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P8_TA(2015)0248

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25.6.2015
PE 557.262v02-00 A8-0212/2015

on the Council position on Draft amending budget No 5/2015 of the European Union for the financial year 2015 - Responding to migratory pressures

(09768/2015 – C8‑0163/2015 – 2015/2121(BUD))

Committee on Budgets

Rapporteur: Eider Gardiazabal Rubial

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION
 OPINION of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
 RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION

on the Council position on Draft amending budget No 5/2015 of the European Union for the financial year 2015 - Responding to migratory pressures

(09768/2015 – C8‑0163/2015 – 2015/2121(BUD))

The European Parliament,

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

–       having regard to Article 106a of the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community,

–       having regard to Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002(1), and in particular Article 41 thereof,

–       having regard to the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2015, as definitively adopted on 17 December 2014(2),

–       having regard to Amending budget No 1/2015, as definitively adopted on 28 April 2015(3),

–       having regard to Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 of 2 December 2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020(4) (MFF Regulation),

–       having regard to Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2015/623 of 21 April 2015 amending Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020(5),

–       having regard to the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management(6),

–       having regard to Draft amending budget No 5/2015, which the Commission adopted on 13 May 2015 (COM(2015)0241),

–       having regard to the position on Draft amending budget No 5/2015 which the Council adopted on 19 June 2015 and forwarded to Parliament on the same day (09768/2015 – C8‑0163/2015),

–       having regard to its resolution of 29 April 2015 on the latest tragedies in the Mediterranean and EU migration and asylum policies(7),

–       having regard to the Commission communication of 13 May 2015 entitled "A European Agenda on Migration"(COM(2015)0240),

–       having regard to Rules 88 and 91 of its Rules of Procedure,

–       having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets and the opinion of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (A8-0212/2015),

A.     whereas Draft amending budget No 5/2015 aims to reinforce the Union's resources to manage migration and refugee flows, following recent tragedies in the Mediterranean and the increase in the dimension of migratory flows;

B.     whereas the increase in commitment appropriations amounts to EUR 75 722 000;

C.     whereas the increase in payment appropriations amounting to EUR 69 652 000 is fully redeployed from the Galileo programme, leaving the overall level of payment appropriations in the 2015 budget unchanged;

D.     whereas the increase proposed for the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders (FRONTEX) amounts to a total of EUR 26,8 million in both commitment and payment appropriations, partially stemming from additional appropriations through Draft amending budget No 5/2015 and partially from redeployment within Chapter 18 02 (Internal Security) due to the closure of old files under the External Borders Fund;

E.     whereas the financial burden related to the emergency has so far fallen mainly on the national budgets of the southern coastal states of the Union;

F.     whereas in light of the macroeconomic forecast for the medium term and of the opposing demographic trends within the Union and in the neighbouring areas, particularly in West and Central Africa, the increase in migration to Europe cannot be considered to be a temporary phenomenon;

G.     whereas Draft amending budget No 5/2015 also increases the staffing level of 3 agencies, namely 16 additional posts for FRONTEX, 4 posts for the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and 3 posts for the European Police Office (Europol);

H.     whereas, if migration flows are not managed in an effective and timely manner, they may lead to considerable costs in other policy areas;

1.      Takes note of Draft amending budget No 5/2015, as submitted by the Commission, and of the Council's position thereon;

2.      Welcomes the willingness of all institutions to increase the budget appropriations related to migration and asylum, given the obvious and urgent need;

3.      Recalls that in its reading of the 2015 budget in October 2014, Parliament had already called for substantially higher appropriations on these budget lines and additional staff for the agencies concerned;

4.      Regrets however the limited amount of the increases proposed in Draft amending budget No 5/2015, which do not correspond to the actual needs given the ongoing and probably worsening crisis in the Mediterranean, the growing risk of an increase in refugees from Ukraine and the necessity to address migratory challenges in general; underlines however the need for a strict control on the destination of those funds and consequently more transparency when it comes to contract and subcontract procedures, taking into account the various investigations concerning several abuses discovered in Member States;

5.      Regrets the divisions which have emerged between Member States in the Council on the Commission proposal contained in the "European Agenda on Migration"; recalls that, due to the nature of the migration phenomenon, the emergency can be more effectively handled at Union level;

6.      Considers that the relevant agencies should not be subject to reduction or redeployment of staff; considers that those agencies must allocate their staff appropriately with the aim of meeting their increasing responsibilities;

7.      Stresses that, given the large number of arrivals on the Union’s southern shores, the increasing role EASO has to play in the management of asylum, and the clear call for support in frontloading reception conditions, the proposal to increase EASO staff by only 4 is clearly insufficient; therefore requests appropriate EASO staffing and budget for 2016 in order to allow EASO to effectively fulfil its tasks and operations;

8.      Believes that the budgetary impact and the additional tasks of the measures presented as part of the EU Agenda on Migration and the EU Agenda on Security with regard to Europol should be assessed in detail by the Commission to allow the European Parliament and the Council to properly adjust Europol’s budgetary and staff needs; stresses the role of Europol in cross-border support for Member States and in information exchange; underlines the need to ensure an appropriate budget and level of staffing for Europol for 2016, in order to allow it to effectively fulfil its tasks and operations;

9.      Asks the Commission to carry out, in the context of the mid-term review of the Multiannual Financial Framework, an evaluation, as precisely as possible, of the needs of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund until 2020; asks the Commission to make a proposal for an adequate increase and, as it occurs, an adjusted distribution of funding between the different programs and methods of implementation of the Fund, following the revision of the financial perspectives;

10.    Expresses its intention to modify the budget nomenclature of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund in the interests of transparency and better control of the allocation of the annual appropriations between programs and means of implementation of the fund, as specified in Regulation (EU) No 516/2014(8);

11.    Notes furthermore that Draft amending budget No 5/2015 does not foresee additional overall payment appropriations in the 2015 budget, but only reverts once more to the redeployment of already existing resources;

12.    Insists that the redeployment from Galileo needs to be duly compensated for in the 2016 budget;

13.    Affirms nevertheless its willingness to adopt Draft amending budget No 5/2015 as soon as possible as presented by the Commission, given the urgency of the situation;

14.    Approves therefore the Council position on Draft amending budget No 5/2015;

15.    Instructs its President to declare that Amending budget No x/2015 has been definitively adopted and arrange for its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union;

16.    Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Court of Auditors and the national parliaments.

(1)

OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.

(2)

OJ L 69, 13.3.2015, p. 1.

(3)

OJ L …

(4)

OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884.

(5)

OJ L 103, 22.4.2015, p. 1.

(6)

OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1

(7)

Texts adopted, P8_TA(2015)0176.

(8)

In accordance with Regulation No (EU) No 516/2014, the amount of global resources allocated to the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund for 2014-2020 is EUR 3 137 million. This amount is allocated as follows:

a. EUR 2 392 million for national programs (Article 19);

b. EUR 360 million for specific actions listed in Annex II (Article 16), the resettlement programs (Article 17), the transfers (Article 18);

c. EUR 385 million for the action of the Union (Article 20), emergency aid (Article 21), the European Migration Network (Article 22), technical assistance (Article 23).

The current budget nomenclature doesn't correspond in any way to this allocation.)


OPINION of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (18.6.2015)

for the Committee on Budgets

on the Council position on Draft amending budget No 5/2015 of the European Union for the financial year 2015 - Responding to migratory pressures

(00000/2015 - C8-0000/2015 - 2015/2121(BUD))

Rapporteur: Péter Niedermüller

SUGGESTIONS

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs calls on the Committee on Budgets, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following suggestions in its motion for a resolution:

1.      Welcomes Draft amending budget No 5/2015 as a first step in response to the challenges posed by migration trends, and the unprecedented situation in the Mediterranean; notes that it proposes an increase in commitments of EUR 75 722 000, with payments of EUR 69 652 000 to be redeployed from the Galileo programme;

2.      Notes the additional amounts proposed for Frontex, especially for Triton and Poseidon operations; insists that saving lives at sea should be the primary focus of those operations; calls on the Commission to ensure that sufficient financial resources are made available to fulfil Union’s obligations regarding search and rescue; recalls, however, that long-term solutions to the wider challenges faced with regard to migration and trafficking in human beings are required;

3.      Welcomes the increased funding for the European operations Triton and Poseidon; recalls that contributions to SAR should be a priority; notes that the tripling of funding for the Triton operation relates only to the lower figure of the 2015 budget and not the higher figure of the 2014 budget; regrets the lack of transparency regarding the costs of the Triton operation and seeks further clarification from the Commission on the significant differences between the amounts allocated for the Triton operation in the 2014 budget and in the 2015 budget; calls on the Commission and Frontex to provide reliable, comprehensive and regularly updated data on the costs of Triton and Poseidon operations;

4.      Welcomes the additional funding for the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund; considers that the proposed funding will be insufficient to allow for full financing of the Commission’s relocation-mechanism and resettlement-programme proposals, to improve reception and integration conditions for asylum seekers and refugees, and to support all frontline Member States experiencing migratory pressure; calls for the funding from the 2016 budget to be needs-based and in line with the number of recorded arrivals in 2015, given the increased numbersof arrivals since the beginning of this year;

5.      Considers that the relevant agencies should not be subject to reduction or redeployment of staff; considers that those agencies must allocate their staff appropriately with the aim of meeting their increasing responsibilities;

6.      Stresses that, given the large number of arrivals on the Union’s southern shores, the increasing role EASO has to play in the management of asylum, and the clear call for support in frontloading reception conditions, the proposal to increase EASO staff by only 4 is clearly insufficient; therefore requests appropriate EASO staffing and budget for 2016 in order to allow EASO to effectively fulfil its tasks and operations;

7       Stresses that additional allocated resources are also required to support Member States in the efficient and expedient processing of applications with the assistance of EASO;

8.      Believes that the budgetary impact and the additional tasks of the measures presented as part of the EU Agenda on Migration and the EU Agenda on Security with regard to Europol should be assessed in detail by the Commission to allow the European Parliament and the Council to properly adjust Europol’s budgetary and staff needs; stresses the role of Europol in cross-border support for Member States and in information exchange; underlines the need to ensure an appropriate budget and level of staffing for Europol for 2016, in order to allow it to effectively fulfil its tasks and operations;

9.      Considers that the extra EUR 7 000 000 for Regional Development and Protection Programmes in North Africa and the Horn of Africa will be inadequate given the challenges faced in those regions; calls on the Commission to provide transparent and up-to-date data on how those funds are used and how the fundamental rights of migrants are respected in third countries, beginning with the detention centres;

10.    Concludes that to prevent further loss of lives at sea and to further implement the principles of solidarity and fair sharing of responsibility, greater and more predictable financial resources will be required in the medium and long term.

RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

Date adopted

16.6.2015

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

41

7

6

Members present for the final vote

Heinz K. Becker, Malin Björk, Michał Boni, Caterina Chinnici, Rachida Dati, Frank Engel, Cornelia Ernst, Tanja Fajon, Laura Ferrara, Monika Flašíková Beňová, Lorenzo Fontana, Ana Gomes, Sylvie Guillaume, Jussi Halla-aho, Monika Hohlmeier, Sophia in ‘t Veld, Eva Joly, Timothy Kirkhope, Barbara Kudrycka, Marju Lauristin, Monica Macovei, Vicky Maeijer, Roberta Metsola, Claude Moraes, Péter Niedermüller, Soraya Post, Judith Sargentini, Birgit Sippel, Branislav Škripek, Csaba Sógor, Traian Ungureanu, Marie-Christine Vergiat, Udo Voigt, Josef Weidenholzer, Cecilia Wikström, Tomáš Zdechovský

Substitutes present for the final vote

Carlos Coelho, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, Pál Csáky, Daniel Dalton, Ska Keller, Miltiadis Kyrkos, Jean Lambert, Jeroen Lenaers, Angelika Mlinar, Emil Radev, Elly Schlein, Barbara Spinelli, Ruža Tomašić, Axel Voss

Substitutes under Rule 200(2) present for the final vote

Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Iris Hoffmann, Peter Lundgren, Marco Valli


RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

Date adopted

23.6.2015

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

32

3

2

Members present for the final vote

Nedzhmi Ali, Jonathan Arnott, Jean Arthuis, Richard Ashworth, Reimer Böge, Lefteris Christoforou, Jean-Paul Denanot, Gérard Deprez, José Manuel Fernandes, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Jens Geier, Ingeborg Gräßle, Iris Hoffmann, Monika Hohlmeier, Bernd Kölmel, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Vladimír Maňka, Ernest Maragall, Sophie Montel, Siegfried Mureşan, Liadh Ní Riada, Jan Olbrycht, Younous Omarjee, Paul Rübig, Patricija Šulin, Eleftherios Synadinos, Paul Tang, Isabelle Thomas, Monika Vana, Daniele Viotti, Stanisław Żółtek

Substitutes present for the final vote

Nils Torvalds, Derek Vaughan, Derek Vaughan, Tomáš Zdechovský

Substitutes under Rule 200(2) present for the final vote

Tiziana Beghin, Marco Zullo

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