REPORT on Draft amending budget No 8/2008 of the European Union for the financial year 2008

19.11.2008 - (15765/2008 – C6‑0426/2008 – 2008/2287(BUD))

Section VI – European Economic and Social Committee
Committee on Budgets
Rapporteur: Ville Itälä

Procedure : 2008/2287(BUD)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected :  
A6-0453/2008
Texts tabled :
A6-0453/2008
Debates :
Texts adopted :

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION

on Draft amending budget No 8/2008 of the European Union for the financial year 2008, Section VI – European Economic and Social Committee

(15765/2008 – C6‑0426/2008 – 2008/2287(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 2008, as finally adopted on 13 December 2007[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 9/2008 of the European Union for the financial year 2008, which the Commission presented on 6 October 2008 (COM(2008)0619),

–   having regard to Draft amending budget No 8/2008, which the Council established on 18 November (15765/2008 – C6‑0426/2008),

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

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets (A6‑0453/2008),

A. whereas Draft amending budget No 8 to the general budget 2008 concerns only the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and covers the budgetary adjustments resulting from the fact that the increase in salaries and pensions was lower than that used as a basis for drawing up the 2008 preliminary draft,

B.  whereas the principle of presenting an amending budget updating technical data which served to establish the budget in the first place, with a view to returning funds to the taxpayer, is to be welcomed, although, in this case, the cost of the procedure may unfortunately exceed the actual money to be returned,

1.  Takes note of Preliminary draft amending budget No 8/2008, which reduces the Economic and Social Committee's 2008 budget (costs) by some EUR 318 262 and its revenue by EUR 48 265;

2.  Approves Draft amending budget No 8/2008 unamended;

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

  • [1]  OJ L 248, 16.9.2002, p. 1.
  • [2]  OJ L 71, 14.3.2008.
  • [3]  OJ C 139, 14.6.2006, p. 1.

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The Council had requested that the Institutions update their budgets, as regards salaries in particular, given the fact that the technical annual adjustment resulted in somewhat lower increases than foreseen (lower inflation) and that this had led to certain "surpluses" in the corresponding budget lines for 2008. The rapporteur welcomes this philosophy as it will return over-budgeted monies to the taxpayer although, in this particular case, it is questionable whether the amounts involved actually warranted such an administrative procedure. This does not, however, detract from the principle and now that the Economic & Social Committee has followed the Council's advice and all preparations have been made, he can only recommend speedy approval without amendment.

PROCEDURE

Title

Draft amending budget No 8/2008 of the European Union for the financial year 2008 - Section VI – European Economic and Social Committee

References

15765/2008 – C6‑0426/2008 – 2008/2287(BUD)

Committee responsible

  Date announced in plenary

BUDG

19.11.2008

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)

  Date announced in plenary

 

 

 

 

 

Rapporteur(s)

  Date appointed

Ville Itälä

13.12.2006

Previous rapporteur(s)

 

Date draft amending budget established by the Council

10.11.2008

Date draft amending budget forwarded by the Council

18.11.2008

Discussed in committee

5.11.2008

10.11.2008

 

 

 

Date adopted

10.11.2008

Result of final vote

+:

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0:

17

Members present for the final vote

Reimer Böge, Simon Busuttil, Paulo Casaca, Salvador Garriga Polledo, Catherine Guy-Quint, Jutta Haug, Ville Itälä, Anne E. Jensen, Alain Lamassoure, Janusz Lewandowski, Vladimír Maňka, Jan Mulder, Nina Škottová, Helga Trüpel, Kyösti Virrankoski, Ralf Walter

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Esther De Lange

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

 

 

Date tabled

19.11.2008

Comments (available in one language only)

 

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