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2018/0194(COD) Pericles IV exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting 2021–2027

Progress: Awaiting Council 1st reading position / budgetary conciliation convocation

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead LIBE DALY Clare (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL) ZDECHOVSKÝ Tomáš (icon: PPE PPE), CHINNICI Caterina (icon: S&D S&D), PROCACCINI Nicola (icon: ECR ECR), CARÊME Damien (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE)
Former Responsible Committee LIBE DE JONG Dennis (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 133

Events

2019/09/24
   EP - Committee decision to open interinstitutional negotiations after 1st reading in Parliament
2019/09/04
   EP - DALY Clare (GUE/NGL) appointed as rapporteur in LIBE
2019/04/16
   Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2019/02/13
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2019/02/13
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 593 votes to 29, with 27 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing an exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting for the period 2021-2027 (Pericles IV programme).

The European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure amended the Commission proposal as follows.

Objective

Parliament stressed that strong protection of the euro against counterfeiting was an essential element of the security and competitiveness of the Union's economy. The programme shall help to prevent and combat counterfeiting and related fraud, thus preserving the integrity of euro banknotes and coins and strengthening the confidence of citizens and businesses in their authenticity and therefore enhancing the trust in the Union’s economy.

Actions to promote the exchange of information shall include, inter alia , best practices in preventing counterfeiting and fraud relating to the euro.

Budget

The financial framework for the implementation of the programme for the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2027 shall be set at EUR 7 700 000 (at current prices).

Strengthening cooperation with the European Central Bank and Europol

In order to ensure consistency and avoid unnecessary overlap with measures taken by other competent entities, the Commission shall take into account the activities of the ECB and Europol in combating euro counterfeiting and fraud when preparing work programmes.

The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts to adopt work programmes after consulting the experts appointed by each Member State and the representatives of the ECB and Europol.

Indicators

As regards the key performance indicators, Parliament replaced those listed in the Commission proposal (Annex) by a set of indicators directly measuring the effectiveness of the programme´s activities such as:

- the number of Member States and third countries whose competent national authorities have participated in the activities of the programme;

- the number of participants and their satisfaction rate as well as any other feedback they may have given on the usefulness of activities under the programme;

- information provided by the competent national authorities on the number of counterfeit euros detected and illegal workshops dismantled as a direct consequence of improved cooperation through the programme.

The Commission shall provide annually to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Central Bank, Europol, Eurojust and the European Public Prosecutor's Office information on the results of the programme, taking into account the quantitative and qualitative indicators defined in the Annex to the proposal.

Third countries

Counterfeiting hotspots have been detected in third countries and the counterfeiting of the euro is acquiring a growing international dimension. Members suggested capacity building and training activities involving the competent authorities of third countries should be considered essential to achieve the effective protection of the Union´s single currency and should be further encouraged in the context of the programme.

Documents
2019/02/07
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted the report by Dennis de JONG (S&D, NL) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing an exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting for the period 2021-2027 (Pericles IV programme).

The committee recommended that the European Parliament's position adopted at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure should amend the Commission's proposal as follows.

Objective

The programme should help to prevent and combat counterfeiting and related fraud, thus preserving the integrity of euro banknotes and coins and strengthening the confidence of citizens and businesses in their authenticity and therefore enhancing the trust in the Union’s economy, while and securing the sustainability of public finances.

The financial framework for the implementation of the programme for the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2027 shall be set at EUR 7 700 000 (at current prices).

Strengthening cooperation with the European Central Bank and Europol

In order to ensure consistency and avoid unnecessary overlap with measures taken by other competent entities, the Commission shall take into account the activities of the ECB and Europol in combating euro counterfeiting and fraud when preparing work programmes.

The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts to adopt work programmes after consulting the experts appointed by each Member State and the representatives of the ECB and Europol.

Indicators

As regards the key performance indicators, Members replaced those listed in the Commission proposal (Annex) by a set of indicators directly measuring the effectiveness of the programme´s activities

The Commission shall provide annually to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Central Bank, Europol, Eurojust and the European Public Prosecutor's Office information on the results of the programme, taking into account the quantitative and qualitative indicators defined in the Annex to the proposal.

Documents
2019/02/04
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2019/01/14
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/11/14
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2018/09/27
   EP - DE JONG Dennis (GUE/NGL) appointed as rapporteur in LIBE
2018/09/19
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
Documents
2018/08/16
   ECB - European Central Bank: opinion, guideline, report
Details

Opinion of the European Central Bank (ECB) on a proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing an exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting (the ‘Pericles IV programme’).

The ECB noted that the proposed regulation will replace the legal basis of the current Pericles 2020 programme, from 1 January 2021, in order to continue the Pericles programme to the end of 2027.

It is convinced that the Pericles programme will continue to contribute to preserving the integrity of euro banknotes and in the fight against counterfeiting.

To prepare for the launch of banknotes with upgraded security features, the ECB and the national central banks of the Eurosystem offer a wide range of information to banknote equipment manufacturers and suppliers, as well as commercial banks, retailers and others that use banknote equipment or handle cash on a daily basis. In addition, the ECB provides training programmes and training materials to complement professional cash handlers' training.

Moreover, the ECB analyses new counterfeit types at its Counterfeit Analysis Centre (CAC) and uses the knowledge gained to better advise law enforcement authorities.

In response, the Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group, of which the ECB is a member, supports and uses technologies such as counterfeit deterrence systems, which prevent the capture or reproduction of images of protected banknotes.

The ECB:

- encourages the Commission to fully exploit the ECB's experience in conducting training and providing information on euro banknotes and to provide for the full involvement of the ECB in this respect;

- reiterates its view that it would be beneficial if the Commission liaised with and involved the ECB and Europol when preparing the work programmes to be funded under the programme;

- emphasises the need: (i) for it to be regularly involved in the preparation of the evaluation reports during the programme; (ii) for feedback from entities actively participating in relevant measures alongside the Commission to be appropriately included in the evaluation reports and communications; and (iii) for it to be kept regularly informed in future about the programme;

- wishes to be consulted prior to the adoption of any delegated act provided for in Article 12(2) of the proposed regulation since these are implementing measures for the purpose of protecting the euro against counterfeiting and as such are necessary for the use of the euro as the single currency.

2018/06/11
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2018/05/31
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2018/05/31
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to establish an exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting for the period 2021-2027 (Pericles IV programme).

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

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

BACKGROUND: the Treaty provides that the European Parliament and the Council are to establish the measures necessary for the use of the euro as the single currency (Article 133 TFEU). Among these measures is the protection of the euro against counterfeiting. On the basis of this article, the protection of the euro as the single currency is the responsibility of the EU.

Counterfeiting of the euro poses a true problem for the Union and for its institutions. Its threats are still substantial , as demonstrated by the increasing availability of high quality counterfeit euro's and security features on the internet/darknet and the existence of counterfeiting hotspots, e.g. in Colombia, Peru and China.

Considering the cross-border circulation of the euro and the deep involvement of international organised crime in euro counterfeiting (production and distribution), it is necessary that national protection frameworks be complemented by an EU initiative to ensure homogeneous national and international cooperation, and to face possible emerging transnational risks.

The current 2020 Pericles programme is specifically dedicated to the protection of euro banknotes and coins against counterfeiting. In the mid-term evaluation of the programme, the Commission came to the conclusion that the continuation of the Pericles 2020 programme beyond 2020 should be supported, given its EU added value, its long-term impact and the sustainability of its actions.

CONTENT: the proposal for a Regulation - presented for a Union of 27 Member States - seeks to establish the Pericles IV programme, an exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting . It lays down the objectives of the programme, the budget for the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2027, the forms of Union funding and the rules for providing such funding.

The proposed new programme aims to protect euro banknotes and coins against counterfeiting and related fraud,

by supporting and supplementing the measures undertaken by the Member States and; by assisting the competent national and Union authorities in their efforts to develop among themselves and with the Commission a close and regular cooperation and an exchange of best practice, where appropriate including third countries and international organisations.

In particular, the programme shall take responsibility for tackling specific emerging threats (such as deep/dark web) and the relationship with certain countries (e.g. China), as it is difficult for individual Member States to effectively address these threats on their own.

Implementation : the programme shall be implemented through direct management by the Commission. Financial support for eligible actions shall be granted under the programme in the form of grants or public contracts.

Actions under the programme may be organised jointly by the Commission and other partners having relevant expertise, such as: the national central banks and the European Central Bank (ECB); the National Analysis Centres (NACs) and the Coin National Analysis Centres; the European Technical and Scientific Centre and the mints; Europol, Eurojust and Interpol.

Proposed budget : the programme shall have an overall budget of EUR 7.7 million for the period 2021-2027 . This amount is in line with the Commission proposal for the next multiannual financial framework for the period 2021-2027.

Documents

Votes

A8-0069/2019 - Dennis de Jong - Vote unique 13/02/2019 12:05:25.000

2019/02/13 Outcome: +: 593, -: 29, 0: 27
DE FR IT ES PL RO NL BE PT CZ AT SE BG HU FI SK GB HR LT DK LV SI IE LU EL MT EE CY ??
Total
80
70
63
49
45
26
25
19
19
19
17
16
15
14
12
12
60
11
10
12
8
8
7
6
13
6
4
2
1
icon: PPE PPE
183

United Kingdom PPE

2

Luxembourg PPE

3

Greece PPE

1

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1
icon: S&D S&D
166

Netherlands S&D

3

Hungary S&D

2

Croatia S&D

2

Latvia S&D

1

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Ireland S&D

For (1)

1

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Malta S&D

3

Cyprus S&D

For (1)

1
icon: ALDE ALDE
65

Romania ALDE

2

Portugal ALDE

1

Austria ALDE

For (1)

1

Sweden ALDE

2

United Kingdom ALDE

1

Croatia ALDE

2

Latvia ALDE

1

Slovenia ALDE

For (1)

1

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

Estonia ALDE

2
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
47

Italy Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Hungary Verts/ALE

2

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

5

Croatia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Denmark Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Slovenia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Estonia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: ECR ECR
60

Romania ECR

For (1)

1

Netherlands ECR

2

Czechia ECR

2

Bulgaria ECR

1
2

Croatia ECR

For (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

1

Latvia ECR

For (1)

1

Greece ECR

For (1)

1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
42

Italy GUE/NGL

2

Netherlands GUE/NGL

3

Sweden GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

1

Denmark GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Ireland GUE/NGL

2

Cyprus GUE/NGL

1
icon: ENF ENF
33

Germany ENF

Abstain (1)

1

Poland ENF

2

Netherlands ENF

3

Belgium ENF

For (1)

1

United Kingdom ENF

4
icon: EFDD EFDD
35

Germany EFDD

Abstain (1)

1

Poland EFDD

1

Czechia EFDD

Against (1)

1

Lithuania EFDD

For (1)

1
icon: NI NI
18

Germany NI

2

France NI

2

Hungary NI

2

United Kingdom NI

Against (2)

Abstain (1)

3

Denmark NI

1

NI

For (1)

1
AmendmentsDossier
38 2018/0194(COD)
2019/01/14 LIBE 38 amendments...
source: 632.852

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  • date: 2018-05-31T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2018/0369/COM_COM(2018)0369_EN.docx title: COM(2018)0369 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2018&nu_doc=0369 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to establish an exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting for the period 2021-2027 (Pericles IV programme). PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council. BACKGROUND: the Treaty provides that the European Parliament and the Council are to establish the measures necessary for the use of the euro as the single currency (Article 133 TFEU). Among these measures is the protection of the euro against counterfeiting. On the basis of this article, the protection of the euro as the single currency is the responsibility of the EU. Counterfeiting of the euro poses a true problem for the Union and for its institutions. Its threats are still substantial , as demonstrated by the increasing availability of high quality counterfeit euro's and security features on the internet/darknet and the existence of counterfeiting hotspots, e.g. in Colombia, Peru and China. Considering the cross-border circulation of the euro and the deep involvement of international organised crime in euro counterfeiting (production and distribution), it is necessary that national protection frameworks be complemented by an EU initiative to ensure homogeneous national and international cooperation, and to face possible emerging transnational risks. The current 2020 Pericles programme is specifically dedicated to the protection of euro banknotes and coins against counterfeiting. In the mid-term evaluation of the programme, the Commission came to the conclusion that the continuation of the Pericles 2020 programme beyond 2020 should be supported, given its EU added value, its long-term impact and the sustainability of its actions. CONTENT: the proposal for a Regulation - presented for a Union of 27 Member States - seeks to establish the Pericles IV programme, an exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting . It lays down the objectives of the programme, the budget for the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2027, the forms of Union funding and the rules for providing such funding. The proposed new programme aims to protect euro banknotes and coins against counterfeiting and related fraud, by supporting and supplementing the measures undertaken by the Member States and; by assisting the competent national and Union authorities in their efforts to develop among themselves and with the Commission a close and regular cooperation and an exchange of best practice, where appropriate including third countries and international organisations. In particular, the programme shall take responsibility for tackling specific emerging threats (such as deep/dark web) and the relationship with certain countries (e.g. China), as it is difficult for individual Member States to effectively address these threats on their own. Implementation : the programme shall be implemented through direct management by the Commission. Financial support for eligible actions shall be granted under the programme in the form of grants or public contracts. Actions under the programme may be organised jointly by the Commission and other partners having relevant expertise, such as: the national central banks and the European Central Bank (ECB); the National Analysis Centres (NACs) and the Coin National Analysis Centres; the European Technical and Scientific Centre and the mints; Europol, Eurojust and Interpol. Proposed budget : the programme shall have an overall budget of EUR 7.7 million for the period 2021-2027 . This amount is in line with the Commission proposal for the next multiannual financial framework for the period 2021-2027.
  • date: 2018-06-11T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
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  • date: 2019-02-07T00:00:00 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=A8-2019-0069&language=EN title: A8-0069/2019 summary: The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted the report by Dennis de JONG (S&D, NL) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing an exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting for the period 2021-2027 (Pericles IV programme). The committee recommended that the European Parliament's position adopted at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure should amend the Commission's proposal as follows. Objective The programme should help to prevent and combat counterfeiting and related fraud, thus preserving the integrity of euro banknotes and coins and strengthening the confidence of citizens and businesses in their authenticity and therefore enhancing the trust in the Union’s economy, while and securing the sustainability of public finances. The financial framework for the implementation of the programme for the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2027 shall be set at EUR 7 700 000 (at current prices). Strengthening cooperation with the European Central Bank and Europol In order to ensure consistency and avoid unnecessary overlap with measures taken by other competent entities, the Commission shall take into account the activities of the ECB and Europol in combating euro counterfeiting and fraud when preparing work programmes. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts to adopt work programmes after consulting the experts appointed by each Member State and the representatives of the ECB and Europol. Indicators As regards the key performance indicators, Members replaced those listed in the Commission proposal (Annex) by a set of indicators directly measuring the effectiveness of the programme´s activities The Commission shall provide annually to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Central Bank, Europol, Eurojust and the European Public Prosecutor's Office information on the results of the programme, taking into account the quantitative and qualitative indicators defined in the Annex to the proposal.
  • date: 2019-02-13T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=32176&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2019-02-13T00:00:00 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-2019-0087 title: T8-0087/2019 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 593 votes to 29, with 27 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing an exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting for the period 2021-2027 (Pericles IV programme). The European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure amended the Commission proposal as follows. Objective Parliament stressed that strong protection of the euro against counterfeiting was an essential element of the security and competitiveness of the Union's economy. The programme shall help to prevent and combat counterfeiting and related fraud, thus preserving the integrity of euro banknotes and coins and strengthening the confidence of citizens and businesses in their authenticity and therefore enhancing the trust in the Union’s economy. Actions to promote the exchange of information shall include, inter alia , best practices in preventing counterfeiting and fraud relating to the euro. Budget The financial framework for the implementation of the programme for the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2027 shall be set at EUR 7 700 000 (at current prices). Strengthening cooperation with the European Central Bank and Europol In order to ensure consistency and avoid unnecessary overlap with measures taken by other competent entities, the Commission shall take into account the activities of the ECB and Europol in combating euro counterfeiting and fraud when preparing work programmes. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts to adopt work programmes after consulting the experts appointed by each Member State and the representatives of the ECB and Europol. Indicators As regards the key performance indicators, Parliament replaced those listed in the Commission proposal (Annex) by a set of indicators directly measuring the effectiveness of the programme´s activities such as: - the number of Member States and third countries whose competent national authorities have participated in the activities of the programme; - the number of participants and their satisfaction rate as well as any other feedback they may have given on the usefulness of activities under the programme; - information provided by the competent national authorities on the number of counterfeit euros detected and illegal workshops dismantled as a direct consequence of improved cooperation through the programme. The Commission shall provide annually to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Central Bank, Europol, Eurojust and the European Public Prosecutor's Office information on the results of the programme, taking into account the quantitative and qualitative indicators defined in the Annex to the proposal. Third countries Counterfeiting hotspots have been detected in third countries and the counterfeiting of the euro is acquiring a growing international dimension. Members suggested capacity building and training activities involving the competent authorities of third countries should be considered essential to achieve the effective protection of the Union´s single currency and should be further encouraged in the context of the programme.
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    • PURPOSE: to establish an exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting for the period 2021-2027 (Pericles IV programme).

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

      ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

      BACKGROUND: the Treaty provides that the European Parliament and the Council are to establish the measures necessary for the use of the euro as the single currency (Article 133 TFEU). Among these measures is the protection of the euro against counterfeiting. On the basis of this article, the protection of the euro as the single currency is the responsibility of the EU.

      Counterfeiting of the euro poses a true problem for the Union and for its institutions. Its threats are still substantial, as demonstrated by the increasing availability of high quality counterfeit euro's and security features on the internet/darknet and the existence of counterfeiting hotspots, e.g. in Colombia, Peru and China.

      Considering the cross-border circulation of the euro and the deep involvement of international organised crime in euro counterfeiting (production and distribution), it is necessary that national protection frameworks be complemented by an EU initiative to ensure homogeneous national and international cooperation, and to face possible emerging transnational risks.

      The current 2020 Pericles programme is specifically dedicated to the protection of euro banknotes and coins against counterfeiting. In the mid-term evaluation of the programme, the Commission came to the conclusion that the continuation of the Pericles 2020 programme beyond 2020 should be supported, given its EU added value, its long-term impact and the sustainability of its actions.

      CONTENT: the proposal for a Regulation - presented for a Union of 27 Member States - seeks to establish the Pericles IV programme, an exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting. It lays down the objectives of the programme, the budget for the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2027, the forms of Union funding and the rules for providing such funding.  

      The proposed new programme aims to protect euro banknotes and coins against counterfeiting and related fraud,

      • by supporting and supplementing the measures undertaken by the Member States and;
      • by assisting the competent national and Union authorities in their efforts to develop among themselves and with the Commission a close and regular cooperation and an exchange of best practice, where appropriate including third countries and international organisations.

      In particular, the programme shall take responsibility for tackling specific emerging threats (such as deep/dark web) and the relationship with certain countries (e.g. China), as it is difficult for individual Member States to effectively address these threats on their own.

      Implementation: the programme shall be implemented through direct management by the Commission. Financial support for eligible actions shall be granted under the programme in the form of grants or public contracts.

      Actions under the programme may be organised jointly by the Commission and other partners having relevant expertise, such as: the national central banks and the European Central Bank (ECB); the National Analysis Centres (NACs) and the Coin National Analysis Centres; the European Technical and Scientific Centre and the mints; Europol, Eurojust and Interpol.

      Proposed budget: the programme shall have an overall budget of EUR 7.7 million for the period 2021-2027. This amount is in line with the Commission proposal for the next multiannual financial framework for the period 2021-2027.

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