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Policy Departments’ Monthly Highlights - January 2017

16-01-2017

The Monthly Highlights publication provides an overview, at a glance, of the on-going work of the policy departments, including a selection of the latest and forthcoming publications, and a list of future events.

The Monthly Highlights publication provides an overview, at a glance, of the on-going work of the policy departments, including a selection of the latest and forthcoming publications, and a list of future events.

European Council Conclusions (10th edition)

13-12-2016

The European Council's role - to 'provide the Union with the necessary impetus for its development' and to define its 'general political directions and priorities' - has developed rapidly over the past seven years. Since June 2014, the European Council Oversight Unit within the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), the European Parliament's in-house research service and think-tank, has been monitoring and analysing the European Council's delivery of the various commitments made in the conclusions ...

The European Council's role - to 'provide the Union with the necessary impetus for its development' and to define its 'general political directions and priorities' - has developed rapidly over the past seven years. Since June 2014, the European Council Oversight Unit within the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), the European Parliament's in-house research service and think-tank, has been monitoring and analysing the European Council's delivery of the various commitments made in the conclusions of its meetings. This overview, presented in the form of a regularly updated Rolling Check-List of Commitments to Date, is designed to review the degree of progress in realising the goals which the European Council has set itself since January 2010 and to assist the Parliament in exercising its important oversight role in this field.

Common Agricultural Policy and revision of the 2014-2020 MFF

30-11-2016

The EU's 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework provides medium-term expenditure predictability in support of investment in Europe's priorities. The Commission presented its mid-term review/revision of the multiannual EU budget (2014-2020) on 14 September 2016 in Strasbourg. Without increasing spending limits, the package as presented is intended to free up an additional €6.3 billion in financing by 2020. These resources will be used mainly to foster job creation, investment and economic growth ...

The EU's 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework provides medium-term expenditure predictability in support of investment in Europe's priorities. The Commission presented its mid-term review/revision of the multiannual EU budget (2014-2020) on 14 September 2016 in Strasbourg. Without increasing spending limits, the package as presented is intended to free up an additional €6.3 billion in financing by 2020. These resources will be used mainly to foster job creation, investment and economic growth and to address the migration crisis. In this context, the Commission presented a legal proposal (omnibus regulation) that contains changes to the basic EU Financial Regulation and to the main EU funding regulations. The omnibus proposal touches, inter alia, on all four of the basic regulations governing the Common Agriculture Policy. These cover Direct Payments, Rural Development, Common Market Organisation and the ‘Horizontal’ Regulation, covering issues such as funding and controls. The changes that are proposed aim at fine-tuning some elements of the current CAP, as described in this briefing, and making life easier for both farmers and national authorities. Looking ahead, the proposed revision of the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Frame-work will prepare the ground for a subsequent MFF proposal in support of EU priorities for the post-2020 period. This could be presented by the end of 2017. With the omnibus regulation proposal, it appears unlikely that a major restructuring of the basic architecture of the CAP will take place in the current programming period. More substantial legal proposals for a post-2020 CAP could be presented in 2018, in line with the post-2020 MFF communication. Such a scenario would enable the European Parliament, as co-legislator, to negotiate the implications of the current CAP revision, and a more substantial post-2020 reform for the CAP in parallel.

The Railway Package: A Europe without Borders

28-11-2016

Parliament's Press Service is holding a seminar on the fourth Railway Package. It will focus on, amongst others: regulating the rail industry; the interoperability of the rail system; railway safety; the European Union Agency for Railways; the normalisation of accounts of railway undertakings; a Single European railway area; and the award of public service contracts. This thematic digest provides policy department publications prepared to support the committees in their work on these issues.

Parliament's Press Service is holding a seminar on the fourth Railway Package. It will focus on, amongst others: regulating the rail industry; the interoperability of the rail system; railway safety; the European Union Agency for Railways; the normalisation of accounts of railway undertakings; a Single European railway area; and the award of public service contracts. This thematic digest provides policy department publications prepared to support the committees in their work on these issues.

Policy Departments’ Monthly Highlights - November 2016

21-11-2016

The Monthly Highlights publication provides an overview, at a glance, of the on-going work of the policy departments, including a selection of the latest and forthcoming publications, and a list of future events.

The Monthly Highlights publication provides an overview, at a glance, of the on-going work of the policy departments, including a selection of the latest and forthcoming publications, and a list of future events.

The Costs of Each Euro from the EU Budget to Implement EU Policies in Different Member States: Mastering Implementation Costs of European Grants

27-10-2016

This study provides a sound understanding, notably through estimates, of the costs linked to grant management – from both the grant provider (EU / National / Regional Authorities) and the grant seeker (applicant / beneficiary) perspective. It covers EU policy fields related to Competitiveness for growth and jobs, Economic, social and territorial cohesion, and Common Agricultural Policy – Pillar I, within the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020. The study aims to analyse the differences between ...

This study provides a sound understanding, notably through estimates, of the costs linked to grant management – from both the grant provider (EU / National / Regional Authorities) and the grant seeker (applicant / beneficiary) perspective. It covers EU policy fields related to Competitiveness for growth and jobs, Economic, social and territorial cohesion, and Common Agricultural Policy – Pillar I, within the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020. The study aims to analyse the differences between the different grants processes and to identify areas for improvement in the grant management processes. Finally, the study formulates a number of recommendations aimed at removing cost-generating inefficiencies and unnecessary burden, and indicates possibilities to leverage good practices from any grant instrument, in other instruments.

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Thierry Van Schoubroeck, Tim De Meyer, Mathieu Saunier and Steven Van Noten

Parliament's reading of the 2017 EU budget

19-10-2016

On 26 October 2016, the European Parliament is due to decide whether and how to amend the Council's position on the 2017 draft EU budget put forward by the European Commission. The report prepared by the Committee on Budgets reverses all the cuts proposed by the Council in September and further increases allocations in a number of priority areas. In addition, the motion for a resolution puts the 2017 EU budget in the context of the revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework currently being discussed ...

On 26 October 2016, the European Parliament is due to decide whether and how to amend the Council's position on the 2017 draft EU budget put forward by the European Commission. The report prepared by the Committee on Budgets reverses all the cuts proposed by the Council in September and further increases allocations in a number of priority areas. In addition, the motion for a resolution puts the 2017 EU budget in the context of the revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework currently being discussed, looking at the broader challenges that the European Union is facing.

Discharge procedure for 2014 budget – debate and final vote on postponed decisions

19-10-2016

In April 2016, the European Parliament (EP) granted discharge to the European Commission and most EU institutions and bodies as regards 2014 budget implementation. However, the EP decided to postpone its decisions on section II of the EU budget (European Council and Council) and on the budgets of three joint undertakings (Artemis, ENIAC and F4E-ITER). On 26-27 October, the EP is due to consider new reports tabled by its Committee on Budgetary Control on the outstanding decisions, so as to grant or ...

In April 2016, the European Parliament (EP) granted discharge to the European Commission and most EU institutions and bodies as regards 2014 budget implementation. However, the EP decided to postpone its decisions on section II of the EU budget (European Council and Council) and on the budgets of three joint undertakings (Artemis, ENIAC and F4E-ITER). On 26-27 October, the EP is due to consider new reports tabled by its Committee on Budgetary Control on the outstanding decisions, so as to grant or refuse discharge for each case. This will finalise the 2014 discharge procedure.

The Cost of Non-Agencies with Relevance to the Internal Market

14-10-2016

Upon request by the European Parliament’s Committee on Budgets, this study assesses the ‘cost of non-agencies’, i.e. the savings to MS from the existence of the EU’s decentralised agencies. The study examines seven partially of fully self-financed agencies having key roles in the Internal Market. The research suggests that it is considerably less costly to carry out the tasks assigned to the agencies at the EU level than by the MS. The most significant potential impacts of a ‘non-agencies’ situation ...

Upon request by the European Parliament’s Committee on Budgets, this study assesses the ‘cost of non-agencies’, i.e. the savings to MS from the existence of the EU’s decentralised agencies. The study examines seven partially of fully self-financed agencies having key roles in the Internal Market. The research suggests that it is considerably less costly to carry out the tasks assigned to the agencies at the EU level than by the MS. The most significant potential impacts of a ‘non-agencies’ situation would be on companies seeking to trade across the EU in the Single Market. The research also confirms that added value of the agencies is widely recognised by national authorities, concerned third parties and internationally.

External author

Jack Malan, Roland Blomeyer, Jan Smit, Anna-Maria Krarup, Malin Carlberg, Carolin Moeller, Stephan Kreutzer and David Buck (Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services - CSES, part of the consortium led by Blomeyer & Sanz)

Overview on the Use of EU Funds for Migration Policies

23-09-2016

The aim of this document is to give an overview of the use of EU funds on migration policies during the first two years (2014-2015) of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and present a preliminary budgetary outlook for 2016–2017 and the remaining MFF period, taking into account the uncertainties relating to the evolution of the migration situation and pressures on EU funding.

The aim of this document is to give an overview of the use of EU funds on migration policies during the first two years (2014-2015) of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and present a preliminary budgetary outlook for 2016–2017 and the remaining MFF period, taking into account the uncertainties relating to the evolution of the migration situation and pressures on EU funding.

External author

Éva Kamarás (Deloitte), Mathieu Saunier (Deloitte) and Laura Todaro (VVA Europe)

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