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Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, April 2018

20-04-2018

The April plenary session's highlight was the debate on the future of Europe with the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, detailing his ambitions for a reinvigorated Europe, ready to face existing and emerging challenges. Members also heard from the European Council and Commission Presidents on the outcome of the March European Council meeting. High Representative Federica Mogherini made statements on the UN global compacts for migration and refugees, Syria, Russia, the situation in ...

The April plenary session's highlight was the debate on the future of Europe with the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, detailing his ambitions for a reinvigorated Europe, ready to face existing and emerging challenges. Members also heard from the European Council and Commission Presidents on the outcome of the March European Council meeting. High Representative Federica Mogherini made statements on the UN global compacts for migration and refugees, Syria, Russia, the situation in the Korean peninsula and of Greek soldiers arrested in Turkey. Parliament adopted, inter alia, legislative resolutions on greenhouse gas emissions, the circular economy, European political parties and foundations, anti-money-laundering, market surveillance of motor vehicles, and organic production and labelling. Members granted discharge for the execution of the 2016 budget to the European Commission and all EU institutions and agencies, except the Council/European Council and European Asylum Support Office.

Policy Departments' Monthly Highlights - April 2018

16-04-2018

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.

Discharge for 2016 budget – European Commission and executive agencies

11-04-2018

During the April plenary session, the European Parliament is expected to decide whether to grant discharge for the 2016 financial year to the different institutions and bodies of the European Union (EU). The debate will start with the report covering the European Commission (plus six executive agencies) which manages the biggest share of the EU general budget. Separate discharge is granted to the Commission concerning the management of the European Development Funds (EDFs), because the EDFs are not ...

During the April plenary session, the European Parliament is expected to decide whether to grant discharge for the 2016 financial year to the different institutions and bodies of the European Union (EU). The debate will start with the report covering the European Commission (plus six executive agencies) which manages the biggest share of the EU general budget. Separate discharge is granted to the Commission concerning the management of the European Development Funds (EDFs), because the EDFs are not part of the general budget of the EU but based on intergovernmental agreement. Parliament's Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) recommends the plenary should grant the Commission and all six executive agencies discharge for 2016, and also to grant discharge in respect of the implementation of the operations of the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th EDFs in that year.

Discharge for 2016 budget – EU decentralised agencies and joint undertakings

11-04-2018

During the April plenary session, the Parliament is due to vote on discharge to the EU agencies and joint undertakings for their implementation of the 2016 budget. Parliament's Committee on Budgetary Control proposes to grant discharge to all joint undertakings and agencies except the European Asylum Support Office.

During the April plenary session, the Parliament is due to vote on discharge to the EU agencies and joint undertakings for their implementation of the 2016 budget. Parliament's Committee on Budgetary Control proposes to grant discharge to all joint undertakings and agencies except the European Asylum Support Office.

Discharge for 2016 budget – EU institutions other than the European Commission

11-04-2018

Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control recommends granting discharge for eight of the administrative sections of the 2016 EU budget and postponing the decision to October 2018 in one case (European Council and Council). Parliament is expected to decide on the matter during the April plenary session.

Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control recommends granting discharge for eight of the administrative sections of the 2016 EU budget and postponing the decision to October 2018 in one case (European Council and Council). Parliament is expected to decide on the matter during the April plenary session.

Performance budgeting: A means to improve EU spending

16-03-2018

In 2015, the European Commission launched an initiative entitled 'The EU budget focused on results'. It is aimed at changing spending culture and making results a horizontal priority for the EU budget. The initiative is based on a popular contemporary budgeting method known as 'performance budgeting'. This paper presents the method and its application to the EU budget. It explains why, although not easy to implement, performance budgeting is seen as an attractive way to increase value for money and ...

In 2015, the European Commission launched an initiative entitled 'The EU budget focused on results'. It is aimed at changing spending culture and making results a horizontal priority for the EU budget. The initiative is based on a popular contemporary budgeting method known as 'performance budgeting'. This paper presents the method and its application to the EU budget. It explains why, although not easy to implement, performance budgeting is seen as an attractive way to increase value for money and enhance the transparency and democratic accountability of public finances. The paper also analyses how the performance budgeting approach has evolved within the EU budgetary system and what challenges and obstacles to its implementation remain. The commitment of the European Commission to the principles of performance budgeting, as well as the broad support for the idea expressed by the European Parliament and the Council, give grounds to believe that these efforts will continue in the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework.

Special Reports of the European Court of Auditors - A Rolling Check-List of recent findings

13-03-2018

This rolling check-list presents an overview of the Special Reports of the European Court of Auditors (ECA), concentrating on those relevant for the 2016 discharge procedure. It strives to link the research topics of the Special Reports to relevant debates and positions within the European Parliament, including the working documents of the Committee on Budgetary Control, the work of the specialised parliamentary committees, forthcoming plenary resolutions and individual questions by Members. This ...

This rolling check-list presents an overview of the Special Reports of the European Court of Auditors (ECA), concentrating on those relevant for the 2016 discharge procedure. It strives to link the research topics of the Special Reports to relevant debates and positions within the European Parliament, including the working documents of the Committee on Budgetary Control, the work of the specialised parliamentary committees, forthcoming plenary resolutions and individual questions by Members. This check-list has been prepared by the Ex-Post Evaluation Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), the EP's in-house research service and think-tank, as part of its on-going support for parliamentary committees and individual Members in scrutinising the executive in its implementation of EU law, policies and programmes. The European Parliament is strongly committed to Better Law-Making, and particularly to the effective use of ex-ante impact assessment and ex-post evaluation throughout the entire legislative cycle. It is in this spirit that the Parliament has a particular interest in following the transposition, implementation and enforcement of EU law, and, more generally, monitoring the impact, operation, effectiveness and delivery of policy and programmes in practice.

Policy Departments' Monthly Highlights - March 2018

12-03-2018

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.

Policy Departments' Monthly Highlights - February 2018

05-02-2018

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.

Economic and Budgetary Outlook for the European Union 2018

11-01-2018

This study provides an overview of the economic and budgetary outlook for the European Union (EU) in 2018 and beyond. It summarises the main economic indicators in the EU and euro area, and their two-year trends. Economic projections point to robust growth, easing in the future, and falling unemployment. Risks are broadly balanced, but both internal and external challenges persist and may weaken economic recovery. A special 'economic focus' aims to provide a bird's eye view of industry and industrial ...

This study provides an overview of the economic and budgetary outlook for the European Union (EU) in 2018 and beyond. It summarises the main economic indicators in the EU and euro area, and their two-year trends. Economic projections point to robust growth, easing in the future, and falling unemployment. Risks are broadly balanced, but both internal and external challenges persist and may weaken economic recovery. A special 'economic focus' aims to provide a bird's eye view of industry and industrial policy in Europe, and provides an overview of various recent EU-level initiatives. Industry, which is particularly important for generating growth and which provides one in five jobs in the EU, is on a positive path with growing value added, output and employment. The study also explains the annual EU Budget, provides an overview of its main headings for 2018, and sets out the wider budgetary framework – the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) – currently covering the years 2014 to 2020. Amounting to €160.1 billion, the 2018 EU Budget focuses on priorities such as promoting sustainable growth, creating employment, especially for young people, and addressing migration and security challenges. While representing only some 1 % of the area's gross national income, the EU Budget has features that increase its overall impact, including the significant share of resources devoted to investment. The debate on the future of the EU Budget, which gained momentum in 2017, should lead to proposals for a post-2020 MFF and reform of the EU´s financing system, which the European Commission is expected to table in May 2018.

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CAP post-2020 - the future of food and farming: interparliamentary committee meeting
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