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A7-0283/2010

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P7_TA(2010)0370

REPORT     
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11.10.2010
PE 445.962v02-00 A7-0283/2010

on Council's position on Draft amending budget 6/2010 of the European Union for the financial year 2010,

Section II - European Council and Council

Section III - Commission

Section X - European External Action Service

(13475/2010 – C7‑0262/2010 – 2010/2094(BUD))

Committee on Budgets

Rapporteur: Roberto Gualtieri, László Surján

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 OPINION of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs
 OPINION of the Committee on Budgetary Control
 RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION

on Council's position on Draft amending budget No 6/2010 of the European Union for the financial year 2010, Section II – European Council and Council, Section III - Commission, Section X - European External Action Service

(13475/2010 – C7‑0262/2010 – 2010/2094(BUD))

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and in particular Article 314 thereof and to the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community, and in particular Article 106a thereof,

–   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 thereof,

–   having regard to the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2010, as finally adopted on 17 December 2009(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 Draft amending budget No 6/2010 of the European Union for the financial year 2010, which the Commission presented on 17 June 2010 (COM(2010)0315),

–   having regard to Council's position on Draft amending budget No 6/2010, which the Council established on 13 September 2010 (13475/2010 – C7‑0262/2010),

–   having regard to Rule 75b and 75e of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets (A7‑0283/2010),

A.  whereas this Amending budget is the third and final piece of a set of legislation necessary to implement the political agreement and subsequent Council Decision establishing the EEAS, the other two being a modification of the Financial Regulation and a modification of the Staff Regulation,

B.  whereas the establishment of the EEAS has to be guided by the principles of cost efficiency, budget neutrality, and sound and efficient management while fully taking into account the impact of the economic crisis in public finances and the need for budgetary stringency,

C.  whereas, also, every effort must be made to ensure that any overlapping and potential conflicts of competencies are avoided, especially as this would not only lead to less effective external policies but, also, to ineffective use of scarce budgetary resources;

D.  whereas the needs for 2011 are covered by an Amending Letter 1/2010 to the 2011 budget and will be incorporated into the general budget procedure for that year,

E.   whereas the bulk of resources necessary will simply be transferred from the Sections of the European Council and Council and the Commission, but a limited amount of new resources is also being requested in terms of staff and contract staff,

F.   whereas this Draft amending budget No 6/2010 will formally enter this budgetary adjustment into the 2010 budget, including the creation of a new and separate Section X, which is part of the political agreement,

G.  whereas the rights of Parliament as concerns budget discharge must be safeguarded,

H.  whereas it should be recalled, once again, that it is crucial for the EU to be able to operate the full range of its external instruments under a coherent structure as and whereas the provision of 2010 budgetary resources to set up such a structure, in its initial phase, is the political purpose of this report;

I.    whereas the Council adopted its position on 13 September 2010,

1.  Takes note of Draft amending budget No 6/2010;

2.  Approves Council's position on Draft amending budget No 6/2010 unamended and instructs its President to declare that Amending budget No 6/2010 has been definitively adopted and to arrange for its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union;

3.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council and the Commission, and also to the other institutions and bodies concerned.

(1)

OJ L 248, 16.9.2002, p. 1.

(2)

OJ L 64, 12.3.2010.

(3)

OJ C 139, 14.6.2006, p. 1.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The political agreement on the EEAS and the setting-up of its initial structure are crucial issues. The budget proposal presented is therefore fully supported in political terms.

Further consideration will obviously have to go into analysing the 'parallel' proposal of an Amending Letter/1 to the 2011 budget, perhaps especially concerning the Establishment Plan in general, including the creation of additional high level posts, possible effects on building costs, and, by the responsible committee(s), any external policy implications.

It is felt that the additional 100 posts on the Establishment Plan here requested, and a financial envelope for financing an additional 70 contract staff, is acceptable at this stage of the setting-up of the new service. In fact, it can be politically supported on the grounds set out by the Commission.

It should be recalled that this is the third and final piece of legislation that is part of the 'implementation package' following the political agreement on the EEAS earlier in the summer, the other two being a modification of the staff regulation and the financial regulation.


OPINION of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (4.10.2010)

for the Committee on Budgets

on the Council’s position on draft amending budget No 6 to the general budget 2010 – statement of revenue and expenditure by section, Section II – European Council and Council, Section III – Commission, Section X – European External Action Service

(13475/2010 – C7‑0262/2010 – 2010/2094(BUD))

Rapporteur: Guy Verhofstadt

SUGGESTIONS

The Committee on Constitutional Affairs calls on the Committee on Budgets, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following amendments in its report:

1.  Recalls that the European Parliament intends to exercise to the full its responsibilities as regards both the formulation and control of the Common Foreign and Security Policy, which were recognised by the High Representative in her declaration on political accountability(1);

2.  Approves this amending budget and recalls the provisions of Article 4 of Council Decision 2010/427/EU of 26 July 2010 establishing the organisation and functioning of the European External Action Service(2) and the commitments given by the High Representative in her statement made at the plenary sitting of the European Parliament on 7 July 2010 concerning the basic organisation of the central administration of the European External Action Service (EEAS);

3.  Recalls that the EEAS must enjoy budgetary autonomy, which will enable it to perform properly the tasks entrusted to it by the Treaties;

4.  Recalls its intention of exercising fully the rights vested in it under the rules governing the budget procedure, particularly those relating to the discharge as referred to in Article 8(6) of Decision 2010/427/EU;

5.  Recalls the insistence of the European Parliament during the negotiating process leading to the establishment of the EEAS that an efficient and effective service, avoiding duplication of effort, must be established; stresses that the deployment of the EEAS should permit the development of synergies making resources available to launch fresh initiatives on which the European Parliament must be consulted;

6.  Stresses that appointments to managerial posts must be made on the basis of the candidates’ own capacities, while maintaining balance and ensuring that the various persons responsible for conducting the Union’s external policy are representative;

7.  Stresses furthermore that the staff of the EEAS must be appointed on the basis of merit, expertise and excellence and must be drawn in appropriate proportions, ensuring geographical and gender balance, from the Commission, the Council and national diplomatic services, in a way which fully complies with Article 6(6), (8) and (11) of Decision 2010/427/EU.

RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

Date adopted

4.10.2010

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

15

1

0

Members present for the final vote

Andrew Henry William Brons, Carlo Casini, Andrew Duff, Zita Gurmai, Gerald Häfner, Ramón Jáuregui Atondo, Constance Le Grip, Morten Messerschmidt, Paulo Rangel, Algirdas Saudargas, György Schöpflin, Rafał Trzaskowski, Luis Yáñez-Barnuevo García

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Enrique Guerrero Salom, Alexandra Thein

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

Inés Ayala Sender

(1)

Declaration annexed to the European Parliament position of 8 July 2010 on the proposal for a Council decision establishing the organisation and functioning of the European External Action Service (Texts adopted, P7_TA(2010)0280).

(2)

OJ L 201, 3.8.2010, p. 30.


OPINION of the Committee on Budgetary Control (27.9.2010)

for the Committee on Budgets

on Draft amending budget n° 6/2010 of the European Union for the financial year 2010 – statement of revenue and expenditure by section, Section II – European Council and Council, Section III – Commission, Section X – European External Action Service

(COM(2010)0315 - C7-0262/2010 - 2010/2094(BUD))

Rapporteur: Zigmantas Balčytis

SUGGESTIONS

The Committee on Budgetary Control calls on the Committee on Budgets to introduce the following suggestions in its report:

A.  Whereas Parliament should have the power of scrutiny over the Union's foreign policy and its implementation,

B.   Whereas Parliament's right to give discharge to the EEAS for its financial management is crucial,

C.  Whereas the establishment of the EEAS should respect the principles of budget neutrality, cost-efficiency and sound financial management,

1.   Welcomes the Declaration by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on political accountability, which reinforces Parliament's powers of scrutiny over the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and EU external action;

2.   Believes that it is necessary to ensure the budgetary autonomy essential for the smooth operation of the EEAS; considers, therefore, that the creation of the EEAS's separate budget section should be in line with the Commission's proposal for modifying the Financial Regulation;

3.   Calls for a clear distinction between the EEAS's administrative budget and operational budget, which will continue to be managed under the financial responsibility of the Commission;

4.   Recalls that Parliament should have the same discharge right regarding the budget of the EEAS as it currently has for the budget of the Commission; considers, therefore, that the EEAS should be subject to the procedures regarding the discharge provided for in Article 319 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and in Articles 145 to 147 of the Financial Regulation;

5.  Notes the difficulties in achieving budget neutrality in the first phase of setting up the EEAS; however, stresses the importance of avoiding duplication of the EEAS's tasks, functions and resources by other structures, and of using all opportunities to ensure the efficiency of expenditure;

6.  Notes that the Draft amending budget No 6/2010 amounts to EUR 9 521 362; notes further that EUR 1 583 972 thereof relates to the budget line "Buildings and related expenditure of 'External relations' delegations of the European Union"; recalls that the budgetary authority, in accordance with Article 179(3) of the Financial Regulation, has to be informed as soon as possible of any building project likely to have significant financial implications for the budget; draws attention to the fact that this is also applicable to the EEAS;

7.  Considers it to be both practical and, in the interest of sound financial management, essential for the Commission's internal auditor also to have overall responsibility for the EEAS.

RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

Date adopted

27.9.2010

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

21

1

1

Members present for the final vote

Marta Andreasen, Jean-Pierre Audy, Zigmantas Balčytis, Andrea Češková, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Andrea Cozzolino, Ryszard Czarnecki, Luigi de Magistris, Tamás Deutsch, Martin Ehrenhauser, Jens Geier, Ingeborg Gräßle, Ville Itälä, Cătălin Sorin Ivan, Jan Olbrycht, Crescenzio Rivellini, Christel Schaldemose, Theodoros Skylakakis, Bart Staes, Georgios Stavrakakis, Søren Bo Søndergaard

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Christofer Fjellner, Edit Herczog, Véronique Mathieu


RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

Date adopted

7.10.2010

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

38

2

0

Members present for the final vote

Damien Abad, Alexander Alvaro, Marta Andreasen, Reimer Böge, Jean-Luc Dehaene, Isabelle Durant, James Elles, Göran Färm, José Manuel Fernandes, Eider Gardiazábal Rubial, Salvador Garriga Polledo, Jens Geier, Ivars Godmanis, Ingeborg Gräßle, Estelle Grelier, Carl Haglund, Lucas Hartong, Jutta Haug, Jiří Havel, Sidonia Elżbieta Jędrzejewska, Jan Kozłowski, Alain Lamassoure, Vladimír Maňka, Barbara Matera, Nadezhda Neynsky, Miguel Portas, Dominique Riquet, László Surján, Helga Trüpel, Angelika Werthmann, Jacek Włosowicz

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

François Alfonsi, Richard Ashworth, Maria Da Graça Carvalho, Frédéric Daerden, Roberto Gualtieri, Paul Rübig, Peter Šťastný, Georgios Stavrakakis

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

Jan Mulder

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