After months of intense debates to shape the appropriate EU answer to the COVID-19 crisis, EU leaders have taken significant steps during the last 2 weeks, agreeing last Tuesday (21st July) on the upcoming 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework and the dedicated recovery instrument to support the Member States most hit by the ongoing pandemic.
However, further interinstitutional negotiations will be needed to bring to life the EU budget and the recovery instrument. In a resolution voted on 23 July, the European Parliament expressed its readiness to withhold its consent if the deal agreed by EU leaders is not improved upon, on issues such as the lack of clarity regarding the future repayment plan for the Next Generation EU, the need for an immediate introduction of “a basket of new own resources which must enter the Union budget as of 1 January 2021”, a call for “ending all rebates and corrective mechanisms”, and the weakened tie between EU funding and the respect of the rule of law. The European Parliament wants to engage immediately in constructive negotiations with the Council to improve the proposal.
Once this interinstitutional agreement will be found, it will be up to Member States to prepare and present their respective national recovery plans, which will then be assessed by the European Commission and the European Council.
Just as we did intensively contribute to the path leading to the MFF and Recovery Plan as currently agreed by the EU institutions, CEEP will engage with its national sections and members across Europe and its partners from the ‘SGI facing COVID-19’ Platform to jointly call for the proper presence of public services and SGI in those plans, as well as the genuine involvement of social partners in the process.
In parallel, CEEP and its members are reflecting on a longer-term vision and, to highlight and push forward this refection, we publish today the contribution of Jean-Eudes Moncomble, Chair of CEEP’s Sustainability Board.
In the meanwhile, CEEP Newsletter and Newsflashes will take a one-month recess and will be back in September.
I wish you a good read, and a safe summer!