European Union (Approvals) Bill — Third Reading — European Archives and Europe for Citizens Programme — 27 Jan 2014 at 17:46
The majority of MPs voted in favour of a €185 million EU "Europe for Citizens" programme of activities and to require EU institutions to deposit their archives at the European University Institute
MPs voted to give the European Union (Approvals) Bill its third reading; ie. to approve the Bill as it stood and in favour of it becoming law. The Bill gives the UK's approval to two European Union measures:
- 1. The draft decision to adopt the Council Regulation on the deposit of the historical archives of the institutions at the European University Institute in Florence (document number 6867/13)
- 2. The draft decision to adopt the Council Regulation establishing for the period 2014-2020 the programme “Europe for Citizens” (document number 12557/13).
The first measure requires all the European institutions, except the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the European Central Bank (ECB) to deposit their physical archives at the European University Institute in Florence.
The second measure renews the "Europe for Citizens" Programme and gives it a budget of €185 million for 2014-20 (down from €229 million originally proposed). Activities to be funded under the programme come under two themes: "Remembrance and European Citizenship" and "Democratic engagement and civic participation".
The reduction in cost of the "Europe for Citizens" Programme along with an estimation of the UK's contribution at £2 million to £3 million a year, was included in a speech by Edward Vaizey MP (Wantage, Conservative) during the debate leading up to the vote.
-  Parliament's webpage on the European Union (Approvals) Bill 2013-14
-  European Scrutiny Committee assessment of a Draft Regulation amending Regulation No 354/83 as regards the deposit of the historical archives of the institutions at the European University Institute in Florence
-  European Scrutiny Committee assessment of a Draft Council Regulation establishing for the period 2014-20 the Programme Europe for Citizens
-  Edward Vaizey MP (Wantage, Conservative), House of Commons, 13 January 2014
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