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Policy Departments’ Monthly Highlights - November 2017

13-11-2017

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.

Documentation from the workshop on the financing of the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) and the link between these and other investment funds

09-11-2017

In July 2015, The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) entered into force after intensive negotiations between European Commission, Council and Parliament. In September 2016, the European Commission presented an amending Regulation to the original EFSI Regulation of 2015 (EFSI 1.0), prolonging the instrument, as well as proposing changes on the content with an aim to augment its capacity and to address certain insufficiencies. The speakers agreed that in one and a half years since its inception ...

In July 2015, The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) entered into force after intensive negotiations between European Commission, Council and Parliament. In September 2016, the European Commission presented an amending Regulation to the original EFSI Regulation of 2015 (EFSI 1.0), prolonging the instrument, as well as proposing changes on the content with an aim to augment its capacity and to address certain insufficiencies. The speakers agreed that in one and a half years since its inception EFSI has demonstrated a clear quantitative success. Nevertheless, there are certain deficiencies with regard to the way how the specific provisions of the Regulation have been interpreted and implemented on the ground. Particular attention was given to the questions of additionally, roles of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and National Promotional Banks, as well as transparency and visibility.

External author

Prof. Carlo SECCHI, Commission TEN-T coordinator Mr José Fernando FIGUEIREDO, Executive President of the Instituição Financeira de Desenvolvimento Mr Bernhard SAGMEISTER, Chairman of the European Association of Guarantee Institutions (AECM) Ms Katarzyna DZIAMARA-RZUCIDŁO, Managing Director, Regional Development Financing Institute, Poland Ms Zsuzsanna HARGITAI, Director, EU Funds Co-Financing & Financial Instruments at the EBRD

Copernicus – The EU's Earth observation and monitoring programme

24-10-2017

Copernicus is the European Union's Earth observation and monitoring programme. It has a space component and a ground-based component, and provides users with data services. It is a user-driven programme under civilian control, building on existing national and European capacities, and continuing the work of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme. It is based on a partnership between the EU, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the EU Member States.

Copernicus is the European Union's Earth observation and monitoring programme. It has a space component and a ground-based component, and provides users with data services. It is a user-driven programme under civilian control, building on existing national and European capacities, and continuing the work of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme. It is based on a partnership between the EU, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the EU Member States.

Parliament's reading of the 2018 EU budget

23-10-2017

During the October II plenary, the European Parliament is due to decide whether and how to amend the Council's position on the 2018 draft EU budget put forward by the European Commission. The report adopted by the Committee on Budgets reverses all the cuts proposed by the Council. Furthermore, it increases appropriations for a number of Parliament’s priority programmes linked to sustainable growth, jobs – particularly youth employment, security, and climate change.

During the October II plenary, the European Parliament is due to decide whether and how to amend the Council's position on the 2018 draft EU budget put forward by the European Commission. The report adopted by the Committee on Budgets reverses all the cuts proposed by the Council. Furthermore, it increases appropriations for a number of Parliament’s priority programmes linked to sustainable growth, jobs – particularly youth employment, security, and climate change.

Discharge for the 2015 budget – Council and European Council

23-10-2017

During the October II plenary session, the European Parliament is due to bring to a close the discharge procedure for the Council's financial accounts for the year 2015, by voting on the second report of the Committee on Budgetary Control. For several years in a row now, the Parliament has refused to grant discharge to the Council and the European Council.

During the October II plenary session, the European Parliament is due to bring to a close the discharge procedure for the Council's financial accounts for the year 2015, by voting on the second report of the Committee on Budgetary Control. For several years in a row now, the Parliament has refused to grant discharge to the Council and the European Council.

The next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and its duration

16-10-2017

The study focuses on the characteristic features of the MFF and on how to implement the EU budget more effectively in the future. The analysis concentrates on 3 possible options in connection with the duration of the next MFF. The main advantages and disadvantages of 5-year, 7-year and 10(5+5)-year scenarios are examined from the point of view of predictability (stability) and responsiveness (flexibility), and, in addition, from the perspective of political cycles and implementation time tables.

The study focuses on the characteristic features of the MFF and on how to implement the EU budget more effectively in the future. The analysis concentrates on 3 possible options in connection with the duration of the next MFF. The main advantages and disadvantages of 5-year, 7-year and 10(5+5)-year scenarios are examined from the point of view of predictability (stability) and responsiveness (flexibility), and, in addition, from the perspective of political cycles and implementation time tables.

External author

Dr. Ákos Kengyel

The next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the Structure and Own Resources

16-10-2017

The EU budget is facing numerous long-term challenges, which are not adequately addressed, neither on the expenditure nor on the revenue side. Regardless of the future EU integration scenario, a fundamental overhaul of the MFF is required. EU expenditure should provide more European added value. Tax-based own resources partially replacing current own resources have the potential to reduce sustainability gaps within Member States’ tax regimes as well as to alleviate the juste retour problem.

The EU budget is facing numerous long-term challenges, which are not adequately addressed, neither on the expenditure nor on the revenue side. Regardless of the future EU integration scenario, a fundamental overhaul of the MFF is required. EU expenditure should provide more European added value. Tax-based own resources partially replacing current own resources have the potential to reduce sustainability gaps within Member States’ tax regimes as well as to alleviate the juste retour problem.

External author

Ms Margit Schratzenstaller

Research for AGRI Committee - Young farmers - Policy implementation after the 2013 CAP reform

16-10-2017

This report provides information regarding the state of implementation of the current CAP young farmers’ mechanism. The different implementation styles of the Members States are described and the currently implemented policy tools are evaluated. Based on the secondary analysis and case studies, several policy recommendations are formulated, aimed at improving the existing support scheme and assisting young farmers to deal with the major barriers to entering agriculture.

This report provides information regarding the state of implementation of the current CAP young farmers’ mechanism. The different implementation styles of the Members States are described and the currently implemented policy tools are evaluated. Based on the secondary analysis and case studies, several policy recommendations are formulated, aimed at improving the existing support scheme and assisting young farmers to deal with the major barriers to entering agriculture.

External author

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic: Lukáš Zagata, Jiří Hrabák, Michal Lošťák, Miroslava Bavorová Technology Centre of the Czech Academy of Science: Tomáš Ratinger The James Hutton Institute, Scotland UK: Lee-Ann Sutherland, Annie McKee

Financial Instruments: defining the rationale for triggering their use

16-10-2017

The use of financial instruments within the EU budget is becoming more and more common. The present study first revises key concepts in determining the use of those instruments, before providing an analysis of the functioning and consistency of the ex-ante assessments, which are required by regulation to help identify the rationale and scope for financial instruments. It offers recommendations to improve the ex-ante assessment process and on the use of these instruments across the EU.

The use of financial instruments within the EU budget is becoming more and more common. The present study first revises key concepts in determining the use of those instruments, before providing an analysis of the functioning and consistency of the ex-ante assessments, which are required by regulation to help identify the rationale and scope for financial instruments. It offers recommendations to improve the ex-ante assessment process and on the use of these instruments across the EU.

External author

Jorge Núñez Ferrer, Senior Research Fellow, CEPS David Rinaldi, Associate Research Fellow, CEPS Apostolos Thomadakis, ECMI Researcher, CEPS Roberto Musmeci, Research Assistant, CEPS Martin Nesbit, Senior Fellow, IEEP Kamila Paquel, Senior Policy Analyst, IEEP Andrea Illes, Policy Analyst, IEEP Katharina Ehrhart, Researcher, LSE Enterprise

Proceedings of the Workshop on Post-2020 Audit Reform: Mission Possible

16-10-2017

Audit work has changed over the years. Compliance audits look principally at the legality and regularity of payments, but they say nothing about whether the political and economic objectives were achieved. A bridge in the middle of nowhere may have been built in respect of public procurement rules and contract obligations. These compliance audits are increasingly supplemented by performance audits, in which you try to answer the question whether the objective was achieved in an economic, effective ...

Audit work has changed over the years. Compliance audits look principally at the legality and regularity of payments, but they say nothing about whether the political and economic objectives were achieved. A bridge in the middle of nowhere may have been built in respect of public procurement rules and contract obligations. These compliance audits are increasingly supplemented by performance audits, in which you try to answer the question whether the objective was achieved in an economic, effective and efficient manner. In spite of the growing complexity of the audit process the administrative burden for beneficiaries should remain reasonable. The key question is: How do we strike the right balance between providing easy access to European public funds for beneficiaries, while guaranteeing sound financial management. One element which has to be put in place for this purpose is a single audit chain, where one level builds on the work of the other.

External author

Mr Lazaros S. LAZAROU, Member of the European Court of Auditors, Dean of Chamber V Financing and administering the Union Mr Olivier WAELBROECK, Director, Directorate D for Central Financial Service, DG BUDG, European Commission Ms Christina BORCHMANN, Director, Directorate H for Assurance and Audit, DG AGRI, European Commission Mr Franck SÉBERT, Director, Directorate C for Audit, DG REGIO, European Commission Mr Stanislav BURES, Head of Department, Audit authority, Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic Ms Malina KROUMOVA, Deputy Minister, Head of the Central Coordination Unit, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, Bulgaria

Upcoming events

20-11-2017
European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI): Ban Glyphosate
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ENVI PETI ITRE AGRI
21-11-2017
Mid-term review of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II)
Hearing -
AFET
21-11-2017
The Constitutional Implications of Different Scenarios for the Future of the Union
Hearing -
AFCO

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