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Nedjmi Ali

Member of the European Parliament,
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)

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Nedzhmi Ali, Shadow rapporteur, on the ECA Briefing paper “The integration of migrants from outside the EU”

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This statement was presented at the meeting of the Budgetary control committee of the European Parliament on Wednesday, 20th June 2018, in Brussels. Ms. Iliyana Ivanova, ECA member from Bulgaria, did the presentation of the briefing paper on behalf of the Court.

Dear Mme Chair, Ms Ivanova, colleagues,

First of all, I would like to express our high appreciation for the study prepared by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) and to your presentation, Ms. Ivanova. While the integration of migrants is extremely important for the functioning of the European societies, we should have a detailed information about the situation. ECA´s document´s quality is based on the very broad scope of sources of information, starting with the inputs from officials of the Commission and the respective agencies, going to reports and surveys from the Member States (MS) and ending with different publications. This is the right way, after a processing the relevant information, to present the real picture in the area of migration and integration.

While the process of integration during the years proved to be very complex and encountering many obstacles, I believe that the set of challenges, presented in the briefing, covers most of the aspects of this process – from human rights and non-discrimination to the coordination of funding and measuring of the outcomes.

Having in mind the above stated, I would like further clarification for some of the observations or recommendations in the briefing paper of ECA:

Firstly – In paragraph 4 are presented the percentages of the reasons for migrants to legally reside in the EU. Nevertheless, for 33% of the migrants information is not available. If we are not able to classify correctly these persons, it would be difficult to address their needs and to be efficient enough in the process of their integration.

Secondly – In the briefing paper we see that the vast majority of migrants (77%) are located within five EU MS. While in reality we are talking about the five largest countries in the Union, probably there is a number of additional reasons this to happen – for example the functioning of the democratic systems, economic conditions, sizes of the labor markets, as well as historical connections with the countries of origin?

ThirdlyFigure 6 presents the evolution of selected indicators. When measuring the integration gap between EU citizens and migrants from outside the EU, may we assume that a number of second and third generation migrants belong to the group of EU citizens?

FourthlyFigure 8 overviews the most relevant EU funds to support the integration. For me it was very interesting to check how different funds are being utilized in this area. In this regard, I am curious why some of the funds are being used by such a small number of states?

Finally - We agree with your proposal that other EU funds (such as Horizon 2020, Erasmus +, COSME, Europe for Citizens and the Employment and Social Innovation Programme), implemented directly by the Commission or by delegated bodies can also be used to finance actions aiming at migrant integration. It would be very interesting to assess to what extent these programmes could serve to support attracting talented and skilled persons from third countries. 

Nedzhmi Ali on the draft opinion to ECON regarding the Regulation establishing European Supervisory Authorities and Regulation on Financial markets


Thank you, Mr. President, Dear colleagues,

Thank you Mr. Geier for preparing the draft opinion on the Commission proposal of amending a number of Regulations on the three agencies and the financial markets.

In the aftermath of the recent financial crisis we are even more convinced that maintaining financial stability within the Union while proceeding further with the financial integration and market integrity doesn´t have an alternative. In order, this to be implemented effectively, there is a need of common rules and strong supervision. In this regard, the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) should play a key role ensuring that the financial markets are well regulated, strong and stable.

Concerning the three agenciesEBA (European Banking Authority), EIOPA (European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority) and ESMA (European Securities and Markets Authority) – we agree with the approach of the Commission.  Its proposals aim to provide better opportunity for financial market supervision in several aspects:

- Strengthening and improvement of the ESAs´ existing powers;

- Establishing of more effective governance of the ESAs;

- Providing appropriate funding to the supervisory authorities.

In order agencies to perform fully their new role, they will need a number of additional positions and respective financial resources, presented in details within the Commission´s proposal.

Going to the revenue side of the agencies, we share the opinion of the rapporteur that when financing the supervisory authorities, there is a need to take into account the size of each Member-state´s financial sector. The amount of payment should correspond to the size of the respective financial sector and thus to be more fair. In addition, the fee-financing model definitely should be under enhanced democratic scrutiny.

Nedzhmi Ali on the use of IPA funds in Turkey


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The IPA funds are investments, which contribute to both the accession countries and to the Union. While these funds help our partners to implement political and economic reforms, they also help the EU to reach its own objectives regarding a sustainable economic recovery, energy supply, transport, environment and climate change. The modern sector approach of IPA II promotes structural reform that helps to transform a given sector                     and reach the EU standards.

TheECA assessment of the pre-accession assistance to      Turkey shows that it has been well designed but encountered difficulties in supporting sector-wide reforms. Assessing the implementation in three priority sectors: the rule of lawgovernance and human resourcesreveals a mixed picture.

Despite the difficulties in the implementation of IPA in   Turkey, it is undisputable that without this programme, for our partners it would be more difficult to fulfil EU membership obligations and support the political reforms – economicsocial and territorial development.

Concerning the use of conditionality, related to the implementation of IPA, there is a need to assess what would be the impact on the pre-accession funds if negotiations are suspended. In this case under IPA II, there are no explicit provisions for suspension of the funds.

Nedzhmi Ali calls on the EU for adequate financing of agriculture and support for the small farms

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Among the most important sectors within the EU are these of food and farming – employing more than 60 mln. people and providing the food security for all of the citizens of the Union. The rural areas, including those that are mountainous and remotely located are not only used for production of food but are also home of a substantial number of Europeans and support the recreation and tourism industries. We shouldn´t also forget about the environmental protections measures in these areas. This is what Nedzhmi Ali, MEP from ALDE Group, said during the debates on the Future of food and farming, which took place in Strasbourg on the 28th May.
He was a rapporteur for an opinion from the Committee on Budgets to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development for this report. Nedzhmi Ali emphasized on the goals of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) for the future. He insisted on focusing of attention on the adequate amount of funding within the next Multiannual Financial Framework, as in this way enough resources for this sector should be provided. According to the Bulgarian member of the European Parliament, there is a need for simplification and modernization of CAP, while at the same time the financial and performance control and audit functions should be performed to the same standard and the under the same criteria across all Member States.

“A fair distribution of direct payments among Member States will allow for a faster closing of the gaps between the different regions of the Union. Supporting the small farms and increasing efficiency of farming is essential”, concluded Mr. Ali.

Nedzhmi Ali on the European semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Growth Survey 2018

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Thank you Mr. President, Commissioner Thyssen,

Stronger economic governance and better policy coordination between the member states couldn´t be done without the European Semester. This year the process of macro-economic, budgetary and structural policy coordination is particularly important for the Union in the context of preparation of the next MFF.

In this regard a real synergy between budgetary and monetary policies should be introduced in order to stimulate growth and job creation, as well as to revive investments. Ambitious reforms of the euro area governance should be proposed, including the introduction of a special instrument to support the adoption of the euro by the non-euro member-states who have committed themselves to adopting the euro. The evolution of the European Stability Mechanism towards the European Monetary Fund is also important.

Public and private investment in infrastructure, research and development, innovation and education should be encouraged in order to achieve the goals of budgetary, growth and employment policies. Most effectively these goals could be achieved implementing a strong and well-resourced Cohesion policy. Having in mind the situation with the jobs for young people in the EU, we should underline the importance of implementation of the Youth Employment Initiative.

Nedzhmi Ali – The next MFF should focus on the CAP and the Cohesion policy

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Plenary Session,Tuesday 13 Mar 2018, 15:00 – 23:00, Strasbourg

Joint debate – The next MFF: Preparing the Parliament´s position on the MFF post-2020 and Reform of the European Union´s system of own resources

Thank you Mr. President, Commissioner Oettinger, dear colleagues,

In order to achieve maximum results through the overall planning process in the EU, the next MFF should be embedded in a broader strategy. This long-term vision covering the whole period of the next decade, is more of a statement of general strategic direction.

MFF translates the EU´s policy priorities into budgetary means. EU policies are implemented through a wide range of programs and from this point of view the MFF is not a budget for seven years, but rather a collection of resources geared to accomplish the main Union´s goals.

MFF should support with priority the Common agriculture and Cohesion policies closing the gap between the member-states, as well as the emerging policy areas related to security and migration.

To provide the needed resources, system of financing the EU budget should be reformed based on the recommendations of the High Level Group of Own Resources. Resources have to be spent more efficiently, effectively and create higher European added value.

In order to achieve our goals for a stronger and more ambitious Europe in a rapidly changing political environment we should increase the MFF expenditure ceilings, foster flexibility mechanisms and special instruments, as well as simplify the EU budgetary system

Discharge 2016: EU General budget – European Parliament

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Dear Mme Chair, Mr. Vaughan, colleagues,

Firstly, I would like to congratulate the rapporteur for the well structured and balanced report on the European Parliament’s activities in 2016. As such the report answers the questions of improvements done in terms of quality, efficiency and effectiveness in the management of public finances, as well as presents the achievements of the transparency and accountability of the political leadership to the EU citizens.

The Parliament’s final appropriations for 2016 totaled 1.839 billion Euros, or around 19 % of Heading V of the Multiannual Financial Framework, and 99.2 % of these appropriations were committed. From financial point of view this is an excellent result. Equally important, however is that the report gives the answer how this financial resource was spend and what kind of results have been accomplished.

Concerning the reliability of the 2016 accounts and the legality and regularity of the transactions underlying those accounts we should be satisfied with the opinion of ECA that the spending is not affected by a material level of error. Even the estimated level of error is smaller in comparison with the previous year.

Regarding the Internal auditor’s annual report there are several good proposals. However, we should specify that the proposal of appointment an Internal Control Coordinator in each DG would not lead to increase the bureaucracy or the workload of the personnel.

From Human resources management point of view, we are satisfied that the Inter-institutional agreement on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management has been carried out according to the schedule.

Finally, I would like to stress on the detailed information about the contracts awarded both by their type and by the types of procedure used, as well as the information about the budgets of the political groups.