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Wednesday, 27 May 2020 - Brussels Revised edition

EU Recovery package (debate)

  Siegfried Mureşan (PPE). – Mr President, I welcome President von der Leyen to the European Parliament, and thank you for your proposal. Dear colleagues, today is an important day, because the citizens of Europe expect help and support from the European Union, and today we can tell them help is coming. We are creating a package. The European Union is delivering. This is a new instrument. The support which it grants will be concrete. It will make a difference for people, for companies, for regions and for countries.

What are the next steps? Today is only the beginning. We need to create the best recovery package possible, and for this, the European Parliament needs to be fully involved in this recovery package. The colleagues here in the room, they are coming from all regions of Europe. They are in direct contact with the citizens. They know exactly what the needs on the ground are, what hospitals need, what companies need, what people need. This is why we say the European Parliament has to be fully involved in how the money of the recovery package is being spent, but also in how the money of the recovery package is being paid back. The involvement of the European Parliament will ensure that the recovery package is the best recovery package that we can jointly and together create. This recovery package will have an impact upon the future of the citizens, and this is why this House, which represents the citizens of the European Union, needs to be involved in all aspects.

We also need to see the whole picture. President von der Leyen was speaking about the budget as a whole. We need to create a recovery package which supports the people and the economy to come out of the Corona crisis, but we should also not forget about the old priorities of the EU budget. We should not forget about farmers, about students. We should not forget our new priorities: the Green Deal, the security of citizens, digitalisation, and we should have enough reserves to respond to still unpredictable crises that will, for sure, occur in the next seven years. These are the principles of our work. We are ready to work with the European Commission on this basis, and we expect the Commission to work with the Parliament on this basis.

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