2010 EU BUDGET : LEWANDOWSKI: IMPLEMENTATION RATE EXCEEDS 97%.
The implementation rate of the EU budget in 2010 exceeded 97%, according to figures presented by Budget Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski to the College of Commissioners, on 23 February.
The implementation of payment appropriations stood at 97.7% in 2010, very close to the 97% rate for 2009 and 98% for 2008. In absolute terms, the volumes of implemented payments in 2010 grew by 2.9 billion compared to the previous year. For commitment appropriations, the implementation rate reached 99.7%. The figures presented for 2010 correspond to the real' budget, ie with amending budgets introduced during the year, 117 billion in payments and 138 billion in commitments.
Due to the multiannual programming system, certain programmes reach cruising speed in the second part of the financial perspectives. Amongst these, the cohesion and regional funds had the highest absorption rate. Payments exceeded what had been allocated in the agreed budget for 2010 by 1.9 billion. Redeployment of unused funds in other areas was the main source of financing for this higher need.
Nevertheless, a few clouds obscured the picture. Lewandowski identified several areas in need for improvement in the implementation: the European Social Fund, rural development, the Competitiveness and Innovation programme, energy projects to aid economic recovery, the European Fisheries Fund and the Instrument for Pre-Accession.
Unlike the financial report, usually released in autumn, Lewandowski indicated this did not provide information about country-specific implementation. The commissioner did, however, make a brief mention of the situation in the new' member states. He talked about a "diversified picture," underlining some "improvements," in particular with regard to cohesion funds.
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|Title Annotation:||Janusz Lewandowski|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Feb 24, 2011|
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