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2021/2150(DEC) 2020 discharge: Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership (ECSEL Joint Undertaking)

Progress: Procedure completed, awaiting publication in Official Journal

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead CONT CZARNECKI Ryszard (icon: ECR ECR) MARINESCU Marian-Jean (icon: EPP EPP), CREȚU Corina (icon: S&D S&D), WIEZIK Michal (icon: Renew Renew), RIVASI Michèle (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), KUHS Joachim (icon: ID ID), OMARJEE Younous (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
Committee Opinion ITRE
Lead committee dossier:

Events

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 ECSEL Joint Undertaking (now the Key Digital Technologies Joint Undertaking) in respect of the implementation of its budget for the financial year 2020 and approve the closure of the Joint Undertaking’s accounts.

Noting that the Court of Auditors found that the annual accounts of the Joint Undertaking for the financial year 2020 present fairly the financial situation of the Joint Undertaking on 31 December 2020 and the results of its operations, Parliament adopted, by 576 votes to 62 with 3 abstentions, a resolution containing a series of observations which form an integral part of the discharge decision.

Budgetary and financial management

The Joint Undertaking’s total available budget for year 2020 included EUR 218 342 000 for commitment appropriations and EUR 215 849 000 for payment appropriations, and that the utilisation rate was 99.59 % for commitment appropriations and 88.63 % for payment appropriations. At the end of 2020, the Union contributed EUR 573 197 000 for the co-financing of the Joint Undertaking’s Seventh Framework programme activities and a further EUR 10 390 000 for the co-financing of the related administrative costs.

In regard to the Joint Undertaking’s 2020 payment budget available for Seventh Framework programme projects (EUR 20 317 158), the implementation rate for payment appropriations was 70 %.

As regards the implementation of the Horizon 2020 budget, the Participating States are required to make financial contributions of at least EUR 1 170 000 to the operational activities of the Joint Undertaking and that at the end of 2020, the Participating States taking part in the 2014 - 2019 calls for proposals, signed contractual commitments amounting to EUR 936 588 004 and declared in total, financial contributions of EUR 374 748 810 (or 40 % of the total committed contributions).

Parliament called for harmonisation of the calculation of in-kind contributions to the Joint Undertaking

Other observations

The resolution also contains a series of observations on performance, staff and internal control.

In particular, it noted the following:

- the Joint Undertaking launched its last calls, namely two Research and Innovation Actions, one Innovation Action and one Coordination and Support Action, for which 44 eligible proposals were submitted;

- on 31 December 2020, the Joint Undertaking employed 29 staff, which included temporary and contract agents and seconded national experts;

- the Joint Undertaking moved to a principle-based system to align its internal control framework (ICF) to the revised control framework adopted by the Commission;

- persistent systemic errors were found in the personnel costs declared by beneficiaries, in particular on the part of SMEs and new beneficiaries. Parliament encouraged the Joint Undertaking to strengthen its internal control systems given that SMEs and new beneficiaries are more error-prone.

Documents
2022/03/30
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
Documents
2022/03/30
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary
Documents
2022/02/28
   EP - Vote in committee
2022/02/16
   CSL - Supplementary non-legislative basic document
Documents
2022/02/02
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2021/12/20
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2021/11/12
   CofA - Court of Auditors: opinion, report
2021/09/14
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2021/07/28
   EP - CZARNECKI Ryszard (ECR) 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: entreprise commune ECSEL - Discharge 2020: ECSEL Joint Undertaking - Entlastung 2020: Gemeinsames Unternehmen ECSEL - A9-0077/2022 - Ryszard Czarnecki - Proposition de résolution #

2022/05/04 Outcome: +: 576, -: 62, 0: 3
DE FR ES PL RO IT NL HU PT CZ BE BG IE SE DK AT EL HR LT FI SK LV SI CY LU MT EE
Total
88
66
58
47
27
71
27
19
21
19
20
13
13
19
14
18
17
12
10
13
12
7
7
6
6
5
6
icon: PPE PPE
160

Hungary PPE

1

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Latvia PPE

2

Slovenia PPE

3
2

Luxembourg PPE

2

Malta PPE

For (1)

1

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1
icon: S&D S&D
130

Czechia S&D

For (1)

1

Lithuania S&D

2

Finland S&D

1

Slovakia S&D

2

Latvia S&D

For (1)

1

Slovenia S&D

2

Cyprus S&D

2

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

2
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94

Poland Renew

1

Italy Renew

3

Hungary Renew

2

Ireland Renew

2
3

Austria Renew

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1

Croatia Renew

For (1)

1

Lithuania Renew

1

Finland Renew

3

Latvia Renew

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1

Slovenia Renew

2

Luxembourg Renew

2

Estonia Renew

2
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65

Spain Verts/ALE

3

Poland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Netherlands Verts/ALE

3

Portugal Verts/ALE

1

Czechia Verts/ALE

3

Belgium Verts/ALE

3

Ireland Verts/ALE

2

Sweden Verts/ALE

2

Denmark Verts/ALE

2

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Finland Verts/ALE

3

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: ECR ECR
57

Germany ECR

1

Netherlands ECR

4

Belgium ECR

2

Bulgaria ECR

1
3

Greece ECR

1

Croatia ECR

1

Lithuania ECR

1

Slovakia ECR

For (1)

1

Latvia ECR

2
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37

Netherlands The Left

Abstain (1)

1

Portugal The Left

4

Czechia The Left

1

Belgium The Left

For (1)

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Sweden The Left

For (1)

1

Denmark The Left

1

Finland The Left

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Cyprus The Left

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37

France NI

2

Croatia NI

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2

Lithuania NI

1

Slovakia NI

2

Latvia NI

1
icon: ID ID
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Netherlands ID

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Czechia ID

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Denmark ID

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Austria ID

3

Finland ID

2

Estonia ID

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1
AmendmentsDossier
6 2021/2150(DEC)
2022/02/04 CONT 6 amendments...
source: 703.125

History

(these mark the time of scraping, not the official date of the change)

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  • The European Parliament decided to grant discharge to the Executive Director of the ECSEL Joint Undertaking (now the Key Digital Technologies Joint Undertaking) in respect of the implementation of its budget for the financial year 2020 and approve the closure of the Joint Undertaking’s accounts.
  • Noting that the Court of Auditors found that the annual accounts of the Joint Undertaking for the financial year 2020 present fairly the financial situation of the Joint Undertaking on 31 December 2020 and the results of its operations, Parliament adopted, by 576 votes to 62 with 3 abstentions, a resolution containing a series of observations which form an integral part of the discharge decision.
  • Budgetary and financial management
  • The Joint Undertaking’s total available budget for year 2020 included EUR 218 342 000 for commitment appropriations and EUR 215 849 000 for payment appropriations, and that the utilisation rate was 99.59 % for commitment appropriations and 88.63 % for payment appropriations. At the end of 2020, the Union contributed EUR 573 197 000 for the co-financing of the Joint Undertaking’s Seventh Framework programme activities and a further EUR 10 390 000 for the co-financing of the related administrative costs.
  • In regard to the Joint Undertaking’s 2020 payment budget available for Seventh Framework programme projects (EUR 20 317 158), the implementation rate for payment appropriations was 70 %.
  • As regards the implementation of the Horizon 2020 budget, the Participating States are required to make financial contributions of at least EUR 1 170 000 to the operational activities of the Joint Undertaking and that at the end of 2020, the Participating States taking part in the 2014 - 2019 calls for proposals, signed contractual commitments amounting to EUR 936 588 004 and declared in total, financial contributions of EUR 374 748 810 (or 40 % of the total committed contributions).
  • Parliament called for harmonisation of the calculation of in-kind contributions to the Joint Undertaking
  • Other observations
  • The resolution also contains a series of observations on performance, staff and internal control.
  • In particular, it noted the following:
  • - the Joint Undertaking launched its last calls, namely two Research and Innovation Actions, one Innovation Action and one Coordination and Support Action, for which 44 eligible proposals were submitted;
  • - on 31 December 2020, the Joint Undertaking employed 29 staff, which included temporary and contract agents and seconded national experts;
  • - the Joint Undertaking moved to a principle-based system to align its internal control framework (ICF) to the revised control framework adopted by the Commission;
  • - persistent systemic errors were found in the personnel costs declared by beneficiaries, in particular on the part of SMEs and new beneficiaries. Parliament encouraged the Joint Undertaking to strengthen its internal control systems given that SMEs and new beneficiaries are more error-prone.
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