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Decision No 258/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 March 2013 amending Decisions No 573/2007/EC and No 575/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Council Decision 2007/435/EC with a view to increasing the co-financing rate of the European Refugee Fund, the European Return Fund and the European Fund for the Integration of third-country nationals as regards certain provisions relating to financial management for certain Member States experiencing or threatened with serious difficulties with respect to their financial stability

OJ L 82, 22.3.2013, p. 1–5 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)
Special edition in Croatian: Chapter 01 Volume 009 P. 300 - 304

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 31/12/2013; Repealed by 32014R0516

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2013/258(1)/oj

22.3.2013   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 82/1


DECISION No 258/2013/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

of 13 March 2013

amending Decisions No 573/2007/EC and No 575/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Council Decision 2007/435/EC with a view to increasing the co-financing rate of the European Refugee Fund, the European Return Fund and the European Fund for the Integration of third-country nationals as regards certain provisions relating to financial management for certain Member States experiencing or threatened with serious difficulties with respect to their financial stability

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Articles 78(2) and Article 79(2) and (4) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

After transmission of the draft legislative act to the national parliaments,

Acting in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure (1),

Whereas:

(1)

Decision No 573/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (2) established the European Refugee Fund, Decision No 575/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (3) established the European Return Fund and Council Decision 2007/435/EC (4) established the European Fund for the Integration of third-country nationals, as part of the General programme ‘Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows’. Those Decisions provide for different Union co-financing rates for actions supported by the Funds.

(2)

The unprecedented global financial crisis and economic downturn have seriously damaged economic growth and financial stability, provoking a marked deterioration in financial, economic and social conditions in several Member States. Some Member States are experiencing serious difficulties or are threatened with such difficulties, particularly with respect to their financial and economic stability, which has led or may lead to deterioration in their deficit and debt positions and threaten economic growth, and are heightened by the international economic and financial environment.

(3)

While important actions to counterbalance the negative effects of the crisis have already been taken, the impact of the financial crisis on the real economy, the labour market and society at large is being widely felt. Pressure on national financial resources is increasing and further steps should be taken rapidly to alleviate that pressure through the maximal and optimal use of Union funding.

(4)

Council Regulation (EC) No 332/2002 of 18 February 2002 establishing a facility providing medium-term financial assistance for Member States’ balances of payments (5) provides that the Council may grant medium-term financial assistance where a Member State which has not adopted the euro is in difficulties or is seriously threatened with difficulties as regards its balance of payments.

(5)

Romania was granted such financial assistance by Council Decision 2009/459/EC of 6 May 2009 providing Community medium-term financial assistance for Romania (6).

(6)

In accordance with the conclusions of the Ecofin Council of 9-10 May 2010, the Council adopted a comprehensive package of measures, including Council Regulation (EU) No 407/2010 of 11 May 2010 establishing a European financial stabilisation mechanism (7), and, on 7 June 2010, a European Financial Stability Facility was established by the euro-area Member States, in order to provide financial support to euro-area Member States in difficulties caused by exceptional circumstances beyond their control, thereby safeguarding the financial stability of the euro area as a whole as well as of its Member States.

(7)

Ireland and Portugal were granted financial assistance by the European financial stabilisation mechanism under Council Implementing Decisions 2011/77/EU (8) and 2011/344/EU (9) respectively. They have also received funds from the European Financial Stability Facility.

(8)

On 8 May 2010, an Intercreditor Agreement and a Loan Facility Agreement for Greece were concluded and entered into force on 11 May 2010 as a first programme of financial assistance for Greece. On 12 March 2012, the finance ministers of the euro-area Member States interrupted that first programme and approved a second programme of financial assistance for Greece. It was decided that the financial vehicle for that second programme would be the European Financial Stability Facility, which would also disburse the remaining amount to be contributed by the euro area under the first programme.

(9)

On 2 February 2012, the finance ministers of the euro-area Member States signed the Treaty establishing the European Stability Mechanism. That Treaty follows European Council Decision 2011/199/EU of 25 March 2011 amending Article 136 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union with regard to a stability mechanism for Member States whose currency is the euro (10). Under that Treaty, the European Stability Mechanism is the primary provider of financial assistance to euro-area Member States from its entry into force on 8 October 2012. Therefore, this Decision should take the European Stability Mechanism into account.

(10)

In its conclusions of 23 and 24 June 2011, the European Council welcomed the Commission’s intention to enhance the synergies between the loan programme for Greece and Union funds and supported efforts to increase Greece’s capacity to absorb Union funds in order to stimulate growth and employment by refocusing on improving competitiveness and job creation. Moreover, it welcomed and supported the preparation by the Commission, together with the Member States, of a comprehensive programme of technical assistance to Greece. The amendments to Decisions No 573/2007/EC and No 575/2007/EC and Decision 2007/435/EC provided for in this Decision contribute to such efforts to enhance synergies.

(11)

In view of the exceptional circumstances, Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 of 11 July 2006 laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund (11) was amended by Regulation (EU) No 1311/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council (12) to allow for an increase in the co-financing rate applied under the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund for Member States which are facing serious difficulties with respect to their financial stability. A similar approach was adopted towards those Member States in the framework of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development under Regulation (EU) No 1312/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 December 2011 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 as regards certain provisions relating to financial management for certain Member States experiencing or threatened with serious difficulties with respect to their financial stability (13) and in the framework of the European Fisheries Fund under Regulation (EU) No 387/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 April 2012 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1198/2006 on the European Fisheries Fund, as regards certain provisions relating to financial management for certain Member States experiencing or threatened with serious difficulties with respect to their financial stability (14). Those Member States should also be supported in the framework of the four Funds established as part of the General Programme on ‘Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows’, namely the External Borders Fund, the European Return Fund, the European Refugee Fund and the European Fund for the Integration of third-country nationals (‘the Funds’) established for the period 2007 to 2013.

(12)

The Funds are key tools for helping Member States to address important challenges in the area of migration, asylum and external borders, such as the development of a comprehensive Union immigration policy to enhance the competitiveness and social cohesion of the Union and the creation of the Common European Asylum System.

(13)

To make it easier to manage Union funding in the area of migration, asylum and external borders and to improve the availability of such funding for the Member States to implement their annual programmes under the Funds, it is necessary, on a temporary basis and without prejudice to the 2014 to 2020 programming period, to arrange for an increase in the Union co-financing rate under the Funds, by an amount corresponding to 20 percentage points above the co-financing rates currently applicable, for Member States experiencing serious difficulties with respect to their financial stability. This means that the Funds’ annual national allocation in accordance with the basic acts will remain unchanged while national co-financing will be reduced accordingly. Ongoing annual programmes will need to be revised to reflect the changes resulting from the application of the increased Union co-financing rate.

(14)

Any Member State seeking to benefit from the increased co-financing rate should provide the Commission with a written statement together with its draft annual programme or draft revised annual programme. In its statement, the Member State concerned should provide a reference to the relevant Council Decision or to any other relevant decision that makes it eligible to benefit from the increased Union co-financing rate.

(15)

The unprecedented crisis affecting international financial markets and the economic downturn have seriously damaged the financial stability of several Member States. As a rapid response is necessary to counter the effects on the economy as a whole, this Decision should enter into force as soon as possible.

(16)

Decisions No 573/2007/EC and No 575/2007/EC and Decision 2007/435/EC should therefore be amended accordingly.

(17)

In accordance with Article 3 of Protocol No 21 on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland in respect of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, annexed to the Treaty on European Union and to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, those Member States have notified their wish to take part in the adoption and application of this Decision.

(18)

In accordance with Articles 1 and 2 of Protocol No 22 on the position of Denmark, annexed to the Treaty on European Union and to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, Denmark is not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and is not bound by it or subject to its application,

HAVE ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

Amendments to Decision No 573/2007/EC

Decision No 573/2007/EC is amended as follows:

(1)

in Article 14, paragraph 4 is replaced by the following:

‘4.   The Union contribution to supported projects, as regards actions implemented in the Member States under Article 3, shall not exceed 50 % of the total cost of a specific action.

This may be increased to 75 % for projects addressing specific priorities identified in the strategic guidelines referred to in Article 17.

The Union contribution shall be increased to 75 % in the Member States covered by the Cohesion Fund.

The Union contribution may be increased by 20 percentage points in a Member State provided that it meets one of the following conditions at the time of submission of its draft annual programme in accordance with Article 20(3) of this Decision or of its draft revised annual programme in accordance with Article 23 of Commission Decision 2008/22/EC (15):

(a)

medium-term financial assistance is made available to it in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 332/2002 (16);

(b)

financial assistance is made available to it in accordance with Council Regulation (EU) No 407/2010 (17) or financial assistance is made available to it by other euro-area Member States before 13 May 2010; or

(c)

financial assistance is made available to it in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement establishing the European Financial Stability Facility or the Treaty establishing the European Stability Mechanism.

The Member State concerned shall submit a written statement to the Commission together with its draft annual programme or draft revised annual programme confirming that it meets one of the conditions referred to in point (a), (b) or (c) of the fourth subparagraph.

A project co-financed at the increased rate may remain so whether or not one of the conditions referred to in point (a), (b) or (c) of the fourth subparagraph is still met in the course of the implementation of the related annual programme.

(2)

in Article 21, paragraph 3 is replaced by the following:

‘3.   Financial assistance from the Fund for the emergency measures provided for in Article 5 shall be limited to a period of six months and shall not exceed 80 % of the cost of each measure.

Financial assistance may be increased by 20 percentage points in a Member State provided that it meets one of the conditions referred to in point (a), (b) or (c) of the fourth subparagraph of Article 14(4) of this Decision at the time of submission of the application for emergency measures referred to in paragraph 2 of this Article or at the time of submission of its draft revised annual programme in accordance with Article 23 of Decision 2008/22/EC.

The Member State concerned shall submit a written statement to the Commission together with the application for the emergency measures or its draft revised annual programme confirming that it meets one of the conditions referred to in point (a), (b) or (c) of the fourth subparagraph of Article 14(4).

A project co-financed at the increased rate may remain so whether or not one of the conditions referred to in point (a), (b) or (c) of the fourth subparagraph of Article 14(4) is still met in the course of the implementation of the related emergency measures.’.

Article 2

Amendments to Decision No 575/2007/EC

In Article 15 of Decision No 575/2007/EC, paragraph 4 is replaced by the following:

‘4.   The Union contribution to supported projects, as regards actions implemented in the Member States under Article 3, shall not exceed 50 % of the total cost of a specific action.

This may be increased to 75 % for projects addressing specific priorities identified in the strategic guidelines referred to in Article 18.

The Union contribution shall be increased to 75 % in the Member States covered by the Cohesion Fund.

The Union contribution may be increased by 20 percentage points in a Member State provided that it meets one of the following conditions at the time of submission of its draft annual programme in accordance with Article 21(3) of this Decision or of its draft revised annual programme in accordance with Article 23 of Commission Decision 2008/458/EC (18):

(a)

medium-term financial assistance is made available to it in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 332/2002 (19);

(b)

financial assistance is made available to it in accordance with Council Regulation (EU) No 407/2010 (20) or financial assistance is made available to it by other euro-area Member States before 13 May 2010; or

(c)

financial assistance is made available to it in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement establishing the European Financial Stability Facility or the Treaty establishing the European Stability Mechanism.

The Member State concerned shall submit a written statement to the Commission together with its draft annual programme or draft revised annual programme confirming that it meets one of the conditions referred to in point (a), (b) or (c) of the fourth subparagraph.

A project co-financed at the increased rate may remain so whether or not one of the conditions referred to in point (a), (b) or (c) of the fourth subparagraph is still met in the course of the implementation of the related annual programme.

Article 3

Amendments to Decision 2007/435/EC

In Article 13 of Decision 2007/435/EC, paragraph 4 is replaced by the following:

‘4.   The Union contribution to supported projects, as regards actions implemented in the Member States under Article 4, shall not exceed 50 % of the total cost of a specific action.

This may be increased to 75 % for projects addressing specific priorities identified in the strategic guidelines as defined in Article 16.

The Union contribution shall be increased to 75 % in the Member States covered by the Cohesion Fund.

The Union contribution may be increased by 20 percentage points in a Member State provided that it meets one of the following conditions at the time of submission of its draft annual programme in accordance with Article 19(3) of this Decision or of its draft revised annual programme in accordance with Article 23 of Commission Decision 2008/457/EC (21):

(a)

medium-term financial assistance is made available to it in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 332/2002 (22);

(b)

financial assistance is made available to it in accordance with Council Regulation (EU) No 407/2010 (23) or financial assistance is made available to it by other euro-area Member States before 13 May 2010; or

(c)

financial assistance is made available to it in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement establishing the European Financial Stability Facility or the Treaty establishing the European Stability Mechanism.

The Member State concerned shall submit a written statement to the Commission together with its draft annual programme or draft revised annual programme confirming that it meets one of the conditions referred to in point (a), (b) or (c) of the fourth subparagraph.

A project co-financed at the increased rate may remain so whether or not one of the conditions referred to in point (a), (b) or (c) of the fourth subparagraph is still met in the course of the implementation of the related annual programme.

Article 4

Entry into force

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

Article 5

Addressees

This Decision is addressed to the Member States in accordance with the Treaties.

Done at Strasbourg, 13 March 2013.

For the European Parliament

The President

M. SCHULZ

For the Council

The President

L. CREIGHTON


(1)  Position of the European Parliament of 6 February 2013 (not yet published in the Official Journal) and decision of the Council of 25 February 2013.

(2)  OJ L 144, 6.6.2007, p. 1.

(3)  OJ L 144, 6.6.2007, p. 45.

(4)  OJ L 168, 28.6.2007, p. 18.

(5)  OJ L 53, 23.2.2002, p. 1.

(6)  OJ L 150, 13.6.2009, p. 8.

(7)  OJ L 118, 12.5.2010, p. 1.

(8)  OJ L 30, 4.2.2011, p. 34.

(9)  OJ L 159, 17.6.2011, p. 88.

(10)  OJ L 91, 6.4.2011, p. 1.

(11)  OJ L 210, 31.7.2006, p. 25.

(12)  OJ L 337, 20.12.2011, p. 5.

(13)  OJ L 339, 21.12.2011, p. 1.

(14)  OJ L 129, 16.5.2012, p. 7.

(15)  OJ L 7, 10.1.2008, p. 1.

(16)  OJ L 53, 23.2.2002, p. 1.

(17)  OJ L 118, 12.5.2010, p. 1.’;

(18)  OJ L 167, 27.6.2008, p. 135.

(19)  OJ L 53, 23.2.2002, p. 1.

(20)  OJ L 118, 12.5.2010, p. 1.’.

(21)  OJ L 167, 27.6.2008, p. 69.

(22)  OJ L 53, 23.2.2002, p. 1.

(23)  OJ L 118, 12.5.2010, p. 1.’.


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