It was not on the agenda of the summit that the leaders of the European Union celebrated this Thursday and Friday in Brussels but the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, has not missed the opportunity to disapprove before the Twenty-seven warnings that the possible delay in the entry into operation of the new recovery fund of 750,000 million euros, intended to relieve the countries hardest hit by the pandemic such as Spain or Italy, is due to demands of the European Parliament in the new budget. “I want to be very clear, because some messages that are being sent are totally unacceptable: Parliament is not blocking anything & rdquor ;, he has warned.
The Italian socialist recalled that the European Parliament has made “many concessions & rdquor; in the negotiation of the new framework budget for the period 2021-2027 and that the delay in the negotiation is not due to them but to the fact that the Council has not presented any counterproposal so far. “Our demands are in the interest of European citizens. Not to cause trouble. If there is political will, a political agreement can be reached quickly. If you want, in five minutes it closes & rdquor ;, he insisted.
The European Parliament calls for the creation of new own resources with which to feed the European accounts, a mechanism to cut the tap at European aid in case of violation of the rule of law that is “at the height of our values & rdquor; and a spending increase in games such as the Erasmus + program because “it is not possible that such an important program that generates a sense of citizenship is penalized & rdquor ;.
Division between governments
The obstacles, however, are not only in the European Parliament. For the negotiation to be successful, it is necessary to finish polishing and approving the four main elements agreed in July: the budget, the new anticovid fund, the increase in the capital ceiling to allow the European Commission to issue debt with which to finance the fund and that it must be approved by all Member States, and the mechanism for conditioning aid to respect for the rule of law which, despite the broad support achieved by the German presidency for its compromise proposal, divides, for various reasons, European governments.
“We have a crisis now in Europe and the fund should be available as quickly as possible. It is not possible to slow down the pace with debates on the rule of law & rdquor ;, the Hungarian prime minister has complained before the summit, Viktor Orbán, the most critical along with Poland. “There is a German proposal that is not good enough & rdquor ;, the Dutchman responded upon his arrival at the meeting. Mark Rutte, that demands a more demanding instrument.