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PE 496.681v02-00 A7-0026/2013

on the amended proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing an action programme for customs in the European Union for the period 2014-2020 (Customs 2020) and repealing Decision No 624/2007/EC

(COM(2012)0464 – C7-0241/2012 – 2011/0341A(COD))

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

Rapporteur: Raffaele Baldassarre

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 OPINION of the Committee on Budgets
 PROCEDURE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the amended proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing an action programme for customs in the European Union for the period 2014-2020 (Customs 2020) and repealing Decision No 624/2007/EC

(COM(2012)0464 – C7-0241/2012 – 2011/0341A(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2011)0706) and the amended proposal (COM(2012)0464),

–   having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 33 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C7-0241/2012),

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

–   having regard to Rule 55 of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and the opinion of the Committee on Budgets (A7-0026/2013),

1.  Points out that the financial envelope specified in the legislative proposal constitutes only an indication to the legislative authority and cannot be fixed until agreement is reached on the proposal for a regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020;

2.  Recalls its resolution of 8 June 2011 on Investing in the future: a new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for a competitive, sustainable and inclusive Europe(1); reiterates that sufficient additional resources are needed in the next MFF in order to enable the Union to fulfil its existing policy priorities and the new tasks provided for in the Treaty of Lisbon, as well as to respond to unforeseen events; points out that even with an increase in the level of resources for the next MFF of at least 5 % compared to the 2013 level only a limited contribution can be made to the achievement of the Union’s agreed objectives and commitments and the principle of Union solidarity; challenges the Council, if it does not share this approach, to clearly identify which of its political priorities or projects could be dropped altogether, despite their proven European added value;

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

4.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it intends to amend its proposal substantially or replace it with another text;

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

Amendment  1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(1) The multi-annual action programme for customs which applied before 2014 has significantly contributed to facilitating and enhancing cooperation between customs authorities within the Union. Many of the activities in the customs area are of a cross-border nature, involving and affecting all 27 Member States, and therefore they cannot be effectively and efficiently delivered by individual Member States. The Customs 2020 programme, implemented by the Commission, offers Member States a Union framework to develop these cooperation activities, which is more cost efficient than if each Member State would set up its individual cooperation framework on a bilateral or multilateral basis. It is therefore appropriate to ensure the continuation of this programme by establishing a new programme in the same area.

(1) Customs authorities are faced on a daily basis with multifaceted challenges: on the one hand they have to deal with constantly growing volumes of trade and are required to ensure the smooth and facilitated flow of legitimate goods, whilst on the other hand they are responsible for ensuring safety and security. Consequently, efficient cooperation between the Union's customs authorities has become increasingly important. The multi-annual action programme for customs which applied before 2014 (Customs 2013) facilitated and strengthened cooperation between customs authorities within the Union, and this has contributed substantially to the proper functioning of the customs union and the internal market. Many of the activities in the customs area are of a cross-border nature, involving and affecting all 27 Member States, and therefore they cannot be effectively and efficiently delivered by individual Member States. The Customs 2020 programme, implemented by the Commission, offers Member States a Union framework within which to develop these cooperation activities, which are more cost-efficient than if each Member State were to set up its individual cooperation framework on a bilateral or multilateral basis. It is therefore appropriate to ensure the continuation of this programme by establishing a new programme in the same area.

Justification

This amendment outlines the current customs realities justifying the continuation of the programme.

Amendment  2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2) The programme activities, i.e. the European Information Systems, the joint actions for customs officials and the common training initiatives, are expected to contribute to the realisation of the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. In providing a framework for activities which strive for more efficient customs authorities, strengthen the competitiveness of businesses, promote employment and contribute to the protection of the Union's financial and economic interests, the programme will actively strengthen the functioning of the customs union.

(2) The programme activities, i.e. the European Information Systems, the joint actions for customs officials and the common training initiatives, will contribute to the realisation of the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by strengthening the functioning of the internal market , providing a framework to support activities enhancing productivity of the public sector and pushing technical progress and innovation in national and Union administration. In providing a framework for activities which strive for more efficient and modernised customs authorities, strengthen the competitiveness of businesses, promote employment and rationalise and coordinate the Member States’ actions to protect their financial and economic interests and those of the Union, the programme will actively strengthen the functioning of the customs union, so that businesses and citizens can benefit from the full potential of the internal market and of global trade.

Justification

This amendment emphasises the benefits of strengthening the functioning of the customs union.

Amendment  3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(2a) The programme should lead to increased cooperation in the field of customs between the Member States, which is essential for the internal market. Customs duties are also an important source of revenue both for Union and national budgets and could therefore be seen as an important instrument for ensuring efficient public finance.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3) To support the process of accession and association by third countries, the programme should be open for the participation of acceding and candidate countries as well as potential candidates and partner countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy if certain conditions are fulfilled. Considering the increasing interconnectivity of the world economy, the programme continues to provide the possibility to involve external experts, such as officials of third countries, representatives of international organisations or economic operators in certain activities. The setting up of EEAS under the authority of the High Representative Vice-President (HRVP) may facilitate policy coordination and coherence in an area which is a relevant component of EU external strategies and actions, both on bilateral and multilateral basis.

(3) To support the process of accession and association by third countries, the programme should be open for the participation of acceding and candidate countries as well as potential candidates and partner countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy if certain conditions are fulfilled. Considering the increasing interconnectivity of the world economy, the programme continues to provide the possibility to involve external experts, such as officials of third countries, representatives of international organisations or economic operators in certain activities, such as collection of intelligence on fraud and irregularities. The setting up of EEAS under the authority of the High Representative Vice-President (HRVP) may facilitate policy coordination and coherence in an area which is a relevant component of EU external strategies and actions, both on bilateral and multilateral basis.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4) The programme objectives take into account the problems and challenges identified for customs in the next decade. The programme should continue to play a role in vital areas like the coherent implementation of Union customs and related law. Moreover, the focus of the programme will be on protecting the financial and economic interests of the Union, safeguarding safety and security, trade facilitation, among others through collaborative efforts to fight fraud and increasing the administrative capacity of customs authorities.

(4) The programme objectives take into account the problems and challenges identified for customs in the next decade. The programme should continue to play a role in vital areas like the coherent implementation of the modernised Union customs and related law. Moreover, the focus of the programme will be on protecting the financial and economic interests of the Union, facilitating trade and increasing the administrative capacity of customs authorities. However, given the dynamics of the new challenges and the need to protect citizens from security and safety risks posed by international trade in goods, additional emphasis should be placed on combating fraud. Furthermore, at a time when resources are scarce, there is an even stronger pressure to base customs controls on efficient and effective risk targeting, in order to reinforce customs risk management. The Commission should encourage Member States which have not yet developed adequate electronic data-processing techniques to do so and move towards a more digital Single Market.

Justification

This amendment stresses the objective to protect citizens from security and safety risks posed by the international trade and to support the fight against illicit traffic and fraud by improving the capacity of the Commission and Member states to act.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(6) The European information systems play a vital role in reinforcing the customs systems within the Union and should therefore continue to be financed under the programme. In addition, it should be made possible to include in the programme new customs related information systems established under Union legislation. European Information Systems should, where appropriate, be based upon shared development models and IT architecture.

(6) The European information systems play a vital role in reinforcing the customs systems within the Union and should therefore continue to be financed under the programme. In addition, it should be made possible to include in the programme new customs-related information systems established under Union legislation. European Information Systems should, where appropriate, be based upon shared development models and IT architecture in order to increase the flexibility and efficiency of customs administration.

Justification

This amendment stresses the objective of developing shared models and IT architecture in European Information Systems.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 6 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(6a) Technical capacity-building helps to ensure safety and security and facilitates legitimate trade. However, given the financial constraints currently experienced by numerous Member States, it appears that acquiring and maintaining the equipment needed in that regard (for instance scanners and laboratory equipment) represents a challenge, which consequently poses a threat to the effective protection of the Union's external borders. It is therefore essential to provide financial support in the area of acquisition and maintenance of the requisite technical equipment. With regard to the financial allocation for the programme, it should be stipulated that financial support for the acquisition and maintenance of technical equipment should be based on a cofinancing rate no higher than 10 %. This should foster national investment in customs capacity building measures.

Justification

In order to ensure comprehensive support for various aspects of engagement by the customs authorities, it is appropriate that the Programme should cover not only the joint actions, IT capacity building and human competency building, but also technical capacity building.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) Human competency building in the form of common training should also be realised through the programme. Customs officials need to build up and update their knowledge and skills required to serve the needs of the Union. The programme should be essential to strengthen the human capacities through enhanced training support that targets customs officials as well as economic operators. To this end, the current common training approach of the Union which was mainly based on central eLearning development should develop into a multi-facetted training support programme for the Union.

(7) Human competency building is vital, should be carried out in the form of common training, and should be realised through the programme. Customs officials need to build up and update their knowledge and skills required to serve the needs of the Union. The programme should be essential to strengthen the human capacities through enhanced training support that targets customs officials as well as economic operators. To this end, the current common training approach of the Union which was mainly based on central eLearning development should develop into a multifaceted training support programme for the Union.

Amendment  9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(7a) As the European Information Systems constitute an essential element of the programme, it is crucial to allocate appropriate funds for their development and operation. Moreover, the programme should provide for a certain degree of budgetary flexibility in order to respond to changes in policy priorities.

Justification

The breakdown of the budget to support eligible actions is an essential policy choice and therefore the co-legislators should have the prerogative on giving political guidance in terms of the distribution of spending amounts.

Amendment  10

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(7b) In order to measure the performance of the programme, the indicators linked to the general, specific and operational objectives of the programme should be established and, if appropriate, subsequently modified in an annual work programme.

Justification

As several references to the indicators are provided in the Commission proposal, it is important to establish the process of development of the indicators in order to monitor and evaluate the value and impact of measures taken under the Programme. In order to ensure the necessary degree of flexibility in this process it is appropriate to empower the Commission to undertake this activity in the framework of the annual work programme.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10) In line with the Commission's commitment set out in its Communication on the Budget Review of 2010 to coherence and simplification of funding programmes, resources should be shared with other Union funding instruments if the envisaged Programme activities pursue objectives which are common to various funding instruments excluding however double financing. Actions within this Programme should ensure coherence in the use of the Union's resources supporting the functioning of the Customs Union.

(10) In line with the Commission's commitment, set out in its Communication on the Budget Review of 2010, to coherence and simplification of funding programmes, resources may be shared with other Union funding instruments if the envisaged programme activities pursue objectives which are common to various funding instruments, excluding however double financing. Actions within this programme should ensure coherence in the use of the Union's resources supporting the functioning of the customs union.

Justification

It is important to underline the possibility of sharing the resources rather than encourage such practice, as this related to the evaluation objectives pursued.

Amendment  12

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 12 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(12a) Cooperation on intelligent risk assessment is vital to allowing compliant and trustworthy businesses to gain maximum benefit from the simplification of the e-administration of customs, and allowing irregularities to be targeted.

Amendment  13

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 12 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(12b) Illegal transport of goods is a serious problem in the Union and not only affects the Union financial interests but also poses a substantial risk for consumers and citizens.

Amendment  14

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(13) In order to ensure uniform conditions for the implementation of this Regulation, implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission. Those powers should be exercised in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011 laying down the rules and general principles concerning mechanisms for control by the Member States of the Commission's exercise of implementing powers.

deleted

Justification

As the annual work programme contains elements that are significant policy choices (priorities, adjustment to the breakdown of the budget, indicators to measure the performance) intended to supplement or amend the primary policy shaping elements as established in this Regulation, therefore it is suitable to delegate powers to the Commission in accordance with Article 290 TFEU with respect to adoption of the annual work programme.

Amendment  15

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 13 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(13a) In order to respond appropriately to changes in policy priorities, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union should be delegated to the Commission in respect of the adoption of the annual work programme. It is of particular importance that the Commission carry out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level. The Commission, when preparing and drawing up delegated acts, should ensure a simultaneous, timely and appropriate transmission of relevant documents to the European Parliament and to the Council.

Justification

As the annual work programme contains elements that are significant policy choices (e.g. priorities, adjustment to the breakdown of the budget, indicators to measure the performance) intended to supplement or amend the primary policy shaping elements as established in this Regulation, therefore it is suitable to delegate powers to the Commission in accordance with Article 290 TFEU with respect to adoption of the annual work programme.

Amendment  16

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 15

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(15) The Commission should be assisted by the Customs 2020 Committee for the implementation of the programme.

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Justification

As the annual work programme contains elements that are significant policy choices (e.g. priorities, adjustment to the breakdown of the budget, indicators to measure the performance) intended to supplement or amend the primary policy shaping elements as established in this Regulation, therefore it is suitable to delegate powers to the Commission in accordance with Article 290 TFEU with respect to adoption of the annual work programme.

Amendment  17

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 5

Article 5

General objective and specific objective

General objective

1. The general objective of the programme shall be to strengthen the internal market, through an efficient and effective customs union.

The general objective of the programme shall be to support the functioning of the customs union and to strengthen the internal market, through an efficient and effective modernisation of the customs union by means of cooperation between participating countries, their customs authorities, their officials and external experts.

2. The specific objective of the programme shall be to support the functioning of the customs union, in particular through cooperation between participating countries, their customs authorities, other competent authorities, their officials and external experts.

The degree of fulfilment of that objective shall be measured, inter alia, by the following indicators:

3. The achievement of this objective shall be measured on the basis of the following indicators:

a) the evolution of the perception of programme stakeholders regarding the contribution made by the programme to the strengthening of the internal market;

(1) the availability of the Common Communication Network for the European Information Systems;

b) the functioning of the customs union and operation of the Common Communication Network and the Union components of European Information Systems;

(2) the feedback from participants in programme actions and users of the programme.

c) the level of harmonisation and standardisation of procedures for customs controls.

Amendment  18

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Article 6

Article 6

Priorities

Specific objectives

The priorities of the programme shall be the following:

The specific objectives of the programme shall be the following:

(1) to support the preparation, coherent application and effective implementation of Union law, with a view of strengthening the customs union in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and uniformity;

(a) to support the preparation, coherent application and effective implementation of Union law, with a view of strengthening the customs union in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and uniformity and helping, in particular, to ensure that procedures are fully computerised within the time limits laid down in the Union Customs Code;

(2) to strengthen the competitiveness of European businesses through the facilitation of legitimate trade, the reduction of compliance costs and administrative burden, and the protection against unfair competition;

(b) to strengthen the competitiveness of European businesses through the facilitation of legitimate trade, the reduction of compliance costs and administrative burdens through real simplifications for compliant and trustworthy operators, and protection against unfair competition;

(3) to support customs in protecting citizens, safety and security and the environment;

(c) to prevent fraud so as to protect citizens, safety and security and the environment;

(4) to ensure the protection of the financial and economic interests of the European Union and the Member States;

(d) to fight fraud, protect intellectual property and to enhance competitiveness, safety and security by enhancing cooperation with international organisations, Union authorities such as the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF), third countries, other governmental authorities and economic operators and their organisations;

(5) to contribute to the efficient functioning of customs authorities by improving their administrative capacity;

(e) to strengthen the competitiveness of Union businesses through the facilitation of trade and the reduction of compliance costs to ensure the protection of the financial and economic interests of the Union and of the Member States;

(6) to fight fraud and to enhance competitiveness, safety and security by enhancing cooperation with international organisations, third countries, other governmental authorities, economic operators and their organisations.

(f) to contribute to the efficient functioning of customs authorities by improving their administrative capacity.

 

2. The progress made on each of the specific objectives listed above shall be measured by a set of indicators that shall be established and, if necessary, modified in an annual work programme.

 

Those indicators shall include the views of stakeholders and participants in the actions financed on the programme’s usefulness in terms of meeting the specific objectives, as well as the indicators set out in the second paragraph of Article 5.

Amendment  19

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 6a

 

Operational objectives of the programme

 

The operational objectives for the implementation and monitoring of one or more of the specific objectives provided for in Article 6 shall be the following:

 

(a) to set up actions enhancing common understanding and implementation of Union customs law;

 

(b) to set up actions improving the control and management of the supply chains used for the movement of goods;

 

(c) to develop and maintain European Information Systems for customs;

 

(d) to reinforce skills and competencies in customs for customs officials and external experts;

 

(e) to support the development of an e-administration for customs authorities and external stakeholders;

 

(f) to set up actions relating to customs involving third countries and external experts;

 

(g) to support the identification and sharing of best practices;

 

(h) to set up expert teams to perform specific operational tasks together; and

 

(i) to support and facilitate joint operational customs activities with other competent authorities, in particular those with responsibility for internal market monitoring.

Amendment  20

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – point 1 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) setting-up of groups to steer and coordinate actions falling within their sphere of competence;

Justification

This paragraph was already included in the Commission's proposal COM(2011)706.

Amendment  21

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – point 1 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ba) benchmarking activities organised by two or more participating countries, possibly with the involvement of the Commission, to compare working methods, procedures or processes with commonly agreed indicators, in order to identify best practices and shortcomings;

Amendment  22

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – point 1 – point d a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(da) technical capacity-building, in particular the acquisition and maintenance of technical equipment;

Justification

In order to ensure comprehensive support for various aspects of engagement by the customs authorities, it is appropriate that the Programme should cover not only the joint actions, IT capacity building and human competency building, but also technical capacity building.

Amendment  23

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – point 1 – point e a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ea) cooperation and information pooling between national and Union internal market monitoring authorities and the customs authorities of two or more participating countries;

Amendment  24

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – point 1 – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i) any other activity in support of the specific objective and priorities set out in Articles 5 and 6.

(i) any other activity in support of the general, specific and operational objectives set out in Articles 5, 6 and 6a.

Justification

In order to align with the amendments on Article 6 and on a new Article 6 a (new).

Amendment  25

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The Commission shall coordinate, in cooperation with the participating countries, those aspects of the establishment and functioning of the Union and non-Union components of the systems and infrastructure referred to in points 1 and 2 of Annex which are necessary to ensure their operability, interconnectivity and continuous improvement.

2. The Commission shall coordinate, in cooperation with the participating countries, those aspects of the establishment and functioning of the Union components, set out in point 2 of Section II of the Annex, and non-Union components, described in point 1a of Section II of the Annex, of the systems and infrastructure referred to in point 1 of Section II of the Annex which are necessary to ensure their operability, interconnectivity and continuous improvement.

Justification

To increase legal certainty it is necessary to indicate a reference to the provision which provides for the description of the terms "Union components" and ''non-Union components". This option also includes the technical amendment.

Amendment  26

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a. The Union shall bear the cost of acquisition, development, installation, maintenance and day-to-day operation of the Union components, whereas the cost of acquisition, development, installation, maintenance and day-to-day operation of the non-Union components shall be borne by the participating countries.

Justification

It is necessary to establish a clear division of the expenditure among the Union and the participating countries in order to increase legal certainty.

Amendment  27

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The financial envelope for the implementation of the programme shall be EUR 548.080.000(in current prices).

1. The financial envelope for the implementation of the programme within the meaning of point [17] of the Interinstitutional Agreement of XX/201Z between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on cooperation in budgetary matters and sound financial management shall be EUR ... (in current prices).

Justification

In accordance with the horizontal approach while waiting for the outcome of the negotiations on Multiannual Financial Framework, at this stage the rapporteur left black the amount of the financial envelope.

Amendment  28

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

The indicative distribution of funds among the eligible actions, as set out in Article 6a, shall be as provided for in Section -I of the Annex.

Justification

The breakdown of the budget to support eligible actions is an essential policy choice and therefore the co-legislators should have the prerogative on giving political guidance in terms of the distribution of spending amounts.

Amendment  29

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11– paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. In determining the annual appropriations, the prerogatives of the budgetary authority shall be respected.

Amendment  30

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a. The co-financing rate applicable to support granted under the programme for the acquisition and maintenance of technical equipment shall be specified in the annual work programme and shall in any event be no higher than 10 %.

Amendment  31

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

3a. Without prejudice to paragraphs 1, 2 and 3, framework agreements, Association Council decisions or similar agreements with third countries and international organisations and grant agreements and grant decisions and contracts resulting from the implementation of this Regulation shall empower the Commission, the Court of Auditors and OLAF to conduct such audits, on-the-spot checks and inspections as may be necessary.

Justification

Paragraph included in COM (2011)0706.

Amendment  32

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. In order to implement the programme the Commission shall adopt annual work programmes which shall set out the objectives pursued, the expected results, the method of implementation and their total amount. They shall also contain a description of the actions to be financed, an indication of the amount allocated to each action type and an indicative implementation timetable. The work programmes shall include for grants the priorities, the essential evaluation criteria and the maximum rate of co-financing. This implementing act shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 14(2).

1. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 15 in the form of annual work programmes which shall include the annual priorities for the programme as regards its general, specific and operational objectives, adjustments to the breakdown of the budget per type of action, the evaluation criteria for grants for actions and the establishment and, if necessary, the modification of indicators for the measurement of the effects and impacts of the programme.

Justification

As the annual work programme contains elements that are significant policy choices (priorities, adjustment to the breakdown of the budget, indicators to measure the performance) intended to supplement or amend the primary policy shaping elements as established in this Regulation, therefore it is suitable to delegate powers to the Commission in accordance with Article 290 TFEU with respect to adoption of the annual work programme.

Amendment  33

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. In preparing the annual work programme, the Commission shall take into account the common approach regarding the customs policy. That approach shall regularly be reviewed and established in a partnership between the Commission and the Member States in the Customs Policy Group, composed of the heads of customs administrations from the Member States or their representatives and the Commission.

2. In preparing the annual work programme, the Commission shall take into account the common approach regarding the customs policy. That approach shall be continuously adapted to new developments in a partnership between the Commission and the Member States in the Customs Policy Group, composed of the Commission and the heads of customs administrations from the Member States or their representatives.

Justification

As the formulation of the same provision established in Decision No 624/2007/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 23 May 2007 establishing an action programme for customs in the Community (Customs 2013) is clearer it should be maintained. The technical amendment is also included in this option.

Amendment  34

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Committee procedure

Exercise of the delegation

1. The Commission shall be assisted by a committee. That committee shall be a committee within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011.

1. The power to adopt delegated acts is conferred on the Commission subject to the conditions laid down in this Article.

2. Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 5 of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 shall apply.

2. The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 14 shall be conferred on the Commission for a period commencing on ...* and ending on 31 December 2020.

 

2a. The delegation of power referred to in Article 14 may be revoked at any time by the European Parliament or by the Council. A decision to revoke shall put an end to the delegation of the power specified in that decision. It shall take effect on the day following publication of the decision in the Official Journal of the European Union or at a later date specified therein. It shall not affect the validity of any delegated acts already in force.

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2b. As soon as it adopts a delegated act, the Commission shall notify it simultaneously to the European Parliament and to the Council.

 

2c. A delegated act adopted pursuant to Article 14 shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed either by the European Parliament or by the Council within a period of two months of notification of that act to the European Parliament and the Council or if, before the expiry of that period, the European Parliament and the Council have both informed the Commission that they will not object. That period shall be extended by two months at the initiative of the European Parliament or of the Council.

 

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*OJ: please insert the date of entry into force of this Regulation

Justification

As the annual work programme contains elements that are significant policy choices (e.g. priorities, adjustment to the breakdown of the budget, indicators to measure the performance) intended to supplement or amend the primary policy shaping elements as established in this Regulation, therefore it is suitable to delegate powers to the Commission in accordance with Article 290 TFEU with respect to adoption of the annual work programme.

Amendment  35

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The Commission shall, in cooperation with the participating countries, monitor the programme and its actions in order to follow the implementation of actions carried out.

The Commission shall, in cooperation with the participating countries, monitor the programme and its actions in order to follow the implementation of actions carried out. The indicators used by the Commission for the purpose of monitoring the operation of the programme shall include those set out in Articles 5 and 6 and in the annual work programmes.

Amendment  36

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

The indicators referred to in Article 6(2) shall be used, inter alia, to measure the effects and impacts of the programme. They shall be measured against pre-defined baselines reflecting the situation before implementation.

Justification

As several references to the indicators are provided in the Commission proposal, it is important to establish the process of development of the indicators in order to monitor and evaluate the value and impact to measures taken under the Programme. In order to ensure the necessary degree of flexibility in this process it is appropriate to empower the Commission to undertake this process in the framework of the annual work programme.

Amendment  37

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

4a. The Commission shall submit the mid-term evaluation report to the European Parliament and the Council by 31 December 2018 and the final evaluation report by 30 June 2022.

 

Those reports shall be sent to the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions for information.

Justification

To ensure the transparency as well as to ensure the continuity of the currently applicable provisions of Decision No 624/2007/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 23 May 2007 establishing an action programme for customs in the Community (Customs 2013), the mid-term and final evaluation reports should be transmitted to the co-legislators.

Amendment  38

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 4 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

4b. If the mid-term evaluation report reveals major shortcomings in the programme, the Commission shall consider presenting a proposal to the European Parliament and the Council for amendment of the programme.

Justification

It is important to envisage a possible amendment of the Programme in order to ensure that the objectives of the Programme are not jeopardised.

Amendment  39

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Section -I (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

-I. Indicative allocation of funds to eligible actions listed in Article 6a

 

Types of action

The breakdown of the budget in %

 

IT capacity-building

at least 75 %

 

Joint actions

maximum 15 %

 

Technical capacity-building

maximum 5 %

 

Human capacity-building

maximum 5 %

Justification

The breakdown of the budget to support eligible actions is an essential policy choice and therefore the co-legislators should have the prerogative on giving political guidance in terms of the distribution of spending amounts. Moreover, the indicative formulation of the breakdown of the budget allows for the additional allocation for technical and administrative expenditure as provided in Article 10(2).

Amendment  40

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Section I – Title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

European Information Systems and their Union components

I. European Information Systems and their Union components

Justification

Linked to amendment 34 on Annex – section I (new).

Amendment  41

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – Section I – point 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(1a) the non-Union components, that is to say all those components which are not identified as Union components in point 2.

Justification

In order to ensure legal certainty it is important to define the non-Union components.

(1)

Texts adopted, P7_TA(2011)0266.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

Background

On 9 November 2011 the Commission proposed a draft Regulation on Fiscus programme which merged the current two separate programmes for taxation (Fiscalis 2013) and customs (Customs 2013) into one with the objective to simplify and cost-cut goals of the Commission.

Members from IMCO and ECON, nevertheless, raised a number of concerns with regard to the merger of these two programmes and doubted the existence of any substantial and tangible benefits of the merger. On 29 February 2012 IMCO Coordinators took a decision to split the Commission’s proposal into Customs and Fiscalis programmes (ECON Coordinators had made the same decision on 13 February 2012).

Following the decision by the Conference of Presidents on 16 May 2012, upholding the request of both IMCO and ECON for the split, the Commission adjusted its view to take into account the Parliament and Council position and on 29 August 2012 it adopted an amended proposal on Customs 2020 and Fiscalis 2020.

The Commission's Customs 2020 proposal is based on article 33 of the TFEU which calls for action by the European Union with regard to customs cooperation and the EU customs union.

In accordance with the proposal for a new Multiannual Financial Framework, as amended on 6 July 2012, this Regulation on the Customs 2020 programme contains a budgetary framework of EUR 548.080.000 (in current prices) for the period of 2014-2020.

Rapporteur's position

Mr Baldassarre, rapporteur on the dossier, is utmost satisfied that the Commission has already taken into account the Parliament request to split the previous proposal on Fiscus programme into Customs and Fiscalis programmes.

The rapporteur, nevertheless, put forward the following main amendments to the Commission's proposal of 29 August 2012:

Specific and operational objectives

For reasons of increased visibility and legal clarity it is appropriate to establish general, specific as well as operational objectives in the Articles of the Regulation.

Objective: controls and fight fraud

Given the problem dynamics of new challenges in customs and the need to protect citizens from security and safety risks posed by international trades in goods, an additional emphasis should be given to the harmonisation and standarisation of the procedures for customs controls and to fight fraud.

Breakdown of the budget

In accordance with the horizontal approach while waiting for the outcome of the negotiations on Multiannual Financial Framework, at this stage the rapporteur left black the amount of the financial envelope.

The breakdown of the budget to support eligible actions is an essential policy choice and therefore the co-legislators should have the prerogative on giving political guidance in terms of the distribution of spending amounts.

Moreover, as IT systems are essential in the budget (see previous Customs 2013 programme where approx. 75-80 per cent of the overall budget is allocated to IT) a certain minimum should be ensured for the development and maintenance of IT systems.

The proposed actual percentage values have been estimated on the basis of the legislative financial statement for the customs section:

Furthermore a certain degree of flexibility should be maintained in order to respond to changed policy priorities (i.e. the possibility to adapt to the breakdown of the budget in the annual work programme).

Given the fact that the breakdown of the budget is formulated in an indicative manner: "at least xx %" and "maximum ... %", it allows for the additional allocation for technical and administrative expenditure.

Indicators

As several references to the indicators are provided in the Commission proposal, it is important to establish the process of development of the indicators in order to monitor and evaluate the value and impact of measures taken under the Programme. In order to ensure the necessary degree of flexibility in this process it is appropriate to empower the Commission to undertake this activity in the framework of the annual work programme.

Annual work programme - delegated acts

As the annual work programme contains elements that are significant policy choices (e.g. priorities, adjustment to the breakdown of the budget, indicators to measure the performance) intended to supplement or amend the primary policy shaping elements as established in this Regulation, therefore it is suitable to delegate powers to the Commission in accordance with Article 290 TFEU with respect to adoption of the annual work programme.

The recourse to the delegated acts protects the prerogatives of the European Parliament. It will enable the European Parliament to veto the proposed act or to revoke the delegation of power to the Commission.

Reporting

To ensure the transparency as well as to ensure the continuity of the currently applicable provisions of Decision No 624/2007/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 23 May 2007 establishing an action programme for customs in the Community (Customs 2013), the mid-term and final evaluation reports should be transmitted to the co-legislators.

Technical capacity support

In order to ensure comprehensive support for various aspects of engagement by the customs authorities, it is appropriate that the Programme should cover not only the joint actions, IT capacity building and human competency building, but also technical capacity building.

Technical capacity building means the support for the participating countries in acquisition and maintenance of the equipment (e.g. scanners, laboratory equipment)

This is particularly important in order to guarantee effective protection of the EU external border.

Components of the European information systems

It should be clearly established not only what components are considered as Union components, but also what are the non-Union components.

Moreover, it should be clear that Union shall bear the costs related to the development and maintenance of Union components, whereas the participating countries would bear the costs related to the non-Union components.


OPINION of the Committee on Budgets (9.7.2012)

for the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing an action programme for customs in the European Union for the period 2014-2020 (CUSTOMS) and repeal of Decision No 624/2007/EC

(COM(2011)0706 – C7-0398/2011 – 2011/0341A(COD))

Rapporteur: Hynek Fajmon

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

The FISCUS programme, as proposed by the European Commission would be a single successor to the existing Customs 2013 and Fiscalis 2013 programmes. The FISCUS programme, announced in early November as part of the wider MFF package, aims to merge the two programmes together in the name of simplification.

Customs 2013, which legislates for customs activities, supporting the vital work of the Customs Union and its activities, is an exclusive competence of the Union. By contrast, Fiscalis 2013 aims to strengthen the functioning of the internal market through improved operation of the taxation systems within the EU by increasing cooperation between Member States. It is an EU programme which should not impact on tax policy, which is primarily Member State competence.

Your rapporteur holds serious reservations about the proposed merger of the two legal bases. The two programmes have divergent and distinctive aims, objectives and contexts; consequently, they should enjoy different legal arrangements for implementation, evaluation, monitoring and control.

In addition, neither of the mid-term evaluations proposed a merger and there is a lack of supporting evidence for such a proposal, despite the Commission's justification thereof. Both Fiscalis and Customs were working well as separate programmes according to the evaluations executed by independent consultants.

Furthermore, since the Commission has kept the budgetary envelopes for the two programmes separate and has expressed its interest in preserving the identity of the programmes, it would appear logical therefore that the best way of ensuring this would be to keep the programmes separate.

While your rapporteur supports the work of both the Fiscalis and Customs programmes, he recommends that either the European Parliament should consider rejecting the Commission proposal, or that Parliament's lead committees take any other form of action that would result in two separate legal bases for the Fiscalis and Customs programmes respectively. This would allow the distinct and important issues under two new proposed pieces of legislation to be examined and negotiated separately.

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on Budgets calls on the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following amendments in its report(s):

Amendment  1

Draft legislative resolution

Recital -A (new)

Draft legislative resolution

Amendment

 

-A. Whereas the Fiscalis and Customs programmes have divergent and distinctive aims, objectives and contexts, and were working well as separate programmes according to the evaluations executed by independent consultants,

Amendment  2

Draft legislative resolution

Paragraph -1 (new)

Draft legislative resolution

Amendment

 

-1. Points out that the financial envelope specified in the legislative proposal constitutes only an indication to the legislative authority and cannot be fixed until agreement is reached on the proposal for a regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020;

Amendment  3

Draft legislative resolution

Paragraph -1 a (new)

Draft legislative resolution

Amendment

 

-1a. Recalls its resolution of 8 June 2011 on Investing in the future: a new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for a competitive, sustainable and inclusive Europe1; reiterates that sufficient additional resources are needed in the next MFF in order to enable the Union to fulfil its existing policy priorities and the new tasks provided for in the Treaty of Lisbon, as well as to respond to unforeseen events; points out that even with an increase in the level of resources for the next MFF of at least 5 % compared to the 2013 level only a limited contribution can be made to the achievement of the Union’s agreed objectives and commitments and the principle of Union solidarity; challenges the Council, if it does not share this approach, to clearly identify which of its political priorities or projects could be dropped altogether, despite their proven European added value;

 

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1 Texts adopted, P7_TA(2011)0266.

Amendment  4

Draft legislative resolution

Paragraph 1 a (new)

Draft legislative resolution

Amendment

 

1a. Considers that the Fiscalis and Customs programmes should enjoy different legal arrangements for implementation, evaluation, monitoring and control and that the best way of preserving the identity of the programmes is to keep them separate;

Amendment  5

Draft legislative resolution

Paragraph 1 b (new)

Draft legislative resolution

Amendment

 

1b. Will therefore take appropriate actions, including possibly rejecting Commission's proposal, to secure the adoption of two separate legal bases for the Fiscalis and Customs programmes respectively;

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3) The Programme activities, i.e. the European Information Systems, the joint actions for customs and tax officials and the common training initiatives, are expected to contribute to the realisation of the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. In providing a framework for activities which strive for more efficient customs and tax authorities, strengthen the competitiveness of businesses, promote employment and contribute to the protection of the Union's financial and economic interests, the Programme will actively strengthen the functioning of the customs union and the internal market.

(3) The Programme activities, i.e. the European Information Systems, the joint actions for customs and tax officials and the common training initiatives, will contribute to the realisation of the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by strengthening the functioning of the Single Market, providing a framework to support activities enhancing productivity of the public sector and pushing technical progress and innovation in national and European customs and tax administrations. In providing a framework for activities which strive for more efficient customs and tax authorities, strengthen the competitiveness of businesses, promote employment and rationalise and coordinate the Member States’ actions to protect their financial and economic interests and those of the Union, the Programme will actively strengthen the functioning of the customs union and the internal market.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(3a) The customs sector of the programme should lead to an increased cooperation in the field of customs between the member states which is essential for the Single Market. Customs duties are also an important source of revenue both for the Union and national budgets and could therefore be seen as an important instrument for efficient public finance.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 6 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(6a) Estimates indicate that tax evasion cost the governments of the Member States every year approximately EUR 860 billion and tax avoidance about EUR 150 billion. The scale of tax evasion and avoidance undermines citizens' trust and confidence in the fairness and legitimacy of tax collection. By halving the tax gap, Member States could achieve new tax revenue without raising tax rates. Both the European Parliament, in its resolution of 19 April 20121 and the European Council, in its conclusions of 1-2 March 2012, called for concrete ways to combat tax fraud and tax evasion, including through administrative cooperation and coordination between tax systems. It is thus important to put an additional focus on the fight against tax fraud, avoidance and evasion compared to the programming period 2007-2013 and as a way to support an EU Action Plan with a comprehensive timetable and quantitative target.

 

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1 Texts adopted, P7_TA(2012)0137.

Amendment  9

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 14

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(14) The financial interests of the Union should be protected through appropriate measures throughout the expenditure cycle, including the prevention, detection and investigation of irregularities, the recovery of funds lost, wrongly paid or incorrectly used and, where appropriate, penalties.

(14) The financial interests of the Union should be protected through appropriate measures throughout the expenditure cycle, including the prevention, detection and investigation of irregularities, the recovery of funds lost, wrongly paid or incorrectly used and, where appropriate, penalties. The protection of the financial interests of the Union is clearly in the self-interest of the Member States and could also be seen as an important instrument for Member States to increase their own national revenues.

Amendment  10

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

This objective will be measured, inter alia by the following indicator: the evolution of the perception of Programme stakeholders regarding the contribution of the Programme towards the functioning of the Customs Union and the strengthening of the internal market.

This objective will be measured, inter alia by the following indicator: the evolution of the perception of Programme stakeholders regarding the contribution of the Programme towards the functioning of the Customs Union and the strengthening of the internal market. In addition, the Commission will devise further measurable and objectively verifiable indicators of attainment of the objective.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) to prevent fraud and tax evasion and to enhance competitiveness, safety and security by enhancing cooperation with international organisations, other governmental authorities, third countries, economic operators and their organisations,

(c) to prevent fraud, tax avoidance and tax evasion and to enhance competitiveness, safety and security by enhancing cooperation with international organisations, other governmental authorities, third countries, economic operators and their organisations,

Amendment  12

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) to protect the financial and economic interests of the European Union and its Member States through the fight against fraud and tax evasion,

(e) to protect the financial and economic interests of the European Union and its Member States through the fight against fraud, tax avoidance and tax evasion,

Amendment  13

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. Each of the specific objectives above shall be measured by an indicator based on the perception of Programme stakeholders regarding the contribution of the Programme to the realisation of the specific objectives.

2. Each of the specific objectives above shall be measured by a combination of quantitative and qualitative indicators. In particular, the Commission will devise measurable and objectively verifiable indicators of attainment of the objective for each of the points referred to in paragraph 1.

Amendment  14

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The financial envelope for the implementation of the Programme shall be EUR 777.600.000 (in current prices).

1. The financial envelope for the implementation of the Programme within the meaning of point [17] of the Interinstitutional Agreement of XX/201Z between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on cooperation in budgetary matters and sound financial management shall be EUR 777 600 000 (in current prices).

Amendment  15

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a. Annual appropriations shall be decided while respecting the prerogatives of the budgetary authority.

Amendment  16

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The Commission shall implement the Programme by means of an annual work programme for each sector of the Programme, including the priorities for the Programme, the breakdown of the budget and the evaluation criteria for the grants for actions. These implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 14(2) and with the Financial Regulation.

1. The Commission shall implement the Programme by means of an annual work programme for each sector of the Programme, including the priorities for the Programme, the breakdown of the budget and the evaluation criteria for the grants for actions. These annual work programmes shall carefully respect the balance between the customs and the taxation parts. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011 laying down the rules and general principles concerning mechanisms for control by the Member States of the Commission's exercise of implementing powers1, the examination procedure referred to in Article 14(2) and the Financial Regulation.

 

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1 OJ L 55, 28.2.2011, p. 13.

Amendment  17

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. A set of key performance indicators set out in Article 5(2) shall be used, inter alia, to measure the effects and impacts of the Programme. They shall be measured against pre-defined baselines reflecting the situation before implementation.

2. A set of key performance indicators set out in Article 5(2) shall be used, inter alia, to measure the effects and impacts of the Programme. The Commission shall seek to define these performance indicators as measurable and objectively verifiable. The performance indicators shall be measured against pre-defined baselines reflecting the situation before implementation.

Amendment  18

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – title

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Evaluation

Evaluation and review

Amendment  19

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The Commission shall establish a mid-term evaluation report on the achievement of the objectives of the Programme actions, the efficiency of the use of resources and the European added value of the Programme no later than mid 2018. This report shall additionally address the simplification, the continued relevance of the objectives, as well as the contribution of the Programme to the Union priorities of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

2. The Commission shall establish a mid-term evaluation report on the achievement of the objectives of the Programme actions, the efficiency of the use of resources and the European added value of the Programme no later than mid 2018. This report shall additionally address the simplification, the continued relevance of the objectives, as well as the contribution of the Programme to the Union priorities of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. On the basis of this evaluation, and if appropriate, the Commission may propose to the legislative authority to amend this Regulation.

Amendment  20

Proposal for a regulation

Annex – part I – point 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6. To set up actions relating to customs and taxation involving third countries and external experts

6. To set up actions relating to customs and taxation involving third countries and external experts, notably to increase transparency and tighter control to prevent the use of tax havens.

PROCEDURE

Title

Establishment of an action programme for customs in the European Union for the period 2014-2020 (CUSTOMS) and repeal of Decision No 624/2007/EC

References

COM(2011)0706 – C7-0398/2011 – 2011/0341A(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

IMCO

16.5.2012

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

BUDG

14.12.2011

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Hynek Fajmon

29.2.2012

Date adopted

20.6.2012

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

25

2

3

Members present for the final vote

Richard Ashworth, Francesca Balzani, Zuzana Brzobohatá, Andrea Cozzolino, Eider Gardiazábal Rubial, Jens Geier, Ivars Godmanis, Ingeborg Gräßle, Lucas Hartong, Jutta Haug, Monika Hohlmeier, Sidonia Elżbieta Jędrzejewska, Ivailo Kalfin, Sergej Kozlík, Jan Kozłowski, Giovanni La Via, Barbara Matera, Claudio Morganti, Juan Andrés Naranjo Escobar, Nadezhda Neynsky, Dominique Riquet, Alda Sousa, László Surján, Angelika Werthmann

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Alexander Alvaro, Jürgen Klute, Jan Mulder, María Muñiz De Urquiza, Paul Rübig, Theodor Dumitru Stolojan


PROCEDURE

Title

Establishment of an action programme for customs in the European Union for the period 2014-2020 (CUSTOMS) and repeal of Decision No 624/2007/EC

References

COM(2012)0464 – C7-0241/2012 – COM(2011)0706 – C7-0398/2011 – 2011/0341A(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

23.8.2012

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

IMCO

16.5.2012

 

 

 

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)

       Date announced in plenary

BUDG

14.12.2011

ECON

16.5.2012

 

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

ECON

11.9.2012

 

 

 

Rapporteur(s)

       Date appointed

Raffaele Baldassarre

24.1.2012

 

 

 

Legal basis disputed

       Date of JURI opinion

JURI

10.7.2012

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

19.3.2012

30.5.2012

6.9.2012

6.11.2012

 

28.11.2012

17.12.2012

24.1.2013

 

Date adopted

23.1.2013

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

34

1

0

Members present for the final vote

Preslav Borissov, Cristian Silviu Buşoi, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Sergio Gaetano Cofferati, Birgit Collin-Langen, Lara Comi, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, Cornelis de Jong, Evelyne Gebhardt, Malcolm Harbour, Philippe Juvin, Hans-Peter Mayer, Zuzana Roithová, Heide Rühle, Andreas Schwab, Catherine Stihler, Emilie Turunen, Bernadette Vergnaud, Barbara Weiler

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Raffaele Baldassarre, Jürgen Creutzmann, Ashley Fox, Anna Hedh, Constance Le Grip, Morten Løkkegaard, Emma McClarkin, Konstantinos Poupakis, Sylvana Rapti, Kyriacos Triantaphyllides

Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote

Zigmantas Balčytis, Elisa Ferreira, Małgorzata Handzlik, Angelika Niebler, Isabelle Thomas, Patricia van der Kammen

Date tabled

30.1.2013

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