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   Wed 12/01/2000

On 29 April 1998 the Commission submitted to Parliament, pursuant to Articles 78d of the ECSC Treaty, Article 275a of the EC Treaty and Article 179a of the EAEC Treaty, the revenue and expenditure account and the financial statement for the 1997 financial year, together with the report on the implementation of the general budget (SEC(1998) 520, SEC(1998) 522, SEC(1998) 519).

On 16 November 1998 the Court of Auditors submitted to Parliament its report on the 1997 financial year, which refers to several special reports.

At the sitting of 14 December 1998 the President of Parliament announced that he had referred these documents to the Committee on Budgetary Control as the committee responsible and to all the committees concerned for their opinions (C4-0350/1998), C4-0350/1998, C4-0351/1998).

At its meeting of 29 October 1998 the Committee on Budgetary Control had appointed Laurens Brinkhorst rapporteur.

On 15 March 1999 the Council forwarded to Parliament the recommendation concerning the discharge to be given to the Commission in respect of the implementation of the general budget for the 1997 financial year (C4-0156/1999).

At its meetings of 26 November 1998, 19 January, 23 February, 15/16 March, 12 and 20 April 1999 the Committee on Budgetary Control considered the revenue and expenditure account and the financial statement for the 1997 financial year, the report on the implementation of the general budget, the report of the Court of Auditors, the working documents drawn up by members of the committee on the various sectors of Community activity, the recommendation of the Council, the draft report and the opinions of the committees consulted.

At the sitting of 4 May 1999 Parliament decided to postpone the discharge decision (A4-0201/1999).

By letters of 8 October 1999, 12 November 1999 and 6 December 1999 the Commission informed Parliament of the measures it had taken in response to this resolution.

At its meeting of 21 September 1999 the Committee on Budgetary Control appointed Lousewies van der Laan rapporteur.

At its meetings of 6 December 1999 and 11 January 2000, it considered the draft report.

At the latter meeting it adopted unopposed, with 1 abstention, the proposal for a decision giving discharge to the Commission in respect of the general budget of the European Communities for the 1997 financial year; unanimously adopted the proposal for a decision closing the accounts relating to the implementation of the general budget of the European Communities for the 1997 financial year; adopted unopposed with 1 abstention, the motion for a resolution; and adopted unopposed, with 1 abstention, the report as a whole.

The following were present for the vote: Theato, chairman; van der Laan (rapporteur and vice-chairman); Bösch, vice-chairman; Blak, vice-chairman; Camre, Dell'Alba, Folias (for Costa), van Hulten, Kuhne, Langenhagen, Mastorakis (for Hollande), McCartin (for Khanbhai), Mulder (for Di Pietro), Pomés-Ruiz, Rühle (for Staes), Stauner and Turmes (pursuant to Rule 153).

The opinion of the Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy is attached.

The report was tabled on 12 January 2000.

The deadline for tabling amendments will be indicated in the draft agenda for the relevant part-session.

 


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