Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report

TRANS-EUROPEAN NETWORKS 2007-13 (11740/04)

Letter from Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, Minister of State for Industry and the Regions, Department of Trade and Industry to the Chairman

  As you have requested, I am writing to update your committee on progress on this dossier in the light of the European Council's agreement of the budget for 2007-13 on 19 December 2005.

  A total budget of €72.12 billion (£49.4 billion) was allocated for the sub-heading including TENS. This is considerably less than the Commission proposal of €1.22 billion (£83.6 billion), but still represents year on year real growth of 7.5 per cent compared to 2006. There is no specific figure for TENS or other components of the sub-heading, but the budget agreement does call for particular priority to be given to enhancing the EU's research effort. It is also stated that due account will be taken of some priority projects within the Trans-European Networks.

  The Commission will propose a breakdown of all the budget sub-headings includingthis one in February. TENS will be a part of this. This overall proposal, includingfunding for TENS, will then form part of the negotiation of the Inter-InstitutionalAgreement (IIA) on the budget with the European Parliament.

  We expect the IIA to be agreed at some point between March and May. Once the IIA and programme amounts have been agreed with the European Parliament, the amounts for the programmes will be slotted into the relevant regulations, and the regulations will go on to be agreed between the Council and the European Parliament, probably in the second half of this year.

  I will continue to keep you up to date as we move forward. If you require any further information, please contact me.

30 January 2006

Letter from the Chairman to Rt Hon Alun Michael MP

  Thank you for your letter of 30 January in reply to mine of 9 November 2005[43] which Sub-Committee B considered at its meeting on 13 February 2006.

  We were interested in the progress report that you provided. We are maintaining scrutiny until full information as to the financial aspect of the draft Regulation is available for us to scrutinise.

15 February 2006

43   Correspondence with Ministers, 45th Report of Session 2005-06, HL Paper 243, p 214. Back

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