The Bundesrat

Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the system of Own Resources of the European Union

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Subsidiarity deadline: 24/07/2020
Scrutiny Information

Scrutiny date: 06/07/2018

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06/07/2018 | Scrutiny results - COM20180325

On the MFF proposals COM(2018) 321, 322, 325, 327 and 324, the Bundesrat has issued an extensive opinion (attached) which may be summarized by the following core statements. Please do not hesitate to ask, should you need further clarification on any of these points, as well as the more detailed opinion itself.

The Bundesrat sees the Commission’s proposal as a good starting point for the upcoming negotiations and welcomes the proposal’s close link with the EU 27’s political priorities as well as its focus on the European Added Value. The Bundesrat acknowledges the Commission’s effort to simplify and make more transparent core elements of the EU financing system. The GNI resources should remain the centerpiece of the EU budget’s revenue side as they reliably map the economic performance of member states. The proposed cuts to the EU’s cohesion policy are not expedient in the Bundesrat’s view. The share designated for transition and more developed regions needs to be raised. The Bundesrat welcomes the proposed rise of the upper threshold for transition regions to 100 percent of the relative GDP per capita. However, the overall funding volume for transition regions needs to be raised accordingly. The Bundesrat calls for an increase of the proposed EU co-financing rates for ERDF, ESF and EAFRD. The Bundesrat welcomes the proposal to include the admission and integration of refugees as well as decarbonization efforts into the Berlin formula. Additionally, demographic challenges such as an ageing population should be taken into account as further parameters. The Bundesrat regrets the proposed cut to European territorial cooperation’s (INTERREG) overall funding as well as its share of cohesion funding. INTERREG fundamentally contributes to European integration and the promotion of good neighborly relations in Europe.

The Bundesrat views critically the proposed cuts in the realm of the CAP, particularly the disproportionate cuts to the second pillar, as the CAP makes an important contribution to the EU’s strategic priorities. The Bundesrat underscores that newly introduced implementation measures must not lead to a centralization of ERDF funding on a national level, as this would lead to a loss of regional room for discretion. The Bundesrat particularly supports the Commission’s efforts to establish the strategic research policy, the innovative capability, the strengthening of the European Research Area as well as excellency and subsidiarity as fundamental principles of European research funding. The Bundesrat welcomes the proposal to expand the Erasmus+ program. In the Bundesrat’s opinion, it is appropriate for the Commission to pay particular attention to migration. An effective, responsible and sustainable policy of migration, integration and returns requires cooperation and solidarity among all member states. The proposed increase in funds for the Asylum and Migration Fund, however, falls short of the needs for integration measures in member states, compared with planned spending for border management.

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