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This paper proposes a factual overview of recent developments in the implementation of the EU Bêkou Trust Fund for the Central African Republic, the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis (Madad), the EU Trust Fund for Peace in Colombia, the EU Trust Fund for Africa and the Facility for Refugees in Turkey.

When preparing the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework, the European Commission proposed to strengthen the link between EU funding and respect for the rule of law. To this end, on 3 May 2018, the Commission presented a proposal for a regulation that would introduce a general rule of law conditionality into the EU's financial rules. Any Member State where a generalised rule of law deficiency is found could be subject to the suspension of payments and commitments, reduced funding and a prohibition ...

Agreement on EU general budget for 2019

Накратко 11-12-2018

After the failure of budgetary conciliation, the European Commission put forward a new draft budget for 2019. Based on the second draft budget and subsequent negotiations, the European Parliament and Council have agreed the General Budget for the European Union for 2019, at a level of €165 795.6 million in commitments and €148 198.9 million in payment appropriations. This means an increase of 3.2 % in commitments and 2.4 % in payments as compared to 2018 budget. The Parliament has scheduled the adoption ...

Revision of EU financial rules

Briefing 28-06-2018

In September 2016, the Commission tabled a proposal for a new Financial Regulation which would replace the current one (together with its Rules of Application), as well as amend 15 other sectoral instruments each containing financial rules. The Commission justifies its proposal by the need to simplify EU financial rules and make them more flexible. In April 2018, the BUDG and CONT committees approved the outcome of trilogue negotiations on the main part of the proposal for a new Financial Regulation ...

Draft Amending Budget No 2/2018 (DAB 2/2018) enters in the 2018 EU budget the surplus resulting from the implementation of the 2017 budget. The surplus consists mostly of higher than expected revenues and underspending in expenditure. The 2017 surplus totals €555 542 325. The inclusion of the surplus will diminish accordingly the Member States' contributions to the 2018 EU budget. During the July session the European Parliament is expected to vote on the Council position on DAB 2/2018.

Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control recommends granting discharge for eight of the administrative sections of the 2016 EU budget and postponing the decision to October 2018 in one case (European Council and Council). Parliament is expected to decide on the matter during the April plenary session.

During the April plenary session, the Parliament is due to vote on discharge to the EU agencies and joint undertakings for their implementation of the 2016 budget. Parliament's Committee on Budgetary Control proposes to grant discharge to all joint undertakings and agencies except the European Asylum Support Office.

During the April plenary session, the European Parliament is expected to decide whether to grant discharge for the 2016 financial year to the different institutions and bodies of the European Union (EU). The debate will start with the report covering the European Commission (plus six executive agencies) which manages the biggest share of the EU general budget. Separate discharge is granted to the Commission concerning the management of the European Development Funds (EDFs), because the EDFs are not ...

The use of financial instruments within the EU budget is becoming more and more common. The present study first revises key concepts in determining the use of those instruments, before providing an analysis of the functioning and consistency of the ex-ante assessments, which are required by regulation to help identify the rationale and scope for financial instruments. It offers recommendations to improve the ex-ante assessment process and on the use of these instruments across the EU.

Building blocks for post-2020 cohesion policy

Накратко 07-06-2017

Article 174 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU states that the Union should pursue actions leading to the strengthening of its economic, social and territorial cohesion as well as to reduce regional disparities. The cohesion policy of the EU aims at addressing these aims. An own-initiative report on building blocks for a post-2020 cohesion policy is to be voted during the June plenary session. It gives an overview of the priorities for the future of cohesion policy.