Motion for a resolution - B7-0334/2013Motion for a resolution

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on the review of the Irish Presidency including the MFF agreement

1.7.2013 - (2012/2799(RSP))

to wind up the debate on the statements by the Council and the Commission
pursuant to Rule 110(2) of the Rules of Procedure

Guy Verhofstadt, Anne E. Jensen, Jan Mulder on behalf of the ALDE Group

See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0334/2013

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European Parliament resolution on the review of the Irish Presidency including the MFF agreement


The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal of 29 June 2011 and the amended Commission proposal of 6 July 2012 for a Council regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020,

–   having regard to its resolutions of 13 June 2012 on the Multiannual Financial Framework and own resources, and of 13 March 2013 on the European Council conclusions of 7/8 February concerning the Multiannual Financial Framework,

–   having regard to its resolution of 23 October 2012 in the interest of achieving a positive outcome of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 approval procedure,

–   having regard to the conclusions of the European Council of 7/8 February 2013 concerning the Multiannual Financial Framework,

–   having regard to political agreement reached on the Multiannual Financial Framework, on 27 June 2013, between the President of the Council and the President of the European Parliament,

–   having regard to Rule 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

1.  Takes note of the political agreement reached on the Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2014-2020 between the Council and President of the European Parliament and welcomes the progress achieved;

2.  Believes the agreement found on 27 June to be an improvement on the offers previously made;

3.  Considers the new elements concerning flexibility on payments to be a significant step forwards that will ensure unspent funds are redeployed across years and headings;

4.  Will give its final consent to the MFF Regulation to be voted in September pending its final examination of the progress, clarification and commitments achieved concerning the following elements:

–   Negotiations on the legal basis for the multiannual programs must be completed in advance, and in full respect of the Parliament’s legislative powers granted by the Treaty of Lisbon;

–   The front loading of funds for youth employment and research policy is of great importance; nevertheless it is essential that further funding be also made available for the Digital Agenda;

–   The Council must ensure that no deficits are brought forward from 2013 to 2014; Calls on the Commission to urgently propose a second amending budget in order for the Council to approve it as soon as possible and in any case before the approval of the MFF;

–   The next Parliament must have a binding revision of the overall budgetary framework; calls, therefore, for the removal of the words ‘as appropriate’ from the MFF regulation and insists that this revision covers not only expenditure – including the capping of the global margin for payments, which shall be removed at the time of this revision – but also revenue, including legislative proposals for a reform of the system of own resources;

5.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Member States and the other institutions and bodies concerned.