Without genuine progress we risk heading for the worst budget ever’: European Economic and Social Committee President Luca Jahier


“For weeks, I’ve been severely involved concerning the information filtering on the preparation of the Extraordinary European Council, which is predicted to debate the Multi-Annual Financial Framework on 20 February. Today EP plenary debate in Strasbourg has totally confirmed my long-standing issues.

“I totally assist the motion and the approach of the European Parliament, which is fiercely combating for an bold European funds and urge the Council to align its future place on the one voted upon by MEPs and the one of many European Economic and Social Committee.

“The Council has not made good progress on this file, which is completely essential. The subject is now within the arms of the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, who may have the tough process to suggest a brand new textual content, on the idea of bilateral conferences he carried out within the final weeks.

“The lack of converging views is worrisome to say the least. The new Commission, beginning with President von der Leyen’s speech in July, confirmed dedication and ambition.

“The adoption of the European Green Deal in December 2019 has been the primary main act that confirmed a brand new political momentum. The 2020 work programme of the Commission is, in the identical vein, equally bold.

“But – and there’s a however – if we need to ship on an bold European agenda, then there is no such thing as a secret: The EU wants enough sources. If the members states usually are not obtainable to pay extra for fulfilling bold priorities they already agreed, they’ve to permit constant own-resources.

“Already on 2 May 2018, as EESC President I praised the Commission’s proposal on the MFF for some novelty parts, however I warned {that a} EU funds primarily based on 1,13 % GNP was not sufficient. We must go at the least as much as 1.3%.

“On the scale of the funds, let me stress that the EESC’s place is in keeping with that of the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions, which clearly is simply as conscious as we’re that the challenges mendacity forward name for enough monetary means.

“If the EU will not even be in the position – from the very start – to deliver, then we will betray the European voters who, not later than last May, gave, through their vote, a resounding message: “We (still) believe in Europe, its values and its policies”.

“As issues stand, we danger heading for the worst funds ever. To undertake an EU funds, whose dimension can be near 1%, or simply above – wouldn’t solely ship the unsuitable political message, however it might weaken the European Commission’s capability to ship.

“The Commission, notably on the idea of the Monti’s report, has insisted, in its proposal on the personal sources. It is about time that the EU appears to be like severely at this and different monetary choices or we danger to have a funds that can lower.

“To the member states that are tempted in cutting the EU budget and particularly the “old” insurance policies such because the Common Agricultural Policy and the Cohesion Policy, I say: These insurance policies usually are not insurance policies of the previous, they’re the very face of Europe for a lot of European residents! They characterize, greater than ever, the start line on which to base the way forward for Europe: they assist financial development, employment and so they assist the European Green deal! They level to the long run, to not the previous.

“Time is working out. We are already very late. A very good conclusion could possibly be agreed in a really brief time, offered there’s a clear political will. It’s time to be coherent, it’s time to problem the Council and move to reach an settlement.

“We want a funds for the long run, a funds which is in keeping with a transparent imaginative and prescient for Europe, for its residents and for the subsequent generations!

“European citizens deserve respect and their vote should be heard, not ignored!”