BETA

Activities of Alessandro PANZA

Plenary speeches (25)

Humanitarian assistance in the Mediterranean (debate)
2019/07/17
Order of business
2019/10/21
Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 17 and 18 October 2019 (debate)
2019/10/22
Violations of human rights including religious freedoms in Burkina Faso
2019/12/19
Dossiers: 2019/2980(RSP)
Distortion of European history and remembrance of the Second World War (topical debate)
2020/01/15
EU Recovery package (debate)
2020/05/27
European protection of cross-border and seasonal workers in the context of the COVID-19 crisis (debate)
2020/06/18
Dossiers: 2020/2664(RSP)
The resumption of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan in relation to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict (debate)
2020/10/07
Additional resources in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: REACT-EU (debate)
2020/12/15
Dossiers: 2020/0101(COD)
The situation in Myanmar (debate)
2021/02/09
Dossiers: 2021/2540(RSP)
European strategy for data – Commission evaluation report on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation two years after its application (debate)
2021/03/25
Dossiers: 2020/2217(INI)
Erasmus+: the Union Programme for education and training, youth and sport (debate)
2021/05/18
The future of EU-Swiss relations (continuation of debate)
2021/06/23
Natural disasters during the summer 2021 - Impacts of natural disasters in Europe due to climate change (debate)
2021/09/14
Dossiers: 2021/2867(RSP)
Insurance of motor vehicles (debate)
2021/10/21
Dossiers: 2018/0168(COD)
European Year of Youth 2022 (debate)
2021/12/14
Dossiers: 2021/0328(COD)
Situation at the Ukrainian border and in Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine (debate)
2021/12/14
Dossiers: 2021/3010(RSP)
Strengthening Europe in the fight against cancer(debate)
2022/02/15
Dossiers: 2020/2267(INI)
Corruption and human rights (continuation of debate)
2022/02/15
Dossiers: 2021/2066(INI)
Implementation of the 2021-2027 cohesion policy (debate)
2022/03/07
Dossiers: 2022/2527(RSP)
Transparency and administrative standards - the treatment of public access requests based on Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 (debate)
2022/03/10
Refugees in Europe: CARE (debate)
2022/03/24
Increased pre-financing from REACT-EU (debate)
2022/04/07
The follow up of the Conference on the Future of Europe (debate)
2022/05/03
Dossiers: 2022/2648(RSP)
The massacre of Christians in Nigeria (debate)
2022/06/08

Shadow reports (2)

REPORT on the role of cohesion policy in promoting innovative and smart transformation and regional ICT connectivity
2022/02/08
Committee: REGI
Dossiers: 2021/2101(INI)
Documents: PDF(237 KB) DOC(84 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Cristina MAESTRE MARTÍN DE ALMAGRO', 'mepid': 197719}]
REPORT on cohesion policy as an instrument to reduce healthcare disparities and enhance cross-border health cooperation
2022/02/14
Committee: REGI
Dossiers: 2021/2100(INI)
Documents: PDF(199 KB) DOC(67 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Tomislav SOKOL', 'mepid': 197417}]

Shadow opinions (6)

OPINION on discharge in respect of the implementation of the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2018, Section III –Commission and executive agencies
2020/01/22
Committee: REGI
Dossiers: 2019/2055(DEC)
Documents: PDF(133 KB) DOC(70 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Josianne CUTAJAR', 'mepid': 197394}]
OPINION on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on a European Year of Rail (2021)
2020/07/13
Committee: REGI
Dossiers: 2020/0035(COD)
Documents: PDF(218 KB) DOC(178 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Martina MICHELS', 'mepid': 120478}]
OPINION on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure and repealing Regulation (EU) No 347/2013
2021/06/22
Committee: REGI
Dossiers: 2020/0360(COD)
Documents: PDF(337 KB) DOC(232 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Vlad-Marius BOTOŞ', 'mepid': 197668}]
OPINION on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a social climate fund
2022/04/27
Committee: REGI
Dossiers: 2021/0206(COD)
Documents: PDF(297 KB) DOC(194 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Tom BERENDSEN', 'mepid': 197778}]
OPINION on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down harmonised rules on artificial intelligence (Artificial Intelligence Act) and amending certain Union Legislative Acts
2022/06/16
Committee: CULT
Dossiers: 2021/0106(COD)
Documents: PDF(252 KB) DOC(159 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Marcel KOLAJA', 'mepid': 197546}]
OPINION on a long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas – towards stronger, connected, resilient and prosperous rural areas by 2040
2022/06/20
Committee: REGI
Dossiers: 2021/2254(INI)
Documents: PDF(138 KB) DOC(56 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Álvaro AMARO', 'mepid': 197746}]

Institutional motions (2)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION Situation in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and the assassination of the Italian Ambassador Luca Attanasio and his entourage
2021/03/08
Dossiers: 2021/2577(RSP)
Documents: PDF(136 KB) DOC(43 KB)
MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on the follow-up to the conclusions of the Conference on the Future of Europe
2022/05/02
Dossiers: 2022/2648(RSP)
Documents: PDF(172 KB) DOC(53 KB)

Written explanations (1)

Conclusion of the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (A9-0003/2020 - Geert Bourgeois)

Riguardo all'accordo commerciale di libero scambio con il Vietnam ho espresso voto contrario in quanto genera concorrenza sleale ai danni delle aziende italiane ed europee. In particolare il settore risicolo italiano risulta minacciato dalla quantità di riso importabile a dazio zero come previsto nell' accordo. Senza dimenticare che il Vietnam è uno Stato politicamente repressivo, il partito comunista ha il monopolio del potere, i media non sono liberi ed indipendenti e le critiche al governo sono punite con la reclusione.
2020/02/12

Written questions (81)

Putting driving tuition on the same footing as school or university education
2019/10/01
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Need for Commission inquiry and scrutiny regarding the arrest of three migrants on disembarkation from Sea Watch 3
2019/10/10
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Use of European Solidarity Fund and bad weather in Piedmont
2019/10/23
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The need for an intervention to manage the refugee crisis
2019/10/25
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Swift mobilisation of the EUSF – damage caused by bad weather in Italy
2019/11/20
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Disastrous flooding in Venice: urgent EU action required through deployment of the European Solidarity Fund and special funds
2019/11/21
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Damage done by bad weather in Liguria, Piedmont and Val D’Aosta
2019/11/26
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Damage caused by bad weather in Emilia-Romagna
2019/11/27
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Imposition of US trade tariffs in connection with the Airbus dispute
2020/01/10
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Epidemic in China
2020/01/21
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Consultation of Parliament on future decisions concerning the multiannual plan for small pelagic fisheries in the Adriatic Sea
2020/02/07
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Foibe massacres – importance of European remembrance and the need to preserve it
2020/02/10
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Traffic bans and measures to combat pollution
2020/02/13
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Discriminatory French restrictions on heavy goods vehicles in Val Roya
2020/02/18
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EU commitment to remembering the Vajont disaster
2020/02/19
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Bookshops in crisis
2020/02/26
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Turkey’s decision not to stop Syrian refugees entering the EU
2020/02/28
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European commitment to projects to exploit water reserves
2020/03/03
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Suspension of flights to and from Italy following coronavirus cases
2020/03/04
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Requests for a ‘coronavirus free’ stamp on Italian food products
2020/03/05
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Amendments to the ESM system: Suspension of the ratification procedure
2020/03/11
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Blackmailing demands by Turkey
2020/03/16
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Reshaping the EU-China relations framework
2020/04/08
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Revision of European food strategies in view of the COVID-19 emergency
2020/04/08
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Checking and punishing producers of unsuitable PPE medical devices, and the coordinating role of the Commission
2020/04/08
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Migrants landing in Sicily
2020/04/14
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Impact of coronavirus in relation to the front of packaging and the packaging of foodstuffs
2020/04/17
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Drought emergency in Piedmont
2020/04/20
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Management and processing of plastic waste
2020/05/04
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Damage caused by mountain bears
2020/05/08
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Consumers and airlines
2020/05/12
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EU funding of Palestinian organisations
2020/05/14
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Exploitation of child labour in Pakistan
2020/06/18
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Imports of fake honey from China
2020/07/01
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New, potentially pandemic Chinese virus
2020/07/01
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Exclusion of the provinces of Novara, Biella and Lecco from the Interreg programme
2020/07/08
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Casimirri – the Italian terrorist hiding in Nicaragua
2020/07/17
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Derogation from the limits laid down in the Nitrates Directive
2020/07/28
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Freight transport penalised by Swiss and German legislation on noise emissions from trains
2020/09/29
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Detention of 18 Sicilian fishermen by Haftar’s militia in Libya
2020/10/14
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European funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology
2020/10/21
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Child exploitation in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo
2020/10/26
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Dispute over national borders on Mont Blanc
2020/11/04
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Ban announced on the transit of heavy vehicles weighing over 19 tonnes in the Ubaye Valley
2020/11/15
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The detention of Nasibe Semsai and Turkey’s migration policies towards totalitarian regimes
2020/11/19
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Closure of ski resorts
2020/11/25
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Bad weather in the north-east of Italy – call for urgent intervention from the EU with special aid
2020/12/09
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Situation of honorary judges in Italy
2020/12/10
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Life+ wolf conservation project
2021/02/04
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Connectivity between the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola and the canton of Valais along the TEN-T corridor, railway axis 24
2021/02/05
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Proposal concerning a European plan to combat cancer is likely to penalise ‘Made in Italy’ products
2021/02/08
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EU-China relations and the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment
2021/02/15
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Further restrictions on the free movement of commercial vehicles in transit through Austria and Germany
2021/02/18
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Protection of Italian balsamic vinegar label
2021/02/26
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Sharing vaccine patents in view of the COVID-19 emergency
2021/03/01
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Exportation of EU-produced vaccines outside the Union
2021/03/16
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Protection of classical culture on which Europe is based
2021/05/07
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‘Anni 20’ programme on RAI 2
2021/05/17
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Extension of time range for administering mRNA vaccines
2021/05/28
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Sodium nitrite
2021/06/16
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3D-CBS project
2021/06/21
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Wolf management in Alpago
2021/07/20
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Attack on freedom of expression
2021/07/21
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Flooding in the province of Como
2021/07/30
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Désir d’enfant
2021/09/16
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REACT-EU programme and funding for research to reduce the costs of beef cultivation
2021/10/29
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‘Men Having Babies’ surrogacy conference
2021/11/10
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Commission communication guidelines
2021/11/30
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Increased energy costs
2021/12/22
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Disability and unemployment
2022/01/07
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Request for an opinion on the establishing of water accumulation reservoirs
2022/01/12
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Case of the Rt Hon. Ms Päivi Räsänen and fundamental freedoms
2022/01/25
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The case of the journalist Sedef Kabas
2022/01/31
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Means used by President von der Leyen to negotiate deal with Pfizer CEO
2022/02/07
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Proposal to extend the Nutriscore system to include alcoholic beverages
2022/02/22
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Wombs for rent and the war in Ukraine
2022/03/15
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Call for immediate action regarding price rises for energy and basic foodstuffs
2022/03/15
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Request for guidance from the EU to support Member States in the recovery, rearing and selling of indigenous livestock breeds
2022/04/06
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COVID in China: alarm over the severe lockdown imposed within the country
2022/04/28
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Monkeypox
2022/05/24
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Drought in Italy
2022/06/21
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Individual motions (3)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on support for the Israel-Palestine Peace Plan
2020/02/07
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MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on establishing a Europe-wide ‘Remembrance Day’ to commemorate the victims of the foibe massacres
2021/02/10
Documents: PDF(129 KB) DOC(42 KB)
MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on reducing the impact on farm land of ground-based photovoltaic plants
2021/09/06
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Amendments (360)

Amendment 5 #

2021/2255(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. WelcomNotes the New European Bauhaus (NEB) initiative, which is intended to round off the European Green Deal with a cultural and creative dimension, and complement strategies for territorial, social and economic cohesion with its values of beautiful, sustainable and inclusive solutions, therebysolutions aimed at improving the quality of life for people in the EUEU citizens' daily life;
2022/04/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 26 #

2021/2255(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Underlines the fact that NEB projects should contribute to the affordability and accessibility of the green and digital transitions in urban and spatial planning, housing, resilient and sustainable renovation, building conversions, and the recreation of public space as the centre of community life, particularly for those groups and areas that need it the most, while always respecting the local traditions and needs of different EU territories;
2022/04/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 30 #

2021/2255(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. Recalls to mind that responsibility for housing and regional planning policies is a Member State competence, emphasises that the new Bauhaus initiative may not lead to the development of a common architectural style throughout the European Union that does not take account of national and local specificities nor of the cultural and historical context;
2022/04/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 32 #

2021/2255(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 b (new)
3b. Stresses that the specific objectives of the new Bauhaus initiative need to include the creation of new jobs and new business opportunities, especially in economically and socially depressed regions, with particular reference to peripheral urban areas and rural, mountainous, coastal, island and sparsely populated areas;
2022/04/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 61 #

2021/2255(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5a. Emphasises that the realisation of such an ambitious initiative as the New European Bauhaus requires a massive amount of financing which neither the Member States nor the regions are in a position to take on at present, with the many calls already being made on them in regard to tackling the Ukrainian crisis. Furthermore, the Commission will have to invest considerable effort on this initiative to make it more real and fruitful for EU citizens;
2022/04/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 64 #

2021/2255(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 b (new)
5b. Calls in particular on the Commission to provide clear information on the source of financing for existing EU programmes such as Horizon Europe, Life and the European Regional Development Fund, bearing in mind that around EUR 85 million from said programmes will be assigned to the New Bauhaus project in the 2021-2022 period;
2022/04/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 5 #

2021/2254(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. WelcomNotes the Commission's presentation of its long-term vision for rural areas;
2022/04/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 9 #

2021/2254(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Is disappointed that the Commission has not taken advantage of the opportunities presented in the post- pandemic period to expand its vision. The COVID-19 crisis has shown EU citizens to have a 'desire for the countryside' as they realise that rural areas provide some of the answers to the current crisis, which has highlighted the opportunities such areas can offer, including via teleworking;
2022/04/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 12 #

2021/2254(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. Points out that rural regions in the EU face a number of challenges, such as an ageing population, which has led to a decline in the number of people of working age, a weak labour market, a lack of infrastructure and services, a poorly diversified economy, low incomes coupled with a relatively high risk of poverty and social exclusion, the abandonment of farmland, a lack of educational facilities, a high school drop- out rate and the digital divide;
2022/04/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 13 #

2021/2254(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 b (new)
3b. Also points out that the demographic challenge faced by the rural population is particularly acute among the EU's farming population. The majority of farmers are over 55 years old, while there are fewer and fewer young farmers, which has created a problem of generational renewal in agriculture. Calls on the Commission, since farmers play a vital role not only in producing food for EU citizens but also in keeping rural areas alive, to develop strategies in their regard;
2022/04/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 14 #

2021/2254(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 c (new)
3c. Stresses that despite these problems, rural areas offer good opportunities and their diversity is a major resource for the EU. They provide food and environmental resources and can contribute to the fight against climate change, providing alternatives to fossil fuels and developing the circular economy. In addition, these areas could play a key role in ensuring a balanced distribution of the population, thus preventing the overcrowding of cities;
2022/04/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 20 #

2021/2254(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Recalls that EU cohesion policy, which seeks to promote the economic, social and territorial cohesion of the Union, is vitally important to rural areas, and especially those which are economically and socially depressed, acknowledges the important role of agriculture and involves all levels of governance;
2022/04/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 33 #

2021/2254(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Calls for a strong rural dimension to be included in future cohesion policy regulations, which should includeprovide for dedicated funding to that end; suggests that 30 % of the European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund should be earmarked for rural areas, in addition to other beneficial investments for rural areas, particularly those encompassing more than one region;
2022/04/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 50 #

2021/2254(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7
7. Underlines the fact that the main objective of the long-term vision shouldmust be to fight depopulation, ageing and rural abandonment, including through investment in infrastructure and the provision of services, economic diversification, job creation and innovative mobility solutions;
2022/04/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 61 #

2021/2254(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8
8. Underlines the importance of smart specialisation strategies for the future of rural areas, with particular regard to young people and to innovation, knowledge sharing and cooperation, including the Start-up Village Forum, with the aim of bridging the digital divide between the regions of the EU;
2022/04/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 68 #

2021/2254(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8a. Stresses also the importance of the concept of ‘smart villages’, which is gaining ground as part of the rural development agenda. Smart villages are communities located in rural areas that harness innovative solutions based around the strengths of these areas and the opportunities they offer. They focus on a participatory approach when developing and implementing a strategy to improve their economic, social and environmental conditions, in particular by mobilising solutions offered by digital technologies;
2022/04/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 75 #

2021/2254(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 9
9. Highlights the opportunities that the green transition and green economy can provide in increasing rural resilience to natural disasters, climate change and economic crises, while constantly bearing in mind specific local conditions and requirements;
2022/04/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 88 #

2021/2254(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 10
10. Believes that connections between rural and urban areas must be addressed in a complementary manner in order to implement rural strategies and action plans accordingly; underlines the importance of partnerships across rural areas and remote areas in particular; emphasises the importance of fighting the digital divide between urban and rural areas, especially as regards high-speed broadband connectivity and the promotion of digital skills, especially between young people and the productive sectors of the economy and society in remote areas;
2022/04/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 101 #

2021/2254(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 12
12. Highlights the diversity of rural areas and the crucial importance of tailor- made territorial approaches in implementing the long-term vision, primarily in less developed, remote, mountain, island, coastal and outermost regions.
2022/04/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 110 #

2021/2254(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 12 a (new)
12a. Considers that programmes financed and coordinated by the European Union to promote and develop rural areas must in no way obstruct the growth of those areas themselves or detract from the diverse local characteristics of such areas across the Union.
2022/04/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 1 #

2021/2179(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Highlights the vital importance of the approximately 2.8 million social and solidarity-based enterprises in the EUat the social economy is one of the EU's main socioeconomic drivers, there are 2.8 million agencies and enterprises in the social economy, accounting for 10% of all EU enterprises, which employ more than 13.6 million people, and their contribution to cohesion, social care, quality job creation, the circular economy, the fight against poverty and inequality, the reintegration of disadvantaged people, the inclusion of migrants and refugees in society, gender equality, improvements in health and the environment, biodiversity and the fight against climate changei.e. 6.3 % of the EU's labour force; notes that these enterprises play an important role in job creation, integrated work and inclusive and sustainable growth, and operate in many different economic sectors: social care and protection, healthcare, care for persons with disabilities, the circular economy, social housing, business, tourism;
2022/02/25
Committee: REGI
Amendment 9 #

2021/2179(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Stresses that the territorial and regional dimension is one of the characteristics marking out organisations in the social economy, and associations and foundations in particular, and stresses furthermore the important role they play in implementing the subsidiarity principle; considers it vital therefore that local bodies create an environment in which all the forms of associations and similar bodies able to contribute to the development of the territory concerned can be formed and expand;
2022/02/25
Committee: REGI
Amendment 25 #

2021/2179(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Believes that the action plan should aim at strengthening the rights of all workers in the social economy, guaranteeing all labour rights, decent working conditions and fair wages, and safeguarding the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, where provided for under national law, as recognised in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union; also recalls the importance of public services in supporting the social economy and that the Member States and the EU need to invest in their administrations and public services;
2022/02/25
Committee: REGI
Amendment 27 #

2021/2179(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. Considers that a link to NextGenerationEU and the RRP needs to be included in the action plan and that organisations in the social economy need to be involved in the planning and actual implementation, at EU and national level, of national recovery and resilience plans;
2022/02/25
Committee: REGI
Amendment 35 #

2021/2179(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Believes that the action plan should be accompanied by impact assessment tools and monitoring mechanisms and that the Member States should set targets and objectives and organise a consultation process with relevant social economy actors and local and regional authorities, in accordance with the partnership principle;
2022/02/25
Committee: REGI
Amendment 43 #

2021/2179(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Calls on the Commission to make a 5. quick and real improvement to the General Block Exemption Regulation in order to increase the de minimis threshold and ease the rules in relation to aid for social enter-prises, access to finance, training and capacity building; defends a real revision of public procurement with the inclusion of social and environmental conditionality.
2022/02/25
Committee: REGI
Amendment 4 #

2021/2106(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. NIs pleased to notes that, the estimated level of error in spending on ‘Economic, social and territorial cohesion’ decreased from 4,4% in 2019 to 3,5% in 2020; welcomes the continuous improvement, but is disappointed, however, that it has not proven possible to decrease the error rate below 2%, a target that would have meant better financial management and, above all, a more efficient use of the funding sourced from European taxpayers;
2021/12/13
Committee: REGI
Amendment 15 #

2021/2106(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Regrets that the absorption rate of European Structural and Investment Funds , which increased from 12% in 2019 to 15% in 2020 , is slower than expected with 45 % (EUR 209 billion) remaining to be absorbed; recommends streamlining procedures to improve the absorption rate of funding, so as to provide concrete support to the economic recovery;
2021/12/13
Committee: REGI
Amendment 26 #

2021/2106(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Takes note that the EU will be able to spend significantly more than in the previous programming period, with an overall allocation of EUR 1 824 billion from NextGenerationEU and the MFF; urges the Commission, however, to limit the risk of delayed start to the implementation of shared managed funds and ensure the sound financial management in the use of funds, incl that such delays would prejudingce the respect for the rule of law and the fundamental rights.post- pandemic economic recovery and render fruitless the efforts being made by Europeans;
2021/12/13
Committee: REGI
Amendment 1 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 21
— having regard to its resolution of 25 March 2021 on cohesion policy and regional environment strategies in the fight against climate change11, _________________ 11 Texts adopted, P9_TA(2021)0097.deleted
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 3 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 30
— having regard to the combined teleworking and climate plan of the City of Brussels,deleted
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 5 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 34
— having regard to Ireland’s rural development policy for 2021-2025 entitled ‘Our Rural Future’ and its focus on telework in rural areas,deleted
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 11 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A a (new)
Aa. whereas territorial competitiveness and business productivity cannot fail to take into account the spread of digital communications and technologies, and in particular the quality, accessibility and efficiency of public and private digital services, in which some EU Member States are significantly lagging behind;
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 14 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B a (new)
Ba. whereas there are genuine disparities between territories, and investment in broadband infrastructure, and its roll-out, need to be stepped up;
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 21 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas there is still a digital divide in the EU in terms of geography, age, gender, educational attainment, socio- economic status and income, which prevents some individuals and businesses from reaping the benefits of the digital transformation; whereas the digital divide, moreover, is often a reason for depopulation, and therefore also has negative economic and social impacts on remote, mountainous and rural areas.
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 24 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D a (new)
Da. whereas remote, mountainous and rural areas should be more connected to cities and metropolitan areas;
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 27 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E
E. whereas, in spite of the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a massive expansion of telework and ICT- based mobile work (TICTM)14, jobs tend to be more concentrated in cities and urban centres than in smaller towns, suburbs and rural areas; whereas there are marked differences in the ability to telework between high- and low-paid workers, whi, mountainous and remote- and blue-collar workers and between genders15reas; whereas TICTM and the digitalisation of services can facilitate a more balanced geographical distribution of employment and the population; _________________ 14Draft Council conclusions on telework in the context of remote work, paragraph 17. 15Commission working paper of May 2020 entitled ‘Teleworkability and the COVID-19 crisis: a new digital divide?’.
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 31 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E a (new)
Ea. whereas the COVID-19 pandemic has made the need to invest in digital technology even more evident, on the basis of clear strategic lines, with the aim of developing the EU's potential on several fronts, including: 5G networks, artificial intelligence (AI), super computers, digital skills and big data;
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 39 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F a (new)
Fa. whereas with the necessary investment, rural, mountainous and remote areas could become more attractive regionally owing to the increase in digital capacity, thereby enabling companies to invest more in those areas, including in teleworking;
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 44 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Stresses that cohesion policy promotes accessibility to digital networks for citizens and businesses as a key factor in the competitiveness of production systems, market efficiency and digital inclusion;
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 50 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Stresses, moreover, that in order best to support the EU's digital transition, cohesion policy for 2021-2027 must be highly complementary to other European programmes, in particular Horizon Europe, CEF, Invest EU, the Recovery and Resilience Facility and Creative Europe;
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 68 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Notes that there is a critical digital skills divide between adults in rural, mountainous and remote areas and those living in cities, which especially affects those with low incomes, women and the elderly; notes that this divide is particularly marked in certain Member States and exacerbates the existing difficulty of finding a job in rural, mountainous and remote areas; highlights that these gaps are directly linked to a lack of access to high- capacity networks;
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 77 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. Calls on the Member States to use cohesion policy resources to roll out smart villages post-2020, which will contribute to the digitalisation of rural areas, thereby increasing the availability and accessibility of services for citizens, especially the more vulnerable ones;
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 81 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7a. Urges the Member States concerned to incentivise the development of smart villages in mountainous, rural and remote areas;
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 100 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Notes with concern that the expanded use of digital solutions and TICTM as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated the pre-existing inequalities caused by digital divides across population groups; stresses, however, that digitalisation has the potential to benefit vulnerable groups and remote territories, thereby reducing the economic and social gap;
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 111 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 a (new)
11a. Calls on the Commission and the Member States to launch increasingly specific and large-scale digital literacy projects;
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 125 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Underlines the crucial role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in creating decent jobs, sustainable growth and rural development and believes that public investments through cohesion policy and other instruments will contribute to better social, economic and territorial cohesion in all EU regions; highlights that different types of SMEs require different types of support and incentives at the EU, national, regional and local levels, depending on their circumstances and level of technology adoption; takes the view that there should be a special focus also on SMEs and micro-enterprises in rural and mountainous areas;
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 138 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15 a (new)
15a. Notes that in remote, rural and mountainous areas the level of digital literacy among young people is, in many cases, high, but that, because of the gaps suffered by those areas, the young people are forced to move to large towns or cities in order to pursue a career;
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 147 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Notes a critical digital skills divide between adults residing in rural areas and those living in cities, also owing to the different types of jobs available in cities and rural, remote or mountainous areas; notes, furthermore, the disproportionate prevalence of TICTM among city-based, well-educated, service sector employees with strong digital skills;
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 151 #

2021/2101(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18 a (new)
18a. Highlights the role that regions and cities, with their businesses, start-ups and universities, can play in accelerating the digital transformation in the EU by significantly increasing public and private investment in infrastructure and human capital; takes the view that the digitalisation process needs to be stepped up both by strengthening local and European cooperation and partnerships and by enhancing synergies between the various programmes, funding instruments and smart specialisation strategies put in place by the EU;
2021/10/26
Committee: REGI
Amendment 9 #

2021/2100(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 15 a (new)
— having regard to Special Report No 7/2019 of the European Court of Auditors, entitled ‘EU actions for cross- border healthcare: significant ambitions but improved management required’,
2021/10/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 14 #

2021/2100(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas the lack of basic infrastructure in certain less-developed regions, upland areas, and rural and remote areas, which hampers equity of access to healthcare, is the main reason health infrastructure remains a priority for many national governments;
2021/10/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 34 #

2021/2100(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D a (new)
Da. whereas cooperation between non- EU bordering states is important in creating state-of-the-art transnational health centres so as to be able to provide health care and treatment for remote border areas;
2021/10/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 44 #

2021/2100(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital G a (new)
Ga. whereas the inhabitants of upland, remote and rural areas, who are often in border areas, are frequently forced to travel many kilometres, sometimes even to other countries, to obtain basic healthcare and undergo treatment plans;
2021/10/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 48 #

2021/2100(INI)

Gb. whereas there is continued development in telemedicine and artificial intelligence, which means that remote treatment and healthcare processes are thus reaching cutting-edge levels;
2021/10/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 49 #

2021/2100(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital G c (new)
Gc. whereas the COVID-19 crisis has shown that health threats know no borders and that a more coordinated European response is necessary; whereas it is important to stress, nevertheless, that health protection is a national competence and that the Member States and regions must continue to be responsible for decisions on health policy;
2021/10/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 70 #

2021/2100(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Believes that investments in healthcare innovation, public health and the reduction of health inequalities will continue to offer significant improvements to the daily lives of citizens and help to prevent the phenomenon of depopulation, thus also becoming an instrument of social and economic compensation;
2021/10/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 82 #

2021/2100(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Calls for better synergies and complementarities between cohesion policy programmes to be ensured, with the aim ofon the Member States and the regions to draw up long-term investment strategies covering infrastructure, human capital, innovative technologies, and new models for providing healthcare services; points out that, in order to support these strategies and thus reducinge regional disparities, in particular in Horizon Europe which should generate new knowledge, and EU4Health, making the best possible use of this new knowledge for the benefit of citizens and health systemthe cohesion policy funds must be complementary to those of other EU instruments, especially Horizon Europe, EU4Health and the InvestEU programme, and must ensure the best synergies with national programmes;
2021/10/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 92 #

2021/2100(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Underlines the importance of continuing to build a comprehensive health infrastructure and to reduce the existing disparities to the greatest possible extent; recalls that cohesion policy can make a significant contribution to the building of health infrastructure in every part of the EU, especially in the less-developed regions, upland areas, and rural and remote areas, in order to create resilient healthcare systems throughout the entire EU, which can respond to current and future challenges;
2021/10/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 99 #

2021/2100(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Emphasises that citizens in ruralupland, rural and remote areas and the outermost regions often encounter barriers to equality of access to healthcare that limit their ability to obtain the care they need, especially in the form of basic health infrastructure; stresses that, in order for them to acquire sufficient access, as well as the appropriate healthcare which they need, services must be available and obtainable in a timely manner;
2021/10/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 107 #

2021/2100(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Believes that, in order to overcome the major obstacles that exist in terms of equality of access to healthcare in ruralupland, rural and remote areas, wide use should be made of advanced technologies, such as e- Health, as an integral part of the ‘smart villages’ concept11, with the goal of improving access to healthcare and increasing efficiency and quality, thereby creating actual state-of-the-art health centres of excellence, which also promote economic and social activity; _________________ 11 https://enrd.ec.europa.eu/enrd-thematic- work/smart-and-competitive-rural- areas/smart-villages_en
2021/10/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 110 #

2021/2100(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 a (new)
11a. Points out that the depopulation of areas that are less advantaged, from a territorial point of view, is also caused by a lack of healthcare facilities; notes that, in addition to compensating for the lack of healthcare, encouraging the creation of healthcare facilities, smart health villages and telemedicine centres can be an actual driver of economic and social development;
2021/10/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 118 #

2021/2100(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Calls for bold cohesion policy measures, in accordance with the legal provisions in force in the EU, in order to attempt to mitigate the lack of healthcare workers in ruralupland, rural and remote areas, and aimed at motivating them to commence or resume practice there;
2021/10/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 127 #

2021/2100(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14 a (new)
14a. Stresses the need to step up existing efforts to harmonise healthcare quality standards throughout the EU (for example, Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications) and calls on the Member States and the regions to take steps to improve health literacy in their territories;
2021/10/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 169 #

2021/2100(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21
21. Calls on the Commission, the Member States and the regions to encourage better management of cross- border healthcare, as EU patients still face challenges in accessing healthcare in other Member States and only a minority of potential patients are aware of their rights to seek cross-border healthcare;
2021/10/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 175 #

2021/2100(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21 a (new)
21a. Calls, furthermore, on the Member States and the regions to step up cross- border cooperation on health in an efficient and sustainable way, including in financial terms and without administrative obstacles;
2021/10/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 176 #

2021/2100(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21 b (new)
21b. Stresses the potential role of macro-regional strategies as a fundamental element of territorial and cross-border cooperation, whose added value lies in providing a vehicle for involving neighbouring countries, creating territorial synergies and reducing regional disparities;
2021/10/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 185 #

2021/2100(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24 a (new)
24a. Highlights, however, the need for a European legal framework for cross- border public services that can meet the needs of European citizens living in border areas, with a special focus on healthcare given that cross-border cooperation in this regard is particularly relevant in both normal and emergency situations;
2021/10/29
Committee: REGI
Amendment 58 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 1 a (new)
(1a) The outcomes of the Glasgow Climate Pact (12 November 2021) highlight three key points which have yet to be addressed: 1) a system for trading emissions between countries, whereby those emitting less offset those exceeding limits or in need of support so as to not do so; 2) the reporting format according to which governments must report on their decarbonisation progress in application of the transparency principle; 3) the Paris Rulebook, which sets out the rules for implementing the Paris Agreement. The Pact also sets a new objective to initiate a dialogue on a future fund to cover damages and losses resulting from climate change.
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 74 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 10
(10) The increase in the price for fossil fuels maenergy prices is already disproportionally affecting vulnerable households, vulnerable micro- enterprises and vulnerable SMEs. The situation is also worrying for vulnerable transport users who spend a larger part of their incomes on energy and transport, who, in certain regions, particularly in rural, insular, mountainous, remote and less accessible areas, do not have access to alternative, affordable mobility and transport solutions and who may lack the financial capacity to invest into the reduction of fossil fuel consumption.
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 81 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 11
(11) Therefore, a part of the revenues generated by the inclusion of building and road transport into the scope of Directive 2003/87/EC should be used to address the social impacts arising from that inclusion, for the transition to be just and inclusive, leaving no onetaking account of the particularities of individual territories and the challenges they face, leaving no one and no territory behind.
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 84 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 11 a (new)
(11a) whereas the Member States should be encouraged to take action to minimise the territorial disadvantage – which often also translates into an economic and social disadvantage – faced by some areas in Europe, such as mountainous, rural and remote areas.
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 85 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 11 b (new)
(11b) whereas the price increases in the energy sector will hit mainly families and SMEs.
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 98 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 13
(13) A proposal to establish a Social Climate (‘the Fund’) shouldhas therefore be establisheen put forward to provide funds to the Member States and regions of Europe to support their policies to address the social impacts of the emissions trading for buildings and road transport on vulnerable households, vulnerable micro-enterprises, vulnerable SMEs and vulnerable transport users. This should be achieved notably through temporary income support and measures and investments intended to reduce reliance on fossil fuels through increased energy efficiency of buildings, decarbonisation of heating and cooling of buildings, including the integration of energy from renewable sources, and granting improved access to zero- and low- emission mobility and transport to the benefit of vulnerable households, vulnerable micro-enterprises and vulnerable transport users.
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 110 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 14
(14) For that purpose, each Member State should, with the involvement of the regional and local authorities, submit to the Commission a Social Climate Plan (‘the Plan’). Those Plans should pursue two objectives. Firstly, they should provide vulnerable households, vulnerable micro- enterprises, vulnerable SMEs and vulnerable transport users the necessary resources to finance and carry out investments in energy efficiency, decarbonisation of heating and cooling, in zero- and low-emission vehicles and mobility. Secondly, they should mitigate the impact of the increase in the cost of fossil fueenergy prices, particularly the increase in energy bills, on the most vulnerable and thereby prevent energy and transport poverty during the transition period until such investments have been implemented. The Plans should have an investment component promoting the long-term solution of reduce fossil fuels reliance and could envisage other measures, including temporary direct income support to mitigate adverse income effects in the shorter term.
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 121 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 15
(15) Member States, in consultation with regional and local level authorities, are best placed to design and to implement Plans that are adapted and targeted to their local, regional and national circumstances as their existing policies in the relevant areas and planned use of other relevant EU funds. In that manner, the broad diversity of situations, the specific knowledge of local and regional governments, research and innovation and industrial relations and social dialogue structures, as well as national and local traditions, can best be respected and contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of the overall support to the vulnerable.
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 125 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 16
(16) Ensuring that the measures and investments are particularly targeted towards energy poor or vulnerable households, vulnerable micro-enterprises, vulnerable SMEs and vulnerable transport users is key for a just transition towards climate neutrality. Support measures to promote reductions in greenhouse gas emissions should help Member States to address the social impacts arising from the emissions trading for the sectors of buildings and road transport.
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 142 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 19
(19) Women are particularly affected by carbon pricing as they represent 85% of single parent families. Single parent families have a particularly high risk of child poverty. Gender equality and equal opportunities for all, and the mainstreaming of those objectives, as well as questions of accessibility for persons with disabilities should be taken into account and promoted throughout the preparation and implementation of Plans to ensure no one is left behind. Economic and social action plans should be drawn up for families living below the poverty line, families with people with disabilities and single-parent families to address the social and economic hardship they face.
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 155 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 21 a (new)
(21a) It is crucial to ensure that the Fund is consistent both with national energy and climate plans and with cohesion policy programmes with similar priorities, in order to prevent any overlap or duplication of efforts. Furthermore, there is a need for effective coordination and strategic programming in the Member States between the Fund, 2021- 2027 cohesion policy and other EU funds, particularly the Just Transition Fund and the European Social Fund Plus.
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 170 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 31
(31) The Commission, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the Court of Auditors and, where applicable, the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) should be able to use the information and monitoring system within their competences and rights.
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 179 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 3
The measures and investments supported by the Fund shall benefit households, micro-enterprises, SMEs and transport users, which are vulnerable and particularly affected by the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and road transport into the scope of Directive 2003/87/EC, especially households in energy poverty and citizens without public transport alternative to individual cars (in remote and rural areas).
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 187 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 4
The general objective of the Fund is to contribute to the transition towards climate neutrality by addressing the social impacts of the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and road transport into the scope of Directive 2003/87/EC. The specific objective of the Fund is to support vulnerable households, vulnerable micro-enterprises, vulnerable SMEs and vulnerable transport users through temporary direct income support and through measures and investments intended to increase energy efficiency of buildings, decarbonisation of heating and cooling of buildings, including the integration and storage of energy from renewable sources, and granting improved access to zero- and low-emission mobility and transport.
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 201 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 1
(1) 'building renovation’ means': all kinds of energy-related building renovation, including the insulation of the building envelope, that is to say walls, roof, floor, the replacement of windows, the replacement of heating, cooling and cooking appliances, and the installation of on-site production of energy from renewable sources, including its storage;
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 275 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point c
(c) an estimate of the likely effects of that increase in prices on households, and in particular on incidence of energy poverty, on micro-enterprises, on SMEs and on transport users, comprising in particular an estimate and the identification of vulnerable households, vulnerable micro- enterprises, vulnerable SMEs and vulnerable transport users; these impacts are to be analysed with a sufficient level of regional disaggregation, taking into account elements such as access to public transport and basic services and identifying the areas mostly affected, particularly territories which are remote and rural;
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 282 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point d
(d) where the Plan provides for measures referred to in Article 3(2), the criteria for the identification of eligible final recipients, the indication of the envisaged time limit for the measures in question and their justification on the basis of a quantitative estimate and a qualitative explanation of how the measures in the Plan are expected to reduce energy and transport poverty and the vulnerability of households, micro-enterprises, SMEs and transport users to an increase of road transport and heating fuel prices;
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 292 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point i
(i) the arrangements for the effective monitoring and implementation of the Plan by the Member State concerned, to be carried out in constant cooperation with the regional and local authorities, in particular of the proposed milestones and targets, including indicators for the implementation of measures and investments, which, where relevant, shall be those available with the Statistical office of the European Union European Statistical Office and the European Energy Poverty Observatory as identified by Commission Recommendation 2020/156354 on energy poverty; _________________ 54 OJ L 357, 27.10.2020, p. 35.
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 312 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 2 – point e
(e) reductions in the number of vulnerable households, especially households in energy poverty, of vulnerable micro-enterprises, of vulnerable SMEs and of vulnerable transport users, including in rural and remote, insular, mountainous, remote and less accessible areas, or in less developed territories, including less developed peri-urban areas.
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 328 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 2 – introductory part
2. Member States may include the costs of the following measures and investments in the estimated total costs of the Plans, provided they principally benefit vulnerable households, vulnerable micro- enterprises, vulnerable SMEs or vulnerable transport users and intend to:
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 348 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 2 – point e
(e) grant free access to public transport or adapted tariffs for access to public transport, as well as fostering sustainable mobility on demand and shared mobility services, including in rural, insular, mountainous, remote and less accessible areas or in less developed territories, including less developed peri-urban areas;
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 386 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 11 – paragraph 1
The Fund shall be implemented by the Commission in directshared management in accordance with the relevant rules adopted pursuant to Article 322 TFEU, in particular Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2018/1046 and Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2020/2092 of the European Parliament and of the Council59. _________________ 59 Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2020/2092 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2020 on a general regime of conditionality for the protection of the Union budget (OJ L 433I, 22.12.2020, p. 1).
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 404 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 2 – point a – point i
(i)i. whether the Plan represents a response to the social impact on and challenges faced by vulnerable households, vulnerable micro-enterprises, vulnerable SMEs and vulnerable transport users in the Member State concerned from establishing the emission trading system for buildings and road transport established pursuant to Chapter IVa of Directive 2003/87/EC, especially households in energy poverty, duly taking into account the challenges identified in the assessments of the Commission of the update of the concerned Member State’s integrated national energy and climate plan and of its progress pursuant to Article 9(3), and Articles 13 and 29 of Regulation (EU) 2018/1999, as well as in the Commission recommendations to Member States issued pursuant to Article 34 of Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 in view of the long-term objective of climate neutrality in the Union by 2050. This shall take into account the specific challenges and the financial allocation of the Member State concerned;
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 462 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 23 – paragraph 1 – point a
(a) detailed quantitative information on the number of households in energy poverty;, vulnerable micro-enterprises, vulnerable SMEs and vulnerable transport users.
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 463 #

2021/0206(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 23 – paragraph 1 – point b
(b) when applicable, detailed information on progress towards the national iandicative regional objectives to reduce the number of households in energy poverty, vulnerable micro-enterprises, vulnerable SMEs and vulnerable transport users;
2022/02/28
Committee: REGI
Amendment 66 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 3 a (new)
(3a) AI-based technologies are having a rapid and explosive impact on the world of work too. While they have the potential to create new opportunities for gender equality, they could equally increase gender stereotypes, sexism and discrimination in the labour market. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the automation of certain tasks will have a greater impact on female workers, as more women are employed to perform routine tasks. At the same time, AI could offer a great opportunity to reduce gender inequality, but only if gender-responsive policy regulations are adopted which promote equal representation of men and women in decision-making. Support from the European institutions and the Member States for an approach aimed at encouraging female uptake of STEM subjects will also prove essential in combating gender stereotypes.
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 74 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 6
(6) The notion of AI system shouldmust be clearly defined to ensure legal certainty, while providing the flexibility to accommodate future technological developments. The definition should be based on the key functional characteristics of the software, in particular the ability, for a given set of human-defined objectives, to generate outputs such as content,AI software and distinguish it from more classical software systems and modelling approaches, such as logistic regression and other techniques which are equally transparent, explainable and interpretable. In particular, for the purposes of this regulation, AI systems should be construed as having the ability, on the basis of machine and/or human- based data and inputs, to deduce the way in which to achieve a given set of human- defined objectives through learning, reasoning or modelling and, for a given set of human-defined objectives, to generate specific outputs in the form of content, for generative AI systems (such as texts, videos and images), as well as predictions, recommendations, or decisions, which influence the environment with which the system interacts, be itoth in a physical orand digital dimension. AI systems can be designed to operate with varying levels of autonomy andFor the purposes of this AI regulation, AI systems can be designed to follow an approach of limited explicability and to operate with varying levels of a very high degree of autonomy. These systems may be used on a stand-alonen autonomous basis or as a component of a product, irrespective of whether the system is physically integrated into the product (embedded) or serve the functionality of the product without being integrated therein (non-embedded). The definition of AI system should be complemented by a list of specific techniques and approaches used for its development, which should be kept up-to– date in the light of market and technological developments through the adoption of delegated acts by the Commission to amend that list.
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 77 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 8
(8) The notion of remote biometric identification system as used in this Regulation should be defined functionally, as an AI system intended for the identification of natural persons at a distance through the comparison of a person’s biometric data with the biometric data contained in a reference database, and without prior knowledge whether the targeted person will be present and can be identified, irrespectively of the particular technology, processes or types of biometric data used. Considering their different characteristics and manners in which they are used, as well as the different risks involved, a distinction should be made between ‘real- time’ and ‘post’ remote biometric identification systems. In the case of ‘real- time’ systems, the capturing of the biometric data, the comparison and the identification occur all instantaneously, near-instantaneously or in any event without a significant delay. In this regard, there should be no scope for circumventing the rules of this Regulation on the ‘real- time’ use of the AI systems in question by providing for minor delays. ‘Real-time’ systems involve the use of ‘live’ or ‘near- ‘live’ material, such as video footage, generated by a camera or other device with similar functionality. In the case of ‘post’ systems, in contrast, the biometric data have already been captured and the comparison and identification occur only after a significant delay. This involves material, such as pictures or video footage generated by closed circuit television cameras or private devices, which has been generated before the use of the system in respect of the natural persons concerned.
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 83 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 13
(13) In order to ensure a consistent and high level of protection of public interests as regards health, safety and fundamental rights, common normative standards for all high-risk AI systems should be established. Those standards should be consistent with the Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union (the Charter) and should be non-discriminatory and in line with the Union’s international trade commitments. However, as regards the risk management system for high-risk AI systems, EU harmonisation legislation should concentrate on the essential requirements and leave their technical implementation to optional, stakeholder-developed, product-specific and state-of-the-art standards. European legislation should, therefore, concentrate on the desired output of risk assessment and management systems, and explicitly leave industry responsible for designing their system and adapting it to their internal operations and structures, in particular through the development of state-of-the- art standardisation systems.
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 94 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 17 a (new)
(17a) Artificial intelligence and related services should not exclude any political, social or economic groups
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 101 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 23
(23) The use of AI systems for ‘real- time’ remote biometric identification of natural persons in publicly accessible spaces for the purpose of law enforcement necessarily involves the processing of biometric data. The rules of this Regulation that prohibit, subject to certain exceptions, such use, which are based on Article 16 TFEU, should apply as lex specialis in respect of the rules on the processing of biometric data contained in Article 10 of Directive (EU) 2016/680, thus regulating such use and the processing of biometric data involved in an exhaustive manner. Therefore, such use and processing should only be possible in as far as it is compatible with the framework set by this Regulation, without there being scope, outside that framework, for the competent authorities, where they act for purpose of law enforcement, to use such systems and process such data in connection thereto on the grounds listed in Article 10 of Directive (EU) 2016/680. In this context, this Regulation is not intended to provide the legal basis for the processing of personal data under Article 8 of Directive 2016/680. However, the use of ‘real-time’ remote biometric identification systems in publicly accessible spaces for purposes other than law enforcement, including by competent authorities, should not be covered by the specific framework regarding such use for the purpose of law enforcement set by this Regulation. Such use for purposes other than law enforcement should therefore not be subject to the requirement of an authorisation under this Regulation and the applicable detailed rules of national law that may give effect to it.
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 120 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 36 a (new)
(36a) whereas suitable legislation is required since artificial intelligence could bridge the digital divide between different areas and therefore, as a result, also stop the phenomenon of depopulation with its adverse economic and social consequences for mountainous, remote and rural areas;
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 121 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 36 b (new)
(36b) Artificial intelligence could bring jobs and benefits even to small communities in mountainous, remote and rural areas, thus boosting employment in the area and triggering economic spillovers which prevent economic and social depression in communities in geographically disadvantaged zones.
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 122 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 37
(37) Another area in which the use of AI systems deserves special consideration is the access to and enjoyment of certain essential private and public services and benefits necessary for people to fully participate in society or to improve one’s standard of living. Particular reference is made and attention drawn to people deemed vulnerable and their households. In particular, AI systems used to evaluate the credit score or creditworthiness of natural persons should be classified as high-risk AI systems, since they determine those persons’ access to financial resources or essential services such as housing, electricity, and telecommunication services. AI systems used for this purpose may lead to discrimination of persons or groups and perpetuate historical patterns of discrimination, for example based on racial or ethnic origins, disabilities, age, sexual orientation, or create new forms of discriminatory impacts. Considering the very limited scale of the impact and the available alternatives on the market, it is appropriate to exempt AI systems for the purpose of creditworthiness assessment and credit scoring when put into service by small-scale providers for their own use. Natural persons applying for or receiving public assistance benefits and services from public authorities are typically dependent on those benefits and services and in a vulnerable position in relation to the responsible authorities. If AI systems are used for determining whether such benefits and services should be denied, reduced, revoked or reclaimed by authorities, they may have a significant impact on persons’ livelihood and may infringe their fundamental rights, such as the right to social protection, non- discrimination, human dignity or an effective remedy. Those systems should therefore be classified as high-risk. Nonetheless, this Regulation should not hamper the development and use of innovative approaches in the public administration, which would stand to benefit from a wider use of compliant and safe AI systems, provided that those systems do not entail a high risk to legal and natural persons. Finally, AI systems used to dispatch or establish priority in the dispatching of emergency first response services should also be classified as high- risk since they make decisions in very critical situations for the life and health of persons and their property.
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 123 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 37 a (new)
(37a) whereas cultural activities could derive an economic benefit from the use of artificial intelligence;
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 124 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 37 b (new)
(37b) whereas the 4hc project aims to set up a digital skills centre to preserve European cultural heritage;
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 125 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 38
[...]Deleted
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 126 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 39
(39) AI systems used in migration, asylum and border control management affect people who are often in particularly vulnerable position and who are dependent on the outcome of the actions of the competent public authorities. The accuracy, non-discriminatory nature and transparency of the AI systems used in those contexts are therefore particularly important to guarantee the respect of the fundamental rights of the affected persons, notably their rights to free movement, non-discrimination, protection of private life and personal data, international protection and good administration. It is therefore appropriate to classify as high-risk AI systems intended to be used by the competent public authorities charged with tasks in the fields of migration, asylum and border control management as polygraphs and similar tools or to detect the emotional state of a natural person; for assessing certain risks posed by natural persons entering the territory of a Member State or applying for visa or asylum; for verifying the authenticity of the relevant documents of natural persons; for assisting competent public authorities for the examination of applications for asylum, visa and residence permits and associated complaints with regard to the objective to establish the eligibility of the natural persons applying for a status. AI systems in the area of migration, asylum and border control management covered by this Regulation should comply with the relevant procedural requirements set by the Directive 2013/32/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council49, the Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council50and other relevant legislation. _________________ 49 Directive 2013/32/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 on common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection (OJ L 180, 29.6.2013, p. 60). 50 Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code) (OJ L 243, 15.9.2009, p. 1).deleted
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 127 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 40
(40) Certain AI systems intended for the administration of justice and democratic processes should be classified as high-risk, considering their potentially significant impact on democracy, rule of law, individual freedoms as well as the right to an effective remedy and to a fair trial. In particular, to address the risks of potential biases, errors and opacity, it is appropriate to qualify as high-risk AI systems intended to assist judicial authorities in researching and interpreting facts and the law and in applying the law to a concrete set of facts. Such qualification should not extend, however, to AI systems intended for purely ancillary administrative activities that do not affect the actual administration of justice in individual cases, such as anonymisation or pseudonymisation of judicial decisions, documents or data, communication between personnel, administrative tasks or allocation of resources.deleted
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 128 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 41
(41) The fact that an AI system is classified as high risk under this Regulation should not be interpreted as indicating that the use of the system is necessarily lawful under other acts of Union law or under national law compatible with Union law, such as on the protection of personal data, on the use of polygraphs and similar tools or other systems to detect the emotional state of natural persons. Any such use should continue to occur solely in accordance with the applicable requirements resulting from the Charter and from the applicable acts of secondary Union law and national law. This Regulation should not be understood as providing for the legal ground for processing of personal data, including special categories of personal data, where relevant.deleted
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 143 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 89 a (new)
(89a) whereas territorial competitiveness and business productivity cannot fail to take into account the spread of digital communications and technologies, and in particular the quality, accessibility and efficiency of public and private digital services, in which some EU Member States are significantly lagging behind;
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 144 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 89 b (new)
(89b) whereas artificial intelligence has the potential to promote more connectedness between remote, mountainous and rural areas and cities and metropolitan areas and, therefore, suitable legislation should be considered;
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 159 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point 36
(36) ‘remote biometric identification system’ means an AI system for the purpose of identifying natural persons at a distance through the comparison of a person’s biometric data with the biometric data contained in a reference database, and without prior knowledge of the user of the AI system whether the person will be present and can be identified ;
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 171 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point a
(a) the placing on the market, putting into service or use of an AI system that deploys subliminal techniques beyond a person’s consciousness in order to materially distort a person’s behaviour or views in a manner that causes or is likely to cause that person or another person physical or psychological harm;
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 175 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 1 – point b
(b) the placing on the market, putting into service or use of an AI system that exploits any of the vulnerabilities of a specific group of persons due to their age, physical or mental disability, in order to materially distort the behaviour or views of a person pertaining to that group in a manner that causes or is likely to cause that person or another person physical or psychological harm;
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 263 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex III – paragraph 1 – point 3 – point a
(a) AI systems intended to be used for the purpose of determining access or assigning natural persons to educational and vocational training institutions;deleted
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 265 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex III – paragraph 1 – point 3 – point b
(b) AI systems intended to be used for the purpose of assessing students in educational and vocational training institutions and for assessing participants in tests commonly required for admission to educational institutions.deleted
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 268 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex III – paragraph 1 – point 4 – point a
(a) AI systems intended to be used for recruitment or selection of natural persons, notably for advertising vacancies, screening or filtering applications, evaluating candidates in the course of interviews or tests;deleted
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 269 #

2021/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex III – paragraph 1 – point 4 – point b
(b) AI intended to be used for making decisions on promotion and termination of work-related contractual relationships, for task allocation and for monitoring and evaluating performance and behavior of persons in such relationships.deleted
2022/04/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 4 #

2020/2140(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Notes with concern that more than half of EU expenditure in 2019 may be considered as high-risk, including reimbursement-based payments for investments in the areas of cohesion and rural development; notes with concern that the increase in the estimated rate of material error from 4,5 % in 2018 to 4,9 % in 2019 can result in auditors giving an adverse opinion on EU expenditure;
2021/01/25
Committee: REGI
Amendment 12 #

2020/2140(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Notes the decrease in the estimated level of error in spending on ‘Economic, social and territorial cohesion’ from 5 % in 2018 to 4,4 % in 2019; welcomes this year- on-year improvement, but is disappointed that it has not proved possible to decrease the error rate to the 3 % level recorded in 2017; is concerned that of the 236 transactions examined, 29 errors had not been detected by audit authorities, taking account of the 64 errors previously discovered by audit authorities and corrections applied by programme authorities (worth a total of 334 million euros for both programming periods taken together);
2021/01/25
Committee: REGI
Amendment 20 #

2020/2140(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4 a. Regrets that ‘Ineligible projects’ made 55% as a main type of error; notes that for five ERDF projects, from the 2014-2020 programming period, aid was granted to beneficiaries or operations that did not meet the eligibility conditions set out in the applicable regulation and multiannual operational programmes;
2021/01/25
Committee: REGI
Amendment 21 #

2020/2140(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 b (new)
4 b. Regrets that ‘Infringements of internal market rules’ made 24% as a main type of error (9% - infringements of state aid rules; 15% - serious non- compliance with public procurement rules);
2021/01/25
Committee: REGI
Amendment 22 #

2020/2140(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 c (new)
4 c. Regrets that ‘Ineligible expenditure’ made 12% as a main type of error;
2021/01/25
Committee: REGI
Amendment 23 #

2020/2140(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 d (new)
4 d. Finds unacceptable the weaknesses found in the work of several audit authorities covered by ECA sample, which currently limit the reliance that can be placed on that work (the recalculated rate was above the 2 % materiality threshold in nine out of 20 assurance packages for the 2014-2020 period, the Commission adjusted the residual error rates for eight assurance packages to a figure above 2 %);
2021/01/25
Committee: REGI
Amendment 24 #

2020/2140(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 e (new)
4 e. Notes that for 120 of the sampled transactions (55 %), the European Court of Auditors (ECA) was able to draw conclusions on the basis of its review of the work carried out by the audit authorities; is deeply concerned that ECA identified shortcomings with regards to the scope, quality and/or documentation of that work in 100 transactions (45 %), which required the ECA to carry out once more the corresponding audit procedures;
2021/01/25
Committee: REGI
Amendment 25 #

2020/2140(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 f (new)
4 f. Is very concerned about the weaknesses found in the work of several audit authorities covered by the European Court of Auditors' (ECA) sample, which currently limit the reliance that can be placed on that work (the recalculated rate was above the 2 % materiality threshold in nine out of 20 assurance packages for the 2014-2020 period, the Commission adjusted the residual error rates for eight assurance packages to a figure above 2 %); notes that for 120 of the sampled transactions (55 %), the ECA was able to draw conclusions on the basis of its review of the work carried out by the audit authorities; is deeply concerned that ECA identified shortcomings with the scope, quality and/or documentation of that work in 100 transactions (45 %), which required the ECA to carry out once more the corresponding audit procedures;
2021/01/25
Committee: REGI
Amendment 26 #

2020/2140(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 g (new)
4 g. Notes that 13 of the compliance audits (5 by DG REGIO and 8 by DG EMPL) were final by May 2020, but for half of these audits, therefore, the residual rates were not yet final;
2021/01/25
Committee: REGI
Amendment 34 #

2020/2140(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6 a. Calls on the Commission to: - clarify eligibility conditions (including by defining what is meant by ‘physically completed’ and/or ‘fully implemented’ operations to help Member States to verify that operations comply with Article 65(6) of the CPR and avoid the non-detection of ineligible operations); - take action to increase the reliability of the residual rates reported by audit authorities (analyse the main sources of undetected errors and develop the necessary measures together with audit authorities to improve the reliability of reported residual rates);
2021/01/25
Committee: REGI
Amendment 45 #

2020/2140(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7 a. Regrets that the delayed timing of a number of evaluations and studies analysing the results of the 2007-2013 period and the early stages of programming and implementation of the 2014-2020 cohesion policy programmes means that lessons learned are too late to have an impact on either the current or following programming periods (the results of the2014-2020 ex-post evaluations, for example, are expected to be available by the end of 2025 as required by the CPR, by then the 2021- 2027 programming period will be in its fifth year and the Commission is likely to be well advanced in preparing its legislative proposals for the post-2027 period);
2021/01/25
Committee: REGI
Amendment 49 #

2020/2140(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7 b (new)
7 b. Finds the effects of the relatively low levels of implementation in cohesion policy, compared to the rest of EU budget, worrisome; notes that an eventual time lag between the start of the programme, implementation and realisation of outputs and results, together with the fact that the latest data available relates to the end of 2018 in an implementation period lasting until the end of 2023, make it harder at this stage to achieve the objectives;
2021/01/25
Committee: REGI
Amendment 51 #

2020/2140(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7 c (new)
7 c. Regrets that of 72 indicators in total, only one third of the indicators are on track to meet their targets and that about half of the indicators are not on track; regrets that of 9 indicators linked to the general objectives, only two are on track, meanwhile about one third of the indicators had a mid-term milestone target set for 2018; notes that in total, 40 % of the output indicators are on track, for result and impact indicators, this percentage is 10 %; stresses that of all 10 indicators from the programme statements linked to the objective of supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors, only 1 –‘Number of households with improved energy consumption classification indicator’ – is on track;
2021/01/25
Committee: REGI
Amendment 7 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital A a (new)
Aa. whereas the COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented recession in the Union, the effects of which will be felt even more strongly in the industrial sector, with many businesses notably weakened or forced to close down;
2020/06/15
Committee: REGI
Amendment 12 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital B
B. whereas the EU’s microenterprises and SMEs have traditionally generated a high share of the EU’s employment, and in so doing have ensured social and economic well-being and prosperity;
2020/06/15
Committee: REGI
Amendment 28 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Recalls that the EU’s industrial future is linked to an alignment of the economy with the principles of the European Green Deal,above all to a full economic recovery following the pandemic crisis and to a roadmap towards a new growth policy for the EU, bring carrying citizens, cities and regions together the same higher level of development, and allowing for a just transition;
2020/06/15
Committee: REGI
Amendment 59 #

2020/2076(INI)

3. Stresses that in supporting microenterprises and SMEs through the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) the goal should be, inter alia, an innovative and smart economic transformation, a greener and low carbon EU, as well as an EU which is more connected and aims to ensure long- term and sustainable employment;
2020/06/15
Committee: REGI
Amendment 78 #

2020/2076(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. ReiteraNotes that the public sector has an important new role to play in facilitating a just transition by promoting a green and fair energy transition, green and blue investments, the circular economy, as well as climate adaptation of territories and risk prevention in all EU regions;
2020/06/15
Committee: REGI
Amendment 42 #

2020/2039(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas the health and economic crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic made clear that solidarity between generations is one of the driving forces of the recovery process and that health infrastructures have to be accessible to the population in the whole territory;
2021/02/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 54 #

2020/2039(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F a (new)
Fa. whereas insular and mountainous regions suffer from a structural on the geographic, social and economic point of view and therefore they are particularly affected by the depopulation trend;
2021/02/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 64 #

2020/2039(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Observes in this context significant demographic contrasts at both Union and Member State level between core, metropolitan regions and periphery, often ruraland in comparison with rural, insular and mountainous areas;
2021/02/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 91 #

2020/2039(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Notes that in general rural, post- industrial, insular, mountainous and remote areas are facing a number of specific situations: a considerable decline in population numbers, lower than national or EU average levels of income and difficulties of territorial integration with other regions, making them more exposed to the risk of depopulation; points out that rural regions currently account for 28 % of Europe’s population but this is predicted to fall significantly in the future;
2021/02/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 105 #

2020/2039(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Stresses that this lack of diversification in the regional economic structure of certain regions, with particular regard to insular regions, risks creating a negative ‘label’, also among their inhabitants, manifesting dissatisfaction with the quality of life and the facilities and services at their disposal; highlights in this context the brain drain effect, leading to the emigration of highly trained and qualified people from a particular region or country to another; points out, in particular, that the ‘exodus’ of medical staff such as doctors and nurses and teaching staff has led to a deterioration in the quality of medical care and education, making it difficult, especially in rural areas, to access high-quality care and education;
2021/02/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 109 #

2020/2039(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9
9. Is of the view that urban areas are also exposed to depopulation, with one in five cities in Europe facing population losses since 1990; notes, however, that urban shrinkage is not always a continuous linear process and can be episodic or temporary, depending on the territorial and economic context;
2021/02/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 165 #

2020/2039(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19
19. Stresses that the COVID-19 health crisis has affected all Member States and regions to different extents, and is likely to lead to new trends as regards demographic flows; recalls in this context that the additional resources provided through REACT-EU in order to ensure a sound and robust recovery of the EU’s economy from the crisis could significantly help to keep people in employment, including through support for small and medium-size enterprises and for short-time work schemes and the self- employed;
2021/02/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 170 #

2020/2039(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20
20. Recalls that the Recovery and Resilience Facility will provide large-scconditionale financial support to make Member States’ economies more resilient and better prepared for the future, and insists that Member States should propose measures for addressing demographic change; highlights the importance of the instruments for a transition to sustainability such as the Just Transition Fund and its implementation mechanism, which aim to support the communities affected by the energy transition and avoid the risk of depopulationto improve mobility of people and goods in rural, insular and mountainous areas;
2021/02/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 179 #

2020/2039(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21
21. Reiterates the need for further simplification of cohesion policy instruments in order to allow for an easier, but at the same time sound management of financial resources and for maximising synergies among the various EU funds; emphasises the need to reduce red tape and ensure coherent legislation throughout the project implementation process and a focused technical assistance at all stages;
2021/02/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 203 #

2020/2039(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23
23. Calls on the Member State to include demographic challenges in their national development policies and long- term strategies for sustainable development correlated with the European Semester, thus ensuring proper financing for demographic issues;
2021/02/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 217 #

2020/2039(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24
24. Calls on the regions at risk of depopulation to focus investments on universal accessibility to quality services and infrastructure and job creation; insists on investment in education, reskilling of workers, creating entrepreneurial conditions and supporting micro and SMEs;
2021/02/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 256 #

2020/2039(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 30
30. Insists that investments should be focused on information and communication technologymobility infrastructures and local health , since this has the potential to reduce the distance between the users and to attract high- skilled workers; stresses the importance of funding the development and uptake of these technologielabour skills among companies and schools in rural, insular, mountainous and isolated regions and regions in industrial transition;
2021/02/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 262 #

2020/2039(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 32
32. Considers that municipalities should promote ‘open innovation’ initiativsocial, cultural and business initiatives, besides "open innovation" ones, making use of the knowledge to accelerate the innovation process and to develop a collaborative approach with relevant partners and stakeholders with a view to creating innovationcultural and business friendly ecosystems;
2021/02/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 280 #

2020/2039(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 34
34. Calls on the Commission to ensure that the initiative on the long-term vision for rural, insular and mountainous areas includes practical solution and means of support to address demographic changes; invites the Commission, in agreement with the Member States, to propose a ‘new deal’ on demographics in the EU as a multi-level policy approach;
2021/02/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 2 #

2020/2023(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital A
A. whereas cohesion policy is a key instrument that ensures solidarity between European regions in exchange for the opportunities afforded by the internal market; whereas if regions are to access the internal market, they must make a contribution to the cohesion funds – as is the case for European Economic Area (EEA) countries;deleted
2020/04/16
Committee: REGI
Amendment 14 #

2020/2023(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital E
E. whereas the withdrawal of the UK without a subsequent agreement on its future relationship with the EU would have disruptive effects, creating a significant burden for public finances in the EU; whereas such a failure to reach an agreement on future EU-UK relations would justify activating the solidarity principle; whereas Parliament has already approved activating the solidarity principle in such a scenario;
2020/04/16
Committee: REGI
Amendment 15 #

2020/2023(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Considers that the UK should be invited to contribute to the cohesion funds if it wishes to participate in the internal market, in accordance with the model for EEA countries;deleted
2020/04/16
Committee: REGI
Amendment 36 #

2020/2023(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Recalls the importance of extending the scope of the European Union Solidarity Fund to cover a part of the additional public expenditure incurred in preparation for, or as a consequence of, the end of the transition period without a subsequent agreement on the UK’s future relationship with the EU; calls on the Commission to put forward a proposal on the matter, mirroring the proposal previously made to cover a failure to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement, which was approved by Parliament on 24 October 20191. _________________ 1Amendments adopted by the European Parliament on 24 October 2019 on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 in order to provide financial assistance to Member States to cover serious financial burden inflicted on them following a withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union without an agreement (COM(2019)0399 – C9-0111/2019 – 2019/0183(COD)), P9_TA(2019)0045.deleted
2020/04/16
Committee: REGI
Amendment 51 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 1
(1) The Commission has set out, in its Communication of 11 December 2019 entitled ‘The European Green Deal’21, a new growth strategy that aims to transform the Union into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy, where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from resource use. The Commission’s communication on the Climate Target Plan22 proposing to increase the greenhouse gas emissions’ reduction level to at least 55% by 2030 - an ambition that was endorsed by the European Council on 11 December 2020 - and its underlying impact assessment confirms that the energy mix of the future will be very different from the one of today and underpins the necessity to review and if necessary to revise the energy legislation. The current energy infrastructure investments are clearly insufficient to transform and build the energy infrastructure of the future. That also means infrastructure needs to be in place to support the European energy transition, including rapid electrification, scaling up of renewable electricity generation, the increased use of renewable and low-carbon gases, energy system integration and a higher uptake of innovative solutions. _________________ 21 Commission Communication - The European Green Deal, COM(2019) 640 final of 11 December 2019. 22Commission Communication - Stepping up Europe’s 2030 climate ambition, Investing in a climate-neutral future for the benefit of our people, COM(2020) 562 final of 17 September 2020
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 54 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 3
(3) The 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change following the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the ‘Paris Agreement’) sets out a long-term goal to keep the global temperature increase to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to keep it to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, and stresses the importance of adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change and making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development. On 12 December 2019, the European Council endorsed the objective of achieving a climate-neutral European Union by 2050, in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 55 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 4
(4) Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council23, the current TEN-E Regulation, lays down rules for the timely development and interoperability of trans-European energy networks in order to achieve the energy policy objectives of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to ensure the functioning of the internal energy market, security of supply and competitive energy markets in the Union, to promote energy efficiency and energy saving and the development of new and renewable forms of energy, and to promote the interconnection of energy networks. Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 puts in place a framework for Member States and relevant stakeholders to work together in a regional setting to develop better- connected energy networks with the aim to connect regions currently isolated from European energy markets, strengthen existing cross-border interconnections, promote new ones and help integrate renewable energy. By pursuing those objectives, Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 contributes to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and brings benefits to the entire Union in terms of competitiveness and economic, social and territorial cohesion. _________________ 23Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2013 on guidelines for trans- European energy infrastructure and repealing Decision No 1364/2006/EC and amending Regulations (EC) No 713/2009, (EC) No 714/2009 and (EC) No 715/2009, OJ L 115, 25.4.2013, p. 39–75.
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 57 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 5
(5) The evaluation of Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 has clearly shown that the framework has effectively improved the integration of Member States’ networks, stimulated energy trade and hence contributed to the competitiveness of the Union. Projects of common interest in electricity and gas have strongly contributed to security of supply. For gas, the infrastructure is now well connected and supply resilience has improved substantially since 2013, but both require ongoing support if their full potential is to be exploited and they can contribute to the transition towards the climate targets. Regional cooperation in Regional Groups and through cross-border cost allocation is an important enabler for project implementation. However, in many cases the cross-border cost allocation did not result in reducing the financing gap of the project, as intended. While the majority of permitting procedures have been shortened, in some cases the process is still long. The financial assistance from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) has been an important factor as grants for studies have helped projects to reduce risks in the early stages of development, while grants for works have supported projects addressing key bottlenecks that market finance could not sufficiently address.
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 62 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 6
(6) The TEN-E policy is a central instrument in the development of an internal energy market and necessary to achieve the European Green Deal objectives. To achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and higher levels of greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2030, Europe will need a more integrated energy system, relying on higher levels of electrification based on renewable sources and the gradual decarbonisation of the gas sector, which in some regions will constitute an essential energy source during the transition phase. The TEN-E policy can ensure that the Union energy infrastructure development supports the required energy transition to climate neutrality in line with the energy efficiency first principle.
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 64 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 6
(6) The TEN-E policy is a central instrument in the development of an internal energy market and necessary to achieve the European Green Deal objectives. To achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and higher levels of greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2030, Europe will need a more integrated energy system, relying on higher levels of electrification based on renewable sources and the decarbonisation of the gas sector. The TEN-E policy can ensure that the Union energy infrastructure development supports the required energy transition to climate neutrality in line with the energy efficiency first principle.
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 66 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 11
(11) Security of supply, as one main driver behind Regulation (EU) No 347/2013, has been significantly improved through projects of common interest. Moreover, the Commission’s climate target impact assessment27 expects the consumption of natural gas to be reduced significantly because its non-abated use is not compatible with carbon-neutrality. On the other hand, the consumption of biogas, renewable and low-carbon hydrogen and synthetic gaseous fuels will increase significantly towards 2050. Therefore, the natural gas infrastructure no longer needs support through the TEN-E policy. The planning of energy infrastructure should reflect this changing gas landscape. In some Member States, however, gas infrastructure projects, such as the transition from oil/coal/lignite to gas, including biomethane, offer significant potential for reducing CO2 emissions, and these projects are still deemed eligible for support under the TEN-E policy. In addition, in certain regions gas projects may be essential to guaranteeing security of supply and competitiveness on the market, so that TEN-E eligibility should be maintained. _________________ 27 SWD(2020) 176 final
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 78 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 14 a (new)
(14a) The Union should encourage the development of hydrogen production and storage sites located in mountain, island and rural areas, areas undergoing depopulation and bordering on third countries and areas with significant brownfield sites and offer incentives to establish new storage and transport infrastructure in the areas concerned.
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 85 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 17
(17) The Union should facilitate infrastructure projects linking the Union’s energy networks with third-country networks that are mutually beneficial and necessary for the energy transition and the achievement of the climate targets, and which also meet the specific criteria of the relevant infrastructure categories pursuant to this Regulation, in particular with neighbouring countries and with countries with which the Union has established specific energy cooperation. Therefore, this Regulation should include in its scope projects of mutual interest where they are sustainable and able to demonstrate significant net socio-economic benefits for at least twoone or more Member States and at least one third country. Such projects would be eligible for inclusion in the Union list provided they are consistent with overall policy approaches and upon conditions of regulatory approximation with the Union and upon demonstrating a contribution to the Union’s overall energy and climate objectives in terms of security of supply and decarbonisation. Such regulatory alignment or convergence should be presumed for the European Economic Area or Energy Community Contracting Parties. In addition, the third country with which the Union cooperates in the development of projects of mutual interest should facilitate a similar timeline for accelerated implementation and other policy support measures, as stipulated in this Regulation. Therefore, in this Regulation, projects of mutual interest should be considered in the same manner as projects of common interest with all provisions relative to projects of common interest applying also to projects of mutual interest, unless otherwise specified.
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 87 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 17 a (new)
(17a) With a view to combating the weakening and erosion of the economic and social fabric in mountain, island and rural areas, areas undergoing depopulation and areas with significant brownfield sites and fostering their sustainable technological development, the Union should offer incentives for the development and establishment in these areas of production, storage and transport infrastructure.
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 96 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 23 a (new)
(23a) The Commission's geographical priorities should include mountain areas, islands and areas with brownfield sites which can make a vital contribution to achieving the 2050 climate targets, given that for some time mountain communities, islands and areas with significant brownfield sites have been focusing on local energy production from renewable sources with the aim of becoming self-sufficient. Mountain areas, islands and areas with significant brownfield sites should be key interlocutors in the decision-making process on Union energy policies.
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 114 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 2 – point a
(a) addresses the identification of projects of common interest necessary to implement priority corridors and to develop interregional projects and areas falling under the energy infrastructure categories in electricity, smart gas grids, hydrogen, electrolysers, and carbon dioxide set out in Annex II (‘energy infrastructure categories’);
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 117 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 2 – point b
(b) facilitates the timely implementation of projects of common interest by streamlining, coordinating more closely, fostering cooperation between regions and accelerating permit granting processes and by enhancing public participation;
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 118 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 2 – point c
(c) provides rules and guidance for the cross-border allocation of contributions and costs and risk- related incentives for projects of common interest;
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 119 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 2 – point e
(e) addresses the identification of projects of mutual interest or projects promoted by several regions in consultation with the EU.
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 124 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 5
(5) ‘project of mutual interest’ means a project promoted by the Union in cooperation with third countriesat least one Member State in cooperation with third countries on the basis of an intergovernmental agreement or other agreements and falling within the categories of energy infrastructure referred to in Annex II which contributes to the achievement of the Union's overall energy and climate objectives, as referred to in Article 1(1), and are included on the list of Union projects, as referred to in Article 3;
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 128 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 9
(9) ‘smart gas grid’ means a gas network that makes use of innovative digital solutions, technological, mechanical or engineering solutions, also with the support of digital instruments, with a view to integrateing in a cost -efficient manner a plurality of low-carbon and renewable gas sources in accordance with consumers’ needs and gas quality requirements in orderand system safety requirements which make it possible to reduce the carbon footprint of the related gas consumption, enable an increased the share of renewable and low-carbon gases, and create links with other energy carriers and sectors;
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 158 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 6
6. Projects of common interest included on the Union list pursuant to paragraph 4 of this Article under the energy infrastructure categories set out in points (1)(a), (b), (c) and (e) of Annex II, shall become an integral part of the relevant regional investment plans under Article 34 of Regulation (EU) 2019/943 and Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 715/2009 and of the relevant national 10- year network development plans under Article 51 of Directive (EU) 2019/944 and Article 22 of Directive 2009/73/EC and other national infrastructure plans concerned, as appropriate. Those projects shall be conferred the highest possible priority within each of those plans. This paragraph shall not apply to projects of mutual interest.
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 159 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point a
(a) the project is necessary for at least one of the energy infrastructure priority corridors andor areas;
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 168 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point a
(a) the project contributes significantly to the decarbonisation objectives of the Union and those of the third country and to sustainability, including through the integration of renewable energy into the grid and the transmission of renewable generation to major consumption centres and, storage sites, and; production.
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 169 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point a
(a) the project contributes significantly to the decarbonisation objectives of the Union and those of the third country and to sustainability, including through the integration of renewable energy into the grid and the transmission of renewable generation to major consumption centres and storage sites, and;
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 171 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point c a (new)
(ca) the project fosters the sustainable and economic development of the area, also with a view to combating the weakening and erosion of the economic and social fabric in mountain and island areas, areas with significant brownfield sites and areas disadvantaged by their geography;
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 174 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point e – introductory part
(e) the third country or countries involved have a high level of regulatory alignment or convergence to support the overall policy objectives of the Union, in particular to ensure:broadening the scope of priority infrastructure to include third countries will bring significant benefits for the EU and neighbouring territories, as regards both energy cooperation and other forms of socioeconomic impact. However, the requirement of a high level of regulatory alignment with EU energy legislation and criteria should be reviewed, given that it could hamper the development of projects in key territories.
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 175 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point e – introductory part
(e) the third country or countries involved have similar overall political objectives and / or a high level of regulatory alignment or convergence to support the overall policy objectives of the Union, in particular to ensure:
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 176 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point e – point i
i) a well-functioning internal energy market;deleted
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 177 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point e – point ii
ii) security of energy supplies based on cooperation and solidarity;deleted
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 180 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 2 – point e – point iii
iii) an energy system, including production, transmission and distribution, on a trajectory towards decarbonisation in line with the Paris Agreement and the Union’s climate objectives; and, in particular, avoiding carbon leakage;deleted
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 194 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 3 – point d – point i
(i) market integration, including by connecting existing or emerging hydrogen networks of Member States, or otherwise contributing to the emergence of an Union- wide network for the transport and storage of hydrogentransport network and encouraging the development and establishment of new areas for the production and storage of hydrogen, including in mountain, island and rural areas, areas undergoing depopulation and bordering third countries and areas with significant brownfield sites, and ensuring interoperability of connected systems;
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 297 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 2
2. In their decision granting the incentives referred to in paragraph 1, national regulatory authorities shall consider the location of the projects, the results of the cost-benefit analysis on the basis of the methodology drawn up pursuant to Article 11 and in particular the regional or Union-wide positive externalities generated by the project. The national regulatory authorities shall further analyse the specific risks incurred by the project promoters, the risk mitigation measures taken and the justification of the risk profile in view of the net positive impact provided by the project, when compared to a lower-risk alternative. Eligible risks shall in particular include risks related to new transmission technologies, both onshore and offshore, risks related to under-recovery of costs and development risks.
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 330 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex I – Part 4 – point 13 – introductory part
(13) Smart gas grids: Adoption of smart gas grid technologies across the Union to efficiently integrate a plurality of renewable and low-carbon gas sources into the gas network, support the uptake of innovative solutionsalso through blending with methane, support the uptake of innovative technological, mechanical or engineering solutions, also supported by digital instruments, for network management and facilitating smart energy sector integration and demand response.
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 340 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex II – paragraph 1 – point 2 – point a
(a) any of the following equipment or installation aiming atintended to enablinge and facilitatinge the integration of renewable and low-carbon gases (including biomethane or hydrogen), synthetic methane or hydrogen) by blending it into the network. This includes: digital control systems and components integrating ICT, control systems and sensor technologies to enable the interactive and intelligent integration, monitoring, metering, quality control and management of gas production, transmission, distribution, storage and consumption within a gas network. Furthermore, such projects may also include equipment to enable reverse flows from the distribution to the transmission level and related necessary upgrades to the existing network. ; the infrastructure adjustments needed to support the establishment of smart gas grids, to connect production plants to the network and to enable higher concentrations of hydrogen to be absorbed within a gas network. Furthermore, such projects may also include connections to plants producing renewable, low-carbon gas and to the transmission network; equipment to enable reverse flows from the distribution to the transmission level and related necessary upgrades to the existing network, such as the updating of parts of the gas infrastructure in order to make grid assets compatible with the transport of renewable, low-carbon gases blended with methane and hydrogen.
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 361 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex II – paragraph 1 – point 4 – point b
(b) related equipment, including connections to the gas grid.
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 363 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex II – paragraph 1 – point 5 – introductory part
(5) concerning carbon dioxide capture, transport, utilisation or storage:
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 376 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex III – Part 2 – point 6
(6) pProposed carbon dioxide transport and storage projects falling under the category set out in point (5) of Annex II shall be presented as part of a plan, developed by at least two Member States, for the development of cross-border carbon dioxide transport and storage infrastructure, to be presented by the Member States concerned or entities designated by those Member States to the Commission.
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 393 #

2020/0360(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex IV – point 2 – point b
(b) for projects of mutual interest in the category set out in point (3) of Annex II, the hydrogen project enables the transmission of hydrogen across at the border of a Member State with one or more third countries and proves bringing significant benefits, under the specific criteria listed in in Article 4(3), to at least twoone or more Member States. The calculation of the benefits for the Member States shall be performed and published by the ENTSO for Gas in the frame of Union- wide ten- year network development plan;
2021/04/30
Committee: REGI
Amendment 2 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 3
(3) At Union level, the European Semester of economic policy coordination (‘European Semester’), including the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights, is the framework to identify national reform priorities and monitor their implementation. Member States develop their own national multiannual investment strategies in support of those reforms. Those strategies should be presented alongside theevery 3 yearls, by National Reform Programmes as a way to outline and coordinate priority investment projects to be supported by national and/or Union funding.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 6 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 4
(4) The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 changed the economic outlook for the years to come in the Union and in the world, calling for an urgent and coordinated response from the Union in order to cope with the enormous economic and social consequences for all Members. The challenges linked to the demographic context have been amplified by COVID-19. The current COVID-19 pandemic as well as the previous economic and financial crisis have shown that developing sound and resilient economies and financial systems built on strong and flexible economic and social structures helps Member States to respond more efficiently to shocks and recover more swiftly from them. The medium and long- term consequences of the COVID-19 crisis will critically depend on how quickly Member States’ economies will recover from the crisis, which in turn depends on the fiscal space Member States have available to take measures to mitigate the social and economic impact of the crisis, and on the resilience of their economies. Reforms and investments to address structural weaknesses of the economies and strengthen their resilience will therefore be essential to set the economies back on a sustainable recovery path and avoid further widening of the divergences in the Union.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 8 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 5
(5) The implementation of the investments and reforms contributing to achieve a high degree of resilience of domestic economies, allowing constraints flexibility, strengthening adjustment capacity and unlocking growth potential without involving pro-cyclical effects are among the Union’s policy priorities. They are therefore crucial to set the recovery on a sustainable path and support the process of upward economic and social convergence. This is even more necessary in the aftermath of the pandemic crisis to pave the way for a swift recovery.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 20 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 7
(7) Currently, nNo instrument should foresees direct financial support linked to the achievement of results and to implementation of reforms and public investments ofin the Member States in response to challenges identified in the European Semester, and with a view to having a lasting impact on the productivity and resilience of the economy of the Member States.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 21 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 8
(8) Against this background, it is necessary to strengthenadapt the current framework for the provision of support to Member States and provide direct financial support to Member States through an innovative tool. To that end, a Recovery and Resilience Facility (the ‘Facility’) should be established under this Regulation to provide effective financial and significant support to step up the implementation of counter-cyclical reforms and related public investments in the Member States. The Facility should be comprehensive and should also benefit from the experience gained by the Commission and the Member States from the use of the other instruments and programmes.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 26 #

2020/0104(COD)

(9) The types of financing and the methods of implementation under this Regulation should be chosen on the basis of their ability to achieve the specific objectives of the actions andcontribution to deliver results, taking into account, in particular, the costs of controls, and the administrative burden, and the expected risk of non- compliance. This should include consideration of the use of lump sums, flat rates and unit costs, as well as financing not linked to costs as referred to in Article 125(1)(a) of the Financial Regulation.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 32 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 12
(12) In order to implementachieve these overall objectiveresults, relevant actions will be identified during the Facility’s preparation and implementation, and reassessed in the context of the relevant evaluations and review processes. Also, due attention should be paid to the impact of the national plans submitted under this Regulation on fostering not only the green transition, but also the digital transformation. They will both play a priority role in relaunching and modernising our economy.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 37 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 13
(13) In order to enable measures to be taken that link the Facility to sound economic governance, with a view to ensuring uniform implementing conditions, the power should be conferred on the Council to suspend, on a proposal from the Commission and by means of implementing acts, the period of time for the adoption of decisions on proposals for recovery and resilience plans and to suspend payments under this Facility, in the event of significant non-compliance in relation to the relevant cases related to the economic governance process laid down in the Regulation (EU) No XXX/XX of the European Parliament and of the Council [CPR] (…). The power to lift those suspensions by means of implementing acts, on a proposal from the Commission, should also be conferred on the Council in relation to the same relevant cases.deleted
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 47 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 14
(14) The Facility’s general objective should be the promotion of economic, social and territorial cohesion. For that purpose, it should contribute to improving the resilience and adjustmentcompetition capacity of the Member States, mitigating the social and economic impact of the crisis, and supporting the green and digital transitions aimed at achieving a climate neutral Europe by 2050, thereby restoring the growth potential of the economies of the Union in the aftermath of the crisis, fostering employment creation and to promoting sustainable and homogeneous growth.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 48 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 15
(15) The specific objective of the Facility should be to provide financial support with a view to achieving the milestones and targets of countercyclical reforms and investments as set out in recovery and resilience plans. That specific objective should be pursued in close cooperation with the Member States concerned.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 51 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 16
(16) To ensure its contribution to the objectives of the Facility, the recovery and resilience plan should comprise measures for the implementation of reforms and public investment projects through a coherent recovery and resilience plan. The recovery and resilience plan should be consistent with the relevant country- specific challenges and priorities identified in the context of the European Semester, with the national reform programmes, the national energy and climate plans, the just transition plans, and the partnership agreements and operational programmes adopted under the Union funds. To boost actions that fall within the priorities of the cohesion, of the European Green Deal and the Digital Agenda, the plan should also set out measures that are relevant for the green and digital transitions. The measures should enable a swift deliver of targets, objectives and contributions set out in national energy and climate plans and updates thereof. All supported activities should be pursued in full respect of the climate and environmental priorities of the Uniongional development and the green and digital transitions.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 55 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 17
(17) Where a Member States is exempted from the monitoring and assessment of the European Semester on the basis of Article 12 of Regulation (EU) 472/201311 , or is subject to surveillance under Council Regulation (EC) No 332/200212 , it should be possible that the provisions of this regulation are applied to the Member State concerned in relation to the challenges and priorities identified by the measures set out under the regulations thereof. _________________ 11 12deleted OJ L 140 of 27.5.2013. OJ L 53 of 23.2.2002.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 56 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 18
(18) To inform the preparation and the implementation of the recovery and resilience plans by Member States, the Council should be able to discuss, within the European Semester, the state of recovery, resilience, cohesion and adjustment capacity in the Union. To ensure appropriate evidence, this discussion should be based on the Commission’s strategic and analytical information available in the context of the European Semester and, if available, on the basis of the information on the implementation of the plans in the preceding years.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 58 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 19
(19) In order to ensure a meaningful financial contribution commensurate to the actual needs of Member States to undertake and complete the reforms and investments included in the recovery and resilience plan, it is appropriate to establish a maximum financial contribution available to them under the Facility as far as the financial support (i.e. the non- repayable financial support) is concerned. That maximum contribution should be calculated on the basis of the population, taken into account the depopulation rate, the inverse of the per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP and the fall of GDP due to the Covid-19 impact) and the relative unemployment rate of each Member State.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 67 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 21
(21) In order to ensure the national ownership and a focus on relevant reforms and investments, Member States wishing to receive support should submit to the Commission a recovery and resilience plan that is duly reasoned and substantiated. The recovery and resilience plan should set out the detailed set of measures for its implementation, including targets and milestones, and the expected impact of the recovery and resilience plan on growth potential, job creation and economic and social resilience; it should also include measures that are relevant for the green and the digital transitions; it should also include an explanation of the consistency of the proposed recovery and resilience plan with the relevant country-specific challenges and priorities identified in the context of the European Semester. Close cooperation between the Commission and the Member States should be sought and achieved throughout the process.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 71 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 22
(22) The Commission should assess the recovery and resilience plan proposed by the Member States and should act in close cooperation with the Member State concerned. The Commission will fully respect the national ownership of the process and will therefore take into account the justification and elements provided by the Member State concerned and assess whether the recovery and resilience plan proposed by the Member State is expected to contribute to effectively address challenges identified in the relevant country-specific recommendation addressed to the Member State concerned or in other relevant documents officially adopted by the Commission in the European Semester; whether the plan contains measures that effectively contribute to the green and the digital transitions and to addressing the challenges resulting from them; whether the plan is expected to have a lasting impact in the Member State concerned; whether the plan is expected to effectively contribute to strengthen the growth potential, job creation and economic and social resilience of the Member State, mitigate the economic and social impact of the crisis and contribute to enhancing economic, social and territorial cohesion; whether the justification provided by the Member State of the estimated total costs of the recovery and resilience plan submitted is reasonable and plausible and is commensurate to the expected impact on the economy and employment; whether the proposed recovery and resilience plan contains measures for the implementation of reforms and public investment projects that represent coherent actions; and whether the arrangement proposed by the Member State concerned are expected to ensure effective implementation of the recovery and resilience plan, including the proposed milestones and targets, and the related indicators.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 79 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 27
(27) To ensure that the financial support is frontloaded in the initial years after the crisis, and to ensure compatibility with the available funding for this instrument, the allocation of funds to the Member States should be made available until 31 December 2024. To this effect, at least 670 percent of the amount available for non- repayable support should be legally committed by 31 December 2022. The remaining amount should be legally committed by 31 December 2024.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 81 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 29
(29) The request for a loan should be justified by the financial needs linked to additional reforms and investments included in the recovery and resilience plan, notably relevant for the green and digital transitions, and by therefore, by a higher cost of the plan than the maximum financial contribution (to be) allocated via the non-repayable contribution. It should be possible to submit the request for a loan together with the submission of the plan. In case the request for loan is made at a different moment in time, it should be accompanied by a revised plan with additional milestones and targets. To ensure frontloading of resources, Member States should request a loan support at the latest by 31 August 2024. For the purposes of sound financial management, the total amount of all the loans granted under this Regulation should be capped. In addition, the maximum volume of the loan for each Member State should not exceed 4.7% of its Gross National Income. An increase of the capped amount should be possible in exceptional circumstances subject to available resources. For the same reasons of sound financial management,In any case it should be possible to pay the loan in instalments against the fulfilment of results.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 83 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 30
(30) A Member State should have the possibility to make a reasoned request to amend the recovery and resilience plan within the period of implementation, where objective circumstances justify such a course of action. The Commission should assess the reasoned request and take a new decision within fourthree months.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 85 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 32
(32) For the purpose of sound financial management, specific rules should be laid down for budget commitments, payments, suspension, cancellation and recovery of funds. To ensure predictability, it should be possible for Member States to submit requests for payments on a biannual basis. Payments should be made in instalments and be based on a positive assessment by the Commission of the implementation of the recovery and resilience plan by the Member State. Suspension and cancellation of the financial contribution should be possible when the recovery and resilience plan has not been implemented in a satisfactory manner by the Member State. Appropriate contradictory procedures should be established to ensure that the decision by the Commission in relation to suspension, cancellation and recovery of amounts paid respects the right of Member States to provide observations.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 87 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 33
(33) For effective monitoring of implementation, the Member States should report on a quarterly basis within the European Semester procesn annual basis on the progress made in the achievement of the recovery and resilience plan. Such reports prepared by the Member States concerned should be appropriately reflected in the National Reform Programmes, which should be used as a tool for reporting on progress towards completion of recovery and resilience plans.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 95 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 40
(40) In accordance with the Financial Regulation, Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 883/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council14 , Council Regulation (Euratom, EC) No 2988/9515 ,Council Regulation (Euratom, EC) No 2185/9616 and Council Regulation (EU) 2017/193917 , the financial interests of the Union are to be protected through proportionate measures, including the prevention, detection, correction and investigation of irregularities and fraud, the recovery of funds lost, wrongly paid or incorrectly used and, where appropriate, the imposition of administrative sanctions. In particular, in accordance with Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 883/2013 and Regulation (Euratom, EC) No 2185/96, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) may carry out administrative investigations, including on- the-spot checks and inspections, with a view to establishing whether there has been fraud, corruption or any other illegal activity affecting the financial interests of the Union. In accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/1939, the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) may investigate and prosecute fraud and other criminal offences affecting the financial interests of the Union as provided for in Directive (EU) 2017/1371 of the European Parliament and of the Council18 . In accordance with the Financial Regulation, any person or entity receiving Union funds is to fully cooperate in the protection of the Union’s financial interests, to grant the necessary rights and access to the Commission, OLAF, the EPPO and the European Court of Auditors and to ensure that any third parties involved in the implementation of Union funds grant equivalent rights to the Commission, OLAF, the EPPO and the European Court of Auditors. _________________ 14Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 883/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 September 2013 concerning investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1073/1999 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Council Regulation (Euratom) No 1074/1999,(OJ L248, 18.9.2013, p. 1) 15 Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2988/95 of 18 December 1995 on the protection of the European Communities financial interests (OJ L 312, 23.12.95, p.1) 16 Council Regulation (Euratom, EC) No 2185/96 of 11 November 1996 concerning on-the-spot checks and inspections carried out by the Commission in order to protect the European Communities’ financial interests against fraud and other irregularities (OJ L292,15.11.96, p.2) 17Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1939 of 12 October 2017 implementing enhanced cooperation on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (‘the EPPO’) (OJ L283, 31.10.2017,, p.1) 18 Directive (EU) 2017/1371 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2017 on the fight against fraud to the Union’s financial interests by means of criminal law (OJ L 198, 28.7.2017, p. 29)
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 97 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 3
3. ‘European Semester of economic policy coordination’ (hereinafter ‘European Semester’) means the process set out by Article 2-a of Council Regulation (EC) No 1466/97 of 7 July 199720 . _________________ 20Council Regulation (EC) No 1466/97 of 7 July 1997 on the strengthening of the surveillance of budgetary positions and the surveillance and coordination of economic policies (OJ L 209, 2.8.1997, p. 1).deleted
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 109 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 2
2. To achieve that general objective, the specific objective of the Recovery and Resilience Facility shall be to provide Member States with financial support with a view to achieving the milestones and targets of countercyclical reforms and investments as set out in their recovery and resilience plans. That specific objective shall be pursued in close cooperation with the Member States concerned.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 113 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 2
2. The amounts referred to in paragraph 1(a) may also cover expenses pertaining to preparatory, monitoring, control, audit and evaluation activities, which are required for the management of each instrument and the achievement of its objectives, in particular studies, meetings of experts, information and communication actions, including corporate communication of the political priorities of the Union, in so far as they are related to the objectives of this Regulation, expenses linked to IT networks focusing on information processing and exchange, corporate information technology tools, and all other technical and administrative assistance expenses incurred by the Commission for the management of each instrument. EThe same amounts of expenses may also cover the costs of other supporting activities such as quality control and monitoring of projects on the ground and the costs of peer counselling and experts for the assessment and implementation of countercyclical reforms and investments.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 114 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6
Resources allocated to Member States under shared management may, at their request, be transferred to the Facility. The Commission shall implement those resources directly in accordance with point (a) of Article 62(1) of the Financial Regulation. Those resources shall be used for the benefit of the Member State concerned.Article 6 deleted Resources from shared management programmes
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 124 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 9 – paragraph 1
1. In the event of significant non- compliance in relation to any of the cases laid down in Article 15(7) of the Regulation laying down common provisions on the […)][CPR], the Council shall, on a proposal from the Commission, adopt a decision by means of an implementing act to suspend the time period for the adoption of the decisions referred to in Articles 17(1) and 17(2) or to suspend payments under the Recovery and Resilience Facility. The decision to suspend payments referred to in paragraph 1 shall apply to payment applications submitted after the date of the decision to suspend. The suspension of the time period referred to in Article 17 shall apply from the day after the adoption of the decision referred to in paragraph 1. In case of suspension of payments Article 15(9) of Regulation laying down common provisions on the (…) shall apply.deleted
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 130 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 10 – paragraph 1
A maximum financial contribution shall be calculated for each Member State for the allocation of the amount referred to in Article 5(1)(a), using the methodology set out in Annex I, based on the population taking into account the depopulation rate, the inverse of the per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP and the fall of GDP due to the Covid-19 impact) and the relative unemployment rate of each Member State.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 135 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 11 – paragraph 2
2. For a period starting after 31 December 2022 until 31 December 2024, where financial resources are available, the Commission may organise calls in line with the calendar of the European Semester. To that effect, it shall publish an indicative calendar of the calls to be organised in that period, and shall indicate, at each call, the amount available for allocation. Each Member State may propose to receive up to a maximum amount corresponding to its allocation share of the available amount for allocation, as referred to in Annex I, to implement the recovery and resilience plan.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 138 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 12 – paragraph 3 – point a
(a) the reasons for the loan support, justified by the higher financial needs linked to additional countercyclical reforms and investments;
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 139 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 12 – paragraph 3 – point b
(b) the additional countercyclical reforms and investments in line with Article 15;
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 140 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 1 – point b
(b) the additional countercyclical reforms and investments comply with the criteria set out in Article 16(3.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 141 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 2 – point e
(e) the other elements needed for the implementation of the loan support in relation to the countercyclical reforms and the investment projects concerned in line with the decision referred to in Article 17(2).
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 146 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 14 – paragraph 2
2. The recovery and resilience plans shall be consistent with the relevant country-specific challenges and priorities identified in the context of the European Semester, in particular those relevant for or resulting from the green and digital transition. The recovery and resilience plans shall also be consistent with the information included by the Member States in the national reform programmes under the European Semester, in their national energy and climate plans and updates thereof under the Regulation (EU)2018/199921 , in the territorial just transition plans under the Just Transition Fund22 , and in the partnership agreements and operational programmes under the Union funds. _________________ 21Regulation (EU)2018/1999 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2018 on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action. 22 […]
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 149 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 14 – paragraph 3
3. Where a Member States is exempted from the monitoring and assessment of the European Semester on the basis of Article 12 of Regulation (EU) 472/2013, or is subject to surveillance under Council Regulation (EC) No 332/2002, the provisions set out in this regulation shall be applied to the Member State concerned in relation to the challenges and priorities identified by the measures set out under the regulations thereof.deleted
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 153 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 2
2. The recovery and resilience plan presented by the Member State concerned shall constitute an annex to its National Reform Programme and shall be officially submitted on a triannual basis at the latest by 30 April. A draft plan may be submitted by Member State starting from 15 October of the preceding year, together with the draft budget of the subsequent year.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 155 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 3 – point a
(a) an explanation of the way the relevant country-specific challenges and priorities identified in the context of the European Semester are expected to be addressed;deleted
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 170 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 3 – point d
(d) envisaged milestones, targets and an indicative timetable for the implementation of the reforms over a maximum period of four years, and of the investments over a maximum period of seven years;deleted
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 173 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 3 – point f
(f) the estimated total cost of the countercyclical reforms and investments covered by the recovery and resilience plan submitted (also referred as ‘estimated total cost of the recovery and resilience plan’) backed up by appropriate justification and how it is commensurate to the expected impact on the economy and employment;
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 182 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 16 – paragraph 2
2. When assessing the recovery and 2. resilience plan and in the determination of the amount to be allocated to the Member State concerned, the Commission shall take into account the analytical information on the Member State concerned available in the context of the European Semester as well as the justification and the elements provided by the Member State concerned, as referred to in Article 15(3), and any other relevant information including, in particular, the one contained in the National Reform Programme and the National Energy and Climate Plan of the Member State concerned and, if relevant, information from technical support received via the Technical Support Instrument.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 185 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 16 – paragraph 3 – point a
(a) whether the recovery and resilience plan is expected to contribute to effectively address challenges identified in the relevant country-specific recommendations addressed to the Member State concerned or in other relevant documents officially adopted by the Commission in the European Semester;deleted
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 200 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 1
1. The Commission shall adopt a decision within four months of the official submission of the recovery and resilience plan by the Member State, by means of an implementing act. In the event that the Commission gives a positive assessment to a recovery and resilience plan, that decision shall set out the countercyclical reforms and investment projects to be implemented by the Member State, including the milestones and targets, and the financial contribution allocated in accordance with Article 11.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 202 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 2
2. In case the Member State concerned requests a loan support, the decision shall also set out the amount of the loan support as referred to in Article 12(4) and (5) and the additional countercyclical reforms and investment projects to be implemented by the Member State covered by that loan support, including the additional milestones and targets.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 203 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 4 – point b
(b) the description of the countercyclical reforms and of the investment projects and the amount of the estimated total cost of the recovery and resilience plan;
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 205 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 4 – point c – point 2
(2) as regards completion of reforms, the period by which the reforms must be implemented shall end no later than four years after the adoption of the decision.deleted
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 206 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 4 – point e
(e) the relevant indicators relating to the fulfilment of the envisaged milestones and targets; andeleted
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 208 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 5
5. Where the Commission gives a negative assessment to a recovery and resilience plan, it shall communicate a duly justified assessment within fourthree months of the submission of the proposal by the Member State.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 210 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 6
6. The arrangements and timetable for implementation as referred to in point (d), the relevant indicators relating to the fulfilment of the envisaged milestones and targets referred to in point (e), the arrangements for providing access by the Commission to the underlying data referred to in point (f), and, where appropriate, the additional milestones and targets related to the disbursement of the loan support referred to in point (g) of paragraph 4 shall be further illustrated in an operational arrangement to be agreed by the Member State concerned and the Commission after the adoption of the decision referred to in paragraph 1.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 211 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 18 – paragraph 2
2. Where the Commission considers that the reasons put forward by the Member State concerned justify an amendment of the relevant recovery and resilience plan, the Commission shall assess the new plan in accordance with the provisions of Article 16 and shall take a new decision in accordance with Article 17 within fourthree months of the official submission of the request.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 213 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 18 – paragraph 3
3. Where the Commission considers that the reasons put forward by the Member State concerned do not justify an amendment of the relevant recovery and resilience plan, it shall reject the request within four months of its official submission, after having given the Member State concerned the possibility to present its observations within a period of one month of the communication of the Commission’s conclusions.deleted
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 215 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 19 – paragraph 6
6. Where the Member State concerned has not taken the necessary measures within a period of six months from the suspension, the Commission shall cancel the amount of the financial contribution pursuant to Article 14(1) of the Financial Regulation after having given the Member State concerned the possibility to present its observations within two months from the communication of its conclusions.deleted
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 216 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 19 – paragraph 7
7. Where, within eighteen months of the date of the adoption the decision referred to in Article 17(1), no tangible progress has been made in respect of any relevant milestones and targets by the Member State concerned, the amount of the financial contribution shall be cancelled pursuant to Article 14(1) of the Financial Regulation. The Commission shall take a decision on the cancellation of the financial contribution after having given the Member State concerned the possibility to present its observations within a period of two months of the communication of its assessment as to whether no tangible progress has been made.deleted
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 218 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 20 – paragraph 1
The Member State concerned shall report on a quarterly basis within the European Semester procesn annual basis on the progress made in the achievement of the recovery and resilience plans, including the operational arrangement referred to in Article 17(6). To that effect, the quarterly reports of the Member States shall be appropriately reflected in the National Reform Programmes, which shall be used as a tool for reporting on progress towards completion of the recovery and resilience plans.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 222 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 21 – paragraph 1
1. The Commission shall transmit the recovery and resilience plans as approved in the implementing act of the Commission in accordance with Article 17 to the European Parliament and the Council without undue delay. The Member State concerned may request the Commission to redact sensitive or confidential information, the disclosure of which would jeopardise public interests of the Member State.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 229 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 24 – paragraph 4
4. For the purpose of the reporting on the activities referred to in paragraph 2, the Commission may use the content of the relevant documents officially adopted by the Commission under the European Semester as appropriate.deleted
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 230 #

2020/0104(COD)

2. The evaluation report shall, in particular, assess to which extent the objectives have been achieved, the efficiency of the use of resources and the European added value. It shall also consider the continued relevance of all objectives and actions.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 231 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 25 – paragraph 4
4. The ex-post evaluation report shall consist of a global assessment of the instruments established by this Regulation and shall include information on its impact in the medium or long-term.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 234 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 26 – paragraph 2
2. The Commission shall implement information and communication actions relating to the instruments established by this Regulation, its actions and its results. Financial resources allocated to the instruments established by this Regulation shall also contribute to the corporate communication of the political priorities of the Union, as far as they are related to the objectives referred to in Articles 4.deleted
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 235 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex II – point 2 – paragraph 1 – point a
(a) whether the recovery and resilience plan is expected to contribute to effectively address challenges identified in the relevant country-specific recommendations addressed to the Member State concerned or in other relevant documents officially adopted by the Commission in the European Semester;deleted
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 236 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex II – point 2 – paragraph 1 – point e
(e) whether the justification provided by the Member State on the amount of the estimated total costs of the recovery and resilience plan submitted is reasonable and plausible and is commensurate to the expected impact on the economy and employment;
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 237 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex II – point 2 – paragraph 1 – point f
(f) whether the recovery and resilience plan contains measures for the implementation of countercyclical reforms and public investment projects that represent coherent actions;
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 238 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex II – point 2 – paragraph 3 – point 2.1 – introductory part
2.1 The recovery and resilience plan is expected to contribute to effectively address challenges identified in the relevant country-specific recommendations addressspecific reports prepared toby the Member State concerned or in other relevant documents officially adopted by the Commission in the European Semester.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 239 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex II – point 2 – paragraph 3 – point 2.1 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – indent 1
— The recovery and resilience plan is expected to contribute to effectively address challenges identified in the relevant country-specific recommendations, including fiscal aspects, or in other relevant documents officially adopted by the Commission in the European Semester addressed to the Member States concernedMember States’ specific reports, including fiscal aspects,
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 241 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex II – point 2 – paragraph 3 – point 2.1 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 6
A – The recovery and resilience plan contributes to effectively address challenges identified in the CSRs, or in other relevant documents officially adopted by the Commission in the European Semester,specific reports proposed by the Member State concerned and the plan represents an adequate response to the economic and social situation of the Member State concerned.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 242 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex II – point 2 – paragraph 3 – point 2.1 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 7
B – The recovery and resilience plan contributes to partially address challenges identified in the CSRs, or in other relevant documents officially adopted by the Commission in the European Semesterspecific reports proposed by the Member State concerned and the plan represents a partially adequate response to the economic and social situation of the Member State concerned.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 243 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex II – point 2 – paragraph 3 – point 2.1 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 8
C – The recovery and resilience plan does not contribute to address any challenges identified in the CSRs, or in other relevant documents officially adopted by the Commission in the European Semesterspecific reports proposed by the Member State concerned and the plan does not represent an adequate response to the economic and social situation of the Member State concerned.
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 246 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex II – point 2 – paragraph 3 – point 2.5 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – indent 1
— the Member State provided sufficient information and evidence that the amount of the estimated total cost of the recovery and resilience plan is appropriate (“reasonable”);deleted
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 247 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex II – point 2 – paragraph 3 – point 2.5 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2
and — the Member State provided sufficient information and evidence that the amount of the estimated total cost of the recovery and resilience plan is in line with the nature and the type of the envisaged reforms and investments (“plausible”).deleted
2020/09/11
Committee: REGI
Amendment 63 #

2020/0101(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 5
(5) An additional exceptional amount of EUR 58 272 800 000 (in current prices) for budgetary commitment from the Structural Funds under the Investment for growth and jobs goal, for the years 2020, 2021 and 2022 should be made available to support Member States and regions most impacted in crisis repair in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic orand preparing a green, digital and resilientthe recovery of the economy, with a view to deploying resources quickly to the real economy through the existing operational programmes. Resources for 2020 stem from an increase in the resources available for economic, social and territorial cohesion in the multiannual financial framework for 2014-2020 whereas resources for 2021 and 2022 stem from the European Union Recovery Instrument. Part of the additional resources should be allocated to technical assistance at the initiative of the Commission. The Commission should set out the breakdown of the remaining additional resources for each Member State on the basis of an allocation method based on the latest available objective statistical data concerning Member States’ relative prosperity and the extent of the effect of the current crisis on their economies and societies. The allocation method should include a dedicated additional amount for the outermost regions given the specific vulnerability of their economies and societies. In order to reflect the evolving nature of the effects of the crisis, the breakdown should be revised in 2021 on the basis of the same allocation method using the latest statistical data available by 19 October 2021 to distribute the 2022 tranche of the additional resources. (This amendment applies throughout the text. Adopting it will necessitate corresponding changes throughout.)
2020/07/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 67 #

2020/0101(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 6
(6) Horizontal financial rules adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on the basis of Article 322 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union apply to this Regulation. These rules are laid down in the Financial Regulation and determine in particular the procedure for establishing and implementing the budget through grants, procurement, prizes, indirect implementation, and provide for checks on the responsibility of financial actors. Rules adopted on the basis of Article 322 TFEU also concern the protection of the Union's budget in case of generalised deficiencies as regards the rule of law in the Member States, as the respect for the rule of law is an essential precondition for sound financial management and effective EU funding.
2020/07/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 81 #

2020/0101(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 9
(9) In order to complement the actions already available under the scope of support of the ERDF, as extended by Regulations (EU) 2020/460 and (EU) 2020/558 of the European Parliament and of the Council5 , Member States should continue to be allowed to use the additional resources primarily for investments in products and services for health services, for providing support in the form of working capital or investment support to SMEs, in operations contributing to the transition towards a digital and green economy, infrastructure providing basic services to citizens, including in rural, insular and mountainous areas, or economic support measures for those regions most dependent on sectors most affected by the crisis. Technical assistance starting from the preliminary stages should also be supported. It is appropriate that the additional resources are focused exclusively under the new thematic objective “Fostering crisis repair in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and preparing a green, digital and resilient recovery of the economy”, which should also constitute a single investment priority, to allow for simplified programming and implementation of the additional resources. _________________ 5 Regulation (EU) 2020/460 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 March 2020 amending Regulations (EU) No 1301/2013, (EU) No 1303/2013 and (EU) No 508/2014 as regards specific measures to mobilise investments in the healthcare systems of Member States and in other sectors of their economies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak (Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative) (OJ L99, 31.3.2020, p. 5); Regulation (EU) 2020/558 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2020 amending Regulations (EU) No 1301/2013 and (EU) No 1303/2013 as regards specific measures to provide exceptional flexibility for the use of the European Structural and Investments Funds in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, (OJ L 130, 23.4.2020, p. 1).
2020/07/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 97 #

2020/0101(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 10
(10) For the ESF, Member States should primarily use the additional resources to support job maintenance, including in rural, insular and mountainous areas, as well as through short-time work schemes and support to self-employed, job creation, in particular for peoplecitizens in vulnerable situations, support to youth employment measures, education and training, skills development and to enhance access to social services of general interest, including for children. It should be clarified that in the present exceptional circumstances support to short-time work schemes for employees and the self- employed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic can be provided even when that support is not combined with active labour market measures, unless the latter are imposed by national law. Union support to those short-time work schemes should be limited in time.
2020/07/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 123 #

2020/0101(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 15
(15) With a view to allow the targeting of these additional resources to the geographic areas where they are most needed, as an exceptional measure and without prejudice to the general rules for allocating Structural Funds resources, the additional resources allocated to the ERDF and the ESF are not to be broken down per category of region. However, Member States are expected to take into account the different regional needs and development levels in order to ensure that focus is maintained on less developed regions, in accordance with the objectives of economic, social and territorial cohesion set out in Article 173 TFEU. Member States should also involve local and regional authorities, as well as relevant bodies representing civil society, in accordance with the partnership principles.deleted
2020/07/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 140 #

2020/0101(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 19
(19) In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the urgency to address the associated public health crisis, it is considered necessary to use the exception to the eight-week period referred to in Article 4 of Protocol No 1 on the role of national Parliaments in the European Union, annexed to the Treaty on European Union, to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and to the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community.deleted
2020/07/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 163 #

2020/0101(COD)

Each Member State shall allocate the additional resources available for programming under the ERDF and the ESF to operational programmes, involving local and regional authorities, in accordance with the partnership principle. Up to 5% of the additional resources shall be used for cross-border projects.
2020/07/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 172 #

2020/0101(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 2
Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013
Article 92 b – paragraph 6
6. Up to 4% of the total additional resources under the ERDF and the ESF may be allocated to technical assistance starting from the preliminary stages under any existing operational programme supported from the ERDF or the ESF or the new operational programme referred to in paragraph 11.
2020/07/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 204 #

2020/0101(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 2
Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013
Article 92 b – paragraph 8 – subparagraph 4
For the ESF, the additional resources shall primarily be used to support job maintenance, including through short-time work schemes and support to self- employed, even when that support is not combined with active labour market measures, unless the latter are imposed by national law. The additional resources shall also support job creation, in particular for peoplecitizens in vulnerable situations, youth employment measures, education and training, skills development, in particular to support the twin green and digital transitions, and to enhance access to social services of general interest, including for children.
2020/07/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 216 #

2020/0101(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 2
Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013
Article 92 b – paragraph 9 – subparagraph 5
The revised financing plan set out in Article 96(2)(d) shall set out the allocation of the additional resources for the years 2020, 2021 and, where applicable, for 2022 without identifying amounts for the performance reserve and with no breakdown per category of regions.
2020/07/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 222 #

2020/0101(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 2
Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013
Article 92 b – paragraph 10 – subparagraph 4 a (new)
By way of derogation from Article 29(3) and (4) and Article 30(2), the Commission shall approve any new dedicated operational programme or any amendment to an existing programme within 10 working days of its submission by a Member State.
2020/07/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 252 #

2020/0101(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 a (new)
Article 1a The Commission shall provide the European Parliament and the Council with an evaluation report on REACT-EU by 31 December 2023, covering budgetary commitments and payments, where possible, for the years 2020, 2021 and 2022. That report shall include information on the achievement of the objectives of REACT-EU, the efficiency of the use of its resources, the types of actions financed, the beneficiaries and final recipients of the financial allocations as well as its European added value in aiding the economic recovery.
2020/07/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 255 #

2020/0101(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex I – paragraph 1
Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013
Annex VII a – paragraph 3 – point b
(b) For the number of people unemployed and the number of young people unemployed the reference period shall be: the average of June to AugustApril to June 2020.
2020/07/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 257 #

2020/0101(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex I – paragraph 1
Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013
Annex VII a – paragraph 4 – point b
(b) For the number of people unemployed and the number of young people unemployed the reference period shall be: the average of June to AugustApril to June 2021.
2020/07/24
Committee: REGI
Amendment 21 #

2020/0100(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 5
(5) In order to enhance the economic diversification of territories impacted by the transition, the Facility should cover a wide range of investments, on condition that they contribute to meet the development needs in the transition towards a climate neutral economy, as described in the territorial just transition plans. The investments supported may cover energy and transport infrastructure, district heating networks, green mobility, smart waste and water management, clean energy and energy efficiency measures including renovations and conversions of buildings, support to transition to a circular economy, land restoration and decontamination, as well as up- and re- skilling, training and social infrastructure, including social housing. Infrastructure developments may also include solutions leading to their enhanced resilience to withstand disasters. Comprehensive investment approach should be favoured in particular for territories with important transition needs. Investments in other sectors could also be supported if they are consistent with the adopted territorial just transition plans. By supporting investments that do not generate sufficient revenues, the Facility aims at providing public sector entities with additional resources necessary to address the social, economic and environmental challenges resulting from the adjustment to climate transition. In order to help identify investments with a high positive environmental impact eligible under the Facility, the EU taxonomy on environmentally sustainable economic activities may be used.
2020/09/01
Committee: REGI
Amendment 26 #

2020/0100(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 6
(6) Horizontal financial rules adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on the basis of Article 322 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union apply to this Regulation. These rules are laid down in the Financial Regulation and determine in particular the procedure for establishing and implementing the budget through grants, procurement, prizes, indirect implementation, and provide for checks on the responsibility of financial actors. Rules adopted on the basis of Article 322 TFEU also concern the protection of the Union's budget in case of generalised deficiencies as regards the rule of law in the Member States, as the respect for the rule of law is an essential precondition for sound financial management and effective EU funding.
2020/09/01
Committee: REGI
Amendment 39 #

2020/0100(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 19
(19) In accordance with the Financial Regulation and Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 883/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Council Regulations (Euratom, EC) No 2988/95, (Euratom, EC) No 2185/96 and (EU) 2017/1939, the financial interests of the Union are to be protected through proportionate measures, including the prevention, detection, correction and investigation of irregularities, including fraud, the recovery of funds lost, wrongly paid or incorrectly used, and, where appropriate, the imposition of administrative penalties. In particular, in accordance with Regulations (Euratom, EC) No 2185/96 and (EU, Euratom) No 883/2013, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) may carry out administrative investigations, including on-the-spot checks and inspections, with a view to establishing whether there has been fraud, corruption or any other illegal activity affecting the financial interests of the Union. In accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/1939, the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) may investigate and prosecute offences against the financial interests of the Union, as provided for in Directive (EU) 2017/1371 of the European Parliament and of the Council. In accordance with the Financial Regulation, any person or entity receiving Union funds is to fully cooperate in the protection of the financial interests of the Union, grant the necessary rights and access to the Commission, and OLAF, the EPPO in respect of those Member States participating in enhanced cooperation pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2017/1939, and the European Court of Auditors (ECA), and ensure that any third parties involved in the implementation of Union funds grant equivalent rights.
2020/09/01
Committee: REGI
Amendment 41 #

2020/0100(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 20
(20) In order to supplement and amend certain non-essential elements of this Regulation, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 TFEU should be delegated to the Commission in respect of delegating further certain implementation tasks to executive agencies as well as of the amendment of the elements contained in Annex II of this Regulation regarding the key performance indicators. It is of particular importance that the Commission can carry out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level, and that those consultations be conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in the Inter- institutional Agreement of 13 April 2016 on Better Law-Making. In particular, to ensure equal participation in the preparation of delegated acts, the European Parliament and the Council receive all documents at the same time as Member States' experts, and their experts systematically have access to meetings of Commission expert groups dealing with the preparation of delegated acts.deleted
2020/09/01
Committee: REGI
Amendment 44 #

2020/0100(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 21
(21) In order to set out an appropriate financial framework for the grant component of this Facility until 31 December 2024, implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission to set out the available national allocations expressed as shares of the overall financial envelope of the Facility for each Member State in accordance with the methodology set out in Annex I of Regulation [the JTF Regulation]. The implementing powers should be conferred without comitology procedures given that the shares derive directly from the application of a pre- defined calculation methodology.
2020/09/01
Committee: REGI
Amendment 49 #

2020/0100(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 2
The Facility shall provide support benefitting Union territories facing serious social, environmental and economic challenges deriving from the transition process towards a climate-neutral economy of the Union bystarting from 2050.
2020/09/01
Committee: REGI
Amendment 104 #

2020/0100(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 14 – paragraph 3
3. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 17 to amend Annex II by modifying the indicators referred to in paragraph 1.
2020/09/01
Committee: REGI
Amendment 109 #

2020/0100(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17
1. The power to adopt delegated acts is conferred on the Commission subject to the conditions laid down in this Article. 2. The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 14 shall be conferred on the Commission until 31 December 2028. 3. The delegation of power referred to in Article 14 may be revoked at any time by the European Parliament or by the Council. A decision to revoke shall put an end to the delegation of power specified in that decision. It shall take effect the day following the publication of the decision in the Official Journal of the European Union or at a later date specified therein. It shall not affect the validity of any delegated acts already in force. 4. Before adopting a delegated act, the Commission shall consult experts designated by each Member State in accordance with the principles laid down in the Inter-institutional Agreement of 13 April 2016 on Better Law-Making. 5. As soon as it adopts a delegated act, the Commission shall notify it simultaneously to the European Parliament and to the Council.Article 17 deleted Exercise of the delegation
2020/09/01
Committee: REGI
Amendment 32 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 1
(1) The Commission has, in its Communication of 11 December 2019 entitled ‘The European Green Deal’19 , set out a new growth strategy that aims to transform the Union into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy, where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from resource use. It also aims to protect, conserve and enhance the Union's natural capital, and protect the health and well- being of citizens from environment-related risks and impacts. At the same time, this transition must be just and inclusive, leaving no one behind. _________________ 19 Commission Communication - The European Green Deal, COM(2019) 640 final of 11 December 2019.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 42 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 3
(3) A fixed long-term objective is crucialimportant to contribute to economic and societal transformation, jobs, growth, and the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, as well as to move in a fair and cost-effective manner towards the temperature goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change following the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the ‘Paris Agreement’).
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 48 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 5
(5) The Union’s and the Member States’ climate action aims to protect people and the planet, welfare, prosperity, health, food systems, the integrity of eco- systems and biodiversity against the threat of climate change, in the context of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and in pursuit of the objectives of the Paris Agreement, and; it also seeks to maximize prosperity within the planetary boundaries and to, increase resilience and reduce vulnerability of society to climate change, bearing in mind also the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting recession.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 63 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 6
(6) Achieving climate neutrality shouldnecessarily requires a contribution fromn impact assessment of every measure on all economic sectors. In light of the importance of energy production and consumption on greenhouse gas emissions, the transition to an environmentally and economically sustainable, affordable and secure energy system relying on a well- functioning internal energy market is essentialneeded. The digital transformation, technological innovation, and research and development are also important drivers for achieving the climate-neutrality objective.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 79 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 11
(11) TBefore the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Parliament called for the necessarya transition to a climate- neutral society by 2050 at the latest and for this to be made into a European success story33 and has declared a climate and environment emergency34 . The European Council, in its Conclusions of 12 December 201935 , has agreed on the objective of achieving a climate-neutral Union by 2050, in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement, while also recognising that it is necessary to put in place an enabling framework and that the transition will require significant public and private investment. The European Council also invited the Commission to prepare a proposal for the Union’s long- term strategy as early as possible in 2020 with a view to its adoption by the Council and its submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. _________________ 33European Parliament resolution of 15 January 2020 on the European Green Deal (2019/2956(RSP)). 34European Parliament resolution of 28 November 2019 on the climate and environment emergency (2019/2930(RSP)). 35 Conclusions adopted by the European Council at its meeting on 12 December 2019, EUCO 29/19, CO EUR 31, CONCL 9.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 87 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 12
(12) The Union should aim to achieve a balance between anthropogenic economy- wide emissions and removals, through natural and technological solutions, of greenhouse gases domestically within the Union byfrom 2050, in line with the priority objective of economic recovery. The Union-wide 2050 climate-neutrality objective should be pursued by all Member States collectively, and the Member States, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission should take the necessary measures to enable its achievement. Measures at Union level will constitute an important part of the measures needed to achieve the objective.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 90 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 12
(12) The Union should aim to achieve a balance between anthropogenic economy- wide emissions and removals, through natural and technological solutions, of greenhouse gases domestically within the Union byfrom 2050. The Union-wide 2050 climate-neutrality objective should be pursued by all Member States collectively, and the Member States, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission should take the necessary measures to enable its achievement. Measures at Union level will constitute an important part of the measures needed to achieve the objective.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 95 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 13
(13) The Union should continue its climate action and international climate leadership after 2050, in order to protect people and the planet against the threat of dangerous climate change, in pursuit of the temperature goals set out in the Paris Agreement and following the scientific recommendations of the IPCC.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 110 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 15 a (new)
(15a) Pursuit of the European and national climate neutrality objective must be aligned with effective post-pandemic economic recovery in all Member States; the fundamental European objectives of territorial cohesion, homogeneous regional development and effective European business competitiveness at global level must always be guaranteed and never compromised by any measures taken under the new Climate Act.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 115 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 16
(16) The transition to climate neutrality requires gradual and progressive changes across the entire policy spectrum and a collective effort of all sectors of the economy and society, as illustrated by the Commission in its Communication ‘The European Green Deal’. The European Council, in its Conclusions of 12 December 2019, stated that all relevant Union legislation and policies need to be consistent with, and contribute to, the fulfilment of the climate- neutrality objective while respecting a level playing field, and invited the Commission to examine whether this requires an adjustment of the existing rules.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 127 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 17
(17) The Commission, in its Communication ‘The European Green Deal’, announced its intention to assess and make proposals for increasing the Union’s greenhouse gas emission reduction target for 2030 to ensure its consistency with the climate-neutrality objecOVID-19 containment measures will trigger the sharpest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Achieving climate neutrality within the timeframe set by the European Council would have a pro-cyclical effect at a tivme for 2050. In that Communication, the Commission underlined that all Union policies should contribute to thewhen it is of paramount importance to implement robust anti- cyclical policies. For this reason, achievement of climate- neutrality objective and that all sectors should play their partmust take second place to full economic recovery in all Member States. By SeptDecember 20201, the Commission should, based on a comprehensive impact assessment and taking into accountthat takes into account the medium to long-term socio-economic consequences of the pandemic, as well as its analysis of the integrated national energy and climate plans submitted to the Commission in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 of the European Parliament and of the Council36, review the Union’s 2030 target for climate and explore options for a new 2030 target of 50 to 55 % emission reductions compared with 1990 levelsthat are more in line with the new economic reality of Europe and the world. Where it considers necessary to amend the Union’s 2030 target, it should make proposals to the European Parliament and to the Council to amend this Regulation as appropriate. In addition, the Commission should, by 30 June 2021, assess how the Union legislation implementing that target would need to be amended in order to achieve emission reductions of 50 to 55 % compared to 1990. _________________ 36Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2018 on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action, amending Regulations (EC) No 663/2009 and (EC) No 715/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council, Directives 94/22/EC, 98/70/EC, 2009/31/EC, 2009/73/EC, 2010/31/EU, 2012/27/EU and 2013/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, Council Directives 2009/119/EC and (EU) 2015/652 and repealing Regulation (EU) No 525/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 328, 21.12.2018, p. 1).
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 141 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 20
(20) As cCitizens and communities have a powerful role to play in drivingare suffering the socio-economic effects of the transformation towards climate neutrality forward, strong public and social engagement on climate action should be facilitated. The Commission should therefore engage with all parts of society to enable and empower them to take action towards a climate-neutral and climate- resilient society, including through launching a European Climate Pact. The Commission should therefore engage with all parts of society by drawing on the multilevel climate and energy dialogues as set up by the Member States in accordance with Article 11 of Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 and for the purposes of this Regulation also.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 147 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 21
(21) In order to provide predictability and confidence for all economic actors, including businesses, workers, investors and consumers, to ensure that the transition towards climate neutrality is irreversible, to ensure gradual reduction over time and to assist in the assessment of the consistency of measures and progress with the climate-neutrality objective, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union should be delegated to the Commission to set out a trajectory for achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions in the Union by 2050. It is of particular importance that the Commission carries out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level, and that those consultations be conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in the Interinstitutional Agreement of 13 April 2016 on Better Law-Making37. In particular, to ensure equal participatto assist in the assessment of the consistency of measures and progress with the climate-neutrality objective, each Member State should, as part of its long- term strategy under Article 15 of Regulation (EU) 2018/1999, set out an indicative trajectory for progressively reducing net greenhouse gas emissions in the preparation of delegated acts, the European Parliament and the Council receive all documents at the same time as Member States' experts, and their experts systematically have access to meetings of Commission expert groups dealing with the preparation of delegated acts. _________________ 37 OJ L 123, 12.5.2016, p. 1Union aiming at a zero rate - in line with future macroeconomic scenarios - from 2050.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 160 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1
This Regulation establishes a framework for the irreversiblprogressive and gradual reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and enhancement of removals by natural or other sinks in the Union.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 162 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 2
This Regulation sets out an bindingcative objective of climate neutrality in the Union by, in line with macroeconomic recovery from 2050, in pursuit of the long- term temperature goal set out in Article 2 of the Paris Agreement, and provides a framework for achieving progress in pursuit of the global adaptation goal established in Article 7 of the Paris Agreement.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 168 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1
1. Union-wide emissions and removals of greenhouse gases regulated in Union law shall be balanced at the latest by 2050, thus reducing emissions to net zero by that dates an essential objective, following complete economic recovery from the fallout of the disastrous COVID-19 pandemic, which the EU proposes to achieve from 2050 onwards.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 175 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 2
2. The relevant Union institutions and the Member States shall take the necessary measures at Union and national level respectively, to enable the collective achievement of the climate-neutrality objective set out in paragraph 1, taking into account the importance of promoting fairness and solidarity among Member States. taking care not to undermine territorial cohesion and homogeneous regional growth in the Member States.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 186 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 3
3. By September 2020, the Commission shallmay review the Union’s 2030 target for climate referred to in Article 2(11) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 in light of the climate-neutrality objective set out in Article 2(1), and explore options for a new 2030 target of 50 to 55% emission reductions compared to 1990 and the new EU social and economic reality following the crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic containment measures, and explore options for a new 2030 emissions target more in line with the new economic reality. Where the Commission considers that it is necessary to amend that target, it shall make proposals to the European Parliament and to the Council as appropriate.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 204 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 4
4. By 30 June 2021, the Commission shall assess how the Union legislation implementing the Union’s 2030 target would need to be amended in order to enable the achievement of 50 to 55 % emission reductions compared to 1990 andline with emerging EU macroeconomic realities in order to achieve the climate-neutrality- objective set out in Article 2(1), and consider taking the necessary measures, including the adoption of legislative proposals, in accordance with the Treaties.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 208 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 1
1. The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 9 to supplement this Regulation by setting out a trajectory at Union level to achieve the climate-neutrality objective set out in Article 2(1) until 2050. At the latest within six months after each global stocktake referred to in Article 14 of the Paris Agreement, the Commission shall review the trajectoryEach Member State shall, as part of its long-term strategy under Article 15 of Regulation (EU) 2018/1999, set an indicative trajectory to achieve the objective set out in Article 2(1).
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 214 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 2
2. The trajectory shall start from the Union’s 2030 target for climate referred to in Article 2(3).deleted
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 219 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 3 – introductory part
3. When setting a trajectory in accordance with paragraph 1, the Commission shall considerMember States shall focus primarily but not exclusively on the following:
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 223 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 3 – point a
(a) cost-effectiveness and economic efficiency;deleted
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 225 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 3 – point a a (new)
(aa) the new economic reality following the COVID-19 pandemic;
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 226 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 3 – point b
(b) competitiveness of the Union’s economywithin the Union and on the international markets, with a focus on micro-enterprises and SMEs;
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 231 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 3 – point b a (new)
(ba) their own budget situation;
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 232 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 3 – point b b (new)
(bb) non-repayable European funding specifically earmarked for achievement of climate neutrality objectives;
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 234 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 3 – point c
(c) best available technology and its commercial availability with a view to promoting the marketing thereof;
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 250 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 3 – point f
(f) the need to ensure environmental effectiveness and progress, economic sustainability and progressive emissions reduction over time;
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 254 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 3 – point g
(g) investmentoverall needs and every investment opportunitiesy;
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 260 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 3 – point h a (new)
(ha) effective measures to overcome regional imbalances;
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 261 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 3 – point i
(i) international and global developments and efforts undertaken to achieve the long-term objectives of the Paris Agreement and the ultimate objective of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change;
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 263 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 3 – point j
(j) the best available and most recent scientific evidence, includingand the latest reports of the IPCC, aside from RCP 8.5-based models .
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 264 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 3 – point j
(j) the best available and most recent scientific and statistical evidence, including the latest reports of the IPCC.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 281 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – introductory part
By 30 Septem1 October 20231, and every 5 years thereafter, the Commission shall assess, together with the assessment foreseen under Article 29(5) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1999:
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 282 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point a
(a) the collective progress made by all Member States towards the achievement of the climate-neutrality objective set out in Article 2(1) as expressed by the trajectory referred to in Article 3(1);
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 287 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2
The Commission shall submit the conclusions of that assessment, together with the State of the Energy Union Report prepared in the respective calendar year in accordance with Article 35 of Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 and a report on regional development, territorial cohesion and economic recovery, to the European Parliament and to the Council.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 289 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 2 – introductory part
2. By 30 Septem1 October 20231, and every 5 years thereafter, the Commission shall review:
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 291 #

2020/0036(COD)

(a) the consistency of Union measures with the climate-neutrality objective set out in Article 2(1) as expressed by the trajectory referred to in Article 3(1);
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 292 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 2 – point a a (new)
(aa) the economic impact of the aforementioned measures on the economy of the Union, the euro area and the individual Member States, in terms of sustainability and competitiveness, compared to non-EU countries;
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 297 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 3
3. Where, based on the assessment referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2, the Commission finds that Union measures are inconsistent with the climate-neutrality objective set out in Article 2(1), incompatible with the economic sustainability or competitiveness of the Union and its Member States compared with third countries or inadequate to ensure progress on adaptation as referred to in Article 4, or that the progress towards either the climate-neutrality objective or on adaptation as referred to in Article 4 is insufficient, it shall take the necessary measures in accordance with the Treaties, at the same time as the review of the trajectory referred to in Article 3(1).
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 300 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 4
4. The Commission shall assess any draft measure or legislative proposal before adoption in light of the climate-neutrality objective set out in Article 2(1) as expressed by the trajectory referred to in Article 3(1) before adop, together with the objective of economic recovery in the Union and the Member States, territorial cohesion and regional development, in a bid to achieve a fair and balanced solution,; and include this analysis in any impact assessment accompanying these measures or proposals, and make the result of that assessment public at the time of adoption.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 303 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – introductory part
By 30 Septem1 October 20231, and every 5 years, thereafter the Commission shall assess:
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 304 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point a
(a) the consistency of national measures identified, on the basis of the National Energy and Climate Plans or the Biennial Progress Reports submitted in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1999, as relevant for the achievement of the climate-neutrality objective set out in Article 2(1) with that objective, economic recovery, territorial cohesion and regional development, as expressed by the relevant trajectory referred to in Article 3(1);
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 308 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 2
2. Where the Commission finds, under due consideration of the collective progress assessed in accordance with Article 5(1), that a Member State’s measures are inconsistent with that objectiveclimate neutrality objectives in line with economic recovery, territorial cohesion and regional development as expressed by the corresponding trajectory referred to in Article 3(1) or inadequate to ensure progress on adaptation as referred to in Article 4, it may issue recommendations to that Member State or adopt funding initiatives to help it achieve the above objectives. The Commission shall make such recommendations publicly available.
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 317 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 3 – point c
(c) the recommendations should be complementary to the latest country- specific recommendations issued in the context of the European Semester.deleted
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 321 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 1 – point c
(c) European statistics and data, including data on the economic situation and on losses from adverse climate impacts, where available; and
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 324 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 1 – point d
(d) best availablend most recent scientific evidence, including available, and the latest reports of the IPCC; and, except for RCP 8.5-based models;
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 325 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 1 – point e
(e) any supplementary information on environmentally sustainable investment, by the Union and Member States and available European recovery funding, including, when available, investment consistent with Regulation (EU) 2020/… [Taxonomy Regulation].
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 337 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 9
1. The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 3(1) is conferred on the Commission subject to the conditions laid down in this Article. 2. referred to in Article 3(1) shall be conferred on the Commission for an indeterminate period of time from …[OP: date of entry into force of this Regulation]. 3. to in Article 3(1) may be revoked at any time by the European Parliament or by the Council. A decision to revoke shall put an end to the delegation of the power specified in that decision. It shall take effect the day following the publication of the decision in the Official Journal of the European Union or at a later date specified therein. It shall not affect the validity of any delegated acts already in force. 4. the Commission shall consult experts designated by each Member State in accordance with the principles laid down in the Interinstitutional Agreement of 13 April 2016 on Better Law-Making. 5. act, the Commission shall notify it simultaneously to the European Parliament and to the Council. 6. to Article 3 shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed either by the European Parliament or the Council within a period of two months of notification of that act to the European Parliament and to the Council or if, before the expiry of that period, the European Parliament and the Council have both informed the Commission that they will not object. That period shall be extended by two months at the initiative of the European Parliament or of the Council.Article 9 deleted Exercise of the delegation The power to adopt delegated acts The delegation of power referred Before adopting a delegated act, As soon as it adopts a delegated A delegated act adopted pursuant
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 338 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 10 – paragraph 1 – point 4 Regulation (EU) 2018/1999
(4) in Article 8(2), the following point (e) is added: ‘(e) policies and measures and planned policies and measures contribute to the achievement of the Union’s climate- neutrality objective set out in Article 2 of Regulation …/… [Climate Law].;’deleted the manner in which existing
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 341 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 10 – paragraph 1 – point 5
Regulation (EU) 2018/1999
Article 11
Each Member State shall establish a multilevel climate and energy dialogue pursuant to national rules, in which local authorities, civil society organisation, business communitysocial partners, investors and other relevant stakeholders and the general public are able actively to engage and discuss the achievement of the Union’s climate-neutrality objective set out in Article 2 of Regulation …/… [Climate Law] and the different scenarios envisaged for energy and climate policies, including for the long term, and review progress, unless it already has a structure which serves the same purpose. Integrated national energy and climate plans may be discussed within the framework of such a dialogue.;
2020/06/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 5 #

2019/2211(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Acknowledges that Europe’s economy is showing signs of less dynamic growth; highlights that more must be done to support Member States which are experiencing slower growth and high unemployment, particularly where young people are concerned; underlines that a rating agency recently downgraded from “stable” to “negative” the annual outlook for sovereign creditworthiness in the Euro area for 2020;
2020/01/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 34 #

2019/2211(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Points out that the European Semester mustshould consistently contribute to the elimination of social, economic and territorial inequalities and disparities between EU regions;
2020/01/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 49 #

2019/2211(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Remarks that the growth of the EU economy can’t be secured without a new approach to spending policy; therefore every single region in the EU should be provided with all the tools that allow the private sector to invest and exploit the hidden potential of the territory; calls on the Commission to create a pattern fit for business and trade in all lagging areas of the EU to improve local citizens’ lives and employment rates;
2020/01/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 81 #

2019/2211(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. WBelcomesieves that the inclusion of the Sustainable Development Goals in the European Semester, with should have the aim tof putting people, their health and the planet at the centre of economic policy; notes that, in this respect, special attention must be paid to the labour market, by safeguarding existing jobs and creating new ones;
2020/01/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 87 #

2019/2211(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. Takes note of the objectives of the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan but expresses concern about the actual results obtainable through the leverage effect and about the innovation and effectiveness of the supported projects;
2020/01/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 89 #

2019/2211(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 b (new)
6b. Reminds that the transition to a “zero emissions” productive model can’t be implemented without adequate graduality and attention to side effects on the economic, social and cultural frameworks in which stakeholders play;
2020/01/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 110 #

2019/2211(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8a. Calls for a support to all aspects of European Territorial Cooperation (cross- border, transnational and interregional cooperation, both internally and externally),thereby working towards the overall objective of economic, social and territorial cohesion;
2020/01/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 114 #

2019/2211(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8 b (new)
8b. Stresses that SMEs are a fundamental engine of development and employment in EU economy, in particular in Mediterranean regions and countries, and that - for structural reasons -they hardly can exploit the full potential of the single market if charged with heavy tax and administrative burdens; asks the Commission therefore to eliminate unnecessary burdens and barriers.
2020/01/27
Committee: REGI
Amendment 5 #

2019/2055(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. NoteRegrets 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 with a huge damage for European citizens;
2019/12/16
Committee: REGI
Amendment 18 #

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 and Union authorities; recalls that simpler national eligibility rules might help reduce this source of error and result in a smaller administrative burden for beneficiaries; invite the Commission to take note of the problem and find better solutions in order to avoid the administrative burdens and to foster simplified procedures;
2019/12/16
Committee: REGI
Amendment 24 #

2019/2055(DEC)

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; In order to better use ESI Funds, suggests to have a SWOT analysis on the functioning of such Funds and their absorption rate for the implementation period;
2019/12/16
Committee: REGI
Amendment 33 #

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 alsolie 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.;
2019/12/16
Committee: REGI
Amendment 9 #

2019/2028(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Underlines that cohesion policy is based on a policy of solidarity, pursuing its Treaty-posed objective of promoting and supporting the overall harmonious development of Member States and regions, and aims to reduce economic, social and territorial disparities between and within EU regions and to insure that no region is left behind; considers that it creates growth and jobs across the Union as well as delivering key Union objectives and priorities, including its climate and energy targets, smart,such as the circular economy and a sustainable and inclusive economic growth;
2041/01/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 11 #

2019/2028(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2 a. Recalls in particular the role of cohesion policy with regard to energy, climate change and the mitigation of its effects; stresses its importance for the infrastructure development which is necessary to reduce the existing territorial, social and economic gap among regions;
2041/01/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 17 #

2019/0254(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 2
(2) The Commission proposed to link the CAP to the delivery of performance (‘delivery model’). Under the new legal framework, the Union is to set the basic policy parameters, such as objectives of the CAP and basic requirements, while Member States are to bear greater responsibility as to how they meet the objectives and achieve targets. Accordingly, Member States are to draw up, and then implement, CAP Strategic Plans, which are toshould first be approved by the Commission and implemented by Member States. The Strategic Plans should be drawn up while taking into consideration, where appropriate, the role that national constitutions assign to the regions, in the form of delegations of responsibility for agriculture.
2020/03/04
Committee: REGI
Amendment 41 #

2019/0254(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 21
(21) In order to ensure continuity in the transitional period, the reserve for crises in the agricultural sector should be maintained for 2021 and the relevant amount of the reserve for 2021 should be included. After the end of the transitional period, the crisis reserve fund should be removed from the financial discipline mechanism and be funded as an independent expenditure item within the EU budget.
2020/03/04
Committee: REGI
Amendment 75 #

2019/0254(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 3
Where the Commission considers that an extension of the period under the first subparagraph is not justified, it shall inform the Member State thereof within 6 weeks after receipt of the notification referred to in the second subparagraph.deleted
2020/03/04
Committee: REGI
Amendment 99 #

2019/0254(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 1
1. Payment entitlements allocated to farmers before 1 January 2020 shall be considered legal and regular as from 1 January 2021. The value and the amount of those entitlements to be considered legal and regular shall be the valueequal to the value and amount for calendar year 2020 valid on 31 December 2020. This is without prejudice to the relevant articles of Union law concerning the value of payment entitlements for calendar years 2021 onwards, in particular Article 22(5) and 25(12) of Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013.
2020/03/04
Committee: REGI
Amendment 125 #

2019/0254(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point 1
Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013
Article 28 – paragraph 5 – subparagraph 1 a
For new commitments to be undertaken as from 2021 Member States shall determine a shorter period of one to threeseven years in their rural development programmes. If Member States provide for an annual extension of commitments after the termination of the initial period in accordance with the first subparagraph, from 2021 the extension shall not go beyond one year. As from 2021, for new commitments directly following a commitment performed in the initial period, Member States shall determine a period of one year in their rural development programmes.;
2020/03/04
Committee: REGI
Amendment 128 #

2019/0254(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point 2
Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013
Article 29 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1 a
For new commitments to be undertaken as from 2021 Member States shall determine a shorter period of one to threeseven years in their rural development programmes. If Member States provide for an annual extension for the maintenance of organic farming after the termination of the initial period in accordance with the first subparagraph, from 2021 the extension shall not go beyond one year. As from 2021, for new commitments concerning maintenance that directly follow the commitment performed in the initial period, Member States shall determine a period of one year in their rural development programmes.
2020/03/04
Committee: REGI
Amendment 132 #

2019/0254(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 8 – paragraph 1 – point 3
Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013
Article 33 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2 a
For new commitments to be undertaken as from 2021 Member States shall determine a shortera period of one to threeseven years in their rural development programmes. If Member States provide for an annual renewal of commitments after the termination of the initial period in accordance with the first subparagraph, as from 2021 the renewal shall not go beyond one year.
2020/03/04
Committee: REGI
Amendment 2 #

2019/0183(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Title 1
Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 and Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 in order to provide financial assistance to Member States to cover serious financial burden inflicted on them following a withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union without an agreement
2019/10/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 4 #

2019/0183(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 1
(1) The European Union Solidarity Fund (‘the Fund’) was established by Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/20028 . The Fund was created to provide financial assistance to Member States following emergency situations as a concrete sign of European solidarity in situations of distress, to respond to major natural disasters, and to express European solidarity with disaster-stricken regions within Europe. _________________ 8Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 of 11 November 2002 establishing the European Union Solidarity Fund (OJ L 311, 14.11.2002, p. 3).
2019/10/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 5 #

2019/0183(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 1 a (new)
(1 a) The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) was established1a to show solidarity towards workers made redundant as a result of major structural changes in world trade patterns due to globalisation and global financial and economic crises, and can also support beneficiaries in small labour markets or in exceptional circumstances, in particular with regard to collective applications involving small and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs), even if the number of redundancies is below the normal threshold for mobilisation of the EGF. _________________ 1aRegulation (EC) No 1927/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 on establishing the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (OJ L 406, 30.12.20016, p.1).
2019/10/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 26 #

2019/0183(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 8
(8) To maintain the availability of the Fund for natural disasters, itsEuropean Union Solidarity Fund and of the EGF for their original purposes, a budgetary ceiling for support related to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union without an agreement should be established.
2019/10/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 36 #

2019/0183(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 12
(12) Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 and Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 should therefore be amended accordingly,
2019/10/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 46 #

2019/0183(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 3
Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002
Article 3 a – paragraph 1
(1) At the request of a Member State, assistance from the European Union Solidarity Fund may also be mobilised when serious financial burden is inflicted on this Member State as a direct consequence of the United Kingdom leaving the Union without an agreement in accordance with Article 50(2) TEU (“withdrawal without an agreement”). The assistance shall take the form of a financial contribution from the Fund. (This amendment applies throughout the text.)
2019/10/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 48 #

2019/0183(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 3
Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002
Article 3 a – paragraph 2
(2) The available appropriations solely for this goal shall be limited to half5 % of the maximum available amount for the Fund intervention for the years 2019 and 2020.
2019/10/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 84 #

2019/0183(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 a (new) Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013
Article 1 a Regulation (EU) No 1309/2013 is amended as follows: (1) In Article 2, the following point is added after point b: "(c) workers made redundant and self- employed persons whose activity has ceased as a result of a withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) without an agreement." (2) In Article 3, the following point is added after point b: "(c) a worker or a self-employed person whose activity ceased as a consequence of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union without an agreement." (3) Article 4, paragraph 2, is replaced by the following: "2. In small labour markets or in exceptional circumstances, such as a withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union pursuant to Article 50 TEU without an agreement, in particular with regard to cases involving SMEs, where duly substantiated by the applicant Member State, an application for a financial contribution under this Article may be considered admissible even if the criteria laid down in points (a) or (b) of paragraph 1 are not entirely met, when the redundancies have a serious impact on employment and the local, regional or national economy. The applicant Member State shall specify which of the intervention criteria set out in points (a) and (b) of paragraph 1 are not entirely met. The aggregated amount of contributions in exceptional circumstances may not exceed 10 % of the annual maximum amount of the EGF." (4) In Article 7, the following paragraph is added after paragraph 4: "5. The available appropriations for the actions referred to in point (c) of Article 2 shall be limited to 75 % of the maximum available amount of the EGF for the years 2019 and 2020, after which the exceptional intervention measure set out therein shall end. For those actions, the mobilisation of the EGF shall cover the costs of the measures under points (a), (b) and (c) of Article 7(1) for those workers or self-employed persons directly affected from the date of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union pursuant to Article 50 TEU without an agreement until 31 December 2020."
2019/10/09
Committee: REGI
Amendment 85 #

2019/0183(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – title
2 Article 2Entry into force
2019/10/09
Committee: REGI