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2019/2137(BUD) Mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund: assistance to Greece

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead BUDG KAILI Eva (icon: S&D S&D) KYRTSOS Georgios (icon: EPP EPP), HAYER Valerie (icon: Renew Renew), HAHN Henrike (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), LAPORTE Hélène (icon: ID ID), RZOŃCA Bogdan (icon: ECR ECR), PAPADIMOULIS Dimitrios (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
Committee Opinion REGI OMARJEE Younous (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
Lead committee dossier:

Events

2020/01/15
   Final act published in Official Journal
2019/11/27
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 669 votes to 7, with 17 abstentions, a resolution on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund to provide assistance to Greece.

Parliament approved the decision annexed to the resolution to mobilise the amount of EUR 4 552 517 to Greece, in commitment and payment appropriations from the European Union Solidarity Fund as part of the general budget of the Union for the financial year 2019.

The abovementioned amount shall be financed from the appropriations mobilised for the payment of advances in the Union budget for the financial year 2019. The appropriations available for the payment of advances shall be reduced accordingly.

Parliament stressed the need to release the remaining amount as soon as possible and within a reasonable timeframe, as recovery operations in Crete should be concluded immediately due to severe weather conditions that tend to occur more and more often in Crete and other regions of Greece.

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2019/11/25
   EP - Budgetary report tabled for plenary, 1st reading
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2019/11/25
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2019/11/25
   EP - Budgetary report tabled for plenary, 1st reading
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2019/11/13
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2019/11/08
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
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2019/11/08
   CSL - Draft budget approved by Council
2019/11/08
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2019/11/08
   CSL - Council Meeting
2019/11/04
   EP - Specific opinion
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2019/10/31
   EP - OMARJEE Younous (GUE/NGL) appointed as rapporteur in REGI
2019/10/23
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2019/10/22
   EP - KAILI Eva (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in BUDG
2019/10/18
   EC - Non-legislative basic document published
Details

PURPOSE: to mobilise the EU Solidarity Fund to provide assistance to Greece further to the flooding and landslide disaster that took place in 2019.

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

CONTENT: the European Union Solidarity Fund aims to enable the Union to respond in a rapid, efficient and flexible manner to emergency situations in order to show solidarity with the population of regions struck by natural disasters. The Fund is not to exceed a maximum annual amount of EUR 500 million (2011 prices), as laid down in Article 10 of Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework (MFF).

This decision covers the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) for an amount of EUR 4 552 517 to provide assistance to Greece further to the flooding and landslide disaster that took place in 2019.

This mobilisation will be financed in full through the partial use of commitment and payment appropriations already entered into the 2019 budget for covering advances, after deducting the already paid advance of EUR 455 252. An amending budget is therefore not required.

Floods and landslides on the island of Crete

On 15 May 2019, Greece submitted an application to mobilise the Fund, following exceptionally heavy rain and storm which hit Crete between 23 and 26 February 2019 and led to floods and landslides.

The disaster is of natural origin and therefore falls within the field of application of the EUSF.

Greece estimates the total direct damage at EUR 182.1 million. The damage caused on Crete represents 2.1 % of the GDP of the concerned NUTS 2 level region Kriti and thus exceeds the threshold of EUR 129.8 million, i.e. 1.5% of regional GDP laid down in the Regulation.

In its application Greece requested the payment of an advance. The Commission awarded a 10 % advance of EUR 455 252 on the anticipated financial contribution from the Fund and subsequently paid it out in full to Greece.

Conclusion

The Commission considers that the disaster referred to in the applications submitted by Greece meets the conditions set out in the Regulation for mobilising the EUSF.

Financing

The amount that may be mobilised at this stage of the year 2019 is EUR 557 530 278. This corresponds to the total amount available for the mobilisation of the EUSF at the beginning of 2019 (EUR 851 082 072), minus the previous mobilisation (EUR 293 551 794).

In the framework of the general budget of the Union established for the financial year 2019, the Commission proposes to mobilise EUR 4 552 517 to Greece, in commitment and payment appropriations.

The amount shall be financed from the appropriations mobilised for the payment of advances in the Union budget for the financial year 2019. The appropriations available for the payment of advances shall be reduced accordingly.

In order to minimise the time taken to mobilise the Fund, this Decision should apply from the date of its adoption.

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Votes

A9-0040/2019 - Eva Kaili - Vote unique

2019/11/27 Outcome: +: 669, 0: 17, -: 7
DE FR IT ES PL GB RO NL EL HU BE AT CZ PT BG SE SK LT IE HR FI DK LV SI CY EE MT LU
Total
90
71
71
50
45
53
32
26
21
21
20
18
18
17
16
19
11
11
11
10
12
12
8
8
6
6
5
5
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171

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Latvia PPE

2
2

Malta PPE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg PPE

2
icon: S&D S&D
144

Greece S&D

2

Slovakia S&D

2

Lithuania S&D

2

Latvia S&D

2

Slovenia S&D

2

Cyprus S&D

2

Estonia S&D

2
icon: Renew Renew
103

Hungary Renew

2

Austria Renew

For (1)

1

Bulgaria Renew

2

Slovakia Renew

2

Lithuania Renew

2

Ireland Renew

For (1)

1

Croatia Renew

For (1)

1

Finland Renew

3

Latvia Renew

For (1)

1

Slovenia Renew

2

Estonia Renew

3

Luxembourg Renew

2
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72

Spain Verts/ALE

2

Netherlands Verts/ALE

3

Belgium Verts/ALE

3

Austria Verts/ALE

2

Czechia Verts/ALE

2

Portugal Verts/ALE

1

Sweden Verts/ALE

2

Lithuania Verts/ALE

2

Ireland Verts/ALE

2

Finland Verts/ALE

2

Denmark Verts/ALE

2

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: ID ID
69
3

Czechia ID

For (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Finland ID

Against (1)

1

Denmark ID

Against (1)

1

Estonia ID

For (1)

1
icon: ECR ECR
58

Germany ECR

For (1)

1

United Kingdom ECR

Against (1)

4

Greece ECR

1

Czechia ECR

2

Bulgaria ECR

2
3

Lithuania ECR

1

Croatia ECR

For (1)

1

Latvia ECR

2
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39

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

1

Netherlands GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Belgium GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Czechia GUE/NGL

1

Portugal GUE/NGL

3

Sweden GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Denmark GUE/NGL

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2
icon: NI NI
37

Germany NI

1

Hungary NI

1

Slovakia NI

2
AmendmentsDossier
4 2019/2137(BUD)
2019/11/07 BUDG 4 amendments...
source: 643.102

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