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European Parliament decision of 3 April 2014 on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European Aviation Safety Agency for the financial year 2012 (C7-0297/2013 – 2013/2219(DEC))

Source – European Parliament:

1.European Parliament decision of 3 April 2014 on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European Aviation Safety Agency for the financial year 2012 (C7-0297/2013 – 2013/2219(DEC))

The European Parliament ,

– having regard to the final annual accounts of the European Aviation Safety Agency for the financial year 2012,

– having regard to the Court of Auditors’ report on the annual accounts of the European Aviation Safety Agency for the financial year 2012, together with the Agency’s replies(1) ,

– having regard to the Council’s recommendation of 18 February 2014 (05849/2014 – C7-0054/2014),

– having regard to Article 319 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

– having regard to Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities(2) , and in particular Article 185 thereof,

– having regard to Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002(3) , and in particular Article 208 thereof,

– having regard to Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council(4) establishing a European Aviation Safety Agency, and in particular Article 60 thereof,

– having regard to Commission Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2343/2002 of 19 November 2002 on the framework Financial Regulation for the bodies referred to in Article 185 of Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities(5) ,

– having regard to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1271/2013 of 30 September 2013 on the framework financial regulation for the bodies referred to in Article 208 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council(6) , and in particular Article 108 thereof,

– having regard to Rule 77 of, and Annex VI to, its Rules of Procedure,

– having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgetary Control and the opinion of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (A7-0221/2014),

1. Grants the Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency discharge in respect of the implementation of the Agency’s budget for the financial year 2012;

2. Sets out its observations in the resolution below;

3. Instructs its President to forward this Decision and the resolution that forms an integral part of it to the Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency, the Council, the Commission and the Court of Auditors, and to arrange for their publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (L series).

(1) OJ C 365, 13.12.2013, p. 66.
(2) OJ L 248, 16.9.2002, p. 1.
(3) OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.
(4) OJ L 79, 19.3.2008, p. 1.
(5) OJ L 357, 31.12.2002, p. 72.
(6) OJ L 328, 7.12.2013, p. 42.

2.European Parliament decision of 3 April 2014 on the closure of the accounts of the European Aviation Safety Agency for the financial year 2012 (C7-0297/2013 – 2013/2219(DEC))

The European Parliament ,

– having regard to the final annual accounts of the European Aviation Safety Agency for the financial year 2012,

– having regard to the Court of Auditors’ report on the annual accounts of the European Aviation Safety Agency for the financial year 2012, together with the Agency’s replies(1) ,

– having regard to the Council’s recommendation of 18 February 2014 (05849/2014 – C7-0054/2014),

– having regard to Article 319 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

– having regard to Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities(2) , and in particular Article 185 thereof,

– having regard to Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002(3) , and in particular Article 208 thereof,

– having regard to Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council(4) establishing a European Aviation Safety Agency, and in particular Article 60 thereof,

– having regard to Commission Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2343/2002 of 19 November 2002 on the framework Financial Regulation for the bodies referred to in Article 185 of Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities(5) ,

– having regard to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1271/2013 of 30 September 2013 on the framework financial regulation for the bodies referred to in Article 208 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council(6) , and in particular Article 108 thereof,

– having regard to Rule 77 of, and Annex VI to, its Rules of Procedure,

– having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgetary Control and the opinion of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (A7-0221/2014),

1. Approves the closure of the accounts of the European Aviation Safety Agency for the financial year 2012;

2. Instructs its President to forward this Decision to the Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency, the Council, the Commission and the Court of Auditors, and to arrange for its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (L series).

(1) OJ C 365, 13.12.2013, p. 66.
(2) OJ L 248, 16.9.2002, p. 1.
(3) OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.
(4) OJ L 79, 19.3.2008, p. 1.
(5) OJ L 357, 31.12.2002, p. 72.
(6) OJ L 328, 7.12.2013, p. 42.

3.European Parliament resolution of 3 April 2014 with observations forming an integral part of its Decision on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European Aviation Safety Agency for the financial year 2012 (C7-0297/2013 – 2013/2219(DEC))

The European Parliament ,

– having regard to the final annual accounts of the European Aviation Safety Agency for the financial year 2012,

– having regard to the Court of Auditors’ report on the annual accounts of the European Aviation Safety Agency for the financial year 2012, together with the Agency’s replies(1) ,

– having regard to the Council’s recommendation of 18 February 2014 (05849/2014 – C7-0054/2014),

– having regard to Article 319 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

– having regard to the Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities(2) , and in particular Article 185 thereof,

– having regard to Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002(3) , and in particular Article 208 thereof,

– having regard to Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council(4) establishing a European Aviation Safety Agency, and in particular Article 60 thereof,

– having regard to Commission Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2343/2002 of 19 November 2002 on the framework Financial Regulation for the bodies referred to in Article 185 of Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities(5) ,

– having regard to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1271/2013 of 30 September 2013 on the framework financial regulation for the bodies referred to in Article 208 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council(6) , and in particular Article 108 thereof,

– having regard to its previous discharge decisions and resolutions,

– having regard to Rule 77 of, and Annex VI to, its Rules of Procedure,

– having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgetary Control and the opinion of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (A7-0221/2014),

A. whereas according to its financial statements, the final budget of the European Aviation Safety Agency (‘the Agency’) for the financial year 2012 was EUR 158 848 191, representing an increase of 7 % compared to 2011,

B. whereas the overall contribution of the Union to the Agency’s budget for 2012 amounted to EUR 38 651 354,83, representing an increase of 6,95 % compared to 2011,

C. whereas the Court of Auditors has stated that it has obtained reasonable assurances that the Agency’s annual accounts for the financial year 2012 are reliable and that the underlying transactions are legal and regular,

1. Highlights the Agency’s vital role in ensuring the highest possible level of aviation safety throughout Europe; notes, furthermore, that the current review of the Single European Sky legislation could lead to greater powers being accorded to the Agency; stresses that, should this be the case, the Agency will need to be given the financial, material and human resources it needs to perform its tasks successfully;

Follow-up of 2011 discharge

2. Notes from the Court of Auditors’ report on the annual accounts that regarding the five comments made in 2011, two corrective actions taken in response to the previous year’s comments are marked as ‘ongoing’ and three as ‘completed’;

3. Acknowledges from the Agency that:
– the level of Title III carry-overs, excluding fees and charges, was considerably reduced in 2012 to EUR 6 200 000 (46 %),
– work instructions for both fixed assets management and inventory management have been adopted and a full inventory was carried out in 2012, which resulted in the disposal of a number of fully depreciated assets,
– in order not to hold cash funds in only one bank, a negotiated tender for opening bank accounts was launched in 2013, based on strict criteria as regards the credit rating of the prospective banks; notes that the selected bank has an excellent credit rating and once a contract is signed, the Agency’s cash funds will be transferred to this bank depending on the balance between credit risk and interest rate,
– measures and controls have been put in place to allow for the recruitment of the necessary experts from the industry, at the same time avoiding potential conflicts of interest situations; observes, moreover, that the conflicts of interest training is finalised and that regular training is put in place for newcomers;
Budget and financial management

4. Notes that the overall level of appropriations committed was 95 %, varying between 96 % for title I (staff expenditure), 95 % for title II (administrative expenditure) and 89 % for title III (operational expenditure);

5. Notes with concern that carry-overs of committed appropriations were high for title III at 46 %; stresses that, although this is partly justified by the multiannual nature of the Agency’s operations and by the duly justified carry-overs included in the Court of Auditors’ sample, nevertheless such a high level is at odds with the budgetary principle of annuality;

Transfers

6. Notes with satisfaction that according to the annual activity report as well as the Court of Auditors’ audit findings, the level and nature of transfers in 2012 have remained within the limits of the financial rules; commends the Agency for its good budgetary planning;

Procurement and recruitment procedures

7. Notes with concern that in one of the audited recruitment procedures, the selected candidate did not meet the requirements of the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Communities as regards university degrees or equivalent professional training; calls on the Agency to provide an explanation as to how it could have happened;

Prevention and management of conflicts of interests and transparency

8. Welcomes the Agency’s adoption of the ‘cooling off period’ of non-assignment for a year, so that anyone new to the organisation is not allocated work on files they had directly worked on in the previous five years;

9. Notes that following the recommendation of the discharge authority, the Agency will include information and statistics on the management of conflicts of interests in its 2013 annual activity report;

10. Notes that the Agency is currently assessing the declarations of interests of managers and of person holding sensitive functions; regrets, however, that the CVs and declarations of interests of Management Board members and observers, as well as the declarations of interests of the Executive Director, are still not publicly available on the Agency’s website; calls on the Agency to remedy the situation as a matter of urgency;

11. Regrets the lack of information available on the Agency’s website regarding the members of the Board of Appeal; believes that the names, CVs and declarations of interests of those members should be made public; therefore, calls on the Agency to remedy the situation as a matter of urgency;

Internal controls

12. Notes with concern that while the Agency established a standard procedure for ex ante verifications, the related checklists were not completed and documentation justifying the validation of expenditure was not always available; calls on the Agency to take steps to rectify this and to report on its actions within the framework of the 2012 discharge follow-up;

13. Regrets the fact that although a methodology for ex post verifications was approved in 2009 and that the Agency made further developments in its implementation, room for improvement still exists in some areas, namely that there is still no annual planning of verifications, that the sample of transactions to be checked is not risk-based and that the methodology does not cover public procurement procedures; calls on the Agency to further improve its performance in this regard and to report on the progress made within the framework of the 2012 discharge follow-up;

Internal audit

14. Acknowledges from the Agency that in 2012, the Commission’s Internal Audit Service (IAS) performed a limited review of IT projects management, which led to two very important recommendations; notes that the IAS also carried out an assessment of the progress made by the Agency in implementing its recommendations resulting from its earlier audits (2006-2011); observes that the IAS confirmed that the Agency has adequately implemented 22 out of 23 recommendations, while the remaining one was reported by the Agency as implemented and waiting for final assessment by IAS;

Performance

15. Requests that the Agency communicate the results and impact its work has on European citizens in an accessible way, mainly through its website;

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16. Refers, in respect of the other observations accompanying its Decision on discharge, which are of a horizontal nature, to its resolution of 3 April 2014(7) on the performance, financial management and control of the agencies.

(1) OJ C 365, 13.12.2013, p. 66.
(2) OJ L 248, 16.9.2002, p. 1.
(3) OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.
(4) OJ L 79, 19.3.2008, p. 1.
(5) OJ L 357, 31.12.2002, p. 72.
(6) OJ L 328, 7.12.2013, p. 42.
(7) Texts adopted, P7_TA-PROV(2014)0299.

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Criticism of New French Debris Mitigation Law

Source – Space News:

French Debris-mitigation Law Could Pose Issue for Arianespace
By Peter B. de Selding | Apr. 10, 2014

PARIS — A new French space law designed to reduce orbital debris, and especially to prevent liability from rocket upper stages re-entering the atmosphere and causing injury or property damage, risks posing problems for commercial launch services provider Arianespace of France.

Industry officials said the Law on Space Operations, which forces French launch providers to direct the upper stages of their rockets into trajectories that will cause them to come down over water or to disintegrate immediately after launch, for now is a uniquely French contribution to global space jurisprudence.

As such, they said, the Arianespace consortium could lose business because its rockets will need to carry hundreds of kilograms of additional fuel to perform the direct-deorbit maneuver. Its competitors are operating under no equivalent constraints. . . .[Full Story]

B-409327.3, Evergreen Helicopters of Alaska, Inc., April 14, 2014

Source – GAO:

B-409327.3, Evergreen Helicopters of Alaska, Inc., April 14, 2014

http://www.gao.gov/products/B-409327.3

Evergreen Helicopters of Alaska, Inc. (EHA), of McMinnville, Oregon, challenges the terms of an evaluation notice (EN) issued by the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) under request for proposals (RFP) No. HTC711-13-R-R016 for the acquisition of fixed-wing aircraft services in the central region of Africa. The EN, issued as part of agency corrective action, requires offerors to submit performance data charts for proposed aircraft, but otherwise prohibits revision of proposals. EHA argues that the EN constitutes an amendment to the solicitation and, as a result, EHA should be permitted to revise any aspect of its proposal, including its price proposal.

We deny the protest.

NASA-SpaceX Sign Launch Pad Agreement

Source – Space Newsfeed:

NASA signs agreement with SpaceX for use of historic launch pad

(15 April 2014) NASA Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Complex 39A, the site from which numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions began, is beginning a new mission as a commercial launch site.

NASA signed a property agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., on Monday for use and occupancy of the seaside complex along Florida’s central east coast. It will serve as a platform for SpaceX to support their commercial launch activities. . . .[Full Story]

India to Overhaul Satcom Policy

Source – Economic Times:

Department of Space, DoT to overhaul satellite communications policy
Kalyan Parbat, ET Bureau Apr 19, 2014, 02.22AM IST

KOLKATA: The Department of Space in consultations with the telecom department (DoT)_will shortly overhaul India’s 17-year old satellite communications policy to pave the way for auctioning satellite bandwidth. It will also frame new rules for allocating and pricing satellite transponders and explore ways to deal with applications seeking use of foreign orbital slots, according to a finance ministry note seen by ET. . . [Full Story]

Federal Register: NASA Statement of Organization and General Information

NASA published adirect final rule on Statement of Organization and General Information (PDF) in the Federal Register (78 Fed. Reg. 18443-18444):

SUMMARY: This direct final rule makes nonsubstantive changes by removing language related to general information on NASA’s organizations because the most current information is maintained in other regulations and on NASA’s Organization Structure Web site. Therefore, this regulation will be streamlined to make reference to those locations to ensure that the public is provided with the most current information accessible on NASA. The revisions to this rule is part of NASA’s retrospective plan under EO 13563 completed in August 2011. NASA’s full plan can be accessed on the Agency’s open government Web site at http://www.nasa.gov/open/.

European Parliament decision of 3 April 2014 on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European GNSS Agency for the financial year 2012 (C7-0319/2013 – 2013/2231(DEC))

Source – European Parliament:

1.European Parliament decision of 3 April 2014 on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European GNSS Agency for the financial year 2012 (C7-0319/2013 – 2013/2231(DEC))

The European Parliament ,

– having regard to the final annual accounts of the European GNSS Agency for the financial year 2012,

– having regard to the Court of Auditors’ report on the annual accounts of the European GNSS Agency for the financial year 2012, together with the Agency’s replies(1) ,

– having regard to the Council’s recommendation of 18 February 2014 (05849/2014 – C7-0054/2014),

– having regard to Article 319 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

– having regard to Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities(2) , and in particular Article 185 thereof,

– having regard to Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002(3) , and in particular Article 208 thereof,

– having regard to Regulation (EU) No 912/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2010 setting up the European GNSS Agency(4) , and in particular Article 14 thereof,

– having regard to Commission Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2343/2002 of 19 November 2002 on the framework Financial Regulation for the bodies referred to in Article 185 of Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities(5) ,

– having regard to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1271/2013 of 30 September 2013 on the framework financial regulation for the bodies referred to in Article 208 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council(6) , and in particular Article 108 thereof,

– having regard to Rule 77 of, and Annex VI to, its Rules of Procedure,

– having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgetary Control (A7-0223/2014),

1. Grants the Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency discharge in respect of the implementation of the Authority’s budget for the financial year 2012;

2. Sets out its observations in the resolution below;

3. Instructs its President to forward this Decision and the resolution that forms an integral part of it to the Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency, the Council, the Commission and the Court of Auditors, and to arrange for their publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (L series).

(1) OJ C 365, 13.12.2013, p. 261.
(2) OJ L 248, 16.9.2002, p. 1.
(3) OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.
(4) OJ L 276, 20.10.2010,p. 11.
(5) OJ L 357, 31.12.2002, p. 72.
(6) OJ L 328, 7.12.2013, p. 42.

2.European Parliament decision of 3 April 2014 on the closure of the accounts of the European GNSS Agency for the financial year 2012 (C7-0319/2013 – 2013/2231(DEC))

The European Parliament ,

– having regard to the final annual accounts of the European GNSS Agency for the financial year 2012,

– having regard to the Court of Auditors’ report on the annual accounts of the European GNSS Agency for the financial year 2012, together with the Agency’s replies(1) ,

– having regard to the Council’s recommendation of 18 February 2014 (05849/2014 – C7-0054/2014),

– having regard to Article 319 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

– having regard to the Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities(2) , and in particular Article 185 thereof,

– having regard to Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002(3) , and in particular Article 208 thereof,

– having regard to Regulation (EU) No 912/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2010 setting up the European GNSS Agency(4) , and in particular Article 14 thereof,

– having regard to Commission Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2343/2002 of 19 November 2002 on the framework Financial Regulation for the bodies referred to in Article 185 of Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities(5) ,

– having regard to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1271/2013 of 30 September 2013 on the framework financial regulation for the bodies referred to in Article 208 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council(6) , and in particular Article 108 thereof,

– having regard to Rule 77 of, and Annex VI to, its Rules of Procedure,

– having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgetary Control (A7-0223/2014),

1. Approves the closure of the accounts of the European GNSS Agency for the financial year 2012;

2. Instructs its President to forward this Decision to the Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency, the Council, the Commission and the Court of Auditors, and to arrange for its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (L series).

(1) OJ C 365, 13.12.2013, p. 261.
(2) OJ L 248, 16.9.2002, p. 1.
(3) OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.
(4) OJ L 276, 20.10.2010,p. 11.
(5) OJ L 357, 31.12.2002, p. 72.
(6) OJ L 328, 7.12.2013, p. 42.

3.European Parliament resolution of 3 April 2014 with observations forming an integral part of its Decision on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European GNSS Agency for the financial year 2012 (C7-0319/2013 – 2013/2231(DEC))

The European Parliament ,

– having regard to the final annual accounts of the European GNSS Agency for the financial year 2012,

– having regard to the Court of Auditors’ report on the annual accounts of the European GNSS Agency for the financial year 2012, together with the Agency’s replies(1) ,

– having regard to the Council’s recommendation of 18 February 2014 (05849/2014 – C7-0054/2014),

– having regard to Article 319 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

– having regard to the Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities(2) , and in particular Article 185 thereof,

– having regard to Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002(3) , and in particular Article 208 thereof,

– having regard to Regulation (EU) No 912/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2010 setting up the European GNSS Agency(4) , and in particular Article 14 thereof,

– having regard to Commission Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2343/2002 of 19 November 2002 on the framework Financial Regulation for the bodies referred to in Article 185 of Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities(5) ,

– having regard to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1271/2013 of 30 September 2013 on the framework financial regulation for the bodies referred to in Article 208 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council(6) , and in particular Article 108 thereof,

– having regard to its previous discharge decisions and resolutions,

– having regard to Rule 77 of, and Annex VI to, its Rules of Procedure,

– having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgetary Control (A7-0223/2014),

A. whereas according to its financial statements, the budget of the European GNSS Agency (‘the Agency’) for the financial year 2012 was EUR 20 848 718, representing a decrease of 46,12 % compared to 2011,

B. whereas the Court of Auditors has stated that it has obtained reasonable assurances that the Agency’s annual accounts for the financial year 2012 are reliable and that the underlying transactions are legal and regular,

Budget and financial management

1. Notes that budget monitoring efforts during the financial year 2012 resulted in a budget implementation rate of 100 % and that the payment appropriations execution rate was 99,99 %;

Commitments and carryovers

2. Acknowledges from the Court of Auditors’ report that the overall level of committed appropriations was close to 100 % for all titles;

3. Notes that the carry-over of committed appropriations was relatively high for title II (administrative expenditure) at EUR 1 700 000 (38 %); acknowledges that this was partly due to events beyond the Authority’s control, such as the relocation of its seat to Prague in September 2012 (EUR 400 000) and the setting-up of the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (EUR 400 000) which necessitated the provision of certain goods and services in the last quarter of the year; notes, moreover, that several contracts relating to IT and legal services included in the 2013 work programme were signed in December 2012;

Transfers

4. Notes that an amount of EUR 700 000 was transferred from title I (staff expenditure) to title II in November 2012;

Procurement and recruitment procedures

5. Notes with concern that the Court of Auditors identified weaknesses in the recruitment procedures audited which affected transparency and equal treatment, namely the fact that no threshold scores were determined for admission to written tests and interviews or for inclusion in the list of suitable candidates and the fact that the vacancy notices made no provision for appeals by rejected candidates;

6. Notes that the Court, in its annual audit report for 2012, made no comments as regards the Agency’s procurement procedures;

Prevention and management of conflicts of interests and transparency

7. Regrets that the Agency did not answer questionnaire on the management and prevention of conflicts of interests; urges the Agency to report to the discharge authority on the actions it has implemented to become in line with the Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 15/2012 and Parliament’s recommendations that all agencies develop and implement comprehensive independence policies and procedures, inter alia, by establishing a breach of trust mechanism and clear penalties, or by changing those already in place;

8. Observes that the CVs and declarations of interests of the members of the Administrative Board, as well as the declarations of interests of the Executive Director and senior management are not publicly available; calls on the Agency to remedy the situation as a matter of urgency;

Internal audit

9. Acknowledges from the Agency that in 2012, the Commission’s Internal Audit Service (IAS) carried out a risk assessment and a follow-up engagement in accordance with the Strategic Audit Plan of the Agency; notes that there were no open critical or very important recommendations stemming from the previous IAS audit reports; notes, however, that in the course of the risk analysis, the IAS identified certain processes of high inherent risk which could not be considered as auditable within the audit plan as the controls were assessed as absent or insufficient; notes that the Agency’s management submitted an action plan aimed at addressing those weaknesses adequately;

Performance

10. Requests that the Agency communicate the results and impact its work has on European citizens in an accessible way, mainly through its website;

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11. Refers, in respect of the other observations accompanying its Decision on discharge, which are of a horizontal nature, to its resolution of 3 April 2014(7) on the performance, financial management and control of the agencies.

(1) OJ C 365, 13.12.2013, p. 261.
(2) OJ L 248, 16.9.2002, p. 1.
(3) OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.
(4) OJ L 276, 20.10.2010,p. 11.
(5) OJ L 357, 31.12.2002, p. 72.
(6) OJ L 328, 7.12.2013, p. 42.
(7) Texts adopted, P7_TA-PROV(2014)0299.

Russia-China Cooperation on GNSS

Source – ITAR-TASS:

Russia, China eye cooperation of GLONASS and BeiDou navigation systems
April 18, 11:56 UTC+4

VLADIVOSTOK, April 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia and China see prospects of cooperation related with satellite navigation systems GLONASS and BeiDou in regional support and development of chipsets, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told reporters on Friday.

Dmitry Rogozin was taking part in a meeting of co-chairs of Russian-Chinese committee for preparation of regular meetings between the countries’ prime ministers, which took place in Vladivostok on Friday. . . .[Full Story]

FCC Satcom Documents 3/31/14-4/17/14

Federal Communications satcom documents, 3/31/14-4/17/14:

REVISIONS OF PARTS 2 AND 25 OF THE COMMISSION’S RULES TO GOVERN THE USE OF EARTH STATIONS ABOARD AIRCRAFT COMMUNICATING WITH FIXED-SATELLITE SERVICE GEOSTATIONARY-ORBIT SPACE STATIONS. Revised Parts 2 and 25 of the Commission’s Rules, to elevate ESSA Stations from secondary to primary status, and to respond to a petition for reconsideration and clarification. by Second Report and Order. (Dkt No. 12-376 ). Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 04/17/2014 by Order on Reconsideration. (FCC No. 14-45). IB

<a href=”http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-14-512A1.pdfX2NSAT. Dismissed X2nSat’s application without prejudice to re-filing. Action by: Chief, Systems Analysis Branch, Satellite Division, International Bureau by LETTER. (DA No. 14-512). IB

Report No: SES-01638 Released: 04/16/2014. SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES re: Satellite Radio Applications Accepted for Filing. IB

Report No: SES-01639 Released: 04/16/2014. SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES INFORMATION re: Actions Taken. IB

Report No: SES-01636 Released: 04/09/2014. SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES re: Satellite Radio Applications Accepted for Filing. IB

Report No: SES-01637 Released: 04/09/2014. SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES INFORMATION re: Actions Taken. IB

SES AMERICOM, INC. APPLICATION FOR AUTHORITY TO OPERATE THE SES-3 SATELLITE AT 103 DEGREES W.L. Authorized SES Americom, Inc. to operate the SES-3 Call Sign S2892 at the 103 Degrees W.L. orbital location for TT&C and for two Ku-band beacons, for purposes of preparing, at its own risk, for transitioning service from AMC-1 to SES-3. Action by: Chief, International Bureau. Adopted: 04/04/2014 by ORDER. (DA No. 14-462). IB

Report No: SAT-01008 Released: 04/04/2014. POLICY BRANCH INFORMATION. (DA No. 14-454) Actions Taken.

Report No: SAT-01007 Released: 04/04/2014. POLICY BRANCH INFORMATION Satellite Space Applications Accepted for Filing. IB

Report No: SES-01634 Released: 04/02/2014. SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES re: Satellite Radio Applications Accepted for Filing. IB

Report No: SES-01635 Released: 04/02/2014. SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES INFORMATION re: Actions Taken. IB

SPACE DATA SPECTRUM HOLDINGS, LLC. Granted Space Data’s Request for Extension of its tribal land bidding credit construction deadline for AWS Station WQIA880, and its request for waiver of 47 C.F.R. Section 1.2110(f)(3)(viii). Action by: Deputy Chief, Broadband Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Adopted: 03/31/2014 by MO&O. (DA No. 14-437). WTB

H.R. 4412: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2014

H.R. 4412: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2014 was introduced on April 7, 2013 by Rep. Steven Palazzo (R – MS):

H.R.4412 — National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2014 (Introduced in House – IH)

Beginning
April 7, 2014
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.
SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
TITLE I–AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS
SEC. 101. FISCAL YEAR 2014.
TITLE II–HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT
Subtitle A–Exploration
SEC. 201. SPACE EXPLORATION POLICY.
SEC. 202. STEPPING STONE APPROACH TO EXPLORATION.
`Sec. 70504. Stepping stone approach to exploration
SEC. 203. SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEM.
SEC. 204. ORION CREW CAPSULE.
SEC. 205. ADVANCED BOOSTER COMPETITION.
Subtitle B–Space Operations
SEC. 211. FINDINGS.
SEC. 212. INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.
SEC. 213. COMMERCIAL CREW REPORT.
SEC. 214. FLIGHT READINESS DEMONSTRATION.
SEC. 215. AEROSPACE SAFETY ADVISORY PANEL ADVICE.
SEC. 216. SPACE COMMUNICATIONS.
TITLE III–SCIENCE
Subtitle A–General
SEC. 301. SCIENCE PORTFOLIO.
`SEC. 803. OVERALL SCIENCE PORTFOLIO; SENSE OF CONGRESS.
SEC. 302. ASSESSMENT OF SCIENCE MISSION EXTENSIONS.
`Sec. 30504. Assessment of science mission extensions
SEC. 303. RADIOISOTOPE THERMOELECTRIC GENERATORS.
SEC. 304. CONGRESSIONAL DECLARATION OF POLICY AND PURPOSE.
SEC. 305. UTILIZATION OF INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FOR SCIENCE MISSIONS.
Subtitle B–Astrophysics
SEC. 311. DECADAL CADENCE.
SEC. 312. EXTRASOLAR PLANET EXPLORATION STRATEGY.
SEC. 313. JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE.
SEC. 314. WIDE-FIELD INFRARED SURVEY TELESCOPE.
SEC. 315. NATIONAL RECONNAISSANCE OFFICE TELESCOPE DONATION.
Subtitle C–Planetary Science
SEC. 321. DECADAL CADENCE.
SEC. 322. NEAR-EARTH OBJECTS.
SEC. 323. ASTROBIOLOGY STRATEGY.
SEC. 324. PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS.
Subtitle D–Heliophysics
SEC. 331. DECADAL CADENCE.
SEC. 332. REVIEW OF SPACE WEATHER.
SEC. 333. DEEP SPACE CLIMATE OBSERVATORY.
Subtitle E–Earth Science
SEC. 341. GOAL.
SEC. 342. DECADAL CADENCE.
SEC. 343. RESEARCH TO OPERATIONS.
SEC. 344. INTERAGENCY COORDINATION.
SEC. 345. JOINT POLAR SATELLITE SYSTEM CLIMATE SENSORS.
SEC. 346. LAND IMAGING.
SEC. 347. SOURCES OF EARTH SCIENCE DATA.
TITLE IV–AERONAUTICS
SEC. 401. SENSE OF CONGRESS.
SEC. 402. UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT.
SEC. 403. RESEARCH PROGRAM ON COMPOSITE MATERIALS USED IN AERONAUTICS.
SEC. 404. HYPERSONIC RESEARCH.
SEC. 405. SUPERSONIC RESEARCH.
SEC. 406. RESEARCH ON NEXTGEN AIRSPACE MANAGEMENT CONCEPTS AND TOOLS.
SEC. 407. ROTORCRAFT RESEARCH.
TITLE V–SPACE TECHNOLOGY
SEC. 501. SPACE TECHNOLOGY.
`Sec. 70507. Space Technology Program authorized
SEC. 502. UTILIZATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FOR TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATIONS.
TITLE VI–EDUCATION
SEC. 601. EDUCATION.
SEC. 602. INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF THE NATIONAL SPACE GRANT COLLEGE AND FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM.
TITLE VII–POLICY PROVISIONS
SEC. 701. ASTEROID RETRIEVAL MISSION.
SEC. 702. TERMINATION LIABILITY.
SEC. 703. BASELINE AND COST CONTROLS.
SEC. 704. PROJECT AND PROGRAM RESERVES.
SEC. 705. INDEPENDENT REVIEWS.
SEC. 706. SPACE ACT AGREEMENTS.
SEC. 707. HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS.
SEC. 708. COMMERCIAL TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER PROGRAM.
SEC. 709. ORBITAL DEBRIS.
SEC. 710. NASA ADVISORY COUNCIL.
`Sec. 20118. NASA Advisory Council
SEC. 711. COST ESTIMATION.
SEC. 712. DETECTION AND AVOIDANCE OF COUNTERFEIT ELECTRONIC PARTS.
SEC. 713. PROHIBITION ON USE OF FUNDS FOR CONTRACTORS THAT HAVE COMMITTED FRAUD OR OTHER CRIMES.