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A8-0351/2016

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P8_TA(2016)0473

REPORT     
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25.11.2016
PE 594.114v02-00 A8-0351/2016

on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument to finance immediate budgetary measures to address the on-going migration, refugee and security crisis

(COM(2016)0313 – C8‑0246/2016 – 2016/2120(BUD))

Committee on Budgets

Rapporteur: Jens Geier

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION
 ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL
 OPINION of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
 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 Flexibility Instrument to finance immediate budgetary measures to address the on-going migration, refugee and security crisis

(COM(2016)0313 – C8‑0246/2016 – 2016/2120(BUD))

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2016)0313 – C8‑0246/2016),

–  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 ,

–  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 12 thereof,

–  having regard to the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017, which the Commission adopted on 18 July 2016 (COM(2016)0300), as amended by Letter of amendment No 1/2017 (COM(2016)0679),

–  having regard to the position on the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017, which the Council adopted on 12 September 2016 and forwarded to Parliament on 14 September 2016 (11900/2016 – C8-0373/2016),

–  having regard to its position of 26 October 2016 on the 2017 draft general budget(3),

–  having regard to the joint text approved by the Conciliation Committee on 17 November 2016 (14635/2016 – C8-0470/2016),

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets and the opinion of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (A8-0351/2016),

A.  whereas after having examined all possibilities for re-allocating commitment appropriations under heading 3, 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 2017 beyond the ceiling of heading 3 by the amount of EUR 530 million to finance measures in the field of migration, refugees and security;

C.  whereas the total amount of the Flexibility Instrument for the financial year 2017 is therefore fully exhausted;

1.  Notes that the 2017 ceilings for heading 3 do not allow for an adequate financing of urgent measures in the field of migration, refugees and security;

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

3.  Agrees furthermore to the proposed allocation of the corresponding payment appropriations of EUR 238,3 million in 2017, EUR 91 million in 2018, EUR 141,9 million in 2019 and EUR 58,8 million in 2020;

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 and reiterates its position expressed in the framework of the MFF mid-term review/revision that the annual amount of the Flexibility Instrument be increased to 2bn;

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.

(1)

OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884.

(2)

OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

(3)

Texts adopted, P8_TA(2016)0411.


ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

on the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument to finance immediate budgetary measures to address the on-going migration, refugee and security 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(1), and in particular point 12 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas,

(1)  The Flexibility Instrument is intended 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)  The ceiling on the annual amount available for the Flexibility Instrument is EUR 471 million (2011 prices), as laid down in Article 11 of Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013(2).

(3)  Due to the urgent needs, it is necessary to mobilise significant additional amounts to finance measures to alleviate the ongoing migration, refugee and security crisis.

(4)  After having examined all possibilities for re-allocating appropriations under the expenditure ceiling for heading 3 (Security and citizenship), it appears necessary to mobilise the Flexibility Instrument to supplement the financing available in the general budget of the Union for the financial year 2017, beyond the ceilings of heading 3 by the amount of EUR 530,0 million to finance measures in the field of migration, refugees and security.

(5)  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 at EUR 238,3 million in 2017, EUR 91,0 million in 2018, EUR 141,9 million in 2019 and EUR 58,8 million in 2020.

(6)  In order to minimise the time taken to mobilise the Flexibility Instrument, this Decision should apply from the beginning of the financial year 2017,

HAVE ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

1.  For the general budget of the Union for the financial year 2017, the Flexibility Instrument shall be mobilised to provide the amount of EUR 530,0 million in commitment appropriations in heading 3 (Security and citizenship).

That amount shall be used to finance measures for managing the ongoing migration, refugee and security 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:

(a) EUR 238,3 million in 2017;

(b) EUR 91,0 million in 2018;

(c) EUR 141,9 million in 2019;

(d) EUR 58,8 million in 2020.

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

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 1 January 2017.

Done at Brussels,

For the European Parliament  For the Council

The President  The President

(1)

  OJ C 373, 20.12.2013, p. 1.

(2)

  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).


OPINION of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (17.11.2016)

for the Committee on Budgets

on the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument to finance immediate budgetary measures to address the on-going migration, refugee and security crisis

(2016/2120(BUD))

Rapporteur: Monica Macovei

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 into its motion for a resolution:

1.  Notes the proposed mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument under heading 3 in the draft General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 for an amount of EUR 530 million and recalls that this translates to the full amount available for this instrument in 2017 under the current MFF rules; reiterates that budgetary flexibility has its limits and can only be a short-term solution for unexpected events that then need to be addressed with ordinary budget lines; stresses, however, that this amount is insufficient to meet the growing challenges;

2.   Acknowledges that the financial impact of the current internal security crises, as well as of the humanitarian and migratory challenges, were not accounted for when the current MFF was adopted in 2013; recalls that the Flexibility Instrument has to be used for clearly identified expenses which cannot be covered within the limits of the ceilings available for one or more other headings; regrets that the Commission did not use the opportunity of the MFF mid-term revision to adjust the ceiling of heading 3 accordingly;

3.  Emphasises that, even with the systematic mobilisation of the totality of the Flexibility Instrument under heading 3 in the coming years, the financial resources available will not be sufficient to tackle the increased needs; considers as essential, therefore, a fair distribution of funding according to priorities, in full transparency and accountability;

4.  Welcomes the proposal of the Commission in the context of the MFF mid-term revision which aims to increase the capability of the budget to react quickly and adequately to unforeseen events; points in particular to the proposal for the creation of a new European Union Crisis Reserve to be financed from de-committed appropriations as well as the doubling in size of the Flexibility Instrument and the Emergency Aid Reserve; stresses that the changes introduced in the MFF mid-term revision should secure the budgetary stability and predictability for the remainder of the MFF 2014-2020;

5.  Recalls that the fair and transparent distribution of funding between the different objectives of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (Fund) was a priority for Parliament during the negotiations leading to the adoption of Regulation (EU) No 516/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council(1) , which established the Fund; calls on the Commission to increase the number of budget lines under the Fund accordingly, in order to facilitate a better readability and transparency of how the financial resources allocated to the different objectives and thus to those budgetary lines will be spent; calls on the Commission, in particular, to separate expenditure on enhancing fair return strategies from expenditure on legal migration and promoting the effective integration of third-country nationals in all future draft budgets as proposed in paragraph 12 of the Opinion of 24.9.2014 of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs for the Committee on Budgets on the Council position on the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2015 (2014/2040(BUD))(2).

RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

Date adopted

17.11.2016

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

38

3

2

Members present for the final vote

Malin Björk, Caterina Chinnici, Frank Engel, Tanja Fajon, Mariya Gabriel, Kinga Gál, Ana Gomes, Nathalie Griesbeck, Sylvie Guillaume, Jussi Halla-aho, Monika Hohlmeier, Filiz Hyusmenova, Sophia in ‘t Veld, Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann, Marju Lauristin, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Monica Macovei, Roberta Metsola, Claude Moraes, József Nagy, Péter Niedermüller, Judith Sargentini, Birgit Sippel, Branislav Škripek, Csaba Sógor, Helga Stevens, Traian Ungureanu, Bodil Valero, Harald Vilimsky, Josef Weidenholzer, Kristina Winberg, Tomáš Zdechovský

Substitutes present for the final vote

Anna Hedh, Teresa Jiménez-Becerril Barrio, Ska Keller, Jeroen Lenaers, Andrejs Mamikins, Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz, Christine Revault D’Allonnes Bonnefoy, Barbara Spinelli

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

Verónica Lope Fontagné, Mylène Troszczynski, Tom Vandenkendelaere

(1)

  Regulation (EU) No 516/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 establishing the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, amending Council Decision 2008/381/EC and repealing Decisions No 573/2007/EC and No 575/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Council Decision 2007/435/EC (OJ L 150, 20.5.2014, p. 168).

(2)

  PE536.206v03-00.


RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Date adopted

24.11.2016

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

32

4

1

Members present for the final vote

Nedzhmi Ali, Jonathan Arnott, Jean Arthuis, Richard Ashworth, Reimer Böge, Lefteris Christoforou, Jean-Paul Denanot, Gérard Deprez, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Jens Geier, Ingeborg Gräßle, Iris Hoffmann, Monika Hohlmeier, Bernd Kölmel, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Vladimír Maňka, Ernest Maragall, Clare Moody, Siegfried Mureşan, Victor Negrescu, Liadh Ní Riada, Younous Omarjee, Urmas Paet, Pina Picierno, Paul Rübig, Patricija Šulin, Eleftherios Synadinos, Indrek Tarand, Inese Vaidere, Monika Vana, Daniele Viotti, Marco Zanni, Auke Zijlstra, Stanisław Żółtek

Substitutes present for the final vote

Ivana Maletić, Andrey Novakov, Tomáš Zdechovský

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