He institutional pulse due to the new budget of the European Union for the period 2021-2027, of almost 1.1 trillion euros, threatens to blow up the budget negotiation and rebound, complicate the existence and delay the implementation of the recovery fund of 750,000 million agreed by the Twenty-seven to mitigate the socioeconomic ravages of the coronavirus pandemic. He European Parliament continues to demand from the rotating presidency of the EU, held by Germany and negotiating on behalf of the Twenty-seven, a proposal with more fresh money -39,000 million additional- to finance the spending programs that they consider a priority although they agree to resume contacts this Wednesday in an exploratory meeting.
“We are willing to hold an informal meeting tomorrow morning (for this Wednesday) as you have suggested, instead of the planned trilateral negotiations,” but “it would not be effective to resume trilateral negotiations before attempting to update your negotiating mandate and seek more. space for compromise within the Council “, the MEP warned this Tuesday Johan van Overvedlt in a letter addressed to the German ambassador Michael Clauss. The last round of negotiations was interrupted last Thursday after the decision of the MEPs to leave the table due to the lack of progress.
The European Parliament, as quantified, demands an increase in the budget of € 39 billion, including an increase in the spending ceiling of 9,000 million but they insist that they will not accept the use of the flexibility margins that should be used for unforeseen needs and not to finance European programs. “Parliament is not interested in budget tricks that hinder future annual budget procedures “, they warn.
July deal, untouchable
The demands are not new, but at the moment they remain unsatisfied by the German presidency of the EU, which insists that the budget package approved by the EU heads of state and government on July 21, worth 1, 8 billion euros, it is much higher. “What we have proposed to date is not enough for the European Parliament. They ask to reopen the July package to add additional credits exceeding the maximum ceiling. But for us that would be a dangerous path that could lead to failure,” he warned. this Tuesday the German Minister for European Affairs, Michael Roth, after the brief debate held by the Twenty-seven.
“I am convinced that if everyone is willing to make concessions we will achieve a reasonable result,” added the German politician, calling for “pragmatism” and “responsibility” to overcome the current blockade. “We want a commitment to be reached as soon as possible because it is essential to have European funds as soon as possible,” summarized the Secretary of State for the EU, Juan González Barba, after his intervention in the Council.
Conditionality of aid
The European Parliament is key in this negotiation. Although you cannot enter amendments to the agreement, your consent it is necessary as a budgetary authority that it is, hence the need and interest of governments in achieving a prior agreement that avoids scares during the final vote in plenary. The budget is not, however, the only obstacle to overcome. The Council and the European Parliament must also agree on the mechanism to condition the disbursement of European funds to the respect for the rule of law and negotiations are proceeding just as slowly.
Although the Twenty-seven reached a compromise last week, the proposal of the German EU presidency has created fissures among governments –Poland and Hungary they refuse to accept it while the Nordics demand a more effective instrument – and the plan is not liked either in the European Parliament, which this Monday held the first round of negotiations. “The positions of the Council and Parliament are still far away. European citizens and taxpayers deserve a mechanism of the rule of law that works properly and can be applied in practice,” they warn from the Chamber. “We cannot accept any mechanism of the rule of law that does not have legal solidity and that can be used to exert political pressure on some member states,” the Polish Minister for European Affairs has warned. Konrad Szymanski.