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1015 Amendments of Bronis ROPĖ

Amendment 102 #

2019/2131(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 – subparagraph 1 (new)
Points out that the large disparities in direct payments prevent sustainable farmers' initiatives for the climate and the environment and distort competition in the EU; recalls the commitment made by the European Council on 7-8 February 2013 to harmonise payments throughout the EU by 2013;
2019/12/12
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3 #

2019/2055(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Notes that, as indicated in the Annual Report of the Court of Auditors for the financial year 2018, the estimated level of error in spending on ‘Economic, social and territorial cohesion’ increased from 3 % in 2017 to 5 % in 2018; regrets that, even if it should be stressed that errors in the implementation of the budget do not automatically imply a fraud, the positive trend of the last years has been reversed; moreover, finds alerting that the level of errors in relation to public procurement, state aid rules and grant award in 2018 contributed to 16% of ECA estimated level of error for high-risk expenditure, whereas in 2017 their impact was just 1%;
2019/12/16
Committee: REGI
Amendment 10 #

2019/2055(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Takes note that the source of those errors is mainly a result of reimbursements of ineligible costs, infringements of internal market rules and lack of support documentation, but is also due to the previous year’s overall low rates of reimbursement and payments as well as fewer financial instruments having been included in the audit; furthermore, stresses that the performance based audit does not capture the entirety of cohesion policy spending, which is built on a series of horizontal principles, such as gender equality, non-discrimination and sustainable development, and based on the partnership principle, therefore, important side-effects are hard to measure, especially in the social field, so a wider range of indicators would be preferred; points out as well that respective changes of the administrative systems by some Member States (NUTS classification) should also be taken into account during the collection of data;
2019/12/16
Committee: REGI
Amendment 16 #

2019/2055(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Draws attention to the fact that high-risk expenditures are often subject to complex rules and eligibility conditions which lead to errors and that a number of these errors are compounded by a supplemental layer added by national authorities; recalls that simpler national eligibility rules might help reduce this source of error and result in a smaller administrative burden for beneficiaries; calls on the simplification measures already introduced in Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2018/1046 of the European Parliament and of the Council to be used; furthermore, local and regional authorities as well as national and regional parliaments should take a more active role when setting-up the specific national rules; stresses once again the need to reduce administrative burdens whereas possible while ensuring a full transparency of the processes;
2019/12/16
Committee: REGI
Amendment 25 #

2019/2055(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Stresses that the absorption of European Structural and Investment Funds (‘ESI Funds’) has continued to be slower than planned - by the end of 2018, only 27,3% - notes that this value is even lower than the absorption rate of 2011, the corresponding year of the previous Multiannual Financial Framework; eventually this could lead to a rushed spending by the end of the programming period, which can then jeopardise achieving the cohesion goals;
2019/12/16
Committee: REGI
Amendment 29 #

2019/2055(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Recalls that the reasons behind this low absorption rate not only lie in the decommitment methodology (the so-called “n+3 rule”), but also in the late adoption of the legislative framework enabling the implementation of the cohesion policy; therefore calls on the Commission and the Council to ensure proper measures in the next programming period 2021-2027 to avoid the repetition of delayed implementation of ESI Funds and its domino effect.; recalls the fact that delays encountered at the start of the programming period may result in a backlog in the future payment applications; stresses that although the project selection rates are high and a positive absorption rate could be reached by the end of the programming period, we should aim for the high quality and climate friendly project criteria to be respected. In that regard stresses the importance of the commitments made by the Paris Agreement and achieving the EU climate and energy targets and a climate-neutral EU;
2019/12/16
Committee: REGI
Amendment 35 #

2019/2028(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 9 a (new)
9 a. Supports the Commission to intensify looking into regions with specific needs in order to promote the just transition towards future-oriented and climate-proof development paths; expects the Commission to take into account coal phasing-out regions in particular; considers that sufficient support should be given for actions with a special focus on health and environmental aspects, too, that could derive from requirements related to the energy transition, such as decommissioning of nuclear power plants;
2041/01/16
Committee: REGI
Amendment 42 #

2018/2119(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Welcomes the proposals for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the strengthened links between cohesion policy and the European Semester process; however, deplores the decrease of resources proposed for cohesion policy; insists that funding for cohesion policy should be maintained on the level of the current MFF for delivering sustainable and inclusive growth;
2019/01/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 51 #

2018/2119(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Welcomes the stronger focus of the 2019 European Semester on investment needs to guidesupport programming decisions for the period from 2021 to 2027 and the envisaged new annex to the 2019 country reports, in which investment needs that are relevant for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) and the Cohesion Fund (CF) during the 2021- 2027 period will be identifiewill be identified; considers that more focus should be placed on fighting inequalities also through cohesion policy funding by implementing effective tools and targeting resources to this end;
2019/01/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 68 #

2018/2094(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Underlines the importance of a well reformed CAP, which must be fully supported and strengthened, to respond to the maximum number of the challenges that will face the Union in the future; stresses the importance of the future CAP in fostering innovation and research and development, including the agricultural aspects of the future Horizon Europe programme;
2018/10/11
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 79 #

2018/2094(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Underlines that structural and cohesion policies, such as the CAP, reduce the gap between the Union and its citizens by promoting integration at local level, especially in rural and disadvantaged areas; believes that the CAP is the only instrument that addresses both rural vitality and the provision of high-quality and varied food, including organic food.
2018/10/11
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 90 #

2018/2094(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5 a. Stresses that the European Union's procurement system, including the implementation of the short-circuit principle, and competition system must strengthen the CAP.
2018/10/11
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 18 a (new)
- having regard to the opinion of the Committee of the Regions of 8 February 2017 entitled 'Missing transport links in border regions' (CDR 4294/2016),
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 8 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas border regions, especially those with lower density of population, generally perform less well economically than other regions within the Member States;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 10 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B a (new)
B a. whereas mass departures from border regions, especially on the part of young people and skilled labour, illustrates the lack of economic opportunities in such regions and even more makes them less attractive in terms of employment and economic development;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 15 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas it is estimated6a that the removal of only 20 % of the existing obstacles in the border regions would bring about an increase in their GDP by 2 %, or around EUR 91 billion, which would translate into approximately one million new jobs; _________________ 6a COM(2017)0534
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 18 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E a (new)
E a. whereas in current MFF 95% of TEN-T-CEF funds go to the core corridors of the TEN-T, whilst small projects on the comprehensive network and interventions linking up with the TEN-T network, although essential to solving specific problems and to the development of cross-border connections and economies, are often not eligible for co-financing, or for national financing;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 20 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital G
G. whereas severalmultiple challenges faced by the external border regions of the EU would also merit a stance being adopted by the Commission;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 23 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Welcomes the Commission communication on ‘Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions’ which, as the result of two years of research and dialogue, provides a valuable insight into the challenges and obstacles faced by the internal EU border regions and urges it to be followed by the similar analysis as it regards external EU border regions;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 27 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Points out that access to public services is crucial for the 150 million- strong cross-border population, and ispopulation of internal cross-border areas, and is frequently hampered by numerous legal and administrative barriers; calls, therefore, on the Commission and the Member States to maximise their efforts to remove these barriers, especially when related to health services, transport, education, labour mobility, environment, as well as regulation and business development;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 32 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Underlines that the problems faced by the border regions are common to some extent, but also vary from region to region, and from Member State to Member State, and depend on the individual characteristics of a given region as well as the legal system of the Member States concerned, which makes an individual approach in tackling these obstacles a necessity; therefore encourages tailor- made approach, integrated and place- based approaches, such as the Community-Led Local Development (CLLD);
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 38 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Underlines that the differing legal frameworks of the Member States can lead to legal uncertainty in the border regions, which results in an increase in the time needed and the cost of the projects, and constitutes an additional obstacle for citizens and enterprises in the border regions, frequently hindering or even halting good ideas; stresses, therefore, that greater complementarity between the Member States, or at least at border region level, is desirable;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 41 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4 a. Takes note that attractiveness of cross-border areas for life and investment heavily depend on quality of life, availability of public and commercial services for citizens and for businesses, as well as quality of transportation – the conditions which could be met and maintained only in close co-operation of national, regional and local authorities as well as businesses on both sides of the border;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 49 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5 a. Underlines, however that in absence of adequate supply of jobs or other economic opportunities as well as in case of low level of salaries, the well- educated workforce tends to migrate to regions where such opportunities are in adequate supply thus making situation in remote border areas even more challenging – this is tendency very well seen within the Common Market;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 55 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Points to the challenges related to business activities carried out in the border regions, in particular when related to taxation, public procurement or social security systems; calls on the Member States to better align and harmonise the relevant legal provisions and achieve convergence in regulatory frameworks, in order to allow for more flexibility in the implementationwith the challenges posed by the cross-border areas, allowing sufficient flexibility of national legislation, as well as to improve the dissemination of information on cross-border issues, e.g. by creating one-stop-shops;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 58 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. Points out that in cross-border regions, especially those with lower density of population, transport services are still insufficiently developed in the border regions, which hampers cross- border mobility and prospects for economic development; stresses, furthermore, that cross-border transport infrastructure is also particularly adversely affected by complex regulatory and administrative arrangements; underlines the existing potential for developing sustainable transportation, first of all based on public transport and in this regard awaits the forthcoming Commission study on missing railway links along internal EU borders; underlines that any such study or future recommendations should be based on information and experience from local and regional authorities;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 69 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7 a. Underlines that creating additional cross-border transportation infrastructure, while being costly and environmentally challenging, might not always be a single best solution and therefore underlines the potential for boosting cross-border transportation links provided by soft measures, such as better coordination of public transportation schedules, inclusive planning and tailor- made innovations of cross-border local and regional authorities having grated sufficient autonomy to pursue common goals;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 70 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 b (new)
7 b. Takes note of frequently insufficient availability of funding in cross-borders regions and therefore calls for reflection on improvement of rules regulating private-public partnerships and co-funding in the cross-border regions, allowing to attract more and diverse capital;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 71 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Considers that mutual trust, political will and a flexible approach among multi-level stakeholders, including civil society, are vital to overcoming the abovementioned persistent obstacles and boosting growth and development in border regions; calls, therefore, for better coordination, dialogue and a further exchange of best practices among authorities; urges the Commission and the Member States to enhance such cooperation; and also calls for the Member States to ensure adequate functional and financial autonomy of respective local and regional authorities;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 79 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9
9. Underlines the importance of education, and, in particular, the opportunities to step up efforts to promote multilingualism in border regions; emphasizes the potential of schools and local mass media in these endeavours;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 81 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9 a (new)
9 a. Emphasize the importance of small-scale and cross-border projects in bringing people together and in that way opening new potentials for local development;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 83 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Welcomes the eGovernment Action Plan 2016-202013 as a tool to achieve an efficient and inclusive public administration, and recognises the particular value of this plan for simplification measures in the border regions; is, however, concerned by the patchy implementation of the plan in some Member States; is also concerned about the low level of online services available for foreign entrepreneurs to start doing business in another country and therefore calls for Member States to take measures in order to facilitate access, including linguistic tools, to their digital services for the potential users from the neighbouring areas; _________________ 13 Commission communication of 19 April 2016 entitled ‘EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020 – Accelerating the digital transformation of government’ (COM(2016)0179).
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 87 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 a (new)
10 a. Stresses that all border regions have to play a decisive role in tackling climate change challenges, in coordinated actions with their surrounding regions;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 88 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 b (new)
10 b. Points out that the climate change has a serious effect on the border regions including but not limited to the need to search for a common cross-border tailor- made solutions to such natural disasters as forest fires and floods;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 89 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 c (new)
10 c. Underlines the potential of cross- border cooperation and especially sparser inhabited cross-border areas in such fields as renewable energy, circular economy and environment protection and calls to make better use of existing opportunities;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 90 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 d (new)
10 d. Emphasize the potential of the less inhabited border areas to develop sustainable and green economy thus making an added value to the local development in opening new green jobs;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 94 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Notes that some internal and external border regions face serious migration challenges, and encourages the measured use of Interreg programmes, as well as the exchange of good practices between local and regional authorities in the border areas, in the framework of the integration of refugees under international protection; underlines the need for national governments to support local and regional authorities in addressing these challenges;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 97 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 a (new)
11 a. Considers that the role of the EU macro-regional strategies in addressing challenges related to the border regions should be further enhanced;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 100 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. AwaitUrges the Commission’s position on to present its insights on coping with challenges faced by the internal maritime as well as external border regions; reiterates, in this context, that the features of and the challenges faced by all border regions are common to some extent, while requiring a differentiated approach;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 106 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Calls on the Member States to ensure genuine cooperation in the field of cross-border healthcare, in order to ensure that patients’ rights are respected, as provided for in the Cross-Border Healthcare Directive as well as the availability and quality of services increased;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 108 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13 a (new)
13 a. Calls for a better access to finance for border regions to enable investments in the local energy transition, including energy efficiency, decentralised distribution of energy and circular economy;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 109 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13 b (new)
13 b. Underlines the importance of learning from and further using the potential of success stories of some border regions;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 112 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Underlines the positive role of European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) programmes in the development and cohesion of border regions; calls on the Commission to preserve ETC as an important objective, with a more distinct role within cohesion policy post-2020, as well as a significantly increased budget; underlines at the same time the need to simplify the programmes and, ensure better coherence of ETC with the overall goals of the EU and of the programmes flexibility to better address local challenges as well as importance to reduce the administrative burdens for beneficiaries;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 120 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14 a (new)
14 a. Believes that border regions with particular challenges should receive tailor-made support (e.g. greater synergies between ERDF, ESF and EGF) for developing and implementing long-term strategies based on economic diversification andre-skilling and retraining policies for laid-off workers;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 126 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15 a (new)
15 a. Believes that cohesion policy should be more geared towards investment in people as border regions’ economies can be boosted by an effective mix of investments in innovation, human capital, good governance and institutional capacity;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 128 #

2018/2054(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Regrets that the potential of the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation is not being fully exploited, which could be due partly to regional and local authorities’ reservations, and partly to their unfounded fear of a transfer of competences and due to still existing lack of awareness and respective competences;
2018/05/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 147 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F a (new)
Fa. whereas significant differences still exist among CAP subsidies received by farmers in those Member States which have joined the EU prior to 2004 if compared with those, which have joined after 2004 whilst requirements for farmers are similar;
2018/03/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 161 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital G
G. whereas it is essential to ensure a level playing field for farmers in all Member States, fair standard of living across regions and Member States, affordable prices for citizens and consumers, and access to quality food and healthy diets, while delivering on the commitments for environmental care, climate action, and animal and plant health and welfare;
2018/03/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 183 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital H
H. whereas there is a need for an updated and fairer system of payments, as in many Member States the currentthe system of entitlements is based in many Member States on historic benchmarksreferences, which are now almostnearly 20 years old and which constituteserve as an obstacle to generational renewal and hindeaccess for young farmers’ access to farm land, as given the fact that new entrants do not possess entitlements and are thus at a disadvantaged;
2018/03/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 214 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital I
I. whereas the emergence of new challenges, such as increasing global trade, is necessitating fair and sustainable conditions for the global exchange of goods and services, within the framework of the WTO and in accordance with existing EUthe highest social, economic and environmental standards, which laid down by EU law, or with higher standards, where these exist, and whereas the observance of high standards should be promoted at global level;
2018/03/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 365 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Welcomes the intention to simplify and modernise the CAP, but emphasisunderlines that the integrity of the sSingle mMarket and a truly common and adequately financed by the EU policy must be the overriding priorities of reform;
2018/03/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 415 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Considers that subsidiarity for Member States should only be granted within a common general set of rules and tools agreed at EU level as part of a uniform approach to all programming efforts and eligibility criteria, should cover both of the CAP’s pillars and ensure, in particular, a European approach in Pillar I without national co-financing and thus a level playing field;
2018/03/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 499 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. Calls on the Commission to avoid renationalisation of CAP and grant more flexibility to Member States and regions within the framework of the agricultural de minimis rules ;
2018/03/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 535 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Considers it necessary to maintain the current two-pillared architecture, particularly Pillar I, which is dedicated to income support for farmers; considers it necessary, at the same time, to compensate for the provision of public goods on the basis of uniformgeneral criteria, while allowing Member States to take specific approaches to reflect local conditions;
2018/03/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 553 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9
9. Considers that the current CAP architecture can only deliver its objectives if sufficiently funded; calls, therefore, for the CAP budget to be maintained in the nextonly if it remains a common, modern and well- funded EU policy which supports sustainable development of agriculture and is crucial for providing safe, high quality and diverse food, jobs and growth in rural areas; which contributes to further levelling of developmental gaps in agriculture and rural areas and which reflects social and economic cohesion in its financial and programming dimension as well as proposed instruments and thus calls for maintaining the CAP budget in the post-2020 MFF at at least athe current levels in order to achieve the ambitions of a revised and efficient CAP beyondafter 2020;
2018/03/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 619 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Believes that more targeted support for family farms is necessary and that this can be achieved by introducing a compulsory higher support rate for small farms; considers, moreover, that and, at the same time and reflecting economies of scale considering different agricultural structures, support for larger farms should be digressive, reflecting economies of scale, with the possibility for capping to be decided by the Member States;
2018/03/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 673 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Calls forStresses that the existing system for calculating direct payments in Pillar I, which is often based on historic entitlements, to and not most recent data, should be replaced by an EU-wide uniform method of calculating payments, in order to based on support paid per hectare, in order to ensure a level playing field for farmers in all Member States and make the system simpler and more transparent;
2018/03/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 708 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12 b (new)
12b. Is certain that both the Basic Payment Scheme(BPS) and the Single Area Payment Scheme (SAPS) should continue to apply and all Member States should be allowed to choose between them;
2018/03/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 740 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Stresses the need for a fair and equal distribution of direct payments between Member States, which must take into account socio-economic differences, different production costs and the amounts received by Member States under Pillar II;
2018/03/22
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 761 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13 a (new)
13a. Calls to complete the process of full convergence of direct payments between Member States as of 2021;
2018/03/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 764 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13 b (new)
13b. Underlines that all EU farmers have to meet the same standards and requirements and are facing the same challenges;
2018/03/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 780 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Believes that, provided that a level playing field in the single market can be guaranteed, voluntary coupled support (VCS) payments should be maintained, and used as a tool to address needs of sensitive sectors and in a wider scope to address specific objectives related to environment, climate or quality and marketing of agricultural products, counteract specific difficulties, particularly those arising from the structural competitive disadvantage of less- favoured and mountainous regions, as well as those which are more temporary in nature and arise from a shift away from the old entitlement scheme, for example;
2018/03/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 795 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14 a (new)
14a. In case of direct payments related to voluntary coupled support (VCS), more support should be given to small and medium-sized farms, and socio-economic considerations, that could be used in addition to statistical production figures, need to be taken into account;
2018/03/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 822 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Recalls that generational renewal is a challenge faced by farmers in many Member States and that consequently each nNational sStrategy must therefore address this issue through a comprehensive approach, including top-ups in Pillar I1 and targeted measures in Pillar II, as well as by means of new financial instruments and national measures, in ordernd also via national measures and wider use of new financial instruments as a tool to grant access to capital in the circumstances of limited resources, to incentivise famers to pass on their farming operations;
2018/03/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 857 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15 a (new)
15a. Recalls that the investment support(non-repayable) should primarily be used in areas of EU-level added value;
2018/03/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 878 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Underlines the importance of rural development, including the LEADER initiative, in, to improve the synergy of different policies and to enhance competitiveness, promotes effective and sustainable economies and enhances development of rural areas, to supporting multi-functional agriculture and in fostering additional entrepreneurial activities and opportunities, in order to generate income from agri-tourism, and to secure community-supported agricultureby financially strengthening Pillar II, thus increasing potential to generate income, to tackle depopulation, unemployment, poverty and theo provision of social services in rural areasmote social inclusion;
2018/03/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 940 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Calls on the Commission to introduce a new and comprehensive legal framework which allows the integration of the various types of environmental actions at present, such as cross compliance, greening and the good agricultural and environmental conditions (GAEC) standards, as well as agri-environment measures (AEMs) for rural development, so that farmers can deliver effectively and with less bureaucracy on environmental care, biodiversity and climate action, receiving equal awards for provision of comparable services of public interest, while ensuring that Member States have adequate control and taking into account local conditions;
2018/03/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1124 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21
21. Insists on the critical need for the future CAP to support farmers more efficiently, both through equalised financial instruments, and through ensuring effective and environmentally and economically sustainable regulation of the market and of agricultural activities, in order to cope with price and income volatility due to climate, health and market risks, by creating additional incentives for flexible risk management and stabilisation tools while ensuring broad access;
2018/03/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1165 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22
22. Insists on the necessity tof strengthening the position of the producers within the food supply chain, in particular by guaranteeing them a fair share of the added value, by fostering inter-sectoral cooperation, and strengthencombating unfair trade practices (UTPs) in the food supply chain as a minimum by introducing EU legislative document as well as promoting transparency in the markets and crisis preventiontackling crises;
2018/03/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1207 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23
23. Calls on the Commission to allow and indeed encourage – particularly in the dairy sector –Underlines the importance of new Omnibus regulation to encourage active crisis management instruments, such as voluntary sector agreements to manage supply in quantitative terms among producers, producers organisations and processors, and to examine the possibility of extending such instruments to other sectors;
2018/03/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1252 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 25 a (new)
25a. Believes that the compliance of farming in partner states with good and sustainable farming practices, climate measures and other means to minimise environmental impact of farming, which are applied in the EU, shall become an obligatory threshold for allowing access of goods manufactured in the third states to enter the EU market;
2018/03/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1283 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26
26. Calls for initiatives to promote EU production, safety and environmental standards and quality production schemes, through both labelling and marketing activities on internal and third-country markets, also ensuring consumers’ interest to be sure that goods marketed under the same brand have the same composition irrespectively of the market and comprehensive awareness in case if altered recipes are used;
2018/03/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1322 #

2018/2037(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 28
28. Regrets the fact that the whole process of the CAP post-2020 programming exercise – consultation, communication, impact assessment and legislative proposals – is repeatedly starting with a significant delay as the end of the eighth legislature approaches, risking the debate on future CAP to be overshadowed by election debates and jeopardising the possibility of a final agreement being reached before the European elections;
2018/03/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 11 #

2018/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital A a (new)
A a. whereas the varying content of products diminishes the consumers' trust in the product, thus undermining the reputation of the whole European food chain – from agricultural workers, producers and processors, up to retailers and advertisers, as well as the overall EU regulatory framework;
2018/03/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 19 #

2018/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital B
B. whereas analyses of product content and labelling have recently been carried out in approved laboratories in a number of EU countries, including Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia;
2018/03/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 29 #

2018/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital C
C. whereas the analyses show that certain products contain less meat, or less of other, often higher-quality, ingredients, in certain countries, in most cases those countries which joined the EU in 2004, 2007 and 2013; whereas the analyses found instances of the same products being sold at considerably higher prices in those countries than in the so- called ‘old Member States’;
2018/03/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 39 #

2018/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital C a (new)
C a. whereas the varying quality of products causes concern that some Member States are treated differently from others;
2018/03/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 46 #

2018/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Welcomes the allocation of EUR 2 million to develop a methodology for, and conduct, comparative testing of food products in different Member States; expects the testing to be completed at the earliest possible date, preferably in 2018; calls on the Member States' relevant authorities to actively take part in this testing and integrate this methodology into their working practices
2018/03/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 58 #

2018/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Firmly believes that, in response to European citizens’ concerns about different products being sold under the same brand in different Member States, and considering the detrimental effect of this practice on the functioning of the Single Market, the practice of ‘one brand, one product, different content and proportional composition’ needs to be stopped immediately by means of an amendment to Directive 2005/29/EC of 11 May 2005 concerning unfair business-to-consumer commercial practices; recalls that business operators are permitted to market and sell goods with different composition or characteristics, provided that they fully respect EU legislation, but stresses that such differences should be fully justified by the sourcing of local ingredients, by locally-adapted taste preferences or by efforts to improve public health through nutrient reformulation, and that such differences must be made clear to the consumer;
2018/03/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 73 #

2018/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Considers that, until that practice is stopped, and in order to raise the profile of manufacturers’ initiatives on the use of local recipes, a system should be introduced for indicating, in a way that respects the consumer’s right of informed choice and consumer preferences, the local recipes used in the preparation of specific products of international brands; Stresses that, under this system, the geographical scope of marketing of the locally-adapted product should also be indicated; calls on the Commission to further develop the concept of a 'product of reference,' against which locally- or regionally- adapted recipes may be compared and the differences made explicit to the consumer;
2018/03/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 100 #

2018/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Calls for the establishment of anan existing agency or othernew specialised unit to monitorat EU level to be vested with the task of monitoring the consistency of composition and proportional use of ingredients in identically branded and packaged food products.
2018/03/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 112 #

2018/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4 a. Underlines the importance of civil society in bringing producers' unfair practices into public awareness and calls for more support for civic activity, institutional and individual whistle- blowers in the field of food safety and consumers' rights;
2018/03/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 115 #

2018/2008(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 b (new)
4 b. Calls on producers - first and foremost large multinationals, marketing their brands in different countries and markets both within and outside the EU - to take immediate measures to ensure transparency on the composition of their products, differences in composition and reasons behind such differences, and make this information easily available to all consumers.
2018/03/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3 #

2018/0322(COD)

Draft legislative resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Adopts its position at first reading, taking overRejects the Commission proposal;
2019/02/21
Committee: REGI
Amendment 30 #

2018/0251(NLE)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 16
(16) The programme should be conducted with a joint financial effort of the Union and Lithuania. A maximum Union co-financing threshold should be established in line with the co-financing practice established under the predecessor programmes. Taking into account the practice of comparable Union programmes and the strengthened Lithuanian economyProtocol 4 of the 2003 Act of Accession stipulates that the Union contribution under the Ignalina Programme may, for certain measures, amount to up to 100% of the total expenditure. A Union co-financing threshold should be established in line with the co-financing practice established under the predecessor programmes. Taking into account the findings of the 2018 Commission report on the evaluation and implementation of the EU nuclear decommissioning assistance programmes in Bulgaria, Slovakia and Lithuania and the political commitment by Lithuania to contribute as a maximum 14% of the overall decommissioning cost, the Union co-financing rate, from the inception of the Ignalina decommissioning programme until the end of the implementation of the activities financed under this Regulation, the Union co- financing rate should be no higherless than 806 % of eligible costs. The remaining co- financing should be provided by Lithuania and sources other than the Union budget, notably from international financial institutions and other donors.
2018/10/15
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 46 #

2018/0251(NLE)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 1
1. The financial envelope for the implementation of the Programme for the period 2021 - 2027 shall be EUR 552780 000 000 in current prices.
2018/10/15
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 50 #

2018/0251(NLE)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 1
The overall maximum Union co-financing rate applicable under the Programme shall be no higherless than 806%. The remaining financing shall be provided by Lithuania and additional sources other than the Union budget.
2018/10/15
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 270 #

2018/0218(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 4 – point c – point i
Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013
Article 23 a – paragraph 1 – point a
(a) for school fruit and vegetables: EUR 1350 608 466000 000 per school year; Or. en (https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:02013R1308- 20180101&from=FR)
2018/12/12
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 39 #

2018/0217(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 5 a (new)
(5 a) Member States should refrain from adding rules that complicate the use of EAGF and EAFRD for the beneficiary.
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 46 #

2018/0217(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 25
(25) In accordance with the architecture and the key characteristics of the new CAP delivery model the eligibility of payments made by Member States for Union financing should no longer depend on the legality and regularity of payments to individual beneficiaries. Instead, as regards types of interventions referred to in Regulation (EU)…/…[CAP Strategic Plan Regulation], Member States’ payments should be eligible if they are matched by corresponding output and in compliance with the applicable basic Union requirements. It is necessary to underline that the new CAP delivery model should not remove the need to check legality and regularity of expenditure.
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 51 #

2018/0217(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 1 – point h a (new)
(h a) indirect costs and direct personnel costs incurred by the local rural communities and other similar local actors implementing LEADER operations, referred to as community-led local development in Article 25 of Regulation (EU) [CPR];
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 60 #

2018/0217(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 a (new)
The adjustment rate shall only apply to direct payments in excess of EUR 2 000 to be granted to farmers in the corresponding calendar year.
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 62 #

2018/0217(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 29 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point a
(a) in 2021: 12 % of the amount of support from the EAFRD for the entire duration of the CAP Strategic Plan;
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 63 #

2018/0217(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 29 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point b
(b) in 2022: 12 % of the amount of support from the EAFRD for the entire duration of the CAP Strategic Plan;
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 64 #

2018/0217(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 29 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point c
(c) in 2023: 12 % of the amount of support from the EAFRD for the entire duration of the CAP Strategic Plan.
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 69 #

2018/0217(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 32 – paragraph 1
1. The Commission shall automatically decommit any portion of a budget commitment for rural development interventions in a CAP Strategic Plan that has not been used for the purposes of prefinancing or for making interim payments or for which no declaration of expenditure fulfilling the requirements laid down in Article 30(3) has been presented to it in relation to expenditure effected by 31 December of the seconthird year following that of the budget commitment.
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 121 #

2018/0217(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 96 – paragraph 1
1. Member States shall ensure annualtimely ex-post publication of the beneficiaries of the Funds every three months in. accordance with [Article 44(3)-(5) of Regulation (EU) …/…CPR Regulation] and paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 of this Article.
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 231 #

2018/0217(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 1 – point h a (new)
(h a) indirect costs and direct personnel costs incurred by the local rural communities and other similar local actors implementing LEADER operations, referred to as community-led local development in Article 25 of Regulation (EU) [CPR];
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 361 #

2018/0217(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 14 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 a (new)
In the event that available appropriations referred to under the first subparagraph are not sufficient, financial discipline may be used to fill up the yearly crisis reserve as a last resort.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 382 #

2018/0217(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 a (new)
The adjustment rate determined in accordance with this Article shall only apply to direct payments in excess of EUR 2 000 to be granted to farmers in the corresponding calendar year.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 122 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 73 a (new)
(73a) The Court of Auditors, in its opinion No 7/2018 from 25.10.2018, sets out that moving towards a performance- based system requires the identification of needs based on solid evidence together with the requirement for Member States to compile reliable and comparable statistics. Clear, specific and quantified EU objectives for which achievement could be measured should be underpinned by a fully developed set of meaningful output, result and impact indicators.
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 123 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 75 a (new)
(75a) A performance-based delivery model including performance-based assessment should not remove the need to check legality and regularity of expenditure.
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 297 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 83 – paragraph 1
1. The total amount of Union support for types of interventions for rural development under this Regulation for the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2027 shall be EUR 78 81196 712 million in current2018 prices in accordance with the multiannual financial framework for the years 2021 to 202738 . _________________ 38 Proposal for a Council Regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2021-2027 Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, COM(2018)322 final.
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 410 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 3 Result indicators – R.2 a new
R.2a Knowledge and advice on the sustainable use of pesticides: Number of independent advisors advising on IPM, low input systems and techniques alternative to chemical inputs
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 411 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 3 – Result indicators
R.3 Digitising agriculturePrecision farming: Share of farmers benefitting from support to appropriate precision farming technology through CAP that leads to reduced input dependency and resource use
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 412 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 3 Result indicators – R.6 a new
R.6a Maintaining and increasing the number of farmers: Number of CAP beneficiaries
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 413 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 3 – Result indicators
R.10 Better supply chain organisation: Share of farmers participating in supported Producer Groups, Producer Organisations, local markets, short supply chain circuits and quality schemes, co-operation actions for sharing equipment e.g. for the diversification of crops needed for rotation including legumes
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 414 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 2 – Impact indicators
I.13 Reducing soil erosion: Percentage of land in moderate and severe soil erosion on agricultural land, increased resilience flooding
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 415 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 2 Impact indicators – I.13 a new
I.13a Building topsoils and increase the resilience of soils against extreme weather conditions, boosting humification: Percentage of humus in topsoils
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 416 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 3 – Result indicators
R. 18: lmproving soils and increase their resilience against extreme weather conditions: Share of agricultural land under management commitments beneficial for soil management, as outlined in the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Soil Sustainable Management Practices
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 417 #

2018/0216(COD)

R.18a Soil health: Abundance and diversity of soil biota
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 418 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 3 – Result indicators
R. 19: iImproving air quality: Share of agricultural land under commitments to reduce ammonia emission, in accordance with National Air Pollution Control Programmes, for example National Emissions Ceilings
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 419 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 3 – Result indicators
R. 20: Protecting water quality: Share of agricultural land under management commitments for water quality , in accordance with Nitrates Action Programmes and notified through the Programmes of Measures in the River Basin Management Plans
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 420 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 3 – Result indicators
R. 22: Sustainable water use: Share of irrigated land under commitments to improve water balance, in accordance with the Programmes of Measures in the River Basin Management Plans
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 421 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 3 – Result indicators – R.24 a new
R. 24a Closing nutrient cycles: sale/use of concentrated feed mix
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 422 #

2018/0216(COD)

R. 24b Ecological carrying capacity of the river basin: Percentage of fodder from permanent grassland, pasture and temporary grassland on arable land with leguminous mixes used for feed/fodder
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 423 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 3 – Result indicators – R.24 c new
R. 24c Protection of soils: Share of arable land where intercropping and mixed cropping using legumes is applied; share of arable land where crop rotations including a leguminous component are applied
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 424 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 2 – Impact indicators
I.20 Enhanced provision of ecosystem services: Share of UAA covered with landscape features and green infrastructure, including trees
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 425 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 2 – Impact indicators – I.20 a new
I.20a Agrobiodiversity Index, measuring varietal diversity within and among crop species
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 426 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 2 Impact indicators – I.20 b new
I.20b Pollinators Index, including bees and butterflies
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 427 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 3 – Result indicators
R.26: Protecting forest ecosystems: Share of forest land under management commitments for supporting landscape, biodiversity and ecosystem services, in accordance with the requirements of the EU biodiversity strategy
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 428 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 3 – Result indicators – R.26 a new
R. 26a Boosting on farm biodiversity: Share of land in agricultural areas devoted to non-productive features (GAEC 9) which is pesticide free
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 429 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 3 – Result indicators
R.27 Preserving habitats and species: Share of agricultural land under management commitments supporting biodiversity conservation or restoration, covering both wild and domestic species, in accordance with the requirements of the EU biodiversity strategy
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 430 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 3 – Result indicators – R.27 a new
R. 27a Supporting the sustainable use of crop biodiversity: Share of EU utilised agricultural area (UAA) where crop rotation is practiced
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 431 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 3 – Result indicators
R.28 Supporting Natura 2000: area in Natura 2000 sites under commitments for protection, maintenance and restoration, in accordance with the Prioritized Action Frameworks
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 432 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 3 – Result indicators
R.29 Preserving landscape features and green infrastructure, including trees: Share of agriculture land under commitments for managing landscape features and green infrastructure, including hedgerows and trees
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 436 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 2 – Impact indicators – I.26 a new
I.26a Sustainable use of veterinary products in livestock: Sales/use in food producing animals
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 437 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 2 – Impact indicators
I.27 Sustainable use of pesticides: Reduce risks and impactsuse and dependency ofn pesticides**
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 438 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 3 – Result indicators – R.36 a new
R. 36a Sustainable use of veterinary products: Reduced sales of antibiotics, share of livestock units covered by supported actions to limit the use of veterinary products
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 439 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 3 – Result indicators
R.37 Sustainable pesticide use: Share of agricultural land concerned by supported specific actions which lead to a sustainable use of pesticides in order to reduce risks and impactsreduce use and dependency ofn pesticides
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 440 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex III – column 3 – Requirements and standards
Establishment of buffer strips along water courses without use of agrochemicals
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 441 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – column 4 – Main objective of the standard
Protection of river courses and aquatic species or ecosystems against pollution, toxicity and run-off
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 442 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex III – column 3 – Requirements and standards
Use of Farm Sustainability Tool for Nutrientsmonitoring all agricultural inputs and tools to monitor soil life and humification
2018/12/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 451 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Citation 1
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 39 (1 (b)), Article 42 and Article 43(2) thereof,
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 477 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 2
(2) Since the CAP needs to sharpen its responses to thegrowing challenges and opportunities as they manifest themselves at Union, international, national, regional, rural, local and farm levels, it is necessary to streamlinimprove the governance of the CAP and improve its delivery on the Union objectives and to significantly decrease the administrative burden. In the CAP based on delivery of performance (‘delivery model’), the Union should set the basiccommon policy parameters to respond to the identified challenges, such as objectives of the CAP and basic requireincluding rural developments, while Member States should bear greater responsibility as to how they meet the objectives and achieve common EU and national targets. Enhanced subsidiarity makes it possible to better take into account local conditions and needs, tailoring the support to maximise the contribution to Union objectives.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 483 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 3
(3) The use of common definitions entirely set at Union level has caused certain difficulties for Member States to cater their own specificities at national, regional, and local level. Member States should therefore be given the flexibility to specify certain definitions in their CAP Strategic Plan. In order to ensure a common economic, ecological and social level playing field, a certain framework has, however, to be set at Union level constituting the necessary essential elements to be included in those definitions (‘framework definitions’).
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 488 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 4
(4) In order to ensure that the Union can respect its international obligations on domestic support as set out in the WTO Agreement on Agriculture, and in particular that the basic income support for sustainability and related types of interventions continue to be notified as ‘Green Box’ support which has no, or at most minimal, trade-distorting effects or effects on production, the framework definition for ‘agricultural activity’ should provide for both the production of agricultural products or the maintenance of agro-ecological production systems and the social fabric in the agricultural area. In light of adjusting to local conditions, Member States should lay down the actual definitions of agricultural activity in line with EU obligations like the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), climate and biodiversity goals in their CAP Strategic Plans.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 539 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 11
(11) In order to give substance to the objectives of the CAP as established by Article 39 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), as well as to ensure that the Union adequately addresses its most recent challenges and international commitments, it is appropriate to provide for a set of general objectives reflecting the orientations given in the Communication on ‘The Future of Food and Farming’. A set of specific objectives should be further defined at Union level and applied by the Member States in their CAP Strategic Plans. WhileIn order to strikinge a balance across the dimensions of sustainable development, in line with the impact assessment, tMember States should be required to take action to achieve all specific objectives simultaneously. These specific objectives should translate the general objectives of the CAP into more concrete priorities and take into account relevant Union legislation, particularly with regard to climate, energyboth wild and agro-biodiversity, water protection, public health, employment, renewable energy, animal welfare and environment.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 569 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 13 a (new)
(13a) The cross-cutting principles set out in Article 3 of the Treaty on European Union (‘TEU') and in Article 10 TFEU, including the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality as set out in Article 5 TEU, should be observed when implementing CAP Strategic Plans. Member States and the Commission should also comply with the obligations of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and ensure accessibility in line with Article 9 thereof and in accordance with the Union law harmonising accessibility requirements for products and services. Member States and the Commission should seek to eliminate inequalities and promote equality between men and women and gender mainstreaming, as well as to combat discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, or sexual orientation. The Funds should not support actions that contribute to any form of segregation, discrimination, or exclusion. The objectives of the Funds should be pursued from the perspective of sustainable development and in line with the aim, promoted under the Aarhus Convention and by the Union, of preserving, protecting, and improving the quality of the environment and combating climate change, as set out in Article 11 and Article 191(1) TFEU, while applying the ‘polluter pays’ principle.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 570 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 13 a (new)
(13a) Horizontal principles as set out in Article 3 of the Treaty on the European Union ('TEU') and in Article 10 of the TFEU, including principles of subsidiarity and proportionality as set out in Article 5 of the TEU should be respected in the implementation of CAP Strategic plans. Member States and the Commission should aim at eliminating inequalities and at promoting equality between men and women and integrating the gender perspective, as well as at combating discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. The Funds should not support actions that contribute to any form of segregation, discrimination or exclusion. The objectives of the Funds should be pursued in the framework of sustainable development and in line with the Aarhus Convention and the Union's promotion of the aim of preserving, protecting and improving the quality of the environment and combating climate change as set out in Article 11 and Article 191(1) of the TFEU, while applying the polluter pays principle.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 571 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 13 b (new)
(13b) The objectives of CAP Strategic plans should be pursued in the framework of the objectives set out in the European Pillar of Social rights. In order to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all, it is necessary to target support towards the overarching and legally binding 2030 Agenda of the United Nations and to contribute to the SDGs and their targets set by 2030. Member States should ensure consistency, coherence and synergies with the European Pillar of Social Rights and the SDGs, taking into account local challenges.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 591 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 16 – introductory part
(16) Bolstering environmental care and, preservation of biodiversity and genetic diversity in the agricultural system as well as climate action and contributing to the achievement of Union environmental- and climate-related objectives is a very high priority in the future of Union agriculture and, forestry and rural development. The architecture of the CAP should therefore reflect greaterhigh ambition with respect to these objectives. By virtue of the delivery model, action taken to tackleavoid further environmental degradation and climate change caused by unsustainable farming systems should be result-driven and Article 11 TFEU should, for this purpose, be considered as an obligation of result. As many rural areas in the Union suffer from structural problems and disadvantages such as lack of access to markets and decreasing return of added value to rural regions, lack of attractive employment opportunities, education, training and extension services responding to the challenges mentioned above, underinvestment in connectivity, infrastructures and essential services, as well as youth drain, it is fundamental to strengthen the socio-economic fabric in those areas, in line with the Cork 2.0. Declaration, promoting social inclusion, generational renewal and the development of resilient villages and enterprises across the European countryside. As indicated in the Communication on ‘The Future of Food and Farming’, new rural value chains such as renewable energy, agro-ecological food systems, decentralized infrastructure for processing and marketing of farm products , the circular economy, and ecotourism can offer inclusive economical development and job potential for rural areas. In this context, financial instruments can play a crucial role for ensuring access to financing and for bolstering the growth capacity of farms and rural enterprises. There is a potential for employment opportunities in rural areas, including also legally staying third country nationals, promoting their social and economic integration especially in the framework of the LEADER and Community-led Local Development strategies.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 629 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 19 a (new)
(19a) Member States should refrain from adding rules that would complicate the use of the EAGF and the EAFRD for beneficiaries.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 640 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 21 a (new)
(21a) In order to maintain a level playing field between and within Member States in terms of farm relevant legislation and norms or good practices for environmental, public health and sanitary and animal welfare issues, there should be no exceptions to conditionality and the rules should therefore apply to all applicable beneficiaries. In addition, the statutory management requirements are based on pre-existing and self-standing laws to be applied in full in their own right by all EU authorities and all citizens. However, in the risk analysis that is used to select a sample off arms to be subject to controls, Member States may choose to apply different weighting factors to reflect the likelihood of non- compliance, so that unnecessary farm controls can be avoided without putting the EU funds in danger of being misspent. For example: smaller farms receive a lower risk weighting due to their size, but higher animal densities receive a higher weighting for animal welfare and public health issues, or organic farming receives a lower risk weighting for environmental or climate issues
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 652 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 22
(22) The framework of standards of GAECs aims to contribute to the mitigation and adaptation to climate change, the tackling of water challenges, the protection and quality of soil and the protection and quality of biodiversity. The framework needs to be enhanced to take into account in particular the practices set until 2020 under the greening of direct payments, the mitigation of climate change and the need to improve farms sustainability, and in particular the nutrients management and chemical input reduction. It is acknowledged that each GAEC contributes to multiple objectives. In order to implement the framework, Member States should define a national standard for each of the standards set at Union level taking into account the specific characteristics of the area concerned, including soil and climatic conditions, existing farming conditions, land use, crop rotation, farming practices and farm structures. Member States may also define in addition other national standards related to the main objectives laid down in Annex III in order to improve the environmental and climate delivery of the GAEC framework. As part of GAEC framework, in order to support both the agronomic and the environmental performance of farms, nutrieninput management plans will be established with the help of a dedicated electronic Farm Sustainability Tool made available by the Member States to individual farmers. The tool should provide on-farm decision support starting from minimum nutrient and chemicals management functionalities. A wide interoperability and modularity should also ensure the possibility to add other electronic on-farm and e-governance applications. In order to ensure a level playing field between farmers and across the Union, the Commission may provide support to the Member States in the design of the Tool as well as with the data storage and processing services required.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 672 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 24
(24) Member States should setprovide high-quality farm advisory services for the purpose of improving the sustainable management and overall performance of agricultural holdings and rural businesses, covering economic, environmental and social dimensions, and to identify the necessary improvements as regards all measures at farm level provided for in the CAP Strategic Plans. These farm advisory services should help farmers and other beneficiaries of CAP support to become more aware of the relationship between farm management and land management on the one hand, and certain standards, requirements and information, including environmental and climate ones, on the other hand. The list of the latter includes standards applying to or necessary for farmers and other CAP beneficiaries and set in the CAP Strategic Plan, as well as those stemming from the legislation on water, on the sustainable use of pesticides, as well as the initiatives to combat antimicrobial resistance and the management of risks. In order to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the advice, Member States should integrate advisors within the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS), in order to be able to deliver up-to-date technological and scientific information developed by research and innovation.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 674 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 24 a (new)
(24a) To ensure the provision of high quality advice to all farmers in the Union, the Commission should define minimum standards for farm advisory services, in terms of the quality and territorial coverage of the advice provided. The Commission should, prior to the entry into force of this regulation and for the purposes of quality control, accredit all farm advisory services. In cases where it concludes that a farm advisory service does not meet minimum standards, the Commission should notify the Member State concerned in writing and request it to take remedial action.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 791 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 37
(37) For interventions for rural development, principles are defined at Union level, particularly with regard to the basic requirements for the Member States to apply selection criteria. However, Member States should have ample discretion to define specific conditions according to their needs. Types of interventions for rural development include payments for environmental, climate and other management commitments that Member States should support throughout their territories, in accordance with their national, regional taking into account regions which were legally formalised and currently into force or local specific needs. Member States should grant payments to farmers and other land managers who undertake, on a voluntary basis, management commitments that contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation and to the protection and improvement of the environment including water quality and quantity, air quality, soil, biodiversity and ecosystem services including voluntary commitments in Natura 2000 and support for genetic diversity. Support under payments for management commitments may also be granted in the form of locally-led, integrated or cooperative approaches and result-based interventions.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 792 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 37
(37) For interventions for rural development, principles are defined at Union level, particularly with regard to the basic requirements for the Member States to apply selection criteria. However, Member States should have ample discretion to define specific conditions according to their needs. Types of interventions for rural development include payments for environmental, climate and other management commitments that Member States should support throughout their territories, in accordance with their national, regional or local specific needs, taking into account regions which have been legally formalised and are currently in force. Member States should grant payments to farmers and other land managers who undertake, on a voluntary basis, management commitments that contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation and to the protection and improvement of the environment, including water quality and quantity, air quality, soil, biodiversity and ecosystem services, including voluntary commitments in Natura 2000 and support for genetic diversity. Support under payments for management commitments may also be granted in the form of locally- led, integrated or cooperative approaches and result-based interventions.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 816 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 39
(39) Forestry measures should contribute to the implementation of the Union Forest Strategy, and be based on Member States' national or sub-national forest programs or equivalent instruments, which should build on the commitments stemming from the Regulation on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emission and removals from land use, land use energy and forestry [LULUCF Regulation] and those made in the Ministerial Conferences on the Protection of Forests in Europe. Interventions should be based on forest management plans or equivalent instruments and may comprise forest area development and sustainable management of forests, including the afforestation of land and the creation and regeneration of agroforestry systems; the protection, restoration and improvement of forest resources, taking into account adaptation needs; investments to guarantee and enhance forest conservation, diversification and resilience, and the provision of forest ecosystem and climate services; and measures and investments in support of the renewable energy and bio- economy.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 842 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 42
(42) In the light of the need to fill the investment gap in the Union agricultural sector and improve access to financial instruments for priority groups, notably young farmers and new entrants with higher risk profiles, use of the InvestEU guarantee and combination of grants and financial instruments should be encouraged. Since the use of financial instruments across Member States varies considerably as a result of differences in terms of access to finance, banking sector development, presence of risk capital, familiarity of public administrations and potential range of beneficiaries, Member States should establish in the CAP Strategic Plan appropriate targets, beneficiaries and preferential conditions, and other possible eligibility rules.deleted
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 877 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 44
(44) In the light of the need to ensure appropriate risk management tools, insurance premia and mutual funds should be maintained, financed by the EAGFRD. The category of mutual funds encompasses both those linked to production losses, and the general and sector-specific income stabilisation tools, linked to income losses.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 893 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 45 a (new)
(45 a) In order to ensure effectiveness of projects initiated by the local communities, as well as the efficient use of allocated funding, Member States should establish in the financial rules that expenses for financial and administrative management of operations, implemented by the local rural communities and other similar local actors with a view to pursuing strategies referred to in Article 25(2)(c) of Regulation (EU) [XXX/XXXX] [CPR], are acknowledged as eligible for EU funding.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 894 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 45 a (new)
(45a) To ensure that projects initiated by local communities are effective, and that the funding allocated is used efficiently, Member States should provide in the financial rules that expenditure incurred in the financial and administrative management of operations implemented by local rural communities and other similar local stakeholders with a view to pursuing strategies referred to in Article 25(2)(c) of Regulation (EU) [CPR] should be deemed to be eligible for EU funding.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 898 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 46
(46) The Communication on ‘The Future of Food and Farming’ mentions the exchange of knowledge and focus on innovation as a cross cutting objective for the new CAP. The CAP should continue to support the interactive innovation model, which enhances the collaboration between actors to make best use of complementary types of knowledge with a view to spreading practical solutions. Farm advisory services should be strengthened within the AKIS. The CAP Strategic Plan should provide information on how advisory services, research and rural networks will work together. Each Member State or region, including the regions, which were legally formalised and currently into force, as appropriate, can fund a number of actions aimed at knowledge exchange and innovation, using the types of interventions developed in this Regulation.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 899 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 46
(46) The Communication on ‘The Future of Food and Farming’ mentions the exchange of knowledge and focus on innovation as a cross -cutting objective for the new CAP. The CAP should continue to support the interactive innovation model, which enhances the collaboration between actors to make best use of complementary types of knowledge with a view to spreading practical solutions. Farm advisory services should be strengthened within the AKIS. The CAP Strategic Plan should provide information on how advisory services, research and rural networks will work together. Each Member State or region, including regions which have been legally formalised and are currently in force, as appropriate, can fund a number of actions aimed at knowledge exchange and innovation, using the types of interventions developed in this Regulation.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 910 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 48
(48) Support for direct payments under the CAP Strategic Plans should be granted within national allocations to be fixed by this Regulation. These national allocations should reflect a continuation of the changes whIt is essential to point out that in the period covered by the allocations to Member States with the lowest support level per hectare are gradually increased to close 50% of the gap towards 90% of the Union average. In order to take into account the reduction of payments' mechanism and the use of its product in the Member State, the total indicative fina2021-2027 MFF, the convergence process has to be fully completed in order both to achieve fair competition among Member States and to establish the principles of equality on an EU-wide basis, and that the European Councial allocations per year in the CAP Strategic Plan of a Member State should be allowed to exceed the national allocationdecision contained in the Presidency conclusions of 24-25 October 2002 has to be completely implemented.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 911 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 48
(48) Support for direct payments under the CAP Strategic Plans should be granted within national allocations to be fixed by this Regulation. These national allocations should reflect a continuation of the changes whIt is essential to point out that in the period covered by the allocations to Member States with the lowest support level per hectare are gradually increased to close 50% of the gap towards 90% of the Union average. In order to take into account the reduction of payments' mechanism and the use of its product in the Member State, the total indicative fina2021-2027 MFF, the convergence process must be fully completed in order both to achieve fair competition among Member States and to establish the principles of equality on an EU-wide basis, and that the European Councial allocations per year in the CAP Strategic Plan of a Member State should be allowed to exceed the national allocationdecision contained in the Presidency conclusions of 24-25 October 2002 has to be completely implemented.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 919 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 48
(48) Support for direct payments under the CAP Strategic Plans should be granted within national allocations to be fixed by this Regulation. These national allocations should reflect a continuation of the changes whereby the allocations to Member States with the lowest support level per hectare are gradually increased to close 50% of the gap towards 90% ofach the Union average. In order to take into account the reduction of payments' mechanism and the use of its product in the Member State, the total indicative financial allocations per year in the CAP Strategic Plan of a Member State should be allowed to exceed the national allocation.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 922 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 49
(49) In order to facilitate the management of EAFRD funds, a singlet is necessary to establish the maximum contribution rates for support from the EAFRD should be set in relation to public expenditure in the Member States. In order to take account of their particular importance or nature, specific contribution rates should be set in relation to certain types of operations. In order to mitigate the specific constraints resulting from the level of development, the remoteness and insularity, an appropriate EAFRD contribution rate should be set for less developed regions, the outermost regions referred to in Article 349 TFEU and the smaller Aegean islandsThose rates should reflect the level of economic development of regions in terms of GDP per capita in relation to the EU-27 average.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 927 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 49 a (new)
(49 a) Objective criteria should be established for categorising regions and areas at Union level for support from the EAFRD. To this end, the identification of the regions and areas at Union level should be based on the common system of classification of the regions established by Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and the Council, as amended by Commission Regulation (EU) No 2016/2066[1]. Latest classifications and data should be used to ensure adequate support, in particular for addressing lagging behind regions and interregional disparities inside a Member State. [1] Commission Regulation (EU) No2016/2066 of 21 November 2016 amending the annexes to Regulation (EC) No1059/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS), (OJ L L 322, 29.11.2016, p. 1–61
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 928 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 49 a (new)
(49a) Objective criteria should be laid down at Union level with a view to categorising regions and areas for the purposes of EAFRD support. To that end, regions and areas should be determined at Union level on the basis of the common system of classification of the regions established by Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and the Council, as amended by Commission Regulation (EU) No 2016/20661a. The latest classifications and data should be used to ensure that support can serve in particular to resolve the problems of regions lagging behind and regional disparities within a Member State. _________________ 1a Commission Regulation (EU) No 2016/2066 of 21 November 2016 amending the annexes to Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS) (OJ L L 322, 29.11.2016, pp. 1–61).
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 931 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 50
(50) EAFRD should not provide support to investments that would harm the environment. Hence it is necessary to provide in this Regulation a number ofdouble rule that all infrastructure investments on agricultural holdings must simultaneously demonstrate positive effects on the environment, climate and biodiversity, on the one hand, and on the business situation of the agricultural holding, on the other. In addition, a number of more specific exclusion rules, as well as the possibility to further develop both types of these guarantees in delegated acts. Notably, the EAFRD should not finance investments in irrigation which do not contribute towards the achievement, or the preservation, of good status of the associated water body or bodies and investments in afforestation which are not consistent with climate and environmental objectives in line with sustainable forest management principles.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 948 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 52
(52) Reflecting the importance of tackling climate change in line with the Union's commitments to implement the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, this Program will contribute to mainstream climate action in the Union's policies and to the achievement of an overall target of 25at least 30 % of the EU budget expenditures supporting climate objectives. Actions under the CAP are expected to contribute 40 % of the overall financial envelope of the CAP to climate objectives. Relevant actions will be identified during the Program's preparation and implementation, and reassessed in the context of the relevant evaluations and review processes.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 955 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 53
(53) The transfer of responsibility to Member States for assessing needs and achieving targets goes hand in hand with an increased flexibility to set up the combination of both types of interventions in the form of direct payments, sectoral types of interventions and types of interventions for rural development. This should be supported by some flexibility to adjust the relevant national allocations of funds. When Member States estimate that the pre-allocated envelope for EAFRD is too low to have room for all intended measures, a certain degree of flexibility is therefore justified, while at the same time avoiding considerable fluctuations in the level of annual direct income support versus the amounts available for multi- annual interventions under EAFRD.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 992 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 58 a (new)
(58 a) The existing knowledge base, in terms of the quantity and quality of available information, varies considerably for the purposes of monitoring the specific objectives set out in Article 6 of this proposal.For some specific objectives, in particular for monitoring biodiversity, the knowledge base is currently weak or even non-existent, in particular in terms of creating robust impact indicators, such as for pollinators and crop biodiversity. Specific objectives and indicators set for the Union as a whole in Article 6 and Annex 1 respectively should be based on a shared or comparable knowledge base and methodologies in all Member States. The Commission should identify areas where knowledge gaps exist and use the Union budget to provide a common response to knowledge-related and monitoring obstacles related to all Article 6 specific objectives and indicators. It should draw up a report on this issue no later than December 31, 2020 and make its findings public.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 996 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 59
(59) The strategy should also highlight complementarity both between CAP tools and with the other Uncohesion policiesy. In particular, each CAP Strategic Plan should take account of environmental and climate legislation where appropriate, and national plans emanating from this legislation should be described as part of the analysis of the current situation ('SWOT analysis'). It is appropriate to list the legislative instruments which should specifically be referred to in the CAP Strategic Plan.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 999 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 60
(60) Considering that flexibility should be accorded to Member States as regards the choice of delegating part of the implementation of the CAP Strategic Plan at regional level on the basis of a national framework, in order to facilitate co- ordination among the regions in addressing nation-wide challenges, it is appropriate that the CAP Strategic Plans provide a description of the interplay between national and regional interventions, whereas identification of the regions in the Member States should be based on the common system of classification of the regions established by Regulation (EC)No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and the Council, as amended by Commission Regulation (EU) No2016/2066.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1000 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 60
(60) Considering that flexibility should be accorded to Member States as regards the choice of delegating part of the implementation of the CAP Strategic Plan at regional level, on the basis of a national framework, in order to facilitate co- ordination among the regions in addressing nation-wide challenges, it is appropriate that the CAP Strategic Plans provide a description of the interplay between national and regional interventions, whereas regions in the Member States should be determined on the basis of the common system of classification of the regions established by Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and the Council, as amended by Commission Regulation (EU) No 2016/2066.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1009 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 64
(64) In view of the concerns related to administrative burden under shared management, simplification should also be subject to a specific attention in the CAP Strategic Plan. In order to avoid imposition of disproportionate burden, the administrative simplification task has to be a shared responsibility by the Union and the Member States, therefore the latter shall be assisted by the Commission.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1011 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 64
(64) In view of the concerns related to the administrative burden under shared management, simplification should also be subject to a specific attention in the CAP Strategic Plan. To prevent a disproportionate burden from being imposed, the task of administrative simplification has to be a shared responsibility of the Union and the Member States, and the latter should therefore be assisted by the Commission.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1033 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 71
(71) The EAFRD should support through technical assistance, at the initiative of the Commission, actions relating to the fulfilment of the tasks referred to in [Article 7 HzR], including improving the quantity and quality of baseline data available for monitoring the specific objectives laid out in Article 6 and the relevance and accuracy of the corresponding indicators laid out in Annex I. Technical assistance may also be provided, at the initiative of Member States, for the purpose of the fulfilment of the tasks necessary for the effective administration and implementation of support in relation to the CAP Strategic Plan. An increase of the technical assistance at the initiative of Member States is only available for Malta.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1035 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 71
(71) The EAFRD should support through technical assistance, at the initiative of the Commission, actions relating to the fulfilment of the tasks referred to in [Article 7 HzR]. Technical assistance may also be provided, at the initiative of Member States, for the purpose of the fulfilment of the tasks necessary for the effective administration and implementation of support in relation to the CAP Strategic Plan. An increase of the technical assistance at the initiative of Member States is only available for Malta, including capacity- building for staff of national administrations and civil society organisations, as well as for analytical support in tasks linked to evidence-based policymaking under this regulation.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1099 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new)
(b a) ‘ultimate beneficial owner’ means the legal owner of an agricultural holding;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1100 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point b b (new)
(b b) 'urban farming' means an agricultural activity in an urban area;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1101 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point b c (new)
(b c) "concentrated animal feeding operation" means a livestock holding rearing animals at a density beyond that permitted by the area and natural resources, or carrying capacity, of the holding, or in the case of cattle and ruminants, where the animals are without access to grazing or without the appropriate amount of supporting forage hectares to support pasture- or grassland- based grazing or foraging;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1102 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point e
(e) 'mutual fund' means a scheme accredited by the Member State in accordance with its national law for affiliated farmers to insure themselves, whereby compensation payments are made to affiliated farmers who experience economic lossesproduction losses and are able to prove that they undertook precautionary measures in advance.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1115 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point i a (new)
(i a) ‘policy coherence for development’ means that the Union shall, in line with article 208 TFEU, take account of the objectives of development cooperation in the policies that it implements, and in pursuing its domestic policy objectives, that it shall avoid negative policy measures which adversely affect the EU's development objectives;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1120 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point j a (new)
(j a) ‘food security’ means the right of people to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agricultural systems;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1152 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b – introductory part
(b) 'agricultural area' shall be defined in a way that it is composed of arable land, permanent crops and permanent grassland. Member States may also consider landscape elements as part of the agricultural area. The terms 'arable land', 'permanent crops' and 'permanent grassland' shall be further specified by Member States within the following framework:
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1181 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point b – point iii
(iii) 'permanent grassland and permanent pasture' (together referred to as 'permanent grassland')pasture' shall be land not included in the crop rotation of the holding for five years or more, used to growincluding grasses or other herbaceous forage naturally (self-seeded) or through cultivation (sown). It may. The definition shall be broad enough to cover silvopastoral and agroforestry systems and so include other species such as shrubs and/or trees which canmay be grazed or produce animal feed. The definition shall ensure coherence with achieving the objectives (d), (e) and (f) referred to in Article 6 (1);
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1200 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point c – point i
(i) that, during the year for which support is requested, is used for an agricultural activity or, where the area is also used for non-agricultural activities, is predominantly used for agricultural activities, and which is at the farmer's disposal. Where duly justified for environmental reasons, eligible hectares may also include certain areas used for agricultural activities only every second yearat intervals of several years or not permanently.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1230 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point d
(d) 'genuinactive farmers' shall be defined in a way to ensure that no support is granted to those whose agricultural activity forms only an insignificant part of their overall economic activities or whose principal business activity is not agricultural, while not precluding from support pluri-active farmers, part-time or semi-subsistence farmers, or organisations who engage in High Nature Value farming, who may be active on either local, regional, national or global markets. The definition shall allow to determine which farmers are not considered genuinactive farmers, based on conditions such as income tests, labour inputs on the farm, company object and/or inclusion in registers., and/or can be based on a negative list of structures that shall not be supported by CAP funds. (This change from "genuine" to "active" applies throughout the text)
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1254 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point e – point i
(i) a maximum age limit that may not exceed 40 years;deleted
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1263 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point e – point i
(i) a maximum age limit that may not exceed 405 years;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1291 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point e a (new)
(e a) 'new entrants' shall be defined in a way to include active farmers that are starting an agricultural activity, including as a co-operative with other farms.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1323 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point c
(c) to strengthen the socio-economic fabric of rural areas and achieve a balanced territorial development of rural economies and communities including the creation and maintenance of employment.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1341 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 2 a (new)
These objectives shall be achieved while aiming at external convergence between EU Member States.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1343 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 1 – introductory part
1. The achievement of the general objectives shall be pursued through simultaneously achieving the following specific objectives:
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1344 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point a
(a) support viable farm income and resilience across the Union to enhance food security, reversing the loss of farmers and farming structures, to ensure long term food security and food sufficiency for EU citizens;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1414 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point f
(f) contribute to the protection of biodiversity, enhance ecosystem services and preserve habitats and landscapesreversing the decline in biodiversity including agrobiodiversity, enhance ecosystem functioning and services especially soil, as well as preserve and enhance habitats and landscapes and achieve greater resilience;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1428 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point g
(g) attract young farmers and new entrants, promote gender equality, and facilitate bsusinesstainable development of businesses in rural areas;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1435 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point g
(g) attract young and new farmers and facilitate business development in rural areas;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1445 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point h
(h) promote employment, growthsocial and territorial cohesion through employment, diversification of activities and income, social inclusion and, local development in rural areas, including bio-economy and sustainable forestryfighting rural poverty and exclusion and improving basic services;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1469 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point i
(i) improve the response of EU agriculture to societal demands on food, farming and health, including safe, nutritious and, sustainable food, food waste,, pesticide-free food, reduced food waste, low-input and organic agriculture as well as animal welfare.;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1526 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2
The common output, result and impact indicators are set out in Annex I. Progress toward achieving the Union aims should be measured using the impact indicators.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1567 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 9 a (new)
Article 9 a Promotion of equality between men and women and non-discrimination The Member States and the Commission shall ensure that equality between men and women and the integration of gender perspective are taken into account and promoted throughout the preparation and implementation of CAP strategic plans, including in relation to monitoring, reporting and evaluation. The Member States and the Commission shall take appropriate steps to prevent any discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation during the preparation and implementation of CAP strategic plans. In particular, accessibility for persons with disabilities shall be taken into account throughout the preparation and implementation of CAP strategic plans.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1673 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 12 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1
Member States shall establish a system for providing the Fa farm Ssustainability Ttool for Nutrientinput reductions referred to in Annex III, with the minimum content and functionalities defined therein, to beneficiaries, who shall use the Tool. Or. en (This AM applies throughout the text.)
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1696 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 12 – paragraph 4
4. The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 138 supplementing this Regulation with rules for good agricultural and environmental condition, including for improving the effectiveness of GAEC standards for meeting the objectives referred to in Annex III, establishing the elements of the system of the ratio of permanent grassland, the year of reference and the rate of conversion under GAEC 1 as referred to in Annex III, the format and additional minimum elements and functionalities of the Fa farm Ssustainability Ttool for Nutrientinput reductions.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1714 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 1 a (new)
1 a. The Commission shall define minimum standards for farm advisory services, in terms of the quality, independence and territorial coverage of the advice provided.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1717 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 1 c (new)
1 c. The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 138 supplementing this Regulation with rules for the accreditation of farm advisory services.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1718 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 2
2. The farm advisory services shall cover economic, environmental and social dimensions and deliverfacilitate acquisition of skills and knowledge needed for sustainable and low input, high autonomy production, including by farmer-to- farmer learning and exchange, delivering information about the most relevant, cost effective and appropriate techniques according to up to date technological, agronomic and scientific information developed by, using where necessary and effective, links with centres of research and innovation. They shall be integrated within the interrelated services of farm advisors, researchers, farmer organisations and other relevant stakeholders that form the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS).
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1735 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 3 a (new)
3 a. Member States shall ensure that farm advisory services seek to promote reduction of input dependencies, while taking care to be clear about financial dependencies and debt, and rather promote a high degree of autonomy for farmers.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1745 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 4 – point b
(b) the requirements as defined by Member States for implementing Directive 2000/60/EC, Directive 92/43/EEC, Directive 2009/147/EC, Directive 2008/50/EC, Directive (EU) 2016/2284, Regulation (EU) 2016/2031, Implementing Regulations (EU) 20163/429, Article 55 of85, 2018/783, 2018/784 and 2018/785 Regulation (EU) 2016/429, Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council30 and Directive 2009/128/EC, Directive 98/58/EC, Directive 1999/74/EC, Directive 2007/43/EC, Directive 2008/119/EC, Directive 2008/120/EC, Regulation (EC) 2008/543 and Regulation (EC) No 1/2005, while encouraging the transition to agro-ecological practices ; _________________ 30 Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market and repealing Council Directives 79/117/EEC and 91/414/EEC (OJ L 309, 24.11.2009, p. 1).
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1746 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 4 – point b a (new)
(b a) agro-ecological practices that deliver the highest environmental services, contribute to climate change mitigation, increase of biodiversity, while increasing farmers’ independence;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1768 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 4 – point f a (new)
(f a) farm diversification and the development of decentralized food and farming supply chains.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1783 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 4 – point f d (new)
(f d) implementation of the recommendations developed using data from the farm sustainability tool, as referred to in Article 12.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1797 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Title 3 – chapter 1 – section 3 a (new)
Section 3a Organic Farming Article 13a Organic Farming 1.Member States shall include in their CAP Strategic Plans an analysis of the organic agriculture sector, as defined under Regulation 2018/848, of its production, of the expected demand, and of its potential to fulfil CAP objectives. 2.Member States shall set up objectives to increase the share of agricultural land under organic management as well as to develop the whole organic supply chain, in view to meet the growing demand for organic products. 3. Member States shall assess the level of support needed for agricultural land managed under the organic certification and shall support organic conversion and maintenance accordingly, either through rural development measures in article 65 or through eco-schemes in article 28, or through a combination of both. Member States should ensure that allocated budgets match the expected growth in organic production.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1802 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 14 – paragraph 2 – point a
(a) the basic income support for sustainability;support; (This amendment applies throughout the text.)
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1805 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 14 – paragraph 2 – point b
(b) the complementary redistributive income support for sustainability;first hectares; (This amendment applies throughout the text.)
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1809 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 14 – paragraph 2 – point c
(c) the complementary income support for young farmers; and new entrants; (This amendment applies throughout the text.)
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2098 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 20 – paragraph 5
5. For the purposes of paragraph 4, Member States shall ensure that, for claim year 2026 at the latest, all payment entitlements have a value of at least 75100% of the average planned unit amount for the basic income support for claim year 20264 as laid down in the CAP Strategic Plan transmitted in accordance with Article 106 (1) for the Member State or for the territories as defined in accordance with Article 18(2).
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2172 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 25 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 (new)
Member States may establish rules and services for reducing administrative costs, supporting small farmers to cooperate.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2199 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 26 – paragraph 2
2. Member States shall ensure redistribution of support from bigger to smaller or medium-sized farms by providing for a redistributive income support in the form of an annual decoupled payment per eligible hectare to farmers who are entitled to a payment under the basic income support referred to in Article 17. In case the farm is part of a legal person, or a group of natural or legal persons, the redistributive income support shall not be applied at the level of the individual holding, but at the level of the ultimate beneficial owner.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2251 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 27 – paragraph 2
2. As part of their obligations to contribute to the specific objective ‘attract young farmers and facilitate business development in rural areas’ set out in point (g) of Article 6(1) and to dedicate at least 2% of their allocations for direct payments to this objective in accordance with Article 86(4), Member States may provide a complementary income support for young farmers who have newly set up for the first time and who are entitled to a payment under the basic income support as referred to in Article 17, under the conditions that these payments are used for sustainable production and that incomes / financial assets do not exceed the threshold set in Article 15.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2327 #

2018/0216(COD)

2a. Member States shall carry out ex- ante evaluations of such schemes to calculate their potential benefits for the climate and environment. Member States shall submit such ex-ante evaluations and a description of each eco-scheme considered, including eligibility rules and the potential number of beneficiaries, to the Commission at least 6 months prior to the submission of their CAP Strategic Plan.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2369 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 28 – paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Coherence between measures shall be ensured by the Commission. Funding shall not be permitted for practices that are intended to improve the climate at the expense of the environment or of animal welfare;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2376 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 28 – paragraph 4 b (new)
4b. Eco-schemes may be tailored to address specific regional needs for the environment and climate identified in the CAP Strategic Plans.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2473 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Title 3 – chapter 2 – section 3 – subsection 1 – title
Coupled income support (this amendment applies throughout the text)
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2522 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 30 – paragraph 1
Coupled income support may only be granted to the following sectors and productions or specific types of farming therein where these are important for economic, social or environmental reasons, that go beyond minimum legal standards for animal welfare or environment, or where these are important for economic, social or environmental reasons, and their need is justified under the procedure outlined chapter III of title V with empirical quantifiable and independently verifiable evidence: cereals, oilseeds, protein crops, grain legumes, flax, hemp, rice, nuts, starch potato, milk and milk products, seeds, sheepmeat and goatmeat, beef and veal, olive oil, silkworms, dried fodder, hops, sugar beet, cane and chicory, fruit and vegetables, short rotation coppice and other non-food crops, excluding trees, used for the production of products that have the potential to substitute fossil materials.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2673 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 43 – paragraph 1 – point a – point i (new)
(i) administrative costs, including personal costs for concentration of supply and the placing on the market of the products;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2688 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 43 – paragraph 1 – point d
(d) integrated production, promoting, developing and implementing methods of production respectful of the environment, environmentally sound cultivation practices and production techniques, sustainable use of natural resources in particular protection of water, soil and other natural resources, while reducing pesticide and other input dependency;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2888 #

2018/0216(COD)

(d) actions to support laboratories for the analysis of apiculture products, including analysis of substances potentially toxic to bees;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2903 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 49 – paragraph 1 – point h a (new)
(ha) measures to improve the pollination of honeybees and other wild pollinators;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2938 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 51 – paragraph 1 – point a
(a) improve competitiveness of Union wine producers includingby contributing to improvement of sustainable and diversified production systems and reduction of environmental impact of the Union wine sector. This includes the implementation of production methods respectful of the environment, environmentally sound cultivation practices and production techniques, through enhancing the genetic, biological and structural diversity of vineyards, through a sustainable use of natural resources in particular the protection of water, soil and other natural resources while reducing pesticide dependency; those objectives relate to the specific objectives set out in points (b) to (f) and (h) of Article 6(1);
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3276 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 64 – paragraph 1 – point e
(e) installation of young farmers, new entrants and rural business start-up; (This amendment applies throughout the text.)
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3366 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 65 – paragraph 6
6. Member States shall compensate beneficiaries forat least covering costs incurred and income foregone resulting from the commitments made. They shall also provide a financial incentive to beneficiaries to participate in environmental, climate and other management commitments. Where necessary, they may also cover transaction costs. In duly justified cases, Member States may grant support as a flat-rate or as a one- off payment per unit. Payments shall be granted annually.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3469 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 67 – paragraph 3 – point c a (new)
(ca) mountain and other areas which are disadvantaged in terms of altitude, slope, soil poverty, climate or other factors.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3489 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 68 – paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Member States may only grant support to investments in infrastructure on agricultural holdings that simultaneously demonstrate positive effects in terms of the environmental, climate and biodiversity objectives set out in Article 6 of this regulation, on the one hand, and on the business situation of the agricultural holding, on the other.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3568 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 68 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 2 – point a a (new)
(aa) non-productive investments linked to the specific animal welfare objective set out in point (i) of Article 6(1).
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3575 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 68 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 2 – point b
b) investments in basic services and rural public infrastructure in rural areas;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3576 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 68 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 2 – point b
(b) investments in basic public and private services in rural areas;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3645 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 69 – paragraph 2 – point c
(c) the business start-up of non- agricultural activities in rural areas being part of local development strategies.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3854 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 73 – paragraph 4
4. Selection criteria may not be defined for operations that have received a Seal of Excellence certification under Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe or have been selected under Life +, provided that such operations are consistent with the CAP Strategic Plan.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3880 #

2018/0216(COD)

1. Expenditure shall be eligible for contribution from the EAGF and the EAFRD from 1 January of the year following the year of the approvalthe date of submission of the CAP Strategic Plan byto the Commission or from 1 January 2021, whichever is earlier.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3894 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 80 – paragraph 3
3. Expenditure shall be eligible for a contribution from the EAFRD if it has been incurred by a beneficiary and paid by 31 December [202930]. In addition, expenditure shall only be eligible for a contribution from the EAFRD if the relevant aid is actually paid by the paying agency by 31 December [202930].
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3915 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 84 – paragraph 1
The Commission implementing act approving a CAP Strategic Plan pursuant to Article 106(6) shall set the minimum and maximum contribution from the EAFRD to the plan. The EAFRD contribution shall be calculated on the basis of the amount of eligible public expenditure.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3916 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 85 – paragraph 1
1. The CAP Strategic Plans shall establish a singlthe EAFRD contribution rate applicable to all interventions.to support of interventions in all regions corresponding to level 2 of the common classification of territorial units for statistics (‘NUTS level 2 regions’) established by Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 as amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 2016/2066
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3918 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 85 – paragraph 1 a
1a. Resources from the EAFRD shall be allocated among the following three categories of NUTS level 2 regions: a) less developed regions, whose GDP per capita is less than 75 % of the average GDP of the EU-27 (‘less developed regions’); b) transition regions, whose GDP per capita is between 75 % and 100% of the average GDP of the EU-27 (‘transition regions’); c) more developed regions, whose GDP per capita is above 100% of the average GDP of the EU-27 (‘more developed regions’). The classification of regions under one of the three categories of regions shall be determined on the basis of how the GDP per capita of each region, measured in purchasing power parities (PPS) and calculated on the basis of Union figures for the period 2007 - 2009, relates to the average GDP of the EU-27 for the same reference period and changes effected by Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/2066.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3919 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 85 – paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Resources from the EAFRD shall be allocated among the following three categories of NUTS level 2 regions: (a) less developed regions, whose GDP per capita is less than 75 % of the average GDP of the EU-27 (‘less developed regions’); (b) transition regions, whose GDP per capita is between 75 % and 100% of the average GDP of the EU-27 (‘transition regions’); (c) more developed regions, whose GDP per capita is above 100 % of the average GDP of the EU-27 (‘more developed regions’). The classification of regions under one of the three categories of regions shall be determined on the basis of how the GDP per capita of each region, measured in purchasing power standards (‘PPS’) and calculated on the basis of Union figures for the period 2014-2016, relates to the average GDP of the EU-27 for the same reference period.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3922 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 85 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point a
(a) 7085 % of the eligible public expenditure in the outermost regions and in the smaller Aegean islands within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 229/2013;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3935 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 85 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point b
(b) 70% of the eligible public expenditure in the less developed regions;deleted
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3945 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 85 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point b
(b) 7085% of the eligible public expenditure in the less developed regions;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3950 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 85 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point c
(c) 65% of the eligible expenditure for payments under Article 66;deleted
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3959 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 85 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point d
(d) 43% of the eligible public expenditure in the other regions.deleted
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3970 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 85 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 a (new)
(a) 85 % for the less developed regions; (b) 65 % for the transition regions; (c) 50 % for the more developed regions.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3980 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 85 – paragraph 3 – point a
(a) 805 % for management commitments referred to in Article 65 of this Regulation, for payments under Article 67 of this Regulation, for non-productive investments referred to in Article 68 of this Regulation, for support for the European Innovation Partnership under Article 71 of this Regulation and for the LEADER, referred to as community-led local development in Article 25 of Regulation (EU) [CPR];
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3996 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 86 – paragraph 1
1. At least 510 % of the total EAFRD contribution to the CAP Strategic Plan as set out in Annex IX shall be reserved for LEADER, referred to as community-led local development in Article 25 of Regulation (EU) [CPR].
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4003 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 86 – paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. At least 3 % of the total EAFRD contribution to the CAP Strategic Plan as set out in Annex IX shall be reserved for farm advisory services referred to in Article 13 and knowledge exchange and information interventions under Article 72.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4020 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 86 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1
At least 350% of the total EAFRD contribution to the CAP Strategic Plan as set out in Annex IX shall be reserved for interventions addressing the specific environmental- and climate-related objectives set out in points (d), (e) and (f) of Article 6(1) of this Regulation, excluding interventions based on Article 66.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4031 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 86 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 a (new)
At least 5% of the total EAGF contribution to the CAP Strategic Plan as set out in Annex VII shall be reserved for interventions addressing the specific food safety and animal welfare-related objective set out in point (i) of Article 6(1).
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4042 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 86 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1
A maximum 46% of the total EAFRD contribution to the CAP Strategic Plan as set out in Annex IX may be used to finance the actions of technical assistance at the initiative of the Member States referred to in Article 112.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4047 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 86 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 2
The EAFRD contribution may be increased to 68% for CAP Strategic plans where the total amount of Union support for rural development is up to EUR 90 million.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4049 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 86 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 3 a (new)
A maximum 10% of the total EAFRD contribution to the CAP Strategic Plan as set out in Annex IX may be used to finance tangible investments referred to in Article 68. Investments referred to in Article 68 (4) shall not count towards the 10% maximum.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4051 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 86 – paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. At least 30% of the total EAGF contribution to the CAP Strategic Plan shall be reserved for complementary redistributive support for first hectares as described in Article 26.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4053 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 86 – paragraph 4 – introductory part
4. For each Member State the minimum amount set out in Annex X shall be reserved for contributing to the specific objective 'attract young farmers and new entrants and facilitate business development' set out in point (g) of Article 6(1). On the basis of the analysis of the situation in terms of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats ('the SWOT analysis') and the identification of the needs that are to be addressed, the amount shall be used for the following types of interventions:
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4196 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 90 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point a
(a) up to 1520% of the Member State's allocation for direct payments set out in Annex IV after deduction of the allocations for cotton set in Annex VI for calendar years 2021 to 2026 to the Member State's allocation for EAFRD in financial years 2022 – 2027; or
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4210 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 90 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2 – point a
(a) up to 1530 percentage points provided that Member States use the corresponding increase for EAFRD financed interventions addressing the specific environmental- and climate-related objectives referred to in points (d), (e) and (f) of Article 6(1);
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4248 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 92 – paragraph 1
1. Member States shall aim to make, through their CAP Strategic Plans and in particular through the elements of the intervention strategy referred to in point (a) of Article 97(2), a greater overall contribution to the achievement of the specific environmental- and climate-related objectives set out in points (d), (e) and (f) of Article 6(1) in comparison to the overall contribution made to the achievement of the objective laid down in point (b) of the first subparagraph of Article 110(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 through support under the EAGF and the EAFRD in the period 2014 to 2020.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4261 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 93 – paragraph 2
WThere elements of the CAP Strategic Plan are established at regional level, the Commission shall encourage Member States to establish elements of the CAP Strategic Plan at regional level. To this end, the identification of the regions and areas at Union level shall be based on the common system of classification of the regions established by Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and the Council, as amended by Commission Regulation (EU) No 2016/2066. Latest classifications and data shall be used to ensure adequate support, in particular for addressing lagging behind regions. Member States shall also ensure the coherence and the consistency of regional elements of the CAP Strategic Plan with the elements of the CAP Strategic Plan established at national level.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4267 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 94 – paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Member States shall make CAP Strategic Plans and related annexes public, both at the draft stage and after their approval, in order to allow an informed public debate to take place. Member States shall consult partners on the arrangements for the publication of CAP Strategic Plans and related documentation.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4283 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 94 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1 – point c
(c) relevant bodies representing civil society and where relevantenvironmental partners and other parts of civil society, in particular those whose activities are related to the specific objectives laid out in Article 6 of this proposal, and bodies responsible for promoting social inclusion, fundamental rights, rights of persons with disabilities, gender equality and non-discrimination.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4288 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 94 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1 – point c a (new)
(ca) Local Action Groups or other sub- regional development agencies which are capable of deploying funds under the LEADER intervention.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4291 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 94 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 2
Member States shall involve those partners on equal footing in the preparation and implementation of the CAP Strategic Plans, notably in defining the modalities for the assessment of needs. Member States shall also involve all partners in decisions on the timetable and procedural steps involved in the preparation of the CAP Strategic Plans, ensuring that enough time is set aside for coordination and debate among the diverse actors involved. The organisation and implementation of partnership shall be carried out in accordance with Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 240/2014.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4296 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 94 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 2 a (new)
The Commission shall establish a contact point for partners to ensure that those ones can have direct access to the Commission.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4318 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 95 – paragraph 2 – point c
(c) Annex III on the consultation of the partners and a documentation of comments submitted by partners and whether and how these comments have been taken into account by the managing authority;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4340 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 96 – paragraph 1 – point e a (new)
(ea) a summary of the areas where a knowledge base is missing or is insufficient for the purposes of providing a full description of the current situation as regards the specific objectives laid down in Article 6 of this proposal and for the purposes of monitoring those objectives.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4437 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 – paragraph 3
3. Annex III to the CAP Strategic Plan referred to in point (c) of Article 95(2) shall include the outcomes of the consultation of the partners and a brief description of how the consultation was carried outa full description of the procedures and timetable used for the consultation of partners, the criteria used for the selection of partners and their relevance in terms of the specific objectives set out in Article 6. It shall describe the outcomes of the consultation, including a summary of the observations of partners on the draft CAP Strategic Plan and of how these were taken into account in the final version submitted to the Commission.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4438 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 – paragraph 3
3. Annex III to the CAP Strategic Plan referred to in point (c) of Article 95(2) shall include the outcomes of the consultation of the partners and a brief description of how the consultation was carried out. It shall also include a documentation of comments submitted by partners and whether and how these comments have been taken into account by the managing authority and its justification thereof.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4493 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 106 – paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. All Strategic Plans shall be made open to the public for the period of evaluation for comments and proposed changes.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4534 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 107 – paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Requests for amendments will be open to the public and go through a similar evaluation procedure as in Article 106.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4609 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 111 – paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. The membership of the Monitoring Committee shall include representatives of the national network of Local Action Groups or other sub- regional development agencies which are deploying funds under the LEADER intervention.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4625 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 111 – paragraph 3 – point b a (new)
(ba) issues relating to the quality and quantity of data and indicators available for monitoring;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4629 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 111 – paragraph 3 – point f
(f) administrative capacity building for public authorities, civil society bodies as set out in Article 94 and beneficiaries, where relevant.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4641 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 111 – paragraph 4 – point e a (new)
(ea) Indicators and (in situ) monitoring procedures with respect to these.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4642 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 112 – paragraph 1
1. At the initiative of a Member State, the EAFRD may support actions which are necessary for the effective administration and implementation of support in relation to the CAP Strategic Plan, including the establishing and operating of the national CAP networks referred to in Article 113(1) and capacity building for staff of national administrations and civil society organisations, as well as for analytical support in tasks linked to evidence-based policymaking under this regulation. The actions referred to in this paragraph may concern previous and subsequent CAP Strategic Plan periods.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4648 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 112 – paragraph 1
1. At the initiative of a Member State, the EAFRD may support actions which are necessary for the effective administration and implementation of support in relation to the CAP Strategic Plan, including for Local Action Groups and the establishing and operating of the national CAP networks referred to in Article 113(1). The actions referred to in this paragraph may concern previous and subsequent CAP Strategic Plan periods.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4653 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 113 – paragraph 1
1. Each Member State shall establish a national Common Agricultural Policy Network (national CAP network) for the networking of organisationnon-governmental organisations representing among others farmers unions including small scale farmers and those catering to local markets, and environment, public health and animal welfare NGOs and administrations, advisors, researchers and other innovation actors in the field of agriculture and rural development at national level at the latest 12 months after the approval by the Commission of the CAP Strategic Plan.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4662 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 113 – paragraph 3 – point f a (new)
(fa) and support inter-regional and transnational cooperation between Local Action Groups, including such Groups located in EU-candidate, Associate or Neighbourhood countries.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4663 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 113 – paragraph 3 – point f a (new)
(fa) support capacity-building of Local Action Groups and of those staff of Managing Authorities and Paying Agencies which handle the relationship with Local Action Groups;
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4713 #

2018/0216(COD)

(e) support a common learning process related to monitoring and evaluation, identifying areas where baseline data is missing or insufficient and for which more relevant and accurate indicators can be developed.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4737 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 121 – paragraph 1
1. By 15 February 2023 and 15 February of each subsequent year until and including 2030, the Member States shall submit to the Commission an annual performance report on the implementation of the CAP Strategic Plan in the previous financial year, taking into account its internal and external effects. The report submitted in 2023 shall cover the financial years 2021 and 2022. For direct payments as referred to in Chapter II of Title III, the report shall cover only financial year 2022.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4739 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 121 – paragraph 1
1. By 15 FebruarMay 2023 and 15 FebruarMay of each subsequent year until and including 2030, the Member States shall submit to the Commission an annual performance report on the implementation of the CAP Strategic Plan in the previous financial year. The report submitted in 2023 shall cover the financial years 2021 and 2022. For direct payments as referred to in Chapter II of Title III, the report shall cover only financial year 2022.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4759 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 121 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 2
For the types of interventions which are not subject to Article 89 of this Regulation, and where the realised output and the realised expenditure ratio deviates by 5033% from the annual planned output and expenditure ratio, the Member State shall submit a justification for this deviation.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4780 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 121 – paragraph 9
9. Where the reported value of one or more result indicators reveals a gap of more than 215% from the respective milestone for the reporting year concerned, the Commission may ask the Member State to submit an action plan in accordance with Article 39(1) of Regulation (EU) [HzR], describing the intended remedial actions and the expected timeframe.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4801 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Title 7 – Chapter 3 – title
INCENTIVE SYSTEM FOR GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL, CLIMATE AND CLANIMATL WELFARE PERFORMANCE
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4805 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 123
Performance bonus 1. attributed to Member States in the year 2026 to reward satisfactory performance in relation to the environmental and climate targets provided that the Member State concerned has met the condition set out in Article 124(1). 2. equal to 5% of the amount per Member State for financial year 2027 as set out in Annex IX. Resources transferred between the EAGF and the EAFRD under Articles 15 and 90 are excluded for the purpose of calculating the performance bonus.Article 123 deleted A performance bonus may be The performance bonus shall be
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4811 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 123
Performance bonus 1. attributed to Member States in the year 2026 to reward satisfactory performance in relation to the environmental and climate targets provided that the Member State concerned has met the condition set out in Article 124(1). 2. equal to 5% of the amount per Member State for financial year 2027 as set out in Annex IX. Resources transferred between the EAGF and the EAFRD under Articles 15 and 90 are excluded for the purpose of calculating the performance bonus.Article 123 deleted A performance bonus may be The performance bonus shall be
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4822 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 123 – paragraph 1
1. A performance bonus may be attributed to Member States in the year 2026 to reward satisfactory performance in relation to the environmental, climate and clanimatl welfare targets provided that the Member State concerned has met the condition set out in Article 124(1).
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4840 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 124
Attribution of the performance bonus 1. of the year 2026, the performance bonus withheld from a Member State’s allocation following the second paragraph of Article 123 shall be attributed to this Member State if the result indicators applied to the specific environmental- and climate-related objectives set out in points (d), (e) and (f) of Article 6(1) in its CAP Strategic Plan have achieved at least 90% of their target value for the year 2025. 2. months of the receipt of the annual performance report in the year 2026 adopt an implementing act without applying the Committee procedure referred to in Article 139 to decide for each Member State whether the respective CAP Strategic Plans have achieved the target values referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article. 3. in paragraph 1 are achieved, the amount of the performance bonus shall be granted by the Commission to the Member States concerned and considered to be definitely allocated to financial year 2027 on the basis of the decision referred to in paragraph 2. 4. in paragraph 1 are not achieved, the commitments for financial year 2027 relating to the amount of the performance bonus of the Member States concerned shall not be granted by the Commission. 5. When attributing the performance bonus, the Commission may take into consideration cases of force majeure and serious socio-economic crises impeding the achievement of the relevant milestones. 6. implementing acts laying down the detailed arrangements to ensure a consistent approach for determining the attribution of the performance bonus to Member States. Those implementing actsrticle 124 deleted Based on the performance review The Commission shall within two Where the target values referred to Where the target values referred to The Commission shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 139(2).
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4849 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 124 – paragraph 1
1. Based on the performance review of the year 2026, the performance bonus withheld from a Member State’s allocation following the second paragraph of Article 123 shall be attributed to this Member State if the result indicators applied to the specific environmental- and, climate- and animal welfare related objectives set out in points (d), (e), (f) and (fi) of Article 6(1) in its CAP Strategic Plan have achieved at least 90% of their target value for the year 2025.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4884 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 129 – paragraph 1
1. Member States shall provide the Commission with all the necessary information or data enabling it to perform the monitoring and evaluation of the CAP. Expenditure incurred by the paying agencies, as described in Article 35 of the Regulation on the financing, management and monitoring of the CAP, shall only be financed by the Union upon the provision by the Member States of such information and data.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4886 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 129 – paragraph 2
2. Data needed for the context and impact indicators shall primarily come from established data sources, such as the Farm Accountancy Data Network and Eurostat. Where data for these indicators are not available or not complete, the gaps shall be addressed in the context of the European Statistical Program established under Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council40 , the legal framework governing the Farm Accountancy Data Network or through formal agreements with other data providers such as the Joint Research Centre and the European Environment Agency. Where data for certain indicators are not complete, the Commission shall propose alternative indicators based on the result of research and pilot projects while also considering EU wide data collections such as the LUCAS survey. _________________ 40 Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 on European statistics and repealing Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1101/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the transmission of data subject to statistical confidentiality to the Statistical Office of the European Communities, Council Regulation (EC) No 322/97 on Community Statistics, and Council Decision 89/382/EEC, Euratom establishing a Committee on the Statistical Programs of the European Communities (OJ L 87, 31.3.2009, p. 164).
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4890 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 129 – paragraph 3
3. Existing administrative registers such as the IACS, LPIS, animal and vineyard registers shall be maintained. The IACS and LPIS shall be further developed to better meet the statistical needs of the CAP and kept up to date and accurate, in order to provide assurance of correct spending of EU funds and delivery of results via the new delivery model. The IACS and LPIS shall be further developed to better enable the measuring and monitoring of results and impacts of the CAP as defined in articles 5 and 6, and provide statistical data and information to allow their sound, evidence based evaluation. Data from administrative registers shall be used as much as possible for statistical purposes and to monitor compliance, in cooperation with statistical authorities in Member States and with Eurostat.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4912 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 138 – paragraph 2
2. Corinna The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Articles 4, 7, 12, 13, 15, 23, 28, 32, 35, 36, 37, 41, 50,78, 81, 104 and 141 shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of seven years from the date of entry into force of this Regulation. The Commission shall draw up a report in respect of the delegation of power not later than nine months before the end of the seven-year period. The delegation of power shall be tacitly extended for periods of an identical duration, unless the European Parliament or the Council opposes such extension not later than three months before the end of each period.
2018/12/10
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 4955 #

2018/0216(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex I – Result indicators – R.6 d (new)
R.6d Maintaining and increasing the number of small farmers: Number of CAP beneficiaries per size categories; number of small farmers according to Eurostat definitions
2018/12/12
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 59 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 3
(3) In order to support the harmonious development of the Union's territory at different levels, the ERDF should support cross-border cooperation, transnational cooperation, maritime cooperation, outermost regions’ cooperation and interregional cooperation under the European territorial cooperation goal (Interreg). The principles on multi-level governance and partnership should be taken into account, and place-based approaches should be strengthened as well as the principle of non- discrimination.
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 77 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 4
(4) The cross-border cooperation component should aim to tackle common challenges identified jointly in the border regions, and to exploit the untapped growth potential in border areas as evidenced in the Communication of the Commission 'Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions’23 ('Border Regions Communication'). Consequently, the cross- border component should be limited tosupport cooperation on land borders and cross- border cooperation on maritime borders should be integrated into the transnational component maritime border regions. _________________ 23 Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament 'Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions' - COM(2017) 534 final, 20.9.2017.
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 87 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 6
(6) The transnational cooperation and maritime cooperation component should aim to strengthen cooperation by means of actions conducive to integrated territorial development linked to the Union's cohesion policy priorities, and should also include maritime cross-border cooperation. Transnational cooperation should cover larger territories on the mainland of the Union, whereas maritime cooperation should cover territories around sea-basins and integrate cross-border cooperation on maritime borders during the programming period 2014-2020. Maximum flexibility should be given to continue implementing previous maritime cross- border cooperation within a larger maritime cooperation framework, in particular by defining the territory covered, the specific objectives for such cooperation, the requirements for a project partnership and the setting-up of sub- programmes and specific steering committees.
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 106 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 8
(8) Based on the best practices and experience with the interregional cooperation programmes under Interreg and the lack of such cooperation within programmes under the Investment for jobs and growth goal during the programming period 2014-2020, the interregional cooperation component should focus more specifically on boosting the effectiveness of cohesion policy. That component should therefore be limited to two programmes, one to enable all kind of experience, innovative approaches and capacity building for programmes under both goals and to promote European groupings of territorial cooperation ('EGTCs') set up or to be set up pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1082/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council24 and one to improve the analysis of development trends. Project-based cooperation throughout the Union should be integrated into the new component on interregional innovation investments and closely linked to the implementation of the Communication from the Commission 'Strengthening Innovation in Europe's Regions: Strategies for resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth'25 , in particular to support thematic smart specialisation platforms on fields such as energy, circular economy, industrial modernisation or agrifood. Finally, integrated territorial development focusing on functional urban areas or urban areas should be concentrated within programmes under the Investment for jobs and growth goal and in one accompanying instrument, the ‘European Urban Initiative”. The two programmes under the interregional cooperation component should cover the whole Union and should also be open for the participation of third countries. _________________ 24 Regulation (EC) No 1082/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2006 on a European grouping of territorial cooperation (EGTC) (OJ L 210, 31.7.2006, p. 19). 25 Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions 'Strengthening Innovation in Europe's Regions: Strategies for resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth' - COM(2017) 376 final, 18.7.2017.
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 132 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 15
(15) It is necessary to set out the resources allocated to each of the different components of Interreg, including each Member State's share of the global amounts for the cross-border cooperation, the transnational cooperation and maritime cooperation, the outermost regions’ cooperation and the interregional cooperation, the potential available to Member States concerning flexibility between those components. Compared to the programming period 2014-2020, the share for cross-border cooperation should be reduced, while the share for transnational cooperation and maritime cooperation should be increased because of the integration of maritime cooperation, and a new outermost regions’ cooperation component should be created.
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 140 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 19
(19) This Regulation should add twoan Interreg-specific objectives, one to support an Interreg-specific objective strengthening institutional capacity, enhancing legal and administrative cooperation, in particular where linked to implementation of the Border Regions Communication, intensify cooperation between citizens, civil society actors and institutions and the development and coordination of macro-regional and sea- basin strategies, and one to address specific external cooperation issues such as safety, security, border crossing management and migration.
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 149 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 22
(22) The provisions on the criteria for operations to be considered as genuinely joint and cooperative, on the partnership within an Interreg operation and on the obligations of the lead partner as set out during the programme period 2014-2020 should on be continued. However, Interreg partners should cooperate in all fourt least three dimensions (development, implementation, staffing andor financing) and, under outermost regions’ cooperation, in three out of four, as it should be simpler to combine support from the ERDF and external financing instruments from the Union both on the level of programmes and operations.
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 156 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 26 a (new)
(26 a) It is necessary to underline that Member States may not introduce additional rules which complicate the access to funds for the beneficiaries.
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 164 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 30 a (new)
(30 a) It is appropriate to encourage financial discipline. At the same time, arrangements for de-commitment of budgetary commitments should take into account of the complexity of Interreg programmes and their implementation.
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 190 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point 1 – point a
(a) internal cross-border cooperation between adjacent land or maritime border regions of two or more Member States or between adjacent land border regions of at least one Member State and one or more third countries listed in Article 4(3); or
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 196 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point 1 – point b – introductory part
(b) external cross-border cooperation, between adjacent land or maritime border regions of at least one Member State and of one or more of the following:
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 232 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 2
2. Regions on maritime borders which are connected over the sea by a fixed link shall also be supported under cross-border cooperation.deleted
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 238 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 4
4. For external cross-border cooperation, the regions to be supported by IPA III or NDICI shall be NUTS level 3 regions of the respective partner country or, in the absence of NUTS classification, equivalent areas along all land borders between Member States and partner countries eligible under IPA III or NDICI.
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 332 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 9 – paragraph 2 – point e
(e) 11.5 % (i.e., a total of EUR 97450 000 000) for interregional innovation investments (component 5).
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 364 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 1
The co-financing rate at the level of each Interreg programme shall be not higher than 70 %, unless, with regard to external cross-border or component 3 Interreg programmes, a higher percentage is fixed in Regulations (EU) [IPA III], [NDICI] or Council Decision (EU) [OCTP] respectively or in any act adopted thereunderbe higher than 85%.
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 378 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 14 – paragraph 3 – point e
(e) promoting social inclusion and tackling poverty, including by enhancing equal opportunities and, gender equality, combating discrimination across borders and support for marginalised communities.
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 386 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 14 – paragraph 4 – point a – point ii
(ii) enhance efficient public administration by promoting legal and administrative cooperation and cooperation between citizens, civil society actors and institutions, in particular, with a view to resolving legal and other obstacles in border regions;
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 392 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 14 – paragraph 5
5. Under external cross-border and component 2 and 3 Interreg programmes the ERDF and, where applicable, the external financing instruments of the Union shall also contribute to the external Interreg-specific objective 'a safer and more secure Europe', in particular by actions in the fields of border crossing management and mobility and migration management, including the protection of migrants.deleted
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 402 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 2
2. An additional 150% of the ERDF and, where applicable, of the external financing instruments of the Union allocations under priorities other than for technical assistance to each Interreg programme under components 1, 2 and 3, shall be allocated on the Interreg-specific objective of 'a better Interreg governance' or on the external Interreg-specific objective of 'a safer and more secure Europe'.
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 422 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 16 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1
The participating Member States shall prepare an Interreg programme in cooperation with the programme partners referred to in Article [6] of Regulation (EU) [the new CPR] of all participating Member States.
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 452 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 4 – point h
(h) the actions taken to involve the relevant programme partners referred to in Article [6] of Regulation (EU) [new CPR] of all participating Member States in the preparation of the Interreg programme, and the role of those programme partners in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of that programme;
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 480 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 22 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2
That monitoring committee may set up one or, in particular in the case of sub- programmes, more steering committees which act under its responsibility for the selection of operations. Steering committees have to apply the partnership principle as set out in Article 6 of Regulation (EU) [new CPR] and involve partners from all participating Member States.
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 516 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 24 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1
The contribution from the ERDF or, where applicable, an external financing instrument of the Union, to a small project fund within an Interreg programme shall not exceed EUR 20 000 000 or 1520% of the total allocation of the Interreg programme, whichever is lower.
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 563 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 28 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1
The composition of the monitoring committee of each Interreg programme shall be agreed by the Member States and, where applicable, by the third countries, partner countries and OCTs participating in that programme and shall ensure a balanced representation of the relevant authorities, intermediate bodies and representatives of the programme partners referred to in Article [6] of Regulation (EU) [new CPR] from all participating Member States, third countries, partner countries and OCTs.
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 638 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 44 – paragraph 2
2. The managing authority and the audit authority shallmay be located in the same Member State.
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 678 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 49 – paragraph 2 – point a
(a) 2021: 12%;
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 686 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 49 – paragraph 2 – point b
(b) 2022: 12%;
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 693 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 49 – paragraph 2 – point c
(c) 2023: 12%;
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 701 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 49 – paragraph 2 – point d
(d) 2024: 1,5%;
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 724 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 50 a (new)
Article 50 a Decommitment By way of derogation from Article 99.1 of Regulation (EU) [new CPR], the Commission shall decommit any amount in an Interreg programme which has not been used for pre-financing in accordance with Article 49 or for which a payment application has not been submitted by 26 December of the third calendar year following the year of the budget commitments of the years 2021 to 2026.
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 771 #

2018/0199(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 61 – paragraph 1
At the initiative of the Commission, the ERDF may support interregional innovation investments, as set out in point 5 of Article 3, bringing together researchers, businesses, civil society and public administrations involved in smart specialisation strategies and social innovation strategies established at national or regional levels.
2018/10/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 30 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 4
(4) The Border Regions Communication has also given evidence of the fact that there still exist a number of legal barriers in border regions, especially those related to health services, labour regulation, environment, taxes, business development, and barriers linked to differences in administrative cultures and national legal frameworks. Neither European Territorial Cooperation funding nor the institutional support to cooperation by the European groupings of territorial cooperation (EGTCs) is sufficient alone to address the resolution of those barriers which constitute real obstacles to effective cooperation.
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 41 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 12
(12) Legal obstacles are predominantly felt by persons interacting on land borders, because people cross borders on a daily or weekly basis. In order to concentrate the effect of this Regulation to the regions closest to the border and with the highest degree of integration and interaction between neighbouring Member States, this Regulation should apply to cross-border regions within the meaning of the territory covered by neighbouring land border regions in two or more Member States at NUTS level 3 regions26 . This should not prevent Member States from applying the Mechanism also to maritime and external borders others than those with EFTA countries, on a voluntary basis regarding all parties concerned. _________________ 26 Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 May 2003 on the establishment of a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS) (OJ L 154, 21.6.2003, p. 1).
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 44 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 13
(13) In order to coordinate the tasks of different authorities which in some Member States will include national and, regional and local legislative bodies, within a given Member States and between those of one or more neighbouring Member States, each Member State which opts for the Mechanism should be obliged to set up a national and, where applicable, regional or local Cross-border Coordination Points and define their tasks and competencies during the different steps of the Mechanism covering initiation, conclusion, implementation and monitoring of Commitments and Statements.
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 45 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 14
(14) The Commission should set up a coordination point at Union level, as announced in the Border Regions Communication. That coordination point should liaise with the different national and, where relevant, regional or local Cross-border Coordination Points. The Commission should set up and maintain a database on Commitments and Statements in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council27 . _________________ 27 Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data (OJ L 8, 12.1.2001, p. 1).
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 47 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 16
(16) More specifically, this Regulation should define who can be an initiator of a joint project. As the Mechanism should improve the implementation of joint cross- border projects, the first group should be bodies or organisations initiating or both initiating and implementing such joint project. The term project should be understood in a broad sense, covering both a specific item of infrastructure or a number of activities with regard to a certain territory or both. Secondly, a local or regional authority located in a given cross-border region or exercising public power in that cross- border region should be empowered to take the initiative to apply national law which constitutes an obstacle, but the amendment of or derogation from that law is outside their institutional competence. Thirdly, bodies set up for cross-border cooperation located in or covering at least partially a given cross- border region, including EGTCs, or similar bodies to organise cross-border development in a structured way should be initiator. Finally, bodies specialised in cross-border cooperation which may also be aware of effective resolutions found elsewhere in the Union for a comparable issue should also be enabled to start an initiative. In order to create synergy of bodies directly affected by the obstacle and those expert in cross- border cooperation in general, all groups may initiate the Mechanism jointly.
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 54 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 26
(26) This Regulation respects the fundamental rights and observes the principles recognised by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, in particular the right to the protection of personal data (Article 8), the right to education (Article 14), the freedom to choose an occupation and the right to engage in work (Article 15), in particular the freedom to seek employment, to work, to exercise the right of establishment and to provide services in any Member State, the freedom to conduct business (Article 16), access to social security and social assistance (Article 34), access to health care (Article 35) and, access to services of general economic interest (Article 36). and a high level of environmental protection in accordance with the principle of sustainable development (Article 37).
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 56 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 28
(28) In accordance with the principle of proportionality, as set out in Article 5(4) TEU, the content and form of Union action should not exceed what is necessary to achieve the objectives of the Treaties. The recourse to the specific Mechanism set up under this Regulation is voluntary. Where a Member State decides, on a specific border or for a specific joint project with one or more neighbouring Member States, to continue to resolve legal obstacles in a specific cross-border region under the effective mechanisms it has set up at national level or which it has set up formally or informally, together with one or more neighbouring Member States, the Mechanism set up under this Regulation does not need to be selected. Likewise, where a Member State decides, on a specific border or for a specific joint project with one or more neighbouring Member States, to join an existing effective mechanism set up formally or informally by one or more neighbouring Member States, provided that mechanism allows for accession, again, the Mechanism set up under this Regulation does not need to be selected. This Regulation does therefore not go beyond what is necessary in order to achieve its objectives for those cross- border regions, for which Member States have no efficient mechanisms to resolve legal obstacles in place,
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 60 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1
1. This Regulation sets up a voluntary mechanism to allow for the application in one Member State, with regard to a cross- border region, of the legal provisions from another Member State, where the application of the legal provisions of the former would constitute a legal obstacle hampering the implementation of a joint Project ('the Mechanism').
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 69 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point 5
(5) 'initiator' means the actor, whether governmental or non-governmental, who identifies the legal obstacle and triggers the Mechanism by submitting an initiative document;
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 73 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 2
2. A Member State may also decide, with regard to a specific border or to a specific joint project with one or more neighbouring Member States, to join an existing effective way set up formally or informally by one or more neighbouring Member States.
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 76 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 3
3. Member States may also use the Mechanism in cross-border regions on maritime borders or in cross-border regions between one or more Member States and one or more third countries or one or more overseas countries and territories on a voluntary basis regarding all parties concerned.
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 78 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point a
(a) designate, at national or, regional or local level or at bothall levels, a Cross-border Coordination Point as a separate body;
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 79 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point b
(b) set up a Cross-border Coordination Point within an existing authority or body, at national or, regional or local level;
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 80 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point c
(c) entrust an appropriate authority or body with the additional tasks as national or, regional or local Cross-border Coordination Point.
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 83 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point d
(d) liaise, where they exist, with the Cross-border Coordination Points in the neighbouring Member State or States and with the Cross-border Coordination Points in other territorial entities, local or regional authorities with legislative powers of its own Member State or another Member State;
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 84 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 2 – introductory part
2. Each Member State or each territorial entity, local or regional authority with legislative powers in that Member State may decide to entrust the respective Cross-border Coordination Point also with the following tasks:
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 85 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 3
3. Where at least one among several legal obstacles concerns an issue of legislative competence at national level, the national Cross-border Coordination Point shall assume the tasks set out in Articles 9 to 17 and coordinate with the relevant regional or local Cross-border Coordination Point or Points in the same Member State, unless the Member State has decided that the tasks set out in Articles 14 to 17 are entrusted to a competent committing authority at national level.
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 86 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 4
4. Where none of the legal obstacles concerns an issue of legislative competence at national level, the competent regional or local Cross-border Coordination Point shall assume the tasks set out in Articles 9 to 17 and coordinate, with the other regional or local Cross-border Coordination Point or Points in the same Member States, in the cases where more than one territorial entity is concerned by the joint project, unless the Member State has decided that the tasks set out in Articles 14 to 17 are entrusted to a national Cross-border Coordination Point. That competent regional or local Cross-border Coordination Point shall properly keep the national Cross-border Coordination Point informed about any Commitment or Statement procedure.
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 88 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 1 – point b
(b) publish and keep an up-dated list of all national and, regional and local Cross- border Coordination Points;
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 92 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 8 – paragraph 2 – point a a (new)
(aa) civil society organisation responsible for initiating or both initiating and implementing a joint project
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 93 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 8 – paragraph 2 – point d
(d) an organisation set up on behalf of cross-border regions with the aim to promote the interests of cross-border territories and to facilitate the networking of players and the sharing of experiences, such as the Association of European Border Regions, the Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière or the Central European Service for Cross-border Initiatives; Local Action Groups; or
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 98 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 10 – paragraph 1
1. The competent Cross-border Coordination Point shall analyse the initiative document. It shall liaise with all competent committing authorities and with the national or, where relevant, other regional or local Cross-border Coordination Points in the committing Member State and with the national Cross- border Coordination Point in the transferring Member State.
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 111 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 1 – point a
(a) in the case of point (a) of paragraph 2, finalise the Commitment or the Statement, sign twohree original copies and send one back to the competent Cross- border Coordination Point of the transferring Member State for signature;
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 112 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 1 – point b
(b) in the case of point (b) of paragraph 2, amend the Commitment or the Statement as regards the information in the draft Commitment or the draft Statement covered by points (f) and (h) of Article 14(1) accordingly, finalise the Commitment or Statement, sign twohree original copies and send one back to the competent Cross-border Coordination Point of the transferring Member State for signature;
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 113 #

2018/0198(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 18 – paragraph 2
2. A copy of the timetable shall be sent to the national and, where relevant, regional or local Cross-border Coordination Point of the committing Member State.
2018/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 19 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 5
(5) Horizontal principles as set out in Article 3 of the Treaty on European Union ('TEU') and in Article 10 of the TFEU, including principles of subsidiarity and proportionality as set out in Article 5 of the TEU, should be respected in the implementation of the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund, taking into account the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Member States should also respect the obligations of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and ensure accessibility in line with its article 9 and in accordance with the Union law harmonising accessibility requirements for products and services. Member States and the Commission should aim at eliminating inequalities and at promoting equality between men and women and integrating the gender perspective, as well as at combating discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. The Funds should not support actions that contribute to any form of segregation. The objectives of the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund should be pursued in the framework of sustainable development and the Union's promotion of the aim of preserving, protecting and improving the quality of the environment and combating climate change as set out in Articles 11 and 191(1) of the TFEU, taking into account the polluter pays principle. In order to protect the integrity of the internal market, operations benefitting undertakings shall comply with State aid rules as set out in Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 20 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 5
(5) Horizontal principles as set out in Article 3 of the Treaty on European Union ('TEU') and in Article 10 of the TFEU, including principles of subsidiarity and proportionality as set out in Article 5 of the TEU, should be respected in the implementation of the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund, taking into account the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Member States should also respect the obligations of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and ensure accessibility in line with its article 9 and in accordance with the Union law harmonising accessibility requirements for products and services. Member States and the Commission should aim at eliminating inequalities and at promoting equality between men and women and integrating the gender perspective, as well as at combating discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. The Funds should not support actions that contribute to any form of segregation or exclusion. The objectives of the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund should be pursued in the framework of sustainable development and the Union's promotion of the aim of preserving, protecting and improving the quality of the environment as set out in Articles 11 and 191(1) of the TFEU, taking into account the polluter pays principle. In order to protect the integrity of the internal market, operations benefitting undertakings shall comply with State aid rules as set out in Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 24 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 8 a (new)
(8a) A just transition to a socially and environmentally sustainable economy should contribute to consolidate future- oriented development paths through better matching local and regional skills and strategies with decarbonisation commitments, and building capacities and support schemes to this end. Just transition processes are long-term and should be developed in a bottom-up approach and in cooperation with relevant public, economic, and social partners as well as civil society bodies.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 35 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 14
(14) Reflecting the importance of tackling climate change in line withview of contributing to the financing of necessary actions to fulfil the Union's commitments to implement the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Funds will contribute to mainstream climate actions and to the achievement of an overall target of 25 at least 30% of the EU budget expenditure supporting climate objectives. Operations under the ERDF are expected toshould contribute 350 % of the overall financial envelope of the ERDF to climate objectives. Operations under the Cohesion Fund are expected toshould contribute 3755% of the overall financial envelope of the Cohesion Fund to climate objectives. Following the recommendations of the European Court of Auditors, climate mainstreaming and climate proofing mechanisms should be an integral part of programming and implementation, in particular project selection, and materialized ex-ante.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 36 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 14 a (new)
(14a) Operations under the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund should deliver on objectives laid down in the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plans to be developed under the [Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union] taking also into account the recommendations from the Commission regarding these plans, both in terms of content and financial allocation.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 38 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 17
(17) The ERDF should help to redress the main regional imbalances in the Union and to reduce disparities between the levels of development of the various regions and the backwardness of the least favoured regions including those facing challenges due to the decarbonisation commitments. ERDF support under the Investment for jobs and growth goal should therefore be concentrated on key Union priorities in line with policy objectives laid down in Regulation (EU) 2018/xxx [new CPR]. Therefore support from the ERDF should be concentrated on the policy objectives of 'a smarter Europe by promoting innovative and smart economic transformation' and 'a greener, lowzero-carbon Europe by promoting clean and fair energy transition, green and blue investment, the circular economy, climate adaptation and risk prevention and management'. That thematic concentration should be attained at national level while allowing for flexibility at the level of individual programmes and between the three groups of Member States formed according to respective gross national income. In addition, the methodology to classify Member States should be set out in detail taking into account the specific situation of the outermost regions.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 39 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 19
(19) This Regulation should set out the different types of activities the costs of which may be supported by means of investments from the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund, under their respective objectives as set out in the TFEU. The Cohesion Fund should be able to support investments in the environment and in TEN-T. With regard to the ERDF, the list of activities should be simplified and it should be able to support investments in infrastructure, investments in relation to access to services, with a particular focus on disadvantaged, marginalised and segregated communities, productive investments in SME's, equipment, software and intangible assets, as well as measures with regard to information, communication, studies, networking, cooperation, exchange of experiences and activities involving clusters. In order to support the programme implementation, both funds should also be able to support technical assistance activities. Finally, in order to support provide for a broader range of interventions for Interreg programmes, the scope should be enlarged to also include the sharing a broad range of facilities and human resources and costs linked to measures within the scope of the ESF+.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 55 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point b – introductory part
(b) 'a greener, lowzero-carbon Europe by promoting clean and fair energy transition, green and blue investment, the circular economy, climate adaptation and risk prevention and management ('PO 2') by:
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 56 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point b – point ii
(ii) promoting renewable energy that is sustainable in the long term and respects the limits of natural resources;
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 62 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point b – point iv
(iv) promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and disaster resilience, in particular eco-system based approaches;
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 64 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point b – point vi
(vi) promoting the transition to a circular economytruly sustainable circular economy that respects the limits of natural resources;
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 65 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point b – point vii
(vii) enhancing biodiversity, and green infrastructure in the urban environment, and reducing, and reducing air, water, soil, noise and light pollution;
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 74 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 1
(1) Article 176 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union ('TFEU') provides that the European Regional Development Fund ('ERDF') is intended to help to redress the main regional imbalances in the Union. Under that Article and the second and third paragraphs of Article 174 of the TFEU, the ERDF is to contribute to reducing disparities between the levels of development of the various regions and to reducing the backwardness of the least favoured regions, including those that are recognised and currently valid, among which particular attention is to be paid to regions which suffer from severe and permanent natural or demographic handicaps such as the northernmost regions with very low population density and island, cross-border and mountain regions.
2018/11/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 93 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point e – introductory part
(e) 'a Europe closer to citizens by fostering the sustainable and integrated development of urban, rural and coastal areas, urban-rural partnerships and local initiatives' ('PO 5') by:
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 101 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point e – point ii a (new)
(iia) addressing urban-rural linkages in response to challenges of functional areas in terms of employment and labour markets, interdependencies between different sectors, commuting patterns, demographic trends, cultural and natural heritage, climate change vulnerability, land use and resource management, institutional and governance arrangements, connectivity and accessibility.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 103 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 4 – point a
(a) Member States of group 1 shall allocate at least 850 % of their total ERDF resources under priorities other than for technical assistance to PO 1 and PO 2, and at least 640 % to PO 12;
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 104 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 4 – point b
(b) Member States of group 2 shall allocate at least 45 % of their total ERDF resources under priorities other than for technical assistance to PO 1, and at least 30 5% to PO 2;
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 105 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 4 – point c
(c) Member States of group 3 shall allocate at least 3540 % of their total ERDF resources under priorities other than for technical assistance to PO 1, and at least 30 % to PO 2.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 107 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 a (new)
Article 3a Contribution to the EU’s climate commitments 1. At least 50 % of the overall financial envelope of the ERDF and at least 55% of the overall financial envelope of the Cohesion Fund at EU level shall contribute to climate mitigation and adaptation objectives. 2. Member States shall demonstrate coherence between ERDF and Cohesion Fund spending and their Integrated National Energy and Climate Plans including their updates referred to in [Articles 3 and 13 of the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union], as well as with the recommendations from the Commission referred to in [Article 28 of that Regulation] both in terms of content and financial allocation to ensure that investment needs identified are met.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 109 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point b
(b) investments in access to services; with a particular focus on disadvantaged, marginalised and segregated communities;
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 126 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex I – Table 1 – Policy objective 2 – Outputs – RCO 22 and RCO 97
RCO 22 - Additional production capacity for sustainable renewable energy (of which: electricity, thermal) RCO 97 – Number of energy communities and renewable sustainable energy communities supported*
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 127 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex I – Table 1 – Policy objective 2 – Results – RCR 31 and RCR 32
RCR 31 - Total sustainable renewable energy produced (of which: electricity, thermal) RCR 32 – RSustainable renewable energy: Capacity connected to the grid (operational)*
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 128 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex I – Table 1 – Policy objective 2 – Outputs – RCO 36
RCO 36 - Surface area of green infrastructure supported in urban areas
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 129 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex I – Table 1 – Policy objective 2 – Results – RCR 95
RCR 95 -Population having access to new or upgraded green infrastructure in urban areas
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 130 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex I – Table 1 – Policy objective 2 – Results – RCR 51
RCR 51 - Population benefiting from measures for noiseair, water, soil, noise and light reduction
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 131 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex I – Table 1 – Policy objective 2 – Outputs – RCO 39
RCO 39 - Systems for monitoring air, water, soil, noise and light pollution installed
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 132 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – Table I – Policy objective 5 – Column Results – RCR 78 a (new)
Outputs RCO 80 –Results RCR 78a – Communities benefiting from Community-led local development strategies for local development.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 133 #

2018/0197(COD)

Specific objective (vii) Enhancing biodiversity, and green infrastructure in the urban environment, and reducing, and reducing air, water, soil, noise and light pollution; Outputs CCO 12 - Surface area of green infrastructure in urban areas Results CCR 11 - Population benefiting from measures for air, water, soil, noise and light quality
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 145 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 17
(17) The ERDF should help to redress the main regional imbalances in the Union and to reduce disparities between the levels of development of the various regions and the backwardness of the least favoured regions, including those that are recognised and currently valid and those facing challenges due to the decarbonisation commitments. ERDF support under the Investment for jobs and growth goal should therefore be concentrated on key Union priorities in line with policy objectives laid down in Regulation (EU) 2018/xxx [new CPR]. Therefore support from the ERDF should be concentrated on the policy objectives of 'a smarter Europe by promoting innovative and smart economic transformation' and 'a greener, low-carbon Europe by promoting clean and fair energy transition, green and blue investment, the circular economy, climate adaptation and risk prevention and management'. That thematic concentration should be attained at national level while allowing for flexibility at the level of individual programmes and between the three groups of Member States formed according to respective gross national income. In addition, the methodology to classify Member States should be set out in detail taking into account the specific situation of the outermost regions.
2018/11/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 175 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 24
(24) In order to maximise the contribution to territorial development, actions in this field should be based on integrated territorial strategies including in urban areas. Therefore, the ERDF support should be delivered through the forms set out in Article 22 of Regulation (EU) 2018/xxxx [new CPR] ensuring appropriate involvement of local, regional and urban authorities, including recognised and currently valid regions.
2018/11/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 203 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 a (new)
Article 1a Tasks of the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund The ERDF and the Cohesion Fund shall help finance support to strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion, eliminating the main disparities and correcting regional imbalances, including in the currently legally valid regions, within the Union, and reducing the backwardness of the least favoured regions, through sustainable development and structural adjustment of regional economies;
2018/11/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 447 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 2
2. With regard to the thematic concentration of support for Member States comprising outermost regions, the ERDF resources allocated specifically to programmes for the outermost regions and those allocated to all other regions, including the currently legally valid regions, shall be treated separately.
2018/11/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 449 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1 – introductory part
Member StatesRegions corresponding to level 2 of the common classification of territorial units for statistics (‘NUTS level 2 regions’) established by Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 adapted by Commission Regulation (EU) No 2016/2066 shall be classified, in terms of their gross national income ratioGDP per capita, as follows:
2018/11/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 469 #

2018/0197(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 2
For the purposes of this Aarticle, the gross national income ratio means the ratio between the gross national income per capita of a Member State, measurclassification of regions according to one of the three categories of regions shall be determined by comparing GDP per capita in each region, expressed in purchasing power standards andparities (PPPs), calculated on the basis of Union figures for the period from 2014 to- 2016, and the average gross national income per capita in purchasing power standards of the 27 Member States for that same reference periodGDP of the EU-27 for the same reference period, and taking into account the 2016-2018 reorganisation of territorial divisions according to the common classification of territorial units for statistics, including the newly formed statistical regions in the Czech Republic, Lithuania and other Member States.
2018/11/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 30 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Title 0
Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund Plus, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and financial rules for those and for the Asylum and Migration Fund, the Internal Security Fund and the Border Management and Visa Instrument
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 35 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 2
(2) In order to further develop a coordinated and harmonised implementation of Union Funds implemented under shared management namely the European Regional Development Fund ('ERDF'), the European Social Fund Plus ('ESF+'), the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development ('EAFRD'), measures financed under shared management in the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund ('EMFF'), the Asylum and Migration Fund ('AMIF'), Internal Security Fund ('ISF') and Integrated Border Management Fund ('BMVI'), financial rules based on Article 322 of the TFEU should be established for all these Funds ('the Funds'), clearly specifying the scope of application of the relevant provisions. In addition, common provisions based on Article 177 of the TFEU should be established to cover policy specific rules for the ERDF, the ESF+, the Cohesion Fund and the EMFF.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 53 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 20
(20) Mechanisms to ensure a link between Union funding policies and the economic governance of the Union should be further refined, allowing the Commission to make a proposal to the Council to suspend all or part of the commitments for one or more of the programmes of the Member State concerned where that Member State fails to take effective action in the context of the economic governance process. In order to ensure uniform implementation and in view of the importance of the financial effects of measures being imposed, implementing powers should be conferred on the Council which should act on the basis of a Commission proposal. To facilitate the adoption of decisions which are required to ensure effective action in the context of the economic governance process, reversed qualified majority voting should be used.deleted
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 56 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 24
(24) To better mobilise potential at the local level, it is necessary to strengthen and facilitate CLLD (referred to as 'LEADER' under the EAFRD). It should take into account local needs and potential, as well as relevant socio-cultural characteristics, and should provide for structural changes, build community capacity and stimulate innovation. The close cooperation and integrated use of the Funds to deliver local development strategies should be strengthened. Local action groups, representing the interests of the community, should be, as an essential principle responsible for the design and implementation of CLLD strategies. In order to facilitate coordinated support from different Funds to CLLD strategies and to facilitate their implementation, the use of a 'Lead Fund' approach should be facilitated.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 68 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 62
(62) In order to set out an appropriate financial framework for the ERDF, the ESF+ and the Cohesion Fund, the Commission should set out the annual breakdown of available allocations per Member State under the Investment for jobs and growth goal together with the list of eligible regions, as well as the allocations for the European territorial cooperation goal (Interreg). Taking into account that the national allocations of Member States should be established on the basis of the statistical data and forecasts available in 2018, and given the forecasting uncertaintiess well as the NUTS level 2 regional division which entered into force on 1 January 2018, the Commission should review the total allocations of all Member States in 2024 on the basis of the most recent statistics available at the time and, where there is a cumulative divergence of more than +/- 5 %, it should adjust those allocations for the years 2025 to 2027 in order for the outcomes of the mid-term review and the technical adjustment exercise to be reflected in programme amendments at the same time.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 70 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point a
(a) financial rules for the European Regional Development Fund ('ERDF'), the European Social Fund Plus ('ESF+'), the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development ('EAFRD'), the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund ('EMFF'), the Asylum and Migration Fund ('AMIF'), the Internal Security Fund ('ISF') and the Border Management and Visa Instrument ('BMVI') ('the Funds');
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 73 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point b
(b) common provisions applicable to the ERDF, the ESF+, the Cohesion Fund, the EAFRD, and the EMFF.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 74 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. With regard to the EAFRD, the following provisions shall not apply: (a) Article 14 of Title II; (b) Chapters 1 and III of Title III; (c) Articles 37 and 38 of Title IV; (d) Chapter II, Section I and Chapter III of Title V; (e) Titles VI, VII and VIII
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 76 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 6 – point c a (new)
(ca) Regulation (EU) […] (the 'CAP Strategic Plans Regulation') and Regulation (EU) […] (the 'CAP Horizontal Regulation');
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 78 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 4 a (new)
(4a) 'programme' in the context of the EAFRD, shall be understood to refer to the CAP Strategic Plans referred to in the Regulation (EU) [...] (the ‘CAP Strategic Plans Regulation’);
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 79 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 1 – introductory part
1. The ERDF, the ESF+, the Cohesion Fund, the EAFRD, and the EMFF shall support the following policy objectives:
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 82 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point b a (new)
(ba) the NUTS 2 regions, newly created between 2016 and 2018;
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 84 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 1 – introductory part
1. Each Member State shall organise a partnership with the competent regional and local authorities in operation at that time. That partnership shall include at least the following partners:
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 86 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point c a (new)
(ca) regional and local authorities or associations thereof;
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 91 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 11 – paragraph 5 – subparagraph 1
Expenditure related to operations linked to the specific objective or, for the EAFRD, linked to the intervention concerned, cannot be included in payment applications until the Commission has informed the Member State of the fulfilment of the enabling condition pursuant to paragraph 4.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 92 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 11 – paragraph 6 – subparagraph 2
Where the Commission considers that an enabling condition is no longer fulfilled, it shall inform the Member State and give it the opportunity to present its observations within one month. Where the Commission concludes that the non-fulfilment of the enabling condition persists, expenditure related to the specific objective concerned or, for the EAFRD, linked to the intervention concerned, cannot be included in payment applications as from the date the Commission informs the Member State accordingly.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 93 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 12 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2 a (new)
For programmes supported by the EAFRD, milestones shall be established and achieved annually.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 95 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 14 – paragraph 1 – point b
(b) the socio-economic situation of the Member State orand region concerned;
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 96 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 14 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2 – point c a (new)
(ca) the NUTS 2 regions, established between 2016 and 2018;
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 98 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15
[...]deleted
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 124 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 25 – paragraph –1 (new)
-1. The EAFRD shall support community-led local development. In that context, such development shall be referred to as LEADER.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 126 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 25 – paragraph 1
1. The ERDF, the ESF+ and the EMFF mayshould support community-led local development and allocate at least 15 % of their funds to it.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 128 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 25 – paragraph 2 – point b
(b) led by local action groups composed of representatives of public and private local socio-economic interests, in which no single interest group, nor the public authorities as defined in accordance with national rules, controls the decision-making;
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 129 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 25 – paragraph 2 – point c
(c) carried out through integrated and multi-sectoral area-based local development strategies in accordance with Article 26;
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 130 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 28 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new)
(ba) animation of the community-led local development strategy in order to facilitate exchange between stakeholders, to provide them with information and to support potential beneficiaries in their preparation of applications;
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 131 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 29 – paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. In order to avoid situations where payments are suspended, the Commission shall ensure that Member States and regions which face compliance concerns owing to a lack of administrative capacity receive adequate technical assistance to improve their administrative capacity.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 139 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 35 – paragraph 2 – introductory part
2. The monitoring committee shall approve or, for programmes supported by the EAFRD, give its opinion on:
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 140 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 35 – paragraph 2 – point b
(b) the annual performance reports for programmes supported by the EAFRD, the EMFF, the AMF, the ISF and the BMVI, and the final performance report for programmes supported by the ERDF, the ESF+ and the Cohesion Fund;
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 147 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 36 – paragraph 6
6. For programmes supported by the EAFRD, the EMFF, the AMF, the ISF and the BMVI, the Member State shall submit an annual performance report in accordance with the Fund-specific Regulations.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 158 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 44 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1 – point h
(h) total cost of the operation, or for the EAFRD, the amounts of payments corresponding to each type of intervention received by each beneficiary in the financial year concerned, including both the Union and the national contribution;
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 159 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 44 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 2 a (new)
For the EAFRD, the data referred to in point (b) of the first subparagraph shall not be published where the amounts of payments received by the beneficiary in the financial year concerned is equal to or less than EUR 1 250. The beneficiary shall be identified by a code, in a form to be decided by the Member State.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 160 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 45 – paragraph 1 – point c – point i
(i) operations supported by the ERDF and, the Cohesion Fund and the EAFRD the total cost of which exceeds EUR 500 000;
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 162 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 53 – paragraph 7
7. The managing authority, in managing the financial instrument pursuant to paragraph 2, or the body implementing the financial instrument, in managing the financial instrument pursuant to paragraph 3, shall keep separate accounts or maintain an accounting code per priority and per each category of region, or by type of intervention for the EAFRD, for each programme contribution and separately for resources referred to in Articles 54 and 56 respectively.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 184 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 102 – paragraph 1
1. The ERDF, the ESF+ and the Cohesion Fund shall support the Investment for jobs and growth goal in all regions corresponding to level 2 of the common classification of territorial units for statistics ('NUTS level 2 regions', including those newly created between 2016 and 2018) established by Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 as amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 868/2014.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 185 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 102 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2
The classification of regions under one of the three categories of regions shall be determined on the basis of how the GDP per capita of each region, measured in purchasing power standards ('PPS') and calculated on the basis of Union figures for the perio2014-2016 and 20146-20168, relates toas well as the average GDP of the EU-27 for the same reference period.
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 187 #

2018/0196(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 106 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1 – point b
(b) 565 % for the transition regions; which have exceeded 75 %, but not more than 80 % of GDP per capita on the basis of average purchasing power; 55 % for the transition regions which have exceeded 80 %, but not more than 90 % of GDP per capita on the basis of average purchasing power;
2018/10/02
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 161 #

2018/0172(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 10 – paragraph 1 – point b
(b) the impact of plastics on the environment and human health, and in particular on the marine environment and soil, including via littering and other inappropriate waste disposal of those products and fishing gear containing plastic on the environment, and in particular on the marine environment.
2018/09/03
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3 #

2018/0166R(APP)

Draft opinion
Recital B
B. whereas, in its proposal for the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the years 2021-2027, the Commission has proposed a budget for cohesion policy of EUR 330.6 billion in 2018 prices; whereas this level of funding means a reduction of 10 % compared to the current MFF, while funding for Member States is reduced by as much as 24 %;
2018/09/12
Committee: REGI
Amendment 10 #

2018/0166R(APP)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Regrets that the Commission’s proposal for the 2021-2027 MFF is not ambitious enough; insists that the EU budget for 2021-2027, in order to maintain traditional policies with a positive track record while ensuring the EU’s ability to respond to new challenges, needs to be set at 1.3 % of GNI in order to provide adequate additional funding;
2018/09/12
Committee: REGI
Amendment 12 #

2018/0166R(APP)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Welcomes the fact that the cohesion policy proposed for 2021-2027 remains, under the Commission’s proposals, a policy for all regions, and calls for the territorial reforms enacted between 2016 and 2018 – including the formation of the NUTS 2 regions in the Czech Republic, Lithuania and others – to be taken into account when formulating it;
2018/09/12
Committee: REGI
Amendment 17 #

2018/0166R(APP)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Considers the proposed cut of 10 % to the allocations for cohesion policy unacceptable; reiterates its position that the 2021-2027 MFF needs to secure at least the same level of funding for cohesion policy, in constant prices, as under the current MFF; calls on Member States that have reached 75 % but not exceeded 80 % of EU GDP in terms of the PPS average, to reduce cohesion funding by no more than 10 %, taking into account the current NUTS 2 regions;
2018/09/12
Committee: REGI
Amendment 21 #

2018/0166R(APP)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Deplores the severe reduction in the Cohesion Fund’s budget; stresses the importance of investments under the Cohesion Fund in terms of reducing territorial disparities and progressing towards greater territorial cohesion in the EU, especially in post-2004 accession Member States characterised by low GDP levels but rapid growth;
2018/09/12
Committee: REGI
Amendment 34 #

2018/0166R(APP)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7
7. Reiterates its consistently held view of the importance of cross-border initiatives for growthsustainable growth and prosperity in border regions; notes with regret that the Commission’s proposals provide for a significant reduction in the financing of Interreg; considers that a level of funding equal at the very least to the 2014-2020 envelope, in constant prices, needs to be programmed under the 2021- 2027 MFF;
2018/09/12
Committee: REGI
Amendment 41 #

2018/0166R(APP)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 9
9. Notes that lower EU co-financing rates might result inwill make it more difficulties for beneficiaries in the regions to access EU fundingparticular regions and smaller Member States to secure co- financing for EU investments, especially in those regions which the new MFF proposes moving to a higher level of development than the current MFF does; calls, therefore, for the Member States’ work in transforming EU support programming regions to be taken into account and, consequently, for the Commission’s proposal regarding the funding levels and co-financing indicators set out in the MFF to be adapted suitably;
2018/09/12
Committee: REGI
Amendment 67 #

2018/0166R(APP)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 11
11. Considers that, following the Paris Agreement, funding for climate-related spendinginvestments should be significantly increased, in combination with a broader approach to cost eligibility, compared to the current MFF and should reach 30 % as soon as possible and, at the latest, by 2027.
2018/09/12
Committee: REGI
Amendment 121 #

2018/0166R(APP)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7a. Points out that in the period covered by the 2021-2027 MFF the convergence process must be fully completed in order both to achieve fair competition among Member States and to establish the principles of equality on an EU-wide basis and that the 2002 European Council decision has to be completely implemented (Council of the European Union, Presidency conclusions 14702/02 (2002)).
2018/09/03
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 299 #

2018/0082(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point e a (new)
(e a) the average cost is the average cost recorded in the Member States for that product in the last quarter of the year.
2018/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 406 #

2018/0082(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point d a (new)
(da) a buyer does not pay the average EU cost to a supplier.
2018/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 499 #

2018/0082(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point d a (new)
(da) a buyer does not pay the average EU cost to a supplier.
2018/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 544 #

2018/0082(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 5 – paragraph 1
1. A supplier shall address a complaint or information regarding itself or the buyer to the enforcement authority of the Member State in which the buyer suspected to have engaged in a prohibited trading practice is established.
2018/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 592 #

2018/0082(COD)

Proposal for a directive
Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point a
(a) to initiate and conduct investigations on its own initiative or based on a complaint or on information obtained by the supplier;
2018/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 9 #

2017/9999(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Stresses that European agriculture has a special role to play in maintaining the fabric of rural communities and in feeding European populations; Emphasises that farmers and their livelihoods should not be bargaining chips in trade deals;
2017/09/06
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 28 #

2017/9999(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Wishes to draw attention to the extremely sensitive nature of some sectors of the European farming industry, such as beef and veal, sheepmeat, sugar, cereals and dairy products; takes the view that these products should be excluded from a trade agreement because a further opening-up of the market in these sectors could have disastrous consequences for European producers; calls on the Commission therefore to include only non-sensitive agricultural products in the agricultural chapter;
2017/09/06
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 47 #

2017/9999(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Takes the view that the EU must refrain from making any sort of commitment concerningexclude the most sensitive agricultural products, such as beef and, veal and, sheepmeat, dairy and special sugars from the trade agreement;
2017/09/06
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 54 #

2017/9999(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5a. Calls on the Commission to make negotiations dependent on exclusion of sensitive agricultural products and, should this not be possible, refrain from concluding a trade agreement;
2017/09/06
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 65 #

2017/9999(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 b (new)
5b. Stresses that nothing in the agreement should prevent either side from regulating independently to set and implement legitimate policy objectives, including social, environmental and public health goals and safeguards;
2017/09/06
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 71 #

2017/9999(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Emphasises the cumulative impact of the concessions that the EU has made in the agricultural sector, in both multilateral and bilateral agreements, and calls for this impact to be taken into account when assessing what concessions could be offered to Australia; expresses a preference for a regional or multilateral framework concentrating on the establishment of common standards;
2017/09/06
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 73 #

2017/9999(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. Calls on the Council to reflect on the appropriateness of starting yet another table of bilateral negotiations for a trade and investment agreement which will divert from the urgent need to re-establish the WTO as the primary venue for trade policy making;
2017/09/06
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 75 #

2017/9999(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 b (new)
6b. Considers that any agreement should incentivise high standards in environment, animal welfare and food safety, and should ensure reciprocity, to encourage a race to the top rather than a race to the bottom;
2017/09/06
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 94 #

2017/9999(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8
8. Acknowledges the importancenterest for the EU of an agreement with Australia which wcould reduce tariff barriers for some processed agricultural products, relax overly strict health checks and protect geographical indications more effectively; whereas clear provisions safeguarding GIs should be a prerequisite for any agreement; reminds the Commission, however, that it would be unacceptable to sacrifice the interests of European agriculture and its sensitive sectors in order to secure an agreement.
2017/09/06
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 104 #

2017/9999(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8a. Calls on the Commission to evaluate completely the possible gains and losses of such a trade deal for European producers, specified for a bilateral, regional and multilateral framework of negotiations;
2017/09/06
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 111 #

2017/9999(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 b (new)
8b. Calls on the Commission to conduct negotiations with a high level of transparency, improving on the level of transparency implemented for the TTIP negotiations with the USA, and to fully respect best practice as established in other negotiations; requests that the Council make the negotiating mandate public;
2017/09/06
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 9 #

2017/2285(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas in the 2007-2013 period, EUR 81 billion, or almost one third (31 %) of the ESIF was invested in transport infrastructure, which had a clear impact on GDP, business creation, industry, employment, exports and tourism; whereas the strongest impact of transport infrastructure investment was recorded in Central and Eastern Europe and, more particularly, in the new Member States, to which 69 % of the total transport funding was allocated;
2018/02/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 16 #

2017/2285(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. whereas TEN-T and transport infrastructure such as road, high-speed rail, waterways, cycling and air are EU priorities,to contribute to EU priorities such as cohesion, economic development, job creation and climate change adaptation; and if European investment were to lag behind, increased FDI could fill the gap while relocating profits, taxes and job opportunities outside of the EU, perhaps increasing the dependence and macroeconomic instability of the regions; whereas such a process would undermine the Union’s regional presence and policies in the long term and would lead to fragmentation and divergence;
2018/02/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 20 #

2017/2285(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C a (new)
Ca. whereas there is an urgent need for transformation of certain parts of the transport sector in order to address the need to drastically and rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in this way mitigating climate change;
2018/02/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 21 #

2017/2285(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C b (new)
Cb. whereas the current state of transport generates air pollution, noise, traffic congestion and land consumption with negative impacts on the quality of life of citizens; whereas sustainability in the transport sector needs to be improved;
2018/02/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 35 #

2017/2285(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Underlines that the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the Cohesion Fund (CF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) should remain the core EU sources for transport infrastructure investments under the thematic objective of ‘promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures’; proposes that, due to the high European added value and the extensive spill-over effects generated, these funding sources should remain available for all eligible EU regions;
2018/02/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 42 #

2017/2285(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Considers that the European added value of investment in transport infrastructure in more developed and transition regions needs to be re-assessed, taking also into account shrinking budgetary options; believes that regions sufficiently equipped with transport infrastructure, in particular highways, should no longer use EU funding for additional road construction, as the added-value is questionable and the contribution to EU priorities low;
2018/02/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 48 #

2017/2285(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Notes that the intervention logic behind EU transport infrastructure investment should remain a well-balanced construction of centrally managed and shared management sources in order to address policy and funding needs; recalls that the CEF aims to address centrally the EU-wide priority of TEN-T corridors, including safety and environmental aspects as well as paying due attention to regional specifics; recalls also that the ERDF and CF have a strong regional dimension that responds to local demand and they support the connectivity to TEN-T and mobility through secondary and tertiary nodes and multimodal terminals; underlines, in this context, that the relevant budgetary envelopes for the three funding sources need to be strengthened in an even manner in order to avoid asymmetric distribution of investment between the levels;
2018/02/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 55 #

2017/2285(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Considers that the role of additional sources such as the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) needs to be defined in view of their complementarity to the ERDF and CF and their additionality to EIB lending operations; notes in this regard that EFSI should serve as a platform for public-private partnerships (PPPs) in matching financial instruments to private investment and to national/regional financing at project level; notes that the support available through the EU guarantee should be provided to bankable infrastructure projects which would not otherwise be supported through the ERDF, CF or CEFprivate sector; is concerned that resources from ERDF and CF are used to bear the highest risk taking tranche in case EFSI is combined with them;
2018/02/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 61 #

2017/2285(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Notes that infrastructure requires objective quantification of demand prior to setting the budget and the delivery methods; underlines that it should be possible for the ERDF and CF eligibility criteriainvestment planning to consider existing demand at NUTS 3 level;
2018/02/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 69 #

2017/2285(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Underlines the importance of public consultations prior to project implementation, in particular in case of major projects, in order to ensure ownership on the ground and compliance with local and regional public interest as well as local and regional development goals;
2018/02/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 74 #

2017/2285(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Calls for the creation of an EU transport infrastructure index as an additional eligibility criterion in order to accurately reflect regional and local demand; proposes that the index help determine the overall envelope of transport investments as well as the co-financing rates; suggests that the EU transport scoreboard could be the basis for the proposed index with complementary elements such as road safety, regional specifics, availability of alternative modes of transport and environmental impact, which could contribute to the accuracy of the assessments;
2018/02/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 80 #

2017/2285(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Expresses the view that the less developed regions with negative demographic trends or remote ones with low accessibility should be targeted more intensively by ERDF and CF transport infrastructure investments, while addittentional shources and delivery methods should be expanded in the transition and more developed regionsld be given to the modal shift in order to also contribute to sustainable mobility;
2018/02/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 98 #

2017/2285(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. Calls for ERDF support to European Territorial Cooperation to be strengthened through additional resources, and for the establishment of a dedicated priority axis for transport infrastructure investments while not undermining other priorities of ETC; underlines that all transport modes need to be tackled including public transport and cycling; understands that the focus should be on connectivity in cross-border regions, as well as advisory assistance and capacity building at project level; calls for barriers to be dismantled in order to facilitate investments, and notably cross- border investments, in transport;
2018/02/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 106 #

2017/2285(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7a. Stresses that more attention should be given to greening the transport fleet, in particular in the public sector, and to support the shift towards clean energy, in particular by promoting the expansion of electric vehicles charging infrastructure;
2018/02/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 110 #

2017/2285(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 b (new)
7b. Considers that soft measures aimed at promotion of public transport, including partially or fully subsidizing its services in most congested locations at least at peak times, could significantly contribute to decrease in road congestion and ensure better utilization of existing transport infrastructure;
2018/02/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 113 #

2017/2285(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 c (new)
7c. Emphasises that more support should be given to promote smart traffic management including through digitalisation by making more efficient use of existing infrastructure and redirecting towards off-peak times;
2018/02/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 116 #

2017/2285(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Calls for a common European transport policy basunderpinned onby a funding framework that is integrated and coordinated with the EU transport instruments; considers that thematic concentration should be preserved in order to permit synergies between different funding sources at project level; proposes the creation of a single set of rules for all financing sources related to the thematic objective of ‘promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures’ adapted to the challenges faced by the regions; considers it necessary to streamline and accelerate procurement and state aid compliance procedures through standardised public procurement;
2018/02/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 121 #

2017/2285(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8a. Stresses the importance and usefulness of integrated transport master plans prepared by Member States as ex- ante conditionality for receiving ESI funding; believes that further improvements and efficiency gains in transport investment could be achieved if those master plans increase their ambitions in view of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector and strengthening multi-modality and interoperability of transport; calls on the Commission to assist Member States in the preparation of those master plans and to ensure that green-washing is avoided;
2018/02/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 124 #

2017/2285(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 b (new)
8b. Recalls that the development of transport infrastructure must not violate the Union acquis, in particular on nature protection; urges Member States to fully apply EU law when planning and implementing transport projects and to avoid infringement procedures as a result of breaching EU law; is of the opinion, that unlawful use of ESI Funds is counterproductive for a successful cohesion policy close to the citizens; therefore, calls on the Commission to closely monitor EU funding for transport and not to allow for splitting a project into sections in view of avoiding ecological disruptions;
2018/02/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 4 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 18 a (new)
– having regard to the Communication from the Commission of 14 February 2018 on A new, modern Multiannual Financial Framework for a European Union that delivers efficiently on its priorities post-2020 (COM(2018)98),
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 13 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas cohesion policy aims to promote harmonious development of the whole Union, leading to a strengthening of its economic, social and territorial cohesion, in a spirit of solidarity and cooperation and with the aim of promoting growth, and reducing the backwardness of the least favourdeveloped regions;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 20 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. whereas the 7th Cohesion Report contains worrying information about unemployment rates, which in many regions have not reverted to the levels seen before the crisis, and about competitiveness and social inclusion;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 27 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E
E. whereas one of the key pieces of new information provided by the 7th Cohesion Report concerns the identification of certain areas described as being caught in the ‘middle-income trap’, which risk a long-term stagnation if being left behind;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 29 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital G a (new)
Ga. whereas the 7th Cohesion Report entails a chapter on the review of the application of measures linking effectiveness of ESI Funds to sound economic governance, deriving from the Commission's obligation as set out in Article 23 of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013,
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 47 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Underlines that budgetary appropriations for cohesion policy post- 2020 for the EU-27 have to be ensured at least at the level of the 2014-2020 budget at constant prices;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 60 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Emphasises that cohesion policy investments provide European added value by contributing to European public goods and priorities and to the Treaty objective of reducing regional disparities;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 67 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Reiterates its commitment to shared management and the principles of partnership, multi-level governance and subsidiarity, which contribute to the added value generated by cohesion policy; stresses that the added value of this policy stems primarily from its ability to take account of the needs and specificities of each territory and to bring the European Union closer to its citizens;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 71 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. Considers that the partnership principle should be strengthened by establishing binding minimum standards for partnership involvement from the outset of programming;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 74 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Emphasises that European added value is also reflected in European territorial cooperation, in all its dimensions; calls for an increase in its share of the budget allocated to cohesion policy, while improving coordination between different programmes to avoid overlaps and enhancing possibilities to adapt support measures in view of addressing particular challenges of regions;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 87 #

2017/2279(INI)

6. Emphasises that efforts to consolidate the territorial dimension of cohesion policy require greater attention to be paid to peri-urban and rural problems, with a particular focus on to medium-sized towns of each Member State;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 89 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. Stresses the importance of supporting rural areas in all their diversity, by valuing their potential, improving transport connectivity with particular emphasis on public transport and very high-speed broadband and providing support to help them meet the challenges they face: rural desertificpopulation, the destruction of city- centre communities, adecreas without health caree in accessibility and quality of public services, such as health care and education, lack of employment and entrepreneurship incentives, etc.;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 117 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 a (new)
10a. Underlines the importance of local development and its ability to involve local actors in strategies for an integrated and place-based approach; considers that Community-led local development should be made obligatory underpinned by support for empowerment of local stakeholders and its scope of application extended;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 133 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12 a (new)
12a. Considers that more attention should be given to an early identification of vulnerabilities and to increase the ability of regions to adapt to new circumstances; takes the view that the impacts of the recent crises, such as the financial, social and climate crisis, have to be analysed and conclusions to be drawn for the role of cohesion policy in supporting regions' resilience without jeopardising the long-term nature of cohesion policy;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 135 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Welcomes the Commission’s launch of a pilot project to provide tailored support geared to the specific challenges facing regions in industrial transition; calls on the Commission to draw lessons from the pilot project as soon as possible, and believes that smart specialisation strategies have the potential to offer better support to these regions in their development strategies and, more generally, promote differentiated implementation at regional level; believes that tailor-made support for regions in industrial transition should take a holistic approach and focus on managing the transition process including strategy building, public participation, capacity building and networking;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 174 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Welcomes the adoption of the European Pillar for Social Rights, which represents a step forward in building a social Europe; reiterates its commitment to the ESF, the Youth Guarantee and the Youth Employment Initiative in view of their role in meeting the challenges of employment, social inclusion, learning and vocational training; takes the view that, in order to successfully address current challenges, the ESF-share should be increased to at least 30%;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 184 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Emphasises that future cohesion policy should focus more on protecting and supporting marginalized communities and territories adversely affected by globalisation (plant relocations, job losses); calls for the scope for coordination between the Structural Funds and the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to be explored;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 192 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Notes that vulnerability to climate change varies widely from one region to another; considers that the ESI Funds should be used as effectively as possible to help the EU meet its commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement and climate-related spending should be significantly increased compared to the current MFF and reach 30% as soon as possible; insists that funding under the solidarity instruments for use in the event of natural disasters should be made available as rapidly as possible;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 199 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19
19. Calls for ESI funds to be usmore actively targeted to address demographic challenges (ageing, population loss and demographic pressure) which affect European regions in a variety of specific ways;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 221 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21 a (new)
21a. Stresses that greater consideration should be given to respect for fundamental rights in the implementation of ESIF programmes; believes that fundamental rights can only be guaranteed when appropriate principles are established and underpinned by effective follow-up action, such as ex-ante conditionality;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 234 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22
22. Emphasises that financial instruments can be an effective lever and that they shcould be promoted if they generate added value; stresses, however, that their effectiveness hinges on many factors (nature of the project, of the territory or of the risk) and that all regions, regardless of their level of development, must be free to determine the most appropriate method of financing; opposes any binding targets for the use of financial instruments;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 252 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24 a (new)
24a. Takes note of the review of the Commission of Article 23 of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013; regrets that only descriptive information has been provided not allowing for in-depth analysis including impact assessment or assessment of alternatives that might have been helpful for clarifying the specificities of the relation between cohesion policy and economic governance;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 263 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 25 a (new)
25a. Is concerned that the quality of governance in some Member States has decreased with government leaders drifting away from good governance which can also have impacts on the sound implementation of EU funded programmes; calls on all Member States to take due action in order to remove any shadow of doubt on transparency, independence and professionalism of public administrations;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 270 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26
26. Notes that the quality of public administration is a decisive factor in regional growth and the effectiveness of ESI funds; emphasises the need to invest into maintenance and increase of administrative capacities as well as to promote financial sustainability of local and regional authorities;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 276 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 27
27. Supports a shift in cohesion policy towards a greater focus on results, moving away from an accounting-based approach towards one which focuses on performance and allowing managing authorities more flexibility as to how to achieve targets while fully respecting horizontal principles, in particular on partnership and transparency;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 280 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 27 a (new)
27a. Considers imperative to keep-up the fight against fraud, and urges to exert zero-tolerance for corruption;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 285 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 29
29. Stresses the need to provide a framework which guarantees legal stability through simple, clear and predictable rules, particularly as regards management and checks; calls, in the next programming period, for a reduction in the volume of legislation and guidelines, for all modifications to be developed in close cooperation with national authorities and partners, for the relevant documents to be translated into all the EU languages and for any retrospective application and interpretation of rules to be banned;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 291 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 30
30. Stresses, at the same time, the need to make operational programmes genuine strategic documents which are more concise and more flexible, establishing a simplified procedure for their targeted modification during programmingimplementation;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 297 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 31
31. Calls for a genuine single set of rules to be maintroducained and further harmonized for the variousESI funds; supports consistent treatment of European funds under direct management and cohesion funds where State aid is concerned and, more generally, harmonised rules for European instruments aimed at the same beneficiaries; stresses the importance of greater complementarity between cohesion policy and the future EU research programme, in order to cover the full cycle from basic research to commercial applications;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 331 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 37
37. Considers that cohesion policy can help to meet new challenges, such as security or the integration of refugees under international protection, with due regard for the sovereignty of the Member States; stresses, however, that cohesion policy cannot be the solution to all crises, and opposes the use of cohesion policy funds to cover short-term financing needs outside its scope;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 339 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 38
38. WelcomesTakes note of the positive results of the Juncker investment plan; stresses that cohesion policy and the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) are complementary, but that one cannot be a substitute for the other, irrespective of the level of development of the regions; is concerned that the combination of EFSI with ESI Funds can put the funds in a junior position, thus covering the first- loss-piece;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 355 #

2017/2279(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 42
42. Notes that some European regions as well as cohesion policy as such are particularly exposed to the impact of Brexit; stresses that the future cohesion policy must minimise the negative impact of Brexit on the other European regions, and calls for detailed consideration to be given to the possibility of continuing partnerships in the context of territorial cooperation;
2018/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 1 #

2017/2208(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital A
A. whereas there is a need to ensure the continuity of the type of investment currently carried out by the second pillar of the common agricultural policy, which is an essential financing instrument for boosting economic growth and innovation in lagging regions’ rural areas, while at the same time and ensuring sustainable rural development; whereas it also providinges the financial incentives neededfor investment in rural areas, to address specific territorial needs, which; these in turn contribute to achieving the three cross- cutting objectives of innovation, environmental/ protection and climate change mitigation and adaptation;
2017/11/13
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 9 #

2017/2208(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital B
B. whereas agriculture provides for a significantly higher share of employment in both low-income and low-growth regions than the average for the EU-28; whereas this share has been declining over the years; whereas it is notably five times higher in low-income regions and 2.6 times higher in low-growth regions than the average for the EU-28;
2017/11/13
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 12 #

2017/2208(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital C
C. whereas poorer infrastructure development, generally weakerlow political prioritisation and investment, poor infrastructure, and often insufficient institutionsal capacity and thea skills gap, all present a major obstacles for the successful development of viable and self-sufficient agricultrural businesses and communities, pushing many young people to abandon rural areas and migrate, andway, worsening the shortage of qualified workers and compromising future prospects of the region;
2017/11/13
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 18 #

2017/2208(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Takes the view that agriculture isand agriculture-related business should be a key part of the solution for enhancing sustainable growth, providing jobs and increasing levels of income in lagging regions, while at the same time helping to preserve themaintain a living countryside and combat rural depopulation; notes however that for this to happen, policy makers across the board must prioritise sustainable agricultural models that create quality jobs and sufficient income ensured inter alia by remunerative prices;
2017/11/13
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 36 #

2017/2208(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Stresses the importance of rural development funds in boosting the competitiveness of those regionseconomic resilience and territorial cohesion of those regions, alongside competitiveness, through tailor-made projects based on bottom-up approaches; acknowledges, therefore, the input of local action groups in developing local strategies, supporting stakeholder networking and the appraisal and approval of individual LEADER projects;
2017/11/13
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 40 #

2017/2208(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2 a. Stresses the usefulness of the territorial approach, which ensures sufficient infrastructure and social capital for each region to function as a viable economic unit, in order to foster creation of vibrant rural economies and so reverse rural depopulation;
2017/11/13
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 43 #

2017/2208(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2 b. Underlines the importance of community-led local development approaches such as LEADER in providing local communities with tools to develop tailor-made solutions to local challenges and empowering rural communities;and therefore calls for a larger share of support to be distributed to CLLD, thus both helping to tackle challenges and build up capacities;
2017/11/13
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 46 #

2017/2208(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Emphasises the importance ofHighlights the possible synergetic effects from ensuring that aof agriculture’s large share of the total employment in lagging regions is in agriculture, with the prospect of being able to provide, as it forms a solid basis for traditional quality products and; notes likewise the potential for developing tourism activities, specifically agro-tourism;
2017/11/13
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 53 #

2017/2208(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Reiterates the importance of digitalisationappropriately-scaled digitalisation, availability of public interest and publically funded expertise and advice services and of improving infrastructure, thus creating a positive environment and good foundation for boosting growth and enhancing cohesion in lagging regions; cautions against exploitation of farm businesses and making them unsustainably dependent, and against increasing levels of indebtedness among rural and farming communities; recalls that good infrastructure, especially the provision of high-speed internet connections along with availability of quality social services helps keep people in rural areas and can help attract a high-calibrely skilled, educated and well paid workforce needed for growth in those areas; recalls that education and training are essential in the development mix and these can be helped by online interconnectedness;
2017/11/13
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 68 #

2017/2208(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Stresses that a well-connected territories that prioritise and enhance rural area iss are essential for building on the work of research partnerships and, including European Innovation Partnership initiatives, so that innovative practices can further enhance the sustainable development of agriculture and associated businesses and growth in lagging regions' rural areas.
2017/11/13
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 3 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Recalls that the Partnership Agreements and programmes under the CPR aim to promote resource efficiency, climate change mitigation and adaptation; as well as horizontal principles of partnership, multi-level governance, non- discrimination and gender equality;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 6 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Recalls that ESI Funds provide important opportunities for energy innovation and its market deployment and in this way can play an important role in Europe’s energy transition;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 9 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. Recalls the EU’s commitment under the Paris Agreements that sets out the positive framework for global energy transition; in that regard stresses the need for greater coherence between EU’s sectorial and funding policies;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 11 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 b (new)
3b. Recalls the EU’s pledge for phasing out fossil fuel subsidies by 2020 as part of the EU 2020 Strategy and prioritising energy efficiency and renewable-based initiatives;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 12 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 c (new)
3c. Notes the overall satisfactory progress of implementation of Europe 2020 goals as it regards the renewable energy transition, however underlines that the results significantly vary among different Member States;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 13 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 d (new)
3d. Notes overall unsatisfactory progress of implementation of Europe 2020 goals as it regards the investment into research and development, with results significantly varying among different Member States and underlines that increased investment into clean energy-related scientific endeavours could both help in achieving set tasks and produce tangible outcomes;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 14 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 e (new)
3e. Stresses the key role of climate and clean energy policies as drivers of innovation; recalls that binding standards and targets have fostered EU leadership in eco-innovation and energy efficiency based technologies that have the potential to address climate change and environmental concerns, ensure sustainable security of supply and maintain the EU’s competitive advantage in climate-friendly energy technologies;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 15 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 f (new)
3f. Welcomes in this respect the Commission´s proposal for the clean energy and circular economy package, which has the potential for becoming a key driver for innovation if supported with clear, ambitious energy efficiency and renewable energy targets that are binding at national level; thus the future planning of ESI Funds should be better integrated with the national energy and climate plans for 2030, including by using common indicators to the ones contained in the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union when possible;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 16 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 g (new)
3g. Considers that the innovation for decarbonisation should have a key position in the next EU multi-annual framework and supports the increase of climate-related spending in the post-2020 cohesion policy as a way to honour EU´s commitment on achieving global sustainable development goals;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 17 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 h (new)
3h. Underlines that most of currently used clean energy technologies (e.g. wind, solar) are highly dependent on changing natural factors what may compromise the stability of energy supply in separate regions or even Member States and therefore calls for adequate attention to be paid to electricity grids interconnectivity, power reserve balancing, storage and other measures necessary in order to have fully functional Common Energy Market;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 22 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Considers that the smart specialisation approach (resulting in over 120 research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation), as set up by the reformed cohesion policy for 2014-2020, should be further developed; encourages also, in this context, the setting up of interregional partnerships, including of necessary also those going beyond the EU borders, prioritising those on clean energy;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 28 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Insists on the importance of a multi-level governance and a bottom-up approach involving all relevant stakeholders in order to stimulate innovative projectresearch, development and innovation both in terms of technology and of partnerships;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 34 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Is concerned about the variety and complexity of the existing financial instruments (Horizon 2020, European Structural and Investment Funds, European Fund for Sustainable Development, European Fund for Strategic Investments, etc.) and insists that efforts be made to simplify and coordinate these so that local authorities and small project promoters have easier access to funding sources; promotion of synergies shall present a tangible added value and contribute to the overall economic, social and territorial cohesion;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 37 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. Emphasises that the level of use of financial instruments both in general and in particular field of energy is still very low and remains unattractive to potential beneficiaries, with the Member States pointing to the difficulties of access and complexity of the procedures as key obstacles; thus there should be no mandatory target for the use of FIs in the post-2020 cohesion policy;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 39 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 b (new)
6b. Underlines that the use of financial instruments should remain at the discretion of managing authorities; opposes therefore any binding target for the use of financial instruments in the future cohesion policy as the need for and form of financial instruments largely depends on the sector and the market to be financed;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 40 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 c (new)
6c. Is concerned by the proposal to facilitate the combination of ESI Funds with the EFSI by way of derogating to applicable requirements for financial instruments under the current CPR; opposes the idea to allow ESI Funds to take a subordinated position to the EFSI;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 44 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7
7. Stresses the need for a stable, sustainable, transparent and predictable regulatory environment for the development of innovative projects; emphasises the importance of investing a greater effort to the transition of less developed regions so that they can exploit the potentials of renewable energy, energy efficiency and circular economy for more rapid cohesion in terms of job creation and sustainable development;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 46 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7a. Notes the importance of further work on the definition of “clean energy”, aiming for one which would also include incentives to minimise the environmental impact of production, installation and operation of equipment for such energy generation;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 48 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8
8. Considers that the Urban Agenda for the EU is an important tool to engage cities and also to promote energy transition in the EU. and taking into consideration the variety of differences among European local authorities and their potentials, calls for flexible, tailor-made approach in the implementation of Urban Agenda, providing incentives and guidance to fully exploit potentials of the cities;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 53 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8a. Recognises the vital role of regions, cities and towns in promoting ownership of the energy transition and in pushing climate and energy-related innovation from below; notes that regions and urban areas are most suitable for testing and implementing integrated energy solutions in direct connection to citizens;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 57 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 b (new)
8b. Underlines the potential of the prosumers - consumers who also produce energy, usually from the renewable sources, to both the development of renewable energy capacities, resilience of the grids as well as for the civic engagement;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 59 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 c (new)
8c. Believes that citizen should be at the centre of the energy transition and that a more decentralised bottom-up, user-centred energy system is a driver for innovation where consumers, local energy communities, cities and small-start-ups can participate and push future developments and innovations;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 61 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 d (new)
8d. Underlines the importance to promote clean energy transition all over the world and therefore calls to apply the same environmental quality standards for all energy entering the EU market as well as to ensure adequate possibilities for third countries wishing to learn from best EU practices in the field of clean energy transition or cooperate in this field;
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 63 #

2017/2084(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 e (new)
8e. Notes the importance of administrative capacities and civic awareness about the final goals, aims, means and possibilities of involvement into clean energy transition; therefore calls for adequate measures to be foreseen in order to help empowering relevant authorities and civil society.
2017/10/23
Committee: REGI
Amendment 39 #

2017/2053(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Considers it inappropriate for Member States to co-finance direct payments, as this could worsen the existing inequality in direct payments between Member States;
2017/11/29
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 40 #

2017/2053(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 b (new)
4b. Notes with concern the references to financial instruments in the Reflection Paper on the Future of EU Finances, and recalls that financial instruments are only appropriate for revenue-generating projects; stresses that financial instruments can play a complementary role but should not be used to replace grants; stresses that financial instruments should be bound by the same objectives and targets as the EU budget;
2017/11/29
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 41 #

2017/2053(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 c (new)
4c. Cautions against the generalised use of such instruments, particularly in rural development, where investment is required to provide a broad range of public goods which do not necessarily generate revenue;
2017/11/29
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 42 #

2017/2053(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 d (new)
4d. Stresses that financial instruments such as risk management tools can lead to leakage of public money to financial intermediaries, and are of varying efficiency in ensuring stable farm incomes, amongst other CAP objectives;
2017/11/29
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 43 #

2017/2053(INI)

5. Stresses that agricultural duties are both a policy instrument and a financing tool for the CAP; notes that the HLGOR’s report recommends that they be retained in future since they are a simple, efficient and genuine own resource for the Union; notes that the share of traditional own resources has steadily decreased over the years, as decreases in average tariffs have not been sufficiently compensated by increases in trade volumes;
2017/11/29
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 48 #

2017/2053(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5a. Notes that free trade agreements have often resulted in lowered agricultural duties and therefore contribute to reduced revenue from traditional own resources;
2017/11/29
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 56 #

2017/2053(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Stresses the CAP’s added value in strengthening the Union’s long-term food security through more stable farm incomes and sustainable rural development measures tohat invest in rural communities and farms and thereby prevent rural depopulation; emphasises the potential of the CAP to provide more environmental public goods and stresses the need to safeguard the contribution of agricultural duties to EU finances.
2017/11/29
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital A
A. whereas the multiannual financial framework (MFF) needs to be agreed quicklyCouncil Regulation No 1311/2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the years 2014-2020 provides that the Commission should present its proposal for the future post-2020 MFF before 1 January 2018; whereas the legislative proposals for the next MFF need to be presented as soon as possible so that decisions can be taken on the future of cohesion policy, and delays in the next programming period can be avoided;
2017/09/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 8 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital B
B. whereas regional cohesion policy is one of the EU’s core policies, pursuing the objective enshrined in the Treaties of promoting economic, social and territorial cohesion and solidarity among Member States, bringing Europe together and strengthening its economy, and it is therefore key that sufficient funding for cohesion policy is provided for in the MFF;
2017/09/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 9 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Stresses that the common agricultural policy (CAP) is fundamental for food security, the restoration of functioning agro-ecosystems, the preservation of rural populations and viability of rural communities, and sustainable development; regrets that the CAP, which once accounted for 75 % of the EU budget is now only 38 % of an increased budget, as laid down in the current multiannual financial framework (MFF), while food requirementproduction standards have increased, as has the need to develop environmentally friendlysustainable farming practices and to mitigate the effects of climate change; urges the Commission to increase, or at least to maintain at its current level, the CAP budget post-2020, in order to ensure that farmers are supported in the transition to an environmentally and economically sustainable food system;
2017/11/28
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 16 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital C a (new)
C a. whereas cohesion policy offers cross-border and other territorial cooperation tools for ensuring continued collaboration with the UK regions after Brexit, by maintaining contacts and working together with its citizens towards common objectives;
2017/09/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 18 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital D
D. whereas cohesion policy has contributed significantly to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy and to achieving its goals for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth; whereas the strategy should be reviewed for the post-2020 periodEU is still at risk of falling short of these goals by 2020, especially when it comes to poverty reduction, the promotion of renewable energy and the fight against unemployment; whereas the strategy should be reviewed for the post-2020 period and contribute to the achievements of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals: whereas its financing should be secured in the next MFF, giving a major role to cohesion policy;
2017/09/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 23 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1 a. Stresses the importance of maintaining funding for rural development to continue investing in rural infrastructure for communities and farmers; notes in particular that community-led local development such as LEADER proves an efficient use of CAP funds, despite its necessary complexity;
2017/11/28
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 32 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1 a. Believes that the cohesion policy should continue to benefit citizens in all regions, while concentrating resources on the most vulnerable ones;
2017/09/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 33 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 b (new)
1 b. Believes that a new set of social and environmental indicators complementary to GDP should be developed and introduced in order to allocate ESI Funds more fairly, and to better take into account different types of inequalities;
2017/09/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 38 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Calls on the Commission to continue defending farmers and to fundcontinue information campaigns on the CAP budget since the amount of aid publicised can be misleading, given that the public is unaware of the factand its delivery of public goods, to provide accurate information to the public, clarifying that the bulk of the CAP is financed at EU level and replaces national spending; stresses that the CAP delivers good quality products at affordable prices to Europeans, notes however that these affordable prices do not take into account the environmental externalities of current agricultural practices, neither do they translate into decent income for all farmers; calls for a more targeted financial framework to build a new contract between the farmers and the society;
2017/11/28
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 42 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Calls, therefore, for the MFF to provide for sufficientmaintain fundsing for cohesion policy post-2020 at least at its current level, striking a good balance between investments in citizens and investments for citizens and ensuring that the EU’s political goals can be reached;
2017/09/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 53 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Considers that regional funding should be protected and should continue to predominantly take the form of grants rather than financial instruments, which domay, however, have an important role to play in certain cases; stresses that in the event of a reduction in the EU’s budgets, scarce resources need to be used smartly, for instance by applying the Energy Efficiency First principle to all EU- funded investments; greater focus on the EU’s core goals is also required;
2017/09/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 57 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Recalls that Brexit will have a projected impact of between EUR 3.8 and EUR 4.1 billion a year on the CAP, and calls therefore on the Commission to find alternative forms of financing, for example by increasing Member States’ contributions as a percentage of gross national income; stresses the need to increase funding in line with; stresses the need to provide long term responses to the various cyclical crises in sensitive sectors such as milk, pork, fruits and vegetables, firstly by more closely matching EU supply to demand, and to create instruments that can mitigate price volatility and ensure forecastable farm revenue;
2017/11/28
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 60 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3 a. Recalls its opposition to macro- economic conditionalities, and rejects any attempt to use cohesion policy as a punitive tool for non-compliance with other EU policies;
2017/09/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 65 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Considers that a 5+5 year MFF period might be preferable as long as a comprehensive and democratic mid-term revision process takes into account new challenges and political priorities without siphoning off from existing programmes;
2017/09/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 69 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4 a. Calls for the future MFF to provide for greater citizen oversight, including by strengthening the partnership principle in cohesion policy and streamlining it with other policies, as well as by allowing pilot schemes for participatory budgeting;
2017/09/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 72 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 b (new)
4 b. Reiterates its request to apply gender mainstreaming across all parts of the EU budget and to provide for appropriate tools for gender budgeting;
2017/09/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 73 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 c (new)
4 c. Is deeply concerned that the goal of spending at least 20% of the current MFF on climate-change-related action will not be reached;believes that, in light of the European commitments made at the COP21, this climate-related spending target should be substantially increased to reach 50% of the EU budget;
2017/09/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 74 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 d (new)
4 d. Calls on the Commission to present a thorough evaluation of the possible impact of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on the EU budget and to explore concrete ways of improving the current tracking methodology for climate- related spending ahead of its legislative proposal on the future post-2020 MFF;
2017/09/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 75 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Calls on the Commission to keep direct payments intact as they help to avoid distortions of competition between Member States, and to maintain them without any national co-financing; urges the Commission to continue the process of convergence of direct payments between Member Statesto steer them towards a clearer and more coherent incentivisation of public goods, and to maintain them without any national co-financing; taking into account the regulation of the common market and common obligations applied for all its participants, urges the Commission to make greater progress in the process of convergence of direct payments between Member States, to reach equalization by the beginning of the next multiannual financial framework;
2017/11/28
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 82 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5 a. Emphasises the role of cohesion policy in achieving the objectives deriving from the COP21 Agreement and in ensuring the transition towards a low- carbon and circular economy;believes that post-2020 cohesion policy should actively contribute to the financing of Member States' integrated energy and climate plans for 2030;asks the Commission to introduce further incentives to better align EU funding with the investment needs identified by Member States in their national Energy and Climate Plans for 2030;
2017/09/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 87 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Stresses the importance of regional cross-border initiatives in promoting economic growthEuropean integration as well as smart, sustainable and inclusive growth; calls therefore for the proportion of the cohesion policy budget dedicated to European Territorial Cooperation to be increased;
2017/09/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 87 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Stresses that agriculture, especially primary production, is particularly sensitive to the damage caused by climate-induced natural phenomena (droughts, floods, storms, precipitation, etc.), and therefore urges the Commission to develop a mechanism to support measures to reduce and prevent such damage which could also include compensation for losses incurred by primary agricultural producers as a result of climate change-induced disasters;
2017/11/28
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 96 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7
7. Calls for the Commission to look into the possibilities for greater synergies between the different EU funds, including cohesion policy, Horizon 2020 and CEFSI, while maintaining the specific rules necessary to provide for a funding environment tailored to the characteristics and goals of each fund;
2017/09/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 102 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Calls for continued support for those most in need, including family farms and small and medium-sized farms, as well as the most disadvantaged, mountain and outermost regions; calls for support to be accurately targeted to those directly working on the land, without excluding part-time farmers, who in many cases have diversified their activities and should not be penalized for such efforts; calls on the Commission to envisage increasing the envelope for programmes of options specific to isolation and insularity (POSEI), as called for by Parliament;
2017/11/28
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 112 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8
8. Considers that it is essential, in the context of the new MFF, to ensure that budgetary rules, and rules on cohesion policy spending, are at last simplified. without undermining the horizontal principles of cohesion policy, including on partnership, and a place-based approach;
2017/09/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 118 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Calls on the Commission to ensure the necessary financial and legal framework for thea fair food supply chain, in orderthrough binding regulation to combat unfair trading practices; and food waste, and to link the latter with consumer awareness and health policy objectives; calls on the Commission, as well, to submit public procurement regulation designed to foster short supply chains;
2017/11/28
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 121 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. Points out that the conditions for opening up markets under international free trade agreements are aimed not only at opening up greater trade opportunities but, due to the often asymmetric nature of such contracts, also at giving priority to the development of service markets at the expense of primary producers, and thus make the situation more difficult for primary producers; calls, therefore, for greater emphasis to be placed on the interests of European primary agricultural producers in negotiations on new international trade agreements; points out that the conclusion of bilateral international free trade agreements has led to a reduction in import levies on agricultural products and a decline in EU budget revenues;
2017/11/28
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 122 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6 a. Notes in this regard the importance of maintaining rural development funding, particularly those measures which enable participatory research into and development of short supply chains; calls on Member States to attribute sufficient funds and support to relevant rural development measures and the agricultural European Innovation Partnership;
2017/11/28
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 125 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 b (new)
6 b. Highlights that, whilst international trade agreements aim to provide extended opportunities for trade through opening of markets, they are frequently asymmetric in nature, often prioritizing the expansion of services markets over the interests of primary producers, and hampering the situation of the primary producers; therefore, calls on the Commission to pay greater attention to the interests of European primary agricultural producers in ongoing trade negotiations; notes that free trade agreements have often resulted in lowered agricultural duties and therefore reduced contribution to the EU budget;
2017/11/28
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 128 #

2017/2052(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 c (new)
6 c. Supports the idea of sustainability proofing throughout the next MFF, to ensure that it maximises sustainable support for farmers and can provide evidence of the public goods that the farming sector can deliver for society;
2017/11/28
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 6 #

2017/2043(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1 a. Takes note of price volatility in the agricultural markets having significantly increased in the recent years; in this context underlines the importance of EU assistance to farmers, ensuring stable and forecastable revenue and thus and ensuring the continuation of the European model of agriculture;
2017/04/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 23 #

2017/2043(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Urges the Commission to incentivise the creation and strengthening of producer organisations as one of several means of tackling unfair trading practices in the food supply chain, and; recalls its repeated requests for EU legislation in this regard; underlines the importance of close cooperation with Member States and relevant subnational authorities in the field of best practice exchanges and, where appropriate, - the development of relevant national legislation;
2017/04/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 37 #

2017/2043(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Considers that opportunities offered by 'smart' solutions should be further analysed and exploited;, while maintaining coherence with environment, climate and biodiversity policy objectives, ensuring close cooperation with relevant stakeholders from all Member States
2017/04/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 49 #

2017/2043(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7
7. Welcomes the creation of new market observatories for crops and sugar; considers that new observatories covering fruits and vegetables would be beneficial to those sectors and, together with the milk and meat observatories, would make agricultural markets more transparent; underlines that in order to fully exploit the potential of this innovation, market observatories should all be granted with certain market crisis mediation functions;
2017/04/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 52 #

2017/2043(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8
8. Highlights the importance of pilot projects to the Committee and the agricultural sector in recent years and asks for continued support, especially for those ongoing projects that have proved very successful as well as for adequate attention towards dissemination of best practices and lessons learned and for mainstreaming of successful approaches;
2017/04/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 59 #

2017/2043(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 9
9. Asks that sufficient funds be earmarked for EU veterinary and phyto- sanitary actions; stresses that the current appropriation of EUR 20 million may not be sufficient to cover an increased number of epidemics such as avian influenza, African swine fewer, lumpy skin disease and fresh outbreaks of Xylella fastidiosa. Notes in this context the need to ensure resilient and therefore biologically and structurally diverse agro-ecosystems that can withstand and regulate pest presence, especially the need to ensure funds post- eradication for the rehabilitation of living healthy soils and on-farm biodiversity including genetic diversity of varieties and breeds.
2017/04/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Recognises that cities, understood as towns, cities and urban and metropolitan areas, as well as small and medium-sized cities which are often the backbone of large parts of European territory, lack a formal role in the institutional framework of the Union, apart from that of their representatives in the Committee of the Regions (CoR); emphasises, however, that almost all EU policies have considerable impact on cities;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 7 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Recalls on the importance of partnership principle and multi-level governance as stated in the Article 5 of the CPR and thus sees the involvement of local and regional authorities in all policy - making stages as a necessity and an added value as well as the pre-condition for the economic, social and territorial cohesion;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 8 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 b (new)
1b. Points out that there is no single definition of what constitutes the city in terms of population, area, functions, level of autonomy except for degree of urbanisation and residents’ concentration and therefore each Member State may and shall have different approaches to this term;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 9 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 c (new)
1c. Underlines the importance of the associations of all local and regional authorities in aggregating and representing sub-national interests on the European scale and calls for their voice to be better heard in the process of policies’ development;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 10 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 d (new)
1d. Emphasises the key role of cities as well as all local authorities in implementing key Union’s policies aimed at territorial and social cohesion; calls for extension of successful community-based policies, such as Leader, into the municipal level, thus empowering local communities to better contribute to sustainable development goals;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 11 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 e (new)
1e. Stresses that all cities and towns have to play a decisive role in tackling climate change challenges, in coordinated actions with their surrounding region;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 12 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 f (new)
1f. Underlines the importance of local authorities in promoting voluntary pilot EU-wide and global initiatives in the fields, which are not covered by EU or international regulation and where voluntary commitments can contribute to achievement of global environmental goals, such as reduction of greenhouse gas emissions via Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy’ initiative;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 14 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Stresses the importance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and in particular goal 11: to ‘make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 15 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2b. Recalls on the Commission communication of 10 July 2012 on ‘Smart Cities and Communities – European Innovation Partnership’ COM(2012)4701);
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 16 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 c (new)
2c. Recalls on the European Charter of Local Self-Government, adopted by the Council of Europe in 1985;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 17 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 d (new)
2d. Recognises the vital role of cities, towns and regions in promoting ownership of the energy transition and in pushing climate and energy-related targets from below; notes that cities and urban areas are most suitable for testing and implementing integrated energy solutions in direct connection to citizens; welcomes in that regard the Smart Cities Initiative and the ‘Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy’ initiative;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 18 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 e (new)
2e. Stresses the important role played by cross-border cooperation in the action carried out by all local authorities, both inside and outside the EU borders, and reiterates the need to strengthen this tool of cooperation;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 19 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 f (new)
2f. Underlines the potential for important role of cities in Union’s external policies as a tool of public diplomacy, bringing people from different countries together and addressing issues, for various reasons absent on high policy agendas and therefore calls for better financing of respective Union’s support mechanisms;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 22 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Welcomes the establishment of a ‘one-stop shop’ for cities; calls, however, for better coordination and integration of instruments and programmes dedicated to cities in various EU policies; in that regard takes into consideration the variety of differences among European local authorities and their potentials, calls for flexible, tailor-made approach in the implementation of Urban Agenda, providing incentives and guidance to fully enhance the potentials of the cities;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 25 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Welcomes the Urban Agenda for the EU as a new model of multi-level governance based on partnership, engaging cities inter alia in the reviewing of existing legislation and reflection on the future shape of policies that should be based on bottom‐up, public participation, integrated and place-based approaches, such as the Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) approach;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 33 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7
7. Underlines that since cities have proved their capacity to efficiently manage integrated actions for sustainable urban development, they should be given greater possibilities in the implementation of all relevant policies; as well as to better use the potential of the Circular Economy Package;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 35 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7a. Believes that in case of integrated sustainable urban development, local authorities should be empowered not only to select projects but also to prepare, design and implement local development schemes;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 36 #

2017/2037(INI)

7b. Calls for a better access to finance for cities and regions to enable investments in the local energy transition, including energy efficiency, decentralised distribution of energy and circular economy;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 38 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8
8. Urges the Commission to introduce a broad-based territorial impact assessment of the urban dimension of all relevant EU policies, in order to ensure that all future legislation is based on an analysis of the consequences of implementation at local level; encourages the stronger involvement of all cities, city associations, local and regional authorities, civil society and CoR in this process;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 42 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 9
9. Calls on Member States to guarantee that the diversity of their territorial structures is fully reflected in their proposals for appointment of CoR members, by striking a right balance of representatives from small and middle- sized cities besides the capitals and large metropolitan areas, and to propose, where appropriate, the appointment of more representatives of the local level to the CoR;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 43 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 9 a (new)
9a. Calls for Member States to ensure full compliance of national legislation with the European Charter of Local Self- Government and ensure their local authorities adequate financial and legal autonomy as well as administrative capacities to fully participate in European debate;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 44 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 9 b (new)
9b. Encourages the Commission to assess the feasibility for the EU to ratify the European Charter of Local Self- government, as an international treaty, establishing key provisions for the organisation of local self-government in the Member States and thus ensuring possibilities for single interpretation of its provisions;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 45 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 10
10. Stresses the importance of associations representing all cities, such as EUROCITIES and urban policies, such as competent urban and othe Counr public authorities, economic and social of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR); calls for their closer involvement in relevant Commission expert groups and Council working grouppartners, relevant bodies representing civil society, including environmental partners, non- governmental organisations, and bodies responsible for promoting social inclusion, gender equality and non- discrimination; calls for their closer involvement in relevant Commission expert groups and Council working groups; stresses therefore the importance of the role of civil society in the political life of the EU and in defining European urban policies;
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 50 #

2017/2037(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 11 a (new)
11a. Underlines the need for quality information on the EU policies and engagement possibilities into them for both urban decision-makers and citizens in general as well as the need for quality two-way communication between European and sub-national levels.
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 30 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Recital 5
(5) Prevention is of key importance for protection against disasters and requires further action. To that effect, Member Stat on all levels as impact of climate change effects all territories and goes across borders. To that effect, Member States and local and regional authorities should share risk assessments on a regular basis as well as summaries of their disaster risk management planning in order to ensure an integrated approach to disaster management, linking risk prevention, preparedness and response actions. In addition, the Commission should be able to require Member States to provide specific prevention, evacuation and preparedness plans in relation to specific disasters, earthquakes, droughts, heat waves, wildfires, floods and water shortages, including humanitarian and technological ones, notably with a view to maximising the overall Union support to disaster risk management. Administrative burden should be reduced andIt is essential to reduce the administrative burden and to strengthen prevention policies strengthened, including by ensuring necessary links tohancing the links and coordination with other key Union policies and instruments, notably the European Structural and Investment Funds as listed in recitalArticle 1 and 2 of Regulation (EU) No 1303/201313 . In this context it is important to underline that the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) are already contributing to promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management and that there is an ex-ante conditionality in place that is linked to that objective. _________________ 13 Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 320).
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 39 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Recital 6
(6) There is a need to reinforce the collective ability to prepare and respond to disasters notably through mutual support in Europand cooperation in Europe, with a view to ensuring that interventions are more predictable and significantly reducing the assistance deployment time. In addition to strengthening the possibilities already offered by the European Emergency Response Capacity ('EERC' or 'voluntary pool'), from now on referred to as "European Civil Protection Pool", the Commission should also establish rescEU. The composition of rescEU should include pre-committed emergency response capacities to respond to wildfires, large- scale floods and, earthquakes or terrorist actions, as well as a field hospital and medical teams in line with World Health Organisation standards, that can be rapidly deployed.
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 45 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Recital 6 a (new)
(6 a) The role of regional and local authorities in disaster prevention and management is of great importance and their response capacities need to be appropriately involved in the activities carried out under this Decision, in accordance with Member States' institutional and legal framework. These authorities can play an important preventive role and they are also the first to react in the aftermath of a disaster together with their volunteers’ capacities.
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 47 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Recital 6 b (new)
(6 b) In order to facilitate a rapid and effective deployment of assistance, the mobilisation of assets under rescEU should also take into consideration the importance of adopting a regional and local approach, with a view to appropriately responding to the particularities of the regions affected.
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 54 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Recital 9
(9) Training, research and innovation are essential aspects of cooperation in the civil protection field. In order to strengthen efficiency and effectiveness of training and exercises and enhanceto promote innovation and enhance dialogue and co-operation between Member States' national civil protection authorities and services, together with local and regional actors, it is necessary to establish a Union Civil Protection Knowledge Network that is based on existing structures with the involvement of centres of excellence and universities, as well as with civil sector organisations involved in this matter.
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 65 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Recital 11
(11) There is a need to simplify and increase the flexibility of the Union Mechanism procedures to ensure that Member States can quickly access assistance and capacities needed in order to respond to natural or man-made disasters as rapidly as possible.
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 68 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Recital 13
(13) It is important to ensure that Member States, together with local and regional authorities, take all the necessary actions in order to effectively prevent natural and man-made disasters and mitigate their effects. Provisions should reinforce links between prevention, preparedness and response actions under the Union Mechanism. Coherence should also be ensured with other relevant Union legislation on prevention and disaster risk management, including for cross-border prevention action and response to threats such as serious cross-border health threats15 , including radioactive, biological or chemical accidents. EU macro-regional strategies also offer a high-quality framework for cooperation in the field of protection and prevention. Territorial cooperation programmes under cohesion policy provide for specific actions to take into account disaster resilience, risk prevention and risk management and therefore enhanced efforts for stronger integration and more synergies are needed. Likewise, coherence should be ensured with international commitments such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030, the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Better coordination with the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF), with a view to responding to natural disasters should also be established. _________________ 15 Decision No 1082/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2013 on serious cross border threats to health and repealing Decision No 2119/98/EC (OJ L 293, 5.11.2013, p. 1).
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 80 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 3
Decision No 1313/2013/EU
Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point a
(a) take action to improve the knowledge base on disaster risks and facilitate the dialogue, sharing of knowledge and co-operation, the results of scientific research and innovation, best practices and information, including among Member States, different regions as well as neighbouring non-EU countries, that share common risks.
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 87 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 3 a (new)
Decision No 1313/2013/EU
Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point h
(3 a) In Article 5, paragraph 1, point h is replaced by the following: "(h) promote the use and coordination of various Union funds which may support sustainable disaster prevention and response and encourage the Member States and regions to exploit those funding opportunities; for increased synergies;" Or. en (https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal- content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32013D1313&from=FR)
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 92 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 4 – point b
Decision 1313/2013/EU
Article 6 – subparagraph 2
A summary of the relevant elements of the risk management planning shall be provided to the Commission, including information on the selected prevention and preparedness measures, by 31 January 2019 and every three years thereafter. In addition, the Commission may require Member States to provide specific prevention and preparedness plans, which shall cover both short- and long-term efforts. The Union shall duly consider the progress made by the Member States with respect to disaster prevention and preparedness as part of any strengthened future ex-ante conditionality mechanism for investments under the European Structural and Investment Funds.
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 94 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 4 a (new)
Decision No 1313/2013/EU
Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point k
(4 a) In Article 8, paragraph1, point k is replaced by the following: "(k) in close consultation with the Member States, take additional necessary supporting and complementary preparedness action, including through coordination with other Union instruments, to achieve the objective specified in point (b) of Article 3(1). " Or. en (https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal- content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32013D1313&from=FR)
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 95 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 4 b (new)
Decision No 1313/2013/EU
Article 9 – paragraph 1 a (new)
(4 b) In Article 9, the following paragraph is inserted after paragraph 1: “1a. Member States shall strengthen relevant administrative capacities of the competent regional and local authorities, in accordance with their institutional and legal framework.”
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 98 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 6 – point b
Decision 1313/2013/EU
Article 11 – paragraph 1
1. A European Civil Protection Pool shall be established. It shall consist of a pool of pre-committed response capacities of the Member States and include modules, other response capacities, including specific capacities of regional and local authorities and experts.
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 105 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 7
Decision 1313/2013/EU
Article 12 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 1
On the basis of identified risks and taking into account a multi-hazard approach and the need for flexibility as regards the response capacities, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 30 to define the types of response capacities required in addition to those identified in paragraph 2 of this Article and revise the composition of rescEU accordingly. Consistency shall be ensured with other Union policies.
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 108 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 7
Decision 1313/2013/EU
Article 12 – paragraph 8
8. In case of deployment, the Commission shall agree with the requesting Member State on the operational deployment of rescEU capacities. The requesting Member State shall facilitate operational co-ordination of its own capacities, including the response capacities of regional and local authorities, as well as of volunteers and rescEU activities during operations.
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 110 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 7
Decision 1313/2013/EU
Article 12 – paragraph 9
9. The coordination among the different response capacities shall be facilitated where appropriate by the Commission, by taking into consideration, inter alia, the need to adopt a regional approach, and using, where appropriate cross-border arrangements, based on availability and proximity. That coordination shall also be facilitated through the ERCC in accordance with Articles 15 and 16.
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 113 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 9
Decision 1313/2013/EU
Article 13 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1
The Commission shall establish a network of relevant civil protection and disaster management actors and institutions, including centres of excellence and universities, forming together with the Commission a Union Civil Protection Knowledge Network which would also be open for knowledge and best practices sharing with the third countries.
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 117 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 9 a (new)
Decision No 1313/2013/EU
Article 13 – paragraph 1 – point a
(9 a) In Article 13, paragraph 1, point a is replaced by the following: "(a) set up and manage a training programme for civil protection and emergency management personnel on specialised expertise related to prevention of, preparedness for and response to disasters. The programme shall make use of existing centres of excellence and universities, where appropriate and shall include joint courses and a system for exchange of experts, whereby individuals may be seconded to other Member States. The programme shall also include provisions for cooperation with neighbouring third countries." Or. en (https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal- content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32013D1313&from=FR)
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 118 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 9 b (new)
Decision No 1313/2013/EU
Article 13 – paragraph 1 – point f
(f) stimulate9 b) In Article 13, paragraph 1, point f is replaced by the following: "(f) stimulate research and innovation and encourage the introduction and use of relevant new technologies for the purpose of the Union Mechanism. " Or. en (https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal- content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32013D1313&from=FR)
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 119 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 13
Decision 1313/2013/EU
Article 20a – paragraph 1
Any assistance or funding provided under this Decision shall givensure appropriate visibility to the Union, including prominence to the Union emblem for those capacities referred to under Article 11, 12 and 21(2) (c). A communication strategy shall be developed with a view to making the actions under the Union Mechanism visible to citizens and to increasing their confidence in the Union’s disaster prevention and response capacity. The strategy shall also include measures to raise the public awareness on how to react to the particular emergencies.
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 120 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 14 – point b – point i
Decision 1313/2013/EU
Article 21 – paragraph 2 – point c
costs necessary to upgrade or repair response capacities to a state of readiness and availability that makes them deployable as part of the European Civil Protection Pool, in accordance with the quality requirements of the European Civil Protection Pool and, where relevant, recommendations formulated in the certification process ('adaptation costs'). Those costs may include costs related to operability, interoperability of modules and other response capacities, autonomy, self- sufficiency, transportability, packaging, and other necessary costs including those relating to the promotion of civil protection-related volunteering and training of volunteers, provided that they specifically relate to the capacities' participation in the European Civil Protection Pool.
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 124 #

2017/0309(COD)

Proposal for a decision
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 16
Decision 1313/2013/EU
Article 26 – paragraph 2
2. Synergies and, complementarity shall be soughtand increased coordination shall be developed with other instruments of the Union such as those supporting cohesion, including the European Union Solidarity Fund, rural development, research, health, as well as migration and security policies, without reallocation of the funds from those areas. In the case of a response to humanitarian crises in third countries the Commission shall ensure the complementarity and coherence of actions financed under this Decision and actions financed under Regulation (EC) No 1257/96.
2018/04/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 24 #

2017/0035(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 11
(11) Transparency on the votes of Member State representatives at the appeal committee level should be increased and the individual Member State representatives' votes should be made public. There should also be more transparency on the agendas of the meetings and the documents and texts being discussed.
2017/10/13
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 30 #

2017/0035(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 3 – point -a (new) Regulation (EU) No 182/2011
(-a) In paragraph 1, point (b) is replaced by the following: (b) the agendas of committee meetings, including drafts of text to be decided upon and documents being discussed;
2017/10/13
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 27 #

2016/2306(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Recognises the potential of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), which is designed to support high- risk investment projects, in boosting growth and employment; is concerned, however, about the enormous imbalance in use of the Fund between the EU15 (91% of funding) and the EU13 (9% of funding); welcomes the Commission’s proposal to strengthen synergies between the EFSI and the ESI Funds and calls on the Commission to propose measures aiming at better balancing this discrepancy; takes note of the Commission’s proposal to strengthen synergies between the EFSI and the ESI Funds; is concerned that the highest risk- taking tranche of the investment shall be covered by ESI Funds instead of EFSI when the instruments are combined; emphasises, howevertherefore, that this should by no means undermine the role of Cohesion Policy as the main investment policy of the European Union;
2016/12/16
Committee: REGI
Amendment 41 #

2016/2306(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Reiterates the need to accelerate the implementation of the ESI Funds during the 2014-2020 financial programming period; believes that tailor-made measures should follow the analysis of the implementation deficiencies and be included in the CSR formulation process; calls on the Commission to engage into close dialogue with Member States to define such measures;
2016/12/16
Committee: REGI
Amendment 47 #

2016/2306(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Welcomes the fact that the Commission’s proposal to suspend parts of the ESI Funds for Spain and Portugal has been abandoned in the face of constructive criticism from Parliament which has shown conclusively that this proposal is superfluous; calls on the Commission to undertake a review of Article 23 CPR as set out in paragraph 17 of that Article taking into account the opinion expressed in the structured dialogue.
2016/12/16
Committee: REGI
Amendment 2 #

2016/2305(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Expresses deep concern that the EU is lagging behind North America and parts of the Asia-Pacific region when it comes to 4G access, andverage data connection speed connection as well as projections for 5G uptake;
2017/02/14
Committee: REGI
Amendment 15 #

2016/2305(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Highlights the considerable amount of investment needed to secure a gigabit society and the challenges this poses for investors, operators and service providers; points out that in the next decade an additional EUR 155 billion is required to deliver gigabit connectivity for the Digital Single Market; acknowledges the critical importance of further investment to lower unit prices for consumers and increase the quality and coverage area of the services;
2017/02/14
Committee: REGI
Amendment 21 #

2016/2305(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2 a. Stresses the importance of ensuring the provision of and universal access to connectivity for economic, social and territorial cohesion;
2017/02/14
Committee: REGI
Amendment 22 #

2016/2305(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2 b. Considers that gigabit connectivity plays a key role for the sustainable development, in particular in regions lagging behind, remote areas and sparsely populated regions, including for facilitation of public services and business opportunities;
2017/02/14
Committee: REGI
Amendment 23 #

2016/2305(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 c (new)
2 c. Recalls that investment in ICT, in particular in enhancing access to, and use and quality of ICT, under the ERDF is an important priority and can be considered in order to comply with thematic concentration requirements; Calls on the Member States to make use of available investment opportunities and to strike for increasing efforts to achieve full territorial coverage of latest network standards;
2017/02/14
Committee: REGI
Amendment 28 #

2016/2305(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Calls on the Commission to ensure that Member States, regional and local authorities and other partners are able to engage with the complex range of grants, financial instruments and public-private partnerships that are available for connectivity projects; acknowledges the establishment of the Broadband Fund but urges the EIB and the Commission to focus efforts on improving existing programmes that support the IT sector, such as Horizon 2020, rather than creating new ones;
2017/02/14
Committee: REGI
Amendment 49 #

2016/2305(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Believes that the ambitious goals published by the Commission in September 2016 will not be achieved without empowering Member States, national regulatory authorities, regional and local authorities and governments; is deeply concerned that the opinion of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) on the new electronic communications framework highlights the potential for increased EU- level interference, additional bureaucracy and an undermining of its independence;
2017/02/14
Committee: REGI
Amendment 60 #

2016/2305(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. WelcomAcknowledges the certainty that 25- year licences for radio spectrum will bring to investormay foster investments, however is deeply concerned that in the long run such provision may hinder competition among service providers and would not foster further increase in quality of services; calls on the Commission to review its approach to harmonisation given that one third of the spectrum that can be used for wireless mobile broadband remains unassigned; believes that there is little evidence to justify further centralisation of spectrum policy, for example through implementing acts.
2017/02/14
Committee: REGI
Amendment 64 #

2016/2305(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5 a. Urges the Commission and the Council to fully exploit the potential that the development of 5G technologies, information society, ICT and the internet have to promote women's empowerment, women's rights and freedoms and gender equality, irrespective of age, disability, genetic features, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, social or ethnic origin, religion or belief or economic status;
2017/02/14
Committee: REGI
Amendment 2 #

2016/2303(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas technical assistance, whether at the initiative of the Commission or of the Member States, plays an important role in all phases of implementation of cohesion policy; whereas options for use of technical assistance in the preparation phase of programmes should be explored;
2017/03/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 3 #

2016/2303(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas local, regional and national authorities often lack the necessary capacity to efficiently and effectively implement the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) and organise a partnership with other public authorities including urban ones, economic and social partners and civil society representatives in accordance with Article 5 of the CPR; whereas administrative capacity varies greatly across Member States and regions;
2017/03/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 4 #

2016/2303(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B a (new)
B a. whereas partners in preparation and implementation of cohesion policy should also be targeted by technical assistance measures, in particular in the field of capacity building, networking and communicating on cohesion policy;
2017/03/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 6 #

2016/2303(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. whereas the national, local and regional authorities have difficulties in retaining qualified personnel, who tend to leave for better-paid jobs in the private sector or in the national-level authorities; whereas this is an important hindrance for the capacity of the public authorities to successfully implement the ESI Funds and to reach the goals of cohesion;
2017/03/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 11 #

2016/2303(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Notes that the resources available for technical assistance at the initiative of the Commission were increased by comparison with the previous programming period, to 0.35 % of the annual allocation of the ERDF, ESF and CF, after deductions for the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD); underlines the need for improving transparency on the use of technical assistance and reporting on results achieved;
2017/03/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 14 #

2016/2303(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Welcomes the Commission’s activities funded by technical assistance, in particular its work on the TAIEX REGIO PEER 2 PEER instrument, the Competency Framework and Self-Assessment Tool and the Integrity Pacts; calls on the Member States to make use of such initiatives to the extent possible; stresses that such instruments should have a greater role in the post-2020 cohesion policy; Recommends to extend the scope of the TAIEX REGIO PEER2PEER instruments to all partners in accordance with Article 5 of the CPR in order to ensure broad exchange of experience and facilitate capitalising on good practices;
2017/03/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 15 #

2016/2303(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2 a. Considers that the Commission should increase its efforts on contributing to capacity building of partners referred to in Article 5 of the CPR; Proposes to extend the scope of initiative of the Commission in the next funding period by directly engaging in the empowerment of partners in order to enable them to fully play their role in preparation and implementation of programmes;
2017/03/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 24 #

2016/2303(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Takes note of the establishment of the Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP), and recognises its potential benefits for cohesion policy, among other areas; considers, however, that in case of a possible prolongation of the programme, resources should not be taken away from ESI Funds technical assistance; calls on the Commission to ensure maximum coordination between the actions financed by the SRSP and the technical assistance provided under the ESI Funds;
2017/03/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 32 #

2016/2303(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Takes note of the technical assistance strategy prepared by the Commission's DG for Regional and Urban Policy; suggests the development of a broader technical assistance strategy or other coordinating mechanism covering all DGs that deal with the ESI Funds, as well as the activities of the Structural Reform Support Service related to cohesion policy, in order to streamline the support provided, avoid duplication and maximise synergies and complementarities;
2017/03/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 35 #

2016/2303(INI)

6. Highlights the importance of technical assistance in the domain of financial instruments, the use of which is exponentially increasing while they are rather complex by their nature; welcomes, in this respect, the partnership between the Commission and the European Investment Bank on the establishment of the fi- compass platform; stresses, however, that a sign of greater capacity and simplification in this area should ultimately be a decrease in need for and respective reduction of technical assistance;
2017/03/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 40 #

2016/2303(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7 a. Recalls the importance of adequate and targeted indicators fit for measuring results and impacts of ESI Funds spending and availability of technical assistance for respective monitoring; Considers that the introduction of common indicators was a first step to this end, but comes along with a number of deficiencies, such as excessive focus on output, missing long- term perspective, mis-match of tailor- made information needs; Calls urgently on the Commission to invest in improving the reporting and evaluation system by developing more appropriate indicators ready for use in the next programming period;
2017/03/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 51 #

2016/2303(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Highlights that the 2019 performance review will shed some light on the results of the use of technical assistance in the 2014-2020 programming period but these will come too late for the discussions on the post 2020-period; calls, therefore, for a wider debate on ways how to assess the efficiency of technical assistance faster and more comprehensively;
2017/03/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 58 #

2016/2303(INI)

11. Is concerned that in certain Member States technical assistance does not reach the local and regional authorities in an effective way; highlights that it is crucial to establish sound communication channels between the different levels of governance in order to successfully implement the ESI Funds and reach the goals of cohesion, but also to restore trust in the effective functioning of the EU and its policies; Considers that all partners in cohesion policy play an important role to this end;
2017/03/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 62 #

2016/2303(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Emphasises that the capacity of the lower levels of governance is also essential for the success of the new territorial development tools, such as Community-led Local Development (CLLD) and the Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI); Recalls the important role of Local Action Groups, in particular for implementation of CLLD, and considers that technical assistance shall be made available by Member States to support their valuable contribution to sustainable local development in the Union;
2017/03/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 72 #

2016/2303(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Highlights that the largest part of technical assistance resources is spent on staff costs which are necessary for the implementation of ESI Funds; considers, however, that this funding should not under any circumstances act as a substitute for national financing in this area, and that there should be a gradual strategic shift towards activities which generate greater added value for cohesion policy in general, such as capacity building, communication or experience- sharing;
2017/03/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 91 #

2016/2303(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19
19. Calls for increased useavailability of technical assistance in European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) programmes, which have their own specificities and require support in all phases of implementation;
2017/03/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 4 #

2016/2302(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital -A (new)
-A. whereas financial engineering instruments have been introduced at a late stage of the adoption of the 2007- 2013 legislative package for Cohesion Policy leaving managing authorities largely without preparation to consider them in their operational programmes; whereas, as a consequence, the Commission stepped-up its support scheme for those authorities through awareness raising and by providing guidance and advisory services;
2017/02/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 5 #

2016/2302(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital -A a (new)
-Aa. whereas the co-legislators agreed on additional provisions governing financial instruments for the legislative framework 2014-2020 in view of extending their scope and clarifying concepts, responsibilities and procedures thus responding to legal uncertainties generated during the 2007-2013 period;
2017/02/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 6 #

2016/2302(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital -A b (new)
-Ab. whereas experience in the use and implementation of financial instruments to date is mixed, and a comprehensive assessment of their results and achievements is pending;
2017/02/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 7 #

2016/2302(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A a (new)
Aa. whereas delays in implementation of the 2014-2020 period may not yet allow to draw substantiated conclusions on the functioning and effectiveness of the new provisions on financial instruments; whereas the Commission already proposes modifications to the rules in force without an impact assessment;
2017/02/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 15 #

2016/2302(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital C a (new)
C a. Whereas although some argue that financial instruments should in particular be used in less-developed regions in order to help unlock their development potential, in reality the appetite for private sector engagement is rather low due to the lack of bankable projects in these regions;
2017/01/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 28 #

2016/2302(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. WelcomNotes the Commission’s reporting exercise, which provides strong evidence that European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds investment through grants and financial instruments resulted in solid impact and visible results by investments in EU regions, which amounted to EUR 347.6 billion, excluding national co- financing and additionally leveraged resources; Considers that obligations for reporting on grants or financial instruments differ widely thus unnecessarily increasing administrative burden for ESIF beneficiaries;
2017/02/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 32 #

2016/2302(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2 a. Notes the harsh financial situation farmers find themselves in as food prices have been kept low unlike prices in all other sectors of the economy;
2017/01/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 33 #

2016/2302(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2 a. Particularly notes that farmers' average annual incomes in the EU have remained unchanged, or in some cases have declined, over the past 10 years, compared to continuously increasing production costs and an increase in farm debt;
2017/01/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 34 #

2016/2302(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2 b. Calls therefore upon the Commission and the Member States to take seriously the need for remunerative prices for produce;
2017/01/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 39 #

2016/2302(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2 b. Questions the proposed reliance on loans in a climate of extreme debt amongst farmers, who often stand little chance of paying off that debt;
2017/01/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 41 #

2016/2302(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 c (new)
2 c. Notes also long-running pressure in the farming sector to 'grow or perish'; expresses concern that 2.4 million farms in the EU disappeared between 2005 and 2010, most of which are small farmers, and the resulting disappearance of a large number of jobs in rural areas;
2017/01/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 60 #

2016/2302(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4 a. Reaffirms the difference between public funds being used for public goods or benefits for whole communities or society as a whole on one hand, and investment in infrastructure on private holdings on the other;
2017/01/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 61 #

2016/2302(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 b (new)
4 b. Considers that loans are not appropriate for certain types of rural development measures for example where whole communities benefit, as in CLLD (community led local development) or LEADER approaches, or society in general benefits, as in agri-environmental measures;
2017/01/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 62 #

2016/2302(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 c (new)
4 c. Notes the difference between larger scale infrastructure projects financed by the structural and cohesion funds on one hand, and smaller scale investments and grants made to improve 'soft' infrastructure on the other, e.g. bringing soils back to life; notes that the smaller investments can be equally if not more effective and less costly and that this approach has been adopted in other related fields of expenditure such as development aid and flood defences;
2017/01/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 65 #

2016/2302(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Calls for them to be implemented in such a way that they can support collective projects geared to financing basic infrastructure in the field of irrigation, transport, processing, marketing and forestry development, withand, in addition, agricultural product marketing measures carried out by farmers and their cooperatives, to that end using maturity- based financial instruments that reflect the actual economic position for each project.
2017/01/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 72 #

2016/2302(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Calls for them to be implemented in such a way that they can support collective projects geared to financing basic infrastructure in the field of irrigation, transport, processing, marketing and forestry development, with maturity-based financial instruments that reflect the actual economic position for each project.; notes however the administrative complexity involved in making loans to and collecting debt from a collective or group of farmers, and so urges a streamlined, simplified approach; finds that if the loan approach is too complex, awarding grants to collectives may be more appropriate;
2017/01/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 73 #

2016/2302(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5 a. Criticises the fact that loans are provided in developing and transition countries using EU public-private funds via the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Finance Institutions and Export Credit Agencies of EU Member States for animal housing which is not in line with EU rules and higher animal welfare standards1a _________________ 1a ref: http://www.hsi.org/assets/pdfs/investments -in-suffering.pdf
2017/01/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 76 #

2016/2302(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 b (new)
5 b. Considers that, rather than reducing evaluation obligations by authorities, we need additional data to be gathered and analysis to be carried out to justify the use of financial instruments and to prevent their undetermined and 'blank-check' use;
2017/01/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 77 #

2016/2302(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5 a. Stresses that improving significantly the evidence base must be a pre-requisite for promoting or even requesting an increased use of financial instruments;
2017/01/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 78 #

2016/2302(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 c (new)
5 c. Considers that the leverage effect of financial instruments, which is regularly used as key argument in their favour, is often lower than estimated;
2017/01/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 79 #

2016/2302(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 b (new)
5 b. Believes that the supposed greater extent to which financial instruments mobilise private capital is often overstated and that in many cases the leverage effect of grants is not much lower than that of financial instruments;
2017/01/27
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 81 #

2016/2302(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Recalls that the positivemixed experience of using financial instruments in the 2007- 2013 programming period was accompanied by a number of performance issues: late start of operations, inaccurate market assessment, diverging regional uptake, overall low disbursement rates, low leverage effect, problematic revolving, high management costs and fees and inadequately large endowments;
2017/02/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 83 #

2016/2302(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 a (new)
10a. Is concerned of the challenges relating to the leverage effect of financial instruments; considers that the Commission should base its methodology for calculating leverage on methodologies used by international organisations such as the OECD in order to provide for a more robust benchmark;
2017/02/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 113 #

2016/2302(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Notes the significant differences across the EU regarding the penetration of financial instruments, including ESI Funds and the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI); emphasises that the overall success of such instruments depends on how they are designed in order to achieve results contributing to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, how easy they are to use and the ability of the Member States to manage investments through them;
2017/02/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 126 #

2016/2302(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Welcomes the Commission’s actions in optimising regulation; emphasises that, despite the improvements, complexity still exists and issues such as the long set-up time and the administrative burden for recipients are disincentives to use financial instruments; calls on the Commission to work closely with the EIB and the EIF to make access to ESI Funds microcredit, loans, guarantees, equity and venture capital as easy as using grants while ensuring the same level of transparency, reporting and control;
2017/02/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 131 #

2016/2302(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14 a (new)
14a. Expresses concern about the finding of audit works that the use of financial instruments facilitates bypassing the automatic de-commitment rule, as Cohesion Policy resources can be parked in financial instruments instead of being invested in the real economy;
2017/02/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 135 #

2016/2302(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Points out that combining grants and financial instruments has unexplored potential; emphasises that alongside guidance to authorities, further harmonisation is needed for the rules that concern combining different ESI Funds, as well as for the rules that concern combining the ESI Funds with instruments such as Horizon 2020 and EFSI; calls for easing the regulatory burden by facilitating the above-mentioned combining of allocations from more than one programme to the same financial instrument, as well as enabling combinations of microfinance instruments in ESF operations; calls for further promotion of combining grants with financial instruments; stresses that grant components can be used as a first loss piece and can therefore make the funding structure more attractive to beneficiaries and private sector investors, when grants are combined with financial instruments, the highest risk-taking tranche shall be covered by the financial instrument;
2017/02/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 140 #

2016/2302(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15 a (new)
15a. Insists on maintaining or increasing democratic scrutiny over financial instruments; rejects any sort of simplification which reduces reporting, control or audit standards without safeguarding availability and public access to information;
2017/02/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 150 #

2016/2302(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17 a (new)
17a. Is convinced that the use of grants or financial instruments has to be based on evidence relating to their thematic orientation, targets set and results achieved; Insists that equal standards should apply to and success should be measured with the same set of indicators for both forms of support; Considers that the disbursement rate is not sufficient for assessing the effectiveness of financial instruments; Urges the Commission to provide for an equal reporting framework which also allows to generate much- needed evidence;
2017/02/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 152 #

2016/2302(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17 b (new)
17b. Considers that a level playing field needs to be provided for grants and financial instruments without giving certain privileges to one of them which may put disadvantages on the other one;
2017/02/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 157 #

2016/2302(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18 a (new)
18a. Considers of utmost importance that both forms of support meet the requirement to be accountable to the public interest and be bound to policy priorities and objectives; rejects any form of dominance of financial market interests;
2017/02/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 2 #

2016/2245(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 18 a (new)
- having regard to the Commission Communication of 26 March 2017 entitled 'An Initiative to support work-life balance for working parents and carers' (COM(2017)0252),
2017/07/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 7 #

2016/2245(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas demographic change is one of the main challenges for local development in the EU today, together with globalisation, the industrial and technological shift, climate change, transition towards low-carbon economies and inclusiveness;
2017/07/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 12 #

2016/2245(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas, as it is the case in most post-industrial societies, the European population has been characterised by increasing longevity and low fertility rates for several decades, which implies side- effects of a shrinking workforce and an ageing population;
2017/07/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 14 #

2016/2245(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B a (new)
B a. whereas a persisting gender pay gap and an increasing pension gap strongly hinder the participation of women in the labour market;
2017/07/03
Committee: REGI
Amendment 15 #

2016/2245(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. wherea