The EU budget 2013 is amended

September 25, 2013

Funding Scheme: 2013-09-25

Amorce:

The amendement of the EU budget 2013 in line with MFF political agreement was adopted today by the European Commission. It is the second instalment of its Draft Amending Budget 2 from 27 March 2013, amounting to EUR 3.9 billion.

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The Council (Member States) and the European Parliament have already adopted the first instalment (EUR 7.3 billion) afteragreeing to split the original Draft Amending Budget 2 in two in the course of the negotiations on the next financial period (Multiannual Financial Framework, MFF 2014-2020).

This proposal is linked to the adoption of the MFF as the European Parliament has stated that having an absolute guarantee that the outstanding payment claims for 2013 will be covered in full is one of the conditions to give its consent to the MFF regulation covering the next period (2014-2020).

This second instalment is based on updated estimates for payments in cohesion policy provided by Member States themselves; these estimates show that the 2013 budget, as adopted by the Council and the European Parliament, will not allow the EU to reimburse beneficiaries of EU funded programmes, mainly for completed projects under the cohesion policy.

The bulk of the EUR 3.9 billion will be spent to pay bills sent in by Member States in the cohesion policyarea (i.e. EUR 3.1 bln). Some EUR 344 million will be used to reinforce instruments stimulating growth and jobs (so called, heading 1a), in particular research, SME financing and student mobility. Also EUR 121 million is proposed to help the victims of major humanitarian crises especially in Syria, Mali and the Horn of Africa(see table in the annex for more details).

The draft amending budget has to be approved by the budgetary authority: the Council (EU Member States) and the European Parliament.

Background

The voted budget for 2013 set the level of payment appropriations EUR 5 billion below the Commission’s proposal and EUR 2.9 billion below the final level of payments in the 2012 budget, creating a very tight situation for payments as from early 2013. Furthermore, the 2013 budget had to accommodate a backlog of payments created at the end of the year 2012 and moved onto the 2013 budget.

When adopting the 2013 EU budget last November, the Council and the Parliament issued a joint statementacknowledging that the level of payments proposed by the Commission in its 2013 draft budget was based on the assumption that payment needs in 2012 would have been solved in 2012. As this was not the case, the joint statement called for the Commission to present “at an early stage in the year 2013 a draft amending budget devoted to the sole purpose of covering the 2012 suspended claims (…) To ensure sound and accurate EU budgeting, the Council and the European Parliament will take position on this draft amending budget as quickly as possible in order to cover any outstanding gap”. This was done via the Commission’s Draft Amending Budget 2.

The Council and the Parliament agreed on a part of the amending budget no. 2 and asked the Commission to come with a proposal “in early autumn on the basis of the latest updated estimates regarding payment appropriations”.

The draft amending budget does not include any additional requests for administration (running costs of EU institutions).

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Url: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-857_en.htm