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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.

Plenary round-up – October II 2020

26-10-2020

During the second October 2020 plenary session – the first at which Members were able to speak remotely, and not only vote, from the Member States – the European Commission presented its 2021 work programme, which Members largely welcomed. Members also discussed the conclusions of the 15 16 October 2020 European Council meeting, EU measures to mitigate the social and economic impact of Covid 19, police brutality within the EU, the sale of EU passports and visas to criminals, the State of the Energy ...

During the second October 2020 plenary session – the first at which Members were able to speak remotely, and not only vote, from the Member States – the European Commission presented its 2021 work programme, which Members largely welcomed. Members also discussed the conclusions of the 15 16 October 2020 European Council meeting, EU measures to mitigate the social and economic impact of Covid 19, police brutality within the EU, the sale of EU passports and visas to criminals, the State of the Energy Union and aligning the Energy Charter Treaty with the European Green Deal. Parliament announced that its 2020 Sakharov Prize will be awarded on 16 December to the Belarusian opposition, in particular the Coordinating Council, for 'an initiative launched by courageous women'.

Discharge for 2018 budget: Second reports for the European Council and Council, and the Economic and Social Committee

14-10-2020

In May 2020, the European Parliament decided to postpone the decision on granting discharge to the European Council and Council, and to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) for the 2018 budget, and presented a number of observations. Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control has examined the situation again, and, in its second reports, recommends not granting discharge to these institutions. The votes on the second discharge reports are scheduled for the October II plenary session. ...

In May 2020, the European Parliament decided to postpone the decision on granting discharge to the European Council and Council, and to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) for the 2018 budget, and presented a number of observations. Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control has examined the situation again, and, in its second reports, recommends not granting discharge to these institutions. The votes on the second discharge reports are scheduled for the October II plenary session.

Plenary round-up – Brussels, May 2020

18-05-2020

The May 2020 plenary session was the third conducted with a majority of Members participating remotely, although more were present in Brussels than at the April session, and using the alternative voting procedure put in place in March by Parliament's Bureau. The session focused on a number of urgent legislative proposals as well as votes on discharge for EU institutions and bodies concerning the 2018 budget. On the response to the Covid 19 pandemic, Parliament called upon the European Commission ...

The May 2020 plenary session was the third conducted with a majority of Members participating remotely, although more were present in Brussels than at the April session, and using the alternative voting procedure put in place in March by Parliament's Bureau. The session focused on a number of urgent legislative proposals as well as votes on discharge for EU institutions and bodies concerning the 2018 budget. On the response to the Covid 19 pandemic, Parliament called upon the European Commission to set up a recovery plan as part of the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework (MFF). Members heard Council and Commission statements on the conclusions of the video-conference meeting of the European Council on 23 April 2020 and the MFF, own resources and recovery plan. They also debated statements relating to: emergency legislation in Hungary and its impact on the rule of law and fundamental rights; on the use of contact-tracing apps; and on vaccines and therapeutics. Members also held a debate on the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration.

Discharge for 2018 budget – European Commission and executive agencies

11-05-2020

During the May plenary session, the European Parliament is expected to decide whether to grant discharge for the 2018 financial year to the different institutions and bodies of the European Union (EU). The first item in this process is the report covering the European Commission (including six executive agencies) which is in charge of managing the biggest share of the EU general budget. Separate discharge is granted to the Commission concerning management of the European Development Funds (EDFs), ...

During the May plenary session, the European Parliament is expected to decide whether to grant discharge for the 2018 financial year to the different institutions and bodies of the European Union (EU). The first item in this process is the report covering the European Commission (including six executive agencies) which is in charge of managing the biggest share of the EU general budget. Separate discharge is granted to the Commission concerning management of the European Development Funds (EDFs), which are not part of the general budget as they are established by intergovernmental agreement. The Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) recommends that Parliament should grant the Commission and all six executive agencies discharge for 2018. It also recommends granting discharge in respect of the implementation of the operations of the EDFs in 2018.

Discharge for 2018 budget - EU decentralised agencies and joint undertakings

11-05-2020

At its May plenary session, in the context of the discharge procedure for the financial year 2018, the European Parliament is due to vote on the discharge for 32 EU decentralised agencies and eight joint undertakings for their implementation of the 2018 budget. The Committee on Budgetary Control proposes to grant discharge to all of these entities, yet highlights a number of areas that require further improvement.

At its May plenary session, in the context of the discharge procedure for the financial year 2018, the European Parliament is due to vote on the discharge for 32 EU decentralised agencies and eight joint undertakings for their implementation of the 2018 budget. The Committee on Budgetary Control proposes to grant discharge to all of these entities, yet highlights a number of areas that require further improvement.

Discharge for 2018 budget – EU institutions other than the European Commission

11-05-2020

The European Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control recommends granting discharge for the budgets of seven administrative sections of the EU budget for 2018, but recommends postponing the decision on granting discharge for the European Council and Council, and for the European Economic and Social Committee. The votes on the discharge reports are expected to take place during the May plenary session.

The European Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control recommends granting discharge for the budgets of seven administrative sections of the EU budget for 2018, but recommends postponing the decision on granting discharge for the European Council and Council, and for the European Economic and Social Committee. The votes on the discharge reports are expected to take place during the May plenary session.

Discharge procedure for the EU Budget: Political scrutiny of budgetary implementation

05-05-2020

The European Commission is ultimately responsible for the execution of the European Union's budget. However, the process also involves a range of other players, including Member States, to which the Commission delegates implementing tasks relating to a significant share of the budget. Each year, the discharge procedure ensures that there is ex-post democratic oversight at political level of how the EU's annual budget has been used. It aims to verify whether implementation was in accordance with relevant ...

The European Commission is ultimately responsible for the execution of the European Union's budget. However, the process also involves a range of other players, including Member States, to which the Commission delegates implementing tasks relating to a significant share of the budget. Each year, the discharge procedure ensures that there is ex-post democratic oversight at political level of how the EU's annual budget has been used. It aims to verify whether implementation was in accordance with relevant rules (compliance), including the principles of sound financial management (performance). The decision on whether to grant discharge for the execution of the EU budget is made by the European Parliament, which acts on a non-binding recommendation by the Council, the other arm of the EU budgetary authority. Another key institution is the European Court of Auditors, the EU's independent external auditor, whose reports are a fundamental part of the procedure. The discharge procedure has proved to be a powerful tool, which has had an impact on the evolution of the EU's budgetary system, while helping to increase the Parliament's political leverage. Recent years have shown a trend towards a greater focus on results and performance, strongly supported and promoted by the European Parliament. For example, the 2018 version of the EU's Financial Regulation simplified the rules for budgetary implementation and introduced the 'single audit' approach to shared management. Another noteworthy issue is the question of how to ensure EU-level democratic scrutiny of financial tools set up to respond to crises either outside the EU's institutional framework (e.g. the European Stability Mechanism) or at least partially outside the EU budget (e.g. EU trust funds). This Briefing updates a previous edition of April 2016.

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