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<Titre>on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund  to provide assistance to Greece and France in relation to natural disasters and to Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain in relation to a public health emergency</Titre>

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<Commission>{BUDG}Committee on Budgets</Commission>

Rapporteur: <Depute>Eider Gardiazabal Rubial</Depute>

MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION
 ANNEX: DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 LETTER OF THE COMMITTEE ON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
 INFORMATION ON ADOPTION IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE
 FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL 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 to provide assistance to Greece and France in relation to natural disasters and to Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Spain in relation to a public health emergency

(COM(2021)0201 – C9‑0117/2021 – 2021/0077(BUD))

The European Parliament,

 having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2021)0201 – C9‑0117/2021),

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

 having regard to Regulation (EU) No 461/2020 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 March 2020 amending Council Regulation 2012/2002 in order to provide financial assistance to Member States and to countries negotiating their accession to the Union that are seriously affected by a major public health emergency[2],

 having regard to Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2020/2093 of 17 December 2020 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2021 to 2027[3], and in particular Article 9 thereof,

 having regard to the Interinstitutional Agreement of 16 December 2020 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management, as well as on new own resources, including a roadmap towards the introduction of new own resources[4], in particular point 10 thereof,

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

 having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets (A9-0157/2021),

1. Welcomes the decision as a concrete, tangible and visible form of the Union’s solidarity with the Union’s citizens and regions hit by natural disasters and the major public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020;

2. Applauds the widening of the scope of Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 from March 2020 to include major public health emergencies, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic;

3. Expresses empathy and solidarity with all the victims of devastating natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic;

4. Stresses the urgent need to release financial assistance through the European Union Solidarity Fund (the ‘Fund’)  and the importance of ensuring that it adequately reaches the regions and beneficiaries in the affected countries;

5. Regrets the considerable amount of time taken to assess the applications for financial assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 submitted by the official final deadline of 24 June 2020, resulting in the Commission submitting its proposal for the mobilisation of the Fund only at the end of March 2021; underlines the importance of the rapid mobilisation of the Fund in the future to provide much-needed relief after major natural disasters or major public health emergencies;

6. Points out that, due to climate change, natural disasters will become increasingly violent and recurrent; stresses that certain regions, such as islands and coastal regions, are particularly at risk of being affected by natural disasters; emphasises that the Fund is only a curative instrument and that climate change requires first and foremost a preventive policy to avert the future consequences of climate change in line with the Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal; reiterates the importance of investing in climate mitigation and adaptation for particularly vulnerable regions and of ensuring effective synergies between the Fund and relevant Union funding programmes;

7. Approves the decision annexed to this resolution;

8. 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;

9. 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 European Union Solidarity Fund to provide assistance to Greece and France in relation to natural disasters and to Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain in relation to a public health emergency

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[5], and in particular Article 4(3) thereof,

 

Having regard to the Interinstitutional Agreement of 16 December 2020 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management, as well as on new own resources, including a roadmap towards the introduction of new own resources[6], and in particular point 10 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 major or regional natural disasters or a major public health emergency.

(2) The Fund is not to exceed the ceilings as laid down in Article 9 of Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 2020/2093[7]. In accordance with Article 9(2) and 9(4) of that Regulation, the maximum amount that can be mobilised by the Fund from the 2021 allocation until 1 September 2021 is EUR 477 543 750. In accordance with Article 4a (4) of Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002, the amount of EUR 50 000 000 has already been inscribed in the general budget for the financial year 2021 (in commitments and payments) for the payment of advances. In addition, an amount of EUR 47 981 598 of the 2020 allocation was not used until the end of that year and is carried over to 2021. Therefore, the maximum amount available under the EUSF at this point in 2021 is EUR 525 525 348, which is enough to cover the needs under this Decision.

(3) On 29 October 2020, Greece submitted an application to mobilise the Fund, following the floods in August 2020 in Sterea Ellada.

(4) On 9 December 2020, Greece submitted an application to mobilise the Fund, following the damages caused by the cyclone Ianos in September 2020 that affected the Regions of Ionia Nisia, Sterea Ellada, Ditiki Ellada, Thessalia and Peloponnisos.

(5) On 22 January 2021, Greece submitted an application to mobilise the Fund, following the earthquake in October 2020 that affected the islands of Samos, Ikaria and Chios.

(6) On 21 December 2020, France submitted an application to mobilise the Fund,  following the damages caused by Storm Alex in Provence-Alpes-Côtes d’Azur region in October 2020.

(7) By 24 June 2020, Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Spain  submitted applications to mobilise the Fund in relation to the major public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.

(8) The applications by those States meet the conditions for providing a financial contribution from the Fund, as laid down in Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002.

(9) The Fund should therefore be mobilised in order to provide a financial contribution to Greece and France in relation to the natural disasters and to Albania, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain in relation to the major public health emergency.

(10)  In the case of Croatia, since the advance already paid exceeds the final aid amount, no further amount needs to be mobilised and the unduly paid advance will be recovered in accordance with Article 4a of Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002.

(11) 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 2021, the European Union Solidarity Fund shall be mobilised as follows in commitment and payment appropriations in relation to natural disasters:

(a) the amount of EUR 3 300 100 shall be provided to Greece in relation to the floods in Sterea Ellada, including the amount of EUR 330 010 as advance payment;

(b) the amount of EUR 21 588 519 shall be provided to Greece in relation to cyclone Ianos, including the amount of EUR 2 158 852 as advance payment;

(c) the amount of EUR 2 531 301 shall be provided to Greece in relation to the earthquake in the islands of Samos, Chios and Ikaria, including the amount of EUR 253 131 as advance payment;

(d) the amount of EUR 59 325 000 shall be provided to France in relation to the storm Alex, including the amount of EUR 5 932 500 as advance payment.

 

Article 2

For the general budget of the Union for the financial year 2021, the European Union Solidarity Fund shall be mobilised as follows in commitment and payment appropriations in relation to a major public health emergency:

(a)  the amount of EUR 905 271 shall be provided to Albania;

(b)  the amount of EUR 31 755 580 shall be provided to Austria;

(c)  the amount of EUR 37 298 777 shall be provided to Belgium;

(d)  the amount of EUR 17 373 205 shall be provided to Czechia ;

(e)  the amount of EUR 3 588 755 shall be provided to Estonia;

(f)  the amount of EUR 91 365 053 shall be provided to France;

(g)  the amount of EUR 13 648 386 shall be provided to Germany;

(h)  the amount of EUR 3 994 022 shall be provided to Greece;

(i)  the amount of EUR 13 136 857 shall be provided to Hungary;

(j)  the amount of EUR 20 480 330 shall be provided to Ireland;

(k)  the amount of EUR 76 271 930 shall be provided to Italy;

(l)  the amount of EUR 1 177 677 shall be provided to Latvia;

(m)  the amount of EUR 2 828 291 shall be provided to Lithuania;

(n)  the amount of EUR 2 857 025 shall be provided to Luxembourg;

(o)  the amount of EUR 199 505 shall be provided to Montenegro;

(p)  the amount of EUR 18 039 670 shall be provided to Portugal;

(q)  the amount of EUR 13 926 870 shall be provided to Romania;

(r)  the amount of EUR 11 968 276 shall be provided to Serbia;

(s)  the amount of EUR 36 639 441 shall be provided to Spain.

 

Article 3

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].

Done at Brussels,

For the European Parliament For the Council

The President  The President

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The Commission proposes to mobilise the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) to grant financial assistance for natural disasters in Greece and France between August and October 2020 and to 17 Member States and 3 accession countries in relation to the Covid-19 public health emergency in 2020.

Natural disasters in Greece and France

 

The three disasters in Greece and the disaster in France are qualified as ‘regional natural disasters’ in accordance with Article 2(3)of the EUSF Regulation, i.e. a natural disaster in a NUTS 2-level region resulting in direct damage exceeding 1.5% of that region's GDP or 1.5% of weighted GDP in the case of a multi-regional disaster.

 

Floods in Sterea Ellada, Greece (August 2020)

On 9 August 2020, Storm “Thalia” caused torrential rainfall (300mm of rain in 8 hours), intense thunderstorms and strong winds. The torrential rain caused two rivers to burst their banks, blocked roads and led to the flooding of 3,000 homes. The six main bridges across the Lilas River collapsed. The extreme weather caused extensive damage to the electricity grid, public infrastructure and private housing, and a significant chunk of the regional road network was rendered unusable. The rapid rainfall caused flash floods and landslides, claiming eight lives.

The Greek authorities estimate total direct damage at EUR 132 004 000 or 1.54% of the GDP of the Sterea Ellada region, i.e. above the threshold of EUR 128 286 000. The application from Greece is therefore eligible for a contribution from the EUSF.

Cyclone Ianos in Greece (September 2020)

Cyclone Ianos, a rare Mediterranean tropical-like cyclone, hit Greece between 17 and 20 September 2020, with winds of up to 120 km/h, torrential rain and flooding. Four people lost their lives and there was huge damage to houses and infrastructure. Heavy rainfall also caused storm surges and led to the cities of Karditsa and Mouzaki being flooded for several days. A state of emergency was declared for the islands of Ithaca, Kefalonia, and Zakynthos due to widespread flooding and power cuts.

The application relates to five NUTS 2-level regions (Ionia Nisia, Sterea Ellada, Ditiki Ellada, Thessalia, Peloponnisos). The Greek authorities estimate the total direct damage at EUR 863 540 756 or 11.08% of the weighted GDP of the five regions, i.e. above the threshold of EUR 116 933 271. The application from Greece is therefore eligible for a contribution from the EUSF.

Earthquake on the islands of Samos, Ikaria and Chios, Greece (October 2020)

On 30 October 2020, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck about 14km northeast of the Greek island of Samos, with some 150 aftershocks recorded in the three days thereafter. The initial earthquake caused three tsunami waves up to 1.5m high, which swept across parts of northern Samos. The earthquake and tsunami caused damage on the islands of Samos, Ikaria and Chios, killing two and injuring 19 people due to the collapse of buildings and to falling fragments. Churches, schools, museums and private houses suffered damage, as did a significant part of the road network.

The Greek authorities estimate the total direct damage at EUR 101 252 020. The damage caused represents 39.72% of the GDP of the Voreio Aigaio region and thus exceeds the threshold of EUR 38 239 500. The application from Greece is therefore eligible for a contribution from the EUSF.

Storm Alex in Provence-Alpes-Côtes d’Azur region, France (October 2020)

Storm Alex swept across France from 1 to 4 October 2020, causing particularly severe damage in the Provence-Alpes-Côtes d’Azur region with once-in-a-century rainfall intensity triggering landslides, flash flooding and severe erosion. Hundreds of houses were affected and nine people died. The hardest hit municipalities, in the Roya, Tiné and Vésubia valleys, were cut off due to damage to water, electricity and road networks. The storm caused significant damage to public and private property, to road and rail infrastructure and to electricity grids.

The French authorities estimate total direct damage at EUR 2 373 000 000. The damage caused represents 1.5% of the GDP of the Provence-Alpes-Côtes d’Azur region and thus exceeds the threshold of EUR 2 372 040 600. The application from France is therefore eligible for a contribution from the EUSF.

Summary

In the case of natural disasters, the Commission applies the following method for determining aid amounts: a country receives 2.5% of the total amount of eligible public expenditure up to the country-specific threshold for major health emergencies (i.e. 0.6 % of GNI or EUR 3 billion in 2011 prices, whichever is the lower amount), plus 6% for any public expenditure exceeding the threshold.

The table below provides an overview of the applications and payments in relation to natural disasters.

Member State

Total direct damage

 

 

(EUR)

Applied regional disaster threshold
[1.5% of GDP]

( EUR)

Total amount of aid proposed

(EUR)

 

2.5% of total direct damage

Advances

 

 

(EUR)

GREECE

floods Sterea Ellada

132 004 000

128 286 000

3 300 100

330 010

GREECE

cyclone Ianos

863 540 756

116 933 271

21 588 519

2 158 852

GREECE

earthquake

101 252 020

38 239 500

2 531 301

253 131

FRANCE

storm Alex

2 373 000 000

2 372 040 600

59 325 000

5 932 500

TOTAL

86 744 920

8 674 493

 

Covid-19 applications

 

In 2020, as part of the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, the EUSF Regulation was amended to include major public health emergencies within the scope of the Fund[8], meaning that Covid-19-related spending is eligible for EUSF support.

The Commission received 22 applications for a financial contribution from the EUSF from 19 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain) and three accession countries (Albania, Montenegro and Serbia). Croatia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Portugal and Spain requested and received an advance on the anticipated contribution from the EUSF in accordance with Article 4a of the EUSF Regulation. The amount paid as an advance is deducted from the final payment.

The Commission assessed all applications in a single package to ensure consistent and equal treatment. It is to be noted that, following the assessment and exchanges with the Polish and Slovenian authorities, it was determined that the total direct public expenditure reported had been overestimated and therefore had to be reduced, meaning that both Member States’ total public expenditure remained below the threshold for EUSF support.

In the case of major public health emergencies, the Commission applies a similar method for determining aid amounts as for natural disasters: a country receives 2.5% of the total amount of eligible public expenditure up to the country-specific threshold, plus 6% for any public expenditure exceeding the threshold. As this calculation led to a total amount for all countries exceeding the available budget, the amounts per country were reduced on a pro rata basis.

 

Country

Total claimed public expenditure
(EUR)

Total eligible public expenditure accepted by the EC (EUR)

Major public health emergency threshold

(million EUR)

Potential aid amount

(EUR)

 

Pro-rata aid

 amount

(EUR)

 

Advance paid

Amount for balance payment to be mobilised

(EUR)

Albania

54 998 000

54 755 654

38,852

1 925 519

905 271

0

905 271

Austria

2 111 595 244

1 798 883 065

1 153,959

67 544 419

31 755 580

0

31 755 580

Belgium

2 192 550 000

2 132 102 000

1 388,322

79 334 850

37 298 777

0

37 298 777

Croatia

658 771 839

358 524 373

151,638

16 204 132

7 618 270

8 462 280

0[9]

Czechia

1 832 510 000

959 231 097

588,597

36 952 971

17 373 205

0

17 373 205

Estonia

173 328 000

171 932 664

76,647

7 633 315

3 588 755

0

3 588 755

France

7 011 813 781

4 284 611 574

1 792,639

194 334 329

91 365 053

0

91 365 053

Germany

2 079 000 000

2 079 000 000

1 792,639

61 997 635

29 147 795

15 499 409

13 648 386

Greece

623 925 000

623 925 000

551,220

18 142 800

8 529 722

4 535 700

3 994 022

Hungary

1 997 208 000

1 632 956 193

385,263

84 493 167

39 723 926

26 587 069

13 136 857

Ireland

1 997 000 000

1 996 328 000

762,921

93 077 445

43 759 771

23 279 441

20 480 330

Italy

3 755 558 000

3 749 558 000

1 792,639

162 231 115

76 271 930

0

76 271 930

Latvia

178 626 000

91 884 602

85,947

2 504 931

1 177 677

0

1 177 677

Lithuania

176 974 000

176 932 597

131,433

6 015 801

2 828 291

0

2 828 291

Luxembourg

168 230 000

168 230 000

114,768

6 076 920

2 857 025

0

2 857 025

Montenegro

15 329 000

15 329 000

14,154

424 350

199 505

0

199 505

Portugal

3 470 870 000

2 318 870 000

598,233

118 194 045

55 568 181

37 528 511

18 039 670

Romania

848 631 000

841 391 000

596,025

29 622 585

13 926 870

0

13 926 870

Serbia

495 400 765

495 400 765

121,926

25 456 636

11 968 276

0

11 968 276

Spain

15 750 543 061

2 941 717 381

1 792,639

113 760 678

53 483 861

16 844 420

36 639 441

 

 

 

TOTAL

1 125 927 643

529 347 741

132 736 830

397 454 921

The table below provides a detailed breakdown for each recipient Member State/accession country:

Conclusion

For the reasons set out above, the applications submitted by France and Greece, as well as the applications by 17 Member States and 3 accession countries in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, meet the conditions set out in the Regulation.

In accordance with Article 9(2) of the MFF Regulation, the overall annual ceiling of the Solidarity and Emergency Aid Reserve (SEAR) is EUR 1 200 000 000 in 2018 prices (EUR 1 273 450 000 in current prices). Article 9(4) of the MFF Regulation contains two limitations on the SEAR mobilisation. Firstly, 25% of the overall 2021 SEAR allocation (EUR 318 362 500 in current prices) must be retained until 1 October 2021 and then becomes available for all components of SEAR. Secondly, until 1 September, no more than 50% of the overall SEAR allocation, after the deduction of the 25%, may be mobilised by the EUSF. As such, no more than EUR 477 543 750 of the 2021 SEAR allocation may be mobilised by the EUSF until 1 September 2021. In accordance with Article 4a(4) of the EUSF Regulation, the EUR 50 000 000 already included in the General Budget 2021 will be used for the payment of the advances for the four natural disasters, with the remaining amount (i.e. EUR 41 325 507) available for advances needed later in the year. In addition, EUR 47 981 598 from the 2020 allocation was not used by the end of that year and is to be carried over to 2021.

The mobilisation requires a dual budgetary operation - the carry-over of EUR 47 981 598 from 2020, which is included in Draft Amending Budget No 2/2021, and the transfer of EUR 427 543 750 from the SEAR line to the EUSF operational budget line, as set out in DEC No 3/2021. Subject to approval of DAB 2/2021, the maximum amount available under the EUSF will be EUR 525 525 348, enough to cover the needs under this Mobilisation Decision.

The table below summarises the budgetary situation for the EUSF after mobilisation.
 

Amount currently available under the EUSF:

 

Annual SEAR allocation for 2021  

  EUR 1 273 450 000

Minus 25% of 2021 SEAR allocation to be retained until 1 October 2021

-EUR 318 362 500

Total SEAR allocation available until 1 October

EUR 955 087 500

Amount available for EUSF until 1 September from the 2021 SEAR allocation (50%)

EUR 477 543 750

Carry-over of unspent 2020 allocation via DAB 2/2021

EUR 47 981 598

Total amount available for EUSF until 1 September 2021

EUR 525 525 348

Total amount to be mobilised for the natural disasters in Greece and France and for the COVID-19 applications

EUR 484 199 841

Remaining funds available until 1 September 2021

EUR 41 325 507

 

Having assessed the Commission proposal for a decision in detail, your Rapporteur recommends its swift approval to ensure that the amounts can be quickly released. After the challenges of 2020, it is important to show concrete European solidarity with all Member States and accession countries concerned. The Rapporteur calls on the Commission to ensure that this financial contribution be delivered with particular urgency to those countries affected.


 

 

LETTER OF THE COMMITTEE ON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Mr Johan Van Overtveldt

Chair

Committee on Budgets

BRUSSELS

Subject: <Titre>Opinion on the Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund to provide assistance to Greece and France in relation to natural disasters and to Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain in relation to a public health emergency</Titre> <DocRef>(COM(2021)02012021/0077(BUD))</DocRef>

 

Dear Mr Van Overtveldt,

 

A Commission proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) to provide assistance to Greece and France in relation to natural disasters and to Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain in relation to a public health emergency (COM(2021) 201 final) has been referred for opinion to the Committee on Regional Development. I understand that the Committee on Budgets’ intention is to adopt its report on this proposal on 10 May 2021.

 

This decision covers the mobilisation of the EUSF, in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002, as amended, for an amount of EUR 484 199 841 to provide assistance to Greece and France further to regional natural disasters that struck these countries in the course of 2020, as well as to the 20 Member States and accession countries mentioned above, in response to the major public health emergency caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

 

According to the Commission’s proposal, this amount should be covered by:

 

a) Draft Amending Budget (DAB) No 2/2021 that proposes to carry over the amount of

EUR 47 981 598 from the unused 2020 allocation directly to the EUSF operational budget line,

b) DEC No 03/2021 that proposes to transfer the amount of EUR 427 543 750 from the Solidarity and Emergency Aid Reserve (SEAR) reserve line to the EUSF operational budget line (both in commitments and payments),

c) The appropriations already inscribed in the General Budget 2021 (in commitments and payments) for the payment of advances, in accordance with Article 4a (4) of the EUSF Regulation, which will be used for the payment of EUR 8 674 493 in relation to the advances for the regional natural disasters in Greece and France.

The advances for the Covid-19 related cases amounting to EUR 132 736 830 were paid from the 2020 EUSF allocation.

 

The Committee on Regional Development (REGI) is aware of the change in the way in which appropriations for the EUSF are made available under the revised MFF Regulation for the period 2021-2027 (Article 9). As outlined in your letter of 30 March 2021, the new procedure, based on transfer requests rather than draft amending budgets is subject to tight statutory deadlines which requires speedy handling from both REGI and BUDG.

 

That is the reason why the REGI committee coordinators have diligently assessed this proposal and asked me to inform you that the majority of this committee supports this mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund to allocate the above-mentioned amount as proposed by the Commission.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

 

Younous OMARJEE


 

INFORMATION ON ADOPTION IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Date adopted

10.5.2021

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

38

1

0

Members present for the final vote

Rasmus Andresen, Robert Biedroń, Anna Bonfrisco, Olivier Chastel, Lefteris Christoforou, David Cormand, Paolo De Castro, José Manuel Fernandes, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Vlad Gheorghe, Valentino Grant, Francisco Guerreiro, Valérie Hayer, Eero Heinäluoma, Niclas Herbst, Monika Hohlmeier, Moritz Körner, Joachim Kuhs, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Ioannis Lagos, Hélène Laporte, Pierre Larrouturou, Janusz Lewandowski, Margarida Marques, Silvia Modig, Siegfried Mureşan, Victor Negrescu, Jan Olbrycht, Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Karlo Ressler, Bogdan Rzońca, Nicolae Ştefănuță, Nils Torvalds, Nils Ušakovs, Johan Van Overtveldt, Rainer Wieland, Angelika Winzig

Substitutes present for the final vote

Mario Furore, Henrike Hahn

 


FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

38

+

ECR

Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Bogdan Rzońca, Johan Van Overtveldt

ID

Anna Bonfrisco, Valentino Grant, Hélène Laporte

NI

Mario Furore, Ioannis Lagos

PPE

Lefteris Christoforou, José Manuel Fernandes, Niclas Herbst, Monika Hohlmeier, Janusz Lewandowski, Siegfried Mureşan, Jan Olbrycht, Karlo Ressler, Rainer Wieland, Angelika Winzig

Renew

Olivier Chastel, Vlad Gheorghe, Valérie Hayer, Moritz Körner, Nicolae Ştefănuță, Nils Torvalds

S&D

Robert Biedroń, Paolo De Castro, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Eero Heinäluoma, Pierre Larrouturou, Margarida Marques, Victor Negrescu, Nils Ušakovs

The Left

Silvia Modig, Dimitrios Papadimoulis

Verts/ALE

Rasmus Andresen, David Cormand, Francisco Guerreiro, Henrike Hahn

 

1

-

ID

Joachim Kuhs

 

0

0

 

 

 

Key to symbols:

+ : in favour

- : against

0 : abstention

 

 

[1] OJ L 311, 14.11.2002, p. 3.

[2] OJ L 99, 31.03.2020, p. 9.

[3] OJ L 433I, 22.12.2020, p. 11.

[4] OJ L 433I, 22.12.2020, p. 28.

[5] OJ L 311, 14.11.2002, p. 3.

[6] OJ L 433I , 22.12.2020, p. 28.

[7] Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2020/2093 of 17 December 2020 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2021 to 2027 (OJ L 433I, 22.12.2020, p. 11).

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

[8] Regulation (EU) 2020/461 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 March 2020.

[9] EUR 844 010 will be recovered from Croatia.

 

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