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on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 as regards support to structural reforms in Member States

(COM(2017)0826 – C8‑0432/2017 – 2017/0336(COD))

Committee on Regional Development

Rapporteurs: Lambert van Nistelrooij, Constanze Krehl

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 OPINION of the Committee on Budgets
 OPINION of the Committee on Budgetary Control
 OPINION of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
 OPINION of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
 OPINION of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
 OPINION of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality
 PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE
 FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN 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 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 as regards support to structural reforms in Member States

(COM(2017)0826 – C8‑0432/2017 – 2017/0336(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2017)0826),

–  having regard to Article 294(2) and the third paragraph of Article 175 and Article 177 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C8‑0432/2017),

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

–  having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee of 14 March 2018(1),

–  after consulting the Committee of the Regions,

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

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Regional Development and also the opinions of the Committee on Budgets, the Committee on Budgetary Control, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (A8-0316/2018),

1.  Rejects the Commission proposal;

2.  Calls on the Commission to withdraw its proposal;

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

(1)

Not yet published in the Official Journal.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

This proposal, adopted by the Commission on 6 December 2017, seeks to amend the Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) in order to allow the performance reserve (6% of the resources allocated to the ERDF, ESF and CF Investment for Jobs and Growth Goal, to the EAFRD and to the EMFF) to be used for structural reforms instead of for the ‘specific priorities’ set out in Partnership Agreements. In particular, the proposal seeks to insert Articles 22(1a), 22(8) and 23a into the CPR, setting out the principles and procedures for using cohesion policy monies for structural reforms. In addition, consequential amendments affect the CPR’s provisions on its objective, definitions and reporting obligations accordingly.

The co-rapporteurs have given the proposal their fullest consideration, and have come to the conclusion that the proposal should be rejected.

Whilst the European Parliament did not originally support the concept of a performance reserve when the current cohesion package was adopted, the co-rapporteurs consider that it is important that the funds in the performance reserve are spent as originally intended, on cohesion projects, and are not diverted to structural reforms. This does not mean that structural reforms are not important: in other contexts, the Committee on Regional Development has supported an increase to the budget for structural reforms. However, local authorities and stakeholders are in most cases relying on the 6% set aside in the performance reserve in order to fund projects which are already planned up until the end of this programming period.

The Committee on Regional Development has held a number of consultations on this proposal, including exchanges of views in committee with Commission Vice-President Dombrovskis, the Commission services (both the Structural Reform Support Service and DG REGIO), the European Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions, the Council Presidency and the European Court of Auditors. The co-rapporteurs have the overall impression that support for the proposal is very weak across the board, with very few stakeholders supporting the proposed optional diversion of the performance reserve to fund structural reforms.


OPINION of the Committee on Budgets (30.8.2018)

for the Committee on Regional Development

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 as regards support to structural reforms in Member States

(COM(2017)0826 – C8‑0432/2017 – 2017/0336(COD))

Rapporteur for opinion (*) : Jens Geier

(*)  Associated committee – Rule 54 of the Rules of Procedure

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

The Rapporteur takes note of the Commission proposal to open the possibility to Member States to fully or partially allocate the performance reserve embedded in the regulation to support structural reform commitments by the Member States. The decision to use the performance reserve for structural reforms would be completely to the discretion of the Member States, which are asked to make an official proposal for this reallocation including measures for the reform implementation, milestones, targets and a timetable. The Commission would assess the proposal and adopt a decision by an implementing act

The possibility to use the performance reserve for structural reforms clearly undermines its original purpose and the purpose of cohesion policy, as the performance reserve was set up to allocate funds to ESIF-programmes that have reached their milestones. As the Commission will undertake a review of these programmes in 2019, programmes have been striving to achieve their milestones and have calculated with the funds from the performance reserve. If now Member States can decide to use the reserve for a different purpose, cohesion programmes may face financial insecurity and delays in implementation. The incentive for ESIF-programmes to be successful would vanish.

In addition, the amending regulation subordinates cohesion policy under the European Semester, although it has its own objectives laid down in the treaty.

The choice of direct management for the support of structural reforms with money that was supposed to go to cohesion policy would also breach with the cohesion policy’s principle of co-financing.

Further, the Commission does not clearly define structural reforms in its proposal, which makes the reallocation of money from the performance reserve more unclear.

Finally, the Commission justifies its proposal stating that is shall serve as a pilot project for the next MFF. However, the results from this pilot phase will not be able to be taken up in the design of the next MFF.

Considering all this, the Rapporteur proposes to reject the Commission proposal, as it is the best way of guaranteeing an efficient, autonomous and successful cohesion policy.

******

The Committee on Budgets calls on the Committee on Regional Development, as the committee responsible, to propose rejection of the Commission proposal.

PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

Title

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 as regards support to structural reforms in Member States

References

COM(2017)0826 – C8-0432/2017 – 2017/0336(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

REGI

14.12.2017

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

BUDG

14.12.2017

Associated committees - date announced in plenary

19.4.2018

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Jens Geier

23.4.2018

Discussed in committee

19.6.2018

10.7.2018

 

 

Date adopted

29.8.2018

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

30

1

2

Members present for the final vote

Nedzhmi Ali, Jean Arthuis, Reimer Böge, Gérard Deprez, Manuel dos Santos, José Manuel Fernandes, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Jens Geier, Esteban González Pons, Ingeborg Gräßle, Iris Hoffmann, Monika Hohlmeier, John Howarth, Bernd Kölmel, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Vladimír Maňka, Jan Olbrycht, Younous Omarjee, Răzvan Popa, Paul Rübig, Petri Sarvamaa, Patricija Šulin, Indrek Tarand, Isabelle Thomas, Inese Vaidere, Daniele Viotti, Tiemo Wölken, Marco Zanni

Substitutes present for the final vote

Xabier Benito Ziluaga, Janusz Lewandowski, Ivana Maletić, Ivan Štefanec, Marco Valli

FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

30

+

ALDE

Jean Arthuis

ECR

Zbigniew Kuźmiuk

EFDD

Marco Valli

ENF

Marco Zanni

GUE/NGL

Xabier Benito Ziluaga, Younous Omarjee

PPE

Reimer Böge, José Manuel Fernandes, Esteban González Pons, Ingeborg Gräßle, Monika Hohlmeier, Janusz Lewandowski, Ivana Maletić, Jan Olbrycht, Paul Rübig, Petri Sarvamaa, Ivan Štefanec, Patricija Šulin, Inese Vaidere

S&D

Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Jens Geier, Iris Hoffmann, John Howarth, Vladimír Maňka, Răzvan Popa, Manuel dos Santos, Isabelle Thomas, Daniele Viotti, Tiemo Wölken

VERTS/ALE

Indrek Tarand

1

-

ALDE

Nedzhmi Ali

2

0

ALDE

Gérard Deprez

ECR

Bernd Kölmel

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention


OPINION of the Committee on Budgetary Control (4.10.2018)

for the Committee on Regional Development

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 as regards support to structural reforms in Member States

(COM(2017)0826 – C8‑0432/2017 – 2017/0336(COD))

Rapporteur for opinion: Derek Vaughan

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

The Rapporteur takes note of the Commission proposal to offer the possibility to Member States to allocate, fully or partially, the performance reserve foreseen in the Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) to support structural reform commitments by the Member States. The decision to use the performance reserve for structural reforms would be completely at the discretion of the Member States, which must submit an official proposal for this reallocation, including measures for the reform implementation, milestones, targets and a timetable. The Commission would assess the proposal and adopt a decision by an implementing act.

The European Semester aims at enabling Member States to coordinate their economic policies by:

• ensuring sound public finances (avoiding excessive government debt)

• preventing excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the EU

• supporting structural reforms, to create more jobs and growth, and by

• boosting investment. 

Member States authorities set out their plans on how to use funding from the European Structural and Investment Funds between 2014 and 2020 in the Partnership Agreements, with subsequent approval by the European Commission.

It is Member States’ responsibility to propose concrete programmes and projects on which European Structural and Investment Funds will be spent.

The performance reserve aims at facilitating the focus on performance and attainment of the objectives of the Union strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, and consists of 6 % of the total allocation for the Investment for growth and jobs goal, as well as for the EARDF and for measures financed under shared management for the EMFF Regulation, established for each Member State.

The possibility to use the performance reserve for structural reforms clearly undermines its original purpose and the purpose of cohesion policy, as the performance reserve was set up to allocate funds to ESIF-programmes that have reached their milestones. As the Commission will undertake a review of these programmes in 2019, programmes have been striving to achieve their milestones and have calculated with the funds from the performance reserve. If now Member States can decide to use the reserve for a different purpose, cohesion programmes may face financial insecurity and delays in implementation. The incentive for ESIF-programmes to be successful would vanish.

******

The Committee on Budgetary Control calls on the Committee on Regional Development, as the committee responsible, to propose rejection of the Commission proposal.

PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

Title

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 as regards support to structural reforms in Member States

References

COM(2017)0826 – C8-0432/2017 – 2017/0336(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

REGI

14.12.2017

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

CONT

14.12.2017

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Derek Vaughan

4.9.2018

Date adopted

4.10.2018

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

10

6

1

Members present for the final vote

Nedzhmi Ali, Inés Ayala Sender, Zigmantas Balčytis, Jonathan Bullock, Luke Ming Flanagan, Ingeborg Gräßle, Arndt Kohn, Georgi Pirinski, José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Petri Sarvamaa, Claudia Schmidt, Bart Staes, Derek Vaughan, Tomáš Zdechovský, Dennis de Jong

Substitutes present for the final vote

Jean Arthuis, Richard Ashworth

FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

10

+

ALDE

GUE/NGL

EPP

S&D

Verts/ALE

Jean Arthuis

Luke Ming Flanagan, Dennis de Jong

José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez‑Neyra

Inés Ayala Sender, Zigmantas Balčytis, Arndt Kohn, Georgi Pirinski, Derek Vaughan

Bart Staes

6

-

ALDE

EPP

Nedzhmi Ali

Richard Ashworth, Ingeborg Gräßle, Petri Sarvamaa, Claudia Schmidt, Tomáš Zdechovský

1

0

EFDD

Jonathan Bullock

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention


OPINION of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (26.4.2018)

for the Committee on Regional Development

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 as regards support to structural reforms in Member States

(COM(2017)0826 – C8-0432/2017 – 2017/0336(COD))

Rapporteur for opinion: Adina-Ioana Vălean

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety calls on the Committee on Regional Development, as the committee responsible, to take into account the following amendments:

Amendment    1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3)  Any reallocation from the performance reserve should be subject to the fulfilment of commitments with respect to implementing reforms identified in the European Semester process. Priority should be given for the implementation of structural reforms which are expected to contribute most to the resilience of domestic economies and have positive spill-over effects on other Member States. These include reforms in product and labour markets, tax reforms, the development of capital markets, reforms to improve the business environment as well as investment in human capital and public administration reforms.

(3)  Any reallocation from the performance reserve should be subject to the fulfilment of commitments with respect to implementing reforms identified in the European Semester process. Priority should be given for the implementation of structural reforms which are expected to contribute most to the resilience of domestic economies and have positive spill-over effects on other Member States. These include reforms in product and labour markets, tax reforms, the development of capital markets, reforms to improve the business environment as well as investment in human capital and public administration reforms, provided that these reforms do not result in reduced standards and conditions in the labour markets, in production or in the products themselves.

PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

Title

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 as regards support to structural reforms in Member States

References

COM(2017)0826 – C8-0432/2017 – 2017/0336(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

REGI

14.12.2017

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

ENVI

14.12.2017

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Adina-Ioana Vălean

26.2.2018

Date adopted

25.4.2018

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

41

10

3

Members present for the final vote

Marco Affronte, Margrete Auken, Pilar Ayuso, Zoltán Balczó, Biljana Borzan, Lynn Boylan, Paul Brannen, Nessa Childers, Birgit Collin-Langen, Miriam Dalli, Seb Dance, Angélique Delahaye, Mark Demesmaeker, Stefan Eck, Bas Eickhout, José Inácio Faria, Francesc Gambús, Elisabetta Gardini, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Jens Gieseke, Julie Girling, Sylvie Goddyn, Françoise Grossetête, Andrzej Grzyb, Jytte Guteland, Anneli Jäätteenmäki, Benedek Jávor, Karin Kadenbach, Kateřina Konečná, Urszula Krupa, Giovanni La Via, Peter Liese, Joëlle Mélin, Susanne Melior, Rory Palmer, Bolesław G. Piecha, Julia Reid, Frédérique Ries, Michèle Rivasi, Davor Škrlec, Renate Sommer, Estefanía Torres Martínez, Adina-Ioana Vălean, Jadwiga Wiśniewska, Damiano Zoffoli

Substitutes present for the final vote

Cristian-Silviu Buşoi, Fredrick Federley, Anja Hazekamp, Norbert Lins, Alojz Peterle, Stanislav Polčák, Christel Schaldemose

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

Jude Kirton-Darling, Jeroen Lenaers

FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

41

+

ALDE

Fredrick Federley, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Anneli Jäätteenmäki, Frédérique Ries

PPE

Pilar Ayuso, Cristian-Silviu Buşoi, Birgit Collin-Langen, Angélique Delahaye, José Inácio Faria, Francesc Gambús, Jens Gieseke, Julie Girling, Françoise Grossetête, Andrzej Grzyb, Giovanni La Via, Jeroen Lenaers, Peter Liese, Norbert Lins, Alojz Peterle, Stanislav Polčák, Renate Sommer, Adina-Ioana Vălean

S&D

Biljana Borzan, Paul Brannen, Nessa Childers, Caterina Chinnici, Miriam Dalli, Seb Dance, Jytte Guteland, Karin Kadenbach, Jude Kirton-Darling, Susanne Melior, Rory Palmer, Christel Schaldemose, Damiano Zoffoli

Verts/ALE

Marco Affronte, Margrete Auken, Bas Eickhout, Benedek Jávor, Michèle Rivasi, Davor Škrlec

10

-

EFDD

Julia Reid

ENF

Sylvie Goddyn, Joëlle Mélin

GUE/NLG

Lynn Boylan, Stefan Eck, Anja Hazekamp, Kateřina Konečná, Estefanía Torres Martínez

NI

Zoltán Balczó

PPE

Elisabetta Gardini

3

0

ECR

Urszula Krupa, Bolesław G. Piecha, Jadwiga Wiśniewska

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention


OPINION of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (11.7.2018)

for the Committee on Regional Development

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 as regards support to structural reforms in Member States

(COM(2017)0826 – C8‑0432/2017 – 2017/0336(COD))

Rapporteur for opinion: Sofia Sakorafa

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

In an attempt to refute the criticism that EU Cohesion Funds strategic justification of - and accountability for- spending have been inadequate, an increased performance orientation was introduced in the 2014-2020 programming period. A performance framework was defined for each operational programme, detailing the investments' expected results and how progress towards these goals would be measured.

By 2019, a performance review will take place and the programmes and priorities that will have achieved the milestones and targets set, will gain access to the associated performance reserve (6 % of the resources allocated through the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund), while the ones that have seriously failed to achieve milestones may face penalties.

The Rapporteur is unpleasantly surprised by the Commission’s proposal, which in short, invites Member States to voluntarily concede, wholly or partly, the management of the performance reserve funds to the Commission’s eagerness to implement horizontal structural reforms linked to the European Semester.

First, she is of the opinion that Cohesion Policy and the European Semester do not share or serve the same goals. Ex-ante and macro-economic conditionalities represent a major risk to the achievement of sustainable, fair and balanced growth. The European Parliament has repeatedly underlined, that “an interaction with the European Semester should not impede the achievement of the Cohesion policy’s proper objectives as stipulated in the Treaties”(1). Diverting another 21 billion euro to cater for objectives strictly linked to the European economic governance process constitutes a clear deviation from the Cohesion Policy’s main purpose, to “reduce disparities in the level of development between regions”(2).

To redirect such a significant amount of funds will disturb the implementation and affect negatively the potential of the policy impact. Key and complementary Cohesion Policy principles such as, solidarity in practice, fair and just redistribution of wealth, and the very same performance incentive-reward logic, will be severely undermined.

From a procedural point of view, the Rapporteur expresses grave reservations. The proposal comes too late and is extremely unclear. The relevant changes will have a retroactive effect, could provoke budgetary disruptions on the agreed national annual tranches and may disturb already planned spending on specific projects.

The Rapporteur denounces that other EU funding instruments support structural reforms focusing on the European Semester in the current programming period. A reallocation of cohesion funds to the benefit of i.e. the Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP) has already taken place, while the Commission is now proposing a substantial increase of the SRSP financial envelope. Moreover, the balance could worsen in the future programming period 2021-2027. The Commission, while proposing a new Reform Support Programme of €25 billion budget, financed under the Flexibility instrument and separate to the EU Structural and Investment Funds, plans in parallel, a 7% cut on the overall Cohesion portfolio(3).

While shared management creates the impression of co-ownership, the decision of a Member State to use partially or in full the performance reserve to support structural reforms will signify a shift to direct management. Consequently, any proposal to undertake reform commitments will fall under the exclusive assessment, approval and management of the Commission.

By way of conclusion, the Rapporteur regrets that the proposal comes in full contradiction with recent Commission statements in the EP plenary (March 2018)(4). Since the Commission declared no intention to change the dates regarding the performance assessment and the allocation of the performance reserve, amending at this stage the orientation and management of the performance reserve would present a clear case of double standards.

Taking into consideration all the above, the Rapporteur considers that ITRE Committee should call on REGI Committee, as the committee responsible and on ECON and BUDG Committees, as associated committees, to reject the Commission proposal.

******

The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy calls on the Committee on Regional Development, as the committee responsible, to propose rejection of the Commission proposal.

PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

Title

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 as regards support to structural reforms in Member States

References

COM(2017)0826 – C8-0432/2017 – 2017/0336(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

REGI

14.12.2017

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

ITRE

14.12.2017

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Sofia Sakorafa

22.2.2018

Date adopted

10.7.2018

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

51

6

0

Members present for the final vote

Zigmantas Balčytis, Bendt Bendtsen, Xabier Benito Ziluaga, José Blanco López, Cristian-Silviu Buşoi, Jerzy Buzek, Angelo Ciocca, Edward Czesak, Jakop Dalunde, Pilar del Castillo Vera, Christian Ehler, Fredrick Federley, Adam Gierek, Theresa Griffin, Rebecca Harms, Barbara Kappel, Krišjānis Kariņš, Seán Kelly, Jeppe Kofod, Jaromír Kohlíček, Peter Kouroumbashev, Zdzisław Krasnodębski, Janusz Lewandowski, Edouard Martin, Tilly Metz, Csaba Molnár, Nadine Morano, Dan Nica, Angelika Niebler, Morten Helveg Petersen, Paul Rübig, Massimiliano Salini, Algirdas Saudargas, Sven Schulze, Neoklis Sylikiotis, Dario Tamburrano, Patrizia Toia, Evžen Tošenovský, Vladimir Urutchev, Kathleen Van Brempt, Henna Virkkunen, Lieve Wierinck, Hermann Winkler, Anna Záborská, Flavio Zanonato, Carlos Zorrinho

Substitutes present for the final vote

Michał Boni, Benedek Jávor, Olle Ludvigsson, Marisa Matias, Rupert Matthews, Gesine Meissner, Caroline Nagtegaal, Markus Pieper, Dominique Riquet

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

Romeo Franz, Ulrike Rodust

FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

51

+

ECR

Edward Czesak, Zdzisław Krasnodębski, Rupert Matthews, Evžen Tošenovský

EFDD

Dario Tamburrano

ENF

Angelo Ciocca, Barbara Kappel

GUE/NGL

Xabier Benito Ziluaga, Jaromír Kohlíček, Marisa Matias, Neoklis Sylikiotis

PPE

Bendt Bendtsen, Michał Boni, Cristian-Silviu Buşoi, Jerzy Buzek, Pilar del Castillo Vera, Christian Ehler, Krišjānis Kariņš, Seán Kelly, Janusz Lewandowski, Nadine Morano, Angelika Niebler, Markus Pieper, Paul Rübig, Massimiliano Salini, Algirdas Saudargas, Sven Schulze, Vladimir Urutchev, Henna Virkkunen, Hermann Winkler, Anna Záborská

S&D

Zigmantas Balčytis, José Blanco López, Adam Gierek, Theresa Griffin, Jeppe Kofod, Peter Kouroumbashev, Olle Ludvigsson, Edouard Martin, Csaba Molnár, Dan Nica, Ulrike Rodust, Patrizia Toia, Kathleen Van Brempt, Flavio Zanonato, Carlos Zorrinho

VERTS/ALE

Jakop Dalunde, Romeo Franz, Rebecca Harms, Benedek Jávor, Tilly Metz

6

-

ALDE

Fredrick Federley, Gesine Meissner, Caroline Nagtegaal, Morten Helveg Petersen, Dominique Riquet, Lieve Wierinck

0

0

 

 

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

(1)

Opinion of the Committee on Regional Development (20.2.2018), for the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, on the European Semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Growth Survey 2018, (2017/2226(INI)), point 4.

(2)

Consolidated version of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union - Part Three: Union Policies and Internal Actions - Title XVIII: Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion - Article 174 (ex Article 158 TEC), Official Journal 115, 09/05/2008 P. 0127 - 0127.

(3)

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions “A Modern Budget for a Union that Protects, Empowers and Defends The Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027”, COM(2018) 321 final, 2.5.2018, page 10.

(4)

EP Plenary, Strasbourg, Thursday, 15 March 2018, Thursday, major interpellation, Question for oral answer on behalf of REGI Committee on Performance reserve of the ESIF.


OPINION of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (2.10.2018)

for the Committee on Regional Development

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 as regards support to structural reforms in Member States

(COM(2017)0826 – C8‑0432/2017 – 2017/0336(COD))

Rapporteur for opinion: Daniel Buda

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

The Rapporteur takes note of the Commission proposal to open the possibility to Member States to fully or partially allocate the performance reserve embedded in the regulation to support structural reform commitments by the Member States. The decision to use the performance reserve for structural reforms would be completely to the discretion of the Member States, which are asked to make an official proposal for this reallocation including measures for the reform implementation, milestones, targets and a timetable. The Commission would assess the proposal and adopt a decision by an implementing act

The proposal of the European Commission intends to divert the amount allocated for the performance reserve to structural reforms. The current Common Provision Regulation (CPR) sets out in the Partnership Agreements that these allocations shall be used for specific priorities.

The rapporteur in the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development considers that the funds allocated to the performance reserve should be spent as initially intended, since they target projects funded through the European Agriculture and Rural Development Fund.

Since using the money allocated to the performance reserve for structural reforms could divert this away from investments in agriculture and rural development, the rapporteur proposes to reject the Commission proposal amending the CPR.

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The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development calls on the Committee on Regional Development, as the committee responsible, to propose rejection of the Commission proposal.

PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

Title

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 as regards support to structural reforms in Member States

References

COM(2017)0826 – C8-0432/2017 – 2017/0336(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

REGI

14.12.2017

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

AGRI

14.12.2017

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Daniel Buda

30.5.2018

Date adopted

1.10.2018

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

42

0

0

Members present for the final vote

John Stuart Agnew, Clara Eugenia Aguilera García, Eric Andrieu, Richard Ashworth, Daniel Buda, Nicola Caputo, Matt Carthy, Jacques Colombier, Michel Dantin, Paolo De Castro, Albert Deß, Jørn Dohrmann, Herbert Dorfmann, Norbert Erdős, Luke Ming Flanagan, Karine Gloanec Maurin, Esther Herranz García, Jan Huitema, Martin Häusling, Peter Jahr, Ivan Jakovčić, Jarosław Kalinowski, Philippe Loiseau, Mairead McGuinness, Nuno Melo, Giulia Moi, Ulrike Müller, James Nicholson, Maria Noichl, Marijana Petir, Bronis Ropė, Maria Lidia Senra Rodríguez, Ricardo Serrão Santos, Czesław Adam Siekierski, Tibor Szanyi, Marco Zullo

Substitutes present for the final vote

Franc Bogovič, Michela Giuffrida, Elsi Katainen, Anthea McIntyre, Momchil Nekov, Molly Scott Cato, Vladimir Urutchev, Thomas Waitz

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

Renata Briano

FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

41

+

ALDE

Jan Huitema, Ivan Jakovčić, Elsi Katainen, Ulrike Müller

ECR

Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Anthea McIntyre, James Nicholson

EFDD

John Stuart Agnew, Giulia Moi, Marco Zullo

ENF

Jacques Colombier, Philippe Loiseau

GUE/NGL

Matt Carthy, Luke Ming Flanagan, Maria Lidia Senra Rodríguez

PPE

Richard Ashworth, Franc Bogovič, Daniel Buda, Michel Dantin, Albert Deß, Herbert Dorfmann, Norbert Erdős, Esther Herranz García, Peter Jahr, Jarosław Kalinowski, Nuno Melo, Marijana Petir, Czesław Adam Siekierski, Vladimir Urutchev

S&D

Clara Eugenia Aguilera García, Eric Andrieu, Nicola Caputo, Paolo De Castro, Michela Giuffrida, Karine Gloanec Maurin, Momchil Nekov, Maria Noichl, Tibor Szanyi

VERTS/ALE

Bronis Ropė, Molly Scott Cato, Thomas Waitz

0

-

 

 

0

0

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention


OPINION of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (4.9.2018)

for the Committee on Regional Development

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 as regards support to structural reforms in Member States

(COM(2017)0826 – C8‑0432/2017 – 2017/0336(COD))

Rapporteur for opinion: Sirpa Pietikäinen

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The Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality calls on the Committee on Regional Development, as the committee responsible, to propose rejection of the Commission proposal.

PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

Title

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 as regards support to structural reforms in Member States

References

COM(2017)0826 – C8-0432/2017 – 2017/0336(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

REGI

14.12.2017

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

FEMM

14.12.2017

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Sirpa Pietikäinen

26.2.2018

Discussed in committee

9.7.2018

 

 

 

Date adopted

3.9.2018

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

22

1

0

Members present for the final vote

Maria Arena, Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea, Malin Björk, Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, Anna Hedh, Mary Honeyball, Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz, Florent Marcellesi, Krisztina Morvai, Maria Noichl, João Pimenta Lopes, Michaela Šojdrová, Anna Záborská, Maria Gabriela Zoană

Substitutes present for the final vote

José Inácio Faria, Eleonora Forenza, Jérôme Lavrilleux, Marc Tarabella, Mylène Troszczynski, Monika Vana, Julie Ward

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

Patrick O’Flynn, Patrizia Toia

FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

22

+

ALDE

Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea

ENF

Mylène Troszczynski

GUE/NGL

Malin Björk, Eleonora Forenza, João Pimenta Lopes

NI

Krisztina Morvai

PPE

José Inácio Faria, Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz, Jérôme Lavrilleux, Michaela Šojdrová, Anna Záborská

S&D

Maria Arena, Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, Anna Hedh, Mary Honeyball, Maria Noichl, Marc Tarabella, Patrizia Toia, Julie Ward, Maria Gabriela Zoană

VERTS/ALE

Florent Marcellesi, Monika Vana

1

-

EFDD

Patrick O'Flynn

0

0

 

 

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 as regards support to structural reforms in Member States

References

COM(2017)0826 – C8-0432/2017 – 2017/0336(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

6.12.2017

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

REGI

14.12.2017

 

 

 

Committees asked for opinions

       Date announced in plenary

BUDG

14.12.2017

CONT

14.12.2017

ECON

14.12.2017

EMPL

14.12.2017

 

ENVI

14.12.2017

ITRE

14.12.2017

TRAN

14.12.2017

AGRI

14.12.2017

 

PECH

14.12.2017

CULT

14.12.2017

FEMM

14.12.2017

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

EMPL

24.9.2018

TRAN

22.1.2018

PECH

24.1.2018

CULT

22.1.2018

Associated committees

       Date announced in plenary

BUDG

19.4.2018

ECON

19.4.2018

 

 

Rapporteurs

       Date appointed

Lambert van Nistelrooij

25.1.2018

Constanze Krehl

25.1.2018

 

 

Discussed in committee

25.4.2018

20.6.2018

10.7.2018

 

Date adopted

9.10.2018

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

26

2

2

Members present for the final vote

Pascal Arimont, Franc Bogovič, Tamás Deutsch, John Flack, Iratxe García Pérez, Krzysztof Hetman, Ivan Jakovčić, Marc Joulaud, Sławomir Kłosowski, Constanze Krehl, Martina Michels, Iskra Mihaylova, Andrey Novakov, Paul Nuttall, Younous Omarjee, Mirosław Piotrowski, Monika Smolková, Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, Lambert van Nistelrooij, Derek Vaughan, Kerstin Westphal

Substitutes present for the final vote

Daniel Buda, John Howarth, Elsi Katainen, Ivana Maletić, Laurenţiu Rebega, Bronis Ropė, Julie Ward, Maria Gabriela Zoană, Damiano Zoffoli

Date tabled

11.10.2018


FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

26

+

ECR

Sławomir Kłosowski, Mirosław Piotrowski, Laurenţiu Rebega

EFDD

Paul Nuttall

GUE/NGL

Martina Michels, Younous Omarjee

PPE

Pascal Arimont, Franc Bogovič, Daniel Buda, Tamás Deutsch, Krzysztof Hetman, Marc Joulaud, Ivana Maletić, Lambert van Nistelrooij, Andrey Novakov, Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso

S&D

Iratxe García Pérez, John Howarth, Constanze Krehl, Monika Smolková, Derek Vaughan, Julie Ward, Kerstin Westphal, Maria Gabriela Zoană, Damiano Zoffoli

VERTS/ALE

Bronis Ropė

2

-

ALDE

Elsi Katainen, Iskra Mihaylova

2

0

ALDE

Ivan Jakovčić

ECR

John Flack

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

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