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Policy Departments' Monthly Highlihts - May 2021

12-05-2021

The Monthly Highlights publication provides an overview, at a glance, of the on-going work of the policy departments, including a selection of the latest and forthcoming publications, and a list of future events.

The Monthly Highlights publication provides an overview, at a glance, of the on-going work of the policy departments, including a selection of the latest and forthcoming publications, and a list of future events.

Matching priorities and resources in the EU budget: Climate action, migration and borders

03-05-2021

Over the past two decades, the European Union (EU) has been entrusted with a growing number of objectives and responsibilities. However, ensuring financing of related activities through the EU budget has often proven problematic, as this has long been capped at around 1 % of the Union's gross national income (GNI). During the preparation of the post-2020 EU multiannual financial framework (MFF), climate action, migration and border management were identified among the emerging priorities that required ...

Over the past two decades, the European Union (EU) has been entrusted with a growing number of objectives and responsibilities. However, ensuring financing of related activities through the EU budget has often proven problematic, as this has long been capped at around 1 % of the Union's gross national income (GNI). During the preparation of the post-2020 EU multiannual financial framework (MFF), climate action, migration and border management were identified among the emerging priorities that required increased joint action and funding. The agreement on EU finances for 2021 to 2027 provides for a significant relative increase in the financial resources devoted to these policy areas. In absolute figures, the reinforcements are stronger for climate action than for migration and borders. Underpinned by the European Green Deal strategy, climate action will receive the bulk of its resources through the incorporation of climate considerations and objectives across all relevant EU funding instruments (climate mainstreaming). Next Generation EU (NGEU), the temporary instrument to aid recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, will play a major role in the boost to climate-relevant resources. In total, these could amount to some €550 billion (in 2018 prices, corresponding to 30 % of total MFF and NGEU resources). For the first time, migration and border management have a dedicated heading, accounting for 2.1 % of MFF resources. Among other activities, additional allocations will contribute to the agreed reinforcement of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency. Opinion surveys show that respondents see climate change and migration among the main global challenges for the EU, but there are gaps between perceptions and expectations of the role of the EU budget in these two domains. The European Parliament, which is a strong advocate of a robust EU budget commensurate with the Union's responsibilities, managed to secure additional resources for instruments relevant to both groups of policies, as well as the enhancement of the climate mainstreaming methodology. The Parliament plays a key role in shaping and scrutinising how the funding allocated to the policy areas is implemented. Other measures to reinforce the EU budget's capacity to deliver in the areas of climate action, migration and borders seek to improve synergies between budgetary instruments.

EU Anti-fraud programme 2021-2027

21-04-2021

In 2018, the Commission proposed a regulation aimed at establishing the European Union's anti-fraud programme for the duration of the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework. It will support Member States' efforts to combat fraud, corruption and other illegal activities affecting the financial interests of the European Union. The financial envelope for the implementation of the programme for 2021 to 2027 will amount to €181.2 million (current prices). An early second-reading agreement was reached ...

In 2018, the Commission proposed a regulation aimed at establishing the European Union's anti-fraud programme for the duration of the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework. It will support Member States' efforts to combat fraud, corruption and other illegal activities affecting the financial interests of the European Union. The financial envelope for the implementation of the programme for 2021 to 2027 will amount to €181.2 million (current prices). An early second-reading agreement was reached with the Council in trilogue negotiations, which is now due to be voted by Parliament during the April 2021 session.

Discharge for 2019 budget – European Commission, executive agencies and EDFs

21-04-2021

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 ...

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 of the European Development Funds (EDFs) which are not part of the general budget of the EU as they are established by an intergovernmental agreement. Parliament's Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) recommends that Parliament should grant the Commission and all six executive agencies discharge for 2019. It also recommends granting discharge in respect of the implementation of the operations of the EDFs in 2019.

Discharge for 2019 budget – EU institutions other than the European Commission

21-04-2021

The European Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) recommends granting discharge for the administrative sections of the EU budget for 2019, with the exception of the European Council and Council for which it recommends postponing the decision on granting discharge. The votes on the discharge reports are expected to take place during the April plenary session.

The European Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) recommends granting discharge for the administrative sections of the EU budget for 2019, with the exception of the European Council and Council for which it recommends postponing the decision on granting discharge. The votes on the discharge reports are expected to take place during the April plenary session.

Discharge for 2019 budget – EU decentralised agencies and joint undertakings

21-04-2021

During its April plenary session, in the context of the discharge procedure for the financial year 2019, the European Parliament is due to vote on the discharge for each of 32 EU decentralised agencies and eight joint undertakings for their implementation of the 2019 budget. The Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) proposes to grant discharge to all of these entities, except for the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), for which it proposes to postpone the discharge decision.

During its April plenary session, in the context of the discharge procedure for the financial year 2019, the European Parliament is due to vote on the discharge for each of 32 EU decentralised agencies and eight joint undertakings for their implementation of the 2019 budget. The Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) proposes to grant discharge to all of these entities, except for the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), for which it proposes to postpone the discharge decision.

Policy Departments’ Monthly Highlights - April 2021

21-04-2021

The Monthly Highlights publication provides an overview, at a glance, of the on-going work of the policy departments, including a selection of the latest and forthcoming publications, and a list of future events.

The Monthly Highlights publication provides an overview, at a glance, of the on-going work of the policy departments, including a selection of the latest and forthcoming publications, and a list of future events.

Migration and border management: Heading 4 of the 2021-2027 MFF

14-04-2021

The Treaty of Lisbon makes explicit reference to pooling financial resources to support common policies on asylum, immigration and external borders. Given the increasing salience of the policy areas in recent years, the European Union (EU) has for the first time established a specific heading devoted to migration and border management in its new multiannual financial framework (MFF). Endowed with €22.7 billion (2018 prices) for the years 2021 to 2027, the heading finances the activities of specific ...

The Treaty of Lisbon makes explicit reference to pooling financial resources to support common policies on asylum, immigration and external borders. Given the increasing salience of the policy areas in recent years, the European Union (EU) has for the first time established a specific heading devoted to migration and border management in its new multiannual financial framework (MFF). Endowed with €22.7 billion (2018 prices) for the years 2021 to 2027, the heading finances the activities of specific EU decentralised agencies, such as the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) and the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), as well as two funding instruments, likely to be named the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and Integrated Border Management Fund (IBMF). The regulations governing the two funds are being finalised by the co-legislators. When designing the proposals for them, the European Commission aimed to improve synergies with other EU funding instruments and increase capacity to react to evolving needs. Expenditure for these policy areas is still a minor share of the EU budget (2.1 %, excluding the resources from the Next Generation EU recovery instrument), but these allocations represent a significant increase in relative terms, as compared with the 2014-2020 period. The reinforcement seeks to address weaknesses of the previous MFF that the 2015-2016 refugee crisis exposed, obliging EU institutions to use the flexibility provisions of the framework extensively. However, the Commission had proposed larger increases that the European Council cut. In the MFF negotiations with the Council, the European Parliament managed to strengthen the 'border management' policy cluster, which will gradually bring the overall resources of the heading to €23.7 billion by 2027. This is an update of briefing published in January 2020.

Proceedings of the workshop on Use of big data and AI in fighting corruption and misuse of public funds - good practice, ways forward and how to integrate new technology into contemporary control framework

31-03-2021

Notes from the workshop on Use of big data and AI in fighting corruption and misuse of public funds - good practice, ways forward and how to integrate new technology into contemporary control framework. The workshop took place on 23 February 2021.

Notes from the workshop on Use of big data and AI in fighting corruption and misuse of public funds - good practice, ways forward and how to integrate new technology into contemporary control framework. The workshop took place on 23 February 2021.

Gender equality in the college of the European Court of Auditors

26-03-2021

This briefing on gender balance in the college of the European Court of Auditors aims to shed light on the balance between male and female members, from a historical perspective as the ECA has a reputation of being a rather male-dominated institution.

This briefing on gender balance in the college of the European Court of Auditors aims to shed light on the balance between male and female members, from a historical perspective as the ECA has a reputation of being a rather male-dominated institution.

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