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2021/2151(DEC) 2020 discharge: European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC)

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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 European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking discharge in respect of the implementation of the Joint Undertaking’s 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 554 votes to 18 with 62 abstentions, a resolution containing a series of observations which form an integral part of the discharge decision.

General comments

Parliament noted that on 18 September 2020, the Commission proposed a new Council regulation allowing the Joint Undertaking to continue the development of high performance computing in Europe for the next decade in the context of the newly adopted multiannual financial framework 2021-2027. This resulted in the adoption of Council Regulation (EU) 2021/1173 on establishing the new European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking.

Moreover, the accounting system migration took place in September 2020 and the Commission transferred funds in October 2020. The accounting officer of the Commission was appointed as the accounting officer of the Joint Undertaking in June 2020.

Budgetary and financial management

The Joint Undertaking’s final available budget for the financial year 2020 included EUR 509 075 000 in commitment appropriations and EUR 181 489 000 in payment appropriation. The implementation rates for commitment and payment appropriations were 95.5 % and 22.5 % respectively for Horizon 2020 projects. The low implementation level for the payment appropriations is partially explained by the fact that the Commission migrated the full annual payment budget to the Joint Undertaking when it achieved its financial autonomy on 23 September 2020.

At the end of 2020, contributions made comprised a total of EUR 190 919 000 in cash from the Union, including EUR 188 549 000 to operational costs and EUR 2 370 000 to administrative costs.

Parliament also noted delays in the recruitment of key staff together with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on planned costs for IT, communication, missions, meetings, events and other services, significantly reduced the implementation rates for administrative payment budget, representing around 1.5 % of the total available budget, down to 16.5 % at the end of 2020.

Other observations

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

In particular, it noted the following:

- by the end of 2020, a total of 11 recruitments have been completed, including the executive director, and the selected staff are working for the Joint Undertaking;

- as the need for key administrative staff has yet to be addressed, it presents risks in terms of weaknesses in financial, budgetary and staff management, and in internal control processes for operational payments and in-kind contributions, and that the high proportion of contractual staff (74 %) may result in a significant level of staff turnover in the near future, further increasing the risks to its management systems. This could negatively affect the Joint Undertaking’s overall performance;

- calls for eight supercomputers (three precursor to exascale and five petascale) were launched in 2019 and evaluated throughout 2020.

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
2021/12/17
   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 pour le calcul à haute performance européen - Discharge 2020: Euro High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking - Entlastung 2020: Gemeinsames Unternehmen für europäisches Hochleistungsrechnen - A9-0078/2022 - Ryszard Czarnecki - Proposition de résolution #

2022/05/04 Outcome: +: 554, 0: 62, -: 18
DE ES FR IT PL RO NL HU PT BE CZ AT BG IE SE HR EL DK LT SK LV FI SI CY LU MT EE
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58
67
71
46
27
26
19
21
20
19
18
13
13
19
12
15
13
9
11
8
12
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6
5
6
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Denmark PPE

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Latvia PPE

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1

Estonia PPE

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Czechia S&D

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Lithuania S&D

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Slovakia S&D

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Latvia S&D

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4

Belgium ECR

2

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AmendmentsDossier
10 2021/2151(DEC)
2022/02/03 CONT 10 amendments...
source: 703.126

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 European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking discharge in respect of the implementation of the Joint Undertaking’s 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 554 votes to 18 with 62 abstentions, a resolution containing a series of observations which form an integral part of the discharge decision.
  • General comments
  • Parliament noted that on 18 September 2020, the Commission proposed a new Council regulation allowing the Joint Undertaking to continue the development of high performance computing in Europe for the next decade in the context of the newly adopted multiannual financial framework 2021-2027. This resulted in the adoption of Council Regulation (EU) 2021/1173 on establishing the new European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking.
  • Moreover, the accounting system migration took place in September 2020 and the Commission transferred funds in October 2020. The accounting officer of the Commission was appointed as the accounting officer of the Joint Undertaking in June 2020.
  • Budgetary and financial management
  • The Joint Undertaking’s final available budget for the financial year 2020 included EUR 509 075 000 in commitment appropriations and EUR 181 489 000 in payment appropriation. The implementation rates for commitment and payment appropriations were 95.5 % and 22.5 % respectively for Horizon 2020 projects. The low implementation level for the payment appropriations is partially explained by the fact that the Commission migrated the full annual payment budget to the Joint Undertaking when it achieved its financial autonomy on 23 September 2020.
  • At the end of 2020, contributions made comprised a total of EUR 190 919 000 in cash from the Union, including EUR 188 549 000 to operational costs and EUR 2 370 000 to administrative costs.
  • Parliament also noted delays in the recruitment of key staff together with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on planned costs for IT, communication, missions, meetings, events and other services, significantly reduced the implementation rates for administrative payment budget, representing around 1.5 % of the total available budget, down to 16.5 % at the end of 2020.
  • Other observations
  • The resolution also contains a series of observations on staff and internal control.
  • In particular, it noted the following:
  • - by the end of 2020, a total of 11 recruitments have been completed, including the executive director, and the selected staff are working for the Joint Undertaking;
  • - as the need for key administrative staff has yet to be addressed, it presents risks in terms of weaknesses in financial, budgetary and staff management, and in internal control processes for operational payments and in-kind contributions, and that the high proportion of contractual staff (74 %) may result in a significant level of staff turnover in the near future, further increasing the risks to its management systems. This could negatively affect the Joint Undertaking’s overall performance;
  • - calls for eight supercomputers (three precursor to exascale and five petascale) were launched in 2019 and evaluated throughout 2020.
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