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DRAFT AMENDING BUDGET No 5 TO THE GENERAL BUDGET 2018 Cancellation of the reserve related to the support to Turkey from the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA II), reinforcement of the European Neirbourhood Instrument (ENI) and of the Humanitarian Aid for orther urgent actions and modification of the establishment plan of the Innovation & Networks Executive Agency (INEA) in the context of the WiFi4EU initiative

COM/2018/537 final

Brussels, 10.7.2018

COM(2018) 537 final

DRAFT AMENDING BUDGET No 5
TO THE GENERAL BUDGET 2018

Cancellation of the reserve related to the support to Turkey from the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA II), reinforcement of the European Neirbourhood Instrument (ENI) and of the Humanitarian Aid for orther urgent actions and modification of the establishment plan of the Innovation & Networks Executive Agency (INEA) in the context of the WiFi4EU initiative


Having regard to:

the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 314 thereof, in conjunction with the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community, and in particular Article 106a thereof,

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union 1 , and in particular Article 41 thereof,

the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2018, as adopted on 30 November 2017 2 ,

the amending budget No°1/2018 3 , adopted on 30 May 2018,

the amending budget No°2/2018 4 , adopted on 4 July 2018,

the amending budget No 3/2018 5 , adopted on 4 July 2018,

the draft amending budget No 4/2018 6 , adopted on 31 May 2018.

The European Commission hereby presents draft amending budget No 5 to the general budget 2018 to the European Parliament and to the Council.

CHANGES TO THE STATEMENT OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE BY SECTION

The changes to the statement of revenue and expenditure by section are available on EUR-Lex ( http://eur-lex.europa.eu/budget/www/index-en.htm ). An English version of the changes to this statement is attached for information as a budgetary annex.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.    Introduction    

2.    Cancellation of the reserve related to the support to Turkey from the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA II)    

3.    Reinforcement of the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) in commitment appropriations    

4.    Reinforcement of Humanitarian Aid in payment appropriations    

5.    WiFi4eu Initiative - Reinforcement of the establishment plan of the Innovation & Networks Executive Agency (INEA)    

6.    Summary table by MFF heading    

1.Introduction

The purpose of Draft Amending Budget (DAB) No 5 for the year 2018 is the following:

-To cancel, both in commitment and payment appropriations, the reserve related to the support to Turkey from the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA II) as the condition set by the European Parliament and the Council for its lifting has not been met.

-To reinforce, in commitment appropriations, the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) to fund additional actions linked to the Central Mediterranean migratory route and to fulfil part of the pledge made at the 24-25 April 2018 Brussels II conference "Supporting the future of Syria and the region".

-To reinforce, in payment appropriations, the Humanitarian Aid to cover the needs in pre-financing payments as a result of the reinforcements in commitment appropriations, decided at the end of 2017, from the Emergency Aid Reserve and as part of the Year-end transfer.

-To modify the establishment plan of the Innovation & Networks Executive Agency (INEA) in the context of the WiFi4EU initiative.

Overall this amending budget is neutral.

2.    Cancellation of the reserve related to the support to Turkey from the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA II)

In the context of the budgetary procedure 2018, the European Parliament and the Council decided to place in reserve EUR 70 million in commitment appropriations and EUR 35 million in payment appropriations on the budget item 22 02 03 01 Support for political reforms and related progressive alignment with the Union acquis. This budget line relates to the support to Turkey from the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA II).

The condition set to release these amounts reads as follows : "(…) when Turkey makes measurable sufficient improvements in the fields of rule of law, democracy, human rights and press freedom, according to the annual report of the Commission".

The Commission's annual report on Turkey, published on 17 April 2018 7 , is unequivocal in its findings that there have been no measurable improvements and that, rather, Turkey continues to move further away from Europe, especially with regard to the continued under-performance on the rule of law, democracy and human rights. The ongoing state of emergency declared in the wake of the attempted coup of 15 July 2016 and the scope of actions taken under it have led to a severe curtailment of civil and political rights including freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. The independence of the judiciary and the right to a fair trial have been widely undermined while civil society has been under increasing pressure. Since the introduction of the state of emergency, over 150,000 people have been taken into custody including over 150 journalists.

Since the publication of the annual report, there has been no reversal of the trends mentioned above.

The condition set by the European Parliament and the Council has therefore not been met and it is consequently proposed to cancel fully the related amounts in reserve, both in commitment and payment appropriations, as well as the related budget remarks, and increase the European Neighborhood instrument (ENI) and Humanitarian Aid instead.



in EUR

Budget line

Name

Commitment appropriations

Payment appropriations

40 02 41

Differentiated appropriations (Reserve for budget item 22 02 03 01 – Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance – Turkey Support for political reforms and related progressive alignment with the Union acquis)

-70 000 000

-35 000 000

Total    

-70 000 000

-35 000 000

3.    Reinforcement of the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) in commitment appropriations

The Commission proposes to reinforce the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) with EUR 70 million in commitment appropriations in order to fund additional urgent actions linked to the Central Mediterranean migratory route and to fulfil part of the pledge made at the 24-25 April 2018 Brussels II conference "Supporting the future of Syria and the region". To this end the funds will be channelled to the North Africa window of the EU Trust Fund Africa and to the Madad EU Trust Fund (for Syria).

EUR 28 million would be transferred to the EUTF Africa's North Africa window in order to contribute to closing the financing gap of EUR 225 million identified for 2018-2019 and confirmed in the last two progress reports on the Implementation of the European Agenda on Migration 8 . In the case of Libya the additional funding will mainly relate to the voluntary return of vulnerable stranded migrants. In addition, and despite an overall decrease of illegal border crossing in 2018, movements from Morocco and Tunisia towards Europe are increasing and call for renewed support to the root causes of irregular migration in Tunisia and to the effective implementation of the integration strategy of Morocco.

EUR 42 million would be transferred to the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the 'Madad EU Trust Fund' in order to finance part of a package of actions for Syrian refugees in Jordan related to social protection, higher education, livelihoods and health, to be adopted by the Operational Board of the Trust Fund in December 2018.

No additional payment appropriations are needed in 2018 for these actions.

in EUR

Budget line

Name

Commitment appropriations

Payment appropriations

22 04 01 03

Mediterranean countries — Confidence building, security and the prevention and settlement of conflicts

70 000 000

-

Total    

70 000 000

0

4.Reinforcement of Humanitarian Aid in payment appropriations

The Commission proposes to reinforce Humanitarian Aid with EUR 35 million in payment appropriations to meet payment needs triggered by the budgetary reinforcements in commitment appropriations at the end of 2017:

·EUR 102 million from the Emergency Aid Reserve and other redeployments; and

·EUR 22,8 million through the year-end transfer for Humanitarian aid in accordance with Article 26(2) of the Financial Regulation.

These reinforcements did not include the corresponding payment appropriations since only part of the contracting was done in 2017 and could be covered by the existing payment appropriations in 2017. Since the remaining contracts are being signed in 2018 and because the current level of payment appropriations in the budget 2018 is not sufficient to cover the related pre-financing payments, additional payment appropriations are needed.

It is therefore proposed to add EUR 35 million in payment appropriations to the budget article 23 02 01 Delivery of rapid, effective and needs-based humanitarian aid and food assistance.

in EUR

Budget line

Name

Commitment appropriations

Payment appropriations

23 02 01

Delivery of rapid, effective and needs-based humanitarian aid and food assistance

-

35 000 000

Total    

0

35 000 000

5.WiFi4eu Initiative - Reinforcement of the establishment plan of the Innovation & Networks Executive Agency (INEA)

The WiFi4EU initiative aims to promote internet connectivity in local communities 9 . It takes the form of a voucher scheme the objective of which is to provide, free of charge and without discriminatory conditions, high-quality Internet access to residents and visitors in the centres of local public life. Public sector bodies – and more specifically municipalities – will thus be empowered to install public Wi-Fi hotspots in indoor or outdoor public spaces, such as town hall, public libraries, town squares, museums and health centres in about 6,000 to 8,000 communities across Europe by 2020. It will also facilitate these local communities' access to online services, such as e-Health, e-Government, e-Tourism, etc., and it will eventually offer a roaming service between WiFi4EU hotspots for end-users.

Further to Commission Decision C(2018)1281 of 27 February 2018 delegating the implementation of the initiative to the Innovation & Networks Executive Agency (INEA), the agency should dispose of an adequate level of human resources to carry out the new tasks. As foreseen in the cost benefit analysis and indicated 10 in the financial statement attached to the Decision, the 2018 establishment plan of the Agency needs to be amended to add one post of temporary agent at grade AD7.

This amendment, increasing the total number of posts of INEA from 71 to 72, can be financed within the Agency's budget for this year. Consequently, a reinforcement of the EU subsidy to this executive agency is not required.

The updated establishment plan is set out in the budgetary annex.



6.Summary table by MFF heading

Heading

Budget 2018

Draft Amending Budget 5/2018

Budget 2018

(incl. AB 1-3 & DAB 4/2018)

(incl. AB 1-3 & DAB 4-5/2018)

CA

PA

CA

PA

CA

PA

1.

Smart and inclusive growth

77 533 697 652

66 624 486 101

77 533 697 652

66 624 486 101

Of which under global margin for commitments

1 113 697 652

 

 

1 113 697 652

 

Ceiling

76 420 000 000

 

 

76 420 000 000

 

Margin

 

 

 

 

1a

Competitiveness for growth and jobs

22 001 452 724

20 097 167 844

 

 

22 001 452 724

20 097 167 844

Of which under global margin for commitments

762 452 724

 

 

 

762 452 724

 

Ceiling

21 239 000 000

 

 

 

21 239 000 000

 

Margin

 

 

 

 

1b

Economic  social and territorial cohesion

55 532 244 928

46 527 318 257

 

 

55 532 244 928

46 527 318 257

Of which under global margin for commitments

351 244 928

 

 

 

351 244 928

 

Ceiling

55 181 000 000

 

 

 

55 181 000 000

 

Margin

 

 

 

 

2.

Sustainable growth: natural resources

59 285 323 122

56 083 793 633

 

 

59 285 323 122

56 083 793 633

Ceiling

60 267 000 000

 

 

 

60 267 000 000

 

Margin

981 676 878

 

 

 

981 676 878

 

Of which: European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) — Market related expenditure and direct payments

43 234 516 899

43 188 677 466

 

 

43 234 516 899

43 188 677 466

Sub-ceiling

44 163 000 000

 

 

 

44 163 000 000

 

EAGF Margin

927 833 101

 

 

 

927 833 101

 

3.

Security and citizenship

3 493 241 199

2 980 707 175

 

 

3 493 241 199

2 980 707 175

Of which under Flexibility Instrument

837 241 199

 

 

 

837 241 199

 

Ceiling

2 656 000 000

 

 

 

2 656 000 000

 

Margin

 

 

 

 

4.

Global Europe

10 068 842 411

8 906 075 154

10 068 842 411

8 906 075 154

Of which under global margin for commitments

243 842 411

 

 

 

243 842 411

 

Ceiling

9 825 000 000

 

 

 

9 825 000 000

 

Margin

 

 

 

 

5.

Administration

9 665 513 627

9 666 318 627

 

 

9 665 513 627

9 666 318 627

Ceiling

10 346 000 000

 

 

 

10 346 000 000

 

Of which offset against Contingency margin

- 318 000 000

 

 

 

- 318 000 000

Margin

362 486 373

 

 

 

362 486 373

 

Of which: Administrative expenditure of the institutions

7 579 920 627

7 580 725 627

 

 

7 579 920 627

7 580 725 627

Sub-ceiling

8 360 000 000

 

 

 

8 360 000 000

 

Of which offset against Contingency margin

- 318 000 000

 

 

 

- 318 000 000

Margin

462 079 373

 

 

 

462 079 373

 

Total

160 046 618 011

144 261 380 690

160 046 618 011

144 261 380 690

Of which under Flexibility Instrument

837 241 199

678 340 197

 

837 241 199

678 340 197

Of which under global margin for commitments

1 357 540 063

 

 

1 357 540 063

 

Ceiling

159 514 000 000

154 565 000 000

 

159 514 000 000

154 565 000 000

Of which offset against Contingency margin

- 318 000 000

 

 

- 318 000 000

Margin

1 344 163 251

10 981 959 507

 

 

1 344 163 251

10 981 959 507

 

Other special Instruments

698 540 311

551 238 311

 

 

698 540 311

551 238 311

Grand Total

160 745 158 322

144 812 619 001

160 745 158 322

144 812 619 001

(1)      OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.
(2)      OJ L 57, 28.2.2018, p. 1.
(3)      OJ L XXX, XX.XX.2018.
(4)      OJ L XXX, XX.XX.2018 [COM(2018) 227].
(5)      OJ L XXX, XX.XX.2018 [COM(2018) 310].
(6)      COM(2018) 361.
(7)      COM(2018) 450, SWD(2018) 153.
(8)    COM(2018) 250, 14.3.2018 and COM(2018) 301, 16.5.2018.
(9)      Regulation (EU) 2017/1953 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2017 amending Regulations (EU) No 1316/2013 and (EU) No 283/2014 as regards the promotion of internet connectivity in local communities.
(10)      The delegation was accepted by the Director of the Agency as of 1st May 2018.
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