2016/2152(DEC)

2015 discharge: EU general budget, European Parliament

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2016/2152(DEC) 2015 discharge: EU general budget, European Parliament
RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Opinion AFCO
Opinion AFET
Opinion AGRI
Opinion BUDG
Lead CONT DE JONG Dennis (GUE/NGL) DEUTSCH Tamás (EPP), VAUGHAN Derek (S&D), MARIAS Notis (ECR), ALI Nedzhmi (ALDE), JÁVOR Benedek (Verts/ALE), VALLI Marco (EFD), JALKH Jean-François (ENF)
Opinion CULT
Opinion DEVE
Opinion ECON
Opinion EMPL
Opinion ENVI
Opinion FEMM
Opinion IMCO
Opinion INTA
Opinion ITRE
Opinion JURI
Opinion LIBE
Opinion PECH
Opinion PETI
Opinion REGI
Opinion TRAN
Lead committee dossier: CONT/8/07194
Subjects
Links

Activites

  • 2017/04/27 Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
    • T8-0146/2017 summary
  • 2017/04/26 Debate in Parliament
  • 2017/04/03 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
    • A8-0153/2017 summary
  • 2017/03/22 Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2016/10/04 Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2016/07/11 Non-legislative basic document published
    • COM(2016)0475 summary
    • DG {u'url': u'http://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/budget_en', u'title': u'Budget'}, GEORGIEVA Kristalina

Documents

Votes

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Décision

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 490 54 4 0 0 45 0 189 153 45 0
Against 144 4 54 38 24 0 13 7 4 0 0
Abstain 9 0 2 0 5 0 1 0 1 0 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 6

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 217 6 23 36 27 45 10 6 17 47 0
Against 376 52 2 2 1 0 2 188 129 0 0
Abstain 49 0 35 0 1 0 1 0 12 0 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - § 31

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 425 53 23 37 15 33 9 93 119 43 0
Against 141 5 2 1 12 7 2 83 27 2 0
Abstain 78 1 35 0 2 5 3 19 11 2 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - § 32

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 355 12 25 35 28 7 10 187 4 47 0
Against 203 37 0 3 0 4 3 3 153 0 0
Abstain 87 10 35 0 0 34 1 4 3 0 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - § 33

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 339 10 27 21 28 9 8 189 3 44 0
Against 210 40 0 15 1 0 4 0 150 0 0
Abstain 88 9 33 0 0 35 2 4 4 1 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - § 34

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 329 8 41 36 28 8 12 190 1 5 0
Against 238 39 1 0 1 0 2 0 155 40 0
Abstain 77 12 17 2 0 37 0 5 3 1 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - § 35

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 362 6 40 35 28 8 11 187 2 45 0
Against 201 37 1 1 1 3 3 1 154 0 0
Abstain 77 16 17 2 0 34 0 4 3 1 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 50

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 110 0 25 36 28 1 11 1 1 7 0
Against 488 54 20 0 0 41 1 193 158 21 0
Abstain 46 5 15 2 0 3 0 1 1 19 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 46S

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 207 46 0 1 0 2 0 0 158 0 0
Against 400 3 42 35 29 39 12 194 0 46 0
Abstain 39 9 18 2 0 4 2 1 2 1 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 47

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 216 42 0 1 14 0 1 0 158 0 0
Against 385 3 42 35 15 40 11 193 0 46 0
Abstain 41 12 17 2 0 5 2 0 2 1 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 24/1

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 445 58 59 32 27 44 12 9 157 47 0
Against 187 0 0 0 1 0 2 183 1 0 0
Abstain 7 1 0 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 24/2

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 281 56 44 36 27 40 12 3 18 45 0
Against 345 2 15 0 1 0 2 189 135 1 0
Abstain 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - § 43

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 423 57 54 35 13 45 10 6 156 47 0
Against 199 1 3 0 3 0 2 189 1 0 0
Abstain 18 0 2 1 13 0 1 0 1 0 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 10

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 166 14 21 24 13 39 10 1 42 2 0
Against 423 42 18 1 14 3 4 193 104 44 0
Abstain 49 3 20 12 0 2 0 0 12 0 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 1/1

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 394 23 43 34 27 45 11 11 153 47 0
Against 225 32 1 1 2 0 3 185 1 0 0
Abstain 23 3 16 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 1/2

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 291 17 41 32 28 42 9 12 65 45 0
Against 323 39 16 1 1 0 4 180 82 0 0
Abstain 16 3 2 4 0 2 0 0 4 1 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 1/3

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 246 15 25 24 16 39 10 5 67 45 0
Against 361 40 31 2 13 3 4 184 84 0 0
Abstain 25 4 3 11 0 0 0 2 4 1 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 1/4

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 274 14 40 20 27 40 9 11 67 46 0
Against 326 39 15 1 2 1 5 181 82 0 0
Abstain 33 5 4 14 0 3 0 1 5 1 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 1/5

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 246 14 33 21 24 43 8 5 54 44 0
Against 368 39 18 16 3 0 6 190 96 0 0
Abstain 24 4 7 0 1 2 0 0 8 2 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 1/6

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 265 14 37 34 14 40 9 8 63 46 0
Against 348 41 19 1 13 0 4 183 87 0 0
Abstain 24 4 3 2 0 5 1 1 7 1 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 3

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 243 7 42 33 15 41 11 3 44 47 0
Against 372 50 10 0 13 0 2 187 110 0 0
Abstain 23 2 7 3 1 4 1 1 4 0 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 11

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 353 13 38 34 27 37 9 5 146 44 0
Against 238 43 2 1 1 0 4 184 2 1 0
Abstain 26 1 17 1 1 4 0 0 2 0 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 12

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 230 9 31 36 25 45 11 1 26 46 0
Against 389 44 17 1 4 0 3 193 127 0 0
Abstain 15 4 8 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 25

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 217 2 27 37 28 42 11 2 22 46 0
Against 407 52 26 0 0 3 2 190 134 0 0
Abstain 11 5 2 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 2

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 181 3 10 17 5 44 8 1 46 47 0
Against 447 55 46 20 19 0 5 193 109 0 0
Abstain 15 1 2 0 5 1 1 2 3 0 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 52

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 104 2 8 37 26 7 9 0 5 10 0
Against 498 53 50 0 2 37 2 194 147 13 0
Abstain 31 4 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 23 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 53

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 96 2 11 37 26 2 9 0 1 8 0
Against 495 55 33 0 0 36 3 196 156 16 0
Abstain 44 1 14 0 0 6 0 0 1 22 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 54

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 95 1 9 35 28 2 10 1 2 7 0
Against 501 58 34 1 0 37 2 194 155 20 0
Abstain 44 0 16 0 0 6 0 0 2 20 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - § 53

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 216 54 53 18 7 32 6 0 2 44 0
Against 368 3 2 1 5 6 4 194 153 0 0
Abstain 56 2 4 18 17 7 4 1 1 2 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - § 57

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 558 55 54 15 6 41 9 185 147 46 0
Against 60 1 1 21 12 4 4 10 7 0 0
Abstain 17 2 1 0 10 0 1 0 2 1 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - § 64

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 395 52 18 34 6 41 5 191 2 46 0
Against 190 5 0 3 17 4 3 4 154 0 0
Abstain 55 1 40 0 6 0 5 0 2 1 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 16

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 199 52 17 16 10 40 3 7 7 47 0
Against 428 7 40 21 19 1 9 187 144 0 0
Abstain 12 0 2 0 0 4 2 1 3 0 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 26

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 503 45 2 18 1 45 2 190 153 47 0
Against 64 8 5 19 22 0 7 3 0 0 0
Abstain 69 6 52 0 6 0 3 1 1 0 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - § 91

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 484 58 2 4 18 45 9 194 154 0 0
Against 112 0 40 18 5 0 3 1 0 45 0
Abstain 41 0 17 15 5 0 2 0 1 1 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 19

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 185 45 11 37 26 44 6 10 5 1 0
Against 300 11 47 0 1 0 8 183 6 44 0
Abstain 152 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 144 2 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 55

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 99 0 22 37 28 2 10 0 0 0 0
Against 529 57 35 0 0 42 2 195 151 47 0
Abstain 6 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 22

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 268 53 36 23 21 44 7 0 38 46 0
Against 339 1 18 0 5 1 4 194 116 0 0
Abstain 29 1 5 14 3 0 3 2 1 0 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 56

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 77 0 0 35 27 4 10 1 0 0 0
Against 543 59 51 0 0 39 2 195 150 47 0
Abstain 13 0 8 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 57

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 86 0 15 33 28 1 8 1 0 0 0
Against 532 58 40 0 0 42 3 194 149 46 0
Abstain 10 0 4 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Am 5

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 121 0 18 36 13 35 9 4 5 1 0
Against 499 59 35 1 13 9 3 191 142 46 0
Abstain 17 0 5 0 3 1 2 0 6 0 0

A8-0153/2017 - Dennis de Jong - Résolution

2017/04/27
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 350 55 4 15 4 42 2 182 1 45 0
Against 273 3 55 21 25 0 10 11 148 0 0
Abstain 12 1 0 0 0 3 2 1 5 0 0
AmendmentsDossier
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2017/03/10 CONT 258 amendments...
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History

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2017-05-10
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  • The European Parliament decided by 490 votes to 144, with 9 abstentions, to grant discharge to its President in respect of the implementation of the budget of the Court for the financial year 2015.

    In a resolution adopted by 350 votes to 273, with 12 abstentions, Parliament made a series of recommendations which should be taken into consideration when granting discharge.

    These recommendations may be summarised as follows:

    Parliament’s budgetary and financial management: Parliament noted that Parliament's final appropriations for 2015 totalled EUR 1 794 929 112, or 19.78 % of heading V of the Multiannual Financial Framework set aside for the 2015 administrative expenditure of the Union institutions as a whole, representing a 2.2 % increase compared to the 2014 budget.

    It pointed out that four chapters accounted for 71 % of total commitments:

    • Chapter 10 (Members of the institution),
    • Chapter 12 (Officials and temporary staff),
    • Chapter 20 (Buildings and associated costs),
    • Chapter 42 (Expenditure relating to parliamentary assistance).

    2015 discharge: Parliament noted that overall audit evidence indicated that the spending on administration is not affected by a material level of error, but that on the basis of the seven quantified errors the estimated level of error present under heading 5 of the MFF on administration is 0.6 % (up from 0.5 % in 2014). It noted that, against this background, the work undertaken by Parliament in the context of the discharge procedure offers an opportunity to consider more thoroughly the accounts of Parliament’s administration and called for the strengthening of in-house expertise on accounts and auditing that rapporteurs can make use of in the preparation of their discharge reports.

    It asked the Internal Auditor to make his reports on follow-up, developments and solutions relating to problems identified in the course of his mandate available to the Committee on Budgetary Control and asked the Secretary-General to introduce procedures for the assessment of performance and results.

    It noted that Parliament, which costs about EUR 3.60 per citizen per year, does not need to shy away from comparisons with other parliamentary systems, especially since one-third of costs is accounted for by basic factors (multilingualism and number of sites) over which Parliament itself has limited influence and which do not apply to other parliaments in that form.

    Members acknowledged that, according to the Court, the costs of the geographic dispersion of Parliament amount to EUR 114 million per year and noted the finding, in its resolution of 20 November 2013 on the location of the seats of the European Union’s Institutions, that 78 % of all missions by Parliament staff coming under the Staff Regulations arise as a direct result of the fact that Parliament’s services are geographically dispersed.

    Parliament recalled that the estimate of the environmental impact of that dispersal is between 11 000 to 19 000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. It called on the Bureau to request the Secretary-General to develop without delay a roadmap for a single seat for Parliament. It reiterated its call on the Council to address, in order to create long-term savings, the need for a roadmap for a single seat, as stated by Parliament in several previous resolutions.

    It stated that the withdrawal of the UK and the need to reallocate the European Agencies which currently have their seats in the UK could provide an excellent opportunity to solve several issues in the same time. Members pointed however to Article 341 TFEU which establishes that the seats of the institutions of the Union shall be determined by common accord of the governments of the Member States and Protocol 6 annexed to the TEU and the TFEU which lays down that Parliament shall have its seat in Strasbourg. In this regard, Members recalled that a single-seat solution requires Treaty change.

    Long-term missions: Parliament recalled that the Administration decided to discontinue the practice of long-term missions leading to considerable savings. Parliament views this as a major contradiction given the fact that 13 members of staff are currently on long-term missions, with an expatriation allowance and daily allowances, to a place where that person was already living and working. This is a reprehensible use of taxpayers’ money. This is why the Parliament insisted on a clarification of the circumstances of every long-term mission, and in particular on the disclosure of the reasons and costs for that long-term mission.

    Missions of some Parliament officials: Parliament recalled that all officials and other servants of the Union, even those who work within cabinets, are to carry out their duties solely with the interests of the Union in mind, according to the rules laid down in the Staff Regulations. They are paid by taxpayers' money, which is not intended to finance press or other staff engaged in promoting any national political interest of a President.

    Moreover, Parliament noted that, on 15 December 2015, the President gave himself authority to allocate an uncapped special allowance to his cabinet staffers, over and above the existing cabinet allowance. It raised the question of the lawfulness of that authority and the validity of the special allowances and asked for consideration to be given to whether the decision concerned should be revoked.

    Transparency register and conflict of interest: Parliament stressed that some journalists find it difficult to obtain the specific information they are looking for. However, it pointed out that transparency of Parliament and its administration is essential for the legitimacy of the institution and that, always respecting the rules governing the protection of personal data, access to information should be improved. It recalled, in an amendment adopted in plenary, the obligation on Members to inform the administration immediately of any change in their declarations of interests.

    It believes that Members ought to be able to use Parliament’s website to provide their constituents with the greatest possible transparency on their activities and, therefore, called upon the Secretary-General to develop a system that Members can use to publish details of their meetings with interest representatives.

    Administration and management of the European Parliament: Parliament made a series of recommendations concerning the following:

    • management of the subsidy scheme for visitors' groups;
    • conflicts of interest;
    • parliamentary assistants and Members;
    • the LUX prize;
    • the house of European history;
    • the activities of certain DGs.

    Parliament also considered the issue of the general expenditure allowance and called on the Bureau to define and publish the rules concerning the use of this type of allowance. It reminded Members that the GEA does not constitute an additional personal salary. It asked the Secretary-General to publicise this possibility as a priority and urged Members to return surpluses at the end of their mandate.

    As regards the financing of European political parties, Members called on the Parliament and the Commission to present a proposal for a revision of the current Union legal act on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations, including stricter requirements for the setting up of European political parties and foundations, in order to prevent abuses.

    It considered it to be essential to look into any deficiencies in the current system of internal and external controls in respect of the avoidance of major irregularities.

    On communication, Parliament expressed concern about the effectiveness of Parliament’s communication strategy. It called for a comprehensive review of the current strategy and, in particular for a more active approach towards those who are not automatically interested in Parliament’s activities or who may even be sceptical about its functioning.

    It noted that with the establishment of the Parlamentarium and the opening of the House of European History, the Parliament and its surroundings are becoming a citizens' and tourist attraction that will bring about a better knowledge of the role of Parliament and illustrate for citizens Parliament's commitment to consensual values such as human rights and solidarity.

    Lastly, Parliament made a number of recommendations regarding energy performance and the reduction of food waste on the different sites of the European Parliament.

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