Nedzhmi Ali on the establishing of the EU Anti-Fraud Programme
During the BUDG Committee meeting on September 26th 2018, Nedzhmi Ali presented his draft opinion as rapporteur from BUDG to CONT Committee on the establishing of the new EU Anti-Fraud Programme:
Merci monsieur le président, Dear colleagues,
European Commission proposed a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council establishing the EU Anti-Fraud Programme having two main objectives:
- Protecting the financial interests of the EU;
- Support to the mutual administrative assistance between the customs´ authorities of the Member-states and the Commission.
While the Union´s financial interests are impacted by both fraud and irregularities, the protection of these interests are shared obligation of the Member-states and the EU. Start of the above stated new programme should coincide with the beginning of the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF 2021-2027).
We welcome the Commission´s proposal, establishing the EU Anti-Fraud Programme, streamlining the existing Hercule III Programme and two operational activities: the Anti-Fraud Information System (AFIS) and the Irregularity Management System (IMS). Expectations are to achieve increased synergies and budgetary flexibility, as well as simplified management.
In addition to the Commission´s document, I would like to propose several amendments to be presented to the lead committee CONT for further considerations.
Some of the proposals are derived from the European Parliament´s resolution of 3rd of May 2018 on the Annual report 2016 on the protection of EU´s financial interests or from the Financial Rules. Their purpose is to stress on additional aspects of justification for the new programme.
Others consider the budgetary implications. While the overall financial envelope of the Programme for the period 2021-2027 is presented just in current prices, we made the necessary calculations in order to include the information about the financing in constant 2018 prices for both commitment and payment appropriations. For the three components of the Programme we did the same.
These calculations have been done based on the Methodology for translating the EP position into figures and the attached table, proposed by the Secretariat of BUDG Committee.
In conclusion, I would like to express again our positive attitude toward the new programme, proposed by the Commission. Expectations are this Programme, properly financed, during the next MFF to make a significant contribution to the protection of Union´s financial interests.