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2007/0130(COD) Regulations governing political parties at European level and rules regarding their funding

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RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead AFCO LEINEN Jo (icon: PSE PSE)
Committee Opinion BUDG GUY-QUINT Catherine (icon: PSE PSE)
Committee Opinion CONT MATHIEU HOUILLON Véronique (icon: PPE-DE PPE-DE)
Committee Opinion JURI
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Legal Basis:
EC Treaty (after Amsterdam) EC 191

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2007/12/27
   Final act published in Official Journal
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PURPOSE: to improve the rules on the funding of political parties in the European Parliament.

LEGISLATIVE ACT: Regulation (EC) No 1524/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding.

CONTENT: this Regulation primarily aims to strengthen the potential of long-term financial planning of political groups and to facilitate the diversification of financial resources. It aims to grant greater flexibility to political parties ahead of the parliamentary elections taking place in June 2009.

The main amendments to Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 are as follows:

· The definition of the “ political foundation at European level” is clarified: “an entity or network of entities which has legal personality in a Member State, is affiliated with a political party at European level, and which, through its activities, within the aims and fundamental values pursued by the European Union, underpins and complements the objectives of the political party at European level”, notably by performing the following tasks:

1. observing, analysing and contributing to the debate on European public policy issues and on the process of European integration;

2. de veloping activities linked to European public policy issues, such as organising and supporting seminars, training, studies and conferences on such issues between relevant stakeholders, including youth organisations and other representatives of civil society;

3. developing cooperation with entities of the same kind in order to promote democracy;

4. serving as a framework for national political foundations, academics, and other relevant actors to work together at European level.

· A political foundation at European level: (i) must have legal personality in the Member State in which its seat is located. This legal personality shall be separate from that of the political party at European level with which the foundation is affiliated; (ii) must observe the principles on which the European Union is founded, namely the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law; (iii) shall not promote profit goals; (iv) shall have a governing body of a geographically balanced composition.

· Funding allocated to a political foundation at European level shall only be used for the purpose of financing its activities. In no case may it be used to finance elections or referenda campaigns.

· A political party or foundation at European level must declare its sources of funding by providing a list specifying the donors and the donations received from each donor, with the exception of donations not exceeding EUR 500 per year and per donor. The following shall not be accepted: anonymous donations; donations from the budgets of political groups in the European Parliament; donations from any public authority from a third country, as well as donations from any undertaking over which the public authorities may, directly or indirectly, exercise a dominant influence by virtue of their ownership of it, their financial participation therein, or the rules which govern it.

· Contributions to a political party at European level from national political parties, which are members of a political party at European level, or from a natural person, who is a member of a political party at European level, shall be admissible. These contributions shall not exceed 40% of the annual budget of that political party. Contributions to a political foundation at European level deriving from national political foundations of such a foundation, as well as from political parties at European level, shall be admissible. These contributions shall not exceed 40% of the annual budget of that political foundation and may not derive from funds received by a political party at European level, pursuant to this Regulation, coming from the general budget of the European Union.

The funding of political parties at European level from the general budget of the European Union or from any other source may not be used for the direct or indirect funding of other political parties, and, in particular, national parties or candidates. These national political parties and candidates shall continue to be governed by national rules.

· The expenditure of political parties at European level may also include financing campaigns conducted by the political parties at European level in the context of the elections to the European Parliament, in which they participate. These appropriations shall not be used for the direct or indirect funding of national political parties or candidates. Such expenditure shall not be used to finance referenda campaigns. However, the funding of and limitation of election expenses for all parties and candidates at European Parliament elections is governed in each Member State by national provision.

· Funding charged to the general budget of the European Union shall not exceed 85% of those costs of a political party or political foundation at European level which are eligible for funding.

· For the sake of transparency, the European Parliament shall publish the following documents in a section of its website created for this purpose: (i) an annual report with a table of the amounts paid to each political party and each political foundation at European level, for each financial year for which grants have been paid; (ii) the European Parliament’s report on the application of this Regulation and the activities funded, as referred to in Article 12; (iii) the provisions for the implementation of this Regulation.

· This Regulation shall apply to grants awarded to political parties at European level as from the financial year 2008. For the financial year 2008, any applications for funding of political foundations at European level shall relate exclusively to eligible costs incurred after 1 September 2008. Political parties at European level that have duly submitted their applications for grants for 2008 may, at the latest three months after the entry into force of the Regulation, submit a supplementary application for funding based on the modifications introduced by this Regulation and, where appropriate, an application for a grant for the political foundation affiliated to that political party.

The European Parliament shall publish a report, by 15 February 2011, on the application of this Regulation and the activities funded. The report shall indicate, where appropriate, the possible amendments to be made to the funding system.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 27/12/2007.

2007/12/18
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
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2007/12/18
   CSL - Draft final act
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2007/12/18
   CSL - Final act signed
2007/12/18
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2007/12/17
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
2007/12/17
   CSL - Council Meeting
2007/11/29
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted the report drafted by Jo LEINEN (PES, DE) on the proposal for a regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding. The resolution was adopted by 538 votes in favour, 74 against and 10 abstentions. MEPs specified that political parties at European level act in the context of European Parliament elections in particular in order to highlight the European character of those elections. In accordance with Article 8 of the Act concerning the election of the members of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage, the funding of and limitation of election expenses at European Parliament elections is governed in each Member State by national provision. National law also applies for election expenses at national elections and referenda,

Parliament made the following amendments:

Foundations : the activities of political foundations at European level underpin and complement the objectives of the political party at European level by performing, in particular, the following tasks: observing, analysing and contributing to the debate on European public policy issues and on the process of European integration; developing activities linked to European public policy issues, such as organising and supporting seminars, training, conferences and studies on such issues between relevant stakeholders, including youth organisations and other representatives of civil society; developing cooperation with entities of the same kind in order to promote democracy; serving as a framework for national political foundations, academics, and other relevant actors to work together at European level.

In addition to the criteria set out by the Commission, Parliament added that political foundations at European level:

- must have legal personality in the Member State in which its seat is located. This legal personality shall be separate from that of the political party at European level with which it is affiliated;

- shall not promote profit goals;

- have a governing body with a geographically balanced composition.

A political foundation at European level may only apply for funding from the general budget of the EU only through the political party at European level with which it is affiliated. On no account may it be used to finance elections or referenda campaigns.

Obligations linked to funding : a political party at European level as well as a political foundation at European level shall declare its sources of funding by providing a list specifying the donors and the donations received from each donor, with the exception of donations not exceeding EUR 500 per year and per donor. It shall not accept donations from any public authority from a third country, including from any undertaking over which the public authorities may exercise directly or indirectly a dominant influence by virtue of their ownership of it, their financial participation therein, or the rules which govern it. The funding of political parties or political foundations at European level from the general budget of the EU or from any other source may not be used for the direct or indirect funding of other political parties, and in particular national parties or candidates.

Contributions: contributions to a political party at European level from national political parties which are members of a political party at European level or from a natural person who is a member of a political party at European level shall be admissible. Contributions to a political party at European level from national political parties or from a natural person shall not exceed 40 % of that party's annual budget. Contributions to a political foundation at European level from national political foundations, which are members of a political foundation at European level, as well as from political parties at European level, shall be admissible. They shall not exceed 40% of that foundation's annual budget and may not derive from funds received by a political party at European level pursuant to this Regulation from the general budget of the EU. The burden of proof shall rest with the political party at European level concerned.

Nature of expenditure : the expenditure of political parties at European level may also include financing campaigns conducted by the political parties at European level in the context of the elections to the European Parliament, in which they participate. These appropriations shall not finance directly or indirectly national political parties or candidates. Such expenditure shall not be used to finance referenda campaigns. In accordance, however, with the Act concerning the election of the members of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage, the funding of and limitation of election expenses for all parties and candidates at European Parliament elections is governed in each Member State by national provision.

Transparency : the European Parliament shall publish jointly in a section of its website created for the purpose the following documents: an annual report with a table of the amounts paid to each political party and each political foundation at European level, for each financial year for which grants have been paid; the report of the European Parliament on the application of this Regulation and the activities funded; the provisions for the implementation of the Regulation.

Transitional provisions : the provisions laid down by the Regulation shall apply to grants awarded to political parties at European level as from the financial year 2008. For the financial year 2008, any applications for funding of political foundations at European level pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 shall relate exclusively to eligible costs incurred after 1 September 2008. Political parties at European level that have duly submitted their applications for grants for 2008 may, within three months of entry into force of the Regulation, submit a supplementary application for funding based on the modifications introduced by the Regulation and, where appropriate, an application for a grant for the foundation affiliated to that political party. The European Parliament shall adopt appropriate implementation measures.

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2007/11/15
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2007/11/13
   EP - Debate in Parliament
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The vote was originally due to be held on 15 November but was postponed until the next part-session at the request of the rapporteur.

2007/10/25
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
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2007/10/25
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
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2007/10/22
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
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The Committee on Constitutional Affairs adopted - at 1st reading under the codecision procedure - the report drafted by Jo LEINEN (PES, DE) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding.

The committee welcomes the Commission's proposal in its entirety and recommends that it be adopted, together with the proposed amendments, which are primarily for clarification .

- firstly, MEPs wish to specify that political parties at European level act in the context of European Parliament elections in particular in order to highlight the European character of those elections;

- other amendments aim to align the criteria for foundations with those for parties. “Political foundations at European level” shall mean an entity or network of entities which has legal personality in the Member State in which its seat is located that is separate from that of the political party at European level to which it is affiliated. A “political foundation” at European level may only apply for funding from the general budget of the European Union through the political party at European level with which it is affiliated. Funding allocated to a political foundation at European level shall only be used for the purpose of financing the activities of the former. On no account may it be used to finance election campaigns;

- contributions to a political party at European level from national political parties which are members of a political party at European level or from a natural person who is a member of a political party at European level shall be admissible. Contributions to a political party at European level from national political parties or from a natural person may not exceed 40 % of that party's annual budget;

- according to the proposal, contributions to a political foundation at European level from national political foundations, which are members of a political foundation at European level, as well as from political parties at European level, shall be admissible. They must not derive from funds received by a political party at European level pursuant to this Regulation from the general budget of the European Union. The burden of proof shall rest with the political party at European level concerned;

- other amendments have been introduced by the committee aiming to facilitate checks and controls. It has been clarified that the independent external auditor responsible for the annual certification shall also be required, where appropriate, to attest that the provisions governing such carry-overs have been implemented correctly;

- in order to improve transparency, the report states that the European Parliament shall publish jointly in a section of its website created for that purpose – for each financial year for which grants have been paid – the following documents: i) a table of the amounts paid to each political party and each political foundation at European level; ii) the provisions for the implementation of this Regulation adopted by the Bureau of the European Parliament;

- the committee states that funding charged to the general budget of the European Union shall not exceed 85% of those costs of a political party or political foundation at European level which are eligible for funding. The burden of proof shall rest with the relevant political party at European level;

- as regards transitional provisions, the report highlights that the provisions laid down by this Regulation shall apply to grants awarded to the European political parties as from the financial year 2008. For the financial year 2008, any applications for funding of political foundations at European level shall relate exclusively to eligible costs incurred after 1 September 2008.

- European political parties that have duly submitted their applications for grants for 2008 may, within three months following the entry into force of this Regulation, submit a supplementary application for funding based on the modifications introduced by this Regulation and, where appropriate, an application for a grant for the foundation affiliated to that political party. The European Parliament shall adopt appropriate implementation measures.

2007/10/09
   EP - Committee opinion
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2007/10/04
   EP - Committee opinion
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2007/09/20
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
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2007/09/18
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
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2007/09/03
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2007/07/24
   EP - Committee draft report
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2007/07/17
   EP - GUY-QUINT Catherine (PSE) appointed as rapporteur in BUDG
2007/07/17
   EP - MATHIEU HOUILLON Véronique (PPE-DE) appointed as rapporteur in CONT
2007/06/27
   EC - Legislative proposal published
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PURPOSE: to amend Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 on the regulations governing political parties at a European level and the rules regarding their funding.

PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council.

BACKGROUND: in 2003 the European Parliament and the Council adopted Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 on the regulations governing political parties at a European level and the rules regarding their funding. One of this Regulation’s main objectives, amongst others, is to strengthen the EU’s democratic structure by creating public confidence in the financing of political parties at a European level.

Under the terms of this Regulation, political parties at an EU level are entitled to funding through the EU budget under: Budget line 402, Chapter 40, Title IV, Section 1 (Parliament). The Regulation also specifies that the European Parliament must publish an evaluation report on the Regulation’s application. Accordingly, in March 2006, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution in which a number of problems were identified. Specifically, the Resolution focused on three categories requiring further consideration. In the Resolution Parliament requested the following:

to allow political parties, at a European level, to build up financial reserves from funding sources not stemming from the EU budget; to ease restrictions on the transfer of funding between the different budget categories; to allow for greater long-term planning; and to allow a certain percentage of appropriations to be carried over from one year to the first quarter of the following year; to support European political foundations and to recognise their efforts in promoting political debate at a European level; and to consider tackling the lack of transparent rules on political parties’ participation in European election campaigns. The Resolution also noted the important role that youth organisations play in promoting democratic dialogue at a European level.

CONTENT: the purpose of this Regulation, therefore, is to propose a number of amendments to Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 taking account of Parliament’s concerns as expressed in the 2006 Resolution. Specifically, the proposal seeks to:

- provide financial support to political foundations at a European level;

- promote the participation of citizens in the democratic life of the EU through greater use of political youth organisations;

- take account of the special conditions under which political parties operate by allowing them to carry over funding from one year to the first quarter of the following year;

- to establish limited financial reserves based on own-resources generated from sources other than the EU budget; and

- to adjust the minimum co-funding requirement.

The proposal can be summarised as follows:

Improving financial provisions governing the funding of political parties at a European level:

The Commission is proposing that political parties be allowed to carry over, by way of derogation from the no-profit rules of the Financial Regulation, 25% of the annual total income from one year to the first quarter of the following year. This will allow the parties to respond to changing political circumstances and priorities that can be difficult, if not impossible, to predict when preparing an annual budget and work programme of the political parties.

Secondly, the Commission is proposing that political parties at a European level be allowed to build financial reserves by saving the income generated by the parties themselves in excess of a new reduced minimum co-funding level of 15%. This amendment will also imply a derogation from the no-profit rule laid down in the Financial Regulation. However, it would offer political parties a greater degree of financial security, whilst at the same time providing the parties with a strong incentive to strengthen their own resources and thereby decrease their reliance on public funding stemming from the EU’s budget. To enable an appropriate balance, the Commission is proposing that parties be allowed to build up savings corresponding to 100% of their average annual income. Should a political party exceed this level of saving, then future public subsidies will be reduced correspondingly.

European political foundations:

In recognition of the important role that political foundations at a European level can play, the proposal sets out provisions on financial support given to political foundations. One of the key elements of the proposal is that political foundations should submit their application for funding directly through the political party at a European level with which they are affiliated. However, in order to ensure greater transparency the appropriations for political foundations at a European level will be established under a separate budget line.

Financing during election campaigns:

The Commission proposes that appropriations received from the EU budget may be used by the European Parliament during European elections – on condition that this does not constitute a direct or indirect financing of the political parties and their candidates at a national level.

2007/05/02
   EP - LEINEN Jo (PSE) appointed as rapporteur in AFCO

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Rapport Leinen A6-0412/2007 - résolution

2007/11/29 Outcome: +: 538, -: 74, 0: 10
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  • body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: Agriculture and Fisheries meeting_id: 2841 url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=2841*&MEET_DATE=17/12/2007 date: 2007-12-17T00:00:00
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  • date: 2007-07-24T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE392.246 title: PE392.246 type: Committee draft report body: EP
  • date: 2007-09-18T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE394.081 title: PE394.081 type: Amendments tabled in committee body: EP
  • date: 2007-09-20T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE394.140 title: PE394.140 type: Amendments tabled in committee body: EP
  • date: 2007-10-04T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE394.072&secondRef=02 title: PE394.072 committee: CONT type: Committee opinion body: EP
  • date: 2007-10-09T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE394.106&secondRef=03 title: PE394.106 committee: BUDG type: Committee opinion body: EP
  • date: 2007-10-25T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A6-2007-412&language=EN title: A6-0412/2007 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2007-12-18T00:00:00 docs: url: /oeil/spdoc.do?i=14170&j=0&l=en title: SP(2007)6527 type: Commission response to text adopted in plenary
  • date: 2007-12-18T00:00:00 docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=ADV&RESULTSET=1&DOC_ID=[%n4]%2F07&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 03688/2007/LEX type: Draft final act body: CSL
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  • date: 2007-06-27T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2007/0364/COM_COM(2007)0364_EN.pdf title: COM(2007)0364 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2007&nu_doc=364 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to amend Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 on the regulations governing political parties at a European level and the rules regarding their funding. PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council. BACKGROUND: in 2003 the European Parliament and the Council adopted Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 on the regulations governing political parties at a European level and the rules regarding their funding. One of this Regulation’s main objectives, amongst others, is to strengthen the EU’s democratic structure by creating public confidence in the financing of political parties at a European level. Under the terms of this Regulation, political parties at an EU level are entitled to funding through the EU budget under: Budget line 402, Chapter 40, Title IV, Section 1 (Parliament). The Regulation also specifies that the European Parliament must publish an evaluation report on the Regulation’s application. Accordingly, in March 2006, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution in which a number of problems were identified. Specifically, the Resolution focused on three categories requiring further consideration. In the Resolution Parliament requested the following: to allow political parties, at a European level, to build up financial reserves from funding sources not stemming from the EU budget; to ease restrictions on the transfer of funding between the different budget categories; to allow for greater long-term planning; and to allow a certain percentage of appropriations to be carried over from one year to the first quarter of the following year; to support European political foundations and to recognise their efforts in promoting political debate at a European level; and to consider tackling the lack of transparent rules on political parties’ participation in European election campaigns. The Resolution also noted the important role that youth organisations play in promoting democratic dialogue at a European level. CONTENT: the purpose of this Regulation, therefore, is to propose a number of amendments to Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 taking account of Parliament’s concerns as expressed in the 2006 Resolution. Specifically, the proposal seeks to: - provide financial support to political foundations at a European level; - promote the participation of citizens in the democratic life of the EU through greater use of political youth organisations; - take account of the special conditions under which political parties operate by allowing them to carry over funding from one year to the first quarter of the following year; - to establish limited financial reserves based on own-resources generated from sources other than the EU budget; and - to adjust the minimum co-funding requirement. The proposal can be summarised as follows: Improving financial provisions governing the funding of political parties at a European level: The Commission is proposing that political parties be allowed to carry over, by way of derogation from the no-profit rules of the Financial Regulation, 25% of the annual total income from one year to the first quarter of the following year. This will allow the parties to respond to changing political circumstances and priorities that can be difficult, if not impossible, to predict when preparing an annual budget and work programme of the political parties. Secondly, the Commission is proposing that political parties at a European level be allowed to build financial reserves by saving the income generated by the parties themselves in excess of a new reduced minimum co-funding level of 15%. This amendment will also imply a derogation from the no-profit rule laid down in the Financial Regulation. However, it would offer political parties a greater degree of financial security, whilst at the same time providing the parties with a strong incentive to strengthen their own resources and thereby decrease their reliance on public funding stemming from the EU’s budget. To enable an appropriate balance, the Commission is proposing that parties be allowed to build up savings corresponding to 100% of their average annual income. Should a political party exceed this level of saving, then future public subsidies will be reduced correspondingly. European political foundations: In recognition of the important role that political foundations at a European level can play, the proposal sets out provisions on financial support given to political foundations. One of the key elements of the proposal is that political foundations should submit their application for funding directly through the political party at a European level with which they are affiliated. However, in order to ensure greater transparency the appropriations for political foundations at a European level will be established under a separate budget line. Financing during election campaigns: The Commission proposes that appropriations received from the EU budget may be used by the European Parliament during European elections – on condition that this does not constitute a direct or indirect financing of the political parties and their candidates at a national level.
  • date: 2007-09-03T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2007-10-22T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP summary: The Committee on Constitutional Affairs adopted - at 1st reading under the codecision procedure - the report drafted by Jo LEINEN (PES, DE) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding. The committee welcomes the Commission's proposal in its entirety and recommends that it be adopted, together with the proposed amendments, which are primarily for clarification . - firstly, MEPs wish to specify that political parties at European level act in the context of European Parliament elections in particular in order to highlight the European character of those elections; - other amendments aim to align the criteria for foundations with those for parties. “Political foundations at European level” shall mean an entity or network of entities which has legal personality in the Member State in which its seat is located that is separate from that of the political party at European level to which it is affiliated. A “political foundation” at European level may only apply for funding from the general budget of the European Union through the political party at European level with which it is affiliated. Funding allocated to a political foundation at European level shall only be used for the purpose of financing the activities of the former. On no account may it be used to finance election campaigns; - contributions to a political party at European level from national political parties which are members of a political party at European level or from a natural person who is a member of a political party at European level shall be admissible. Contributions to a political party at European level from national political parties or from a natural person may not exceed 40 % of that party's annual budget; - according to the proposal, contributions to a political foundation at European level from national political foundations, which are members of a political foundation at European level, as well as from political parties at European level, shall be admissible. They must not derive from funds received by a political party at European level pursuant to this Regulation from the general budget of the European Union. The burden of proof shall rest with the political party at European level concerned; - other amendments have been introduced by the committee aiming to facilitate checks and controls. It has been clarified that the independent external auditor responsible for the annual certification shall also be required, where appropriate, to attest that the provisions governing such carry-overs have been implemented correctly; - in order to improve transparency, the report states that the European Parliament shall publish jointly in a section of its website created for that purpose – for each financial year for which grants have been paid – the following documents: i) a table of the amounts paid to each political party and each political foundation at European level; ii) the provisions for the implementation of this Regulation adopted by the Bureau of the European Parliament; - the committee states that funding charged to the general budget of the European Union shall not exceed 85% of those costs of a political party or political foundation at European level which are eligible for funding. The burden of proof shall rest with the relevant political party at European level; - as regards transitional provisions, the report highlights that the provisions laid down by this Regulation shall apply to grants awarded to the European political parties as from the financial year 2008. For the financial year 2008, any applications for funding of political foundations at European level shall relate exclusively to eligible costs incurred after 1 September 2008. - European political parties that have duly submitted their applications for grants for 2008 may, within three months following the entry into force of this Regulation, submit a supplementary application for funding based on the modifications introduced by this Regulation and, where appropriate, an application for a grant for the foundation affiliated to that political party. The European Parliament shall adopt appropriate implementation measures.
  • date: 2007-10-25T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A6-2007-412&language=EN title: A6-0412/2007
  • date: 2007-11-13T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20071113&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament summary: The vote was originally due to be held on 15 November but was postponed until the next part-session at the request of the rapporteur.
  • date: 2007-11-29T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=14170&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2007-11-29T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P6-TA-2007-562 title: T6-0562/2007 summary: The European Parliament adopted the report drafted by Jo LEINEN (PES, DE) on the proposal for a regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding. The resolution was adopted by 538 votes in favour, 74 against and 10 abstentions. MEPs specified that political parties at European level act in the context of European Parliament elections in particular in order to highlight the European character of those elections. In accordance with Article 8 of the Act concerning the election of the members of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage, the funding of and limitation of election expenses at European Parliament elections is governed in each Member State by national provision. National law also applies for election expenses at national elections and referenda, Parliament made the following amendments: Foundations : the activities of political foundations at European level underpin and complement the objectives of the political party at European level by performing, in particular, the following tasks: observing, analysing and contributing to the debate on European public policy issues and on the process of European integration; developing activities linked to European public policy issues, such as organising and supporting seminars, training, conferences and studies on such issues between relevant stakeholders, including youth organisations and other representatives of civil society; developing cooperation with entities of the same kind in order to promote democracy; serving as a framework for national political foundations, academics, and other relevant actors to work together at European level. In addition to the criteria set out by the Commission, Parliament added that political foundations at European level: - must have legal personality in the Member State in which its seat is located. This legal personality shall be separate from that of the political party at European level with which it is affiliated; - shall not promote profit goals; - have a governing body with a geographically balanced composition. A political foundation at European level may only apply for funding from the general budget of the EU only through the political party at European level with which it is affiliated. On no account may it be used to finance elections or referenda campaigns. Obligations linked to funding : a political party at European level as well as a political foundation at European level shall declare its sources of funding by providing a list specifying the donors and the donations received from each donor, with the exception of donations not exceeding EUR 500 per year and per donor. It shall not accept donations from any public authority from a third country, including from any undertaking over which the public authorities may exercise directly or indirectly a dominant influence by virtue of their ownership of it, their financial participation therein, or the rules which govern it. The funding of political parties or political foundations at European level from the general budget of the EU or from any other source may not be used for the direct or indirect funding of other political parties, and in particular national parties or candidates. Contributions: contributions to a political party at European level from national political parties which are members of a political party at European level or from a natural person who is a member of a political party at European level shall be admissible. Contributions to a political party at European level from national political parties or from a natural person shall not exceed 40 % of that party's annual budget. Contributions to a political foundation at European level from national political foundations, which are members of a political foundation at European level, as well as from political parties at European level, shall be admissible. They shall not exceed 40% of that foundation's annual budget and may not derive from funds received by a political party at European level pursuant to this Regulation from the general budget of the EU. The burden of proof shall rest with the political party at European level concerned. Nature of expenditure : the expenditure of political parties at European level may also include financing campaigns conducted by the political parties at European level in the context of the elections to the European Parliament, in which they participate. These appropriations shall not finance directly or indirectly national political parties or candidates. Such expenditure shall not be used to finance referenda campaigns. In accordance, however, with the Act concerning the election of the members of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage, the funding of and limitation of election expenses for all parties and candidates at European Parliament elections is governed in each Member State by national provision. Transparency : the European Parliament shall publish jointly in a section of its website created for the purpose the following documents: an annual report with a table of the amounts paid to each political party and each political foundation at European level, for each financial year for which grants have been paid; the report of the European Parliament on the application of this Regulation and the activities funded; the provisions for the implementation of the Regulation. Transitional provisions : the provisions laid down by the Regulation shall apply to grants awarded to political parties at European level as from the financial year 2008. For the financial year 2008, any applications for funding of political foundations at European level pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 shall relate exclusively to eligible costs incurred after 1 September 2008. Political parties at European level that have duly submitted their applications for grants for 2008 may, within three months of entry into force of the Regulation, submit a supplementary application for funding based on the modifications introduced by the Regulation and, where appropriate, an application for a grant for the foundation affiliated to that political party. The European Parliament shall adopt appropriate implementation measures.
  • date: 2007-12-17T00:00:00 type: Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading body: EP/CSL
  • date: 2007-12-18T00:00:00 type: Final act signed body: CSL
  • date: 2007-12-18T00:00:00 type: End of procedure in Parliament body: EP
  • date: 2007-12-27T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: PURPOSE: to improve the rules on the funding of political parties in the European Parliament. LEGISLATIVE ACT: Regulation (EC) No 1524/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding. CONTENT: this Regulation primarily aims to strengthen the potential of long-term financial planning of political groups and to facilitate the diversification of financial resources. It aims to grant greater flexibility to political parties ahead of the parliamentary elections taking place in June 2009. The main amendments to Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 are as follows: · The definition of the “ political foundation at European level” is clarified: “an entity or network of entities which has legal personality in a Member State, is affiliated with a political party at European level, and which, through its activities, within the aims and fundamental values pursued by the European Union, underpins and complements the objectives of the political party at European level”, notably by performing the following tasks: 1. observing, analysing and contributing to the debate on European public policy issues and on the process of European integration; 2. de veloping activities linked to European public policy issues, such as organising and supporting seminars, training, studies and conferences on such issues between relevant stakeholders, including youth organisations and other representatives of civil society; 3. developing cooperation with entities of the same kind in order to promote democracy; 4. serving as a framework for national political foundations, academics, and other relevant actors to work together at European level. · A political foundation at European level: (i) must have legal personality in the Member State in which its seat is located. This legal personality shall be separate from that of the political party at European level with which the foundation is affiliated; (ii) must observe the principles on which the European Union is founded, namely the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law; (iii) shall not promote profit goals; (iv) shall have a governing body of a geographically balanced composition. · Funding allocated to a political foundation at European level shall only be used for the purpose of financing its activities. In no case may it be used to finance elections or referenda campaigns. · A political party or foundation at European level must declare its sources of funding by providing a list specifying the donors and the donations received from each donor, with the exception of donations not exceeding EUR 500 per year and per donor. The following shall not be accepted: anonymous donations; donations from the budgets of political groups in the European Parliament; donations from any public authority from a third country, as well as donations from any undertaking over which the public authorities may, directly or indirectly, exercise a dominant influence by virtue of their ownership of it, their financial participation therein, or the rules which govern it. · Contributions to a political party at European level from national political parties, which are members of a political party at European level, or from a natural person, who is a member of a political party at European level, shall be admissible. These contributions shall not exceed 40% of the annual budget of that political party. Contributions to a political foundation at European level deriving from national political foundations of such a foundation, as well as from political parties at European level, shall be admissible. These contributions shall not exceed 40% of the annual budget of that political foundation and may not derive from funds received by a political party at European level, pursuant to this Regulation, coming from the general budget of the European Union. The funding of political parties at European level from the general budget of the European Union or from any other source may not be used for the direct or indirect funding of other political parties, and, in particular, national parties or candidates. These national political parties and candidates shall continue to be governed by national rules. · The expenditure of political parties at European level may also include financing campaigns conducted by the political parties at European level in the context of the elections to the European Parliament, in which they participate. These appropriations shall not be used for the direct or indirect funding of national political parties or candidates. Such expenditure shall not be used to finance referenda campaigns. However, the funding of and limitation of election expenses for all parties and candidates at European Parliament elections is governed in each Member State by national provision. · Funding charged to the general budget of the European Union shall not exceed 85% of those costs of a political party or political foundation at European level which are eligible for funding. · For the sake of transparency, the European Parliament shall publish the following documents in a section of its website created for this purpose: (i) an annual report with a table of the amounts paid to each political party and each political foundation at European level, for each financial year for which grants have been paid; (ii) the European Parliament’s report on the application of this Regulation and the activities funded, as referred to in Article 12; (iii) the provisions for the implementation of this Regulation. · This Regulation shall apply to grants awarded to political parties at European level as from the financial year 2008. For the financial year 2008, any applications for funding of political foundations at European level shall relate exclusively to eligible costs incurred after 1 September 2008. Political parties at European level that have duly submitted their applications for grants for 2008 may, at the latest three months after the entry into force of the Regulation, submit a supplementary application for funding based on the modifications introduced by this Regulation and, where appropriate, an application for a grant for the political foundation affiliated to that political party. The European Parliament shall publish a report, by 15 February 2011, on the application of this Regulation and the activities funded. The report shall indicate, where appropriate, the possible amendments to be made to the funding system. 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  • date: 2007-06-27T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/registre/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2007/0364/COM_COM(2007)0364_EN.pdf celexid: CELEX:52007PC0364:EN type: Legislative proposal published title: COM(2007)0364 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC commission: DG: url: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/secretariat_general/index_en.htm title: Secretariat General Commissioner: BARROSO José Manuel
  • date: 2007-09-03T00:00:00 body: EP type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading committees: body: EP responsible: True committee: AFCO date: 2007-05-02T00:00:00 committee_full: Constitutional Affairs rapporteur: group: PSE name: LEINEN Jo body: EP responsible: False committee: BUDG date: 2007-07-17T00:00:00 committee_full: Budgets rapporteur: group: PSE name: GUY-QUINT Catherine body: EP responsible: False committee: CONT date: 2007-07-17T00:00:00 committee_full: Budgetary Control rapporteur: group: PPE-DE name: MATHIEU HOUILLON Véronique body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Legal Affairs committee: JURI
  • date: 2007-10-22T00:00:00 body: EP committees: body: EP responsible: True committee: AFCO date: 2007-05-02T00:00:00 committee_full: Constitutional Affairs rapporteur: group: PSE name: LEINEN Jo body: EP responsible: False committee: BUDG date: 2007-07-17T00:00:00 committee_full: Budgets rapporteur: group: PSE name: GUY-QUINT Catherine body: EP responsible: False committee: CONT date: 2007-07-17T00:00:00 committee_full: Budgetary Control rapporteur: group: PPE-DE name: MATHIEU HOUILLON Véronique body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Legal Affairs committee: JURI type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • date: 2007-10-25T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A6-2007-412&language=EN type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading title: A6-0412/2007 body: EP committees: body: EP responsible: True committee: AFCO date: 2007-05-02T00:00:00 committee_full: Constitutional Affairs rapporteur: group: PSE name: LEINEN Jo body: EP responsible: False committee: BUDG date: 2007-07-17T00:00:00 committee_full: Budgets rapporteur: group: PSE name: GUY-QUINT Catherine body: EP responsible: False committee: CONT date: 2007-07-17T00:00:00 committee_full: Budgetary Control rapporteur: group: PPE-DE name: MATHIEU HOUILLON Véronique body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Legal Affairs committee: JURI type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
  • date: 2007-11-13T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20071113&type=CRE type: Debate in Parliament title: Debate in Parliament body: EP type: Debate in Parliament
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