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Document 32014R0547

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 547/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 amending Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union

OJ L 163, 29.5.2014, p. 18–21 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, GA, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 01/08/2018; Implicitly repealed by 32018R1046

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg/2014/547/oj

29.5.2014   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 163/18


REGULATION (EU, Euratom) No 547/2014 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

of 15 May 2014

amending Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union

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 Article 322 thereof,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community, and in particular Article 106a thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

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

Having regard to the opinion of the Court of Auditors (1),

Acting in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure (2),

Whereas:

(1)

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council (3) was adopted on 25 October 2012 and was accompanied by a joint statement of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreeing to revise that Regulation in order to take into account the outcome of the negotiations on the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020.

(2)

Following the adoption of Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 (4) and Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (5), and in line with the joint statement, it is necessary to amend Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 to include the carry-over rules for the Emergency Aid Reserve and for projects financed under the Connecting Europe Facility.

(3)

As regards the Emergency Aid Reserve, the corresponding appropriations are entered in Title ‘Reserves’ of the general budget of the Union. Therefore, it is necessary to amend Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 in order to provide for the carry-over to year n+1 of the appropriations placed in reserve and not used in year n.

(4)

Due to their nature, projects financed under the Connecting Europe Facility will in many cases require complex contracting procedures. Therefore, even limited delays in the completion of such projects may result in a loss of annual commitment appropriations and undermine the viability of those projects and thus of the Union’s political determination to modernise its transport, energy and telecommunications networks and infrastructure. To prevent this, Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 should allow for the carry-over to the following financial year of commitment appropriations not used by the end of each of financial years 2014, 2015 and 2016 for projects financed under the Connecting Europe Facility. The carry-over should be submitted for approval to the European Parliament and the Council.

(5)

Following the adoption of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (6), it is necessary to amend Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 in order to make decommitted appropriations available again for the purposes of the implementation of the performance reserve and the uncapped guarantee and securitisation financial instruments in favour of small and medium-sized enterprises (‘SMEs’),

HAVE ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Amendments to Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 is hereby amended as follows:

(1)

Article 13 is amended as follows:

(a)

Paragraph 2 is amended as follows:

(i)

the following point is added:

‘(c)

amounts corresponding to commitment appropriations for the Emergency Aid Reserve;’;

(ii)

the following subparagraph is added:

‘The amounts referred to in point (c) of the first subparagraph may be carried over to the next financial year only.’;

(b)

Paragraph 6 is replaced by the following:

‘6.   Without prejudice to point (c) of the first subparagraph of paragraph 2 of this Article and to Article 14, appropriations placed in reserve and appropriations for staff expenditure shall not be carried over. For the purposes of this Article, staff expenditure comprises the remuneration and allowances for members and staff of the institutions to which the Staff Regulations apply.’;

(2)

The title of Title II of Part Two is replaced by the following:

‘TITLE II

STRUCTURAL FUNDS, COHESION FUND, EUROPEAN FISHERIES FUND, EUROPEAN AGRICULTURAL FUND FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FUNDS IN THE AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY AND JUSTICE MANAGED IN SHARED MANAGEMENT AND CONNECTING EUROPE FACILITY’;

(3)

In Article 178, the following paragraph is added:

‘3.   The decommitted appropriations shall be made available again in the event of:

(a)

the decommitment of appropriations from a programme under the arrangements for the implementation of the performance reserve established in Article 20 of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (7);

(b)

the decommitment of appropriations from a programme dedicated to a specific financial instrument in favour of SMEs following the discontinuance of the participation of a Member State in the financial instrument, as referred to in the seventh subparagraph of Article 39(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013.

(7)  Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 320).’;"

(4)

The following article is inserted:

‘Article 178a

Carry-over of commitment appropriations for the Connecting Europe Facility

1.   For the financial years 2014, 2015 and 2016, commitment appropriations for projects financed under the Connecting Europe Facility established by Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (8) not yet committed at the end of the financial year may be carried over to the next financial year only.

2.   The Commission shall submit carry-over proposals in respect of the preceding financial year to the European Parliament and to the Council by 15 February of the current financial year.

3.   The European Parliament and the Council, the latter acting by qualified majority, shall deliberate upon each carry-over proposal by 31 March of the current financial year.

4.   The carry-over proposal shall be approved if, by the deadline set out in paragraph 3, any of the following occurs:

(a)

the European Parliament and the Council approve it;

(b)

either the European Parliament or the Council approves it and the other institution refrains from acting;

(c)

the European Parliament and the Council refrain from acting or do not take a decision to refuse it.

(8)  Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 establishing the Connecting Europe Facility, amending Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 and repealing Regulations (EC) No 680/2007 and (EC) No 67/2010 (OJ L 348, 20.12.2013, p. 129).’."

Article 2

Entry into force

This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day 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 Brussels, 15 May 2014.

For the European Parliament

The President

M. SCHULZ

For the Council

The President

D. KOURKOULAS


(1)  OJ C 4, 8.1.2014, p. 1.

(2)  Position of the European Parliament of 16 April 2014 (not yet published in the Official Journal) and decision of the Council of 6 May 2014.

(3)  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 and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 (OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1).

(4)  Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 of 2 December 2013 on the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884).

(5)  Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 establishing the Connecting Europe Facility, amending Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 and repealing Regulations (EC) No 680/2007 and (EC) No 67/2010 (OJ L 348, 20.12.2013, p. 129).

(6)  Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 320).


Joint statement on the separate discharge for Joint Undertakings under Article 209 of the Financial Regulation

1.

The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agree that in order for the Joint Undertakings to benefit from simplified financial rules better adapted to their public-private nature, they should be set up under Article 209 of the Financial Regulation.

However, they also agree that:

In view of the specific nature and the current status of the Joint Undertakings, and in order to ensure continuity with the 7th Framework Programme, the Joint Undertakings should continue to be subject to a separate discharge to be given by the European Parliament upon recommendation of the Council. For this reason, specific derogations from Article 209 of the Financial Regulation shall be introduced in the constituent acts of the Joint Undertakings to be set up under Horizon 2020 Programme. Those derogations will refer to the separate discharge and will include any additional necessary adaptations.

In order to allow the Joint Undertakings to benefit immediately from the simplifications introduced in the new financial framework, it is necessary that the Commission delegated regulation of 30 September 2013 on the model financial regulation for PPP bodies under Article 209 of the Financial Regulation enters into force.

2.

The European Parliament and the Council take note that the Commission:

will ensure that the financial rules of the Joint Undertakings include derogations from the Model Financial Regulation for PPP bodies to reflect the introduction of the separate discharge in their constituent acts;

intends to propose relevant modifications to Articles 209 and 60(7) of the Financial Regulation in the framework of the future revision of the Financial Regulation.


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