/2060(BUD))

The European Parliament,

-  having regard to the provisions of the ECSC Treaty, and in particular Articles 55 and 56 thereof,

-  having regard to the draft ECSC operating budget for 2001 (COM(2000) 360 - C5-0340/2000 ),

-  having regard to the resolution of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council, of 21 June 1999 concerning the expiry of the Treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community(1) ,

-  having regard to its resolution of 15 November 1996 on the incorporation of the ECSC into the budget of the European Communities(2) ,

-  having regard to the Communication from the Commission to the Council on the expiry of the ECSC Treaty - financial activities (COM(1997) 506 - C4-0573/1997 ),

-  having regard to its resolution of 22 October 1998 on the Communication from the Commission to the Council on the expiry of the ECSC Treaty - financial activities(3) ,

-  having regard to its resolutions of 22 October 1998 on the draft ECSC operating budget for 1999 (SEC(1998) 966 - C4-0394/1998 )(4) and of 28 October 1999 on the ECSC's operating budget in 2000 (SEC(1999) 803 - C5-0017/1999 )(5) ,

-  having regard to the joint statement on financial programming approved by the three institutions on 20 July 2000 (6) ,

-  having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets and the opinion of the Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy (A5-0251/2000 ),

A.  whereas this draft operating budget arises in the context of the expiry of the ECSC Treaty on 23 July 2002,

B.  whereas, on the basis of the forecasts forwarded by the Commission, the number of jobs to be lost in the year 2001 is expected to be 7 000 in the coal sector and 5 000 in the steel sector,

C.  whereas the reserves and provisions accumulated by the ECSC will ensure the financing of the final operating budgets between now and 2002,

D.  whereas the assets and liabilities of the ECSC will revert to the remaining Communities,

E.  whereas the financial perspective underpinning the general budget for the period 2000-2006 has been calculated on the basis of the 1999 budget, taking no account of any revenue or expenditure relating to the ECSC,

F.  whereas only research activities concerning the sectors associated with the coal and steel industries will continue to be financed after 2002,

G.  whereas the reserves and provisions determined by the liquidation balance sheet will be allocated to a coal and steel research fund, the management and the cost of which will be borne by the general budget,

1.  Considers that, while the global amount proposed for the ECSC's operating budget in 2001 seems sufficient, the allocations per activities need to be balanced to cover current and future needs in the coal and steel sector;

2.  Points out that in 1999, only half of the appropriations earmarked for redeployment aid under the ECSC operating budget were actually used; considers that the Commission's proposal to further increase these appropriations to EUR 80 million is not justified;

3.  Proposes a reduction in administrative expenditure, since the lump sum calculated 20 years ago is no longer commensurate with the current level of ECSC activities;

4.  Calls on the Commission to maintain aid for social measures at the current level in order to cover further reductions in labour requirements in the coal and and steel industry;

5.  Considers that research financed under the ECSC Treaty should be strengthened, and that less polluting technologies should be given priority so as to enhance sustainable development within the European Union;

6.  Notes that, as a result of the upcoming enlargement, the importance of coal and steel sectors will increase markedly; considers that upon the expiry of the ECSC Treaty research on the coal and steel sector should be diversified and strengthened to support the modernisation and restructuring programmes in the applicant countries; urges the Commission to take this into account when preparing for the Sixth Framework Programme on Research and Technological Development (2002-2006);

7.  Expects that candidate countries will be eligible to participate in EU-financed research once the ECSC Treaty has expired;

8.  Deplores the poor results obtained during the phasing-in process of the ECSC Treaty into the general budget; calls on the Commission to present a financial assessment of the new activities being incorporated into the general budget as they may have an impact on the margin under the ceiling of Heading 3 of the Financial Perspective; notes that, according to the joint statement on financial programming approved on 20 July 2000, “the budgetary authority must have accurate information about the financial consequences of each new proposal presented by the Commission, in order to be able to assess the impact of the proposal on the ceilings of the Financial Perspective, particularly in Headings 3 and 4”;

9.  Recalls that, in a statement to the Parliament in 1973, the Commission undertook to accept the opinions delivered by Parliament on the ECSC operating budget as binding(7) ; expects the Commission to adhere to the same principle when presenting its framework proposal on the instruments which succeed the ECSC;

10.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, the Council and the Consultative Committee.

DRAFT ECSC OPERATING BUDGET FOR 2001

(million EUR)

Requirements

Resources

Operations to be financed from resources for the financial year (non-repayable)

Budget 2000 approved by Commission

Commission's forecast for 2001

Rapporteur's proposal for 2001

Resources for the financial year

Budget 2000 approved by Commission

Commission's forecast for 2001

Rapporteur's proposal for 2001

1.

Administrative expenditure

5,0

5,0

4,0

1.

Current resources

2.

Aid for redeployment (Article 56) (1)

61,0

80,0

70,0

1.1

Yield from levy at a rate of 0.00 %

   p.
m.

   p.
m.

   p.
m.

1.2

Net balance

54,0

48,0

48,0

3.

Aid for research (Article 55) (2)
Aid

81,0

76,0

85,0

1.3

Fines and surcharges for late payment

   p.
m.

   p.
m.

   p.
m.

3.1
3.2

Steel
Coal

56,0
25,0

54,0
22,0

60,0
25,0

1.4

Miscellaneous

4,0

3,0

3,0

2.

Cancellation of commitments not likely to be implemented

37,0

36,0

36,0

4.

Social measures (Article 56)

31,0

29,0

31,0

3.

Drawings on provision for financing ECSC budget

101,0

103,0

103,0

TOTAL BUDGET

178,0

190,0

190,0

TOTAL BUDGET

178,0

190,0

190,0

(1)

The Commission proposes an indicative breakdown of redeployment aid of € 55 million for coalworkers and €25 million for steelworkers. The rapporteur suggests to modify these figures to € 48 million for coalworkers and € 22 million for steelworkers.

(2)

Including projects with an impact on technical measures to combat harmful effects at the workplace and around steel plants, industrial hygiene and mine safety (indicative amounts of EUR 4 and 3 million respectively).

(1) OJ C 190, 7.7.1999, p. 1.
(2).OJ C 362, 2.12.1996, p. 327.
(3) OJ C 341, 9.11.1998, p. 123.
(4) OJ C 341, 9.11.1998, p. 126.
(5) OJ C 154, 5.6.2000, p. 121.
(6) Council document 10299/00.
(7) Cheysson Declaration, sitting of 11 December 1973.

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