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The Commission amends its proposed adjustment of the 2014 Budget on the impact of the annual VAT/GNI balances

The European Commission put forward an amending letter to the Draft Amending Budget (DAB) No 6 for the year 2014. The proposal was adopted on 3 December 2014 and reflects the latest updates in the VAT and GNI balances. The Commission also withdraws its request for money for the European Ombudsman, as the institution has identified an alternate solution.

This year the annual adjustments of the VAT and GNI balances resulted in exceptionally high additional amounts to be paid by some Member States to EU budget. Following the requests of the Council the Commission proposed a change to the current legislation which would allow deferring payments in such an exceptional situation. Once adopted by the Council, the amended Regulation will apply retroactively.

In line with the proposed legislation eight Member States have opted for deffering payment and communicated a payment schedule to the Commission. These are: Bulgaria, France, Italy, Cyprus, Malta, Netherlands, Slovenia and United Kingdom. More specifically, Netherlands will pay its full balance by 31 December, while Italy will transfer a share of its balance by the same deadline. The remaining amount, and the contributions of the other 6 Member States are scheduled for 2015.

The new situation revises the amounts entered initially in the DAB 6/2014 as it considers  the amounts actually made available by Member States to the EU  on the first working day of December 2014. It also considers the deferrals proposed by Member States who prefer to delay the transfer of funds to the EU.

In the table column (2) shows the amount defered through a payment schedule, while column (3) shows the actual revenue entering the EU budget by the end of the year.

Member State DAB No.6/2014: VAT/GNI balances
(1)
Amending Letter to DAB 6/2014: VAT/GNI balances
(2)
New amount VAT/GNI balances
(3)

Belgium

 118 877 000

 118 877 000

Bulgaria

 36 472 000

- 36 472 000

0

Czech Republic

 78 521 000

 78 521 000

Denmark

- 125 685 000

- 125 685 000

Germany

1 359 003 000

1 359 003 000

Estonia

 7 311 000

 7 311 000

Ireland

 112 176 000

 112 176 000

Greece

 221 982 000

 221 982 000

Spain

 589 152 000

 589 152 000

France

 562 251 000

- 525 273 000

 36 978 000

Croatia

- 1 419 000

- 1 419 000

Italy

1 502 273 000

-1 173 983 000

 328 290 000

Cyprus

 53 725 000

- 53 725 000

0

Latvia

 24 573 000

 24 573 000

Lithuania

 7 516 000

 7 516 000

Luxembourg

- 66 930 000

- 66 930 000

Hungary

 39 782 000

 39 782 000

Malta

 18 323 000

- 18 323 000

0

Netherlands

1 103 422 000

1 103 422 000

Austria

- 57 094 000

- 57 094 000

Poland

- 26 803 000

- 26 803 000

Portugal

 121 602 000

 121 602 000

Romania

 75 080 000

 75 080 000

Slovenia

 8 064 000

- 8 064 000

0

Slovakia

- 6 663 000

- 6 663 000

Finland

- 34 319 000

- 34 319 000

Sweden

 190 111 000

 190 111 000

United Kingdom

3 616 456 000

-3 616 456 000

0

Article 310 & 320 — Total

9 527 759 000

-5 432 296 000

4 095 463 000

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