“Ambitious ideas on common debt and new own resources to emerge from the crisis, solidarity and digital and ecological transformation are exactly what we have convened as federalists,” said Sandro GOZI, UEF President and MEP. “Based on new resources, we are very pleased, as federalists, that the agreement guarantees and increases the funds for the main increases in the EU`s flagship programmes, such as Horizon, Erasmus, which were about to pay the price of the health crisis we are currently experiencing and which are jeopardising our current and future generations of Europeans” GOZI points out. “We also have a clear timetable for the introduction of tax justice and ecological transition. The UEF will closely monitor the timetable for its implementation and ensure that the Commission and the Council fully respect the timetable for its implementation. We have reached a political agreement on the final details of the EU`s next long-term budget. This is a balanced agreement that addresses the issues raised by Parliament, while respecting the guidelines of the July European Council,” said Michael Clau, Germany`s Permanent Representative to the EU. For the second time since the introduction of strict measures to combat coronavirus, the European Parliament held its April plenary session with a majority of participating MEPs remotely and applied the alternative voting procedure introduced by the Parliament`s Office for the March II session. This temporary voting procedure may be applied until 31 July 2020, unless it is extended by decision of the Bureau. Read more → On 28 May 2020, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a regulation establishing a new public health programme (EU4Health) for the period 2021-2027.
Read more → EU heads of state and government meet on 20 February 2020 for an extraordinary European Council to discuss the 2021-2027 multi-year financial framework. Both the EU Heads of State and Government Statement and the Strategic Agenda 2019-24 state that “the EU must give itself the means to meet its ambitions, achieve its objectives and implement its policies.” Read more → The five days of Negotiations at the European Council in July have led to fundamental changes in European fiscal policy. However, the agreement of the Heads of State and Government also confirmed many points of dependency and the orientation towards the status quo of these negotiations. The European Council on 20-21 February 2020 has failed to reach agreement on the EU`s next Multi-Year Financial Framework (MFF) at EU Heads of State and Government. Although the date of the next European Council on this issue has not yet been set, the continuing crisis of coronavirus attracting the attention of heads of state and government, the form and operation of the MFF for the post-2020 period remains an urgent subject, since the current framework expires in December. Read more → In May 2020, the Commission proposed a powerful, modern and revised long-term European budget, reinforced by the next generation of the EU, an emergency temporary reparation instrument, to help repair the immediate economic and social damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, stimulate recovery and prepare for a better future for the next generation. The may 2020 plenary session was the third plenary session attended by the majority of members, although there were more attendances in Brussels than during the April session, and the alternative voting procedure introduced by the Parliament`s Office in March. Read more → The European Council agreement of 21 July 2020 is only an intermediate step. This political compromise must then be transposed into European law in difficult trilogue negotiations between the German Presidency, the Commission and the European Parliament`s negotiators. By its resolution of 23 July 2020, the European Parliament had very quickly defined its objectives for these negotiations.