"The budget of the European Parliament and its implementation"
The budget of the European Parliament and its implementation in 2004 7196 EN What is the European Parliament’s budget? What does it represent by comparison with the general budget and with the budgets of the other European Union institutions? The European Union’s 2004 budget, Parliament’s budget accounted for EUR the amount set aside for the administra- which was adopted on 18 December 1.231 bn and represented just over 1% of tive expenditure of the European Institu- 2003, totalled EUR 111.300 bn. the EU budget. It also represented 20% of tions as a whole. How much does European Parliament spending amount to? How has it changed in recent years? Council 9% Parliament’s spending totalled EUR 1.203 available at year end to make early pay- bn in 2004, representing an 11.8 % in- ments on the purchase price of buildings Parlia ment 2 crease over 2003. Unused appropriations and thus reduce, in subsequent years’ 0% Commis in/ % sion 48 amounted to no more than 2.24 %. This budgets, both the rental burden and the Margion 14 Pens % particularly low cancellation rate is the building investment cost burden. result of the property policy Parliament Other inst. 3% has been pursuing for some years aimed Court Court of Justice 4% of Auditors 2% at purchasing the buildings it uses. This makes it possible to use appropriations EU administrative expenditure in 2004 : EUR 6 157 million What are the European Parliament’s main spending areas? Every year, the three major spending areas Parliament also makes use of external serv- all running costs, such as charges for water, are - in decreasing order of budgetary sig- ice providers for a proportion of transla- gas, electricity, maintenance and security nificance - staff, buildings and Members. tion work, in particular the translation guards. Expenditure in 2004 was the same In 2004, these three areas of spending ac- of the Verbatim Report of Proceedings as in 2003, which is noteworthy because counted for EUR 997.26 m, or 82 % of to- of parliamentary sessions. 187 067 pages in recent years the size of the premises tal expenditure. were translated by external service provid- occupied by Parliament in its three main Staff expenditure totalled EUR 464 m, or ers in 2004, out of a total of 625 443 (661 places of work (915 975 m2 in 2004) and 38% of total spending in 2004. Parliament 271 pages in 2003). It also makes use of in the Information Offices opened in the employs several categories of staff. Offi- external service providers in other areas, 25 Member States (16 927 m2 in 2004) has cials and temporary staff form the largest chiefly IT, security, building maintenance increased markedly as a result of enlarge- category: 4 236 at the end of 2004 (com- and upkeep, and catering. ment. It has been possible maintain stable pared with 3 964 in 2003), 495 of whom Expenditure on buildings amounted to expenditure thanks to early repayments were assigned to the political groups. Aux- EUR 294 m, representing 24% of total on the purchase of buildings effected in iliary and contract staff are recruited to spending. It covers the buildings occupied the past and the major rental savings this replace or augment permanent staff on a by Parliament at its three main places of has entailed. temporary basis. In 2004, they represented work - Brussels, Luxembourg and Stras- Expenditure relating to Members amount- the equivalent of 660 one-year contracts bourg - and in the Information Offices or ed to EUR 240 m, representing 20 % of (compared with 438 in 2003). Auxiliary Europe Houses set up in the 25 Member Parliament’s overall budget, and covers all staff recruited specifically for part-ses- States. This expenditure covers both prop- Members’ expenses and allowances, in- sions and committee meetings represent- erty investment and building rentals plus cluding pay for personal assistants. ed the equivalent of 498 one-year contracts in 2004, a figure unchanged from 2003. In 2004, as in 2003, 52 local staff were hired The following chart provides an overview of Parliament’s main spending areas: to perform specific tasks such as receiving visitors or looking after children in Parlia- Political groups ment’s crèches. Parliament also uses the Information 4% and parties 4% Other 4% services of contract interpreters to sup- IT and telecomms 6% plement teams of permanent interpreters rs 20% at Parliament part-sessions or parliamen- Membe Buildings 24% tary committee and political group meet- Sta 38% ings. The use of those services represented 27 858 interpreting days in 2004 out of a total of 59 751 days (56 298 in 2003). What were the main distinctive features of the budget implementation process in 2004? 2004 was an exceptional year marked The 732 Members, including the re- In Luxembourg, by two big events: the enlargement of elected or newly-elected Members from the Union to include ten new Member the established Member States and the States on 1 May 2004 and the European Members from the new Member States elections which were held in June 2004 formally were received in Strasbourg in and enabled the 25 EU Member States to July 2004 at the constituent part-session elect their representatives to Parliament for the 2004-2009 legislative term. for the 2004-2009 legislative term. Parliament rented three buildings (Tow- ers ‘A’ and ‘B’ and the GOLDBELL) spe- cifically to replace the Alcide de GASP- ERI building and to accommodate the large number of language staff newly re- cruited to cater for enlargement. The actions embarked upon in previous years to recruit additional staff from the In Strasbourg, The elections were preceded by a major new Member States continued in 2004. information and awareness campaign A majority of the 987 jobs created in designed to familiarise the public in connection with enlargement have been the 15 established and 10 new Member filled on a permanent or temporary basis States with Parliament and to encourage but around 200 posts had still to be filled voters in all these countries to participate at the end of 2004. Considerable efforts in the election of their representatives to have been made in this area to provide Parliament. The campaign harnessed Members with the support services a wide range of tools to reach as broad needed for their work, especially in the a public as possible: media actions, language field of interpretation and information seminars for journalists, translation in which, with enlargement, information notes on what had been the number of official EU languages rose Parliament purchased the Louise WEISS achieved in the 1999-2004 legislative term, 20 and the number of possible language building on 16 February 2004. Fitting- creation of a website in all the languages combinations to 380. out work was also undertaken to tailor of the enlarged EU and the organisation of EuropaQuiz (800 questions on Europe the current premises to the additional and Parliament), sending of delegations In the property field, the work begun in needs arising from enlargement. Finally, of officials on a travelling information previous years to increase the number Parliament continued its policy aimed at campaign in the new Member States. A of offices and meeting rooms and to fit establishing Information Offices in all variety of events such as the ceremonies these out continued in 2004. the new Member States. It also pursued held to mark enlargement on 1 May with the Commission its moves to and ‘election night’ ensured wide media combine Parliament and Commission In Brussels, dissemination. information services currently located on different sites into ‘Europe Houses’ in order to provide the public with better information at less cost. Measures to ensure the safety of persons and premises had to be adjusted to take into account the increase in the number of buildings both in the three normal places of work and outside these, as well as the sharp rise in the frequentation of Parliament signed a leasehold agreement those premises owing to the increase in with option to purchase on two buildings the numbers of Members and staff and of under construction in proximity to the visitors to Parliament’s buildings. buildings it currently occupies. Pending their availability in early 2008, Parliament has rented other office premises (MON- TOYER 63 and 70 and REMARD). Published by DG Finance