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2021/2125(DEC) 2020 discharge: European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead CONT ZDECHOVSKÝ Tomáš (icon: EPP EPP) CHINNICI Caterina (icon: S&D S&D), CSEH Katalin (icon: Renew Renew), EICKHOUT Bas (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), KUHS Joachim (icon: ID ID), CZARNECKI Ryszard (icon: ECR ECR), OMARJEE Younous (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
Committee Opinion ENVI CANFIN Pascal (icon: Renew Renew) Monika BEŇOVÁ (icon: S&D S&D), Ljudmila NOVAK (icon: PPE PPE), Michèle RIVASI (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), Alexandr VONDRA (icon: ECR ECR), Mick WALLACE (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
Lead committee dossier:

Events

2022/10/05
   Final act published in Official Journal
2022/05/04
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2022/05/04
   EP - Decision by Parliament
Details

The European Parliament decided to grant discharge to the Executive Director of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) for the financial year 2020 and to approve the closure of the accounts for that year.

Noting that the Court of Auditors has stated that it has obtained reasonable assurance that the Agency's annual accounts for the financial year 2020 are reliable and that the underlying transactions are legal and regular, Parliament adopted, by 552 votes to 68 with 18 abstentions, a resolution containing a series of recommendations which form an integral part of the discharge decision and which complement the general recommendations contained in the resolution on the performance, financial management and control of EU agencies.

Agency’s financial statements

The Agency's final budget for the financial year 2020 was EUR 109 362 158 representing a decrease of 3.08 % compared to 2019. Approximately 29.41% of the Agency’s budget derives from fees and charges and 67.48% from the Union and third countries (in 2019 39.51 % from fees and charges and 57.61 % from the Union and third countries).

Budgetary and financial management

In 2020, the Agency collected fee income totalling EUR 32.293 million (EUR 44.85 million in 2019) while the Union subsidy amounted to EUR 73.796 million (EUR 64.503 million in 2019) including contributions from third countries of EUR 1.851 million (EUR 1.615 million in 2019). Parliament stressed the need to ensure that the Agency is able to fulfil its mandate in the long term. In this it called for the lack of predictability of the Agency’s budget income to be addressed. Noting the declining trend in fee income, Parliament considered that a new stable financing model should be developed and introduced without delay.

Budgetary resources are needed to pursue closer cooperation to consolidate a unique Union chemical database.

Budget monitoring efforts during the financial year 2020 resulted in a budget implementation rate of 98.48 %, representing a slight decrease of 0.30 % compared to 2019 and that the payment appropriations execution rate was 94.16 %, representing an increase of 8.07 % in comparison to 2019.

Other observations

Parliament also made a series of observations concerning performance and staff policy.

In particular, it noted that:

- one of the Agency’s fundamental tasks for the period ahead will continue to be implementation of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability;

- the Agency adopted a programming document for 2020-2023 which sets out the objectives for the Agency, in line with the strategic plan for that four-year period, and which was accompanied by the resource planning until 2023 and the 2020 work programme;

- 194 out of 210 actions and outputs set in the 2020 work programme were achieved; 16 actions and outputs were not met mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic;

- the 271 full compliance checks covered 258 substances and that 76 targeted checks concerning 44 substances were carried out in 2020;

- on 31 December 2019, the establishment plan was 97.41 % executed, with 451 temporary agents appointed out of 463 temporary agents authorised under the Union budget (compared to 461 authorised posts in 2019). There is a continued gender imbalance which must be resolved. The Agency is urged to pursue the development of a long-term human resources policy framework that addresses work-life balance, lifelong guidance and career development, gender balance, teleworking, the right to disconnect while respecting the balance between professional and private life, geographical balance and the recruitment and integration of people with disabilities;

- the Agency moved to new premises in early 2020;

- the Agency has not yet acted last year’s recommendations to reduce the number of animal tests and to replace such tests by new approach methodology, or to establish a team exclusively dedicated to animal protection and the promotion of non-animal test methods;

- in order to avoid any risk to the online security of the information processed, the Agency should develop its cybersecurity policy more swiftly.

Documents
2022/04/13
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
Documents
2022/04/13
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary
Documents
2022/03/31
   EP - Vote in committee
2022/03/29
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2022/03/03
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2022/02/16
   CSL - Supplementary non-legislative basic document
Documents
2022/01/17
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2022/01/14
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2021/10/29
   CofA - Court of Auditors: opinion, report
2021/09/29
   EP - CANFIN Pascal (Renew) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI
2021/09/14
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2021/07/28
   EP - ZDECHOVSKÝ Tomáš (EPP) appointed as rapporteur in CONT
2021/06/30
   EC - Non-legislative basic document
2021/06/30
   EC - Non-legislative basic document published

Documents

Votes

Décharge 2020: Agence européenne des produits chimiques - Discharge 2020: European Chemicals Agency - Entlastung 2020: Europäische Chemikalienagentur - A9-0112/2022 - Tomáš Zdechovský - Proposition de résolution #

2022/05/04 Outcome: +: 552, -: 68, 0: 18
DE ES PL FR RO IT HU PT NL BE AT BG SE EL IE DK SK CZ LT FI LV HR CY LU SI MT EE
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89
57
45
66
27
71
19
21
24
20
18
14
20
19
13
14
12
19
9
13
8
11
6
6
6
5
6
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Hungary PPE

1

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Latvia PPE

2
2

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2

Slovenia PPE

2

Malta PPE

For (1)

1

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1
icon: S&D S&D
131

Greece S&D

2

Slovakia S&D

2

Czechia S&D

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1

Lithuania S&D

2

Finland S&D

1

Latvia S&D

2

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2

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1

Slovenia S&D

2

Estonia S&D

2
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92

Poland Renew

1

Italy Renew

3

Hungary Renew

2

Austria Renew

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1
3

Ireland Renew

2

Lithuania Renew

1

Finland Renew

3

Latvia Renew

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1

Croatia Renew

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1

Luxembourg Renew

2

Slovenia Renew

2

Estonia Renew

2
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65

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3

Poland Verts/ALE

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1

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1

Netherlands Verts/ALE

3

Belgium Verts/ALE

3

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Sweden Verts/ALE

2

Ireland Verts/ALE

2

Denmark Verts/ALE

2

Czechia Verts/ALE

3

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

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3

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For (1)

1
icon: The Left The Left
37

Portugal The Left

4

Netherlands The Left

For (1)

1

Belgium The Left

For (1)

1

Sweden The Left

For (1)

1

Denmark The Left

1

Czechia The Left

1

Finland The Left

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1

Cyprus The Left

2
icon: ECR ECR
56

Germany ECR

1

Netherlands ECR

4

Belgium ECR

2

Bulgaria ECR

1
3

Greece ECR

1

Slovakia ECR

For (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

1

Latvia ECR

2

Croatia ECR

1
icon: NI NI
38

France NI

2

Slovakia NI

Abstain (1)

2

Lithuania NI

1

Latvia NI

1

Croatia NI

2
icon: ID ID
60

Netherlands ID

Against (1)

1

Austria ID

3

Denmark ID

Abstain (1)

1

Czechia ID

Against (2)

2

Finland ID

2

Estonia ID

Against (1)

1
AmendmentsDossier
37 2021/2125(DEC)
2021/12/08 ENVI 27 amendments...
source: 700.600
2022/03/03 CONT 10 amendments...
source: 704.726

History

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  • The European Parliament decided to grant discharge to the Executive Director of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) for the financial year 2020 and to approve the closure of the accounts for that year.
  • Noting that the Court of Auditors has stated that it has obtained reasonable assurance that the Agency's annual accounts for the financial year 2020 are reliable and that the underlying transactions are legal and regular, Parliament adopted, by 552 votes to 68 with 18 abstentions, a resolution containing a series of recommendations which form an integral part of the discharge decision and which complement the general recommendations contained in the resolution on the performance, financial management and control of EU agencies.
  • Agency’s financial statements
  • The Agency's final budget for the financial year 2020 was EUR 109 362 158 representing a decrease of 3.08 % compared to 2019. Approximately 29.41% of the Agency’s budget derives from fees and charges and 67.48% from the Union and third countries (in 2019 39.51 % from fees and charges and 57.61 % from the Union and third countries).
  • Budgetary and financial management
  • In 2020, the Agency collected fee income totalling EUR 32.293 million (EUR 44.85 million in 2019) while the Union subsidy amounted to EUR 73.796 million (EUR 64.503 million in 2019) including contributions from third countries of EUR 1.851 million (EUR 1.615 million in 2019). Parliament stressed the need to ensure that the Agency is able to fulfil its mandate in the long term. In this it called for the lack of predictability of the Agency’s budget income to be addressed. Noting the declining trend in fee income, Parliament considered that a new stable financing model should be developed and introduced without delay.
  • Budgetary resources are needed to pursue closer cooperation to consolidate a unique Union chemical database.
  • Budget monitoring efforts during the financial year 2020 resulted in a budget implementation rate of 98.48 %, representing a slight decrease of 0.30 % compared to 2019 and that the payment appropriations execution rate was 94.16 %, representing an increase of 8.07 % in comparison to 2019.
  • Other observations
  • Parliament also made a series of observations concerning performance and staff policy.
  • In particular, it noted that:
  • - one of the Agency’s fundamental tasks for the period ahead will continue to be implementation of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability;
  • - the Agency adopted a programming document for 2020-2023 which sets out the objectives for the Agency, in line with the strategic plan for that four-year period, and which was accompanied by the resource planning until 2023 and the 2020 work programme;
  • - 194 out of 210 actions and outputs set in the 2020 work programme were achieved; 16 actions and outputs were not met mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic;
  • - the 271 full compliance checks covered 258 substances and that 76 targeted checks concerning 44 substances were carried out in 2020;
  • - on 31 December 2019, the establishment plan was 97.41 % executed, with 451 temporary agents appointed out of 463 temporary agents authorised under the Union budget (compared to 461 authorised posts in 2019). There is a continued gender imbalance which must be resolved. The Agency is urged to pursue the development of a long-term human resources policy framework that addresses work-life balance, lifelong guidance and career development, gender balance, teleworking, the right to disconnect while respecting the balance between professional and private life, geographical balance and the recruitment and integration of people with disabilities;
  • - the Agency moved to new premises in early 2020;
  • - the Agency has not yet acted last year’s recommendations to reduce the number of animal tests and to replace such tests by new approach methodology, or to establish a team exclusively dedicated to animal protection and the promotion of non-animal test methods;
  • - in order to avoid any risk to the online security of the information processed, the Agency should develop its cybersecurity policy more swiftly.
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