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Nedjmi Ali

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

Actual news


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.

Nedzhmi Ali on the 2016 Discharge: Agencies

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Dear Mme Chair, Mr. Staes, Mr. Tarand, dear colleagues,

First of all, let me to express appreciation for the job done preparing the reports on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the EU’s decentralised agencies for the financial year 2016. The horizontal report covering the areas of performance, financial management and control has its merits as well.

Concerning the latter I would like to share some observations, remarks and proposals for additions.

Firstly, the scope and structure of the report are suitable for the purpose of presenting the overall activities of EU’s agencies in 2016. It includes the most important aspects of their performance. While there are specific chapters covering the budget and financial management as well as cooperation among agencies and with other institutions, a specific emphasize on the inclusion of principles of economy, efficiency and effectiveness in Agencies´ daily operations, annual planning and controls would give us a clearer picture of the activities in 2016.

Secondly, EU agencies with the efforts of their 10 364 employees and budget of almost 3.4 bill. Euros are highly visible in the Member States and have significant influence on policy and decision making and programme implementation in areas of vital importance to European citizens. To the areas presented in the report, I would propose additions as research and industrial development, economic and monetary affairs, and related to them employment and social progress.

While in 2016 there was an increase of both budget and number of employees in most of the agencies, we should stress on the new tasks arising from the challenges faced by the EU within the year under review.

Regarding the number of agencies, there is one general observation. If you look at the table in Annex 1 of the “ECA’s audit of EU agencies and other bodies for the financial year 2016” there are presented 41 structures of which 32 are decentralized agencies, 6 are executive agencies and 3 are other bodies. The numbers for the budget and personnel presented in the horizontal report cover all of these 41 structures, while our task is to propose discharge just to the decentralized agencies. I think that we need to unify the methodology with ECA.

Concerning the principle of annuality of the budget and financial management, there is a high level of carry-overs affecting the majority of the agencies. Sometimes due to the multiannual nature of the agencies’ operational programmes it is unavoidable. While in most of the cases these carry-overs are not as a consequence of bad planning or implementation, indeed they should be communicated to ECA in a suitable form.

One of the main observations is that the procurement remains an error prone area for many agencies. It is true, but at the same time is important to distinguish between really poor performance in this area and some irregularities due to the extraordinary situations, for example related to substantial external or internal threats to the order and security of the Union.

Finally, welcoming establishment of the Anti-Fraud Working Group of the Inter-Agency Legal Network, the report on the activities of the Working group should not only be presented to the Parliament but also a deadline for this should be established. Moreover, a significant value of this report would be a quantitative assessment of the outcomes of preventing fraud and corruption within the agencies.  

Nedzhmi Ali on the Annual Report on the Financial Activities of the European Investment Bank (EIB) for 2016

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Thank you Mr. President, dear colleagues,

This report presents the perspective of the European Parliament on the financial activities of the EIB in support of the EU policy goals. It has a broad scope describingthe Bank´s activities in the areas of main policies, accountability, financial operations and communication.

The macroeconomic impact of the Bank´s activities is visible when assess that its cumulative investments in 2015 and 2016 will add – 2.3% to EU GDP growth and – 2.25 million jobs by 2020.

In order to speed up the economic recovery in the Union and to help certain economic sectors and geographical areas to catch up, the report welcomes the development of extended European Fund for strategic Investments (EFSI) and calls for further efforts to avoid the geographical imbalances. Results at the end of 2017 shows that the total investments related to EFSI approvals reached the level of 257 bill Euros. While the implementation of the Investment plan for the time being is intact, we expect better results from EFSI 2.0 with its 500 bill euros.

At the same time we are concerned that the five biggest economies in EU received 54% of the total loans granted in 2016. While the information in the form of investment per unit of GDP could be misleading, we insist for broader territorial distribution of funds, including as regards the EFSI.

The EIB´s impact in the implementation of key public policy areas can be monitoredthrough the results of investments in the key areas for which purpose EIB should continue to define its monitoring indicators. EIB need to further develop its risk culture in order to improve the effectiveness of its interventions with regard to the contribution to EU policies.

While the potential beneficiaries of financing are generally not sufficiently aware of the Bank´s products, there is a need of better information and policy of inclusiveness.

Nedzhmi ALI: Presentation of the Court of Auditors´ Annual report 2016

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The budget, as annual financial framework of revenues and spending, is of significant importance for implementation of the EU´s policies. In this regard the ECA´s general conclusion that the revenue and payments for 2016 were legal and regular with some exceptions for the payments is a good news.

The estimated level of errors in the payments made from the EU budget for the last three years shows a clear trend of steady decrease from 4.4 to 3.1%. The bulk of the errors are concentrated within the areas of Economic, social and territorial cohesion, as well as in Competiveness for growth and jobs.

In ECA´s report there is early warning on a number of issues that we should be careful about. The challenges are mainly related to the budgetary and financial management. Delayed implementation of the programs could create at the end of the current programming period a huge backlog of outstanding payments.

We need a budget that provides more flexibility to respond to unforeseen events as financial problems, disasters and refugee crises. Efforts toward budget focussed on results should continue in order to achieve maximum effectiveness of spending the EU´s financial resources. 

Annual report 2016 on the Protection of the EU´s financial interests – Fight against fraud

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Exchange of views with Commissioner G. Oettinger

 

Thank you Mme Chair. Dear Mr. Pargneaux, colleagues, Commissioner,

Commissioner Oettinger, thank you for the comprehensive presentation on the status of protection of the EU financial interests in 2016. It is undisputable that in order effectively to fight the fraud a sound financial management of EU programmes should be in place. Equally important are the functioning of the preventive and corrective mechanisms and the actions taken by the Commission and Member-states to protect the EU budget from illegal or irregular expenditure and irregularities related to the revenue side of the budget.

In this context I would like several issues to be further clarified:

Firstly, very important is ensuring cost-effectiveness of the management and control systems. From this point of view the report doesn´t present clearly whether significant tangible results exist. Could you elaborate on the implementation of Result oriented antifraud strategies?

Secondly, the VAT gap report published in 2016 revealed a VAT gap of almost 160 bill. Euros. What is your opinion about the trends in this area especially after the adoption of the Commission´s action plan “Towards a single EU VAT area – Time to decide”? May we speak about substantial improvement fighting fraud in the VAT area?

Finally, considering the statistics of detected irregularities and fraud for the period 2012 – 2016 we can´t find a specific pattern showing stable trend. Could you explain the lack of a visible correlation between implementation of the strategies and the results during the five year period?  Results in terms of number of irregularities and related amounts of euros. 

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