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2015/2078(BUD) Amending budget 4/2015: mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund for Romania, Bulgaria and Italy

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RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead BUDG GARDIAZABAL RUBIAL Eider (icon: S&D S&D) MUREŞAN Siegfried (icon: PPE PPE), KÖLMEL Bernd (icon: ECR ECR), TORVALDS Nils (icon: ALDE ALDE), TARAND Indrek (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), ZANNI Marco (icon: EFDD EFDD)
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Events

2015/10/07
   Final act published in Official Journal
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PURPOSE: definitive adoption of Amending budget No 4/2015.

LEGISLATIVE ACT: definitive adoption (EU, Euratom) 2015/1768 of Amending budget No 4 of the European Union for the financial year 2015.

CONTENT: the European Parliament definitively adopted Amending budget 4/2015 of the European Union in accordance with its resolution of 7 July 2015 (please see the summary of the resolution).

This Amending budget aims to mobilise the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) for an amount of EUR 66 505 850 in commitment and payment appropriations in relation to two floods in Romania, Bulgaria and Italy in April and November 2014.

2015/07/07
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2015/07/07
   EP - Decision by Parliament
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The European Parliament adopted by 605 votes to 50, with 55 abstentions, a resolution on the Council position on Draft amending budget No 4/2015 of the European Union for the financial year 2015, accompanying the proposal to mobilise the European Union Solidarity Fund for Romania, Bulgaria and Italy.

Parliament recalled that Draft amending budget No 4/2015 relates to the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) for an amount of EUR 66 505 850 in commitment and payment appropriations in relation to two floods in Romania in spring and summer 2014 (total aid EUR 8 495 950), floods in Bulgaria in July/August 2014 (total aid 1 983 600) and floods in Italy in October/November 2014 (total aid 56 026 300).

The purpose of Draft amending budget No 4/2015 is to formally enter this budgetary adjustment into the 2015 budget.

Taking note of Draft amending budget No 4/2015, as submitted by the Commission, and of the Council's position thereon, Parliament stressed the urgent need to release financial assistance through the EUSF to the countries affected by these natural disasters .

Following the budgetary negotiations : Parliament recalled that, in the framework of the 2015 budgetary negotiations, Council insisted on shifting the payments related to the mobilisation of the EUSF in Draft amending budgets No 5/2014 and No 7/2014 to the 2015 budget for a total amount of EUR 126.7 million.

Considering that given the surplus as presented in Draft amending budget No 3/2015 , these two 2014 Draft amending budgets, covering in total 7 EUSF cases, could have easily been paid for from the 2014 budget.

In general, Parliament regretted a tendency in Council not to honour its commitments to countries which have gone through a major disaster and therefore fulfilled the conditions for the mobilisation of the EUSF, through the mobilisation of the additional resources as foreseen by the special instruments, but rather by taking money away from the other programmes.

It stressed in particular that the current critical situation on payments excludes the option of using any other source of financing than the one proposed by the Commission outlined in the Draft amending budget no 4/2015.

Parliament recalled that the adoption of Draft amending budget No 3/2015 will reduce the share of the GNI contributions from Member States to the Union budget by EUR 1 435 million and therefore more than compensate their contribution to the financing of Draft amending budget No 4/2015. It highlighted therefore that the two dossiers are subject to a common calendar for adoption since they are strictly linked from a political point of view.

In this regard, Parliament approved the Council position on Draft amending budget No 4/2015.

Documents
2015/07/07
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2015/07/06
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2015/06/26
   EP - Budgetary report tabled for plenary
Details

The Committee on Budgets adopted the report by Eider GARDIAZABAL RUBIAL (S&D, ES) on the Council position on Draft amending budget No 4/2015 of the European Union for the financial year 2015, - accompanying the proposal to mobilise the European Union Solidarity Fund for Romania, Bulgaria and Italy.

Members recalled that Draft amending budget No 4/2015 relates to the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) for an amount of EUR 66 505 850 in commitment and payment appropriations in relation to two floods in Romania in spring and summer 2014 (total aid EUR 8 495 950), floods in Bulgaria in July/August 2014 (total aid 1 983 600) and floods in Italy in October/November 2014 (total aid 56 026 300).

The purpose of Draft amending budget No 4/2015 is to formally enter this budgetary adjustment into the 2015 budget.

Taking note of Draft amending budget No 4/2015, as submitted by the Commission, and of the Council's position thereon, Members stressed the urgent need to release financial assistance through the EUSF to the countries affected by these natural disasters.

Following the budgetary negotiations : Members recalled that, in the framework of the 2015 budgetary negotiations, Council insisted on shifting the payments related to the mobilisation of the EUSF in Draft amending budgets No 5/2014 and No 7/2014 to the 2015 budget for a total amount of EUR 126.7 million.

Considering that given the surplus as presented in Draft amending budget No 3/2015 , these two 2014 Draft amending budgets, covering in total 7 EUSF cases, could have easily been paid for from the 2014 budget.

In general, Members regretted a tendency in Council not to honour its commitments to countries which have gone through a major disaster and therefore fulfilled the conditions for the mobilisation of the EUSF, through the mobilisation of the additional resources as foreseen by the special instruments, but rather by taking money away from the other programmes.

They stressed in particular that the current critical situation on payments excludes the option of using any other source of financing than the one proposed by the Commission outlined in the Draft amending budget no 4/2015.

Members recalled that the adoption of Draft amending budget No 3/2015 will reduce the share of the GNI contributions from Member States to the Union budget by EUR 1 435 million and therefore more than compensate their contribution to the financing of Draft amending budget No 4/2015. They highlighted therefore that the two dossiers are subject to a common calendar for adoption since they are strictly linked from a political point of view.

Members called on the Parliament to approve the Council position on Draft amending budget No 4/2015.

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2015/06/23
   EP - Vote in committee
2015/06/19
   CSL - Council position on draft budget published
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On 15 April 2015, the Commission submitted to the Council draft amending budget (DAB) No 4 to the general budget for 2015 regarding the mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund for a total amount of EUR 66 505 850 in commitment and payment appropriations.

The objective of this proposal is to provide financial assistance to Romania, Bulgaria and Italy in response to flooding disasters that occurred between April and November 2014.

The corresponding appropriations are to be recorded under Article 13 06 01 (EU Solidarity Fund - Assistance to Member States in the event of a major natural disaster with serious repercussions on living conditions, the natural environment or the economy).

On 19 June 2015, the Council adopted its position on DAB No 4/2015 as set out in the annex to the Council draft amending budget (DAB) No 4 to the general budget for 2015(see technical annex Council document 9778/15 ).

Documents
2015/06/19
   CSL - Draft budget approved by Council
2015/06/19
   CSL - Council Meeting
2015/06/05
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
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2015/05/13
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2015/04/22
   EP - GARDIAZABAL RUBIAL Eider (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in BUDG
2015/04/15
   EC - Commission draft budget published
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PURPOSE: presentation of the Draft Amending Budget (DAB) No 4 for the year 2015.

CONTENT: Draft Amending Budget (DAB) No 4 for the year 2015 covers the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) for an amount of EUR 66 505 850 in commitment and payment appropriations. The mobilisation relates to two floods in Romania, one in Bulgaria and one in Italy.

Mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund

In 2014, the Commission received four more applications for EUSF financial assistance relating to disasters in Romania (floodings in spring and in summer), Bulgaria (summer flooding) and Italy (autumn flooding).

The Commission services have carried out a thorough examination of all four applications. The most important elements of the assessments are summarised here below:

1) Romania – Spring Floods : during April and May 2014, major parts of Romania were affected by wide-spread flooding causing destruction of public and private infrastructure, private homes and in agriculture. The application was submitted as a 'neighbouring country' disaster, under article 2(4) of the Regulation. Under this provision a country affected by the same disaster as a neighbouring country for which a major disaster has been recognised may exceptionally benefit from EUSF aid even if it does not qualify as a major or as a regional disaster. Romania claimed that it had been affected by the same disaster as the one that occurred in Serbia and which previously accepted by the Commission as a major disaster. The Commission therefore requested Romania to review and update its application. The Commission received a revised application from Romania.

As regards the impact and consequences of the disaster, this affected 30 of the 42 Romanian counties and triggered the evacuation of inhabitants, caused major losses and badly affected different sectors of the economy. The cost of essential emergency operations eligible under Article 3(2) of the Regulation has been estimated by the Romanian authorities at EUR 145.527 million covering emergency operations and recovery operations in the field of transport. The second largest share of cost concerns the securing of preventive infrastructure amounting to EUR 44 million.

2) Romania – Summer Floods : from late July to mid-August 2014, south-western parts of Romania were affected by heavy precipitation and subsequent floods and landslides that caused damage to public and private infrastructure, to businesses and the agricultural sector, as well as to cultural heritage and private homes. The Romanian authorities estimate the total direct damage caused by the disaster at EUR 171.911 million. As the total direct damage remained below the major disaster threshold for activating the EUSF the application was examined on the basis of the criteria for "regional disasters” as laid down in Article 2(3) of the Regulation. which defines a 'regional disaster' as any natural disaster resulting in a region at NUTS level 2 of an eligible State in direct damage in excess of 1,5% of that region's GDP. The Romanian application relates to a single NUTS level 2 region, namely "Sud-Vest Oltenia". The reported direct damage exceeds the 1.5% threshold in article 2(3) of the Regulation. The application from Romania is therefore eligible for a contribution from the Solidarity Fund. The cost of essential emergency operations has been estimated by the Romanian authorities at EUR 93.955 million and has been broken down to cover the recovery of transport infrastructure and the securing of preventive infrastructure.

3) Bulgaria – Summer floods : Bulgaria suffered from intense and heavy rainfall at the end of July and early August 2014 which caused considerable damage to public and private infrastructure, businesses, private homes and assets, and harmed the agricultural sector. The Bulgarian authorities estimate the total direct damage caused by the disaster at EUR 79.344 million. As the total direct damage remains below the major disaster threshold for activating the EUSF the application was examined on the basis of the criteria for "regional disasters” as laid down in Article 2(3) of the Regulation. The Bulgarian application relates to a single NUTS level 2 region, namely "Severozapaden" in the north-west of Bulgaria, one of the poorest regions in the EU. The cost of essential emergency operations has been estimated by the Bulgarian authorities at EUR 69.108 million and mainly covers the recovery of transport infrastructure and repairs in the water/waste water sector.

4) Italy – Autumn floods : during the period from 9 October to 18 November 2014, wider parts of north-western Italy suffered from recurrent periods of severe weather with heavy rain and subsequent flooding and landslides which caused serious damage to public and private infrastructure, businesses, private homes and assets, and harmed the agricultural sector. The events occurred over a period of nearly six weeks in different locations of five Italian regions, namely Emilia-Romagna, Liguria, Lombardy, Piedmont and Tuscany. The Italian authorities estimated the total direct damage caused by the disaster at EUR 2 241,052 million. As total direct damage remains below the major disaster threshold for activating the Solidarity Fund the application was examined on the basis of the criteria for "regional disasters”. Overall, the disaster caused 11 casualties and some 3000 people had to be evacuated. Widespread damage was done to the environment, to public infrastructure, agriculture, as well as to the economic and productive sectors as the floods affected many urban areas (Genova being the most prominent example). The cost of essential emergency operations has been estimated by the Italian authorities at EUR 434.314 million of which the largest share of the cost of emergency operations concerns recovery operations in the field of infrastructure and plant in the field of energy, water/waste water, telecoms, transport, health and education as well as the protection of cultural heritage.

Financing : as solidarity was the central justification for the creation of the Fund, the Commission takes the view that aid from the Fund should be progressive. That means that, according to previous practice, the portion of the damage exceeding the “major disaster” threshold for mobilising the Fund (i.e. 0.6% of GNI or EUR 3 billion in 2011 prices, whichever is the lower amount) should give rise to higher aid intensity than damage up to the threshold. The rate applied in the past for defining the allocations for major disasters is 2.5% of total direct damage under the threshold and 6% for the part of the damage above. For regional disasters and disasters accepted under the “neighbouring country” provision the rate is 2.5%. This rate was applied in all the four cases below as none of them exceeded their respective major disaster thresholds.

The Commission therefore proposes to apply the same percentages in this case, which amounts to an overall financial envelope of EUR 66 505 850, an amount complying with the ceiling provisions of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) regulation (i.e. EUR 500 million in 2011 prices).

In addition, an amount of EUR 403 879 032 remained unspent from the 2014 allocation and may be used during 2015.

The Commission proposes to mobilise the European Union Solidarity Fund for each of the four cases concerning Romania, Bulgaria and Italy presented above and to amend the budget 2015 by increasing budget article 13 06 01 (EU Solidarity Fund for Member States) by EUR 66 505 850 both in commitment and in payment appropriations.

As the European Union Solidarity Fund is a special instrument as defined in the MFF regulation, the corresponding appropriations should be budgeted outside the corresponding MFF ceiling.

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Votes

A8-0220/2015 - Eider Gardiazabal Rubial - Vote unique #

2015/07/07 Outcome: +: 605, 0: 55, -: 50
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  • date: 2015-04-15T00:00:00 type: Commission draft budget published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2015/0161/COM_COM(2015)0161_EN.pdf title: COM(2015)0161 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2015&nu_doc=0161 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: presentation of the Draft Amending Budget (DAB) No 4 for the year 2015. CONTENT: Draft Amending Budget (DAB) No 4 for the year 2015 covers the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) for an amount of EUR 66 505 850 in commitment and payment appropriations. The mobilisation relates to two floods in Romania, one in Bulgaria and one in Italy. Mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund In 2014, the Commission received four more applications for EUSF financial assistance relating to disasters in Romania (floodings in spring and in summer), Bulgaria (summer flooding) and Italy (autumn flooding). The Commission services have carried out a thorough examination of all four applications. The most important elements of the assessments are summarised here below: 1) Romania – Spring Floods : during April and May 2014, major parts of Romania were affected by wide-spread flooding causing destruction of public and private infrastructure, private homes and in agriculture. The application was submitted as a 'neighbouring country' disaster, under article 2(4) of the Regulation. Under this provision a country affected by the same disaster as a neighbouring country for which a major disaster has been recognised may exceptionally benefit from EUSF aid even if it does not qualify as a major or as a regional disaster. Romania claimed that it had been affected by the same disaster as the one that occurred in Serbia and which previously accepted by the Commission as a major disaster. The Commission therefore requested Romania to review and update its application. The Commission received a revised application from Romania. As regards the impact and consequences of the disaster, this affected 30 of the 42 Romanian counties and triggered the evacuation of inhabitants, caused major losses and badly affected different sectors of the economy. The cost of essential emergency operations eligible under Article 3(2) of the Regulation has been estimated by the Romanian authorities at EUR 145.527 million covering emergency operations and recovery operations in the field of transport. The second largest share of cost concerns the securing of preventive infrastructure amounting to EUR 44 million. 2) Romania – Summer Floods : from late July to mid-August 2014, south-western parts of Romania were affected by heavy precipitation and subsequent floods and landslides that caused damage to public and private infrastructure, to businesses and the agricultural sector, as well as to cultural heritage and private homes. The Romanian authorities estimate the total direct damage caused by the disaster at EUR 171.911 million. As the total direct damage remained below the major disaster threshold for activating the EUSF the application was examined on the basis of the criteria for "regional disasters” as laid down in Article 2(3) of the Regulation. which defines a 'regional disaster' as any natural disaster resulting in a region at NUTS level 2 of an eligible State in direct damage in excess of 1,5% of that region's GDP. The Romanian application relates to a single NUTS level 2 region, namely "Sud-Vest Oltenia". The reported direct damage exceeds the 1.5% threshold in article 2(3) of the Regulation. The application from Romania is therefore eligible for a contribution from the Solidarity Fund. The cost of essential emergency operations has been estimated by the Romanian authorities at EUR 93.955 million and has been broken down to cover the recovery of transport infrastructure and the securing of preventive infrastructure. 3) Bulgaria – Summer floods : Bulgaria suffered from intense and heavy rainfall at the end of July and early August 2014 which caused considerable damage to public and private infrastructure, businesses, private homes and assets, and harmed the agricultural sector. The Bulgarian authorities estimate the total direct damage caused by the disaster at EUR 79.344 million. As the total direct damage remains below the major disaster threshold for activating the EUSF the application was examined on the basis of the criteria for "regional disasters” as laid down in Article 2(3) of the Regulation. The Bulgarian application relates to a single NUTS level 2 region, namely "Severozapaden" in the north-west of Bulgaria, one of the poorest regions in the EU. The cost of essential emergency operations has been estimated by the Bulgarian authorities at EUR 69.108 million and mainly covers the recovery of transport infrastructure and repairs in the water/waste water sector. 4) Italy – Autumn floods : during the period from 9 October to 18 November 2014, wider parts of north-western Italy suffered from recurrent periods of severe weather with heavy rain and subsequent flooding and landslides which caused serious damage to public and private infrastructure, businesses, private homes and assets, and harmed the agricultural sector. The events occurred over a period of nearly six weeks in different locations of five Italian regions, namely Emilia-Romagna, Liguria, Lombardy, Piedmont and Tuscany. The Italian authorities estimated the total direct damage caused by the disaster at EUR 2 241,052 million. As total direct damage remains below the major disaster threshold for activating the Solidarity Fund the application was examined on the basis of the criteria for "regional disasters”. Overall, the disaster caused 11 casualties and some 3000 people had to be evacuated. Widespread damage was done to the environment, to public infrastructure, agriculture, as well as to the economic and productive sectors as the floods affected many urban areas (Genova being the most prominent example). The cost of essential emergency operations has been estimated by the Italian authorities at EUR 434.314 million of which the largest share of the cost of emergency operations concerns recovery operations in the field of infrastructure and plant in the field of energy, water/waste water, telecoms, transport, health and education as well as the protection of cultural heritage. Financing : as solidarity was the central justification for the creation of the Fund, the Commission takes the view that aid from the Fund should be progressive. That means that, according to previous practice, the portion of the damage exceeding the “major disaster” threshold for mobilising the Fund (i.e. 0.6% of GNI or EUR 3 billion in 2011 prices, whichever is the lower amount) should give rise to higher aid intensity than damage up to the threshold. The rate applied in the past for defining the allocations for major disasters is 2.5% of total direct damage under the threshold and 6% for the part of the damage above. For regional disasters and disasters accepted under the “neighbouring country” provision the rate is 2.5%. This rate was applied in all the four cases below as none of them exceeded their respective major disaster thresholds. The Commission therefore proposes to apply the same percentages in this case, which amounts to an overall financial envelope of EUR 66 505 850, an amount complying with the ceiling provisions of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) regulation (i.e. EUR 500 million in 2011 prices). In addition, an amount of EUR 403 879 032 remained unspent from the 2014 allocation and may be used during 2015. The Commission proposes to mobilise the European Union Solidarity Fund for each of the four cases concerning Romania, Bulgaria and Italy presented above and to amend the budget 2015 by increasing budget article 13 06 01 (EU Solidarity Fund for Member States) by EUR 66 505 850 both in commitment and in payment appropriations. As the European Union Solidarity Fund is a special instrument as defined in the MFF regulation, the corresponding appropriations should be budgeted outside the corresponding MFF ceiling.
  • date: 2015-06-19T00:00:00 type: Council position on draft budget published body: CSL docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=ADV&RESULTSET=1&DOC_ID=9767%2F15&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 09767/2015 summary: On 15 April 2015, the Commission submitted to the Council draft amending budget (DAB) No 4 to the general budget for 2015 regarding the mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund for a total amount of EUR 66 505 850 in commitment and payment appropriations. The objective of this proposal is to provide financial assistance to Romania, Bulgaria and Italy in response to flooding disasters that occurred between April and November 2014. The corresponding appropriations are to be recorded under Article 13 06 01 (EU Solidarity Fund - Assistance to Member States in the event of a major natural disaster with serious repercussions on living conditions, the natural environment or the economy). On 19 June 2015, the Council adopted its position on DAB No 4/2015 as set out in the annex to the Council draft amending budget (DAB) No 4 to the general budget for 2015(see technical annex Council document 9778/15 ).
  • date: 2015-06-19T00:00:00 type: Draft budget approved by Council body: CSL
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  • date: 2015-07-06T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2015-07-07T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=25939&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2015-07-07T00:00:00 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=P8-TA-2015-0244 title: T8-0244/2015 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 605 votes to 50, with 55 abstentions, a resolution on the Council position on Draft amending budget No 4/2015 of the European Union for the financial year 2015, accompanying the proposal to mobilise the European Union Solidarity Fund for Romania, Bulgaria and Italy. Parliament recalled that Draft amending budget No 4/2015 relates to the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) for an amount of EUR 66 505 850 in commitment and payment appropriations in relation to two floods in Romania in spring and summer 2014 (total aid EUR 8 495 950), floods in Bulgaria in July/August 2014 (total aid 1 983 600) and floods in Italy in October/November 2014 (total aid 56 026 300). The purpose of Draft amending budget No 4/2015 is to formally enter this budgetary adjustment into the 2015 budget. Taking note of Draft amending budget No 4/2015, as submitted by the Commission, and of the Council's position thereon, Parliament stressed the urgent need to release financial assistance through the EUSF to the countries affected by these natural disasters . Following the budgetary negotiations : Parliament recalled that, in the framework of the 2015 budgetary negotiations, Council insisted on shifting the payments related to the mobilisation of the EUSF in Draft amending budgets No 5/2014 and No 7/2014 to the 2015 budget for a total amount of EUR 126.7 million. Considering that given the surplus as presented in Draft amending budget No 3/2015 , these two 2014 Draft amending budgets, covering in total 7 EUSF cases, could have easily been paid for from the 2014 budget. In general, Parliament regretted a tendency in Council not to honour its commitments to countries which have gone through a major disaster and therefore fulfilled the conditions for the mobilisation of the EUSF, through the mobilisation of the additional resources as foreseen by the special instruments, but rather by taking money away from the other programmes. It stressed in particular that the current critical situation on payments excludes the option of using any other source of financing than the one proposed by the Commission outlined in the Draft amending budget no 4/2015. Parliament recalled that the adoption of Draft amending budget No 3/2015 will reduce the share of the GNI contributions from Member States to the Union budget by EUR 1 435 million and therefore more than compensate their contribution to the financing of Draft amending budget No 4/2015. It highlighted therefore that the two dossiers are subject to a common calendar for adoption since they are strictly linked from a political point of view. In this regard, Parliament approved the Council position on Draft amending budget No 4/2015.
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  • PURPOSE: definitive adoption of Amending budget No 4/2015.

    LEGISLATIVE ACT: definitive adoption (EU, Euratom) 2015/1768 of Amending budget No 4 of the European Union for the financial year 2015.

    CONTENT: the European Parliament definitively adopted Amending budget 4/2015 of the European Union in accordance with its resolution of 7 July 2015 (please see the summary of the resolution).

    This Amending budget aims to mobilise the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) for an amount of EUR 66 505 850 in commitment and payment appropriations in relation to two floods in Romania, Bulgaria and Italy  in April and November 2014.

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  • On 15 April 2015, the Commission submitted to the Council draft amending budget (DAB) No 4 to the general budget for 2015 regarding the mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund for a total amount of EUR 66 505 850 in commitment and payment appropriations. 

    The objective of this proposal is to provide financial assistance to Romania, Bulgaria and Italy in response to flooding disasters that occurred between April and November 2014.

    The corresponding appropriations are to be recorded under Article 13 06 01 (EU Solidarity Fund - Assistance to Member States in the event of a major natural disaster with serious repercussions on living conditions, the natural environment or the economy).

    On 19 June 2015, the Council adopted its position on DAB No 4/2015 as set out in the annex to the Council draft amending budget (DAB) No 4 to the general budget for 2015(see technical annex Council document 9778/15).

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  • The Committee on Budgets adopted the report by Eider GARDIAZABAL RUBIAL (S&D, ES) on the Council position on Draft amending budget No 4/2015 of the European Union for the financial year 2015,  - accompanying the proposal to mobilise the European Union Solidarity Fund for Romania, Bulgaria and Italy.

    Members recalled that Draft amending budget No 4/2015 relates to the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) for an amount of EUR 66 505 850 in commitment and payment appropriations in relation to two floods in Romania in spring and summer 2014 (total aid EUR 8 495 950), floods in Bulgaria in July/August 2014 (total aid 1 983 600) and floods in Italy in October/November 2014 (total aid 56 026 300).

    The purpose of Draft amending budget No 4/2015 is to formally enter this budgetary adjustment into the 2015 budget.

    Taking note of Draft amending budget No 4/2015, as submitted by the Commission, and of the Council's position thereon, Members stressed the urgent need to release financial assistance through the EUSF to the countries affected by these natural disasters.

    Following the budgetary negotiations: Members recalled that, in the framework of the 2015 budgetary negotiations, Council insisted on shifting the payments related to the mobilisation of the EUSF in Draft amending budgets No 5/2014 and No 7/2014 to the 2015 budget for a total amount of EUR 126.7 million.

    Considering that given the surplus as presented in Draft amending budget No 3/2015, these two 2014 Draft amending budgets, covering in total 7 EUSF cases, could have easily been paid for from the 2014 budget.

    In general, Members regretted a tendency in Council not to honour its commitments to countries which have gone through a major disaster and therefore fulfilled the conditions for the mobilisation of the EUSF, through the mobilisation of the additional resources as foreseen by the special instruments, but rather by taking money away from the other programmes.

    They stressed in particular that the current critical situation on payments excludes the option of using any other source of financing than the one proposed by the Commission outlined in the Draft amending budget no 4/2015.

    Members recalled that the adoption of Draft amending budget No 3/2015 will reduce the share of the GNI contributions from Member States to the Union budget by EUR 1 435 million and therefore more than compensate their contribution to the financing of Draft amending budget No 4/2015. They highlighted therefore that the two dossiers are subject to a common calendar for adoption since they are strictly linked from a political point of view.

    Members called on the Parliament to approve the Council position on Draft amending budget No 4/2015.

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  • The European Parliament adopted by 605 votes to 50, with 55 abstentions, a resolution on the Council position on Draft amending budget No 4/2015 of the European Union for the financial year 2015, accompanying the proposal to mobilise the European Union Solidarity Fund for Romania, Bulgaria and Italy.

    Parliament recalled that Draft amending budget No 4/2015 relates to the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) for an amount of EUR 66 505 850 in commitment and payment appropriations in relation to two floods in Romania in spring and summer 2014 (total aid EUR 8 495 950), floods in Bulgaria in July/August 2014 (total aid 1 983 600) and floods in Italy in October/November 2014 (total aid 56 026 300).

    The purpose of Draft amending budget No 4/2015 is to formally enter this budgetary adjustment into the 2015 budget.

    Taking note of Draft amending budget No 4/2015, as submitted by the Commission, and of the Council's position thereon, Parliament stressed the urgent need to release financial assistance through the EUSF to the countries affected by these natural disasters.

    Following the budgetary negotiations: Parliament recalled that, in the framework of the 2015 budgetary negotiations, Council insisted on shifting the payments related to the mobilisation of the EUSF in Draft amending budgets No 5/2014 and No 7/2014 to the 2015 budget for a total amount of EUR 126.7 million.

    Considering that given the surplus as presented in Draft amending budget No 3/2015, these two 2014 Draft amending budgets, covering in total 7 EUSF cases, could have easily been paid for from the 2014 budget.

    In general, Parliament regretted a tendency in Council not to honour its commitments to countries which have gone through a major disaster and therefore fulfilled the conditions for the mobilisation of the EUSF, through the mobilisation of the additional resources as foreseen by the special instruments, but rather by taking money away from the other programmes.

    It stressed in particular that the current critical situation on payments excludes the option of using any other source of financing than the one proposed by the Commission outlined in the Draft amending budget no 4/2015.

    Parliament recalled that the adoption of Draft amending budget No 3/2015 will reduce the share of the GNI contributions from Member States to the Union budget by EUR 1 435 million and therefore more than compensate their contribution to the financing of Draft amending budget No 4/2015. It highlighted therefore that the two dossiers are subject to a common calendar for adoption since they are strictly linked from a political point of view.

    In this regard, Parliament approved the Council position on Draft amending budget No 4/2015.

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  • PURPOSE: presentation of the Draft Amending Budget (DAB) No 4 for the year 2015.

    CONTENT: Draft Amending Budget (DAB) No 4 for the year 2015 covers the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) for an amount of EUR 66 505 850 in commitment and payment appropriations. The mobilisation relates to two floods in Romania, one in Bulgaria and one in Italy.

    Mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund

    In 2014, the Commission received four more applications for EUSF financial assistance relating to disasters in Romania (floodings in spring and in summer), Bulgaria (summer flooding) and Italy (autumn flooding).

    The Commission services have carried out a thorough examination of all four applications. The most important elements of the assessments are summarised here below:

    1) Romania – Spring Floods: during April and May 2014, major parts of Romania were affected by wide-spread flooding causing destruction of public and private infrastructure, private homes and in agriculture. The application was submitted as a 'neighbouring country' disaster, under article 2(4) of the Regulation. Under this provision a country affected by the same disaster as a neighbouring country for which a major disaster has been recognised may exceptionally benefit from EUSF aid even if it does not qualify as a major or as a regional disaster. Romania claimed that it had been affected by the same disaster as the one that occurred in Serbia and which previously accepted by the Commission as a major disaster. The Commission therefore requested Romania to review and update its application. The Commission received a revised application from Romania.

    As regards the impact and consequences of the disaster, this affected 30 of the 42 Romanian counties and triggered the evacuation of inhabitants, caused major losses and badly affected different sectors of the economy. The cost of essential emergency operations eligible under Article 3(2) of the Regulation has been estimated by the Romanian authorities at EUR 145.527 million covering emergency operations and recovery operations in the field of transport. The second largest share of cost concerns the securing of preventive infrastructure amounting to EUR 44 million.

    2) Romania – Summer Floods: from late July to mid-August 2014, south-western parts of Romania were affected by heavy precipitation and subsequent floods and landslides that caused damage to public and private infrastructure, to businesses and the agricultural sector, as well as to cultural heritage and private homes. The Romanian authorities estimate the total direct damage caused by the disaster at EUR 171.911 million. As the total direct damage remained below the major disaster threshold for activating the EUSF the application was examined on the basis of the criteria for "regional disasters” as laid down in Article 2(3) of the Regulation.  which defines a 'regional disaster' as any natural disaster resulting in a region at NUTS level 2 of an eligible State in direct damage in excess of 1,5% of that region's GDP. The Romanian application relates to a single NUTS level 2 region, namely "Sud-Vest Oltenia". The reported direct damage exceeds the 1.5% threshold in article 2(3) of the Regulation. The application from Romania is therefore eligible for a contribution from the Solidarity Fund.  The cost of essential emergency operations has been estimated by the Romanian authorities at EUR 93.955 million and has been broken down to cover the recovery of transport infrastructure and the securing of preventive infrastructure.

    3) Bulgaria – Summer floods: Bulgaria suffered from intense and heavy rainfall at the end of July and early August 2014 which caused considerable damage to public and private infrastructure, businesses, private homes and assets, and harmed the agricultural sector. The Bulgarian authorities estimate the total direct damage caused by the disaster at EUR 79.344 million. As the total direct damage remains below the major disaster threshold for activating the EUSF the application was examined on the basis of the criteria for "regional disasters” as laid down in Article 2(3) of the Regulation. The Bulgarian application relates to a single NUTS level 2 region, namely "Severozapaden" in the north-west of Bulgaria, one of the poorest regions in the EU. The cost of essential emergency operations has been estimated by the Bulgarian authorities at EUR 69.108 million and mainly covers the recovery of transport infrastructure and repairs in the water/waste water sector.

    4) Italy – Autumn floods: during the period from 9 October to 18 November 2014, wider parts of north-western Italy suffered from recurrent periods of severe weather with heavy rain and subsequent flooding and landslides which caused serious damage to public and private infrastructure, businesses, private homes and assets, and harmed the agricultural sector. The events occurred over a period of nearly six weeks in different locations of five Italian regions, namely Emilia-Romagna, Liguria, Lombardy, Piedmont and Tuscany. The Italian authorities estimated the total direct damage caused by the disaster at EUR 2 241,052 million. As total direct damage remains below the major disaster threshold for activating the Solidarity Fund the application was examined on the basis of the criteria for "regional disasters”. Overall, the disaster caused 11 casualties and some 3000 people had to be evacuated. Widespread damage was done to the environment, to public infrastructure, agriculture, as well as to the economic and productive sectors as the floods affected many urban areas (Genova being the most prominent example). The cost of essential emergency operations has been estimated by the Italian authorities at EUR 434.314 million of which the largest share of the cost of emergency operations concerns recovery operations in the field of infrastructure and plant in the field of energy, water/waste water, telecoms, transport, health and education as well as the protection of cultural heritage.

    Financing: as solidarity was the central justification for the creation of the Fund, the Commission takes the view that aid from the Fund should be progressive. That means that, according to previous practice, the portion of the damage exceeding the “major disaster” threshold for mobilising the Fund (i.e. 0.6% of GNI or EUR 3 billion in 2011 prices, whichever is the lower amount) should give rise to higher aid intensity than damage up to the threshold. The rate applied in the past for defining the allocations for major disasters is 2.5% of total direct damage under the threshold and 6% for the part of the damage above. For regional disasters and disasters accepted under the “neighbouring country” provision the rate is 2.5%. This rate was applied in all the four cases below as none of them exceeded their respective major disaster thresholds.

    The Commission therefore proposes to apply the same percentages in this case, which amounts to an overall financial envelope of EUR 66 505 850, an amount complying with the ceiling provisions of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) regulation (i.e. EUR 500 million in 2011 prices).

    In addition, an amount of EUR 403 879 032 remained unspent from the 2014 allocation and may be used during 2015.

    The Commission proposes to mobilise the European Union Solidarity Fund for each of the four cases concerning Romania, Bulgaria and Italy presented above and to amend the budget 2015 by increasing  budget article 13 06 01 (EU Solidarity Fund for Member States) by EUR 66 505 850 both in commitment and in payment appropriations.

    As the European Union Solidarity Fund is a special instrument as defined in the MFF regulation, the corresponding appropriations should be budgeted outside the corresponding MFF ceiling.

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CELEX:52015DC0161:EN
activities/0/commission/0
DG
Commissioner
GEORGIEVA Kristalina
committees/0/date
2015-04-22T00:00:00
committees/0/rapporteur
  • group: S&D name: GARDIAZABAL RUBIAL Eider
other/0
body
EC
dg
commissioner
GEORGIEVA Kristalina
activities
  • date: 2015-04-15T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2015/0161/COM_COM(2015)0161_EN.pdf type: Commission draft budget published title: COM(2015)0161 body: EC commission: type: Commission draft budget published
committees
  • body: EP responsible: True committee_full: Budgets committee: BUDG
links
other
    procedure
    reference
    2015/2078(BUD)
    title
    Amending budget 4/2015: mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund for Romania, Bulgaria and Italy
    stage_reached
    Preparatory phase in Parliament
    summary
    See also
    subtype
    Budget
    type
    BUD - Budgetary procedure
    subject
    8.70.55 2015 budget