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17.11.2017
PE 612.379v02-00 A8-0358/2017

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 as regards the changes to the resources for economic, social and territorial cohesion and to the resources for the Investment for growth and jobs goal and for the European territorial cooperation goal

(COM(2017)0565 – C8‑0342/2017 – 2017/0247(COD))

Committee on Regional Development

Rapporteur: Iskra Mihaylova

(Simplified procedure - Rule 50(1) of the Rules of Procedure)

ERRATA/ADDENDA
DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 ANNEX: LETTER OF THE COMMITTEE ON BUDGETS
 PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 as regards the changes to the resources for economic, social and territorial cohesion and to the resources for the Investment for growth and jobs goal and for the European territorial cooperation goal

(COM(2017)0565 – C8‑0342/2017 – 2017/0247(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2017)0565),

–  having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 177 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C8‑0342/2017),

–  having regard to Article 294(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  after consulting the European Economic and Social Committee,

–  after consulting the Committee of the Regions,

–  having regard to the letter of the Committee on Budgets,

–  having regard to Rule 59 of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Regional Development (A8-0358/2017),

1.  Adopts its position at first reading, taking over the Commission proposal;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it replaces, substantially amends or intends to substantially amend its proposal;

3.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The legislative proposal carries out a number of technical changes to the Common Provisions Regulation (CPR – Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013) in order to take into account the most recent statistical data available and to bring the figures in that regulation into line with the outcome of various financial decisions that have already been taken.

Firstly, the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014-2020 (MFF – Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013) provides in Article 7 for an adjustment of cohesion policy envelopes between 2016 and 2017. Article 92(3) of the CPR confirms this. The procedure provides for the adjustment of the total allocation for each Member State where the national GDP has changed by more than 5%. This is the case for 16 Member States. Furthermore, the figures also need to be adjusted in order to reflect the fact that Cyprus is newly eligible under the Cohesion Fund. The total increase to cohesion policy funds is capped at EUR 4 billion by Article 7(5) of the MFF, although the calculation itself would have led to a larger increase. Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/1941 has already modified the annual breakdowns by Member State.

Secondly, the figures shown in the CPR must reflect the transfers of appropriations between the various goals of cohesion policy. It is not normally possible to transfer appropriations between the ‘Investment for growth and jobs’ goal and the ‘European territorial cooperation’ goal. However, Article 94 of the CPR allows the Commission to authorise such transfers if certain conditions are met. The Commission authorised such a transfer in respect of Denmark in Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/1941, leading to a change in the total amounts allocated to each goal that the CPR should reflect.

Thirdly, the 2017 amendment to the MFF (Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 2017/1123) made a change to the rules on the margins left available below the ceilings for commitment appropriations of the MFF (Global MFF Margin), allowing those funds to be used, inter alia, for an extension of the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) for the 2017-2020 period. The European Parliament consented to this change in the context of the MFF revision. This requires a consequential amendment to the YEI figures in the CPR. The increase in EUR 1,2 billion for the YEI must be welcomed in view of the high youth unemployment rate in many parts of Europe, although it should be noted that improvements could still be made to the YEI scheme (see in particular the Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 5/2017).

Fourthly, in accordance with Article 19(1) of the MFF, a decision was adopted in 2015 (Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2015/623) to redistribute unused cohesion programme funds for 2014 (the first year of the current period) to the following years. The European Parliament consented to that decision at the time. The present proposal modifies the figures in the CPR in order to reflect that redistribution.

Your rapporteur notes that the present proposal carries out a series of technical modifications to the figures in the CPR in order to reflect various decisions already taken to update or adjust cohesion programme funding. These changes are the result either of purely technical calculations that the Commission must carry out under the provisions of the CPR, or of changes to the MFF to which Parliament has already consented. Parliament can therefore approve these changes without amendment. In view of the urgency of continuing the YEI, your rapporteur proposes that the committee should use the simplified procedure.

Nevertheless, Parliament notes that, for a variety of reasons, the Commission has made this proposal at a very late stage. It understands that close preparatory contacts took place with the Council in order to allow for a swift adoption there, but deplores the fact that no similar steps were taken in order to give Parliament advance notice of this urgent proposal. The Commission has severely tested Parliament’s goodwill in this regard, as there is no obvious reason why it could not give both co-legislators advance warning of this procedure. The Commission is called upon to give both co-legislators equal consideration in future.

The Committee on Regional Development held an extraordinary meeting on 13 November in order to discuss the proposal with the Commissioner responsible, Corina Creţu. In response to the Members’ criticism about the timing of the proposal, the Commissioner noted that the last of the decisions flowing in to this adjustment was taken by the Council in June 2017, and asked Members to excuse the delay in submitting the proposal, which arose from the administrative complexity inevitably attendant upon any amendment of the CPR. After an extensive debate in which the importance of maintaining the funding for the YEI was stressed, the committee approved the proposal, applying Rule 50(1) of the Rules of Procedure.


ANNEX: LETTER OF THE COMMITTEE ON BUDGETS

Letter of 9 November 2017 from Jean Arthuis, Chair of the Committee on Budgets to Iskra Mihaylova, Chair of the Committee on Regional Development

Subject: Report on the technical amendment to the Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013

Dear Chair,

The REGI committee is currently preparing its report on the technical amendment to the Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 as regards the changes to the resources for economic, social and territorial cohesion and to the resources for the investment for growth and jobs goal and for the European territorial cooperation goal (2017/0247 (COD)).

On behalf of the Committee on Budgets I would like to submit to you the following views in relation to this file.

The Committee on Budgets welcomes positively the technical adjustment of the cohesion envelopes, resulting in their EUR 4 billion increase (in 2011 prices). It has been, however, persistently vocal on the pressing need to pull the implementation of the 2014-2020 programmes into full swing, to ensure their timely management over the current MFF period and avoid a reconstruction of a payment backlog at the beginning of the post-2020 framework.

Aware of the pressing need to fight the youth unemployment, the Committee on Budgets has also constantly and repeatedly sought to increase the funding of the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI). The increase of EUR 1.2 billion in current prices for the specific allocation for the YEI, which was politically endorsed within the mid-term revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), and which needs to be complemented by at least EUR 1.2 billion from targeted ESF investment by 2020, has always been considered by our committee and the Parliament as insufficient.

Our committee notes, however, that this political agreement needs to be translated into the Common Provisions Regulation in order to provide a sound basis for updating the corresponding Member States’ operational programmes.

The Committee on Budgets calls therefore on the Committee on Regional Development, as the committee responsible, to agree to the proposed amendments to the Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013.

Within the annual budgetary procedure, our committee will do its utmost to make sure that the YEI funding needs are endowed with the necessary appropriations.

Yours sincerely,

Jean Arthuis


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Changes to the resources for economic, social and territorial cohesion and to the resources for the investment for growth and jobs goal and for the European territorial cooperation goal

References

COM(2017)0565 – C8-0342/2017 – 2017/0247(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

5.10.2017

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

REGI

23.10.2017

 

 

 

Committees asked for opinions

       Date announced in plenary

BUDG

23.10.2017

EMPL

23.10.2017

CULT

23.10.2017

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

BUDG

8.11.2017

EMPL

14.11.2017

CULT

9.11.2017

 

Rapporteurs

       Date appointed

Iskra Mihaylova

26.10.2017

 

 

 

Simplified procedure - date of decision

13.11.2017

Date adopted

13.11.2017

 

 

 

Date tabled

17.11.2017

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