2010/2180(DEC)

2009 discharge: European Railway Agency ERA

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2010/2180(DEC) 2009 discharge: European Railway Agency ERA
RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead CONT STAVRAKAKIS Georgios (S&D) MACOVEI Monica Luisa (EPP), GERBRANDY Gerben-Jan (ALDE), STAES Bart (Verts/ALE), SØNDERGAARD Søren Bo (GUE/NGL)
Opinion TRAN UGGIAS Giommaria (ALDE)
Lead committee dossier: CONT/7/04059
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  • 2011/09/27 Final act published in Official Journal
  • 2011/05/10 Text adopted by Parliament, single reading
    • T7-0176/2011 summary
    • Results of vote in Parliament
  • 2011/04/06 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
  • 2011/04/06 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
  • 2011/03/21 Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2011/03/08 Deadline Amendments
  • 2011/02/01 Committee draft report
  • 2010/10/07 Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2010/09/16 Court of Auditors: opinion, report
    • N7-0018/2011 summary
    • OJ C 338 14.12.2010, p. 0103
  • 2010/07/20 Non-legislative basic document published
    • SEC(2010)0963 summary
  • 2010/07/20 Date
  • 2010/07/20 Non-legislative basic document
    • SEC(2010)0963 summary
    • DG Budget, ŠEMETA Algirdas

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7 2010/2180(DEC) 2009 discharge: European Railway Agency ERA
2011/02/02 TRAN 7 amendments...
source: PE-456.835

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      • PURPOSE: presentation by the Commission of the consolidated annual accounts of the European Union for the financial year 2009, as part of the 2009 discharge procedure.

        Analysis of the accounts of the European Railway Agency (ERA)

        CONTENT: this Commission document sets out the consolidated annual accounts of the European Union for the financial year 2009 as prepared on the basis of the information presented by the institutions, organisations and bodies of the EU, in accordance with Article 129 (2) of the Financial Regulation applicable to the EU's General Budget, including the European Railway Agency (ERA).

        In 2009, the tasks and budget of this agency were as follows:

        • description of ERA's tasks: ERA, which is located in Lille-Valenciennes, was created by Regulation (EC) No 881/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004. The Agency's aim is to enhance the level of interoperability of railway systems and to develop a common approach to safety in order to contribute to creating a more competitive European railway sector with a high level of safety;
        • ERA's budget for the 2009 financial year: the Agency's 2009 budget amounted to EUR 21 million, compared with EUR 18 million the previous year. The number of staff employed by the Agency at the end of the year was 127, compared with 113 the previous year.

        The complete version of ERA's final accounts may be found at the following address: http://www.era.europa.eu

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      • PURPOSE: presentation by the Commission of the consolidated annual accounts of the European Union for the financial year 2009, as part of the 2009 discharge procedure.

        Analysis of the accounts of the European Railway Agency (ERA)

        CONTENT: this Commission document sets out the consolidated annual accounts of the European Union for the financial year 2009 as prepared on the basis of the information presented by the institutions, organisations and bodies of the EU, in accordance with Article 129 (2) of the Financial Regulation applicable to the EU's General Budget, including the European Railway Agency (ERA).

        In 2009, the tasks and budget of this agency were as follows:

        • description of ERA's tasks: ERA, which is located in Lille-Valenciennes, was created by Regulation (EC) No 881/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004. The Agency's aim is to enhance the level of interoperability of railway systems and to develop a common approach to safety in order to contribute to creating a more competitive European railway sector with a high level of safety;
        • ERA's budget for the 2009 financial year: the Agency's 2009 budget amounted to EUR 21 million, compared with EUR 18 million the previous year. The number of staff employed by the Agency at the end of the year was 127, compared with 113 the previous year.

        The complete version of ERA's final accounts may be found at the following address: http://www.era.europa.eu

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    • The Committee on Budgetary Control adopted the report by Georgios STAVRAKAKIS (S&D, EL) on discharge to be granted to the Executive Director of the European Railway Agency for implementation of the Agency's budget for the financial year 2009.

      Noting that the Agency's annual accounts for the financial year 2009 are reliable, and the underlying transactions are legal and regular, MEPs approve the closure of the Agency'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 DEC/2010/2271):

      • performance: Members consider, once again, that the fact that the Agency carries out its activities at two locations (Valenciennes and Lille) exposes it to additional costs. Given that this situation, has persisted since 2006, they call on the Agency to set out a comparison of operations carried out during the year for which discharge is to be granted and in the previous financial year, so as to enable the discharge authority to assess the Agency's performance from one year to the next more effectively;
      • carryover of appropriations: Members regret that the Agency has yet again failed to address the problem of appropriations being carried forward from one year to the next. They consider the carryover of 41% of Title II credits (property, data processing and other administrative costs) and 61% of Title III (operational expenditure) to represent a serious breach of the budgetary principle of annuality and to demonstrate delays in the implementation of the Agency's activities. They call on the Agency to deal with this issue as well as for an improvement in the situation as cancellations and delays in procurement procedures (given that this situation has also persisted since 2006);
      • shortcomings in the management of the fixed assets: Members regret the shortcomings in the management of the fixed assets' inventory identified by the Court of Auditors but note the Agency's assurance that this will be remedied. They consider that uncertainty about the location of fixed assets is another illustration of the problems and additional costs arising from using two sites;
      • human resources: Members note that the Agency's Annual Activity Report (AAR) provides only limited information on the planning, allocation and use of human resources and considers that this deficiency could affect the stakeholders' view on the Agency's use of its staff. They also note that the Agency does not have a consolidated manual on different rules, instructions and guidelines governing staff recruitment. They stress that this deficiency could lead to differences in the processing and managing of individual recruitments and thus compromising the principle of equal treatment of candidates;
      • internal audit: Members express their disappointment for not having been informed about the content of the recommendations made by the Internal Audit Service (IAS) and calls on the Agency to urgently to pass on this information in the future. They welcome the Agency's initiative of having set up an Internal Audit Capability (IAC) that is dedicated to providing support and advice to its Executive Director and management on internal control, risk assessment and internal audit.
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    • PURPOSE: to grant discharge to the European Railway Agency in respect of the implementation of the Agency's budget for the financial year 2009.

      NON-LEGISLATIVE ACT: Decision 2011/590/EU of the European Parliament on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European Railway Agency for the financial year 2009.

      CONTENT: with the present decision, the European Parliament grants discharge to the Director of the European Railway Agency for the implementation of its budget for the financial year 2009.

      This decision is in line with the European Parliament's resolution adopted on 10 May 2011 and comprises a series of observations that form an integral part of the discharge decision (please refer to the summary of the opinion of 10/05/2011).

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

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