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P6_TA(2008)0621

REPORT     
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8.12.2008
PE 416.515v01-00 A6-0481/2008

on Draft amending budget No 10/2008 of the European Union for the financial year 2008

(16264/2008 – C6‑0461/2008 – 2008/2316(BUD))

Section III – Commission

Committee on Budgets

Rapporteur: Kyösti Virrankoski

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 PROCEDURE

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION

on Draft amending budget No 10/2008 of the European Union for the financial year 2008, Section III – Commission

(16264/2008 – C6‑0461/2008 – 2008/2316(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 11/2008 of the European Union for the financial year 2008, which the Commission presented on 7 November 2008 (COM(2008)0731),

–   having regard to Draft amending budget No 10/2008, which the Council established on 27 November 2008 (16264/2008 – C6‑0461/2008),

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

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets (A6‑481/2008),

A. whereas Draft amending budget (DAB) No 10 to the General Budget 2008 covers the following items:

-     mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund for an amount of EUR 7,6 million in commitment and payment appropriations following a serious drought in Cyprus

-     a corresponding reduction in payment appropriations of EUR 7,6 million from the budget line 13 04 02 - Cohesion fund,

B.  whereas the purpose of DAB No 10/2008 is to formally enter this budgetary adjustments into the 2008 budget,

C. whereas the Council has adopted Preliminary draft amending budget (PDAB) No 11/2008 as DAB No 10/2008, following the cancellation of DAB No 8/2008,

1.  Takes note of Preliminary draft amending budget No 11/2008;

2.  Approves DAB No 10/2008 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, p. 1.

(3)

OJ C 139, 14.6.2006, p. 1.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

According to article 37 par. 1 of the Financial Regulation the European Commission may present Preliminary Draft Amending Budget if there are "unavoidable, exceptional or unforeseen circumstances". Following the budgetary Conciliation of 21 November 2008, the Council has announced that it will not adopt Draft Amending Budget 8/2008. In consequence, PDAB 11/2008 becomes the AB 10/2008.

Concerning the different points of Draft Amending Budget No 10/2008, your rapporteur has the following comments:

1. Mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund

The conditions of the eligibility to the fund are detailed in article 26 of the IIA and in Council Regulation number 2012/2002. It is important to note that the objective of the fund is not the compensation for private damage but to repair infrastructure and it is a tool of refinancing.

By presenting this proposal the Commission initiates a Trialoge procedure as required by article 26 of IIA.

As a reminder, the following applications have been made so far during the financial period 2007-2013:

Interventions of the EUSF in 2007

* In Euro

Member State

Reason of application

EUSF mobilisation *

Hungary

floods

15 063 587

Greece

fires

9 306 527

Germany

storms

166 905 985

France

storms

5 290 000

Total

196 566 099

Interventions of the EUSF in 2008

Member State

Reason of application

EUSF mobilisation

Greece

fires

89 769 009

Slovenia

floods

8 254 203

UK

floods

162 387 985

France

hurricane Dean

12 780 000

Cyprus

drought

7 605 445

Total

280 796 642

From the available annual ceiling of EUR 1 billion, in 2008 EUR 273 191 197 have already been mobilised for earlier applications, leaving EUR 726 808 803 available (without current application Cyprus EUR 7 605 445).

2. Financing

As to commitments the necessary EUR 7,6 million are mobilised directly from line 13 06 01 Solidarity Fund. The payments will be paid from excess appropriations in line 13 04 02 Cohesion fund, being allocated to budget line 13 06 01. The Commission states that this redeployment is possible because under the Cohesion fund for the period 2007-2013 are payments related to major projects which need to be approved separately in subsequent Commission decisions. No major projects are expected to be submitted and approved any more in 2008.

Your rapporteur thus recommends you to adopt DAB 10/2008 unamended.


PROCEDURE

Title

Draft amending budget No 10/2008 of the European Union for the financial year 2008, Section III

References

COM(2008)0731 - 16624/2008 – C6-0461/2008 – 2008/22316(BUD)

Committee responsible

  Date announced in plenary

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Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)

  Date announced in plenary

 

 

 

 

 

Rapporteur(s)

  Date appointed

Kyösti Virrankoski

13.12.2006

Previous rapporteur(s)

James Elles

Date draft amending budget established by the Council

27.11.2008

Date draft amending budget forwarded by the Council

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Discussed in committee

2.12.2008

 

 

 

 

Date adopted

2.12.2008

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Members present for the final vote

Richard James Ashworth, Reimer Böge, Ville Itälä, Janusz Lewandowski, Margaritis Schinas, László Surján, Costas Botopoulos, Brigitte Douay, Catherine Guy-Quint, Jutta Haug, Vladimír Maňka, Ralf Walter, Anne E. Jensen, Kyösti Virrankoski, Marusya Ivanova Lyubcheva, Gianluca Susta.

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