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P5_TA(2003)0513

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Thursday, 20 November 2003 - Strasbourg
Promotion of relations between the EU and non-industrialised regions *
P5_TA(2003)0513A5-0384/2003

European Parliament legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council decision establishing a Community action programme for bodies promoting reciprocal understanding of relations between the European Union and certain non-industrialised regions in the world (COM(2003) 280 – C5-0350/2003 – 2003/0110(CNS))

(Consultation procedure)

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to the Council (COM(2003) 280)(1),

–   having regard to Article 308 of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Council consulted Parliament (C5&nbhy;0350/2003),

–   having regard to Rule 67 of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Common Security and Defence Policy and the opinion of the Committee on Budgets (A5&nbhy;0384/2003),

1.  Approves the Commission proposal as amended;

2.  Calls on the Commission to alter its proposal accordingly, pursuant to Article 250(2) of the EC Treaty;

3.  Calls on the Council to notify Parliament if it intends to depart from the text approved by Parliament;

4.  Calls for initiation of the conciliation procedure under the Joint Declaration of 4 March 1975 if the Council intends to depart from the text approved by Parliament;

5.  Considers that the financial statement of the Commission proposal is compatible with the ceiling of heading 5 of the financial perspectives 2000-2006;

6.  Asks the Council to consult Parliament again if it intends to amend the Commission proposal substantially;

7.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council and the Commission.

Text proposed by the Commission   Amendments by Parliament
Amendment 1
Recital 3
(3)  Special attention should be given to the regional dimension of Community assistance, taking account of the divergence of needs and priorities among the main regions covered by the aforementioned regulations and stepping up regional cooperation.
(3)  Special attention should be given to the regional dimension of Community assistance, taking account of the divergence of needs and priorities among the main regions covered by the aforementioned regulations and stepping up regional cooperation in a balanced and co-ordinated manner.
Amendment 2
Recital 4
(4)  Increased reciprocal knowledge between the European Union and partners receiving assistance from it should be promoted.
(4)  Increased reciprocal knowledge and understanding between the European Union and partners receiving assistance from it should be promoted as well as the visibility thereof.
Amendment 3
Recital 5
(5)  Strengthening reciprocal knowledge between the EU and its partners will be assisted by the work of bodies specialising in the analysis of relations between the European Union and the regions concerned.
(5)  Strengthening reciprocal knowledge and understanding between the EU and its partners will be assisted by the work of bodies specialising in the analysis of relations between the European Union and the regions concerned and having the necessary knowledge of the cultural background.
Amendment 4
Recital 7a (new)
 
(7a) The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission undertook, at the time of the adoption of the Financial Regulation, to achieve the objective of ensuring that this basic act enters into force as from the financial year 2004.
Amendment 5
Article 1, paragraph 1
1.  A Community action programme is hereby established for the promotion of centres, institutes and networks specialising in the analysis of relations between the European Union and certain regions.
1.  A Community action programme is hereby established for the promotion of centres, institutes and networks specialising in the analysis of relations between the European Union and certain regions, thereby promoting a dialogue of cultures and civilisations and the universal value of human rights.
Amendment 6
Article 1, paragraph 2
2.  The general objective of this programme shall be to support the activities of these bodies. The activities shall consist of the annual work programme of a centre, institute or network and must be in keeping with those described in the Annex. The activities supported must contribute to increasing understanding and dialogue between the European Union, the regions covered by the ALA, MEDA, TACIS and CARDS Regulations and the candidate countries.
2.  The general objective of this programme shall be to support the activities of these bodies. The activities shall consist of the annual work programme of a centre, institute or network and must be in keeping with those described in the Annex. The activities supported must contribute to increasing understanding and dialogue between the European Union, the regions covered by the ALA, MEDA, TACIS and CARDS Regulations and the candidate countries and to reinforcing social, cultural and human partnership.
Amendment 8
Article 2, paragraph 1, indent 1
- it must be an independent and non-profit making legal entity active chiefly in promoting understanding of relations between the EU and the regions concerned, with an objective that serves the public good.
- it must be an independent and non-profit making legal entity active chiefly in promoting understanding of relations between the EU and the regions concerned, with an objective that serves the public good and the dignity of human beings.
Amendment 7
Article 2 , paragraph 1, indent 3
- its activities must be in keeping with the principles underlying Community external relations action and take account of the priority areas identified in Article 5.
- its activities must be in keeping with the principles underlying Community external relations action and take account of the priority areas identified in point 5 of the Annex.
Amendment 16
Article 4, paragraph 1a (new)
 
1a. Grants may be awarded under this action of the programme to support certain operational and administrative costs of bodies pursuing an aim of general European interest, acting in various geographical fields.
 
In order to award the grants, the Commission shall publish calls for proposals. However, the Commission may award these grants without publication of a call for proposals when the budget heading names a beneficiary explicitly. It may proceed in the same manner when the budget identifies beneficiaries and the amounts allocated to each of them, if the total amount of the budget line concerned is entirely pre-assigned by the budgetary authority. In both cases, all other requirements of the Financial Regulation, its Implementing Rules and the basic act shall apply.
 
The Commission may award grants to the bodies concerned upon receipt of an appropriate workplan and budget. Grants may be awarded on an annual basis or on a renewable basis pursuant to a framework partnership agreement with the Commission.
 
Grants awarded under this action shall not be subject to the principle of gradual reduction set out in Article 113(2) of the Financial Regulation.
Amendment 17
Article 4, paragraph 2
2.  Bodies entitled to receive such operating grants shall be selected following a call for proposals covering the full duration of the programme, with a view to establishing a partnership between these bodies and the European Union.
On the basis of the call for proposals, the Commission shall adopt the list of recipients and the amounts approved in accordance with Article 116 of the Financial Regulation.
deleted
Amendment 10
Article 5
1.  The operating grants awarded under this programme may not finance the body's entire eligible expenditure for the calendar year for which the grant is awarded.
1.  The operating grants awarded under this programme may not finance the body's entire eligible expenditure for the calendar year for which the grant is awarded. The principles of degressivity in real terms and cofinancing shall apply to all beneficiaries as indicated below:
2.  The amount of an operating grant awarded may not exceed 70% of the organisation's eligible expenditure for the calendar year for which the grant is awarded.
2.  The amount of an operating grant awarded under the programme may not exceed 80% of the eligible expenditure of the body for the calendar year for which the grant is awarded.
3.  Pursuant to Article 113(2) of Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002, where such operating grants are renewed, they shall be gradually decreased. If a grant is awarded to a body having already received an operating grant the preceding year, the percentage of Community cofinancing represented by the new grant shall be at least 10 percentage points lower than the Community cofinancing percentage represented by the grant in the preceding year.
3.  Pursuant to Article 113(2) of Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002, where such operating grants are renewed, they shall be gradually decreased in real terms. If a grant is awarded to a body having already received an operating grant the preceding year, degressivity shall apply at a rate of 2,5% from the third year onward.
Amendment 11
Article 6, paragraph 1
1.  This programme shall start on 1 January 2004 and end on 31 December 2006.
1.  This programme shall start on 1 January 2004 and end on 31 December 2008.
Amendment 12
Article 6, paragraph 2a (new)
 
2a. The appropriations scheduled after the year 2006 are subject to an agreement of the budgetary authority on the financial perspective beyond 2006.
Amendment 13
Article 7
By 31 December 2005 at the latest the Commission shall report to the Council on the achievement of the objectives of the programme. The report shall be based on the results obtained by the beneficiaries and assess, in particular, their relevance, effectiveness and usefulness in achieving the objectives defined in Article 1 and the Annex.
By 31 December 2007 at the latest the Commission shall report to the European Parliament and to the Council on the achievement of the objectives of the programme. The report shall be based on the results obtained by the beneficiaries and assess, in particular, their relevance, effectiveness and usefulness in achieving the objectives defined in Article 1 and the Annex.
Amendment 14
Article 8
The principle of the gradual decrease of the rate of Community cofinancing provided for in Article 5 in the case of renewal of an operating grant to bodies having received such a grant for the same activities the year before the entry into force of this Decision and for the two preceding years shall apply only from the third year following the entry into force of this Decision.
The principle of the gradual decrease of the rate of Community cofinancing provided for in Article 5 in the case of renewal of an operating grant to bodies having received such a grant for the same activities the year before the entry into force of this Decision and for the two preceding years shall apply only from the third year following the entry into force of this Decision provided that these bodies have fully satisfied all requirements regarding sound management.
Amendment 19
Annex, point 3
Bodies entitled to receive an operating grant shall be selected on the basis of calls for proposals, as provided for in the Financial Regulation. These calls for proposals will be launched at the beginning of this programme in order to select the partners with which the European Union will implement it
In order to award the grants, the Commission shall publish calls for proposals. However, the Commission may award these grants without publication of a call for proposals when the budget heading names a beneficiary explicitly. It may proceed in the same manner when the budget identifies beneficiaries and the amounts allocated to each of them, if the total amount of the budget line concerned is entirely pre-assigned by the budgetary authority. In both cases, all other requirements of the Financial Regulation, its Implementing Rules and the basic act shall apply.
Amendment 15
Annex, point 3, subparagraph 1a (new)
 
The priority themes and types of activity of calls for proposals shall be communicated to the European Parliament before proceeding to the calls for proposal.

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