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European Union Documents

Volume 564: debated on Wednesday 19 June 2013

Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 119(11)),

Adjustment of Direct Farm Payments for 2013

That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 7935/13, a draft Regulation on fixing an adjustment rate to direct payments provided for in Regulation (EC) No. 73/2009 in respect of calendar year 2013; supports the Government’s view that financial discipline is needed in 2013 to constrain spending on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and establish the new Crisis Reserve; and agrees that there should be an equal proportional reduction for all direct payments for all beneficiaries, and therefore that no payment should be exempt from financial discipline in 2013 or in future years.—(Karen Bradley.)

Question agreed to.

Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 119(11)

Economic Governance: European Semester and Macroeconomic Imbalances

That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 16669/12 and Addenda 1 and 2, a Commission Communication: Annual Growth Survey 2013, No. 16671/12 and Addenda 1 and 2, a Commission Report: Alert Mechanism Report 2013, prepared in accordance with Articles 3 and 4 of the Regulation on the prevention and correction of macroeconomic imbalances, No. 16513/12, a Commission Staff Working Document: Completing the scoreboard for the Macroeconomic Imbalances Procedure: Financial Sector Indicator, No. 8660/13, a Commission Communication: Results of in-depth reviews under Regulation (EU) No. 1176/2011 on the prevention and correction of macroeconomic imbalances, SWD(2013) 125, a Commission Communication: Results of in-depth review for the United Kingdom in accordance with Article 5 of Regulation (EU) No. 1176/2011 on the prevention and correction of macroeconomic imbalances, COM(2013) 378 and Addendum, a recommendation for a Council Recommendation on the United Kingdom’s 2013 national reform programme and delivering a Council opinion on the United Kingdom’s convergence programme for 2012-17, and COM(2013) 350, a Commission Communication: 2013 European Semester: Country-Specific Recommendations: Moving Europe beyond the crisis; recognises the five priorities of the 2013 Annual Growth Survey; supports the Government’s view that it is important to focus on implementation of existing reform commitments; takes note of the results of the In-Depth Review; takes note that the European Commission’s draft Country-Specific Recommendations to the UK stress the importance of tackling the deficit, pursuing ambitious structural reforms and prioritising investment in UK infrastructure; and acknowledges that these are already the priorities of the Government.—(Karen Bradley.)

Question agreed to.