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Thursday, 23 July 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

Conclusions of the extraordinary European Council meeting of 17-21 July 2020 (continuation of debate)

  Dragoș Pîslaru (Renew). – Mr President, we all heard what the EU leaders want. Now, it’s our role in this House to discuss what citizens want, and, in particular, let us hear what the next generation wants. We name it, we promote it, but we do not listen to it. We see how programme such as Erasmus+, Youth Guarantee, Horizon and Digital Europe are cut or left unfunded in a survival mode in a feeble multiannual financial budget; 90% of the Next Generation EU funds will finance the Recovery and Resilience Facility, the largest EU programme in history, which will help us renew Europe.

As a co-rapporteur on this file, I wish to make a pledge. The Recovery and Resilience Facility will be an instrument for the next generation. I will advocate as part of the Parliament position to have, within the Recovery and Resilience Facility, a pillar for reforms and investment designed for the next generation, for youth and children. We will repair and prepare the Union for the future only by having the next generation on board, not only asking them to pay the bill, but to let them have a voice. To our youth, to our children: at EU level, Parliament is, and will be, your voice.

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