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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)

  Adam Bielan (ECR), in writing. – I would like to welcome the joint resolution, which calls for a strong recovery package with an adjusted MFF at its core. This massive recovery package should provide an investment impulse to transform our economies and strengthen their resilience through the pooling of strategic investments to support SMEs. It should also increase job opportunities to mitigate the impact of the crisis on workers and consumers. Furthermore, SMEs, which are the backbone of our economy, need reduced bureaucracy and more fit—for—purpose regulations. The issue of new and increasing state aid disparities between Member States should be addressed, as this creates damage to our Single Market.

I welcome the statement of the European Commission President that the European Parliament will be involved in the scrutiny process of the overall Recovery Plan. Even if urgent, it should indeed still follow the democratic process.

Let us not forget about people. European citizens must be at the heart of the longer-term vision of our recovery strategy, as crises go together with increasing poverty and socio—economic instability.

For all these reasons, I urge that the Recovery Package become operational this year to address social and economic inequalities as soon as possible.

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