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2018/0196(COD) Common provisions on European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund Plus, Cohesion Fund, and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and financial rules for those and for Asylum and Migration Fund, Internal Security Fund and Border Management and Visa Instrument 2021–2027

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

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead REGI NOVAKOV Andrey (icon: PPE PPE), KREHL Constanze (icon: S&D S&D) TOMAŠIĆ Ruža (icon: ECR ECR), MIHAYLOVA Iskra (icon: ALDE ALDE), OMARJEE Younous (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), VANA Monika (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), D'AMATO Rosa (icon: EFDD EFDD)
Committee Opinion BUDG MUREŞAN Siegfried (icon: PPE PPE)
Committee Opinion CONT HOFFMANN Iris (icon: S&D S&D)
Committee Opinion ECON MALETIĆ Ivana (icon: PPE PPE)
Committee Opinion EMPL JONGERIUS Agnes (icon: S&D S&D)
Committee Opinion ENVI VĂLEAN Adina-Ioana (icon: PPE PPE)
Committee Opinion TRAN ZŁOTOWSKI Kosma (icon: ECR ECR)
Committee Opinion AGRI ZOANĂ Maria Gabriela (icon: S&D S&D)
Committee Opinion PECH
Committee Opinion LIBE ZDECHOVSKÝ Tomáš (icon: PPE PPE)
Committee Opinion FEMM GIRLING Julie (icon: PPE PPE)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
RoP 59-p4, TFEU 177-p2, TFEU 322-p1, TFEU 349-p1sub1-as1

Events

2019/06/25
   CSL - Debate in Council
Documents
2019/06/25
   CSL - Council Meeting
2019/03/27
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund Plus, the Cohesion Fund, and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and financial rules for those and for the Asylum and Migration Fund, the Internal Security Fund and the Border Management and Visa Instrument (closure of first reading).

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

Reintegration of the EARDF

The objectives of the proposed Regulation are to strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion and to lay down common financial rules for part of the budget of the Union implemented under shared management. Members sought to reintegrate the EARDF into the common provisions Regulation in order to prevent strategic gaps and coordination issues for local investment.

Common rules

The common rules shall be more closely related to the overall objectives of EU policy, such as:

- a more competitive and smarter Europe by promoting innovative and smart economic transformation and strengthening small and medium-sized enterprises;

- a greener, low-carbon transitioning towards a net zero carbon economy and resilient Europe by promoting clean and fair energy transition, green and blue investment, the circular economy, climate change mitigation and adaptation and risk prevention and management;

- more connected Europe by enhancing mobility, including smart and sustainable mobility, and regional ICT connectivity;

- a more social and inclusive Europe implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights;

- a Europe closer to citizens by fostering the sustainable and integrated development of all regions, areas and local initiatives.

Member States shall ensure climate proofing for relevant operations through the entire planning and implementation process.

New horizontal principles

Parliament proposed adding new horizontal principles to ensure the respect for fundamental rights, gender equality, accessibility for persons with disabilities, rational use of resources, environmental protection and the fight against climate change. These principles shall aim at avoiding investments related to production, processing, distribution, storage or combustion of fossil fuels.

Partnerships

For the partnership agreement and each programme, each Member State shall, in accordance with its institutional and legal framework, organise a fully -fledged, effective partnership.

The Member State shall involve those partners in the preparation of partnership agreements and throughout the preparation, implementation and evaluation of programmes including through participation in monitoring committees. In that context, Member States shall allocate an appropriate percentage of the resources coming from the Funds for the administrative capacity building of social partners and civil society organisations.

The Member State shall submit the partnership agreement to the Commission before or at the same time as the first programme, but no later than 30 April 2021.

Measures related to good economic governance

Parliament rejected measures relating to EU regional funding to macroeconomic conditionalities, as proposed by the Commission, in order not to penalise regional authorities for decisions taken by national governments.

The Commission may propose to the Council to gradually suspend, in certain cases, all or part of the commitments intended for one or more of a Member State's programmes after taking into account the economic and social situation of the Member State concerned and the impact of the envisaged suspension on the economy.

Major projects

Since major projects (for which the total eligible cost exceeds EUR 100 million) absorb a considerable part of the Union's expenditure, Parliament proposed that operations exceeding certain thresholds shall continue to be subject to specific approval procedures under the Regulation. This threshold shall be established in relation to the total eligible cost after taking into account the expected net revenues.

To ensure clarity, it is appropriate to define the content of a major project application for such a purpose. The application should contain the necessary information to provide assurance that the financial contribution from the Funds does not result in a substantial loss of jobs in existing locations within the Union. The Member State should submit all required information and the Commission should appraise the major project to determine whether the requested financial contribution is justified.

Funding

The resources for economic, social and territorial cohesion available for budgetary commitment for the period 2021-2027 shall be EUR 378.1 billion in 2018 prices (14 % more than the Commission's proposal of EUR 330.6 billion).

The minimum overall allocation from the Funds, at national level, should be equal to 76% of the budget allocated to each Member State or region over the 2014-2020 period.

Parliament suggested that:

- resources for the Investment for jobs and growth goal shall amount to 97 % of the global resources, i.e., a total of EUR 367 billion (in 2018 prices). Out of this amount, EUR 5.9 billion shall be allocated to the Child Guarantee from the resources under the ESF+;

- less developed regions will keep benefiting from substantial EU support, with co-financing rates of up to 85% (instead of 70 % as proposed by the Commission) and an overall envelope of 61.6 % of the Regional Development, Social and Cohesion funds. The co-financing rate for transition and more developed regions has also been increased, to 65% and 50%, respectively. EUR 1.6 billion (0.4%) should be set aside as additional funding for the outermost regions;

- resources for cross-border projects under Interreg, the European Regional Development Fund, shall amount to EUR 11.3 billion in 2018 prices, 3% (instead of the 2.5% proposed by the Commission) of the global cohesion resources;

- EUR 560 million at 2018 prices from the resources dedicated to the Investment for Jobs and Growth objective shall be allocated to the European Urban Initiative;

- the Social Fund may, in duly justified cases, provide for co-financing rates of up to 90 %, for priorities supporting innovative actions.

Pre-financing rate

In the Commission's proposal, pre-financing shall be paid on an annual basis at a flat rate of 0.5% per year. Parliament has proposed to gradually increase the pre-financing rate over the period covered by the Multiannual Framework to 2% in the last two years of the programming period (2025 and 2026).

Transfers from cohesion policy to InvestEU and the connecting European facility

As of 1 January 2023, Member States, with the agreement of the managing authorities concerned, may allocate, in the request for an amendment of a programme, up to 2% of ERDF, the ESF+, the Cohesion Fund and the EMFF to be contributed to InvestEU and delivered through budgetary guarantees. Up to 3% of the total allocation of each Fund may be further allocated to InvestEU under the mid-term review.

While the Commission's proposal also provides for EUR 10 billion to be made available from the Cohesion Fund to the European Interconnection Facility (EIM), Parliament proposed to limit the transfer to EUR 4 billion.

Mid-term review and programming

Member State shall carry out a mid-term review of each programme financed by the ERDF, ESF+ and Cohesion Fund. This review should allow programmes to be adapted on the basis of their performance, while also providing an opportunity to take into account new challenges, relevant country-specific recommendations adopted in 2024, as well as progress made with national climate and energy plans and the Pillar of European Social Rights.

Documents
2019/02/18
   DE_BUNDESRAT - Contribution
Documents
2019/02/13
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2019/02/13
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 460 votes to 170, with 47 abstentions, amendments to the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund Plus, the Cohesion Fund, and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and financial rules for those and for the Asylum and Migration Fund, the Internal Security Fund and the Border Management and Visa Instrument.

The matter was referred back to the committees responsible for interinstitutional negotiations.

The main amendments adopted in plenary concern the following issues:

Parliament noted that the report noted that it is important for the future of the European Union and its citizens that cohesion policy remains the main investment policy of the Union, keeping its funding in the 2021-2027 period at least at the level of the 2014-2020 programming period.

Reintegration of the EARDF

Members sought to reintegrate the EARDF into the common provisions Regulation in order to prevent strategic gaps and coordination issues for local investment.

Common rules

The common rules shall be more closely related to the overall objectives of EU policy, such as:

- a more competitive and smarter Europe by promoting innovative and smart economic transformation and strengthening small and medium-sized enterprises;

- a greener, low-carbon transitioning towards a net zero carbon economy and resilient Europe by promoting clean and fair energy transition, green and blue investment, the circular economy, climate change mitigation and adaptation and risk prevention and management;

- more connected Europe by enhancing mobility, including smart and sustainable mobility, and regional ICT connectivity;

- a more social and inclusive Europe implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights;

- a Europe closer to citizens by fostering the sustainable and integrated development of all regions, areas and local initiatives.

New horizontal principles

Parliament proposed adding new horizontal principles to ensure the respect for fundamental rights, gender equality, accessibility for persons with disabilities, rational use of resources, environmental protection and the fight against climate change. These principles shall aim at avoiding investments related to production, processing, distribution, storage or combustion of fossil fuels.

Partnerships

For the partnership agreement and each programme, each Member State shall, in accordance with its institutional and legal framework, organise a fully -fledged, effective partnership.

The Member State shall involve those partners in the preparation of partnership agreements and throughout the preparation, implementation and evaluation of programmes including through participation in monitoring committees. In that context, Member States shall allocate an appropriate percentage of the resources coming from the Funds for the administrative capacity building of social partners and civil society organisations.

The Member State shall submit the partnership agreement to the Commission before or at the same time as the first programme, but no later than 30 April 2021.

Measures related to good economic governance

Parliament rejected measures relating to EU regional funding to macroeconomic conditionalities, as proposed by the Commission, in order not to penalise regional authorities for decisions taken by national governments.

Major projects

Since major projects (for which the total eligible cost exceeds EUR 100 million) absorb a considerable part of the Union's expenditure, Members proposed that operations exceeding certain thresholds shall continue to be subject to specific approval procedures under the Regulation. This threshold shall be established in relation to the total eligible cost after taking into account the expected net revenues.

To ensure clarity, it is appropriate to define the content of a major project application for such a purpose. The application should contain the necessary information to provide assurance that the financial contribution from the Funds does not result in a substantial loss of jobs in existing locations within the Union. The Member State should submit all required information and the Commission should appraise the major project to determine whether the requested financial contribution is justified.

Funding

The resources for economic, social and territorial cohesion available for budgetary commitment for the period 2021-2027 shall be EUR 378.1 billion in 2018 prices (14 % more than the Commission's proposal of EUR 330.6 billion).

The minimum overall allocation from the Funds, at national level, should be equal to 76% of the budget allocated to each Member State or region over the 2014-2020 period.

Parliament suggested that:

- resources for the Investment for jobs and growth goal shall amount to 97 % of the global resources, i.e., a total of EUR 367 billion (in 2018 prices). Out of this amount, EUR 5.9 billion shall be allocated to the Child Guarantee from the resources under the ESF+;

- less developed regions will keep benefiting from substantial EU support, with co-financing rates of up to 85% (instead of 70 % as proposed by the Commission) and an overall envelope of 61.6 % of the Regional Development, Social and Cohesion funds. The co-financing rate for transition and more developed regions has also been increased, to 65% and 50%, respectively. EUR 1.6 billion (0.4%) should be set aside as additional funding for the outermost regions;

- resources for cross-border projects under Interreg, the European Regional Development Fund, shall amount to EUR 11.3 billion in 2018 prices, 3% (instead of the 2.5% proposed by the Commission) of the global cohesion resources;

- EUR 560 million at 2018 prices from the resources dedicated to the Investment for Jobs and Growth objective shall be allocated to the European Urban Initiative;

- the Social Fund may, in duly justified cases, provide for co-financing rates of up to 90 %, for priorities supporting innovative actions.

Transfers from cohesion policy to InvestEU and the connecting European facility

As of 1 January 2023, Member States, with the agreement of the managing authorities concerned, may allocate, in the request for an amendment of a programme, up to 2% of ERDF, the ESF+, the Cohesion Fund and the EMFF to be contributed to InvestEU and delivered through budgetary guarantees. Up to 3% of the total allocation of each Fund may be further allocated to InvestEU under the mid-term review.

While the Commission's proposal also provides for EUR 10 billion to be made available from the Cohesion Fund to the European Interconnection Facility (EIM), Parliament proposed to limit the transfer to EUR 4 billion.

Documents
2019/02/13
   EP - Matter referred back to the committee responsible
2019/01/29
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Regional Development adopted the joint report by Constanze KREHL (S&D, DE) and Andrey NOVAKOV (EPP, BG) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund Plus, the Cohesion Fund, and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and financial rules for those and for the Asylum and Migration Fund, the Internal Security Fund and the Border Management and Visa Instrument.

The report noted that it is important for the future of the European Union and its citizens that cohesion policy remains the main investment policy of the Union, keeping its funding in the 2021-2027 period at least at the level of the 2014-2020 programming period. New funding for other areas of activity or programmes of the Union should not be to the detriment of the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund Plus or the Cohesion Fund.

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.

Subject-matter and scope

This Regulation lays down financial rules for the European Regional Development Fund ( 'ERDF' ), the European Social Fund Plus ('ESF+'), the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EARDF), the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund ('EMFF'), the Asylum and Migration Fund ('AMIF'), the Internal Security Fund ('ISF') and the Border Management and Visa Instrument ('BMVI').

Members sought to reintegrate the EAFRD into the common provisions Regulation in order to prevent strategic gaps and coordination issues for local investment.

Member States and the Commission are urged to ensure compliance with relevant State aid rules.

Partnerships

For the Partnership Agreement and each programme, each Member State shall, in accordance with its institutional and legal framework, organise a fully -fledged, effective partnership. That partnership shall include at least the following partners:

- regional, local, urban and other public authorities;

- relevant bodies representing civil society, such as environmental partners, non-governmental organisations, and bodies responsible for promoting social inclusion, fundamental rights, rights of persons with disabilities, gender equality and non-discrimination;

- research institutions and universities.

In accordance with the multi-level governance principle and following a bottom-up approach, the Member State shall involve those partners in the preparation of Partnership Agreements and throughout the preparation, implementation and evaluation of programmes including through participation in monitoring committees. In that context, Member States shall allocate an appropriate percentage of the resources coming from the Funds for the administrative capacity building of social partners and civil society organisations.

The Member State shall submit the Partnership Agreement to the Commission before or at the same time as the submission of the first programme, but not later than 30 April 2021.

New horizontal principles

Members proposed adding new horizontal principles to ensure the respect for fundamental rights, gender equality, persons with disabilities, environmental protection, etc. They shall aim at avoiding investments related to production, processing, distribution, storage or combustion of fossil fuels.

Major projects

Major projects represent a substantial share of Union spending. More specifically, as part of a programme or programmes, the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund may support an operation comprising a series of works, activities or services intended in itself to accomplish an indivisible task of a precise economic or technical nature which has clearly identified goals and for which the total eligible cost exceeds EUR 100 billion (major project). Financial instruments shall not be considered to be major projects.

To ensure clarity, it is appropriate to define the content of a major project application for such a purpose. The application should contain the necessary information to provide assurance that the financial contribution from the Funds does not result in a substantial loss of jobs in existing locations within the Union. The Member State should submit all required information and the Commission should appraise the major project to determine whether the requested financial contribution is justified.

Funding

The resources for economic, social and territorial cohesion available for budgetary commitment for the period 2021-2027 shall be EUR 378.1 billion in 2018 prices (14 % more than the Commission's proposal of EUR 330.6 billion).

The minimum overall allocation from the Funds, at national level, should be equal to 76% of the budget allocated to each Member State or region over the 2014-2020 period.

Resources for the Investment for jobs and growth goal shall amount to 97 % of the global resources, i.e., a total of EUR 367 billion (in 2018 prices). Out of this amount, EUR 5.9 billion shall be allocated to the Child Guarantee from the resources under the ESF+.

Less developed regions will keep benefiting from substantial EU support, with co-financing rates of up to 85% (instead of 70 % as proposed by the Commission) and an overall envelope of 61.6 % of the Regional Development, Social and Cohesion funds.

The co-financing rate for transition and more developed regions has also been increased, to 65% and 50%, respectively. EUR 1.6 billion (0.4%) should be set aside as additional funding for the outermost regions.

Resources for cross-border projects under Interreg, the European Regional Development Fund, shall amount to EUR 11.3 billion in 2018 prices, 3% (instead of the 2.5% proposed by the Commission) of the global cohesion resources.

Members agreed that the Social Fund may, in duly justified cases, provide for co-financing rates of up to 90 %, for priorities supporting innovative actions.

Documents
2019/01/22
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2018/12/11
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/12/05
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/12/05
   CofR - Committee of the Regions: opinion
Documents
2018/11/23
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/11/22
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/11/20
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/11/19
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/11/15
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/10/30
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/10/25
   CofA - Court of Auditors: opinion, report
Details

Opinion No 6/2018 concerning the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund Plus, the Cohesion Fund, and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and financial rules for those and for the Asylum and Migration Fund, the Internal Security Fund and the Border Management and Visa Instrument.

The Court of Auditors has drawn conclusions on each of the Commission's main objectives underlying the policy design presented in its proposal for a Regulation on common provisions (CPR), namely:

Simplification

While fully supporting the Commission’s ambitions to simplify, the Court stresses that the potential benefits of simplification in terms of a reduced administrative burden and efficiency savings are outweighed by greater risks to compliance with the rules and to sound financial management.

Some provisions in the CPR proposal lack clarity, which may lead to different interpretation of rules, affecting legal certainty. Examples are the methodology for the mid-term review, criteria for the assessment of key control requirements and conditions for use of the enhanced proportionality arrangements.

The proposal offers a range of simplification measures, such as simplified cost options, and financing not linked to costs, which, if properly designed and effectively applied by the Member States, have the potential to shift focus from spending to results.

Flexibility in policy implementation

The draft CPR proposes a new element for the 2021-2027 period. This is to have two-stage (5 + 2) programming for three funds, whereby the allocations for the last two years are set in 2025 as part of a mid-term review exercise. The Court expresses concern about the proposed timing of the review, and the administrative burden involved which represents a complication rather than a simplification and calls for further clarification on this issue.

Alignment between funding and EU priorities

The Court welcomes the steps made by the Commission to strengthen the link between the use of EU funding and the EU’s high level economic governance arrangements (the European semester) such as the added emphasis on the implementation of relevant country-specific recommendations within programmes and moving from ex ante conditionalities to simpler enabling conditions, and providing a number of aspects of this for the Commission to consider.

On the other hand, the draft CPR for the next period is not supported by an EU-wide strategy or set of targets. Rather, it is for the Member States to define the main strategic goals. As a result, the proposal does not align funding with EU priorities and is less performance-oriented than in the period 2014-2020.

Accountability arrangements

The proposal seeks to rationalise and streamline accountability arrangements. For example, it replaces exhaustive management verifications by risk-based verifications. While supporting these ambitions, the Court considers that there is scope to tighten up the management and control system in some places.

The Court notes that the proposed enhanced proportionate arrangements for control systems effectively eliminate supervision by the Commission and could expose EU funds to increased risks. This element of the proposal could jeopardise achievements in internal control developed over the last two decades. The Court makes several considerations for the Commission in this area.

2018/10/25
   CZ_SENATE - Contribution
Documents
2018/10/24
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/10/24
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/10/24
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/10/24
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/10/24
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/10/23
   DE_BUNDESRAT - Contribution
Documents
2018/10/19
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/10/17
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
Documents
2018/10/16
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/10/11
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/09/28
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/09/13
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2018/09/10
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/09/06
   PT_PARLIAMENT - Contribution
Documents
2018/07/23
   ES_CONGRESS - Contribution
Documents
2018/07/05
   EP - Responsible Committee
2018/07/02
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/06/28
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/06/28
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/06/26
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/06/25
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/06/21
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/06/20
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/06/11
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2018/05/29
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion for the period 2021-2027 (Regulation laying down common provisions).

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: for the next multiannual financial framework covering the period 2021-2017, the Commission proposes to modernise cohesion policy to help redress imbalances within and between Member States.

Given that the rules applicable were overly complex and fragmented between the different funds and the various forms of financing, this proposal for a Regulation aims to establish common provisions for seven funds , namely (i) the Cohesion Fund (CF), (ii) the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), (iii) the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), (iv) the European Social Fund plus (ESF+), (v) the Asylum and Migration Fund (AMIF), (vi) the Border Management and Visa Instrument (BMVI) and (vii) the Internal Security Fund (ISF).

CONTENT: this proposal for a Regulation - presented for a Union of 27 Member States - seeks to create a common set of simplified and consolidated rules covering seven EU funds.

The main elements of the Commission proposal are as follows:

Shared management and partnership : part of the budget of the Union allocated to the Funds should be implemented by the Commission under shared management with Member States. Each Member State should organise partnerships with local and regional authorities, urban and public authorities, economic and social partners, civil society and bodies promoting social inclusion, fundamental rights, gender equality, non-discrimination and the rights of people with disabilities.

The contribution of EU programmes to the overall objective of increasing the share of EU spending contributing to climate objectives to 25% shall be tracked through an EU climate marker system.

Strategic approach : the Commission proposes to reduce the eleven thematic objectives used for the period 2014-2020 to five clear policy objectives :

a smarter Europe by promoting innovative and smart economic transformation; a greener, low-carbon Europe by promoting clean and fair energy transition, green and blue investment, the circular economy, climate adaptation and risk prevention and management; a more connected Europe by enhancing mobility and regional ICT connectivity; a more social Europe implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights; a Europe closer to citizens by fostering the sustainable and integrated development of urban, rural and coastal areas and local initiatives.

Simplification : the proposal aims at significantly reducing the unnecessary administrative burden for beneficiaries and management bodies while maintaining a high level of assurance on legality and regularity. Among other things, it provides for:

the use of simplified cost options, i.e. flat-rate reimbursement, standard scales of unit costs or flat-rate amounts; the possibility of payments based on conditions; the abolition of specific rules for revenue generating investments and of the procedure applicable to major projects; simplified financing, for example through the use of the ‘seal of excellence’; the extension of the single audit principle, fewer controls and an enhanced proportionate approach for programmes with a low error rate.

The proposal also increases the flexibility needed to meet emerging needs:

allowing limited financial transfers between EU programmes; creating flexibility for the ERDF, ESF+ and the Cohesion Fund: only the first 5 years will be programmed initially. Allocations for the last 2 years will be made on the basis of a substantial and in-depth mid-term review leading to corresponding reprogramming in 2025; enabling voluntary transfer of resources towards the five policy windows of the InvestEU instruments to benefit from an EU-level budgetary guarantee mechanism.

Lastly, the proposal seeks to align the programmes more closely with EU priorities and increase their effectiveness, in particular by creating a closer link with the European Semester to improve the investment climate in Europe. Conditionality linked to the European Semester shall be simplified. In particular, country-specific recommendations (CSRs) shall be taken into account in programming at least on two occasions: at the beginning of the programming and during the mid-term review.

Proposed overall budget : the Commission proposal for a multiannual financial framework sets an envelope of EUR 330 billion for economic, social and territorial cohesion for the period 2021-2027:

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF): EUR 200.62 billion , of which (i) investment for jobs and growth: EUR 190.75 billion; (II) European territorial cooperation: EUR 8.43 billion; (iii) outermost and sparsely populated regions: EUR 1.44 billion. Cohesion Fund (CF): EUR 41.34 billion , of which contribution to the Connecting Europe Facility - Transport: EUR 10 billion. European Social Fund+: EUR 88.64 billion .

The Commission proposal for the financing of the EMFF, AMIF, BMVI and ISF shall be included in fund specific Regulations.

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Activities

Votes

A8-0043/2019 - Andrey Novakov et Constanze Krehl - Am 427 13/02/2019 12:16:43.000

2019/02/13 Outcome: -: 592, +: 75, 0: 8
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13
8
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12
14
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19
25
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Belgium ENF

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3
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Germany ENF

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Lithuania EFDD

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1

Czechia EFDD

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1

Poland EFDD

1

Germany EFDD

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1
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NI

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Denmark NI

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Hungary NI

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United Kingdom NI

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France NI

2

Germany NI

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Cyprus GUE/NGL

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1

Denmark GUE/NGL

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1

Ireland GUE/NGL

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Abstain (1)

2

Finland GUE/NGL

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1

Sweden GUE/NGL

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1

Netherlands GUE/NGL

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3

Portugal GUE/NGL

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4

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

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1

Italy GUE/NGL

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Greece ECR

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Latvia ECR

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Lithuania ECR

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1

Croatia ECR

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1

Finland ECR

2

Bulgaria ECR

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1

Belgium ECR

3

Netherlands ECR

2

Czechia ECR

2

Romania ECR

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Estonia Verts/ALE

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1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

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1

Denmark Verts/ALE

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1

Latvia Verts/ALE

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1

Slovenia Verts/ALE

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Austria Verts/ALE

3

Lithuania Verts/ALE

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1

Croatia Verts/ALE

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A8-0043/2019 - Andrey Novakov et Constanze Krehl - Am 7 13/02/2019 12:17:13.000

2019/02/13 Outcome: +: 525, -: 97, 0: 49
DE ES IT FR RO PT SE NL BG BE EL FI HR DK AT GB CZ LT IE SI LU MT LV SK PL EE CY ?? HU
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A8-0043/2019 - Andrey Novakov et Constanze Krehl - Am 20 13/02/2019 12:17:26.000

2019/02/13 Outcome: +: 500, -: 116, 0: 52
IT DE FR ES RO GB PT EL HU AT IE HR CZ PL BG SI MT SK DK LU LV BE SE CY FI NL ?? LT EE
Total
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84
72
51
28
63
20
15
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8
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A8-0043/2019 - Andrey Novakov et Constanze Krehl - Am 42 13/02/2019 12:17:55.000

2019/02/13 Outcome: +: 447, -: 195, 0: 29
IT GB PL ES RO PT HU DE AT EL CZ SK IE HR BG MT DK SE CY LU ?? LV FI SI EE NL BE LT FR
Total
66
62
46
51
28
20
14
84
18
15
19
11
8
11
16
6
13
16
2
6
1
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8
4
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72
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A8-0043/2019 - Andrey Novakov et Constanze Krehl - Am 60 13/02/2019 12:18:51.000

2019/02/13 Outcome: +: 538, -: 80, 0: 56
FR ES IT RO DE PT NL CZ SE BG BE AT HU DK EL GB FI SK LT HR IE SI PL MT LV LU EE CY ??
Total
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50
66
28
86
20
25
20
16
16
19
18
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13
15
63
12
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11
8
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