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The deteriorating situation of human rights in Egypt, in particular the case of the activists of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR)
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The deteriorating situation of human rights in Egypt, in particular the case of the activists of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR)
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European Parliament resolution of 18 December 2020 on the deteriorating situation of human rights in Egypt, in particular the case of the activists of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) (2020/2912(RSP))
P9_TA(2020)0384RC-B9-0426/2020

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to its previous resolutions on Egypt, in particular that of 24 October 2019(1),

–  having regard to the EU Foreign Affairs Council conclusions on Egypt of August 2013 and February 2014,

–  having regard to the statements by the European External Action Service (EEAS) Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on Egypt, and in particular that of 21 November 2020 on recent arrests of human rights activists,

–  having regard to the statement by the Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Egypt of 20 November 2020,

–  having regard to the call from UN experts of 27 November 2020 for the release of Egyptian human rights defenders who were incarcerated after meeting diplomats, and to the experts’ statement of 7 December 2020 on the decision to release on bail three senior staff members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) ,

–  having regard to the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of Egypt of 2019-2020,

–  having regard to the joint statement of 13 May 2020 by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on COVID-19 in prisons and other closed settings,

–  having regard to the EU-Egypt Association Agreement of 2001, which entered into force in 2004 and was strengthened by the Action Plan of 2007; having regard to the EU-Egypt Partnership Priorities 2017-2020, adopted on 25 July 2017, to the joint statement issued following the 2017 EU-Egypt Association Council, and to the joint statement on the sixth meeting of the EU-Egypt Subcommittee on Political Matters, Human Rights and Democracy of 23-24 June 2019,

–  having regard to the EU Guidelines on the Death Penalty, on Torture, on Freedom of Expression and on Human Rights Defenders,

–  having regard to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Arab Charter on Human Rights, which have been ratified by Egypt,

–  having regard to the Constitution of Egypt, notably its Article 52 on the prohibition of torture in all forms and types, Article 73 on freedom of assembly and Article 93 on the binding character of international human rights law,

–  having regard to the African Charter on Human Rights and Peoples of 1981, ratified by Egypt on 20 March 1984,

–  having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948,

–  having regard to Rule 144(5) and 132(4) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the human rights situation in Egypt has continued to deteriorate as authorities intensify their crackdown on civil society, human rights defenders, health workers, journalists, opposition members, academics and lawyers, and continue to brutally and systematically repress any form of dissent, thereby undermining core freedoms, notably the freedoms of expression, both online and offline, and of association and assembly, political pluralism, the right to participation in public affairs and the rule of law;

B.  whereas following their meeting with 13 foreign ambassadors and diplomats on 3 November 2020, three activists from the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), one of the last independent human rights organisations in Egypt, Gasser Abdel Razek, Karim Ennarah and Mohammad Basheer, were arrested by security forces and charged with terrorism and national security-related offences between 15 and 19 November 2020;

C.  whereas following national and international expressions of concern, including from the OHCHR, the spokesperson for the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (VP/HR) and the Member States, on 3 December 2020 the activists were granted bail and released while the charges were maintained; whereas despite their release on 6 December 2020, an Egyptian court handling terror-related cases upheld a prosecutor’s decision to freeze their assets until the investigations have been carried out;

D.  whereas the crackdown on EIPR started in 2016, when the bank accounts of former EIPR director and founder Hossam Bahgat were frozen and he was banned from leaving the country; whereas the EIPR provides an invaluable service in promoting personal, political, civil, economic and social rights and freedoms in the country;

E.  whereas on 7 February 2020, EIPR gender rights researcher and postgraduate Erasmus student at Italy’s University of Bologna, Patrick George Zaki, was arbitrarily arrested at Cairo International Airport; whereas, according to his lawyer, Patrick George Zaki was subjected to a 17-hour interrogation by Egypt’s National Security Agency before being transferred to Mansoura, where he was beaten and tortured with electric shocks; whereas Patrick George Zaki was charged with disseminating subversive propaganda, incitement to protest and instigation to terrorism, among other charges; whereas, while his health situation puts him at particular risk of contracting COVID-19 in Tora Prison, Patrick George Zaki’s pre-trial detention has continuously been extended for the past 10 months; whereas the Erasmus programme has been regarded as one of the most successful initiatives for the promotion of EU core values; whereas the detention of Patrick George Zaki during the course of his fellowship in Europe represents a threat to these values and the EU must do everything in its power find a solution to this case;

F.  whereas media freedom in Egypt has been declining over the past years given the restricted space for journalists; whereas journalists and their family members are increasingly persecuted and face detention, threats and intimidation; whereas Egyptian authorities continue to block the websites of local and international news organisations and human rights organisations;

G.  whereas tens of thousands of human rights defenders, including women’s rights activists, LGBTI activists, lawyers, journalists, activists, peaceful dissenters and members of the opposition remain imprisoned in life-threatening conditions; whereas the enforced disappearance of human rights defenders is becoming a systematic practice of the Egyptian authorities; whereas pre-trial preventive detention and precautionary measures are used in order to prevent activists and their lawyers from carrying out their legitimate human rights work or from peacefully exercising their fundamental freedoms in Egypt;

H.  whereas Egyptian civil society activists, human rights defenders, journalists and academics should be able to carry out their legitimate activities without any hindrance or fear of reprisals against them or their relatives; whereas illegal digital surveillance is conducted on their work, social media accounts and personal devices;

I.  whereas the counter-terrorism legislation introduced under the rule of President al-Sisi is criticised by many human rights organisations for giving the authorities a dangerously large scope of interpretation and being misused to silence human rights defenders, their lawyers, activists and members of the opposition; whereas suspects in terror cases often do not receive fair trials, as they are referred directly to military courts; whereas according to Human Rights Watch, since the 2013 military coup, the Egyptian authorities have put around 3 000 people on terrorist lists, sentenced 3 000 people to death, and put 60 000 people in detention;

J.  whereas according to civil society organisations, Egypt has executed at least 110 people in 2020, with 66 of those executions having taken place since 3 October 2020, meaning that more people have been executed in the past two months than in the whole of 2019; whereas at least 39 people are at risk of imminent execution; whereas these sentences reportedly follow grossly unfair trials marred by forced ‘confessions’ and other serious human rights violations, including torture and enforced disappearances, that lack any serious investigation into these acts and due process for victims, such as in the case of Coptic Christian monk Isaiah al-Maqari; whereas children continue to be sentenced to death; whereas Article 122 of Egypt’s Child Law remains of serious concern as it allows children to be tried in mass trials in adult courts in certain circumstances and has led to at least 17 juveniles receiving death sentences since 2011;

K.  whereas there has been an ongoing state of emergency in Egypt since 10 April 2017; whereas mass trials continue to proceed despite widespread international condemnation that they are simply unfit to meet the basic requirements of international law on due process and fair trial rights; whereas more civilians are being tried in military courts than ever before;

L.  whereas sexual violence and harassment against women have plagued Egyptian society in recent decades as survivors are often blamed, and authorities have done little to prosecute suspects or to challenge discriminatory norms that underpin such violence; whereas abusive practices such as virginity testing are still widespread, including by the Egyptian authorities; whereas the law on violence against women, which has been stalled in the Egyptian Parliament since 2017, is still to be ratified; whereas existing policies and laws against FGM are not well enforced and the practice continues; whereas women rights defenders and feminist activists continue to face repression;

M.  whereas on 10 December 2020, and after a four-year judicial investigation, Italian prosecutors in Rome announced that they had unequivocal proof of the involvement of four Egyptian state security officers on the aggravated kidnap, aggravated injury and murder of the Italian research assistant Giulio Regeni; whereas the lawyers of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) continue to provide their support to the Regeni legal team in Italy, as they are the legal representatives in Egypt; whereas the Egyptian authorities have constantly hindered progress in investigating and revealing the truth about the kidnapping, torture and killing of Giulio Regeni and the death of French teacher Eric Lang, who had been detained in Cairo in 2013, preventing the possibility for those responsible to be held accountable;

N.  whereas the EU is Egypt’s first economic partner and its main source of foreign investment; whereas in June 2017, the EU and Egypt adopted partnership priorities that set out to enhance cooperation in a wide-range of areas, including in the area of security, counter-terrorism and judiciary reform;

1.  Deplores once again and in the strongest possible terms the continuing and intensifying crackdown on fundamental rights and on human rights defenders, lawyers, protesters, journalists, bloggers, trade unionists, students, children, women’s rights and gender equality activists, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, political opponents, including their family members, civil society organisations and minorities, solely in response to their exercise of their fundamental freedoms or their expression of dissent, by state authorities and security forces in Egypt; calls for an independent and transparent investigation into all human rights violations and for those responsible to be held to account; underlines the importance of a strong and well-functioning civil society;

2.  Is outraged at the recent arrests of senior EIPR activists Gasser Abdel Razek, Karim Ennarah and Mohammad Basheer in retaliation for their legitimate meeting with European diplomats in Cairo; welcomes their provisional release, but urges the authorities to drop all charges against them, end all forms of harassment and intimidation against them and EIPR founder and acting director Hossam Bahgat, and revoke any restrictive measures, including travel bans and asset freezes, adopted against them and the EIPR; calls on the Egyptian Government to ensure that their case will be dealt with in a transparent, fair and swift manner;

3.  Regrets that the decision to release them was not extended to other EIPR detainees, in particular Patrick George Zaki, whose detention order was extended for another 45 days on 6 December 2020; calls for Patrick George Zaki’s immediate and unconditional release and for all charges against him to be dropped; considers that a strong, swift and coordinated EU diplomatic reaction to his arrest and prolonged detention is needed;

4.  Reiterates its calls for the immediate and unconditional release of those arbitrarily detained and sentenced for carrying out their legitimate and peaceful human rights work, in particular Mohamed Ibrahim, Mohamed Ramadan, Abdelrahman Tarek, Ezzat Ghoneim, Haytham Mohamadeen, Alaa Abdel Fattah, Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy, Mahienour El-Massry, Mohamed El-Baqer, Hoda Abdelmoniem, Ahmed Amasha, Islam El-Kalhy, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, Esraa Abdel Fattah, Ramy Kamel, Ibrahim Ezz El-Din, Zyad el-Elaimy, Hassan Barbary, Ramy Shaath, Sanaa Seif, Solafa Magdy, Hossam al-Sayyad, Mahmoud Hussein and Kamal El-Balshy;

5.  Stresses that the ongoing arrests and detentions are part of a broader pattern of intimidating organisations defending human rights as well as the increasing restrictions on freedom of expression, both online and offline, of association and of peaceful assembly in Egypt, and calls for an end to all these acts; deplores Egypt’s continued use of counter-terrorism legislation, the arbitrary addition of defenders on Egypt’s terrorist lists and pre-trial custody to target and criminalise the work of human rights defenders, which is inconsistent with the rule of law and Egypt’s obligations under international human rights law; urges the Egyptian authorities to amend or repeal any abusive legislation, in particular its 2019 non-governmental organisation (NGO) law and its counterterrorism law; calls once again on the Egyptian authorities to close Case 173/2011 (the ‘Foreign Funding Case’), and lift all travel bans and assets freezing imposed on at least 31 human rights defenders and staff members of human rights NGOs under the case;

6.  Calls on the Egyptian authorities to ensure that the treatment of any detainee adheres to the conditions set out in the ‘Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment’, adopted by the UN General Assembly in its Resolution 43/173 of 9 December 1988, that pending their release, they are allowed full access to their families, lawyers of their choice and adequate medical care, and that credible investigations are conducted into any allegations of ill-treatment or torture;

7.  Expresses its deep concern for the fate of detainees and prisoners held in overcrowded places of detention, in abysmal conditions, during the COVID-19 pandemic and calls on the authorities to urgently decongest places of detention; calls on authorities to provide unrestricted access to the Tora maximum security prison for an independent organisation in order to monitor the conditions of detention; denounces the arbitrary arrests, harassment and repression of medical workers and journalists for speaking out about the COVID-19 situation or the Egyptian state response in 2020; calls on the Egyptian authorities to cease this practice and release any medical personnel still in arbitrary detention;

8.  Deplores the rise in executions in Egypt and rejects the use of the death penalty; calls on the Egyptian authorities to declare a moratorium on the death penalty with a view to abolishing it and to take all steps to ensure strict adherence to due process guarantees and all possible safeguards to ensure a fair trial; calls on Egypt to immediately release all juveniles who have received death sentences and amend Article 122 of its Child Law;

9.  Calls on the Egyptian authorities to adopt a comprehensive law on violence against women and a national strategy to enforce the approved laws against sexual violence; urges the authorities to use available UN guidance, such as the UN Handbook for Legislation on Violence against Women, to set out components on combating violence against women, including protection of survivors and witnesses through trained officers and providers; calls on the Egyptian authorities to cease any type of persecution against women on the grounds of ‘violation of morals’, as against the female human rights defender Amal Fathy; calls on the authorities to immediately put an end to the arrest and prosecution of members of the LGBTI community or individuals solely on the basis of their real or perceived sexual orientation, such as in the case of Seif Bedour;

10.  Deplores the attempt by the Egyptian authorities to mislead and hinder progress in investigating the kidnapping, torture and murder in 2016 of Giulio Regeni, an Italian researcher; regrets the Egyptian authorities’ persistent refusal to provide the Italian authorities with all the documents and information needed to enable a swift, transparent and impartial investigation into the murder of Mr Regeni in accordance with Egypt’s international obligations; calls for the EU and the Member States to urge the Egyptian authorities to fully cooperate with Italian judicial authorities, putting an end to their refusal to send the residence addresses, as required by Italian law, of the four suspects indicated by the Italian prosecutors in Rome, upon closing the investigation, in order to allow for their formal indictment to face charges in a fair trial in Italy; warns the Egyptian authorities against retaliating against the witnesses or the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) and its lawyers;

11.  Expresses strong political and human support to the family of Giulio Regeni for their constant and dignified search for the truth; recalls that the search for the truth about the kidnapping, torture and murder of a European citizen does not belong to the family alone, but that it is an imperative duty for national and EU institutions that requires all necessary diplomatic actions to be taken;

12.  Notes that Egypt is an important partner of the European Union and its Member States in a wide range of areas, including trade, security, the fight against international terrorism and people-to-people contacts; supports the Egyptian people in their aspirations to establish a free, stable, prosperous, inclusive, and democratic country that respects its national and international legislation when it comes to the protection and advancement of human rights;

13.  Reminds the Egyptian authorities that respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms constitutes an essential element of EU-Egypt relations and that providing space to civil society is a joint commitment enshrined in the EU-Egypt Partnership Priorities, as stipulated in the Egyptian Constitution; stresses that no human rights defender should face financial restrictions, criminalisation, travel bans or bail conditions, or be imprisoned for their legitimate human rights work; urges the VP/HR to publicly express concerns over the human rights situation in Egypt and at any high-level meeting with Egyptian authorities;

14.  Encourages representatives from the EU Delegation and from the Member States in Cairo to attend the trials of Egyptian and foreign journalists, bloggers, trade unionists, human rights defenders and civil society activists in the country and visit them in detention;

15.  Reiterates its call on the VP/HR and the Member States to respond in a unified and resolute manner, also in coordination with other likeminded partners, to the crackdown and human rights violations in Egypt, and to use all tools at their disposal to secure concrete progress in Egypt’s human rights record; urges, in particular, the EU and its Member States to take the lead at the upcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council to set up a long overdue monitoring and reporting mechanism on grave human rights violations in Egypt; welcomes the adoption by the Council of a global human rights sanctions regime/EU Magnitsky Act and reiterates its call on the VP/HR and the Member States to consider targeted restrictive measures against high-level Egyptian officials responsible for the most serious violations in the country;

16.  Reiterates its call for a profound and comprehensive review of the EU’s relations with Egypt; considers that the human rights situation in Egypt requires a serious revision of the Commission’s budget support operations and requires the restriction of EU aid to primarily supporting democratic actors and civil society; calls for more transparency on all forms of financial support or training provided by the EU, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Investment Bank to Egypt; recalls that the EU and its Member States must not give awards to leaders responsible for human rights violations;

17.  Calls for the EU, with a view to negotiating new partnership priorities, to establish clear benchmarks that make further cooperation a centrepiece of our relations in order to achieve progress in the reform of democratic institutions, the rule of law and human rights, and to mainstream human rights concerns in all talks with Egyptian authorities; urges the Commission and the EEAS to put the need for tangible improvements to the human rights situation, in particular the release of arbitrarily detained human rights defenders and journalists, at the centre of the next EU-Egypt Association Council meeting; reiterates that cooperation in the areas of migration management or counter-terrorism, but also geopolitical considerations, should not come at the expense of continued pressure for human rights compliance and accountability for human rights abuses;

18.  Reiterates its recent calls on the Member States to follow up on the 21 August 2013 Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions announcing the suspension of export licences for any equipment which might be used for internal repression in line with Common Position 2008/944/CFSP(2), and condemns the persistent non-compliance of Member States with these commitments; calls on the Member States to halt all exports of arms, surveillance technology and other security equipment to Egypt that can facilitate attacks on human rights defenders and civil society activists, including on social media, as well as any other kind of internal repression; calls for the EU to implement in full its export controls vis-à-vis Egypt with regard to goods that could be used for repression, torture or capital punishment;

19.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Vice-President / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the Egyptian Government and Parliament, and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

(1) Texts adopted, P9_TA(2019)0043.
(2) OJ L 335, 13.12.2008, p. 99.


General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2021 - all sections
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European Parliament resolution of 18 December 2020 on the Council position on the second draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2021 (13892/2020 – C9-0408/2020 – 2020/0371(BUD))
P9_TA(2020)0385A9-0267/2020

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Article 314 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to Article 106a of the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community,

–  having regard to Council Decision 2014/335/EU, Euratom of 26 May 2014 on the system of own resources of the European Union(1),

–  having regard to draft Council Decision on the system of own resources of the European Union and repealing Decision 2014/335/EU, Euratom,

–  having regard to Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002(2),

–  having regard to Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2018/1046 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 July 2018 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union, amending Regulations (EU) No 1296/2013, (EU) No 1301/2013, (EU) No 1303/2013, (EU) No 1304/2013, (EU) No 1309/2013, (EU) No 1316/2013, (EU) No 223/2014, (EU) No 283/2014, and Decision No 541/2014/EU, and repealing Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012(3),

–  having regard to Council Regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2021 to 2027,

–  having regard to the Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European 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,

–  having regard to the political agreement of 10 November 2020 on the multiannual financial framework for the years 2021 to 2027,

–  having regard to the special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of 8 October 2018 on Global Warming of 1.5°C(4),

–  having regard to its resolution of 16 January 2020 on the 15th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity(5),

–  having regard to its resolution of 19 June 2020 on general guidelines for the preparation of the 2021 budget Section III - Commission(6),

–  having regard to its resolution of 14 May 2020 on Parliament’s estimates of revenue and expenditure for the financial year 2021(7),

–  having regard to the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2021, which the Commission adopted on 27 July 2020 (COM(2020)0300) (the “first DB”),

–  having regard to the position on the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2021, which the Council adopted on 28 September 2020 and forwarded to Parliament on 1 October 2020 (11072/1/2020 – C9‑0314/2020),

–  having regard to its resolution of 12 November 2020 on the Council position on the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2021(8),

–  having regard to the fact that the Conciliation Committee did not agree on a joint text within the twenty-one days referred to in Article 314(6) of Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to the statement by the Conciliation Committee on a common understanding on the content of the budget for 2021,

–  having regard to the second draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2021, which the Commission adopted on 10 December 2020 (COM(2020)0836), in accordance with Article 314(8) TFEU,

–  having regard to the position on the second draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2021, which the Council adopted on 14 December 2020 (13892/2020 – C9‑0408/2020),

–  having regard to Rules 94 and 96 of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgets (A9-0267/2020),

1.  Recalls that Article 312(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) provides that the annual budget of the Union shall comply with the multiannual financial framework; notes that the Conciliation Committee, meeting on 4 December 2020, could not agree on a joint text within the 21-day conciliation period provided for in Article 314(5) TFEU, given the lack of clarity as regards the multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027 (MFF) by the end of the conciliation period;

2.  Recalls that the Conciliation Committee reached a common understanding on the content of Budget 2021 based on the Draft Elements for Joint Conclusions No 4 as presented by the Commission on 4 December 2020, and invited the Commission to submit a second draft budget for 2021 reflecting the common understanding as soon as there are sufficient assurances that Article 312(1) TFEU can be complied with; notes that the Draft Elements for Joint Conclusions No 4 include five statements, including on tackling child poverty under the European Social Fund + and on tackling the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the sectors, such as tourism and SMEs, and people most hit;

3.  Notes that the conditions set by the Conciliation Committee have been fulfilled and the second draft general budget of the Union for the financial year 2021 as presented by the Commission corresponds to the common understanding; notes that the overall level of commitment appropriations in Budget 2021 is set at EUR 164 251,5 million, leaving a margin of EUR 778,8 million in commitment appropriations below the MFF ceilings for 2021;

4.  Welcomes that the increase of EUR 185 million on top of the levels of the first DB as modified by Amending letter No 1/2020 obtained in the conciliation negotiations correspond to Parliament’s main political priorities; notes that the increases include EUR 60,3 million for the Connecting Europe Facility - Transport, EUR 42 million for LIFE, EUR 25,7 million for the Digital Europe Programme, EUR 6,6 million for the Rights and Values Programme, of which EUR 4,8 million is for Daphne), EUR 2,7 million for the Justice programme, EUR 25 million for Humanitarian Aid, as part of the EUR 500 million reinforcement for the period from 2021 to 2027 as agreed in the context of the MFF, EUR 10,2 million for UNRWA under the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) and EUR 7,3 million for the European Public Prosecutor’s Office mainly for staff reinforcements; further notes that Amending letter No 1/2020 had already incorporated increases for the Horizon Europe, Erasmus+ and EU4Health programmes to reflect the outcome of the MFF negotiations;

5.  Notes that the overall level of payment appropriations in Budget 2021 is set at EUR 166 060,5 million, leaving a margin of EUR 2 001,4 million in payment appropriations below the MFF ceilings for 2021; welcomes that the overall level of payment appropriations agreed for 2021 represents an increase of 1,2 % compared to Budget 2020; underlines the importance of the joint statement on payments appropriations in which the Parliament and the Council commit to take necessary decisions in due time for justified needs;

6.  Welcomes the fact that, in accordance with Article 15(3) of the Financial Regulation and the joint statement on the implementation of that paragraph agreed between the European Parliament and the Council, the Conciliation Committee agreed, for the first time, to make EUR 20 million in commitment appropriations available again on the research budget lines; insists on the full implementation of Article 15(3) of the Financial Regulation in the MFF so as to reach the EUR 500 million agreed;

7.  Recalls that the Conciliation Committee made it clear that the reduction of EUR 61 million for the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) in 2021 does not affect the overall top-up of EUR 500 million (in 2018 prices) agreed politically in the context of the MFF negotiations, and that the cut will be compensated in later years in line with the agreement on the MFF;

8.  Welcomes the fact that Parliament succeeded in making the case for a more differentiated budget nomenclature compared to the one proposed by the Commission in the first DB, namely as concerns NDICI, Erasmus+, the Rights and Values programme and social dialogue; believes that those modifications will allow Parliament and the Council to better exercise their decision-making role in the annual budgetary procedure and their scrutiny over the implementation of the budget; regrets however that, during the conciliation, the Council and the Commission could not agree to a more detailed nomenclature as proposed by Parliament, in particular for the Asylum and Migration Fund and the Border Management and Visa Instrument, as well as for the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance and for more differentiation for the NDICI, in particular the Neighbourhood strand;

9.  Notes that the overall level of appropriations in Budget 2021 for the Parliament is set at EUR 2 063 million;

10.  Welcomes the creation of a total of 75 posts and the corresponding increase in appropriations for the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), the European Ombudsman and the European External Action Service (EEAS) to ensure that they have sufficient resources and staff to enable them to fulfil their missions as well as possible and to function optimally;

11.  Welcomes the reinforcement of EUR 590 854 for the EESC on the Interpreting budget line and the reinforcement of EUR 564 796 for the CoR on the Technical equipment and installations, and Third parties and Political groups' communication activities budget lines;

12.  Welcomes the Commission proposal to increase the appropriations for the EEAS in Budget 2021 due to new responsibilities in the governance of the European Peace Facility and for better operationality of the consular services; welcomes the budget-neutral transfer of Commission staff from the administrative sections of Union delegations to the EEAS in order to simplify and rationalise administrative and financial circuits and allow for the efficient and autonomous management of staff; welcomes the reinforcement of EUR 1 million to fight disinformation on the Strategic Communication Capacity budget line ;

13.  Agrees that the cut of 10 % in lines devoted to missions is justified in view of the health and economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak;

14.  Approves the Council position on the second draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2021 as well as the joint statements annexed to this resolution;

15.  Instructs its President to declare that the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2021 has been definitively adopted and to arrange for its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union;

16.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the other institutions and bodies concerned and the national parliaments.

ANNEX: STATEMENT BY THE CONCILIATION COMMITTEE

1.  The Conciliation Committee referred to in Article 314(5) TFEU, meeting on 4 December 2020, examined the Commission proposal for a draft general budget 2021 (COM(2020)0300) and the Amending Letter No 1 to the draft general budget 2021 (COM(2020)0748).

2.  In that meeting the Conciliation Committee reached a common understanding on the content of the budget for 2021, based on the Draft Elements for Joint Conclusions No 4 as presented by the Commission on 4 December 2020.

3.  Recalling Article 312(1) TFEU, according to which “The annual budget of the Union shall comply with the multiannual financial framework”, the Conciliation Committee, in the light of the circumstances as regards the multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027, is not in a position to agree on a joint text within the conciliation period of 21 days, as provided for in Article 314(5) TFEU.

4.  The Commission is therefore invited to submit a new draft budget for 2021, in conformity with Article 314(8) TFEU, taking due account of the common understanding reached in the Conciliation Committee, as soon as there are sufficient assurances that Article 312(1) TFEU can be complied with, in order to enable the European Parliament and the Council to expeditiously process such new draft budget for 2021 on that basis.

ANNEX: Budget 2021 – Elements for joint conclusions

These joint conclusions cover the following sections:

1.  Budget 2021

2.  Budget 2020 – Draft Amending Budget No. 10/2020

3.  Statements

Summary overview

A.  Budget 2021

According to the elements for joint conclusions:

—  The overall level of commitment appropriations in the 2021 budget is set at EUR 164 251,5 million. Overall, this leaves a margin below the MFF ceilings for 2021 of EUR 778,8 million in commitment appropriations.

—  The overall level of payment appropriations in the 2021 budget is set at EUR 166 060,5 million. Overall, this leaves a margin below the MFF ceilings for 2021 of EUR 2 001,4 million in payment appropriations.

—  The Flexibility Instrument for 2021 is mobilised in commitment appropriations for an amount of EUR 76,4 million for heading 2b Resilience and Values.

The 2021 payment appropriations related to the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 are estimated by the Commission at EUR 628,5 million. The estimated payment schedule of the related outstanding amounts for these years is detailed in the following table:

Flexibility instrument - payment profile

Mobilisation year

2 021

2 022

2 023

2 024

Total

2018

34,2

0,0

0,0

0,0

34,2

2019

135,2

140,9

82,2

0,0

358,4

2020

413,7

66,2

39,9

0,0

519,8

2021

45,4

13,0

10,3

7,6

76,4

Total

628,5

220,1

132,5

7,6

988,7

B.  Budget 2020

Draft Amending Budget No. 10/2020 is approved as proposed by the Commission.

1.  Budget 2021

1.1.  'Closed' lines

Unless stated otherwise below in these conclusions, all budget lines not amended by either Council or Parliament, and those for which Parliament accepted Council's amendments during their respective reading, are confirmed as proposed in the Commission’s proposal for a draft budget for 2021 as amended in Amending Letter No. 1/2021.

For the other budget lines, the Conciliation Committee has agreed on the conclusions included in sections 1.2 to 1.7 below.

1.2.  Horizontal issues

Decentralised agencies

The EU contribution (in commitment and payment appropriations and the number of posts) for all decentralised agencies are set at the level proposed by the Commission in Amending Letter No. 1/2021 with the exception of:

—  Under heading 2b:

o The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA, budget article 07 10 04) for which the level of commitment and payment appropriations is increased by EUR 638 178.

o The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE, budget article 07 10 05)) for which the level of commitment and payment appropriations is increased by EUR 971 628.

o The European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust, budget article 07 10 07) for which the level of commitment and payment appropriations is increased by EUR 500 000.

o The European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO, budget article 07 10 08) for which 8 additional posts (representing a frontloading of the increase foreseen in 2022) are allocated and the level of commitment and payment appropriations is increased by EUR 7 252 790.

—  Under heading 4:

o The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex, budget article 11 10 01) for which the level of commitment and payment appropriations is reduced by EUR 61 000 000.

o The European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (‘eu-LISA’, budget article 11 10 02) for which the level of commitment and payment appropriations is increased by EUR 500 000.

Executive agencies

The EU contribution (in commitment and payment appropriations and the number of posts) for executive agencies are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2021.

The Commission will present a Draft Amending budget in 2021 in order to adjust the structure and appropriations to the new set of executive agencies once they are formally established. The corresponding Commission implementing decision establishing the new executive agencies and the Commission decisions delegating powers to them are expected to be adopted early in the 2021.

Pilot Projects/Preparatory Actions

A comprehensive package of 59 pilot projects/preparatory actions (PP/PA), for a total amount of EUR 71,8 million in commitment appropriations is agreed as proposed by the Parliament.

When a pilot project or a preparatory action appears to be covered by an existing legal basis, the Commission may propose the transfer of appropriations to the corresponding budget line in order to facilitate the implementation of the action.

This package fully respects the ceilings for pilot projects and preparatory actions set in the Financial Regulation.

1.3.  Expenditure headings of the financial framework - commitment appropriations

After taking into account the above conclusions on 'closed' budget lines, agencies and pilot projects and preparatory actions, the Conciliation Committee has agreed on the following:

Heading 1 – Single Market, Innovation and Digital

Commitment appropriations are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2021 but with the adjustments, agreed by the Conciliation Committee, detailed in the following table:

Budget line / Programme

Name

Variation in commitment appropriations (in EUR)

DB 2021 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2021

Difference

1.0.221

CEF Transport

1 725 058 000

1 785 393 458

60 335 458

02 03 01

Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) — Transport

1 711 996 420

1 772 331 878

60 335 458

1.0.23

Digital Europe Programme

1 103 848 000

1 129 576 962

25 728 962

02 04 03

Artificial Intelligence

293 895 160

318 323 274

24 428 114

02 04 04

Skills

82 290 594

83 591 442

1 300 848

PPPA

Pilot projects and preparatory actions

35 965 000

 

Total

 

 

122 029 420

As a consequence, the agreed level of commitment appropriations is set at EUR 20 816,6 million, leaving a margin of EUR 102,4 million under the expenditure ceiling of heading 1.

In accordance with Article 15.3 of the Financial Regulation(9), the Conciliation Committee agrees to make commitment appropriations available again on the research budget lines for a total of EUR 20 million in commitment appropriations. The following budget lines are reinforced as follows:

 

 

(in Eur)

Budget lines

Commitment appropriations

01 02 02 10

Cluster Health

3 400 000

01 02 02 40

Cluster Digital, Industry and Space

3 400 000

01 02 02 50

Cluster Climate, Energy and Mobility

6 600 000

01 02 02 60

Cluster Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment

6 600 000

Total

 

20 000 000

The Conciliation Committee also agrees that these appropriations are part of the overall amount of up to EUR 0,5 billion (in 2018 prices) for the period 2021-2027 retained in the ‘Joint declaration’ agreed on 10 November 2020. This leaves up to EUR 481,2 million in 2018 prices available for the period 2022-2027.

Heading 2a – Economic, social and territorial Cohesion

Commitment appropriations are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2021.

Heading 2b – Resilience and Values

Commitment appropriations are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2021 but with the adjustments, agreed by the Conciliation Committee, detailed in the following table.

In particular the Conciliation Committee agrees that – in the light of the current interest rate environment and the success of the recent SURE financing operations – the appropriations for budget line 06 04 01 can be reduced by EUR 71.9 million while fully preserving the capacity to finance the non-repayable component of NGEU in 2021.

Budget line / Programme

Name

Variation in commitment appropriations (in EUR)

DB 2021 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2021

Difference

2.2.23

Financing cost of the European Union Recovery Instrument (EURI)

111 461 000

39 591 000

-71 870 000

06 04 01

European Union Recovery Instrument (EURI) – Payment of periodic coupon and redemption at maturity

106 461 000

34 591 000

-71 870 000

07 03 01

Promoting learning mobility of individuals, as well as cooperation, inclusion, excellence, creativity and innovation at the level of organisations and policies in the field of education and training

2 298 294 584

0

-2 298 294 584

07 03 01 01

Promoting learning mobility of individuals, as well as cooperation, inclusion, excellence, creativity and innovation at the level of organisations and policies in the field of education and training – Indirect management

0

1 755 470 446

1 755 470 446

07 03 01 02

Promoting learning mobility of individuals, as well as cooperation, inclusion, excellence, creativity and innovation at the level of organisations and policies in the field of education and training – Direct management

0

542 824 138

542 824 138

2.2.351

Justice

43 696 000

46 392 538

2 696 538

07 07 01

Promoting judicial cooperation

10 646 000

11 319 945

673 945

07 07 02

Supporting judicial training

17 570 000

18 682 268

1 112 268

07 07 03

Promoting effective access to justice

14 380 000

15 290 325

910 325

2.2.352

Rights and Values

90 624 000

97 179 152

6 555 152

07 06 02

Promote citizens engagement and participation in the democratic life of the Union

34 938 000

36 238 848

1 300 848

07 06 03

Daphne

15 690 000

20 444 304

4 754 304

07 06 04

Protect and promote Union values

0

500 000

500 000

2.2.3DAG

Decentralised Agencies

211 135 699

220 498 295

9 362 596

07 10 04

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

23 111 517

23 749 695

638 178

07 10 05

European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)

7 955 000

8 926 628

971 628

07 10 07

European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust)

42 345 006

42 845 006

500 000

07 10 08

European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO)

37 700 000

44 952 790

7 252 790

07 20 04 06

Specific competences in the area of social policy, including social dialogue

49 380 381

28 326 381

-21 054 000

07 20 04 09

Information and training measures for workers’ organisations

0

21 054 000

21 054 000

PPPA

Pilot projects and preparatory actions

31 870 000

 

Total

 

 

-21 385 714

As a consequence, the agreed level of commitment appropriations is set at EUR 4 671,4 million, with no margin left under the expenditure ceiling of heading 2b and the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument for EUR 76,4 million.

Heading 3 – Natural Resources and Environment

Commitment appropriations are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2021 but with the adjustments, agreed by the Conciliation Committee, detailed in the following table:

Budget line / Programme

Name

Variation in commitment appropriations (in EUR)

DB 2021 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2021

Difference

3.2.21

Programme for Environment and Climate Action (LIFE)

696 491 000

738 505 372

42 014 372

09 02 01

Nature and biodiversity

258 642 156

274 720 400

16 078 244

09 02 02

Circular economy and quality of life

168 461 328

178 933 566

10 472 238

09 02 03

Climate change mitigation and adaptation

121 426 944

128 975 334

7 548 390

09 02 04

Clean energy transition

127 332 437

135 247 937

7 915 500

PPPA

Pilot projects and preparatory actions

3 740 000

 

Total

 

 

45 754 372

As a consequence, the agreed level of commitment appropriations is set at EUR 58 568,6 million, leaving a margin of EUR 55,4 million under the expenditure ceiling of heading.

Heading 4 – Migration and Border Management

Commitment appropriations are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2021 but with the adjustments, agreed by the Conciliation Committee, detailed in the following table:

Budget line / Programme

Name

Variation in commitment appropriations (in EUR)

DB 2021 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2021

Difference

4.0.2DAG

Decentralised Agencies

794 770 045

734 270 045

-60 500 000

11 10 01

European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex)

566 949 620

505 949 620

-61 000 000

11 10 02

European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (‘eu-LISA’)

227 820 425

228 320 425

500 000

 

Total

 

 

-60 500 000

Following the recent political agreement of 10 November 2020 between the European Parliament and the Council on the MFF 2021-2027 and pending the approval of the relevant texts, the Conciliation Committee agrees that the reduction for the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) in 2021 does not affect the overall top-up of EUR 0,5 billion (in 2018 prices) agreed politically in that context. In addition to this top up, the cut proposed in 2021 will be compensated in later years in line with the agreement on the MFF, whilst respecting the principles of sound financial management.

As a consequence, the agreed level of commitment appropriations is set at EUR 2 278,8 million, leaving a margin of EUR 188,2 million under the expenditure ceiling of heading.

Heading 5 – Security and Defence

Commitment appropriations are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2021.

Heading 6 – Neighbourhood and the World

Commitment appropriations are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2021 but with the adjustments, agreed by the Conciliation Committee, detailed in the following table:

Budget line / Programme

Name

Variation in commitment appropriations (in EUR)

DB 2021 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2021

Difference

6.0.111

Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI)

12 060 779 767

12 070 958 148

10 178 381

15 02 01 10

Southern neighbourhood

1 460 009 385

1 470 187 766

10 178 381

6.0.12

Humanitarian Aid (HUMA)

1 478 000 000

1 503 000 000

25 000 000

15 03 01

Humanitarian aid

1 391 512 450

1 416 512 450

25 000 000

6.0.1SPEC

Prerogatives

91 394 973

93 023 514

1 628 541

15 20 04 03

Information policy and strategic communication for external action

41 756 023

43 384 564

1 628 541

PPPA

Pilot projects and preparatory actions

175 000

 

Total

 

 

36 981 922

Following the recent political agreement of 10 November 2020 between the European Parliament and the Council on the MFF 2021-2027 and pending the approval of the relevant texts, the Conciliation Committee agrees that the reinforcement of Humanitarian Aid is part of the overall top-up of EUR 0,5 billion (in 2018 prices) agreed politically in that context.

As a consequence, the agreed level of commitment appropriations is set at EUR 16 097,2 million, leaving a margin of EUR 149,8 million under the expenditure ceiling of heading.

Heading 7 – European Public Administration

The number of posts in the establishment plans of the institutions and the appropriations proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2021 are agreed by the Conciliation Committee with the following exceptions:

—  The section of the European Parliament for which its reading is approved and further adjusted to include (i) the impact of the revised salary update as per Amending Letter 1/2021 and (ii) the transfer of two establishment posts from the European Parliament (EP) to the European Commission with a view to support the operations of CERT-EU as per Amending Letter 1/2021;

—  The section of the Council, for which its reading is approved and further adjusted to include the impact of the revised salary update as per Amending Letter 1/2021;

—  The section of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) for which a technical update following the modification of the establishment plans further to the recourse to Article 53(1) of the Financial Regulation is agreed. This operation involved the conversion of one permanent AST11 post, one permanent AST8 post, one permanent AST7 post, two permanent AST5 posts, one permanent AST4 post and one temporary AST/SC3 post into respectively three permanent AD7 posts and four permanent AD5 posts with no impact on the level of appropriations.

—  The section of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) for which the level of commitment and payment appropriations is increased by EUR 590 854.

—  The section of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) for which the level of commitment and payment appropriations is increased by EUR 564 796.

—  The section of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) for which a technical update following the modification of the establishment plans further to the recourse to Article 53(1) of the Financial Regulation is agreed. This operation involved the conversion of one permanent AST5 post into one permanent AST/SC6 post with no impact on the level of appropriations.

—  The section of the European External Action Service (EEAS) for which the level of commitment and payment appropriations is increased by EUR 1,0 million for the “Strategic Communication Capacity”;

Furthermore as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Conciliation Committee agrees, exceptionally, to reduce by 10 % the level of commitment and payment appropriations related to missions of all institutions except the European Parliament.

The combined adjustments, resulting in an overall decrease of EUR 8,8 million of heading 7, are detailed by section in the following tables:

Section 1 – European Parliament

Programme / Budget line

Name

Variation in commitment appropriations (in EUR)

DB 2021 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2021

Difference

1 4 0 0

Other staff — Secretariat and political groups

63 837 727

65 039 727

1 202 000

1 4 0 1

Other staff — Security

38 084 545

34 584 545

-3 500 000

2 0 0 0

Rent

26 301 000

27 301 000

1 000 000

2 0 2 6

Security and surveillance of buildings

16 030 000

19 530 000

3 500 000

3 0 2

Reception and representation expenses

845 500

858 500

13 000

3 0 4 2

Meetings, congresses, conferences and delegations

2 780 000

2 857 000

77 000

3 2 0

Acquisition of expertise

6 629 500

7 491 500

862 000

2 1 2

Furniture

5 910 000

4 910 000

-1 000 000

10 1

Contingency reserve

4 500 000

2 346 000

-2 154 000

 

Total

 

 

0

Section 2 – European Council and Council

Programme / Budget line

Name

Variation in commitment appropriations (in EUR)

DB 2021 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2021

Difference

1 3 3 1

Mission expenses of the General Secretariat of the Council

3 600 000

3 240 000

-360 000

1 3 3 2

Travel expenses of staff related to the European Council

1 650 000

1 485 000

-165 000

2 2 0 0

Travel expenses of delegations

17 228 000

15 505 000

-1 723 000

2 2 0 1

Miscellaneous travel expenses

570 000

513 000

-57 000

2 2 1 3

Information and public events

5 095 000

4 585 500

-509 500

 

Total

 

 

-2 814 500

Section 3 – Commission

Programme / Budget line

Name

Variation in commitment appropriations (in EUR)

DB 2021 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2021

Difference

20 02 06 01

Mission and representation expenses

59 145 000

53 230 000

-5 915 000

20 02 07 01

Mission and representation expenses

6 083 000

5 475 000

-608 000

20 03 15 01 - O1 01 03 01

Publications Office - Missions and representation expenses

235 000

212 000

-23 000

20 03 15 02 - O2 01 03 01

European Personnel Selection Office - Missions and representation expenses

401 000

361 000

-40 000

20 03 16 01 - O3 01 03 01

Office for Administration and Payment of Individual Entitlements - Missions and representation expenses

153 000

138 000

-15 000

20 03 16 02 - O4 01 03 01

Office for Infrastructure and Logistics — Brussels - Missions and representation expenses

138 000

124 000

-14 000

20 03 16 03 - O5 01 03 01

Office for Infrastructure and Logistics — Luxembourg - Missions and representation expenses

111 000

100 000

-11 000

20 03 17 - O6 01 03 01

European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) - Missions and representation expenses

1 460 000

1 314 000

-146 000

 

Total

 

 

-6 772 000

Section 4 – Court of Justice of the European Union

Programme / Budget line

Name

Variation in commitment appropriations (in EUR)

DB 2021 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2021

Difference

1 6 2

Missions

450 000

405 000

-45 000

 

Total

 

 

-45 000

Section 5 – European Court of Auditors

Programme / Budget line

Name

Variation in commitment appropriations (in EUR)

DB 2021 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2021

Difference

1 6 2

Missions

3 320 000

2 988 000

-332 000

 

Total

 

 

-332 000

Section 6 – European Economic and Social Committee

Programme / Budget line

Name

Variation in commitment appropriations (in EUR)

DB 2021 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2021

Difference

1 6 2

Missions

421 082

378 974

-42 108

2 5 4 8

Interpreting

6 735 709

7 326 563

590 854

 

Total

 

 

548 746

Section 7 – European Committee of the Regions

Programme / Budget line

Name

Variation in commitment appropriations (in EUR)

DB 2021 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2021

Difference

1 6 2

Missions

311 461

280 315

-31 146

2 1 4

Technical equipment and installations

1 097 271

1 262 067

164 796

2 5 4 1

Third parties

104 100

304 100

200 000

2 6 4

CoR Political groups' communication activities

195 049

395 049

200 000

 

Total

 

 

533 650

Section 8 – European Ombudsman

Programme / Budget line

Name

Variation in commitment appropriations (in EUR)

DB 2021 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2021

Difference

3 0 0

Expenses for staff missions and duty travel between the three places of work

150 000

135 000

-15 000

 

Total

 

 

-15 000

Section 9 – European Data Protection Supervisor

Programme / Budget line

Name

Variation in commitment appropriations (in EUR)

DB 2021 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2021

Difference

1 1 2 0

Mission expenses, travel expenses and other ancillary expenditure

155 000

139 500

-15 500

3 0 3 0

Mission expenses, travel expenses and other ancillary expenditure

50 000

45 000

-5 000

3 0 4 8

EDPB Chair and Vice chairs expenses

59 000

53 100

-5 900

 

Total

 

 

-26 400

Section 10 – European External Action Service

Programme / Budget line

Name

Variation in commitment appropriations (in EUR)

DB 2021 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2021

Difference

1 4 0

Missions

9 132 050

8 229 645

-902 405

2 2 1 4

Strategic Communication Capacity

3 000 000

4 000 000

1 000 000

 

Total

 

 

97 595

As a consequence the agreed level of commitment appropriations is set at EUR 10 448,3 million, leaving a margin of EUR 186,7 million under the expenditure ceiling of heading 7.

Thematic special instruments: EGF, SEAR and BAR

Commitment appropriations for the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF), and the Solidarity and Emergency Aid Reserve (SEAR) are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2021.

p.m. Brexit Adjustment Reserve (BAR) will be included in an Amending budget early in 2021.

1.4.  Payment appropriations

The overall level of payment appropriations in the 2021 Budget is set at the level of the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2020 with the following adjustments agreed by the Conciliation Committee:

1.  The agreed level of commitment appropriations for non-differentiated expenditure, for which the level of payment appropriations is equal to the level of commitment appropriations, is taken into account. This includes the reduction of the financing cost of the European Recovery Instrument (EURI) by -EUR 71,9 million and the adjustment to the Union contribution to decentralised agencies. The combined effect is a decrease of -EUR 123,0 million;

2.  The combined adjustments under heading 7 resulting in an overall decrease of EUR 8,8 million;

3.  The payment appropriations for all new pilot projects and preparatory actions proposed by the Parliament are set at 25% of the corresponding commitment appropriations, or at the level proposed by Parliament, if lower. In the case of extension of existing pilot projects and preparatory actions, the level of payment appropriations is the one defined in the Draft Budget plus 25% of the corresponding new commitment appropriations, or at the level proposed by Parliament, if lower. The combined effect is an increase of EUR 17,9 million;

4.  The adjustments on the following budget lines are agreed as a result of the evolution in commitment appropriations for differentiated expenditure:

Budget line / Programme

Name

Variation in payment appropriations (in EUR)

DB 2021 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2021

Difference

1.0.221

CEF Transport

12 067 092

02 03 01

Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) — Transport

33 691 420

45 758 512

12 067 092

1.0.23

Digital Europe Programme

1 916 490

02 04 03

Artificial Intelligence

21 891 450

23 711 034

1 819 584

02 04 04

Skills

6 130 200

6 227 106

96 906

2.2.351

Justice

1 078 615

07 07 01

Promoting judicial cooperation

4 258 400

4 527 978

269 578

07 07 02

Supporting judicial training

7 028 000

7 472 907

444 907

07 07 03

Promoting effective access to justice

5 752 000

6 116 130

364 130

2.2.352

Rights and Values

2 089 154

07 06 02

Promote citizens engagement and participation in the democratic life of the Union

12 489 000

12 879 258

390 258

07 06 03

Daphne

4 706 910

6 244 139

1 537 229

07 06 04

Protect and promote Union values

0

161 667

161 667

2.2.3SPEC

Prerogatives

0

07 20 04 06

Specific competences in the area of social policy, including social dialogue

42 886 000

23 234 000

-19 652 000

07 20 04 09

Information and training measures for workers’ organisations

0

19 652 000

19 652 000

3.2.21

Programme for Environment and Climate Action (LIFE)

1 336 954

09 02 01

Nature and biodiversity

6 870 000

7 297 067

427 067

09 02 02

Circular economy and quality of life

10 394 052

11 040 188

646 136

09 02 03

Climate change mitigation and adaptation

2 295 581

2 438 284

142 703

09 02 04

Clean energy transition

1 947 232

2 068 280

121 048

6.0.111

Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI)

10 178 381

15 02 01 10

Southern neighbourhood

143 096 572

153 274 953

10 178 381

6.0.12

Humanitarian Aid (HUMA)

20 000 000

15 03 01

Humanitarian aid

1 800 000 000

1 820 000 000

20 000 000

6.0.1SPEC

Prerogatives

1 318 031

15 20 04 03

Information policy and strategic communication for external action

33 794 511

35 112 542

1 318 031

 

TOTAL

 

 

49 984 716

Overall this results in a level of payment appropriations of EUR 166 060,5 million, a decrease of EUR 63,9 million in comparison with the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2021.

1.5.  Reserves

There are no reserves in addition to those of the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2021.

Commitment and payment appropriations corresponding to new programmes for which the legal bases are being finalised and are expected to be adopted early in the 2021 will not be entered provisionally in reserve.

The conciliation committee agrees, exceptionally, not to put amounts for ECDC and EMA in reserve, given the urgent nature of the needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

1.6.  Budget remarks

The text of budget remarks corresponds to the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2020 with the following adjustments agreed by the Conciliation Committee:

—  Budget lines for which the amendments introduced by the European Parliament are approved without modifications:

Budget line

Name

Chapter 07 10

Decentralised Agencies

—  Budget lines for which the amendments introduced by the European Parliament are approved with the modification proposed by the Commission in its Executability Letter:

Budget line

Name

01 02 02 20

Cluster Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society

07 02 01

ESF+ shared management strand — Operational expenditure

15 03 02

Disaster prevention, disaster risk reduction and preparedness

—  Budget lines for which the respective budget remark as proposed in the Draft Budget as amended by the Amending Letter, are approved with the following modifications:

Budget line

Name

Chapter 02 04

Digital Europe Programme

Amend text as follows:

Fostered simultaneously, these will help create a thriving data economy, promote inclusiveness and equal opportunities for all, and ensure value creation.

02 04 04

Skills

Add following text:

The Programme shall ensure the effective promotion of equal opportunities for all, and the implementation of gender mainstreaming in its actions.

Chapter 03 02

Single Market Programme (incl. SMEs)

Amend text as follows:

It will also support women’s participation and contribute to empowerment of all actors of the single market: businesses, citizens including consumers, civil society and public authorities.

03 02 02

Add following text:

The Programme shall ensure the effective promotion of equal opportunities for all, and the implementation of gender mainstreaming in its actions.

—  In accordance with Article 15.3 of the Financial Regulation and the joint statement on the implementation of Article 15.3 agreed between the European Parliament and the Council, the Conciliation Committee agrees to make commitment appropriations available again on the research budget lines. The budget remarks of budget lines 01 02 02 10, 01 02 02 40, 01 02 02 50 and 01 02 02 60 will be adjusted accordingly:

Budget line

Name

01 02 02 10

Add following text:

In accordance with Article 15.3 of the Financial Regulation, an amount of EUR 3 400 000 in commitment appropriations is available for this budget item further to decommitments made in 2019 as a result of total or partial non-implementation of research projects.

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In accordance with Article 15.3 of the Financial Regulation, an amount of EUR 3 400 000

in commitment appropriations is available for this budget item further to decommitments made in 2019 as a result of total or partial non-implementation of research projects.

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In accordance with Article 15.3 of the Financial Regulation, an amount of EUR 6 600 000 in commitment appropriations is available for this budget item further to decommitments made in 2019 as a result of total or partial non-implementation of research projects.

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In accordance with Article 15.3 of the Financial Regulation, an amount of EUR 6 600 000 in commitment appropriations is available for this budget item further to decommitments made in 2019 as a result of total or partial non-implementation of research projects.

—  New budget lines for which the respective budget remark are approved as follows:

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This appropriation is intended to cover expenditure on information and training measures for workers’ organisations, including representatives of workers’ organisations in the candidate countries, deriving from Union action in the framework of the implementation of the Union social dimension.

Those measures should help workers’ organisations to address the overarching challenges facing European employment and social policy as laid down in the Europe 2020 strategy and within the context of Union initiatives to address the consequences of the economic crisis.

Special attention will be given to training on gender challenges at work.

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This appropriation is intended to focus on protecting, promoting and raising awareness on rights by providing financial support to civil society organisations active at local, regional and transnational level in promoting and cultivating these rights, thereby also strengthening the protection and promotion of Union values and the respect for the rule of law and contributing to the construction of a more democratic Union, democratic dialogue, transparency and good governance.

The above specific objective will be pursued in particular through supporting civil society organisations and non-profit stakeholders active in the areas of the Programme to increase their capacity to react, to carry out advocacy activities to promote rights, and to ensure adequate access for all citizens to their services, counselling and support activities.

—  New budget lines stemming from the split of the line 07 03 01 into two separate lines as follows, for which the respective budget remark are approved as follows:

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This appropriation is intended to cover the field of education and training of the Erasmus+ Programme under indirect management. It shall support the 3 Key actions and Jean Monnet actions.

Key action 1: Learning mobility

In the field of education and training, the Programme shall support the following actions: (a) the mobility of higher education students and staff; (b) the mobility of vocational education and training learners and staff; (c) the mobility of school pupils and staff; (d) the mobility of adult education staff; (e) language learning opportunities, including those supporting mobility activities.

Key action 2: Cooperation among organisations and institutions

In the field of education and training, the Programme shall support the following actions: (a) partnerships for cooperation and exchanges of practices, including small-scale partnerships to foster a wider and more inclusive access to the Programme; (b) partnerships for excellence, in particular European universities, Centres of vocational excellence and joint master degrees; (c) partnerships for innovation to strengthen Europe's innovation capacity; (d) online platforms and tools for virtual cooperation, including the support services for eTwinning and for the electronic platform for adult learning in Europe.

Key Action 3: Support to policy development and cooperation

In the field of education and training, the Programme shall support the following actions:

(a)  the preparation and implementation of the Union general and sectoral policy agendas in education and training, including with the support of the Eurydice network or activities of other relevant organisations; (b) the support to Union tools and measures that foster the quality, transparency and recognition of competences, skills and qualifications; (c) policy dialogue and cooperation with key stakeholders, including Union-wide networks, European non-governmental organisations and international organisations in the field of education and training; (d) measures that contribute to the qualitative and inclusive implementation of the Programme; (e) cooperation with other Union instruments and support to other Union policies; (f) dissemination and awareness-raising activities about European policy outcomes and priorities as well as on the Programme.

Jean Monnet actions

The Programme shall support teaching, learning, research and debates on European integration matters through the following actions: (a) Jean Monnet action in the field of higher education; (b) Jean Monnet action in other fields of education and training; (c) support to the following institutions pursuing an aim of European interest: the European University Institute, Florence, including its School of Transnational Governance; the College of Europe (Bruges and Natolin campuses); the European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht; the Academy of European Law, Trier; the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education, Odense and the International Centre for European Training, Nice.

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This appropriation is intended to cover the field of education and training of the Erasmus+ Programme under direct management. It shall support the 3 Key actions and Jean Monnet actions.

Key action 1: Learning mobility

In the field of education and training, the Programme shall support the following actions: (a) the mobility of higher education students and staff; (b) the mobility of vocational education and training learners and staff; (c) the mobility of school pupils and staff; (d) the mobility of adult education staff; (e) language learning opportunities, including those supporting mobility activities.

Key action 2: Cooperation among organisations and institutions

In the field of education and training, the Programme shall support the following actions: (a) partnerships for cooperation and exchanges of practices, including small-scale partnerships to foster a wider and more inclusive access to the Programme; (b) partnerships for excellence, in particular European universities, Centres of vocational excellence and joint master degrees; (c) partnerships for innovation to strengthen Europe's innovation capacity; (d) online platforms and tools for virtual cooperation, including the support services for eTwinning and for the electronic platform for adult learning in Europe.

Key Action 3: Support to policy development and cooperation

In the field of education and training, the Programme shall support the following actions:

(a)  the preparation and implementation of the Union general and sectoral policy agendas in education and training, including with the support of the Eurydice network or activities of other relevant organisations; (b) the support to Union tools and measures that foster the quality, transparency and recognition of competences, skills and qualifications; (c) policy dialogue and cooperation with key stakeholders, including Union-wide networks, European non-governmental organisations and international organisations in the field of education and training; (d) measures that contribute to the qualitative and inclusive implementation of the Programme; (e) cooperation with other Union instruments and support to other Union policies; (f) dissemination and awareness-raising activities about European policy outcomes and priorities as well as on the Programme.

Jean Monnet actions

The Programme shall support teaching, learning, research and debates on European integration matters through the following actions: (a) Jean Monnet action in the field of higher education; (b) Jean Monnet action in other fields of education and training; (c) support to the following institutions pursuing an aim of European interest: the European University Institute, Florence, including its School of Transnational Governance; the College of Europe (Bruges and Natolin campuses); the European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht; the Academy of European Law, Trier; the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education, Odense and the International Centre for European Training, Nice.

This is with the understanding that amendments introduced by the European Parliament or the Council cannot modify or extend the scope of an existing legal base, or impinge on the administrative autonomy of the institutions, and that the action can be covered by available resources.

1.7.  Budget nomenclature

The budget nomenclature proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2020, is agreed, with the inclusion of the new pilot projects and preparatory actions (except the new preparatory action PA 01 21 01 for which the related appropriations are added to the existing preparatory action PA 01 20 01). In addition, the following adjustments are agreed by the Conciliation Committee:

—  Two additional lines, as follows:

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Information and training measures for workers’ organisations

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2b / 2.2.352

Protect and promote Union values

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Budget line / Programme

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Promoting learning mobility of individuals, as well as cooperation, inclusion, excellence, creativity and innovation at the level of organisations and policies in the field of education and training

 

 

07 03 01 01

Promoting learning mobility of individuals, as well as cooperation, inclusion, excellence, creativity and innovation at the level of organisations and policies in the field of education and training – Indirect management

1 755 470 446

1 468 151 286

07 03 01 02

Promoting learning mobility of individuals, as well as cooperation, inclusion, excellence, creativity and innovation at the level of organisations and policies in the field of education and training – Direct management

542 824 138

295 331 144

2.  Budget 2020

Draft Amending Budget (DAB) 10/2020 is approved as proposed by the Commission.

3.  Statements

3.1.  Unilateral statement by the European Commission on tackling child poverty under the European Social Fund+

Tackling child poverty will become even more important especially in the context of the current COVID-19 crisis and sufficient resources need to be devoted to it. The revised proposal for the European Social Fund+ (COM(2020)0447) includes a specific thematic concentration for addressing child poverty. It requires that each Member State shall allocate at least 5 % of their ESF+ resources under shared management to support targeted actions and structural reforms to tackling child poverty (Article 7(3)a). Given the currently foreseen national allocations, this represents almost EUR 5 billion in current prices for the 2021-27 programming period.

3.2.  Joint statement by the European Parliament and the Council on payment appropriations

The Council and the Parliament call on the Commission to continue closely and actively monitoring during the year 2021 the implementation of the 2014-2020 programmes (particularly in sub-heading 2a and Rural Development). To that end, the Council and the Parliament invite the Commission to present, in a timely manner, updated figures concerning the state of affairs and estimates regarding 2021 payment appropriations. If the figures show that the appropriations entered in the 2021 budget are insufficient to cover the needs, the Council and the Parliament invite the Commission to present as soon as possible an appropriate solution, inter alia a draft amending budget, with a view to allowing the European Parliament and the Council to take any necessary decisions in due time for justified needs. Where applicable, the Council and the Parliament will take into account the urgency of the matter, shortening the eight-week period for a decision if deemed necessary. The same applies mutatis mutandis if the figures show that the appropriations entered in the 2021 budget are higher than needed.

3.3.  Joint statement by the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on tackling the impact of the COVID-19 crisis

In order to tackle the impact of the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis in the best interest of the EU, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission are committed to taking the necessary measures to rapidly deploy the full potential of the new generation of EU programmes giving a particular attention to the sectors of the economy that are most hit by the crisis such as tourism and SMEs the people that are the most affected by the crisis such as children and young people.

3.4.  Unilateral statement by the Commission on governance of the decentralised agencies

The Commission has a keen interest in making sure that the decentralised agencies of the EU deliver on their mandate, including strengthening and streamlining their governance, as well as supporting harmonised planning and reporting by all decentralised agencies. The Commission considers that the Special Report of the European Court of Auditors no 22/2020, and the replies thereto, could form the basis for collaborative follow-up which will require the support of Council and Parliament.

3.5.  Joint statement by the European Parliament and the Council on Brexit Adjustment Reserve (BAR)

The European Parliament and the Council invite the Commission to submit a proposal for the relevant instrument necessary to operationalise the Brexit Adjustment Reserve without delay, in view of ensuring that a sufficient amount of appropriations can be made available for mobilisation in the financial year 2021. The European Parliament and the Council will take into account the urgency of the matter during their deliberations.

The European Parliament and the Council invite the Commission to present a draft amending budget, as soon as it is appropriate, to make available the necessary appropriations in the financial year 2021. The European Parliament and the Council will consider such a draft amending budget with due urgency.

(1) OJ L 168, 7.6.2014, p. 105.
(2) OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.
(3) OJ L 193, 30.7.2018, p. 1.
(4) https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/
(5) Texts adopted, P9_TA(2020)0015.
(6) Texts adopted, P9_TA(2020)0166.
(7) Texts adopted, P9_TA(2020)0123.
(8) Texts adopted, P9_TA(2020)0302.
(9) Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2018/1046 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 July 2018 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union (OJ L 193, 30.7.2018, p. 1).


Basic road freight and road passenger connectivity at the end of the transition period with regard to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union ***I
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European Parliament legislative resolution of 18 December 2020 on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules ensuring basic road freight and road passenger connectivity following the end of the transition period mentioned in the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (COM(2020)0826 – C9-0399/2020 – 2020/0362(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2020)0826),

–  having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 91(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C9-0399/2020),

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

–  after consulting the European Economic and Social Committee,

–  after consulting the Committee of the Regions,

–  having regard to the undertaking given by the Council representative by letter of 16 December 2020 to approve Parliament’s position, in accordance with Article 294(4) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to Rules 59 and 163 of its Rules of Procedure,

1.  Adopts its position at first reading hereinafter set out;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it replaces, substantially amends or intends to substantially amend its proposal;

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

Position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading on 18 December 2020 with a view to the adoption of Regulation (EU) 2020/… of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules ensuring basic road freight and road passenger connectivity following the end of the transition period provided for in the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community

P9_TC1-COD(2020)0362


(As an agreement was reached between Parliament and Council, Parliament's position corresponds to the final legislative act, Regulation (EU) 2020/2224.)


Air connectivity following the end of the transition period with regard to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union ***I
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European Parliament legislative resolution of 18 December 2020 on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules ensuring basic air connectivity following the end of the transition period mentioned in the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (COM(2020)0827 – C9-0398/2020 – 2020/0363(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2020)0827),

–  having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 100(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C9-0398/2020),

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

–  after consulting the European Economic and Social Committee,

–  after consulting the Committee of the Regions,

–  having regard to the undertaking given by the Council representative by letter of 16 December 2020 to approve Parliament’s position, in accordance with Article 294(4) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to Rules 59 and 163 of its Rules of Procedure,

1.  Adopts its position at first reading hereinafter set out;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it replaces, substantially amends or intends to substantially amend its proposal;

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

Position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading on 18 December 2020 with a view to the adoption of Regulation (EU) 2020/… of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules ensuring basic air connectivity following the end of the transition period provided for in the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community

P9_TC1-COD(2020)0363


(As an agreement was reached between Parliament and Council, Parliament's position corresponds to the final legislative act, Regulation (EU) 2020/2225.)


Aviation safety at the end of the transition period with regard to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union ***I
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European Parliament legislative resolution of 18 December 2020 on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on certain aspects of aviation safety with regard to the end of the transition period mentioned in the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (COM(2020)0828 – C9-0397/2020 – 2020/0364(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2020)0828),

–  having regard to Articles 294(2) and 100(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C9-0397/2020),

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

–  after consulting the European Economic and Social Committee,

–  after consulting the Committee of the Regions,

–  having regard to the undertaking given by the Council representative by letter of 16 December 2020 to approve Parliament’s position, in accordance with Article 294(4) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to Rules 59 and 163 of its Rules of Procedure,

1.  Adopts its position at first reading hereinafter set out;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it replaces, substantially amends or intends to substantially amend its proposal;

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

Position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading on 18 December 2020 with a view to the adoption of Regulation (EU) 2020/… of the European Parliament and of the Council on certain aspects of aviation safety with regard to the end of the transition period provided for in the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community

P9_TC1-COD(2020)0364


(As an agreement was reached between Parliament and Council, Parliament's position corresponds to the final legislative act, Regulation (EU) 2020/2226.)


Fishing authorisations for Union fishing vessels in United Kingdom waters and fishing operations of United Kingdom fishing vessels in Union waters ***I
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European Parliament legislative resolution of 18 December 2020 on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2017/2403 as regards fishing authorisations for Union fishing vessels in United Kingdom waters and fishing operations of United Kingdom fishing vessels in Union waters (COM(2020)0830 – C9-0396/2020 – 2020/0366(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2020)0830),

–  having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 43(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C9-0396/2020),

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

–  after consulting the European Economic and Social Committee,

–  having regard to the undertaking given by the Council representative by letter of 15 December 2020 to approve Parliament’s position, in accordance with Article 294(4) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to Rules 59 and 163 of its Rules of Procedure,

1.  Adopts its position at first reading hereinafter set out;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it replaces, substantially amends or intends to substantially amend its proposal;

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

Position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading on 18 December 2020 with a view to the adoption of Regulation (EU) 2020/… of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2017/2403 as regards fishing authorisations for Union fishing vessels in United Kingdom waters and fishing operations of United Kingdom fishing vessels in Union waters

P9_TC1-COD(2020)0366


(As an agreement was reached between Parliament and Council, Parliament's position corresponds to the final legislative act, Regulation (EU) 2020/2227.)

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