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P6_TA(2007)0593

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PE 398.444v01-00 A6-0493/2007

on Draft amending budget No 7/2007 of the European Union for the financial year 2007

(15715/2007 – C6‑0434/2007 – 2007/2237(BUD))

Section III – Commission

Committee on Budgets

Rapporteur: James Elles

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 PROCEDURE

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION

on Draft amending budget No 7/2007 of the European Union for the financial year 2007, Section III – Commission

(15715/2007 – C6‑0434/2007 – 2007/2237(BUD))

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to Article 272 of the EC Treaty and Article 177 of the Euratom Treaty,

–   having regard to Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities(1), and particularly Articles 37 and 38,

–   having regard to the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2007, as finally adopted on 14 December 2006(2),

–   having regard to the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management(3),

–   having regard to Preliminary draft amending budget No 7/2007 of the European Union for the financial year 2007, which the Commission presented on 7 November 2007 (COM(2007)0687),and amended by letter of 12 November 2007,

–   having regard to Draft amending budget No 7/2007, which the Council established on 26 November 2007 (15715/2007 – C6‑0434/2007),

–   having regard to Rule 69 of and Annex IV to its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets (A6‑0493/2007),

A.  whereas Draft amending budget No 7/2007 to the General Budget 2007 covers the following items:

 a substantial increase in the forecast of revenue, in particular for the revision of the forecasts of VAT and GNI balances (EUR 3 830 million);

 further decrease of payment appropriations in budget lines for headings 1a, 1b, 2 and 3a (EUR 1 651,4 million), after the redeployments proposed in the global transfer DEC36/2007 (EUR 425 million),

B.   whereas the purpose of Draft amending budget No 7/2007 is to formally enter these budgetary resources and technical adjustments into the 2007 budget,

1.   Takes note of Preliminary draft amending budget No 7/2007;

2.   Recognises that the current under-implementation of certain lines might be a consequence of the late adoption of legal bases in the first year of the MFF; insists on closely monitoring the implementation of the 2008 Budget through the different tools such as the regular budgetary forecast alert and monitoring groups; invites its specialised committees to give an early input about the funds needed and possible problems of implementation as regards multi-annual programmes;

3.  Underlines that there will certainly be a need for a higher amount in payments in the 2008 budget;

4.   Approves Draft amending budget No 7/2007 unamended;

5.   Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council and Commission.

(1)

OJ L 248, 16.9.2002, p. 1. Regulation as amended by Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1995/2006 (OJ L 390, 30.12.2006, p. 1).

(2)

OJ L 77, 16.3.2007, p. 1.

(3)

OJ C 139, 14.6.2006, p. 1.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

Draft Amending Budget No7/2007 concerns headings 1a, 1b, 2 and 3a of the financial framework.

On 12 November, the Commission services sent a letter to the Chairman which contains even further adjustments i.e. further increase in the forecast of revenue by EUR 1.015 million, further increase of other revenue (interests on late payment and fines) of EUR 76 million and a decrease in appropriations under Heading 2 (EAGF) for an amount of EUR 400 million (CA and PA).

It has been part of the deal on Budget 2008 agreed between EP and Council on 23 November 2007. The AGRI Council has adopted it as "A" point on 26 November. According to Article 37 of the Financial Regulation(1), the Commission may present preliminary draft amending budgets, if there are "unavoidable, exceptional or unforeseen circumstances". According to Article 26 of the implementing rules to the Financial Regulation(2) Preliminary draft amending budgets shall be accompanied by statements of grounds and the information on the implementation of the budget for the preceding and current financial years available at the time of their establishment, in order to reduce the expected under-implementation at the end of the year.

According to the Commission's justification, the reduction (EUR -1 251,4 million) in the level of payment appropriations requested is due in particular of the following factors:

 low claims of some Member States concerning Cohesion expenditure

 late or lower payments stemming from the previous financial frameworks (e. g. Research)

 The late adoption of some legal bases, and the resulting delays in starting up new programmes; and

 Difficulties to implement certain pilot projects and preparatory actions

Looking at the grounds given by the Commission, it is sometimes not clear which are the "unavoidable, exceptional or unforeseen circumstances" which led the Commission to propose the PDAB No.7 concerning the different lines. For example, on line 07 03 07 (LIFE+), the Commission is requesting a reduction of payments of EUR 2,3 million via the Global transfer and another EUR 88,7 million via the AB. On line 08 21 02 01 (completion of FP 5), a reduction of EUR 29 million is proposed via the global transfer and another EUR 60,3 million via the AB 7. Does that mean that in one case, the circumstances were avoidable and foreseeable in one case and unavoidable and unforeseeable in the other?

The detailed figures concerning the different Budget lines are displayed in the attached table in the Annex.

The Pilot schemes voted by the EP

The following pilot projects and preparatory actions are concerned (total decrease of - EUR 12 million) by a partly 100 per cent decrease proposed in the Preliminary Draft Amending Budget n° 7/2007:

02 02 03 02 - Support for SMEs in the new financial environment (- EUR 5 million out of 7)

02 02 03 04 - Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (- EUR 1,5 million out of 3)

02 02 05 05 - Measures to promote cooperation and partnerships between micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (release of the complete amount of EUR 2 million)

02 02 09 - The EU assuming its role in a globalised world (- EUR 2 million out of 3)

06 04 07 - Energy Security – Bio fuels (release of the complete amount of EUR 2 million).

(1)

Council regulation (EC,Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities as amended by Council regulation (EC,Euratom) No 1995/2006 of 13 December 2006 amending Regulation 1605/2002, OJ L 390/2006 of 30 December 2006.

(2)

Commission regulation (EC, EURATOM) No 2342/2002 of 23 December 2002 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 478/2007 of 23 April 2007 amending Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2342/2002 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities


PROCEDURE

Title

Draft amending budget No 7/2007 of the European Union for the financial year 2007, Section III – Commission

References

15715/2007– C6-0434/2007 – 2007/2237(BUD)

Committee responsible
  Date announced in plenary

BUDG
0.00.2007

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)
  Date announced in plenary

 

 

 

 

 

Rapporteur(s)
  Date appointed

James Elles
11.1.2006

Previous rapporteur(s)

 

Date draft amending budget established by the Council

26.112007

Date draft amending budget forwarded by the Council

0.00.2007

Discussed in committee

27.11.2007

29.11.2007

 

 

 

Date adopted

29.11.2007

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

27

 

 

Members present for the final vote

Reimer Böge, Konstantinos Botopoulos, Gérard Deprez, Valdis Dombrovskis, Brigitte Douay, Göran Färm, Salvador Garriga Polledo, Ingeborg Gräßle, Louis Grech, Nathalie Griesbeck, Catherine Guy-Quint, Jutta Haug, Monica Maria Iacob-Ridzi, Ville Itälä, Anne E. Jensen, Janusz Lewandowski, Nils Lundgren, Vladimír Maňka, Gérard Onesta, Esko Seppänen,, László Surján, Kyösti Virrankoski, Ralf Walter, Richard James Ashworth

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Paul Rübig, Peter Šťastný

Substitute(s) under Rule 178(2)
present for the final vote

Samuli Pohjamo

Date tabled

4.12.2007

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