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P5_TA(2002)0352

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Wednesday, 3 July 2002 - Strasbourg
Draft supplementary and amending budget No 3/2002
P5_TA(2002)0352A5-0248/2002

European Parliament resolution on draft supplementary and amending budget No 3/2002 of the European Union for the 2002 financial year (SEC(2002) 626 – 10426(2002 – C5-0318/2002 – 2002/2128(BUD))

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to Article 272 of the EC Treaty, Article 78 of the ECSC Treaty and Article 177 of the Euratom Treaty,

–   having regard to the Financial Regulation of 21 December 1977 applicable to the general budget of the European Communities, as last amended by Regulation (EC, ECSC, Euratom) No 762/2001(1), and in particular Article 15 thereof,

–   having regard to the general budget of the European Union for the 2002 financial year, as finally adopted on 13 December 2001(2),

–   having regard to the Interinstitutional Agreement of 6 May 1999 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and improvement of the budgetary procedure(3),

–   having regard to Draft Supplementary and Amending Budget No 2/2002, which was established by the Council on 12 March 2002 (7033/2002– C5-0131/2002),

–   having regard to its resolution of 30 May 2002 on Draft Supplementary and Amending Budget No 2/2002 of the European Union for the 2002 financial year(4),

–   having regard to Preliminary Draft Supplementary and Amending Budget No 3/2002 of the European Union for the 2002 financial year, which was presented by the Commission on 5 June 2002 (SEC(2002) 626),

–   having regard to Draft Supplementary and Amending Budget No 3/2002 which was established by the Council on 27 June 2002 (10426/2002 - C5-0318/2002),

–   having regard to Rule 92 of and Annex IV to its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets (A5-0248/2002),

A.   whereas Draft Supplementary and Amending Budget No 3/2002 enters the amounts carried over from 2001 as revenue in the 2002 budget, and whereas the total surplus of EUR 15 billion corresponds almost entirely to the under-implementation of payment appropriations in 2001,

B.   whereas virtually all the EUR 15 billion surplus has already been repaid to the Member States in the form of provisional amounts approved when the 2002 budget was adopted (EUR 1.2 billion) and under Supplementary and Amending Budget No 2/2002 (EUR 10 billion); whereas the remaining amount contained in Draft Supplementary and Amending Budget No 3/2002 is therefore EUR 3.8 billion,

C.   whereas the issue of the problems caused by the under-implementation of the payment appropriations available has already been raised by Parliament in connection with the SAB No 2/2002 procedure,

D.   whereas Draft Supplementary and Amending Budget No 3/2002 also includes a number of adjustments to the 2002 budget which are necessary following the entry into force of Council Decision 2000/597/EC, Euratom of 29 September 2000 on the system of the European Communities' own resources(5) and following the updating of the estimates relating to customs duties and the VAT and GNP bases of assessment,

1.  Notes that the final surplus for the 2002 financial year was EUR 15 billion and calls once again on the Commission to present a detailed analysis of the causes of such a situation and to put forward proposals designed to remedy it;

2.  Recalls its concern (previously expressed in its abovementioned resolution on Draft Supplementary and Amending Budget No 2/2002) regarding the accumulation of outstanding payments and its invitation to the Commission to assess the situation by 30 September 2002 with a view, where necessary, to making appropriate adjustments either under the general transfer procedure or by means of a supplementary budget;

3.  Approves without amendment Draft Supplementary and Amending budget No 3/2002, which was established by the Council on 27 June 2002;

4.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Court of Auditors and the Economic and Social Committee.

(1) OJ L 111, 20.4.2001, p. 1.
(2) OJ L 29, 31.1.2002.
(3) OJ C 172, 18.6.1999, p. 1.
(4) P5_TA(2002)0263.
(5) OJ L 253, 7.10.2000, p. 42.

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