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Plenary round-up – Brussels, October I 2019

10-10-2019

Highlights of the October I plenary session included statements and debates on the preparation of the European Council meeting of 17 and 18 October 2019, on greening the European Investment Bank (EIB), in the presence of the Bank's president, and on how to prevent conflicts of interest in the EU. Parliament also debated statements made by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR/VP) on the situation in northern Syria and Ukraine ...

Highlights of the October I plenary session included statements and debates on the preparation of the European Council meeting of 17 and 18 October 2019, on greening the European Investment Bank (EIB), in the presence of the Bank's president, and on how to prevent conflicts of interest in the EU. Parliament also debated statements made by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR/VP) on the situation in northern Syria and Ukraine. Debates took place on Council and Commission statements on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and own resources. Finally, Members discussed Commission statements on United States tariffs on European goods following the World Trade Organization's Airbus dispute decision, on authorisation of genetically modified organisms, and on the fight against cancer.

Amending Budget No 4 to the 2019 EU budget: Reduction of commitment and payment appropriations

07-10-2019

Draft Amending Budget No 4/2019 (DAB 4/2019) aims to reduce commitment and payment appropriations in line with updated expenditure needs and the update of revenue (own resources) to take account of the latest economic forecasts and other developments. The Committee on Budgets (BUDG) adopted a number of changes to the Council's position. The report is due to be voted during the October I plenary part-session.

Draft Amending Budget No 4/2019 (DAB 4/2019) aims to reduce commitment and payment appropriations in line with updated expenditure needs and the update of revenue (own resources) to take account of the latest economic forecasts and other developments. The Committee on Budgets (BUDG) adopted a number of changes to the Council's position. The report is due to be voted during the October I plenary part-session.

Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, September 2019

20-09-2019

Highlights of the September plenary session included statements and debates on the preparation for the Climate Action Summit and the Sustainable Development Goals Summit in New York, on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe, and on the implementation of anti-money laundering legislation. A further debate on the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU was held, Parliament’s first since the change of prime minister in the UK. Parliament also debated statements made on behalf ...

Highlights of the September plenary session included statements and debates on the preparation for the Climate Action Summit and the Sustainable Development Goals Summit in New York, on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe, and on the implementation of anti-money laundering legislation. A further debate on the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU was held, Parliament’s first since the change of prime minister in the UK. Parliament also debated statements made on behalf of the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the political situation in Hong Kong, Burkina Faso, Colombia and Kashmir. Debates also took place on Council and Commission statements on the fires in the Amazon, forests in the EU, and cases of breaches of human rights. Members voted to approve Christine Lagarde's nomination as President of the European Central Bank, and voted on a series of reports on amendments to the 2019 budget.

Amending budget No 1/2019: 2018 surplus

13-09-2019

Draft Amending Budget No 1/2019 (DAB1/2019) enters the surplus resulting from implementation of the 2018 budget into the EU's 2019 budget. The 2018 surplus totals over €1.8 billion, as compared to €0.56 billion in 2017. It consists mostly of higher than expected revenues and underspending on the expenditure side. Inclusion of the surplus will reduce the Member States' contributions to the 2019 EU budget accordingly. The European Parliament is expected to vote on the Council position on DAB1/2019 ...

Draft Amending Budget No 1/2019 (DAB1/2019) enters the surplus resulting from implementation of the 2018 budget into the EU's 2019 budget. The 2018 surplus totals over €1.8 billion, as compared to €0.56 billion in 2017. It consists mostly of higher than expected revenues and underspending on the expenditure side. Inclusion of the surplus will reduce the Member States' contributions to the 2019 EU budget accordingly. The European Parliament is expected to vote on the Council position on DAB1/2019 during its September 2019 plenary session.

Amending budget No 3/2019: Mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund (Romania, Italy and Austria)

13-09-2019

The European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) provides EU Member States struck by natural disasters with financial assistance to contribute to a rapid return to normal conditions. A vote on a budgetary proposal to mobilise the EUSF in order to help Romania, Italy and Austria deal with damage caused by flooding and extreme weather events is scheduled for the September plenary session. The proposed amount to be allocated is €293 551 794.

The European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) provides EU Member States struck by natural disasters with financial assistance to contribute to a rapid return to normal conditions. A vote on a budgetary proposal to mobilise the EUSF in order to help Romania, Italy and Austria deal with damage caused by flooding and extreme weather events is scheduled for the September plenary session. The proposed amount to be allocated is €293 551 794.

Amending budget No 2/2019: Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+

13-09-2019

The European Commission's Draft Amending Budget No 2 aims to reinforce two key programmes for EU competitiveness: Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+. The intended increase amounts to €100 million of commitment appropriations for the two programmes, with no reinforcement in payment appropriations envisaged. A vote on this proposal, which reflects the agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the 2019 budget, is scheduled for the September plenary session.

The European Commission's Draft Amending Budget No 2 aims to reinforce two key programmes for EU competitiveness: Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+. The intended increase amounts to €100 million of commitment appropriations for the two programmes, with no reinforcement in payment appropriations envisaged. A vote on this proposal, which reflects the agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the 2019 budget, is scheduled for the September plenary session.

Amending Budget No 6 to the 2018 EU budget: Reduction of payment and commitment appropriations in line with updated forecasts of expenditure and update of revenue (own resources)

05-12-2018

Draft Amending Budget No 6/2018 (DAB 6/2018) aims at updating both the revenue and expenditure sides of the EU’s 2018 budget to cover more recent economic forecasts. This budgetary proposal is scheduled to be voted during the December plenary session.

Draft Amending Budget No 6/2018 (DAB 6/2018) aims at updating both the revenue and expenditure sides of the EU’s 2018 budget to cover more recent economic forecasts. This budgetary proposal is scheduled to be voted during the December plenary session.

Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, October I 2018

05-10-2018

The highlight of the October I plenary session was the debate on the preparation of the European Council meeting on 18 and 19 October 2018. The series of debates on the Future of Europe continued, this time with the Prime Minister of Estonia, Jüri Ratas. Montenegro's President, Milo Đukanović, also addressed Parliament in a formal sitting. Parliament adopted, inter alia, legislative proposals on: audiovisual media services; VAT rules; strengthening the EU Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation ( ...

The highlight of the October I plenary session was the debate on the preparation of the European Council meeting on 18 and 19 October 2018. The series of debates on the Future of Europe continued, this time with the Prime Minister of Estonia, Jüri Ratas. Montenegro's President, Milo Đukanović, also addressed Parliament in a formal sitting. Parliament adopted, inter alia, legislative proposals on: audiovisual media services; VAT rules; strengthening the EU Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust); mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation of criminal assets; the free flow of non-personal data within the EU; health technology assessment; and emission performance standards for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. Parliament also voted its public procurement package, as well as a report on an amending budget regarding changes to pre-accession aid to Turkey.

Amending Budget No 5 to the 2018 EU budget: Cancellation of the Turkey reserve, and reinforcement of the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and humanitarian aid

28-09-2018

Amending Budget No 5 for 2018 cancels the reserve related to support to Turkey from the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA II), as the condition set by the European Parliament and the Council for its lifting has not been met. Draft Amending Budget (DAB) 5/2018, on the other hand, reinforces, in commitment appropriations, the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) to fund additional actions linked to the Central Mediterranean migratory route and it reinforces, in payment appropriations, the Humanitarian ...

Amending Budget No 5 for 2018 cancels the reserve related to support to Turkey from the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA II), as the condition set by the European Parliament and the Council for its lifting has not been met. Draft Amending Budget (DAB) 5/2018, on the other hand, reinforces, in commitment appropriations, the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) to fund additional actions linked to the Central Mediterranean migratory route and it reinforces, in payment appropriations, the Humanitarian Aid. This budgetary proposal is scheduled to be voted during the October I plenary session.

Amending Budget No 4 to the 2018 EU budget: Mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund

05-09-2018

The European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) supports EU Member States struck by natural disasters, through providing financial assistance to contribute to a rapid return to normal conditions. A budgetary proposal to mobilise the EUSF in order to help Bulgaria and Lithuania to deal with flooding, Greece with an earthquake on the island of Kos, and Poland with storms, is scheduled to be voted during the September plenary session. During the same session the European Parliament is also expected to vote ...

The European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) supports EU Member States struck by natural disasters, through providing financial assistance to contribute to a rapid return to normal conditions. A budgetary proposal to mobilise the EUSF in order to help Bulgaria and Lithuania to deal with flooding, Greece with an earthquake on the island of Kos, and Poland with storms, is scheduled to be voted during the September plenary session. During the same session the European Parliament is also expected to vote on the Council position on Draft Amending Budget (DAB) 4/2018, which proposes to account for the mobilisation of €33 992 206 from the EUSF.