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2018/2184(DEC) 2017 discharge: Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union (CdT)

Progress: Procedure completed, awaiting publication in Official Journal

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead CONT SARVAMAA Petri (icon: PPE PPE) KADENBACH Karin (icon: S&D S&D), CZARNECKI Ryszard (icon: ECR ECR), ALI Nedzhmi (icon: ALDE ALDE), DE JONG Dennis (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), STAES Bart (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), KAPPEL Barbara (icon: ENF ENF)
Committee Opinion CULT ZDROJEWSKI Bogdan Andrzej (icon: PPE PPE)
Lead committee dossier:

Events

2019/03/26
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2019/03/26
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament decided to grant discharge to the Director of the Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union (CdT) for the financial year 2017 and to approve the closure of the accounts for the financial year in question.

Noting that the Court of Auditors has stated that it has obtained reasonable assurances that the Centre’s annual accounts for the financial year 2017 are reliable and that the underlying transactions are legal and regular, Parliament adopted by 506 votes to 124 with 5 abstentions, a resolution containing a series of recommendations, which form an integral part of the decision on discharge and which add to the general recommendations set out in the draft resolution on performance, financial management and control of EU agencies :

Centre’s financial statements

Members noted that the final budget of the Centre for the financial year 2017 was EUR 49 429 100, representing a decrease of 2.27 % compared to 2016.

Budget and financial management

The budget monitoring efforts during the financial year 2017 resulted in a budget implementation rate of 93.12 %, representing an increase of 3.75 % compared to the previous year. Payment appropriations execution rate was 85.40 %, representing an increase of 3.21% compared to the previous year. Parliament noted the relatively high level of cancelled carryovers in 2017 amounting to EUR 317 986.20 and still representing 8.76 % of the total amount carried over, despite a decrease of 1.34 % in comparison to 2016.

Members also made a series of observations regarding performance, staff, procurement and internal controls.

In particular, they noted that:

- the implementation rate of the Centre’s amended work programme for 2017 was 87.7 %;

- the new pricing structure for the translation of documents was appreciated;

- on 31 December 2017, the establishment plan was 96.9 % executed, with 189 officials or temporary agents appointed out of 195 temporary agents and officials authorised under the Union budget;

- the Centre adopted a policy on preventing harassment;

- although the Centre is not fee financed, it depends on revenue received from its clients, who are represented on the Centre’s management board, and that there is therefore a risk of conflicts of interests regarding the pricing of the Centre’s products which could be solved if the Commission collected the fees on behalf of the Centre’s clients and would prompt the Centre to be mainly funded from the Union budget. The Centre is called on to report to the discharge authority on measures taken in order to mitigate such a risk.

Documents
2019/03/26
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2019/02/28
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
Details

The Committee on Budgetary Control adopted the report by Petri SARVAMAA (EPP, FI) on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union (CdT) for the financial year 2017.

The committee called on the European Parliament to grant the Director of the Centre discharge in respect of the implementation of the agency’s budget for the financial year 2017.

Noting that the Court of Auditors stated that it had obtained reasonable assurance that the annual accounts of the Centre for the financial year 2017 were reliable and that the underlying transactions were legal and regular, Members called on Parliament to approve the closure of the Centre’s accounts.

They made, however, a number of recommendations that needed to be taken into account when the discharge is granted, in addition to the general recommendations that appear in the draft resolution on performance, financial management and control of EU agencies :

Centre’s financial statements

Members noted that the final budget of the Centre for the financial year 2017 was EUR 49 429 100, representing a decrease of 2.27 % compared to 2016.

Budget and financial management

The budget monitoring efforts during the financial year 2017 resulted in a budget implementation rate of 93.12 %, representing an increase of 3.75 % compared to the previous year. Payment appropriations execution rate was 85.40 %, representing an increase of 3.21% compared to the previous year.

Members noted the relatively high level of cancelled carryovers in 2017 amounting to EUR 317 986.20 and still representing 8.76 % of the total amount carried over, despite a decrease of 1.34 % in comparison to 2016.

Members also made a series of observations regarding performance, staff, procurement and internal controls.

In particular, they noted that:

- the implementation rate of the Centre’s amended work programme for 2017 was 87.7 %;

- the new pricing structure for the translation of documents was appreciated;

- on 31 December 2017, the establishment plan was 96.9 % executed, with 189 officials or temporary agents appointed out of 195 temporary agents and officials authorised under the Union budget;

- the Centre adopted a policy on preventing harassment;

- although the Centre is not fee financed, it depends on revenue received from its clients, who are represented on the Centre’s management board, and that there is therefore a risk of conflicts of interests regarding the pricing of the Centre’s products which could be solved if the Commission collected the fees on behalf of the Centre’s clients and would prompt the Centre to be mainly funded from the Union budget. The Centre is called on to report to the discharge authority on measures taken in order to mitigate such a risk.

Documents
2019/02/20
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2019/02/01
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2019/01/31
   CSL - Supplementary non-legislative basic document
Details

Having examined the revenue and expenditure accounts for the financial year 2017 and the balance sheet as at 31 December 2017 of the Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union (CdT), as well as the Court of Auditors' report on the annual accounts of the Centre for the financial year 2017, accompanied by the Centre's replies to the Court's comments, the Council recommended the European Parliament to give a discharge to the Director of the Centre in respect of the implementation of the budget for the financial year 2017.

The Council welcomed the Court's opinion that the Centre's annual accounts present fairly its financial position as at 31 December 2017 and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the year then ended, in accordance with the provisions of the Centre's Financial Regulation, and that the underlying transactions for 2017 are legal and regular in all material respects.

Nevertheless, the following observation was made:

- performance : the Council expressed concern that due to an increasing use of in-house and other alternative solutions for translation by several EU agencies and bodies, the Centre's capacity is not used to the greatest possible extent and that there is a duplication of systems development and running costs at European level. In addition, the Council took note with concern that the Centre's business model could be at risk. The Council urged the Centre to take appropriate measures to address these issues and it calls on the Centre to inform the Council regularly of all progress made;

- accounting : the Council regretted the deficiencies found by the Court in the Centre's accounting environment. It called on the Centre to take appropriate actions mainly to ensure the accounting officer's independence.

Documents
2019/01/23
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/12/10
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2018/09/18
   CofA - Court of Auditors: opinion, report
Details

PURPOSE: presentation of the report of the Court of Auditors on the annual accounts of the Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union for the financial year 2017, together with the Centre’s reply (CdT).

CONTENT: the Court of Auditors carried out the audit on the annual accounts of the Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union (CdT).

In brief, the Centre's task is to provide any European Union institutions and bodies which call upon its services with the translation services necessary for their activities.

Statement of assurance and reliability of the accounts

The Court considered that:

- the Centre’s annual accounts present fairly, in all material respects, its financial position as at 31 December 2017 and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the year then ended, in accordance with the provisions of its Financial Regulation and the accounting rules adopted by the Commission’s accounting officer;

- the transactions underlying the annual accounts for the year ended 31 December 2017 are legal and regular in all material respects.

The report also makes a series of observations on the budgetary and financial management of the Centre, accompanied by the latter’s response. The main observations may be summarised as follows:

The Court’s observations

Financial management

Agencies should introduce a single solution for the electronic exchange and storage of information with third parties participating in public procurement procedures (e-procurement). As the same requirement exists for all EU Institutions, the Commission is developing a comprehensive IT solution covering all phases of public procurement procedures. The Commission launched tools for electronic invoicing (e-invoicing), for the electronic publication of documents related to contract notices (e-tendering) and for the electronic submission of tenders (e-submission). By the end of 2017, the Centre had introduced e-invoicing for certain procedures, but not e-tendering and e-submission.

The Centre’s reply

Financial management

The implementation of e-Tendering and e-Submission is included in the Centre’s 2018 Work Programme. Both tools, developed by the Commission, will be deployed by the Centre from October 2018.

Lastly, the Court of Auditor’s report contains a summary of Centre’s key figures in 2017:

Budget

EUR 49 million.

Staff

215 including officials, temporary and contract staff and seconded national experts.

2018/09/11
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2018/07/25
   EP - Responsible Committee
2018/07/11
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/06/28
   EC - Non-legislative basic document published
Details

PURPOSE: presentation by the Commission of the consolidated annual accounts of the European Union for the financial year 2017, as part of the 2017 discharge procedure.

Analysis of the accounts of the Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union (CdT) .

CONTENT: the organisational governance of the EU consists of institutions, agencies and other EU bodies whose expenditure is included in the general budget of the Union.

This Commission document concerns the EU's consolidated accounts for the year 2017 and details how spending by the EU institutions and bodies was carried out. The consolidated annual accounts of the EU provide financial information on the activities of the institutions, agencies and other bodies of the EU from an accrual accounting and budgetary perspective.

It is the responsibility of the Commission's Accounting Officer to prepare the EU's consolidated annual accounts and ensure that they present fairly, in all material aspects, the financial position, the result of the operations and the cash flows of the EU institutions and bodies with a view to granting discharge.

Discharge procedure : the final step of a budget lifecycle is the discharge . It is the decision by which the European Parliament ‘ releases ’ the Commission from its responsibility for management of a given budget by marking the end of that budget's existence. It is granted by the European Parliament on the recommendation of the Council.

The decision is based in particular on the European Court of Auditors reports, in particular its annual report, in which the Court provides a Statement of Assurance (DAS) on the legality and regularity of transactions (payments and commitments).

The procedure results in the granting, postponement or refusal of discharge.

The final discharge report including specific recommendations to the Commission for action is adopted in plenary by the European Parliament and are subject to an annual follow up report in which the Commission outlines the concrete actions it has taken to implement the recommendations made.

All EU institutions and other agencies, bodies and joint undertakings are subject to their own discharge procedures.

Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union : the Centre, which is located in Luxembourg (LU) was established by Council Regulation (EC) No 2965/94 and its role is to provide any European Union Institutions and Bodies, which call upon its services with the translation services necessary for their activities.

As regards Centre’s accounts , these are presented in detail in the document on the consolidated annual accounts of the European Union for 2017:

Commitment appropriations :

available: EUR 49 million; made: EUR 46 million.

Payment appropriations :

available: EUR 53 million; made: EUR 46 million.

For further details on expenditure, please refer to the final accounts of the Translation Centre .

Documents

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A8-0122/2019 - Petri Sarvamaa - Résolution 26/03/2019 17:45:15.000

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A8-0122/2019 - Petri Sarvamaa - Résolution

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AmendmentsDossier
17 2018/2184(DEC)
2018/11/19 CULT 9 amendments...
source: 630.535
2019/02/01 CONT 8 amendments...
source: 634.461

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