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REPORT     
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9.9.2009
PE 427.072v02-00 A7-0010/2009

on Draft amending budget No 8/2009 of the European Union for the financial year 2009: Europol, Eurojust, OLAF

(12952/2009 – C7‑0131/2009 – 2009/2050(BUD))

Committee on Budgets

Rapporteur: Jutta Haug

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 ANNEX I
 PROCEDURE

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION

on Draft amending budget No 8/2009 of the European Union for the financial year 2009, Europol, Eurojust, OLAF

(12952/2009– C7‑0131/2009 – 2009/2050(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 2009, as finally adopted on 18 December 2008(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 8/2009 of the European Union for the financial year 2009, which the Commission presented on 3 July 2009 (COM(2009)0337),

- having regard to Draft amending budget No 8/2009, which the Council established on 7 September 2009 (12952/2009 – C7‑0131/2009),

- having regard to Rule 75 of, and Annex V to, its Rules of Procedure,

- having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets (A7‑0010/2009),

A. whereas Draft amending budget No 8 to the general budget 2009 covers:

- an increase in commitment appropriations for animal disease eradication and monitoring programmes and monitoring of the physical conditions of animals that could pose a public health risk linked to an external factor,

- the creation of a budget item "Operation of the high-flux reactor (HFR) Supplementary HFR programmes",

- the creation of a budget item European Police Office – transition costs,

- a reinforcement of the Community subsidy to Eurojust,

- modifications to the establishment plan of OLAF,

B. whereas the purpose of Draft amending budget No 8/2009 is to formally enter these budgetary adjustments into the 2009 budget,

1.  Approves Draft amending budget No 8/2009 unamended following the results of the trilogue of 1 September 2009(4);

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

(1)

OJ L 248, 16.9.2002, p. 1.

(2)

OJ L 69, 13.3.2009.

(3)

OJ C 139, 14.6.2006, p. 1.

(4)

See Annex I.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

Preliminary Draft Amending Budget (PDAB) No 8 for the year 2009 covers the following elements:

- Blue tongue - An increase of EUR 49 340 000 in commitment appropriations for budget item 17 04 01 01 Animal disease eradication and monitoring programmes and monitoring of the physical conditions of animals that could pose a public health risk linked to an external factor – New measures. This increase is intended to strengthen the budget for the eradication of bluetongue disease.

- HFR - The creation of budget item 10 04 04 02 Operation of the high-flux reactor (HFR) — Supplementary HFR programmes (2009 to 2011), with a "p.m."

- EUROPOL - The European Commission proposed the creation of budget item 18 05 02 03 European Police Office – transition costs, to be endowed with an amount of EUR 1 250 000 in commitment and payment appropriations. These appropriations should be redeployed from budget article 18 05 09 Prevention of and fight against crime.

- EUROJUST - A reinforcement of the Community subsidy to EUROJUST by EUR 3 900 000, of which it is proposed that EUR 1 600 000be covered by assigned revenue stemming from the recovery of the EUROJUST surplus for the financial year 2008. Thus, the request for fresh commitment appropriations in this amending budget amounts to EUR 2 300 000. The corresponding payment appropriations will come from article 18 06 07 Civil Justice programme.

- OLAF - Modifications to the establishment plan of OLAF, without additional financial provisions.

The net financial impact of this amending budget is EUR 51 640 000 in fresh commitments, with no new request for payment appropriations.

Rapporteur's position

Bluetongue - The Commission proposes additional commitments of EUR 49,340 000 for combating the bluetongue disease. These appropriations will cover costs incurred by Member States for emergency vaccinations, as provided for in Decision 90/424/EEC (compulsory expenditure), in addition to the amount of EUR 62 million included in the budget 2009. The total amount for 2009 will thus be EUR 111,340 000, while in 2008 it was EUR 130,000 000.

The amount proposed is based on an analysis of past execution and an assessment of the current situation. It is somewhat smaller than the Commission estimated in its Amending Letter no 2 to PDB 2009. No additional payment appropriations are proposed.

Preventing the spread of the bluetongue disease by vaccinating relevant livestock populations is the most cost-efficient way to combat the disease. The proposed appropriations seem to be well-justified and correspond to real needs.

The Rapporteur is therefore in favour of this item of the DAB.

HFR - Creation of budget item 10 04 04 02 - Operation of the high-flux reactor (HFR) — Supplementary HFR programmes (2009 to 2011), with a "p.m." -

On 19 February 2004 the Council adopted a three-year supplementary research programme to be implemented by the Joint Research Centre for the European Atomic Energy Community (2004-2006) concerning the operation of the Community's High Flux Reactor (HFR) in Petten (The Netherlands). The Programme was extended for one year, and the operation of the HFR continued throughout 2008 without a supplementary research programme, while efforts were made to base its operation and exploitation on an independent and more durable legal regime.

Since these efforts failed, it was necessary to provide for continued financial support under a new supplementary research programme. The new supplementary research programme on the operation of the high flux reactor at Petten (HFR) has been adopted for a period of three years, starting on 1 January 2009.

It was not possible at the time of the 2009 budget procedure to foresee the timing of this decision and no budgetary item was included for it in 2009. With the evolution of the negotiation, it was possible to plan for this programme in the 2010 PDB. Nevertheless, it has now to be taken into account for 2009.

In this supplementary programme it is indicated that the contribution will come from three participating Member States, namely The Netherlands, France and Belgium, as the financial contributions made to the general budget of the European Union by way of assigned revenue.

The Commission will not contribute to the operational cost of the HFR with funds from its budget. However, the Commission needs to create an "entry point" for this programme with a token entry "p.m." on the new budget item 10 04 04 02 Operation of the high-flux reactor (HFR) — Supplementary HFR programmes (2009 to 2011).

Considering the source of the funding, the Rapporteur is in favour of this item of the DAB.

EUROPOL Creation of budget item 18 05 02 03 European Police Office transition costs.

This item will be endowed with an amount of EUR 1 250 000 in commitment and payment appropriations. These appropriations will be redeployed from budget article 18 05 09 Prevention of and fight against crime.

According to article 60, paragraph 5 of the Decision of the Council(1) establishing the European Police Office (Europol), the Union's budget of 2009 shall finance part of the transitional costs of the transformation of EUROPOL in a fully EU decentralised agency. The Commission proposes that EUR 1 250 000 out of a total of EUR 1 337 000 be financed via AB 8/2009.

The Commission provided the Rapporteur with further explanations concerning the transitional expenses that will be financed via the European Budget. Moreover, a Trilogue was held on 1st September according to the provisions of point 47 of the IIA, namely on the financing of the integration of EUROPOL in the EU Budget (which effects are similar to those of the creation of a new agency).The conclusions of the Trilogue were satisfactory(2).

The rapporteur therefore agrees with this item of DAB 8/2009.

EUROJUST Reinforcement of the Community subsidy to EUROJUST by EUR 3 900 000, of which it is proposed that EUR 1 600 000 be covered by assigned revenue stemming from the recovery of the EUROJUST surplus for the financial year 2008. Thus, the request for fresh commitment appropriations in this amending budget amounts to EUR 2 300 000. The corresponding payment appropriations will come from article 18 06 07 Civil Justice programme.

The Commission proposes to increase the subsidy to EUROJUST by EUR 3,9 millions, in order to respond to new needs that the agency is facing in what concerns

-  staff increase (EUR 1,24 millions),

-  building/security needs stemming from the move to a new building - HV1 (EUR 1,75 millions), and

-  operational needs stemming from the increase of its activities (EUR 0,91 millions).

The Commission considers that EUR 1,6 millions can be financed via assigned revenues, which leaves only EUR 2,3 millions to be finances by fresh appropriations (EUR 1,39 millions for 18 06 04 01 - Subsidy under titles 1 and 2, and EUR 0,91 millions for 18 06 04 02 - Subsidy under Title 3). This amount will be financed under the margin available in Heading 3a. The payments appropriations will be totally financed by redeployment from article 18 06 07 Civil Justice programme.

The Rapporteur does, under these circumstances, agree with this item of the PDAB.

OLAF - The proposed modified establishment plan implies the allocation of 12 additional AD11 permanent posts without financial provisions which does already result in the reduction of the equivalent number of AD11 temporary posts from OLAF's establishment plan in the PDB 2010.

The rapporteur is in favour of this adaption in the establishment plan of OLAF.

(1)

"5. A proportion of the transition costs incurred by Europol to prepare for the new financial framework from the year preceding the first budgetary year following the date of application of this Decision shall be borne by the general budget of the European Union. The financing of those costs may take the form of a Community grant."

(2)

See annex I: Summary of conclusions of the trialogue of 1st September 2009


ANNEX I

TRILOGUE ON 1 SEPTEMBER 2009

Summary of conclusions

In accordance with Point 47 of the Interinstitutional Agreement (IIA) of 17 May 2006, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agree on the following:

-         on the basis of the information transmitted by the Commission in its financial programming, the European Parliament and the Council note that the financing of Europol as a Community agency can be secured within the agreed expenditure ceiling of sub-heading 3a of the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the period 2007-2013; the annual amount will be decided in the framework of each annual budgetary procedure;

-         on the basis of preliminary draft amending budget No. 8/2009 presented by the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council accept the transition costs of EUR 1.250 million in the year 2009, covered by redeployments within sub-heading 3a of the MFF 2007-2013;

-         the European Parliament and the Council ask the Commission to present as quickly as possible draft common guidelines to implement Point 47 of the IIA.

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PROCEDURE

Title

Draft amending budget No 8/2009 of the European Union for the financial year 2009, Europol, Eurojust, OLAF

References

12952/2009– C7-0131/2009 – 2009/2046(BUD)

Committee responsible

  Date announced in plenary

BUDG0.0.0000

 

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)

  Date announced in plenary

 

 

 

 

 

Rapporteur(s)

  Date appointed

Jutta Haug

24.1.2008

Previous rapporteur(s)

 

Date draft amending budget established by the Council

8.9.2009

Date draft amending budget forwarded by the Council

9.9.2009

Discussed in committee

2.9.2009

 

 

 

 

Date adopted

2.9.2009

Result of final vote

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38

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Members present for the final vote

Damien Abad, Reimer Böge, Giovanni Collino, José Manuel Fernandes, Salvador Garriga Polledo, Monika Hohlmeier, Sidonia Elżbieta Jędrzejewska, Alain Lamassoure, Janusz Lewandowski, Barbara Matera, Nadezhda Mihaylova, László Surján, Francesca Balzani, Andrea Cozzolino, Göran Färm, Eider Gardiazábal Rubial, Jens Geier, Estelle Grelier, Jutta Haug, Jiří Havel, Edit Herczog, Ivaylo Kalfin, Vladimír Maňka, Alexander Alvaro, Ivars Godmanis, Carl Haglund, Sergej Kozlík, Helga Trüpel, James Elles, Jacek Włosowicz, Miguel Portas, Vladimír Remek, Claudio Morganti, Daniël van der Stoep, Angelika Werthmann.

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Frederic Daerden, Cătălin Sorin Ivan, Georgios Stavrakakis, Cristian Silviu Buşoi, Riikka Manner.

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

 

 

Date tabled

9.9.2009

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