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REPORT     
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6.12.2010
PE 452.647v02-00 A7-0358/2010

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, in accordance with point 28 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management

(COM(2010)0615 – C7‑0346/2010 – 2010/2252(BUD))

Committee on Budgets

Rapporteur: Barbara Matera

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION
 ANNEX:DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 ANNEX:LETTER OF THE COMMITTEE OF EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS
 RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, in accordance with point 28 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management (COM(2010)0615 – C7‑0346/2010 – 2010/2252(BUD))

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2010)0615 – C7‑0346/2010),

–   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 (1)(IIA of 17 May 2006), and in particular point 28 thereof,

–   having regard to Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 on establishing the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund(2) (EGF Regulation),

–   having regard to the letter of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets (A7-0358/2010),

A. whereas the European Union has set up the appropriate legislative and budgetary instruments to provide additional support to workers who are suffering from the consequences of major structural changes in world trade patterns and to assist their reintegration into the labour market,

B.  whereas the scope of the EGF was broadened for applications submitted from 1 May 2009 to include support for workers made redundant as a direct result of the global financial and economic crisis,

C. whereas the Union’s financial assistance to workers made redundant should be dynamic and made available as quickly and efficiently as possible, in accordance with the Joint Declaration of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission adopted during the conciliation meeting on 17 July 2008, and having due regard for the IIA of 17 May 2006 in respect of the adoption of decisions to mobilise the EGF,

D.  whereas Spain has requested assistance in respect of cases concerning 1154 redundancies in 593 enterprises operating in the NACE Revision 2 Division 47 (Retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles) in the NUTS II region of Aragón,

E.  whereas the application fulfils the eligibility criteria set up by the EGF Regulation,

1.  Requests the institutions involved to make the necessary efforts to accelerate the mobilisation of the EGF;

2.  Recalls the institutions’ commitment to ensuring a smooth and rapid procedure for the adoption of the decisions on the mobilisation of the EGF, providing one-off, time-limited individual support geared to helping workers who have suffered redundancies as a result of globalisation and the financial and economic crisis; emphasises the role that the EGF can play in the reintegration of workers made redundant into the labour market;

3.  Stresses that, in accordance with Article 6 of the EGF Regulation, it should be ensured that the EGF supports the reintegration of individual redundant workers into employment; reiterates that assistance from the EGF must not replace actions which are the responsibility of companies by virtue of national law or collective agreements, nor measures restructuring companies or sectors;

4.  Notes that the information provided on the coordinated package of personalised services to be funded from the EGF includes detailed information on the complementarity with actions funded by the Structural Funds; reiterates its call to present a comparative evaluation of these data in its annual reports as well;

5.  Welcomes the fact that, in the context of mobilising the EGF, an alternative source of payment appropriations to unused European Social Fund has been proposed by the Commission, following the frequent reminders by the European Parliament that the EGF was created as a separate specific instrument with its own objectives and deadlines and that appropriate budget lines for transfers must therefore be identified;

6   Notes however that, in order to mobilise the EGF for this case, payment appropriations will be transferred from a budget line dedicated to the support of SMEs and innovation; regrets the severe shortcomings of the Commission when implementing the programmes on competitiveness and innovation, particularly during an economic crisis which should significantly increase the need for such support;

7.  Recalls that the functioning and the added value of the EGF should be evaluated in the context of the general assessment of the programmes and various other instruments created by the IIA of 17 May 2006 within the process of the 2007-2013 multiannual financial framework mid-term review;

8.  Welcomes the new format of the Commission’s proposal, which presents in its explanatory memorandum clear and detailed information on the application, analyses the eligibility criteria and explains the reasons which led to its approval, which is in line with Parliament’s requests;

9.  Approves the decision annexed to this resolution;

10. Instructs its President to sign the decision with the President of the Council and to arrange for its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union;

11. Instructs its President to forward this resolution, including its annex, to the Council and the Commission.

(1)

OJ C 139, 14.6.2006, p. 1.

(2)

OJ L 406, 30.12.2006, p. 1.


ANNEX:DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund in accordance with point 28 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management (application EGF/2010/016 ES/Aragón Retail trade from Spain)

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

having regard to the Inter-institutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management(1), and in particular point 28 thereof,

having regard to Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 establishing the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund(2), and in particular Article 12(3) thereof,

having regard to the proposal from the European Commission(3),

Whereas:

(1)      The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) was established to provide additional support for workers made redundant as a result of major structural changes in world trade patterns due to globalisation and to assist them with their reintegration into the labour market.

(2)      The scope of the EGF was broadened for applications submitted from 1 May 2009 to include support for workers made redundant as a direct result of the global financial and economic crisis.

(3)      The Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 allows the mobilisation of the EGF within the annual ceiling of EUR 500 million.

(4)      Spain submitted an application on 6 May 2010 to mobilise the EGF in respect of redundancies in 593 enterprises operating in the NACE Revision 2 Division 47 ('Retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles') in the NUTS II region of Aragón (ES24) and supplemented it by additional information up to 1 July 2010. This application complies with the requirements for determining the financial contributions as laid down in Article 10 of Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006. The Commission therefore proposes to mobilise an amount of EUR 1 560 000.

(5)      The EGF should, therefore, be mobilised in order to provide a financial contribution for the application submitted by Spain.

HAVE DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

For the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2010, the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) shall be mobilised to provide the sum of EUR 1 560 000 in commitment and payment appropriations.

Article 2

This Decision shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Done at

For the European Parliament                      For the Council

The President                                                The President

(1)

              OJ C 139, 14.6.2006, p. 1.

(2)

              OJ L 406, 30.12.2006, p. 1.

(3)

              OJ C […], […], p. […].


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

I. Background

The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund has been created in order to provide additional assistance to workers suffering from the consequences of major structural changes in world trade patterns.

According to the provisions of point 28 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 on budgetary discipline and sound financial management(1) and of the Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 1927/2006(2), the Fund may not exceed a maximum amount of EUR 500 million, drawn from any the margin under the global expenditure ceiling from the previous year, and / or from the cancelled commitment appropriations from the previous two years, excluding those related to Heading 1b. The appropriate amounts are entered into the budget as a provision as soon as the sufficient margins and / or cancelled commitments have been identified.

As concerns the procedure, in order to activate the Fund the Commission, in case of a positive assessment of an application, presents to the budgetary authority a proposal for mobilisation of the Fund and, at the same time, a corresponding request for transfer. In parallel, a trilogue could be organised in order to find an agreement on the use of the Fund and the amounts required. The trilogue can take a simplified form.

II. State of play: Commission's proposal

On 29 October 2010 the Commission has adopted a new proposal for a decision on the mobilisation of the EGF in favour of Spain in order to support the reintegration in the labour market of workers made redundant due to the global financial and economic crisis.

This is the twenty-sixth application to be examined under the budget 2010 and refers to the mobilisation of a global amount of EUR 1.560.000 from the EGF for Spain. It concerns 1154 redundancies in 593 enterprises operating NACE Revision 2 Division 47, namely (Retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles) during the nine-month reference period from 1 June 2009 to 28 February 2010.

The application, case EGF/2010/016 ES/Aragón Retail trade, was submitted to the Commission on 6 May 2010 and supplemented by additional information up to 1 July 2010. It was based on the intervention criterion of Art. 2 (b) of the EGF Regulation which requires at least 500 redundancies over a nine-month period in enterprises operating in the same NACE Revision 2 Division in one region or two contiguous regions at NUTS II level in a Member State and was submitted within the deadline of 10 weeks (Art. 5 of the Regulation).

Commission's assessment was based on the evaluation of the link between the redundancies and major structural changes in world trade patterns or the financial crisis, the unforeseen nature of the concerned redundancies, demonstration of number of redundancies and compliance with the criteria of Article 2 (a), explanation of the unforeseen nature of those redundancies, identification of dismissing enterprises and workers targeted for assistance, the territory concerned and its authorities and stakeholders, the impact for the redundancies as regards the local, regional or national employment, co-ordinated package of personalised services to be funded, including its compatibility with actions funded by the Structural Funds, dates on which the personalised services to affected workers were started or planned to start, procedures for consulting the social partners, management and control systems.

In accordance with Commission's assessment, the application fulfils the eligibility criteria set up by the EGF Regulation and recommends to the Budget Authority to approve the applications.

In order to mobilise the Fund, the Commission has submitted to the Budget Authority a transfer request (DEC 41/2010) for a global amount of EUR 1.560.000 from the EGF reserve (40 02 43) in commitments and from the budget line "Competitiveness and innovation Framework Programme - Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme" (01 04 04) in payments to the EGF budget lines (04 05 01).

The Rapporteur welcomes that the Commission keeps identifying alternative sources of payment appropriations to unused ESF Funds, in accordance with the frequent requests from the European Parliament.   

However, she considers that the direction taken for the last cases (budget line dedicated to the support of entrepreneurship and innovation) is not satisfactory given the severe shortcomings that the Commission encounters when implementing the programmes on competitiveness and innovation. In a period of economic crisis these appropriations should be in fact rather increased. She invites therefore the Commission to continue in her effort to identify more appropriate budget lines for payments in the future.

The IIA allows the mobilisation of the Fund within the annual ceiling of EUR 500 million.

In 2010, the Budget Authority has already approved sixteen proposals for the mobilisation of the Fund and a transfer for the Technical assistance, for a total amount of EUR 54.878.360, which added to the additional amount of EUR 26.732.196 related to the other proposals under discussion (including the present one), leaves an amount of EUR 418.389.444 available until the end of 2010.

III. Procedure

The Commission has presented a transfer request(3) in order to enter specific commitment and payment appropriations in the 2010 budget, as required in Point 28 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006.

The trilogue on the Commission's proposal for a Decision on the mobilisation of the EGF could take a simplified form (an exchange of letters), as provided for in Article 12(5) of the legal base, unless there is no agreement between the Parliament and the Council.

According to an internal agreement, the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) should be associated to the process, in order to provide constructive support and contribution to the assessment of the applications from the Fund.

Following its evaluation, the EMPL committee of the European Parliament gave its view on the mobilisation of the Fund, as expressed in the letter attached to the present report.

The Joint Declaration of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, adopted during the conciliation meeting on 17 July 2008, has confirmed the importance of ensuring a rapid procedure with due respect of the Interinstitutional Agreement for the adoption of decisions on the mobilisation of the Fund.

(1)

OJ C 139, 14.6.2006, p. 1.

(2)

OJ L 406, 30.12.2006, p. 1.

(3)

DEC 41/2010 of 29 October 2010


ANNEX:LETTER OF THE COMMITTEE OF EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS

ES/jm

D(2010)59693

M. Alain Lamassoure

President of the Committee on budgets

ASP 13E158

Subject: Opinion on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) for the case EGF/2010/016 ES/Aragón Retail trade (COM(2010)615 final)Dear Mr Lamassoure,

The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) as well as its Working Group on the EGF examined the mobilisation of the EGF for the case EGF/2010/016 ES/Aragón Retail trade and adopted the following opinion.

The EMPL committee and the Working Group on the EGF are in favour of the mobilisation of the Fund concerning this request. In this respect, the EMPL committee presents some remarks without, however, putting into question the transfer of the payments.

The deliberations of the EMPL committee are based on the following considerations:

A)  Whereas this application is in accordance with Article 2b of the EGF regulation and includes 1.154 redundancies that occurred during the reference period of 9 months between 1 June 2009 and 28 February 2010 in 593 enterprises operating in the NACE Revision 2 Division 47 (Retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles) in the NUTS II region of Aragón;

B)  Whereas the Spanish authorities argue that the financial and economic crisis led to a downturn in retail sales due to a lack of consumer confidence combined with rising unemployment; whereas this downturn was higher in Spain than in the European Union as a whole;

C)  Whereas the Spanish authorities argue that the financial and economic crisis led to a sudden collapse of the world economy with an enormous impact on many sectors; whereas from 2000 to 2007, the number of businesses and employment in the retail sector in Spain grew every year and therefore the sharp decline in demand caused by the crisis was unexpected;

D)  Whereas most parts of the autonomous community of Aragón have a lower population density than the EU average (112 inhabitants per km2) and whereas the layoffs have a highly negative impact on this region and might jeopardize the efforts made to encourage the population to remain in the territory;

E)  whearas Aragon's economy based traditionally in cereal crops and sheep farming and has been transformed over the last two/three decades by the rise of the industrial sector, services and trade, and followed by tourism, in particular winter sports tourism; wheareas the local industrial boom has been accompanied by a strong expansion of the service sector with distribution and the new shopping and leisure centres based in Zaragoza becoming important sources of employment;

F)  Whereas, in the autonomous region of Aragón, the unemployment rate increased from 6,2 % in Q3/2008 to 12 % in Q3/2009 and whereas in February 2010 unemployment in the services sector represented 56 % of the total unemployment in the region;

G)  Whereas 73% of the targeted workers are women and whereas 78% of those targeted are between 25 and 54 years old and 15% between 15 and 24 years old;

H)  Whereas 73,9% of the targeted workers (excluding those of "Galerias Primero" who have their own but similar classification) are shop and market sales workers or craft and related trade workers; whereas 14,4% of targeted workers were employed for elementary occupations;

I)  Whereas no information is available on the level of education of the workers concerned;

J)  Whereas the experience of Spain with EGF cases shows that not all redundant workers will participate in the measures offered; whereas, therefore, the number of active participants can be only an estimate, and whereas the financial plan is calculated according to this estimate; whereas, by doing so, Spain avoids incurring the reimbursement of large amounts of unused EU contributions;

Therefore, the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs calls on the Committee on Budgets, as the committee responsible, to integrate the following suggestions in its motion for a resolution concerning the Spanish application:

1.  Agrees with the Commission that the conditions for a financial contribution under the EGF regulation are met;

2.  Notes that the total number of participants in the proposed measures is an estimate based on experiences with previous applications;

3.  Regrets the late start of the measures (11 months after the first dismissals); reminds the Member States of the importance of taking immediate labour market measures in parallel with their application to the EGF;

4.  Would be interested to know whether the training and retraining measures will lead to the certification of professional experience or additional diplomas documenting the newly acquired skills;

5.  Welcomes the measure providing a three month - tutoring after reintegration into work to prevent possible problems arising in the new jobs;

6.  Asks the Commission to provide for an in-depth analysis regarding the success of the different incentive measures and also in comparison with other applications from other Member States providing more information about which measures work under which conditions;

7.  Welcomes the participation of the Social Partners who agreed to the submission of this application for EGF measures and who were actively involved in the design of the application.

Yours sincerely,

Pervenche Berès


RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

Date adopted

2.12.2010

 

 

 

Result of final vote

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18

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Members present for the final vote

Damien Abad, Lajos Bokros, José Manuel Fernandes, Eider Gardiazábal Rubial, Salvador Garriga Polledo, Jens Geier, Lucas Hartong, Sergej Kozlík, Jan Kozłowski, Alain Lamassoure, Giovanni La Via, Vladimír Maňka, Barbara Matera, Dominique Riquet, László Surján, Helga Trüpel, Angelika Werthmann

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Paul Rübig, Georgios Stavrakakis

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

Jan Mulder

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