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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)

  Nils Ušakovs (S&D). – Mr President, it is absolutely true: spending billions of European taxpayers’ money, we should use the momentum and support modern economy, digital economy, Green Deal first. And probably sometimes we should stick to the principle: do not resuscitate.

But my point is – I come from the Baltics, from Latvia – our country went through enormous, dramatic, economic transition back in the nineties, going from planned to market. And we’ve seen new sectors emerging from scratch. We have seen traditional old sectors collapsing, basically, instantly. And the price for this inevitable transition was tens of thousands of Latvians losing their jobs and not being able to get back to the labour market anymore. They were talented, they were educated, but their skills were not demanded anymore. Each Eastern European nation in the European Union has experience like this. The new ambitious MFF, paralleled by the even more ambitious recovery fund, must, on the one hand, help us in modernising the economy; on the other hand, help us in modernising skills for those workers who come from sectors which are not that modern.

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