2015 discharge: EU general budget, European External Action Service (EEAS)

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2016/2160(DEC) 2015 discharge: EU general budget, European External Action Service (EEAS)
Opinion AFCO
Opinion AFET BALČYTIS Zigmantas (S&D)
Lead CONT JÁVOR Benedek (Verts/ALE) MARINESCU Marian-Jean (EPP), IVAN Cătălin Sorin (S&D), CZARNECKI Ryszard (ECR), THEURER Michael (ALDE), DE JONG Dennis (GUE/NGL), VALLI Marco (EFD), ALIOT Louis (ENF)
Opinion DEVE
Opinion INTA
Lead committee dossier: CONT/8/07214


  • 2017/04/27 Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
    • T8-0152/2017 summary
  • 2017/04/26 Debate in Parliament
  • 2017/03/30 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
    • A8-0122/2017 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



A8-0122/2017 - Benedek Jávor - Résolution

Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 512 57 4 15 0 38 3 194 154 47 0
Against 120 0 54 20 28 7 10 1 0 0 0
Abstain 3 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
29 2016/2160(DEC) 2015 discharge: EU general budget, European External Action Service (EEAS)
2016/12/14 AFET 14 amendments...
source: PE-595.419
2017/03/07 CONT 15 amendments...
source: PE-600.917


(these mark the time of scraping, not the official date of the change)

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  • The European Parliament decided to grant discharge to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European External Action Service for the financial year 2015.

    In its resolution accompanying the decision on discharge, adopted by 512 votes to 120 with 3 abstentions, Parliament welcomed the fact that the overall level of error in the administrative budget has been estimated by the Court of Auditors at 0.5 % and that no significant weaknesses were identified as regards the annual activity report and the internal control system of the EEAS;

    Budget and financial management: Parliament noted that the total budget of the EEAS for 2015 was EUR 602.8 million, representing a total increase of 16.2 % compared to 2014, which resulted from the transfer to its budget of EUR 71.5 million from the Commission’s administrative budget (EUR 25.2 million) and from other budget lines (up to EUR 46.3 million) to finance the common costs of the Union’s delegations such as rents, offices’ security and IT costs.

    Members regretted the increase of the average rate of anomaly on commitments to 22.4 % in 2015 (compared to 18.3 % in 2014) at the level of ex ante controls. They pointed out that the execution of the EEAS administrative budget remains a point of concern and invited all the stakeholders to further refine and simplify the budget sources and arrangements.

    EEAS actions: Parliament made a series of observations on the management of the EEAS:

    • remedy certain weaknesses found by the Court in the recruitment procedures of local agents in delegations and in procurement procedures;
    • pay attention, especially in delegations, to ‘business continuity’ and ‘document management’ as key internal control standards, particularly for the availability and reliability of information used for various management purposes;
    • ensure a more balanced distribution of staff: the share of Member States’ diplomats represents 32.9 % of the EEAS overall AD staff in comparison to 33.8 % in 2014; this proportion is higher in delegations with 43.1 %;
    • reshape its conditions and recruitment policies in order to attract both genders equally for management positions, the ratio is currently at 21.4 % / 78.6 %.
    • make geographical balance an important element of the EEAS human resources management, particularly with respect to the Member States that have acceded the Union in 2004 or after;
    • develop the role of Union delegations, particularly facilitating and supporting coordination between Member States in providing consular assistance; 
    • join the future Inter-Institutional Agreement on a Mandatory Transparency Register, including for the Union delegations, insofar as this is legally possible.

    The EEAS is called upon to:

    • present a review of its human resources policy in the course of 2017, addressing issues such as gender balance and mobility of staff between institutions;
    • overhaul its building policies notably as regards the need for consistency and improved selecting of delegation buildings. Members welcomed the increase in co-location projects of Union delegations and encouraged the EEAS to further seek ways to extend this good practice;
    • give priority to strengthening the security of the EEAS and when choosing buildings and spaces for its delegations.

    Lastly, the EEAS should improve its communication policy towards Union citizens.


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