REPORT on the mandate for the trilogue on the 2011 draft budget

    7.6.2010 - (2010/2002(BUD))

    Committee on Budgets
    Rapporteur: Sidonia Elżbieta Jędrzejewska

    Procedure : 2010/2002(BUD)
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    on the mandate for the trilogue on the 2011 draft budget


    The European Parliament,

    –   having regard to the draft budget for the financial year 2011 which the Commission adopted on 27 April 2010 (SEC(2010)0473),

    –   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 (IIA)[1],

    –   having regard to the Joint Declaration (adopted at conciliation in November 2009) on Transitional measures applicable to the budgetary procedure after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty[2],

    –   having regard to article 314 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

    –   having regard to its resolution of 25 March 2010 on priorities for the 2011 budget – Section III – Commission[3],

    –   having regard to the Council conclusions of 16 March 2010 on the budget guidelines for 2011,

    –   having regard to Chapter 7 of its Rules of Procedure,

    –  having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets and the opinions of the Committee on Development, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (A7-0183/2010),

    A. whereas the 2011 budgetary procedure is the first of is kind under the Lisbon Treaty and whereas its single reading calls for increased cooperation and coordination with the other branch of the budgetary authority in order to reach an agreement during the conciliation procedure on all expenditure,

    B.  whereas the trilogue to be held in July should aim at clearing the ground before the Council adopts its position on the draft budget, in order to identify the points of agreement in advance,

    Draft budget for 2011

    General remarks

    1.  Notes that the total for the draft budget (DB) for 2011 is EUR 142 576.4 million in commitment appropriations (CA) and EUR 130 147.2 million in payment appropriations (PA), leaving therefore a margin of EUR 1 224.4 million in CA and EUR 4 417.8 million in PA; notes that these total amounts represent respectively 1.15% and 1.05% of the EU's forecast GNI for 2011;

    2.  Is concerned by the fact that the increase in CA is only 0.77% compared to the 2010 budget as adopted, a difference which is out of step with the widely voiced expectations of the EU budget playing a crucial role in support of Europe's post-crisis economies; notes that PA increases by 5.85 %, but recalls that the abnormally low level of PA in 2010 provides the mathematical explanation for this increase; recalls that the multiannual financial framework (MFF) provides for ceilings of EUR 142 965 million for CA and EUR 134 280 million for PA, in current prices;

    3.  Acknowledges the reduction of the discrepancy between CA and PA as compared with the 2010 budget (EUR 12 429 million compared to EUR 18 535 million), which indicates better implementation of the EU budget, but points out at the same time that the MFF provides for a difference of only EUR 8 366 million between CA and PA for 2011; recalls, in that respect, that these discrepancies create deficits in the long run and should therefore be avoided for the sake of budgetary sustainability and manageability;

    4.  Points out that the bulk (70%) of the overall margin of EUR 1 224.4 million in the DB stems from the margin under heading 2 on the preservation and management of natural resources, and that the other headings – in particular headings 1a, 3b and 4 – have very limited margins, thus proportionally reducing the capacity of the EU to react to policy changes and to unforeseen needs while maintaining its priorities;

    5. Stresses, furthermore, that the margin under heading 2 might actually be lower, as market conditions may change;

    6. Welcomes the publication by the Commission of the report on the functioning of the IIA (COM(2010)0185) and recalls, in this respect, that a proposal for substantial revision is awaited and that the difficulties encountered during previous budgetary procedures in reacting properly and satisfactorily to various challenges that have arisen render the revision of the current MFF unavoidable; recalls that it  expects  the Commission to make concrete proposals for a revision of the MFF before the end the first half of 2010;

    7.  Draws attention to the large number of outstanding procedures with far-reaching budgetary consequences that will need to be concluded by the two branches of the budgetary authority in 2011 (budget review, setting up of the European External Action Service (EEAS), amending budgets, revision of the IIA, revision of the Financial Regulation, etc.);

    8.  Takes note of the priorities set out by the Commission (namely supporting the EU economy post-crisis and adapting to new requirements, i.e. implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, new financial supervision authorities, financing of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative, implementation of the Stockholm Programme, etc.) and questions whether the modest increase in CA compared to the 2010 budget is enough to address them;

    9.  Underlines the importance of a strong reaction to the crisis and to the instability of financial markets that should involve greater funding capacity and flexibility for the EU budget; requests, in this regard, the Council and Commission to provide further detailed information on the impact that the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism decided on at the extraordinary Ecofin Council meeting of 9 and 10 May 2010 might have on the budget of the EU; requests furthermore, in order to avoid future crises, the setting up of an efficient monitoring system including the direct provision of information to Parliament;

    10. Deplores the impossibility to clearly identify, from a budgetary point of view, the financial implications in the 2011 DB of the EU 2020 Strategy flagship initiatives, such as 'Innovation Union', 'Youth on the Move', 'Resource efficient Europe', 'New skills and jobs' and 'Industrial policy for the globalisation era', and expresses strong doubts regarding the capacity to ensure, in the context of the present financial framework, adequate funding for these key initiatives;

    11. Recalls that, as stated in its resolution of 25 March 2010 on priorities for the 2011 budget, youth is one of the key priorities for the 2011 budget, which should be promoted as an EU cross-cutting theme, developing synergies between different policy areas relating to youth, notably education, employment, entrepreneurship and health, while facilitating and encouraging social inclusion, empowerment, skills development and mobility for young people; points out that 'youth' should be seen as a broad concept encompassing the ability of individuals to change positions and status several times throughout their lives, switching without restriction between settings such as apprenticeships, academic or professional environments and vocational training, and that, to this end, one of the objectives should be to facilitate transition from the education system to the labour market;

    12. Deplores the fact that, in spite of an extremely high profile and a very high implementation rate – reaching between 95-100% every year over the period 2007-2009 – the increase in appropriations proposed in the DB for the key youth instruments and programmes, such as Lifelong Learning, Youth in Action and Erasmus Mundus, is rather symbolic; considers that this increase does not allow the EU to adequately address this priority and therefore intends to provide further support for these programmes; recalls, in this context, that these programmes have an indisputable European added value and greatly contribute to the creation of a strong European civil society, despite the modest financial allocation that they receive;

    13. Calls for further clarification in the breakdown between operational and administrative expenditure, while acknowledging the efforts made as regards the presentation of administrative expenditure outside heading 5; notes that an already substantial amount of what is, in reality, administrative expenditure is financed from operational appropriations;

    14. Is determined to tackle the negotiations on the budget for the financial year 2011 in a constructive and open-minded manner, bearing in mind the goals of efficiency and European added value; expects in return that the other branch of the budgetary authority will adopt a cooperative approach ensuring genuine political dialogue and will depart from an 'accounting exercise' in which savings and contributions from Member States are given an excessively prominent place in the negotiations; recalls that the Treaty has not only modified the legal framework for the budgetary procedure, but has also introduced a new method and new deadlines for negotiating and reaching compromises;

    15. Underlines the fact that the EU budget is very limited compared to national budgets; recalls therefore the need to create synergies between the EU budget and national budgets in order to implement common EU strategies; stresses that coherence gives European policies greater impact, achieving true European added value while supporting long-term policy objectives; is convinced that the EU  budget can be instrumental, in key areas, in supporting long-term investment and jobs; expects the Council to take this duly into consideration when deciding on the EU budget and to refrain from making across-the-board cuts, even if  the context for national public finances is extremely difficult;

    16. Recalls its priorities as expressed in the above-mentioned resolution of 25 March;

    Heading 1a

    17. Notes an increase of 4.4% in CA (to EUR 13 437 million) and of 7% in PA (to EUR 11 035 million[4]), together with a margin of EUR 50.1 million (compared to EUR 37 million in the financial programming), stemming from decreases in appropriations for administrative and technical support expenditure (former 'BA lines') and for decentralised and executive agencies, and from decreases in appropriations for a number of programmes, such as Customs 2013 and CIP-Entrepreneurship and Innovation;

    18. Recalls the important role played by SMEs in ensuring recovery and boosting the EU economy; calls for enhanced support for all programmes and instruments aimed at fostering SMEs, and is concerned, in this regard, by the decrease in payment appropriations proposed for CIP-Entrepreneurship and Innovation;

    19. Recalls that the new needs to be financed under this heading (Kozloduy decommissioning programme, European financial supervision authorities, ITER, and GMES, including Parliament's request for increased appropriations for its operational phase) were not provided for when the current MFF was adopted; stresses that the financing of these needs should not be detrimental to the financing of other heading 1a programmes and actions which are crucial to the European post-crisis recovery effort;

    20. Recalls that the European Economic Recovery Plan (EERP) is partly financed under this heading, as are a large number of multiannual programmes (CIP, FP7, TENs, Galileo/Egnos, Marco Polo II and the Progress programme) which will have reached maturity in 2011; reiterates, therefore, its request to the Commission to present the follow-up report on the implementation of the EERP, including measures entrusted to the EIB;

    21. Welcomes the increases in appropriations for the main programmes (FP7, 13.8%; CIP, 4.4%; Lifelong Learning, 2.6%; TEN 16.8%), and stresses that these programmes provide essential leverage in the EU counter-crisis economic strategy;

    22. Stresses that heading 1a includes many EU2020 strategy flagship initiatives, such as Innovation Union, Youth on the Move, Resource-efficient Europe, New Skills and Jobs, and Industrial Policy for the Globalisation Era; deplores the fact that it is impossible to identify clearly, from a budgetary point of view, the financial implications of the EU2020 strategy and expresses its doubts regarding the capacity to ensure, in the context of the current financial framework, adequate funding for these initiatives;

    23. Recalls that the priorities for 2011, with a view to the EU2020 strategy, will be financed mainly from this heading, and that the EU competences stemming from the entry into force of the Treaty are likely to have budgetary implications; emphasises that space policy, which constitutes a concrete example of an European industrial policy promoting European scientific, technological and environmental progress whilst reinforcing industrial competitiveness, requires both the EU and the Member States to make a further financial effort within the context of the GMES;

    24. Welcomes the Commission's Youth on the Move initiative seeking to enhance the performance and international attractiveness of Europe's higher education institutions and raise the overall standard of education and training in the EU; strongly supports the promotion of equal opportunities for all young people, no matter their educational background; wishes to stress the importance of ensuring sufficient funding for an ambitious policy in the area of education and training, including vocational training, which plays a crucial role in the EU2020 strategy; stresses that the EU bring all its resources to bear in meeting this ambitious challenge, which creates an unprecedented momentum for the development of a comprehensive EU youth policy; stresses, nevertheless, that the launch of such an over-arching flagship initiative covering a number of distinct and well-established EU programmes in this area should not lower the profile of the individual programmes;

    25. Stresses that the budgetary resources made available in the future for instruments such as the Lifelong Learning programme and cross-cutting skills, such as e-skills, international skills, entrepreneurial skills and multilingualism, should reflect the high European added value brought by those instruments and hence should be given priority in the 2011 budget;

    26. Is disappointed that tourism, which indirectly generates more than 10% of the EU's GDP and which has become a full competence of the EU following the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, is not clearly identified in the 2011 DB;

    27. Notes the inclusion, for the first time, of payment appropriations for the European Globalisation Fund, and considers this an important element in the overall reflection on the management and visibility of this fund; considers, however, that these payment appropriations might not be sufficient to cover the amounts necessary for EGF applications in 2011; reiterates therefore its demand not to finance EGF applications exclusively through transfers from ESF lines and calls on the Commission to identify and use without further delay different budget lines for this purpose; stresses the need for a simplified and speedier procedure for the mobilisation of the fund[5];

    28. Takes note of the very modest increase in, or of stagnation (compared to the 2010 budget), commitment appropriations for EURES and for the three budget lines supporting industrial relations and social dialogue; believes that, in the current context of massive layoffs and restructuring due to the crisis, these lines should be reinforced;

    Heading 1b

    29. Notes that the 2011 DB provides for an increase of 3.2% in CA to a total of EUR 50 970 million, EUR 39 891.5 million of which are for the Structural Funds (ERDF and ESF) – an amount similar to the 2010 figure – and EUR 11 078.6 million for the Cohesion Fund;

    30. Notes that this proposal is in line with the allocations set out in the MFF, taking into account the technical adjustment to the financial framework for 2011[6] (increase of EUR 336 million), as provided for in point 17 of the IIA; understands in that respect the margin of EUR 16.9 million, stemming mostly from the technical assistance allocation and representing 0.03% of the heading;

    31. Welcomes the 16.9% increase in PA to EUR 42 541 million proposed for 2011, but is nevertheless concerned that payment needs have been estimated on the basis of the historical payment rates against the corresponding commitment tranches in the 2000-2006 programming period, while programme implementation was much slower at the beginning of the 2007-2013 period and will therefore need to catch up strongly, particularly in 2011;

    32. Doubts that the adjustments made, notably through the allocation of delayed payments as a ratio of expected payments in future years, are fully appropriate to address all additional payment needs stemming notably from the following:

    -    recent legislative changes, which notably aim at facilitating the management of EU funding and accelerating investments;

    -    2011 will be the first full year when all Management and Control Systems will be approved, which is a precondition for interim payments, which means that the implementation of programmes will reach cruising speed, projects being already selected for more than 93 billion or 27% of the total financial volume for the period, as per end of March 2010;

    -    the closure of the 2000-2006 programmes is expected to continue in 2011, thereby requiring final payments to be made but also freeing up some resources to further speed up implementation of 2007-2013 programmes;

    33. Considers moreover that adequate resources for cohesion policy are crucial in order to accelerate the recovery of the European economy and to contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for the regions; emphasises the synergetic effects of EU macro-regional cooperation in achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy and the need to allocate sufficient resources to the implementation of existing macro-regional strategies; calls, therefore, on the Commission and Council to present and adopt an amending budget without delay, should payment appropriations not be sufficient to cover needs;

    34. Requests the Commission to keep on working closely with those Member States with a low absorption rate, in order to further improve the situation regarding absorption on the ground; is aware that a slow absorption rate may jeopardise progressive implementation of EU policies;

    35. Asks to Commission also to continue its reflection on how to reshuffle the complex system of rules and requirements imposed by the Commission and/or Member States, in order to focus more on achieving objectives and less on legality and regularity, without departing from the key principle of sound financial management; stresses that such a reflection should also contribute to better drafting of the next programming period's basic regulation; recalls in this context the November 2009 Joint Declaration on simplification and a more targeted use of structural and cohesion funds in the context of the economic crisis;

    Heading 2

    36. Recalls that one of the main changes introduced by the TFEU is the abolition of the distinction between compulsory and non-compulsory expenditure in the budget procedure, allowing, at last, the two branches of the budgetary authority to negotiate on a equal footing on all annual appropriations; recalls that compulsory expenditure accounted for almost 34% of the overall budget, with most of it coming under heading 2;

    37. Stresses that, over the last few years, the budgetary authority has made use of this heading to reach global agreement on the annual budgets, through use of the margin or redeployment of appropriations for use in other programmes and actions;

    38. Notes that, despite the claim that appropriations remain stable, assigned revenue is down by more than 25 % in 2011, that market support is down by almost 22% (to EUR 3 491 million), and that appropriations for veterinary and phytosanitary measures show a fall of 7.8%; expresses its concern about the Commission's optimistic assumptions (in view of increased market volatility and the vulnerability of agricultural activity to health hazards) with regard to trends in agricultural markets in 2011,  resulting in a reduction of around € 900 million in market-related expenditure;  urges the Commission and the Council to carefully monitor developments in agricultural markets and to be prepared to react swiftly and effectively with the necessary safety net measures to counter adverse market developments and volatility in market prices; expresses concern also about the planned decrease in appropriations for veterinary and phytosanitary measures, in view of the need to remain vigilant with regard to animal disease eradication;

    39. Welcomes the increase in appropriations for decoupled direct aid (9,7%), the school fruit and vegetables scheme (up 50% to EUR 90 million), and school milk (5.3%), as well as the appropriations earmarked for the aid for deprived persons programme; notes with satisfaction the steady decrease in export refunds since 2007 (to EUR 166 million in the 2011 DB);

    40. Welcomes the Commission's decision to reallocate funds unspent by several Member States to other Member States successfully implementing the programme;

    41. Notes that climate action is a priority, as set out in the Europe 2020 strategy, and notes the change in the heading of Title 07 to 'Environment and climate action'; takes note of the increase in appropriations proposed for the implementation of EU policy and legislation on climate action and a new preparatory action on mainstreaming climate action and adaptation;

    42. Welcomes the increase in CA for LIFE+ to EUR 333.5 million (up by 8.7%) and welcomes the sharp increase in PA (24.3%, to EUR 268.2 million) in line with improved implementation rates, not least with a view to the follow-up measures to the biodiversity strategy planned in 2010; points out that the vast environmental challenges the EU faces, including water pollution, require an additional financial effort to be made under this programme;

    43. Recalls that the Milk Fund adopted under the 2010 budget to mitigate the consequences of the dairy crisis was supposed to be a one-off action; asks the Commission to examine how the € 300 million in exceptional funding for the dairy sector is being used by the Member States and to forward its evaluation of this measure, together with proposals for a permanent approach and concrete proposals for dealing with price volatility in this sector;

    44. Expresses concern at the fact that the political importance of the common fisheries policy(CFP) is not adequately reflected in the draft budget for 2011; points out that the funds proposed for the development of an integrated maritime policy are not sufficient to cover the most important aspects of the launch of this new policy; stresses that a new European Union maritime policy could develop to the detriment of the existing priority areas of the CFP, in so far as their budgetary funding is concerned; stresses that such a policy will require adequate financing under more than one budget line;

    Heading 3a

    45. Notes that the overall increase in the funds pertaining to this heading (+12.8%) appears to give practical effect to the ambitions in this area expressed in the Treaty of Lisbon and to the Stockholm Programme;

    46. Stresses the need to increase appropriations for the improvement of detention conditions; recalls, as stated in the Stockholm Programme, the need to provide for social inclusion measures and social resettlement programmes and to support anti-drug initiatives (involving prevention, rehabilitation and harm reduction);

    47. Takes note, in this respect, of the Commission's communication on an Action Plan to implement the Stockholm Programme, and welcomes, in the field of immigration and support for the integration of immigrants, the proposed increase in CA for the External Borders Fund (EUR 254 million, + 22%), the European Return Fund (EUR 114 million, + 29%) and the European Refugee Fund (EUR 94 million, + 1.3%);

    48. Acknowledges that the proposed decrease in appropriations for FRONTEX in 2011, despite its growing workload, stems from an updated evaluation of its unused appropriations and annual surpluses;

    49. Welcomes the adoption of the regulation on the establishment of a European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and calls on the Commission to ensure that the EASO commences its operations in good time before 2011 and that enough financial resources are made available for the office to commence its mandate;

    50. Deplores the fact that, pending the submission (scheduled for 2013) of the proposal for a regulation on EUROPOL, an EU agency financed under the EU budget since 2010, the volume of appropriations for 2011 (EUR 82.9 million) remains almost unchanged as compared to 2010 (EUR 79.7 million), despite the Stockholm Programme having called for EUROPOL to be strengthened; 

    51. Notes that, despite the timetable for the development and entry into operation of the Schengen Information System II (SIS II) being uncertain, it is proposed that CA decrease only slightly from EUR 35 million to EUR 30 million, while payment appropriations increase from EUR 19.5 million to EUR 21 million; recalls that the Commission had projected EUR 27.91 million until the entry into operation of SIS II in the fourth quarter of 2011; points out that the development of the SIS II is already behind schedule and will most likely not be completed by the end of 2011; considers it necessary, given that the prospect of a migration to SIS II is growing increasingly unlikely and a replacement option is currently being prepared, to place part of these funds in the reserve, pending further analysis;

    52. Emphasises that the financing of the planned agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice must not lead to the development of additional IT systems before SIS II or an alternative solution and VIS become operable; asks for the costs of this agency and its projects to be clearly specified;

    Heading 3b

    53. Recalls that heading 3b covers issues of key concern to the citizens of Europe, such as youth, educational and cultural programmes, public health, consumer protection, the civil protection instrument and communication policy; notes, therefore, with great concern that overall appropriations are down for a second consecutive year, with CA being reduced by 0.03% (to EUR 667.8 million) and PA by 3.1% (to EUR 638.9 million) as compared to the 2010 budget, leaving a margin of EUR 15.2 million;

    54. Notes that the proposed increase for some programmes (Media 2007, Culture 2007, Public Health, etc.) has been made possible by the absence of CA for several pilot projects and preparatory actions; deplores, therefore, the fact that the small margin will afford limited room for manoeuvre when taking decisions on stepping up the funding of priorities directly benefiting citizens and adopting proposals for projects and actions;

    55. Reiterates that coordinated and multidisciplinary investment in youth must be started without delay as a cross-policy theme, and that an increase in youth policy instrument funding should accordingly be proposed; deplores the lack of ambition shown by the Commission in failing properly to address this priority and confirms its intention to amend the draft budget in order to provide appropriate funding for this priority;

    56. Recalls that encouraging and promoting cooperation in the field of youth and sports is a priority for the 2011 budget and stresses that financial support for special annual events is an important tool to this end; deplores the fact that no CA have been included in the draft budget for 2011 (p.m. in CA and only EUR 2.9 million in PA), as against EUR 9.8 million and EUR 10.25 million respectively in the 2010 budget;

    57. Welcomes the launch of the European Year on Volunteering in 2011, building on the preparatory action introduced under the 2010 budget, and recalls Parliament's and the Council's decision to increase the overall allocation provided for in the relevant legislative act to EUR 8 million;

    58.  Is concerned by the low level of appropriations – which have even decreased in some cases compared to 2010 – dedicated to programmes promoting European citizenship, communication and information for the media; believes these programmes to constitute an essential element in the shaping of a European identity and in communicating the European project to EU citizens;

    59. Regrets the decreased level of commitments for the DAPHNE programme, and points to the possible negative consequences of this on the fight against violence; calls for the continued financing of existing and new effective measures to combat all forms of violence against children, young people and women;

    Heading 4

    60. Recalls, once again, the very tight margins available under heading 4, which do not allow the EU to react adequately to recurring and emerging crises and emergencies; points out that the increasing and unbearable discrepancy between this underfinanced heading and the Council's new political commitments on the world stage can only be addressed by a revision of the ceiling under the existing MFF[7];

    61. Welcomes the proposed increase in appropriations for ENP South and ENP East, and more specifically for the Eastern partnership dimension of the latter; takes good note of the proposed emptying of the budget line dedicated to the EU Baltic Sea Strategy, but deplores that an equivalent amount is not dedicated to this strategy under ENP East;

    62. Calls on the Commission, with a view to fulfilling the objectives and securing effective implementation of the Eastern Partnership, to ensure that extra financial assistance is provided for the new ENPI Multi-Annual Indicative Programmes and National Indicative Programmes for the period 2011-2013 covering Eastern Partnership countries;

    63. Is extremely worried by the proposed decrease of more than 32% in CA for financial assistance to Palestine, the peace process and UNRWA, bearing in mind the recurring need for extra funds; considers that the Commission's statement on 'the exceptionally high allocations of previous years [that] cannot be maintained without jeopardising the funding for other countries in the region' reinforces the urgent need for a substantial revision of financing capacities under heading 4, and should not lead to a decrease in financial assistance which is vital for the Palestinian people, the Palestinian Authority, and UNRWA; reiterates its support for the Palestinian Authority in stepping up its institutional capacities;

    64. Points out, in that respect, that even the use of the entire margin of heading 4 exclusively for financial assistance to Palestine would not suffice to reach the 2010 level of CA (EUR 295 million in 2010, as compared to a hypothetical EUR 270 million in 2011);

    65. Takes note of the substantial increase in appropriations (13.2%) to cover the enlargement process, in which further progress is expected in 2011 (ongoing and potential negotiations with Croatia, Iceland, FYROM, Turkey and Western Balkans);

    66. Considers the proposed increase for DCI to be appropriate, but deplores the misleading presentation by the Commission, which flags up an increase of EUR 65 million for the environment and sustainable management of natural resources as a follow-up to the Copenhagen Accord, whereas that increase is based on the financial programming and not on the 2010 budget (the 2011 DB in fact provides for a decrease of EUR 1.2 million against this line, as compared to the 2010 budget);

    67. Stresses the need to increase the Community budget covering measures designed to address migration phenomena, with a view to improving the management of legal migration, slowing down illegal migration and optimising the impact of migration on development;

    68. Recalls its support for the principle of financial assistance for the main ACP banana supplying countries, but reiterates its firm opposition to the financing of Banana Accompanying Measures via the use of the margin; recalls that the limited margin under the heading does not allow the financing of such measures, which were not provided for when the MFF was adopted in 2006; is also firmly opposed to any redeployment from existing instruments within heading 4 that would jeopardise existing priorities;

    69. Reiterates its intention to provide the European External Action Service with the necessary administrative means to fulfil its mission; stresses, however, that the allocation of new resources for the inclusion of personnel originating in the diplomatic services of the Member States and the cost of the necessary infrastructure should be linked to an appropriate increase in the EU budget for external action;

    70. Welcomes the increase in appropriations for the CFSP to EUR 327.4 million (CA), as provided for in the financial programming and in line with the ever more ambitious role the EU wishes to play in zones undergoing a stabilisation process or affected by conflicts and crises; takes note of the emptying of the budget line for EU Special Representatives, as provided for in connection with the setting up of the EEAS, and recalls that the specific provisions regarding the CFSP in the IIA will have to be substantially rethought in the framework of the negotiations on a revised IIA and of the adoption of a proposal on the EEAS;

    71. Takes note of the proposed increase in the draft budget for 2011, as compared to the budget for 2010, against the macro-financial assistance budget line (01 03 02); recalls that the mobilisation of this instrument for each third country falls under the ordinary legislative procedure and requests the Commission to provide further explanations on its proposed increase;

    72. Welcomes the setting up of a preparatory action on a European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps, stemming from the entry into force of the TFEU (Article 214), and in line with the European year for Volunteering in 2011;

    Heading 5

    73. Notes that total administrative expenditure for all institutions is estimated at EUR 8 266.6 million, i.e. an increase of 4.5%, leaving a margin of EUR 149 million;

    74. Stresses that the draft estimates of each institution, together with the amending budgets presented in 2010, should take into account all the additional needs relating to the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, notably as regards Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions; recalls in this context the Joint Declaration of November 2009 on heading 5, which called on the institutions to make all possible efforts to finance the administrative needs related to their staff's remuneration within the appropriations entered in their respective sections of the 2010 budget;

    75. Takes note of the 2,9% increase in the Commission's share of the administrative budget; notes, however, that not all costs associated with the functioning and the setting up of the EEAS are included at this stage; takes the view that any additional requests in this regard should not impact negatively on the institutions' current activities; strongly emphasises, therefore, the need to arrive at an effective structure, with a clear definition of responsibilities, in order to avoid any overlapping of tasks and unnecessary (administrative) costs to be borne by the budget that could otherwise further worsen the financial situation under this heading;

    76. Agrees with the Commission's approach that the 3.7% salary adjustment proposed in 2009, which could become fully payable should the Court of Justice rule in the Commission's favour, should be budgeted for as a matter of precaution; notes that, even when taking this high level as the basis for the future, the projected salary adjustment for the end of 2010 is still estimated at 2.2 %, in a context of economic and social crisis, and then comes down to 1.3% for the end of 2011; asks the Commission to justify its calculations;

    77. Acknowledges the Commission's efforts not to request any additional posts, but views with scepticism its commitment to meet all its needs, including those relating to new priorities and to the entry into force of the TFEU, merely by means of internal redeployment of existing human resources;

    78. Is deeply concerned about the fact that, in general, the Commission's outsourcing tendencies, together with the conversion of posts into appropriations for contract agents, have led to a situation where an increasing number of staff employed by the EU are neither visible in the institutions' establishment plans as adopted by the budgetary authority nor paid under heading 5; is therefore of the opinion that changes in Commission staff numbers should be considered on the basis of not only establishment plan posts but also other staff, including executive and decentralised agency staff where the tasks of those staff have been transferred from the Commission; considers that, although it generates savings on pay, the conversion of establishment plan posts into external staff is likely to have an impact on the quality and independence of the European civil service;

    79. Notes the 13% decrease in the EPSO budget, which is linked to the lower level of expenditure on competitions resulting from the new system proposed in the EPSO Development Programme, but maintains that this decrease should not come at the expense of the quality, transparency, fairness, impartiality and multilingual character of all EU selection procedures; reminds EPSO that under Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 candidates have an inalienable right to access their personal data, including questions and answers, and calls on EPSO to guarantee that right; expects solid guarantees from the Commission in this respect;

    80. Welcomes the Commission's achievement of its overall objectives in terms of recruitment of new-Member-State nationals as well as its commitment to close and regular monitoring of EU-12 recruitment in order to ensure compliance with recruitment targets as well as a balanced representation of EU-2 and EU-10 nationals in each function group;

    81. Takes note of the increased expenditure on pensions and the European Schools, in view of the generational change in the EU institutions resulting from the wave of retirements of officials born in the 1950s and the recruitment of new staff; expects the Commission to supply a more in-depth analysis of the long-term budgetary consequences of this process;

    82. Requests the Commission to specify in the remarks under the relevant budget lines the amounts budgeted for all building projects that have significant financial implications for the budget and are subject to consultation of the budgetary authority under Article 179(3) of the Financial Regulation;

    Pilot projects and preparatory actions

    83. Recalls that, in accordance with point 46(a) of the IIA, the Commission should provide for multiannual estimates and for margins being left under the authorised ceilings;

    84. Stresses the importance of pilot projects and preparatory actions as key tools for the formulation of political priorities and for paving the way for new initiatives that might turn into EU activities and programmes improving the lives of EU citizens; confirms, therefore, already at this stage in the procedure, that it is determined to use all the means at its disposal to ensure the adoption of its proposals regarding pilot projects and preparatory actions for the 2011 budget;

    85. Recalls that the pilot projects and preparatory actions were adopted under the 2010 budget accounted for a total of EUR 103.25 million in CA across all headings; stresses that, should the budgetary authority adopt, for 2011, pilot projects and preparatory actions at a similar level and with a similar breakdown among headings, 56% of the margin under heading 1a (and 33% of the margin under heading 1b, 59% under heading 3b, and 37% under heading 4) would already be used up, even though the total amount earmarked for this purpose in the 2010 budget did not even reach the maximum amount permitted under the IIA (EUR 103.25 million as against EUR 140 million);

    86. Intends to forward to the Commission, as provided for in Annex II, part D of the IIA, a first provisional list of potential pilot projects and preparatory actions for the 2011 budget 2011, in order for the Commission to contribute to Parliament's definition of a global and balanced final package on this issue; expects the Commission to provide a well-reasoned analysis of Parliament's indicative proposals; stresses that this first provisional list does not preclude the formal tabling and adoption of amendments concerning pilot projects and preparatory actions during Parliament's reading of the budget;


    87. Welcomes the overall stabilisation of EU budget expenditure on decentralised agencies at EUR 679.2 million; is aware of the fact that the establishment of new agencies requires adequate funding, as proposed for the five new[8] and three phasing-in[9] agencies; stresses that, should the tasks for any decentralised agencies (including the financial supervision authorities) be increased compared to what was originally proposed, the corresponding allocation of appropriations should be modified accordingly; disapproves, as regards the assigned revenue of fee-dependent agencies, of the Commission's approach in increasing margins artificially;

    88. Takes note of the fact that, among the 258 new establishment plan posts for agencies, 231 will be allocated to new or starting-up agencies;

    89. Wonders why no assigned revenue at all is expected to stem from some agencies' surpluses, and invites the Commission to update the proposed contribution from the EU budget in light of further information received, notably when agencies' final accounts are adopted; is at the same time concerned about the persistent surpluses of some agencies at year-end, which shows poor budgetary and cash management and infringes the provisions of the framework Financial Regulation;

    90. Is convinced that the 2011-2013 financial programming for the Chemicals Agency is too optimistic and considers the it extremely unrealistic to expect the agency to be self-financing in 2011; points out that the anticipated fee income in 2011 is based on assessments carried out in 2006; asks for provision to be made for precautionary measures which would be applied if necessary;


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    91. Recalls, as far as procedural aspects of the conciliation committee are concerned, that the institutions involved are supposed to reach agreement at the trilogue scheduled for July; insists that the upcoming Presidency of the Ecofin Council, which will adopt the budget, take part in this trilogue; considers the following points to be of specific interest for the trilogue due to take place on 30 June 2010:

    -    budgetary implications of the European Stabilisation Financial Mechanism,

    -    budgetary implications of the EU2020 strategy,

    -    youth-related programmes,

    -    financial sustainability and manageability of heading 1a, including the changes made by the Lisbon Treaty,

    -    heading 4, including the setting up of the European External Action Service,

    -    the limited margins in the 2011 DB and the need for a revision of the current MFF;

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

    • [1]  OJ C 139, 14.6.2006, p.1.
    • [2] Texts adopted, P7_TA(2009)0115.
    • [3]  Texts adopted, P7_TA(2010)0086.
    • [4]  Excluding the EERP energy projects.
    • [5]  As mentioned in the Commission report on the functioning of the IIA on budgetary discipline and sound financial management (COM(2010)0185).
    • [6]  COM(2010)160, 16.4.2010.
    • [7]  As mentioned in the Commission report on the functioning of the IIA on budgetary discipline and sound financial management (COM(2010)0185).
    • [8]  Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice; European Asylum Support Office; European Banking Authority; European Securities and Markets Authority; European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority.
    • [9]  European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators; Body of European regulators for Electronic Communication; European Institute for Gender Equality.

    OPINION of the Committee on Development (11.5.2010)

    for the Committee on Budgets

    on the mandate for the trialogue on the 2011 draft budget

    Rapporteur: Thijs Berman


    The Committee on Development calls on the Committee on Budgets, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following suggestions in its motion for a resolution:

    1.  Welcomes the agreement to earmark EUR 2.4 billion a year for mitigation and adaptation to climate change, but insists that this ‘fast-start’ climate finance package must be genuinely additional and must not come at the expense of existing development cooperation programmes; requests confirmation that the EU share of this package – EUR 65 million proposed for 2011 – is not to be redeployed from the Development Cooperation Instrument and is therefore additional; is concerned that the draft budget for 2011 contains over EUR 1 million less for the environment and sustainable management of natural resources than in 2010;

    2.  Firmly rejects any attempts to finance the programme for ACP banana-producing countries through redeployment of development appropriations within heading 4, in particular from the budget lines for development cooperation; is opposed in particular to the proposal in the draft budget to redeploy for this purpose EUR 13 million from the Development Cooperation Instrument and EUR 5 million from the Civil Protection Financial Instrument;

    3.  Welcomes the proposal to amend the regulation creating an instrument for industrialised countries[1], but resolutely opposes its being financed with appropriations programmed for use under the Development Cooperation Instrument; stresses that funds earmarked for development cooperation must target poverty alleviation; is extremely dissatisfied that, of the total of EUR 70.6 million in appropriations earmarked for this new instrument in the draft budget, EUR 45 million are to be taken from the Development Cooperation Instrument;

    4.  Notes the vital contribution of improved access to financial services, such as microfinance schemes, in helping smallholder farmers, particularly women, achieve food self-sufficiency and food security; welcomes the success of the financing included in the 2009 and 2010 budgets to support such schemes and stresses the need for this to be continued and extended;

    5.  Calls on the Commission to fund programmes, measures and information campaigns designed to combat violations of social and environmental rights, such as the exploitation of child labour, by promoting corporate social responsibility and requiring EU-based enterprises to supervise subsidiaries;

    6.  Welcomes the recognition under the Treaty of Lisbon of humanitarian aid as a European policy in its own right; underlines the increasingly serious consequences of natural or man-made disasters, particularly those linked to climate change, to the changing nature of conflicts and to violations of international humanitarian law; calls, therefore, for an increase in humanitarian aid funding, incorporating disaster-risk reduction;

    7.  Expresses surprise at the reduction in proposed appropriations in the 2011 draft budget under heading 23 03 06 ‘Civil protection in third countries’ as compared with 2010, as the recent disaster in Haiti clearly showed the need to strengthen the Community Civil Protection Mechanism; furthermore, asks the Commission to provide details of the specific measures it plans to take by setting up a preparatory action entitled ‘European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps’;

    8.  Calls on the Commission to extend and increase funding for existing preparatory actions that target developing countries’ specific needs, such as those to improve water management and combat the economic and financial crisis in non-ACP developing countries; asks the Commission, wherever necessary, to change the legal basis of these initiatives in order to give them permanent status;

    9.  Welcomes the proposed 30% increase in the contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, but considers that supporting basic health services is ultimately more effective than such vertical health funds in improving health standards in developing countries;

    10. Points out to the Council the increasing discrepancy between the chronic underfunding of heading 4 and the Council’s new political commitments, particularly where development policy is concerned; calls for a revision of the heading 4 ceiling for the years 2011-2013;

    11. Insists that the Commission and Council refrain from cutting heading 4 administrative spending budget lines, as these are necessary for full and effective implementation of the multiannual programmes; deplores the fact that the Commission’s draft budget provides for significant cuts in administrative expenditure for development programmes.


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    Thijs Berman, Michael Cashman, Nirj Deva, Leonidas Donskis, Charles Goerens, Catherine Grèze, Enrique Guerrero Salom, Eva Joly, Franziska Keller, Gay Mitchell, Norbert Neuser, Maurice Ponga, Michèle Striffler, Ivo Vajgl, Anna Záborská, Iva Zanicchi

    Substitute(s) present for the final vote

    Kriton Arsenis, Krzysztof Lisek, Miguel Angel Martínez Martínez, Emma McClarkin, Cristian Dan Preda, Niccolò Rinaldi

    Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote

    Sylvie Guillaume, Jolanta Emilia Hibner, Anna Ibrisagic, Derek Vaughan, Marie-Christine Vergiat

    • [1]     Proposal for a Council regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1934/2006 establishing a financing instrument for cooperation with industrialised countries and other high-income countries and territories (COM(2009)0197).

    OPINION of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (11.5.2010)

    for the Committee on Budgets

    on the mandate for the trilogue on the 2011 Draft Budget

    Rapporteur: Edit Herczog


    The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy calls on the Committee on Budgets, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following suggestions in its motion for a resolution:

    A. having regard to the European Parliament resolution of 10 March 2010 on EU 2020[1],

    1.   Acknowledges the overall direction of the 2011 draft budget, but is concerned that it does not sufficiently reflect current social and economic challenges, particularly the aim of turning the Union into a smart, sustainable and inclusive knowledge-based economy;

    2.  Stresses that the flagship programmes of the Europe 2020 strategy do not receive sufficient funding in the 2011 draft budget;

    3.  Stresses that one of the major objectives for 2011 will be to maintain, promote and secure financing for research and technological development in the Union through appropriate funding of the 7th Framework Programme, which will be one of the key contributors to the Europe 2020 strategy; stresses that internal bureaucracy hampers the spending of money on research and innovation projects, and that SMEs, universities and multinationals are discouraged from participating in European programmes; therefore urges the Commission to revise the financial regulation;

    4.  Takes the view that precise additional financial sources for a number of issues emerging under subheading 1a have yet to be determined; expresses its concerns about the cost explosion of the ITER project; stresses the need for proper management and precise financial planning for ITER;

    5.  Recalls that the Lisbon Treaty’s far-reaching extension of EU competences (for example in the fields of space policy and innovation policy) and the strengthening of a number of existing policies will clearly require budgetary cover;

    6.  Recalls that strengthening a number of defined policies at EU level – including the promotion of scientific, technological and digital advances, support for innovative technologies and sustainable development, help for innovative SMEs, support for young entrepreneurs, intelligent and sustainable energy policies that secure access to energy for poor households as well, the reduction of energy consumption in transport and in urban areas, an energy-efficient building sector and the development of integrated energy infrastructure – and complying with our previous commitments in the context of EU enlargement will inevitably necessitate additional financial capacity for the Union;

    7.  Recalls that the Lisbon Treaty defines the principles of democratic governance of the EU, one of which is participatory democracy; notes that, apart from the citizen’s initiative, the use of state-of-the-art digital technologies has enormous potential to enhance the involvement and engagement of citizens and civil society in the political process and public decision-making;

    8.  Calls for a European investment plan in the energy sector aimed at making the European Union the most advanced area of the world in terms of Trans-European Networks, in particular the interconnections between Member States; proposes, to this end, to insert a separate heading for investment into the Union’s budget and to establish close cooperation with the European Investment Bank (EIB) in relation to this plan;

    9.  Takes the view that more budgetary flexibility is urgently needed in order to support new flagship initiatives, such as the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), and cope with their potential financial impact;

    10. Is deeply concerned that the potential amounts at stake far exceed the amounts expected to remain unspent or uncommitted under the current ceiling of subheading 1a, and that there are currently no additional financial means for funding new initiatives without severely undermining important existing programmes;

    11. Calls on the Commission to make proposals to cope with the potential budgetary impact of new developments – mainly by identifying the most appropriate and sustainable means available – as soon as the extent of their budgetary impact has been sufficiently clarified.


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    Jean-Pierre Audy, Jan Březina, Reinhard Bütikofer, Maria Da Graça Carvalho, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Pilar del Castillo Vera, Christian Ehler, Lena Ek, Ioan Enciu, Gaston Franco, Adam Gierek, Norbert Glante, Edit Herczog, Philippe Lamberts, Bogdan Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Judith A. Merkies, Miloslav Ransdorf, Herbert Reul, Teresa Riera Madurell, Paul Rübig, Amalia Sartori, Patrizia Toia, Evžen Tošenovský, Ioannis A. Tsoukalas, Marita Ulvskog, Vladimir Urutchev

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    Lara Comi, António Fernando Correia De Campos, Rachida Dati, Marek Józef Gróbarczyk, Françoise Grossetête, Andrzej Grzyb, Satu Hassi, Jolanta Emilia Hibner, Mario Pirillo, Lambert van Nistelrooij, Hermann Winkler

    Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote

    Catherine Bearder

    OPINION of the Committee on AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT (2.6.2010)

    for the Committee on Budgets

    on the mandate for the trilogue on the 2011 draft budget

    Rapporteur: Mairead McGuinness


    The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development calls on the Committee on Budgets, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following suggestions in its motion for a resolution:

    1.  Notes that the commitments budgeted for agriculture and rural development are stable, with EUR 43 375 million committed for direct payments and market-related expenditure and EUR 14 431 million for rural development;

    2.  Recognises that all the agriculture-related goals of the Treaties of Rome have been achieved (increased productivity, sufficient supply of food, reasonable consumer prices, stabilisation of markets), with the exception of that of providing an appropriate income for farmers; calls therefore on the Commission to take this adequately into consideration in all budgetary proposals;

    3.  Welcomes the projected margin of EUR 852 million for Heading 2, which is considerably higher than had earlier been anticipated and reflects the Commission’s expectation of lower expenditure for market-related measures in 2011 compared with the current financial year;

    4.  Expresses its concern about the Commission’s optimistic assumptions with regard to developments in agricultural markets in 2011 – in particular the cereals and dairy markets –, resulting in a reduction of around EUR 900 million in market expenditure; urges the Commission to monitor developments in agricultural markets carefully and to be prepared to react swiftly and effectively with the necessary safety net measures to counter adverse market developments and volatility in market prices (which has led to a drastic reduction in farm incomes since 2008);

    5.  Considers it regrettable that the Commission and Council have failed to provide for sufficient resources to meet the needs of the agricultural budget in an enlarged EU; recalls that the phasing-in of direct payments in the new Member States creates an additional budgetary need of approximately EUR 800 million per year, which regrettably is not covered by an increase in the overall agricultural budget; calls urgently on the Commission to clarify how this additional budgetary need is to be covered; welcomes the fact that the significant margin under Heading 2 means that the financial discipline mechanism will not be employed in 2011; is concerned that the margin for the 2012 budget is likely to be much reduced; notes with alarm the Commission’s warning that financial discipline will be required in 2013;

    6.  Calls on the Commission to examine how the EUR 300 million in exceptional funding for the dairy sector is being used by the Member States and to present proposals for a permanent approach and concrete proposals for dealing with price volatility in this sector;

    7.  Asks the Commission to develop proposals for a permanent approach for all agricultural sectors and concrete proposals for dealing with price volatility in their markets;

    8.  Notes the proposed increase for the school fruit scheme and welcomes the Commission decision to reallocate funds unspent by several Member States to other Member States successfully implementing the programme;

    9.  Voices its concern about the planned decrease in commitment appropriations for public health, veterinary and phytosanitary measures to EUR 340 million, and stresses the need to remain vigilant with regard to animal disease eradication;

    10. Considers that an Erasmus-type programme should be established for young farmers and agricultural college students, which would allow cross-border exchanges of best practice in farm management, in particular in relation to the challenges facing European agriculture, in order to compare, enhance and maintain the diversity of rural situations in the European Union;

    11. Reiterates its call for the establishment of a European coordinated network for animal welfare[1] and suggests that a new budget line should be created to support this network and its coordinating body;

    12. Considers that the Commission should establish a pilot project to examine agricultural produce price formation, particularly in the milk market; notes that farmers, as producers, bear most of the market risks when the sector encounters problems;

    13. Calls on the Commission, in order to improve public health and stimulate demand in the fruit and vegetable market, to establish a pilot project aimed at increasing fresh fruit and vegetable consumption in vulnerable population groups (low-income pregnant women and their children, elderly persons, etc.);

    14. Calls on the Commission to establish a pilot project aimed at disseminating information to consumers through campaigns – for example, in schools and at points of sale and in farms – about European agri-food produce and the high standards achieved by European producers in terms of quality, food safety, animal welfare and environmental standards; draws attention to the work of organisations throughout the EU that enhance public understanding of the vital role played by agriculture in society; highlights specifically the Agri Aware model in Ireland; asks the Commission to examine the possibility of developing models like Agri Aware in other Member States and to encourage the exchange of information and best practice between such organisations;

    15. Calls on the Commission to relaunch the programme on conservation and sustainable use of genetic diversity in agricultural production (farmers’ seeds and breeds) in order to meet the challenge of preserving biodiversity mainly through agricultural production and animal breeding taking into account participatory research between farmers and scientific institutes;

    16. Calls on the Commission to establish a pilot project in order to draw up efficient measures to combat speculation in agricultural commodities and the resulting price volatility.


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    John Stuart Agnew, Richard Ashworth, José Bové, Luis Manuel Capoulas Santos, Michel Dantin, Albert Deß, Diane Dodds, Lorenzo Fontana, Martin Häusling, Peter Jahr, Elisabeth Jeggle, Elisabeth Köstinger, Stéphane Le Foll, George Lyon, Gabriel Mato Adrover, Mairead McGuinness, Krisztina Morvai, James Nicholson, Rareş-Lucian Niculescu, Wojciech Michał Olejniczak, Georgios Papastamkos, Marit Paulsen, Britta Reimers, Ulrike Rodust, Giancarlo Scottà, Czesław Adam Siekierski, Marc Tarabella

    Substitute(s) present for the final vote

    Luís Paulo Alves, Christa Klaß, Astrid Lulling, Véronique Mathieu, Hans-Peter Mayer, Jacek Włosowicz

    Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote

    Pat the Cope Gallagher

    • [1]  European Parliament resolution of 5 May 2010 on evaluation and assessment of the Animal Welfare Action Plan 2006-2010 (2009/2202(INI)).

    OPINION of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (4.5.2010)

    for the Committee on Budgets

    on the mandate for the trilogue on the 2011 draft budget

    Rapporteur: Iratxe García Pérez


    The Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality calls on the Committee on Budgets, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following suggestions in its motion for a resolution:

    A. whereas the timetable of this year’s budgetary procedure has imposed difficulties in terms of drafting the current opinion, given the insufficient time to thoroughly examine the draft budget presented by the Commission, and whereas the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality maintains the right to add and if necessary modify some elements when submitting the budgetary amendments,

    1.  Stresses that under Article 8 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union the promotion of equality between men and women is a fundamental principle of the European Union; therefore reiterates its demand for the general implementation of gender budgeting by the Commission and all stakeholders in the EU budgetary procedure at the preparatory, implementation and audit levels of the budget;

    2.  Stresses the need to ensure an appropriate level of financing for the planned actions of the Commission’s new strategy for equality between men and women, which will follow the 2006-2010 Roadmap for equality between women and men in the EU budget for 2011;

    3.  Calls for systematic gender budgeting mechanisms and methodologies to be introduced into the EU budget process, including the Structural Funds, EU internal as well as external funding programmes and the administrative budgets of the EU;

    4.  Regrets the decreased level of commitments for the programme on the fight against violence (Daphne); points out the possible negative consequences of this on the fight against violence and calls for the continued financing of existing and new effective measures in order to combat all forms of violence against children, young people and women;

    5.  Highlights the need for financial resources to be made available to combat all forms of discrimination against women, in particular inequalities regarding the pay gap;

    6.  Stresses the importance of appropriate funding of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE);

    7.  Highlights the need to set up the necessary funds to establish a European Observatory on Violence Against Women, building on existing institutional structures, as was agreed by the Council on 8 March 2010;

    8.  Repeats its call on the Commission to urge the Member States to make greater use of the Structural Funds, within the framework of the European Social Fund, as a way of promoting equality between men and women, not only through gender mainstreaming but also by providing measures focused directly on vulnerable groups of women and taking due account of the impact of the economic crisis, and by investing in quality public services, including investing in health and in care structures for children and other dependants;

    9.  Notes the increased commitments for the ‘Convergence’ objective of the European Social Fund and calls for increasing the part of the appropriations within this objective which supports improvements in childcare, to enable children in difficult situations to live in a family-type setting;

    10. Regrets the tendency of decreasing appropriations for the Progress programme, in particular the items Anti-discrimination and diversity, and Gender equality, and points out that the programme plays a crucial role in eliminating discrimination, supporting the effective implementation of the principle of gender equality and promoting gender mainstreaming in all Union policies;

    11. Notes the pilot project to encourage the conversion of precarious work into work with rights, and agrees with its continuation, particularly because of the significant proportion of female workers in precarious jobs; asks for a special budget line to be allocated for the closed partnership with the representatives of the poorest workers at any step of the pilot project;

    12. Reiterates the need to launch pilot projects in the following fields:

    - inter-generational solidarity, recognising the economic value of work done by carers, who are mainly women;

    - men’s contribution to child-rearing;

    - reconciliation of family and working life;

    - reinsertion of women who have been victims of violence into the labour market;

    - the condition of elderly and lonely women, in particular mothers, in Europe;

    13. Invites the budgetary authority to consider the opportunity of an impact analysis study on the consequences, including the budgetary consequences, of the introduction of the ‘gender mainstreaming’ system, with a view to evaluating its relevance, effectiveness, durability and usefulness in terms of cost-effectiveness/added value, as is the regular practice in the case of all other European policies;

    14. Invites the budgetary authority to support the current activities aimed at combating child trafficking and reminds the budgetary authority that it is necessary to finance affirmative measures in child protection policies as pilot projects, such as Viete kde je teraz vaše diet’a ? (‘Do you know where your child is now?’);

    15. Reminds the budgetary authority that it is necessary to recognise informal work in the field of intergenerational solidarity and to finance affirmative measures for the benefit of women and men in order to facilitate their return to employment after a period of carrying out family duties (bringing up children and/or caring for a sick or handicapped parent), by promoting policies of (re)integration into the employment market;

    16. Asks the Commission to apply the principle of gender budgeting during the preparation, allocation and audit of the budget to be allocated for the European Year of Volunteering in 2011, especially because of the nature of the sectors where volunteering plays an important role, such as equal opportunities, social care, humanitarian aid, education and youth;

    17. Calls for the maintenance of financial support for actions in developing countries and in Europe’s neighbouring countries to promote gender equality and women’s rights as detailed in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.


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    Regina Bastos, Edit Bauer, Andrea Češková, Marije Cornelissen, Silvia Costa, Tadeusz Cymański, Ilda Figueiredo, Iratxe García Pérez, Zita Gurmai, Teresa Jiménez-Becerril Barrio, Philippe Juvin, Astrid Lulling, Barbara Matera, Angelika Niebler, Siiri Oviir, Antonyia Parvanova, Raül Romeva i Rueda, Joanna Katarzyna Skrzydlewska, Eva-Britt Svensson, Marc Tarabella, Marina Yannakoudakis

    Substitute(s) present for the final vote

    Nicole Kiil-Nielsen, Elisabeth Morin-Chartier, Norica Nicolai, Chrysoula Paliadeli, Rovana Plumb, Joanna Senyszyn, Corien Wortmann-Kool

    Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote

    Agustín Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Ingeborg Gräßle


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    Alexander Alvaro, Marta Andreasen, Francesca Balzani, Reimer Böge, Lajos Bokros, Giovanni Collino, Andrea Cozzolino, Jean-Luc Dehaene, Isabelle Durant, James Elles, José Manuel Fernandes, Salvador Garriga Polledo, Jens Geier, Ivars Godmanis, Ingeborg Gräßle, Estelle Grelier, Carl Haglund, Jutta Haug, Jiří Havel, Sidonia Elżbieta Jędrzejewska, Jan Kozłowski, Alain Lamassoure, Giovanni La Via, Vladimír Maňka, Barbara Matera, Nadezhda Neynsky, Miguel Portas, Dominique Riquet, László Surján, Helga Trüpel, Daniël van der Stoep, Derek Vaughan, Angelika Werthmann, Jacek Włosowicz

    Substitute(s) present for the final vote

    Pascale Gruny, Riikka Manner, Paul Rübig

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    Cătălin Sorin Ivan, Peter Jahr, Andres Perello Rodriguez, Britta Reimers