Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance II
MEPs want performance reserve
By Lénaïc Vaudin d’Imécourt | Tuesday 10 July 2012
The European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) consented to the Commission’s proposal on the next Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II), urging the EU executive to adopt a performance reserve of up to 5% of the overall financial allocations in order to “reward the exceptional progress” of countries that have improved their performance.
In a draft report by Kristian Vigenin (S&D, Bulgaria), adopted on 9 July, the AFET committee agreed that the geographic and thematic financing instruments proposed by the Commission for the period 2014-2020 are essential tools for implementing a “set of coherent financing instruments for EU external action”.
They demanded, however, that the European Parliament and the Council delegate their powers to the Commission for preparing “all strategic programming documents defining objectives, priorities, expected results and financial allocations in broad terms,” and that the Commission adopt said documents as delegated acts. MEPs believe that by delegating said powers, it will allow for flexibility “while ensuring democratic legitimacy and transparency through the equal involvement of both co-legislators at this strategic level”.
The first IPA entered into force in 2007, replacing the EU’s previous enlargement financing programmes (PHARE, CARDS or SAPARD) with one unique financing instrument. Adopted for a period of seven years, the IPA is due to end in 2014. With IPA II, the Commission intends to make the instrument more flexible by granting financial assistance to countries based on their readiness and effective capacity to receive the funds, instead of based on their status as candidate or potential candidate country.