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MOTION FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION

on the Council position on the second draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2021 (13892/2020 – C9‑0408/2020 – 2020/0371(BUD))

 

The European Parliament,

 having regard to the special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of 8 October 2018 on Global Warming of 1.5°C[1],

 having regard to Article 314 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

 having regard to Article 106a of the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community,

 having regard to Council Decision 2014/335/EU, Euratom of 26 May 2014 on the system of own resources of the European Union[2],

 having regard to draft Council Decision on the system of own resources of the European Union and repealing Decision 2014/335/EU, Euratom,

 having regard to Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002[3],

 having regard to Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2018/1046 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 July 2018 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union, amending Regulations (EU) No 1296/2013, (EU) No 1301/2013, (EU) No 1303/2013, (EU) No 1304/2013, (EU) No 1309/2013, (EU) No 1316/2013, (EU) No 223/2014, (EU) No 283/2014, and Decision No 541/2014/EU, and repealing Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012[4],

 having regard to Council Regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2021 to 2027,

 having regard to the Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management, as well as on new own resources, including a roadmap towards the introduction of new own resources,

 having regard to the political agreement of 10 November 2020 on the multiannual financial framework for the years 2021 to 2027,

 having regard to its resolution of 16 January 2020 on the 15th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity[5],

 having regard to its resolution of 19 June 2020 on general guidelines for the preparation of the 2021 budget Section III – Commission[6],

 having regard to its resolution of 11 May 2020 on Parliament’s estimates of revenue and expenditure for the financial year 2021[7],

 having regard to the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2021, which the Commission adopted on 27 July 2020 (COM(2020)0300) (the “first DB”),

 having regard to the position on the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2021, which the Council adopted on 28 September 2020 and forwarded to Parliament on 1 October 2020 (11072/1/2020 – C9‑0314/2020),

 having regard to its resolution of 12 November 2020 on the Council position on the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2021

ANNEX: STATEMENT BY THE CONCILIATION COMMITTEE

ANNEX: Budget 2021 – Elements for joint conclusions 1. Budget 2021

1.1. ‘Closed’ lines

Unless stated otherwise below in these conclusions, all budget lines not amended by either Council or Parliament, and those for which Parliament accepted Council’s amendments during their respective reading, are confirmed as proposed in the Commission’s proposal for a draft budget for 2021 as amended in Amending Letter No. 1/2021.

For the other budget lines, the Conciliation Committee has agreed on the conclusions included in sections 1.2 to 1.7 below.

1.2. Horizontal issues

Decentralised agencies

The EU contribution (in commitment and payment appropriations and the number of posts) for all decentralised agencies are set at the level proposed by the Commission in Amending Letter No. 1/2021 with the exception of:

 Under heading 2b:

o The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA, budget article 07 10 04) for which the level of commitment and payment appropriations is increased by EUR 638 178.

o The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE, budget article 07 10 05)) for which the level of commitment and payment appropriations is increased by EUR 971 628.

o The European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust, budget article 07 10 07) for which the level of commitment and payment appropriations is increased by EUR 500 000.

o The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO, budget article 07 10 08) for which 8 additional posts (representing a frontloading of the increase foreseen in 2022) are allocated and the level of commitment and payment appropriations is increased by EUR 7 252 790.

 Under heading 4:

o The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex, budget article 11 10 01) for which the level of commitment and payment appropriations is reduced by EUR 61 000 000.

o The European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (‘eu-LISA’, budget article 11 10 02) for which the level of commitment and payment appropriations is increased by EUR 500 000.

Executive agencies

The EU contribution (in commitment and payment appropriations and the number of posts) for executive agencies are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2021.

The Commission will present a Draft Amending budget in 2021 in order to adjust the structure and appropriations to the new set of executive agencies once they are formally established. The corresponding Commission implementing decision establishing the new executive agencies and the Commission decisions delegating powers to them are expected to be adopted early in the 2021.

Pilot Projects/Preparatory Actions

A comprehensive package of 59 pilot projects/preparatory actions (PP/PA), for a total amount of EUR 71,8 million in commitment appropriations is agreed as proposed by the Parliament.

When a pilot project or a preparatory action appears to be covered by an existing legal basis, the Commission may propose the transfer of appropriations to the corresponding budget line in order to facilitate the implementation of the action.

This package fully respects the ceilings for pilot projects and preparatory actions set in the Financial Regulation.

 

1.3. Expenditure headings of the financial framework – commitment appropriations

After taking into account the above conclusions on ‘closed’ budget lines, agencies and pilot projects and preparatory actions, the Conciliation Committee has agreed on the following:

Heading 1 – Single Market, Innovation and Digital

Commitment appropriations are set at the level proposed by the Commission in the Draft Budget, as amended by Amending Letter 1/2021 but with the adjustments, agreed by the Conciliation Committee, detailed in the following table:

Budget line / Programme

Name

Variation in commitment appropriations (in EUR)

DB 2021 (incl. AL1)

Budget 2021

Difference

1.0.221

CEF Transport

1 725 058 000

1 785 393 458

60 335 458

02 03 01

Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) — Transport

1 711 996 420

1 772 331 878

60 335 458

1.0.23

Digital Europe Programme

1 103 848 000

1 129 576 962

25 728 962

02 04 03

Artificial Intelligence

293 895 160

318 323 274

24 428 114

02 04 04

Skills

82 290 594

83 591 442

1 300 848

PPPA

Pilot projects and preparatory actions

 

 

35 965 000

 

Total

 

 

122 029 420

As a consequence, the agreed level of commitment appropriations is set at EUR 20 816,6 million, leaving a margin of EUR 102,4 million under the expenditure ceiling of heading 1.

In accordance with Article 15.3 of the Financial Regulation

INFORMATION ON ADOPTION IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Date adopted

15.12.2020

 

 

 

Result of final vote

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31

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4

Members present for the final vote

Rasmus Andresen, Robert Biedroń, Anna Bonfrisco, Olivier Chastel, Lefteris Christoforou, David Cormand, Paolo De Castro, José Manuel Fernandes, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Alexandra Geese, Vlad Gheorghe, Elisabetta Gualmini, Francisco Guerreiro, Valérie Hayer, Eero Heinäluoma, Niclas Herbst, Monika Hohlmeier, Moritz Körner, Joachim Kuhs, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Hélène Laporte, Pierre Larrouturou, Janusz Lewandowski, Margarida Marques, Silvia Modig, Siegfried Mureşan, Victor Negrescu, Andrey Novakov, Jan Olbrycht, Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Karlo Ressler, Bogdan Rzońca, Nils Torvalds, Nils Ušakovs, Rainer Wieland, Angelika Winzig

Substitutes present for the final vote

Mario Furore

 

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