Although the vast majority of governments of the European Union see no margin to retouch the budget agreement closed on July 21 – of 1.8 billion euros for the next seven years – nor do they have any appetite for opening a discussion that could complicate and delay the launch of the recovery fund of 750,000 million (140,000 million for Spain), the president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, has taken advantage of the European council this week to urge EU leaders to be ‘creative’ and take steps to unlock the negotiation of the 2021-2027 budget framework.
“The negotiations have stalled and it is in your hands to unlock them. To move forward it is essential to update the negotiation mandate of the German presidency [que dirige este semestre la UE]. We are not asking to start from scratch. It’s not about questioning the july agreement but to take a small step that brings us closer to the final approval of the package & rdquor ;, argues the Italian socialist in relation to the 39 billion additional demanded by the European Parliament to finance fifteen key programs in the budget.
According to Sassoli it is a “Suma insignificante & rdquo ;, if compared to a global package, and the Eurocamara has “creative proposals & rdquor; that go through a increase in spending limit of 9,000 million that would allow achieving “the same level of spending as in the 2014-2020 period in real terms & rdquor ;. A proposal that the German presidency has so far rejected hiding behind the fact that has no mandate to increase the spending ceiling agreed in July. Berlin proposes instead to allocate 9,000 million but using money from the budget margins, an option that the European Parliament rejects.