Votes on Discharge 2011 - Agencies:
- extracts from the votes
- statement by Gerben-Jan GERBRANDY (ALDE, NL), rapporteur
EP Committee on Budgetary Control
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EP
End production: 19/03/2013 First transmission: 19/03/2013
EP Committee on Budgetary Control have being voting yesterday and today on the draft reports concerning the 2011 discharge to the Commission, Parliament, European Development Funds, other Institutions, Agencies and Joint Undertakings. The CONT committee uses this procedure to scrutinize the implementation of the EU Budget by all actors involved. Today the votes were made on discharge in respect of the implementations of the EU Budget concerning 2011 decentralized agencies. It was presented by the ALDE MEP Gerben-Jan GERBRANDY with 31 different draft reports. All the adopted reports would be finally voted in plenary during the April session in Strasbourg.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the European Parliament building in Brussels, Belgium
||Cutaways of the rapporteur Gerben-Jan GERBRANDY (ALDE, NL) before the meeting (2 shots)
||General view of the ambience during the introduction of the agenda
||SOUNDBITE (English) Gerben-Jan GERBRANDY (ALDE, NL), rapporteur: "I am very satisfied with the work that has been done and for that reason my proposal is to ground discharge to all agencies and all joint undertakings."
||General view of the ambience during the vote (14 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) Gerben-Jan GERBRANDY (ALDE, NL), rapporteur: " I am partly satisfied with the outcome of the vote. In general, it went very well. We have emphasise the independence of the European agencies. We have stressed again that they should work more closely together in order to attend more efficiency. I am very satisfied with the fact that we have agreed in the Budget Control Committee that the Police College based in the United Kingdom should move towards The Hague to work much more closely together with EUROPOL, which is already situated there. We also emphasises that the agencies have done a lot of work on the problem of conflict of interests and we will continue following this very closely because is a very interesting and important topic. If we want authoritative agencies we must make certain that there is no conflict of interests within them, so I am very satisfied with that outcome. There is one thing that I am particularly unhappy about and that is that we have postponed the discharge of the Environment Agency because of the fact that there is and OLAF case, there is an OLAF investigation undergoing in the Environment Agency. For me, personally, and as a politician there is no reason for postponing discharge that is a separate track, an agency and an executive director is innocent until proven differently. Besides that, the OLAF investigation is not about the year 2011 and we are now talking about of the discharge of the year 2011. I saw no reason at all for postponing the discharge and I am certainly going to try to repair that for the plenary vote in April".