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Wednesday, 13 May 2020 - Brussels Revised edition

Conclusions of the extraordinary European Council meeting of 23 April 2020 - New MFF, own resources and Recovery plan (debate)

  Siegfried Mureşan (PPE). – Mr President, since the beginning of this crisis, the European Union helped where it was needed. We enabled medical personnel, doctors, to help where their support was most needed – medical equipment, treatments to be allocated to those countries and those regions where they were most needed – and for EU funds to be allocated in the most flexible of ways to tackle this crisis wherever they are needed. The European Commission proposed good measures and Parliament agreed.

Now we need to prepare for the future. And in order to make the best decisions, all institutions of the European Union have to be involved. Members of the European Parliament come from all regions of Europe. They are close to the citizens and they know best the situation on the ground.

This is why today we say we want the European Parliament to be involved in the creation of the recovery fund. We want the European Parliament to be involved in the planning, in the adoption and the implementation of this fund, because we believe this will make the recovery fund a better fund. Everywhere in the world, the government proposes budgets and the parliament adopts those budgets.

We are presenting today a resolution on behalf of five political groups, which represents a large majority in Parliament, where we say we demand an ambitious recovery fund, which is composed of loans and grants, which help on the ground, which make a real difference on the ground. And we want this, not to increase the burden on Member States, on countries, we want a serious repayment plan. And in order not to increase the burden, this should be based on own resources.

We are ready to work on this basis and we are ready to work also for a future-oriented Multiannual Financial Framework that does not forget the priorities which we had before the crisis.

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