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Documents 2017

The availability of the following documents for a particular budget year depends on how far procedures have been completed. See also : the budgetary procedure

1. Budget adoption

a. Adopted budget

  
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Adopted budget 

Definitive adoption of the European Union's general budget for the financial year 2017

Official Journal L 51 of 28/02/2017 :

The budget "Line-by-line" :

b. Draft budget

  
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Draft budget 

Draft general budget 2017

July 2016 - Draft general budget 2017:

EU Budget 2017 factsheet

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  • General introduction
  • General statement of revenue
  • Parliament
  • European Council and Council
  • Commission
  • Court of Justice
  • Court of Auditors
  • Economic and Social Committee
  • Committee of the Regions
  • European Ombudsman
  • European data-protection Supervisor
  • European External Action Service
  
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Draft budget 

Statement of estimates of the European Commission for the financial year 2017 (Preparation of the 2017 Draft Budget)

June 2016

Press release:

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  • Political presentation
  • Financial programming 2018-2020
  • Expenditure – Figures by MFF heading, section and budget line
  • Revenue – Analysis by title
  • Changes in the budgetary remarks and establishment plan
  
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Working documents of the Services of the Commission 

Working document Part I - Programme Statements of operational expenditure

June 2016

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Working Document I contains Programme Statements, which constitute the main instrument for justifying the operational appropriations requested by the Commission in the Draft Budget. These Statements are coherent with the corresponding legal bases and provide details on the resources which are dedicated to each spending Programme.

Working document Part II - Commission Human Resources

June 2016

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Working Document II presents information on Commission human resources, both for the establishment plans and for external personnel and across all headings of the multiannual financial framework. Moreover, pursuant to Article 38(3)(b)(v) of the Financial Regulation, it provides a summary table for the period 2014 – 2017 which shows the number of full-time equivalents for each category of staff and the related appropriations for all institutions.

Working document Part III - Bodies set up by the EU having legal personality and Public-Private Partnership

June 2016

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Working Document III presents detailed information relating to all decentralised agencies, executive agencies and Public-Private Partnerships (joint undertakings and joint technology initiatives), with a transparent presentation of revenue, expenditure and staff levels of various Union bodies, pursuant to Articles 208 and 209 of the Financial Regulation.

Working document Part IV - Pilot projects and preparatory actions

June 2016

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Working Document IV presents information on all pilot projects and preparatory actions which have budget appropriations (commitments and/or payments) in the 2017 Draft Budget, pursuant to Article 38(3)(c) of the Financial Regulation.

Working document Part V - Budget implementation and assigned revenue

June 2016

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Working Document V presents the budget implementation forecast for 2016, information on assigned revenue implementation in 2015, and a progress report on outstanding commitments (RAL) and managing potentially abnormal RAL (PAR) for 2015.

Working document Part VI - Commission Administrative Expenditure

June 2016

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This document encompasses administrative expenditure under all budgets to be implemented by the Commission in accordance with Article 317 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, as well as the budgets of the Offices (OP, OLAF, EPSO, OIB, OIL and PMO).

Working document Part VII - Commission buildings

June 2016

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Working Document VII presents information on buildings under Section III - Commission, pursuant to Article 203(3) of the Financial Regulation.

Working document Part VIII - Expenditure related to the external action of the European Union

June 2016

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Working Document VIII presents information on human resources and expenditure related to the external actions of the European Union.

Working document Part IX - Funding to international organisations

June 2016

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Working Document IX presents funding provided to international organisations, across all MFF headings, pursuant to Article 38(3)(d) of the Financial Regulation.

Working document Part X - Financial Instruments

June 2016

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Working Document X presents the use made of financial instruments, pursuant to Article 38(5) of the Financial Regulation.

Working document Part XI - Payment schedules

June 2016

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Working Document XI presents summary statements of the schedule of payments due in subsequent years to meet budgetary commitments entered into in previous years, pursuant to Article 38(3)(f) of the Financial Regulation.

c. Amending letters

  
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Amending letter No 1 

Amending letter No 1 of the Draft General Budget for the financial year 2017

COM(2016) 679 final:

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Annex

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This Amending Letter No 1 to the draft budget for the year 2017 (AL 1/2017) proposes four main areas of amendment to the draft budget (DB) 2017. Three are policy-related: for agriculture and fisheries, for competitiveness for growth and jobs, and for the new Partnership Framework under the Migration Agenda, the External Investment Plan, and security. The fourth group of amendments proposed relates to a number of administrative and technical adjustments. In more detail, AL 1/2017 covers the following:

  • The updating of the estimated needs, assigned revenue and appropriations for agricultural expenditure. In addition to changing market factors, the AL 1/2017 also incorporates the impact of decisions in the agricultural sector since the DB 2017 was presented in June 2016, as well as other proposals expected to have a significant effect during the budget year. After integrating the additional support package for the livestock sectors announced in July and taking into account the additional revenue assigned to the European Agriculture and Guarantee Fund (EAGF), the level of commitment appropriations remains unchanged, with a slight reduction (-EUR 1 million) in payment appropriations.
  • The phasing in of reinforcements announced in the mid-term review/revision of the multiannual financial framework 2014-2020 for sustainable growth, with EUR 200 million in commitment appropriations and EUR 7 million in payment appropriations in heading 1a, Competitiveness for growth and jobs. The Commission proposes to finance the commitments through the Global margin for commitments (GMC) and the unallocated margin. The breakdown is as follows:
    • Horizon 2020: +EUR 50 million in commitment appropriations and EUR 7 million in payment appropriations;
    • Competitiveness of entreprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (COSME): +EUR 50 million in commitment appropriations;
    • Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) – Transport: +EUR 50 million in commitment appropriations;
    • Erasmus+: +EUR 50 million in commitment appropriations;
    • WiFi4EU, an initiative aiming to help European communities offer free Wi-Fi access points to any citizen: +EUR 20 million in commitment appropriations redeployed from the 'Information and Communication Technology' strand of the CEF.
  • Reinforcing by EUR 1 billion the budgetary resources under heading 4, Global Europe, to address the root causes of migration and promote the swift implementation of agreements with third countries under the new Partnership Framework process and for the creation of a European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) with a new EFSD Guarantee Fund. The Commission proposes to increase commitment appropriations by EUR 1 billion and payment appropriations by EUR 210 million. Given the very low margin in heading 4 (created by the transfer of the EU Special Representatives from heading 4 to heading 5, Administration), most of this increase in commitment appropriations is financed through a corresponding mobilisation of the Contingency Margin to be offset in 2017 against the unallocated margins of heading 2, Sustainable Growth: Natural Resources and in 2018-2019 against the unallocated margins of heading 5.
  • An increase in the number of posts of Europol to reinforce operational support, notably to provide a 24/7 service and on-the-spot deployment capabilities as announced in the Commission's communication Enhancing security in a world of mobility.
  • An upgrading of additional posts requested for Frontex (European Border and Coast Guard agency) and EASO in light of a more detailed assessment of the job profiles required.
  • Minor adjustments to the establishment plans of the European agency for safety and health at work (EU-OSHA) and the European foundation for the improvement of living and working conditions (EUROFOUND).
  • The transfer of expenditure related to the three double-hatted EU Special Representatives (EUSRs) from heading 4 to heading 5.
  • An update of the likely needs for additional appropriations related to 2017 for the salaries and pensions of all institutions. These needs can be updated as required on finalisation of the official statistical report, which will be available at the end of October.
  • The alignment of the establishment plans of the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, to reflect the agreement reached between them.

The Commission also wishes to stress that it intends to fund the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) in 2017 up to a level of EUR 500 million in commitment appropriations. However, at this stage, the Commission does not propose the budgetary allocations in this Amending Letter as it intends to finance this amount from the GMC which will be available after the technical adjustment of 2017. Consequently, the Commission will propose to add these allocations through a draft amending budget to be submitted to the European Parliament and the Council immediately after the technical adjustment in early 2017.

Overall, the net impact of AL 1/2017 on expenditure in the 2017 draft budget is an increase of EUR 1 257,2 million in commitment appropriations and an increase of EUR 523,1 million in payment appropriations.

On the revenue side of the budget, some fines decided by the Commission recently will be paid and all legal remedies will be exhausted at the end of 2016 for an estimated amount of EUR 1 billion. The Commission proposes to increase the relevant budget items in the revenue part of the budget by this amount. This will reduce the GNI contribution requested from the national budgets by the same amount.

d. Mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument

  
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Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council 

Decision (EU) 2017/342 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 December 2016 on the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument to finance immediate budgetary measures to address the on-going migration, refugee and security crisis

Official Journal L 50 of 28.02.2017

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Commission's proposal: COM(2016) 313 – 30 June 2016
Council's position: 12 December 2016
Parliament's position: 1 December 2013

After having examined all possibilities for re-allocating appropriations under the expenditure ceiling for heading 3 (Security and citizenship), it appears necessary to mobilise the Flexibility Instrument to supplement the financing available in the general budget of the Union for the financial year 2017, beyond the ceilings of heading 3 by the amount of EUR 530,0 million to finance measures in the field of migration, refugees and security.

On the basis of the expected payment profile, the payment appropriations corresponding to the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument should be distributed over several financial years and are estimated at EUR 238,3 million in 2017, EUR 91,0 million in 2018, EUR 141,9 million in 2019 and EUR 58,8 million in 2020.

  
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Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council  

Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument to finance immediate budgetary measures to address the on-going migration, refugee and security crisis

Commission's proposal COM(2017) 480 – 28 July 2017 :

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Council Regulation (EU, EURATOM) No 1311/2013 of 2 December 2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020 (hereafter "the MFF regulation"), allows for the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument to allow the financing of clearly identified expenditure which could not be financed within the limits of the ceilings available for one or more headings of the multiannual financial framework.

In accordance with Article 11 of the MFF regulation and point 12 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 2 December 2013 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management, after having examined all possibilities for re-allocating appropriations and exhausted any unallocated margin under the expenditure heading Global Europe (heading 4), the Commission proposes to mobilise the Flexibility Instrument in 2017 for an amount of EUR 275 million.

This mobilisation concerns an amount of EUR 275 million over and above the ceiling of heading 4 of the multiannual financial framework, and is intended to finance the provisionning 2017 of the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD).

e. Mobilisation of the Contingency Margin

  
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Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council 

Decision (EU) 2017/344 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 December 2016 on the mobilisation of the contingency margin in 2017

Official Journal L 50 of 28.02.2017

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Commission's proposal: COM(2016) 678 – 17 October 2016 (replacing Commission's proposal COM(2016) 314 – 30 June 2016)
Council's position: 12 December 2016
Parliament's position: 1 December 2016

After having examined all other financial possibilities to react to unforeseen circumstances within the 2017 commitment ceilings for headings 3 (Security and citizenship) and 4 (Global Europe) of the multiannual financial framework, and having regard to the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument for the full amount of EUR 530 million available in 2017, it appears necessary to mobilise the Contingency Margin to address the needs stemming from the migration, refugee and security crisis, by increasing the commitment appropriations in the general budget of the Union for the financial year 2017, over and above the ceilings of headings 3 and 4 of the multiannual financial framework.

For the general budget of the Union for the financial year 2017, the Contingency Margin shall be mobilised to provide the amount of EUR 1 176 030 960 in commitment appropriations over and above the commitment ceiling of heading 3 (Security and citizenship) and of EUR 730 120 000 in commitment appropriations over and above the commitment ceiling of heading 4 (Global Europe) of the multiannual financial framework.

The total amount of EUR 1 906 150 960 in commitment appropriations resulting from Article 1 shall be offset against the margins under the commitment ceilings for the years 2017 to 2019 of the following headings of the multiannual financial framework:

  • 2017
    • heading 2 (Sustainable Growth — Natural Resources): EUR 575 000 000;
    • heading 5 (Administration): EUR 507 268 804;
  • 2018: heading 5 (Administration): EUR 570 000 000;
  • 2019: heading 5 (Administration): EUR 253 882 156.

2. Budget implementation

a. Amending budgets

  
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Amending Budget No 1 

Amending Budget No 1 of the European Union for the financial year 2017

(EUSF) OJ L 111 of 28/04/2017:

(AB 1/2017) OJ L 136 of 24/05/2017:

Commission's proposal: Draft Amending Budget 1/2017, COM(2017) 45 – 26 January 2017
Council's position: 3 April 2017
Parliament's position: 5 April 2017

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Amending Budget (AB) No 1 for the year 2017 covers the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) for an amount of EUR 70 402 434 in commitment and payment appropriations. The mobilisation relates to floods in the United Kingdom, drought and fires in Cyprus and fires in Portugal.

  
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Amending Budget No 2 

Amending Budget No 2 of the European Union for the financial year 2017


OJ L 227 of 1/9/2017:

Commission's proposal: Draft Amending Budget 2/2017, COM(2017) 188 - 12 April 2017
Council's position: 8 June 2017
Parliament's position: 4 July 2017

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The present Amending Budget (AB) No 2/2017 is intended to enter in the budget 2017 the surplus resulting from the implementation of the budget year 2016. As provided for in the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the Union, under Article 18 § 3, it is the only subject of this AB and it has to be submitted within 15 days following the submission of the provisional accounts at end of March 2017.

The implementation of the budget year 2016 shows a surplus of EUR 6 404 529 791,03 (excluding the outturn of contributions received from European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries part of the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement), which is therefore entered as revenue in the 2017 budget.

  
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Amending Budget No 3 

Amending Budget No 3 of the European Union for the financial year 2017


COM(2017) 288 final of 30/05/2017:

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Commission's proposal: Draft Amending Budget 3/2017, COM(2017) 288 - 30 May 2017
Council's position: 4 September 2017
Parliament's position: 13 September 2017 (awaiting publication in the Official Journal)

Annex

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The purpose of Amending Budget (AB) No 3 for the year 2017 is twofold:
- The provision of EUR 500 million of additional commitment appropriations to the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) as agreed by the European Parliament and the Council in their agreement on the budget 2017. No reinforcement in payment appropriations is proposed.
- An amendment of the establishment plans of the decentralised agency ACER and the joint undertaking SESAR2, without incurring any changes to the overall budget or the total number of posts.

  
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Amending Budget No 4 

Amending Budget No 4 of the European Union for the financial year 2017


(EUSF) COM(2017) 540 final of 26/6/2017:

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(DAB 4/2017) COM(2017) 541 final of 26/6/2017:

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Commission's proposal: Draft Amending Budget 4/2017, COM(2017) 541 - 26 June 2017
Council's position: 4 September 2017
Parliament's position: 13 September 2017 (awaiting publication in the Official Journal)

Annex

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Amending Budget (AB) No 4 for the year 2017 accompanies the proposal to mobilise the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) for an amount of EUR 1 196 797 579 to provide assistance to Italy further to a series of earthquakes that took place between August 2016 and January 2017 in the regions of Abruzzo, Lazio, Marche and Umbria.

AB No 4/2017 proposes to enter in the general budget 2017 EUR 1 166 797 579 in commitment and payment appropriations to cover the budgetary needs of this mobilisation, after having deducted the advance already paid in 2016 (EUR 30 000 000).

  
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Amending Budget No 5 

Amending Budget No 5 of the European Union for the financial year 2017


Commission's proposal: Draft Amending Budget 5/2017, COM(2017) 485 - 28 July 2017
Council's position: 10 October 2017
Parliament's position: 24 October 2017 (awaiting publication in the Official Journal)

(DAB 5/2017) COM(2017) 485 final of 28/7/2017:

Annex

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The purpose of Amending Budget (AB) No 5 for the year 2017 is twofold:

  • To provide the financing from the general budget 2017 for the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) further to the adoption of the related legal base by the European Parliament and the Council.
  • To reflect in the general budget 2017 the outcome of the mid-term revision of the MFF regulation as regards the increase of the annual amount of the Emergency Aid Reserve (EAR), from EUR 280 million to EUR 300 million in 2011 prices.

Overall, this AB increases the level of commitment appropriations by EUR 297.8 million whereas the level of payment appropriations remains unchanged.

  
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Amending Budget No 6 

Amending Budget No 6 of the European Union for the financial year 2017


Commission's proposal: Draft Amending Budget 6/2017, COM(2017) 597 - 9 October 2017
Council's position: 30 November 2017
Parliament's position: 30 November 2017 (awaiting publication in the Official Journal)

(DAB 6/2017) COM(2017) 597 final of 9/10/2017:

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Annex

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The purpose of Amending Budget (AB) No 6 for the year 2017 is to update both the expenditure and the revenue sides of the budget to take account of the latest developments:

  • on the expenditure side,
    • after taking into account the redeployments proposed in the so-called "global transfer" (DEC 20/2017), to decrease the level of payment appropriations of budget lines mainly for headings 1b 'Economic, social and territorial cohesion', 2 'Sustainable growth – natural resources', 3 'Security and Citizenship' as well as for 4 'Global Europe';
    • to release commitment appropriations of budget lines for heading 2 'Sustainable growth – natural resources'; – to release commitment and payment appropriations relating to the payment of advances for the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) which will no longer be needed in 2017;
  • on the revenue side,
    • to revise the forecast of Traditional Own Resources (i.e. customs duties and sugar sector levies), value-added tax (VAT) and gross national income (GNI) bases, and to budget the relevant UK corrections and their financing, which all affect the distribution of own resources contributions from Member States to the EU budget;
    • to enter into the EU budget the fines decided by the Commission, for which all legal remedies were exhausted and which therefore became definitive in the course of 2017, reducing accordingly the own resources contributions from Member States to the EU budget.

b. Use of budgetary allocations

  
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Implementation Reports 

Summary of budget implementation: Revenue & Expenditure

  • Revenue table - last update:
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  • Expenditure table - last update:
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    2. by Policy Area:
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  • EU Trust Funds - last update
  • Facility for Refugees in Turkey - last update

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The Commission publishes a budgetary implementation report every month, which is transmitted to the budgetary authority (Council of the European Union and European Parliament) and to the Court of Auditors. This report describes the evolution of budgetary credits. It includes information amassed at the level of Financial Perspectives, summarizing the data concerning commitment appropriations and payment appropriations.

Budgetary implementation also forms part of the annual financial statement that the Commission must present for control to the Parliament and the Court of Auditors.

  
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Active Monitoring and Forecast of Budget Implementation 

2016 Information Note – 4 March 2017

Summer Information Note - 4 July 2017

Autumn Information Note - 12 October 2017

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