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Document 32003R1652

Council Regulation (EC) No 1652/2003 of 18 June 2003 amending Regulation (EC) No 1035/97 establishing a European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia

OJ L 245, 29.9.2003, p. 33–35 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)
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32003R1652

Council Regulation (EC) No 1652/2003 of 18 June 2003 amending Regulation (EC) No 1035/97 establishing a European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia

Official Journal L 245 , 29/09/2003 P. 0033 - 0035


Council Regulation (EC) No 1652/2003

of 18 June 2003

amending Regulation (EC) No 1035/97 establishing a European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Articles 284 and 308 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission(1),

Having regard to the opinion of the European Parliament(2),

Having regard to the opinion of the Court of Auditors(3),

Whereas:

(1) Certain provisions of Council Regulation (EC) No 1035/97 of 2 June 1997 establishing a European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia(4) should be brought into line with Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities, hereinafter referred to as "the general Financial Regulation")(5), and in particular Article 185 thereof.

(2) The general principles and limits governing right of access to documents provided for in Article 255 of the Treaty have been laid down by Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents(6).

(3) When Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 was adopted, the three institutions agreed in a joint declaration that the agencies and similar bodies should implement rules conforming to those of that Regulation.

(4) Appropriate provisions should therefore be included in Regulation (EC) No 1035/97 to make Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 applicable to the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia and a provision on appeals against a refusal of access to documents.

(5) Regulation (EC) No 1035/97 should therefore be amended accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Regulation (EC) No 1035/97 is hereby amended as follows:

1. Article 2(2) point (g) shall be replaced by the following:

"(g) publish an annual report on the situation regarding racism and xenophobia in the Community, also highlighting examples of good practice, and an annual report on the Centre's own activities;".

2. The following Article shall be inserted:

"Article 5a

1. Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council (of 30 May 2001) regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents(7) shall apply to documents held by the Centre.

2. The Management Board shall adopt the practical arrangements for implementing Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 within six months of entry into force of Council Regulation (EC) No 1652/2003 of 18 June 2003 amending Regulation (EC) No 1035/97 establishing a European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia(8).

3. Decisions taken by the Centre pursuant to Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 may give rise to the lodging of a complaint to the Ombudsman or form the subject of an action before the Court of Justice of the European Communities, under the conditions laid down in Articles 195 and 230 of the Treaty respectively."

3. Article 8 shall be amended as follows:

(a) in paragraph 3:

(i) point (b) shall be replaced by the following:

"(b) adopt the two annual reports referred to in Article 2(2)(g) and its conclusions and opinions and forward them to the European Parliament, the Council, the Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions; it shall ensure publication of the annual reports referred to in Article 2(2)(g); the annual report on the Centre's activities shall be forwarded by 15 June at the latest to the European Parliament, the Council, the Commission, the Court of Auditors, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.";

(ii) point (e) shall be deleted;

(b) the following paragraph 5 shall be inserted:

"5. The Centre shall forward annually to the budgetary authority any information relevant to the outcome of the evaluation procedures."

4. Article 12 shall be replaced by the following:

"Article 12

Drawing up of the budget

1. Estimates of all the revenue and expenditure of the Centre shall be prepared for each financial year, corresponding to the calendar year, and shall be shown in the budget of the Centre.

2. The revenue and expenditure shown in the budget of the Centre shall be in balance.

3. The revenue of the Centre shall, without prejudice to other resources, comprise:

(a) a subsidy from the Community, entered in the general budget of the European Union (Commission section);

(b) payments received for services rendered;

(c) any financial contributions from the organisations referred to in Article 7;

(d) any voluntary contribution from the Member States.

4. The expenditure of the Centre shall include staff remuneration, administrative and infrastructure costs, operating expenses and expenses resulting from contracts entered into with the institutions and bodies belonging to the Raxen network or with third parties.

5. Each year the Management Board, on the basis of a draft drawn up by the director, shall produce an estimate of revenue and expenditure for the Centre for the following financial year. This estimate, which shall include a draft establishment plan, shall be forwarded by the Management Board to the Commission by 31 March at the latest.

6. The estimate shall be forwarded by the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council (hereinafter referred to as the 'budgetary authority') together with the preliminary draft budget of European Union.

7. On the basis of the estimate, the Commission shall enter in the preliminary draft general budget of the European Union the estimates it deems necessary for the establishment plan and the amount of the subsidy to be charged to the general budget, which it shall place before the budgetary authority in accordance with Article 272 of the Treaty.

8. The budgetary authority shall authorise the appropriations for the subsidy to the Centre.

The budgetary authority shall adopt the establishment plan for the Centre.

9. The budget of the Centre shall be adopted by the Management Board. It shall become final following final adoption of the general budget of the European Union. Where appropriate, it shall be adjusted accordingly.

10. The Management Board shall, as soon as possible, notify the budgetary authority of its intention to implement any project which may have significant financial implications for the funding of its budget, in particular any projects relating to property such as the rental or purchase of buildings. It shall inform the Commission thereof.

Where a branch of the budgetary authority has notified its intention to deliver an opinion, it shall forward its opinion to the Management Board within a period of six weeks from the date of notification of the project."

5. The following Article shall be inserted:

"Article 12a

Implementation of the budget

1. The Director shall implement the budget of the Centre.

2. By 1 March at the latest following each financial year, the Centre's accounting officer shall communicate the provisional accounts to the Commission's accounting officer together with a report on the budgetary and financial management for that financial year. The Commission's accounting officer shall consolidate the provisional accounts of the institutions and decentralised bodies in accordance with Article 128 of the general Financial Regulation.

3. By 31 March at the latest following each financial year, the Commission's accounting officer shall forward the Centre's provisional accounts to the Court of Auditors, together with a report on the budgetary and financial management for that financial year. The report on the budgetary and financial management for that financial year shall also be forwarded to the European Parliament and the Council.

4. On receipt of the Court of Auditors' observations on the Centre's provisional accounts, pursuant to Article 129 of the general Financial Regulation, the Director shall draw up the Centre's final accounts under his own responsibility and forward them to the Management Board for an opinion.

5. The Management Board shall deliver an opinion on the Centre's final accounts.

6. The Director shall, by 1 July at the latest following each financial year, forward the final accounts to the European Parliament, the Council, the Commission and the Court of Auditors, together with the Management Board's opinion.

7. The final accounts shall be published.

8. The Director shall send the Court of Auditors a reply to its observations by 30 September at the latest. He shall also send this reply to the Management Board.

9. The Director shall submit to the European Parliament, at the latter's request, any information required for the smooth application of the discharge procedure for the financial year in question, as laid down in Article 146(3) of the general Financial Regulation.

10. The European Parliament, on a recommendation from the Council acting by a qualified majority, shall, before 30 April of year N + 2, give a discharge to the Director in respect of the implementation of the budget for year N.

11. The financial rules applicable to the Centre shall be adopted by the Management Board after the Commission has been consulted. They may not depart from Commission Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2343/2002 of 19 November 2002 on the framework Financial Regulation for the bodies referred to in Article 185 of Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities(9) unless specifically required for the Centre's operation and with the Commission's prior consent."

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on the first day of the month following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Luxembourg, 18 June 2003.

For the Council

The President

G. Drys

(1) OJ C 331 E, 31.12.2002, p. 73.

(2) Opinion delivered on 27.3.2003 (not yet published in the Official Journal).

(3) OJ C 285, 21.11.2002, p. 4.

(4) OJ L 151, 10.6.1997, p. 1.

(5) OJ L 248, 16.9.2002, p. 1 with Corrigendum in OJ L 25, 30.1.2003, p. 43.

(6) OJ L 145, 31.5.2001, p. 43.

(7) OJ L 145, 31.5.2001, p. 43.

(8) OJ L 245, 29.9.2003, p. 33.

(9) OJ L 357, 31.12.2002, p. 72 with Corrigendum in OJ L 2, 7.1.2003, p. 39.

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