2009/2188(DEC)

2008 discharge: SESAR Joint Undertaking SJU

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2009/2188(DEC) 2008 discharge: SESAR Joint Undertaking SJU
RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead CONT MATHIEU Véronique (EPP)
Opinion TRAN JENSEN Anne E. (ALDE)
Lead committee dossier: CONT/7/01461
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  • 2010/09/25 Final act published in Official Journal
  • 2010/05/05 Text adopted by Parliament, single reading
    • T7-0121/2010 summary
    • Results of vote in Parliament
  • 2010/04/21 Debate in Parliament
  • 2010/03/26 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
  • 2010/03/26 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
  • 2010/03/23 Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • #2994
  • 2010/02/16 Council Meeting
  • 2010/02/02 Committee draft report
  • 2010/02/01 Document attached to the procedure
    • 05829/2010 summary
  • 2009/11/12 Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2009/10/22 Court of Auditors: opinion, report
    • N7-0013/2010 summary
    • OJ C 310 18.12.2009, p. 0001
  • 2009/07/23 Non-legislative basic document published
    • SEC(2009)1089 summary
  • 2009/07/23 Date
  • 2009/07/23 Non-legislative basic document
    • SEC(2009)1089 summary
    • DG Budget, ŠEMETA Algirdas

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3 2009/2188(DEC) 2008 discharge: SESAR Joint Undertaking SJU
2010/03/02 TRAN 1 amendments...
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      • PURPOSE: to present the final accounts of the SESAR Joint Undertaking for the year 2008.

        CONTENT: this document sets out a detailed account of the implementation of the SESAR Joint Undertaking for 2008.  It indicates that the final budget for 2007-2008 for the undertaking was EUR 1 560.21 million, with a Community contribution of 10.3 % from the 7th Research Programme.  Around 90 % of the funding from Eurocontrol and the other stakeholders will take the form of in-kind contributions.

        To recall, the SESAR Joint Undertaking was established in February 2007 in order to manage the activities of the SESAR (Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research) project.

        The SESAR project aims to modernise air traffic management (ATM) in Europe and is divided into three phases:

        • 'Definition phase' started in 2005 and led by the European Organisation for Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol), with co-financing from the Community budget through the Trans European Network - Transport programme. The outcome is the European ATM Master Plan, which defines the content, the development and deployment plans of the next generation of ATM systems;
        • 'Development phase' (2008-2013) managed by the SESAR Joint Undertaking (see also the Table) and leading to the production of new technological systems, components and operational procedures as defined in the European ATM Master Plan;
        • 'Deployment phase' (2014-2020) to be led by industry and stakeholders, for the large-scale production and implementation of the new air traffic management infrastructure.

        The Joint Undertaking is designed as a public-private partnership. The founding members are the European Community represented by the European Commission, and Eurocontrol represented by its Agency. Following a call for expressions of interest, 15 public and private enterprises from the air navigation industry are candidate members of the Joint Undertaking. These include air navigation service providers, ground and aerospace manufacturing industry, aircraft manufacturers, airport authorities and airborne equipment manufacturers.

        The SESAR JU started to work autonomously on 10 August 2007.

        In terms of staff, the joint undertaking, whose is in Brussels, has 23 posts in the establishment plan, of which 14 are occupied with 8 staff seconded from the Joint Undertaking members as part of their in-kind contribution. They are assigned to assigned operational tasks, administrative and support tasks, and mixed tasks.

        During the year 2007-2008, the joint undertaking mainly carried out the following activities:

        • establishment of the SESAR Joint Undertaking structure including staff recruitment, procedures preparation, policies and processes definition;
        • re-design of the Joint Undertaking structure in order to align it with the new JTIs' legal model;
        • preparation, negotiation, discussion and launch of the membership process involving 15 candidate members for the realisation of around 300 projects framed in 16 Work Packages;
        • preparation and initial establishment of the Work Programme Management structure;
        • establishment of the framework for international cooperation;
        • launch of operational activities (Industrial Support contract, AIRE initiative);
        • launch of communication activities;
        • launch of 16 procurement procedures for different administrative, technical and operational activities.
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      • PURPOSE: to present the final accounts of the SESAR Joint Undertaking for the year 2008.

        CONTENT: this document sets out a detailed account of the implementation of the SESAR Joint Undertaking for 2008.  It indicates that the final budget for 2007-2008 for the undertaking was EUR 1 560.21 million, with a Community contribution of 10.3 % from the 7th Research Programme.  Around 90 % of the funding from Eurocontrol and the other stakeholders will take the form of in-kind contributions.

        To recall, the SESAR Joint Undertaking was established in February 2007 in order to manage the activities of the SESAR (Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research) project.

        The SESAR project aims to modernise air traffic management (ATM) in Europe and is divided into three phases:

        • 'Definition phase' started in 2005 and led by the European Organisation for Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol), with co-financing from the Community budget through the Trans European Network - Transport programme. The outcome is the European ATM Master Plan, which defines the content, the development and deployment plans of the next generation of ATM systems;
        • 'Development phase' (2008-2013) managed by the SESAR Joint Undertaking (see also the Table) and leading to the production of new technological systems, components and operational procedures as defined in the European ATM Master Plan;
        • 'Deployment phase' (2014-2020) to be led by industry and stakeholders, for the large-scale production and implementation of the new air traffic management infrastructure.

        The Joint Undertaking is designed as a public-private partnership. The founding members are the European Community represented by the European Commission, and Eurocontrol represented by its Agency. Following a call for expressions of interest, 15 public and private enterprises from the air navigation industry are candidate members of the Joint Undertaking. These include air navigation service providers, ground and aerospace manufacturing industry, aircraft manufacturers, airport authorities and airborne equipment manufacturers.

        The SESAR JU started to work autonomously on 10 August 2007.

        In terms of staff, the joint undertaking, whose is in Brussels, has 23 posts in the establishment plan, of which 14 are occupied with 8 staff seconded from the Joint Undertaking members as part of their in-kind contribution. They are assigned to assigned operational tasks, administrative and support tasks, and mixed tasks.

        During the year 2007-2008, the joint undertaking mainly carried out the following activities:

        • establishment of the SESAR Joint Undertaking structure including staff recruitment, procedures preparation, policies and processes definition;
        • re-design of the Joint Undertaking structure in order to align it with the new JTIs' legal model;
        • preparation, negotiation, discussion and launch of the membership process involving 15 candidate members for the realisation of around 300 projects framed in 16 Work Packages;
        • preparation and initial establishment of the Work Programme Management structure;
        • establishment of the framework for international cooperation;
        • launch of operational activities (Industrial Support contract, AIRE initiative);
        • launch of communication activities;
        • launch of 16 procurement procedures for different administrative, technical and operational activities.
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      • Based on the observations contained in the revenue and expenditure account and the balance sheet of the SESAR Joint Undertaking for the financial year 2008, as well as on the Court of Auditor's report and the Joint Undertaking's replies to the Court's observations, the Council recommends that the Parliament grant the Director of the SESAR Joint Undertaking in respect of the implementation of the budget for the financial year 2008.

        The Council welcomes the Court's opinion that, on the one hand, the Joint Undertaking's annual accounts present fairly, in all material aspects, the financial position as at 31 December 2008 and the results of operations and cash-flows for the year then ended, in accordance with the provisions of the Joint Undertaking's Financial Regulation, and that, on the other hand, the underlying transactions for the financial year ended on 31 December 2008 are, in all material respects, legal and regular.

        However, the Council considers that observations made in the Court of Auditor's report call for a certain number of observations to be taken into account when granting discharge, particularly on the following points:

        • respect of budgetary and financial principles in force: while taking into account that the Joint Undertaking is recently established and that it started to work autonomously on 10 August 2007, the Council calls on the Joint Undertaking to comply with the financial provisions in force and with the budgetary principles of annuality and equilibrium. Due attention should also be paid to presenting budgets that can be implemented, thus avoiding underspend, and to the timely adoption of establishment plans. The Joint Undertaking should complete its Financial Regulation, in particular regarding the provisions related to the implementation of the budget and presentation of the accounts, to procurement procedures and to the internal audit function, in order to be in line with the framework Financial Regulation for Community bodies. The Joint Undertaking should also adopt relevant implementing rules for its Financial Regulation;
        • deficiencies in the internal control systems: the Council notes with concern the Court's findings on the various deficiencies of the internal control systems, and calls on the Joint Undertaking to remedy these shortcomings without delays;
        • accounting policy: the Joint Undertaking should also develop an accounting policy in respect of assets resulting from the development phase of SESAR;
        • annual activity report: due attention should be paid to the content and timely adoption of the Annual Activity Report of the Joint Undertaking, in line with the Court's observations.
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    • The Committee on Budgetary Control adopted the report by Véronique MATHIEU (EPP, FR) on discharge to be granted to the SESAR Joint Undertaking, calling on the European Parliament to grant the Executive Director of the Undertaking discharge in respect of the implementation of its budget for the financial year 2008.

      Noting that the Agency's annual accounts for the financial year 2008 are reliable, and the underlying transactions are legal and regular, MEPs approve the closure of the Undertaking's accounts. However, they make a number of recommendations that need to be taken into account when the discharge is granted, in addition to the general recommendations that appear in the draft resolution on financial management and control of EU agencies (see 2010/2007(INI):

      • failure to respect the budgetary principle of annuality: Members note that in April 2008 the Joint Undertaking's Administrative Board adopted the final budget covering the period August 2007 - December 2008, and that that decision was at odds with the annuality principle;
      • implementation of the budget: they state that the final budget adopted by the Joint Undertaking's Administrative Board in April 2008 proved to be highly unrealistic, as is illustrated by commitment and payment appropriations take-up rates of 1% and 17% respectively. They regret that, in a number of instances, transaction controls did not operate correctly and that adequate internal controls for contracts and procurement had not been established;
      • recognition of assets: in contrast to very low utilisation rates, the Joint Undertaking had considerable sums in deposits in bank accounts at the year end thus breaching the principle of budgetary equilibrium. Members expressly recommend that the Joint Undertaking formulate a more appropriate accounting policy;
      • SESAR Financial Regulation: Members welcome the Court of Auditors' intention to deliver an opinion on the Financial Regulation. They stress the importance of that regulation being in line with the framework Financial Regulation for Community bodies and the need to adopt implementing rules for its Financial Regulation;
      • internal control systems: Members call on the Joint Undertaking also to establish without delay appropriate internal control systems in connection with public procurement. They conclude from the annual closure of accounts and the amount of interest payments that the Joint Undertaking maintains high cash reserves over long periods (as of 31 December 2008 the Joint Undertaking's cash reserves amounted to EUR 116 007 569).
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    • PURPOSE: to grant discharge to the SESAR Joint Undertaking for the financial year 2008.

      LEGISLATIVE ACT: Decision 2010/554/EU of the European Parliament on the discharge for the implementation of the budget of the SESAR Joint Undertaking for the financial year 2008.

      CONTENT: with the present decision, the European Parliament grants discharge to the Executive Director of the Joint Undertaking for the implementation of its budget for the financial year 2008.

      This decision is in line with the European Parliament's resolution adopted on 5 May 2010 and comprises a series of observations that form an integral part of the discharge decision (please refer to the summary of the opinion of 05/05/2010).

      A parallel decision, adopted on the same day, approves the closure of this Agency's accounts.

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