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A8-0336/2015

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P8_TA(2015)0405

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19.11.2015
PE 571.655v02-00 A8-0336/2015

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument for immediate budgetary measures to address the refugee crisis, in accordance with point 12 of 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

(COM(2015)0514 – C8‑0308/2015 – 2015/2264(BUD))

Committee on Budgets

Rapporteur: José Manuel Fernandes

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument for immediate budgetary measures to address the refugee crisis, in accordance with point 12 of 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

(COM(2015)0514 – C8‑0308/2015 – 2015/2264(BUD))

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2015)0514 – C8‑0308/2015),

–  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(1), and in particular Article 11 thereof,

–  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(2),

–  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(3), and in particular point 12 thereof,

–  having regard to the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2016, which the Commission adopted on 24 June 2015 (COM(2015)0300), as amended by Letters of amendment Nos 1/2016 (COM(2015)0317) and 2/2016 (COM(2015)0513)

–  having regard to the position on the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2016, which the Council adopted on 4 September 2015 and forwarded to Parliament on 17 September 2015 (11706/2015 – C8‑0274/2015),

–  having regard to its position adopted on 28 October 2015(4) on the 2016 draft general budget,

–  having regard to the joint text approved by the Conciliation Committee on 14 November 2015 (14195/2015 – C8-0353/2015),

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets (A8-0336/2015),

A.  whereas after having examined all possibilities for re-allocating commitment appropriations under heading 3 and heading 4, it appears necessary to mobilise the Flexibility Instrument for commitment appropriations;

B.  whereas the Commission had proposed to mobilise the Flexibility Instrument to complement the financing in the general budget of the Union for the financial year 2016 beyond the ceiling of heading 3 by EUR 1 504 million in commitment appropriations to finance measures under the European Agenda on Migration;

C.  whereas, in addition to a final amount of EUR 1 506 million beyond the ceiling of heading 3, the Conciliation Committee convened for the 2016 budget agreed to Parliament's delegation proposal for a further mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument by EUR 24 million beyond the ceiling of heading 4 in order to address the external dimension of the challenges posed by the refugee crisis;

D.  whereas the total amount of the Flexibility Instrument for the financial year 2016, which includes the unused amounts from the financial years 2014 and 2015, is therefore fully exhausted;

1.  Notes that the 2016 ceilings for heading 3 and heading 4 do not allow for an adequate financing of urgent measures in the field of migration and refugees;

2.  Agrees therefore with the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument for an amount of EUR 1 530 million in commitment appropriations;

3.  Agrees furthermore to the proposed allocation of the corresponding payment appropriations of EUR 734,2 million in 2016, EUR 654,2 million in 2017, EUR 83 million in 2018 and EUR 58,6 million in 2019;

4.  Reiterates that the mobilisation of this instrument, as provided for in Article 11 of the MFF Regulation, shows, once more, the crucial need for the Union budget to be more flexible; notes that these additional appropriations are only made possible thanks to the carry-over of unused amounts from the Flexibility Instruments of the financial years 2014 and 2015; underlines that no amount will be carried over to the financial year 2017, thus limiting any mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument to its annual ceiling of EUR 471 million (2011 prices);

5.  Reiterates its long-standing view that, without prejudice to the possibility for payment appropriations to be mobilised for specific budget lines through the Flexibility Instrument without prior mobilisations in commitments, the payments stemming from commitments previously mobilised through the Flexibility Instrument can only be counted over and above the ceilings;

6.  Approves the decision annexed to this resolution;

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

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

ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

on the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument for immediate budgetary measures to address the refugee crisis

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 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(5), and in particular point 12 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)  Article 11 of Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013(6) allows for the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument within the annual ceiling of EUR 471 million (2011 prices) to allow the financing of clearly identified expenditure which could not be financed within the limits of the ceilings available for one or more other headings.

(2)  Due to the urgent needs, it is necessary to mobilise an important additional amount to finance measures to alleviate the migration and refugee crisis.

(3)  After having examined all possibilities for re-allocating appropriations under the expenditure ceilings for heading 3 (Security and Citizenship) and heading 4 (Global Europe), it appears necessary to mobilise the Flexibility Instrument to complement the financing in the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2016, beyond the ceilings of heading 3 by EUR 1 506 million and heading 4 by EUR 24 million to finance measures in the field of migration and refugees. The unused annual amounts available for the Flexibility Instruments of the financial years 2014 and 2015 should be used for this mobilisation.

(4)  On the basis of the expected payment profile, the payment appropriations corresponding to the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument should be distributed over several financial years and are estimated to EUR 734,2 million in 2016, EUR 654,2 million in 2017, EUR 83,0 million in 2018, and EUR 58,6 million in 2019,

HAVE ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

1.  For the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2016, the Flexibility Instrument shall be mobilised to provide the sum of EUR 1 506 million in commitment appropriations in heading 3 (Security and citizenship) and EUR 24 million in commitment appropriations in heading 4 (Global Europe).

Those amounts shall be used to finance measures for managing the refugee crisis.

2.  On the basis of the expected payment profile, the payment appropriations corresponding to the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument will be as follows:

EUR 734,2 million in 2016;

EUR 654,2 million in 2017;

EUR 83,0 million in 2018;

EUR 58,6 million in 2019.

The specific amounts for each financial year shall be authorised in accordance with the annual budgetary procedure.

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

RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Date adopted

19.11.2015

 

 

 

Result of final vote

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–:

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23

2

2

Members present for the final vote

Nedzhmi Ali, Jonathan Arnott, Jean Arthuis, Lefteris Christoforou, Jean-Paul Denanot, Gérard Deprez, José Manuel Fernandes, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Jens Geier, Ingeborg Gräßle, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Vladimír Maňka, Ernest Maragall, Clare Moody, Siegfried Mureşan, Jan Olbrycht, Eleftherios Synadinos, Indrek Tarand, Isabelle Thomas, Inese Vaidere, Daniele Viotti, Marco Zanni

Substitutes present for the final vote

Anneli Jäätteenmäki, Janusz Lewandowski, Stanisław Ożóg, Tomáš Zdechovský

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

Bogdan Brunon Wenta

(1)

OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884.

(2)

OJ L 103, 22.4.2015, p. 1.

(3)

OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

(4)

Texts Adopted, P8_TA(2015)0376.

(5)

OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

(6)

Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 of 2 December 2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884).

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