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This publication seeks to assist the Members of the European Parliament's Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) in their work related to the 2021 discharge procedure, scrutinising how the general budget of the European Union is spent. It is based on a sample comprising 17 special reports by the European Court of Auditors (ECA), which have been presented during CONT committee meetings over the past 12 months (December 2021 to November 2022), and for which the committee secretariat prepared working ...

In May 2022, the European Parliament postponed its discharge decision on the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) for the financial year 2020. In its second report, Parliament's Budgetary Control Committee (CONT) is once again recommending Parliament refuses to grant discharge to Frontex, reiterating its demand that the Agency present a detailed road map showing how it intends to address the outstanding concerns.

In May 2022, the European Parliament decided to postpone the decision on granting discharge to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) for the 2020 budget, and presented a number of observations. Parliament's Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) has examined the situation again, and – in its second report, taking account of progress made – recommends that discharge be granted. The vote on the second discharge report is scheduled for the October II plenary session.

In May 2022, the European Parliament decided to postpone the decision on granting discharge to the European Council and Council for the 2020 budget, and presented a number of observations. Parliament's Committee on Budgetary Control has examined the situation again, and noting the lack of progress in this second report, again recommends not granting discharge to these two institutions. The vote on the second discharge report is scheduled for the October II plenary session.

During its May I plenary session, the European Parliament is due to vote on whether to grant discharge for the 2020 financial year to the EU's various institutions and bodies. First in line is the report on the European Commission and six executive agencies, responsible for the bulk of EU budget spending. Separate discharge is granted for management of the European development funds (EDFs). Parliament's Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) recommends that Parliament grant the Commission and all ...

During the May I plenary session, as part of the discharge procedure for the 2020 financial year, the European Parliament is due to vote on discharge for each of 32 EU decentralised agencies and nine joint undertakings. The Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) proposes that Parliament grant discharge to all except the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, for which it proposes to postpone the discharge decision.

Plenary round-up – October II 2021

At a Glance 22-10-2021

During the October II 2021 plenary session in Strasbourg, Parliament held a number of important debates, in particular on: the primacy of EU law, the rule of law crisis and de facto abortion ban in Poland; increased efforts to fight money laundering; regarding pushbacks at the EU's external border; the right to a healthy environment and on climate, energy and environmental State aid guidelines (CEEAG). Members debated the rise of right-wing extremism and racism in Europe, the humanitarian situation ...

In April 2021, the European Parliament decided to postpone the decision on granting discharge to the European Council and Council for the 2019 budget, and presented a number of observations. Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control has examined the situation again, and, in its second report, recommends not granting discharge to these two institutions. The vote on the second discharge report is scheduled for the October II plenary session.

In April 2021, the European Parliament decided to postpone the decision on granting discharge to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency for the 2019 budget, and presented a number of observations. Parliament's Committee on Budgetary Control has examined the situation again and now, in its second report, recommends granting discharge. The Committee nevertheless recommends 'freezing' part of the Agency's budget, insisting on the need to move swiftly to address the issues that remain concerning ...

During the April plenary session, the European Parliament is expected to decide on granting discharge for the 2019 financial year to the different institutions and bodies of the European Union (EU). The first item on the agenda of the debate and vote on discharge 2019 is the report covering the European Commission (including six executive agencies) which is in charge of the management of the biggest share of the EU budget. Separate discharge is granted to the Commission concerning the management ...