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29.9.2016
PE 589.207v02-00 A8-0270/2016

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund

(COM(2016)0462 – C8‑0283/2016 – 2016/2165(BUD))

Committee on Budgets

Rapporteur: Georgios Kyrtsos

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION
 ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 ANNEX – LETTER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
 RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund

(COM(2016)0462 – C8‑0283/2016 – 2016/2165(BUD))

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2016)0462 – C8‑0283/2016),

  having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 of 11 November 2002 establishing the European Union Solidarity Fund(1),

  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(2), and in particular Article 10 thereof,

  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 11 thereof,

  having regard to the letter from the Committee on Regional Development,

  having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets (A8-0270/2016),

1.  Approves the decision annexed to this resolution;

2.  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;

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

(1)

OJ L 311, 14.11.2002, p. 3.

(2)

OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884.

(3)

OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.


ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

on the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund to provide assistance to Greece

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 Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 of 11 November 2002 establishing the European Union Solidarity Fund(1), and in particular Article 4(3) thereof,

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(2), and in particular point 11 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)  The European Union Solidarity Fund ('the Fund') aims to enable the Union to respond in a rapid, efficient and flexible manner to emergency situations in order to show solidarity with the population of regions struck by natural disasters.

(2)  The Fund is not to exceed a maximum annual amount of EUR 500 000 000 (2011 prices), as laid down in Article 10 of Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013(3).

(3)  On 5 February 2016, Greece submitted an application to mobilise the Fund, following an earthquake that affected the Ionian Islands in November 2015.

(4)  The application by Greece meets the conditions for providing a financial contribution from the Fund, as laid down in Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002.

(5)  The Fund should therefore be mobilised in order to provide a financial contribution to Greece.

(6)  By Decision (EU) 2016/252 of the European Parliament and of the Council(4) the European Union Solidarity Fund was mobilised to provide the sum of EUR 50 million in commitment and payment appropriations for the payment of advances for the financial year 2016. Those appropriations have only been used to a very limited extent. Consequently, there is scope for financing the full amount for the present mobilisation through the reallocation of appropriations available for the payment of advances in the general budget of the Union for the financial year 2016.

(7)  In order to minimise the time taken to mobilise the Fund, this Decision should apply from the date of its adoption,

HAVE ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

For the general budget of the Union for the financial year 2016, the European Union Solidarity Fund shall be mobilised to provide the amount of EUR 1 651 834 to Greece, in commitment and payment appropriations.

The amount of the mobilisation referred to in the first paragraph shall be financed from the appropriations mobilised for the payment of advances in the Union budget for the financial year 2016. The appropriations available for the payment of advances shall be reduced accordingly.

Article 2

This Decision shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

It shall apply from … [the date of its adoption].(5)*

Done at

For the European Parliament  For the Council

The President  The President

(1)

  OJ L 311, 14.11.2002, p. 3.

(2)

  OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p.1.

(3)

  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).

(4)

  Decision (EU) 2016/252 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2015 on the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund for the payment of advances (OJ L 47, 24.2.2016, p. 5).

(5)

Date to be inserted by the Parliament before the publication in OJ.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The Commission proposes to mobilise the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) to grant financial assistance relating to a disaster in Greece (earthquakes affecting the Ionian Islands region, in particular the island of Lefkada, northern parts of Ithaki and Kefalonia) occurred on 17 November 2015.

The earthquakes reached magnitude 6.1 on the Richter scale. Two people lost their lives, eight were wounded, 120 housing units damaged, of which 20 were considered unsuitable for living. Extensive damage to infrastructure networks, buildings and cultural sites was reported. Some of the most important beaches in terms of tourism were destructed on Lefkada.

The Greek authorities initially estimated total direct damage caused by the disaster at EUR 65 919 000. On 9 March 2016 this amount was updated upwards at EUR 66 073 345. As this represents 2,1% of the regional GDP of the concerned NUTS 2 region Ionian Islands (based on 2014 Eurostat figures) and exceeds the 1,5% threshold of regional GDP, the disaster qualifies as a “regional disaster” within the meaning of Article 2(3) of the EUSF Regulation.

The cost of eligible essential emergency operations, as defined in Article 3 of the Regulation, has been estimated by the Greek authorities at EUR 52,374 million, out of which over EUR 38 million concern the transport sector and over EUR 7 million concern the protection of cultural heritage.

The affected region falls under the category of "less developed regions" under the European Structural and Investment Funds (2014-2020). The Greek authorities have not signalled to the Commission their intention to reallocate funding from the ESI Fund programme towards recovery measures.

Upon Greece’s request, the Commission awarded on 18 March 2016 an advance of EUR 164 798, i.e. 10% of the anticipated Fund contribution, in line with Article 4a(2) of the EUSF Regulation.

In line with past practice, the Commission proposes to apply the rate of 2,5 % of total direct damage for all damage up to the threshold. The total amount of aid proposed is therefore EUR 1 651 834 EUR.

After the deduction of the already paid advances of 10 %, the remaining balance to be paid is EUR 1 487 036.

At the time of the adoption of the Budget 2016, an amount of EUR 50 000 000 in commitment and payment appropriations was entered into the budget for the payment of advances. Invoking Point 11 of the IIA which provides for the possibility to reallocate appropriations, the Commission proposes to mobilise the Fund by drawing on this already mobilised amount, earmarked specifically for payment of advances, to pay the remaining balance of EUR 1 487 036.

The proposed mobilisation would not require an amendment to the 2016 budget and a draft amending budget.

This operation would leave an amount of EUR 48 348 166 available for payment of any further advances in 2016 if need be, which the Commission assesses as sufficient to cover any possible new applications received during the remaining months of 2016.

This is the first mobilisation decision of 2016 and the total amount of aid proposed complies with the ceiling provisions for the EU Solidarity Fund as set in the MFF Regulation of EUR 552 million (i.e. EUR 500 million in 2011 prices).

The Rapporteur recommends the swift approval of the Commission proposal for a decision annexed to this report, in sign of solidarity with the affected Greek regions.


ANNEX – LETTER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Mr Jean ARTHUIS

Chairman

Committee on Budgets

European Parliament

Dear Mr. Arthuis,

Subject:  Mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund in favour of Greece

The European Commission has transmitted to the European Parliament its proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund (COM(2016)0462), on the basis of applications to mobilise the Fund submitted by Greece in relation to the earthquake that effected the Ionian Islands in November 2015.

The Commission proposes the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund, estimating the damage caused by the disaster as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

Disaster

Direct damage(million €)

 

2,5% of direct damage up to threshold(€)

 

6% of direct damage above threshold

Total amount of aid proposed(€)

 

GREECE

66,073

1 651 834

-

1 651 834

TOTAL

1 651 834

In the light of the examination of this application and considering the maximum possible grant from the Fund, the Commission proposes to mobilise the Fund for EUR 1 651 834 from the EUR 50 000 000 specifically mobilised for advances on the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2016.

The Committee coordinators have assessed this proposal, and asked me to write to you reporting that the majority of this Committee has no objection to this mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund to allocate the above-mentioned amount as proposed by the Commission.

Yours sincerely,

Iskra MIHAYLOVA


RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Date adopted

28.9.2016

 

 

 

Result of final vote

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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, Esteban González Pons, Ingeborg Gräßle, Monika Hohlmeier, Bernd Kölmel, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Vladimír Maňka, Ernest Maragall, Siegfried Mureşan, Liadh Ní Riada, Urmas Paet, Pina Picierno, Paul Rübig, Petri Sarvamaa, Patricija Šulin, Eleftherios Synadinos, Paul Tang, Indrek Tarand, Isabelle Thomas, Inese Vaidere, Monika Vana, Auke Zijlstra

Substitutes present for the final vote

Andrey Novakov, Marco Valli

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