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"Mr President, Commissioners, ladies and gentlemen, we are monitoring this reform with justifiably high expectations. I regret the fact that it took the resignation of the Commission in March 1999, due to dubious practices and maladministration, to initiate this reform. The European public’s confidence was shaken and it is much more difficult to regain this now. The Commission’s problems in implementing various programmes are clear to see. Delays in payment are mounting up and the bureaucratic obstacles are well known. The Commission’s new duties have multiplied, the complexity and the slowness of its procedures have grown worse and its structures, methods and formal constraints have not changed. We are all familiar with the consequences of this situation and it has tested the dedication and skill of the many people working in the Commission and in its administration. It is crucial that the Commission makes the best use of existing human resources and promotes new recruitment. This is not enough, however, to improve the implementation of actions and of available appropriations. We hope to see a thorough reorganisation of structures and working methods, and clarification of the distribution of powers between Parliament, the Council and the Commission is essential. The first two institutions are responsible for defining policies and priorities and making financial resources available. The Commission is responsible for ensuring that all the conditions are met in order to implement the financial management of Community programmes. With regard to this last aspect, the executive role of the Commission must be strengthened, above all, by a reform of commitology. Let us be clear on this matter: if, under the terms of Article 274 of the Treaty, the Commission alone is responsible for implementing the budget, then some interventions by Member States through management and regulatory committees, which have basically been put forward to express national interests, must be seen as hampering the Commission's ability to manage efficiently. This is what also needs to be changed in the procedure known as commitology. I am sure of the success of this reform and therefore congratulate the four rapporteurs, especially Mrs Guy­Quint, whose work I have followed most closely."@en1

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