The European Commission has recently proposed to set up an instrument to provide humanitarian assistance within the EU, for instance through partner organisations capable of rapidly implementing emergency actions in the Member States currently most affected by a massive influx of refugees and migrants. An amendment has been proposed to the 2016 EU budget to make available a first tranche of EUR 100 million in commitments.
In the light of the Paris terrorist attacks last November, the reinforcement of the staff of the European Counter-Terrorism Centre in EUROPOL has also been reflected in the first draft amending budget for 2016.
The overall level for commitments and payments in the 2016 budget remains unchanged as the money will be redeployed from other areas.
The European Commission cannot change the annual EU budget adopted by the European Parliament and the Council. Instead, it may present one or several draft amending budget(s) for their approval.
Following the submission of Draft Amending Budget No 1 for the year 2016, approval is needed by the European Parliament and the Council.
A draft amending budget (DAB) is a proposal to amend the adopted annual budget. By definition, any budget (be it of the EU, a Member State, a private company or a household) bases itself on forecasts and estimates of expenditures and revenues. Therefore, budgets can be amended in the light of new elements such as urgent crisis. Some amending budgets are presented regularly each year.
The number of DABs presented by the Commission varies from one year to another.