EM Germany newsletter CW 29/2020 | the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework
This week, for the first time since February, the EU heads of state will meet physically in the Council building in Brussels, and they will be going straight for the big issues: After initial exploratory talks at their last video conference in June, the leaders of the 27 EU member states have to reach an agreement on the EU budget and the recovery plan.
Since the European Commission’s first proposal for the new multiannual financial framework of May 2018, there have been numerous rounds of discussion on the future financial priorities and the budgetary volume. A failed special EU summit in February and the coronavirus pandemic aggravated the situation further and sparked new debates. Now, only a few months before the end of the current budget period, the European Council needs to finally display unity. Another inconclusive summit would send fatal signs to stock markets, companies and not least to citizens, who have invested their trust in a common European recovery.
Thus, this week’s Council meeting will already be a litmus test for the German EU Council Presidency. Together with European Council President Charles Michel, who presented his ideas for a compromise last Friday, a consensus for a strong and future-oriented budget needs to be forged – one that will reconcile quick reconstruction assistance with the EU’s medium-term priorities. Stay save and have a good week!
Michael Gahler MEP
#EBDFokus: the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)
„We are aware that it is essential to take a decision as soon as possible.“ The credo of Charles Michel, President of the European Council, hovers over the EUCO special meeting on the long-term EU budget on 17 and 18 July. Michel presented his new proposal last Friday.+++ In our infographics, we summarize what this means for cuts in selected policy areas. With this week’s #EBDGrafik we look at the development of the numbers in the Erasmus+ programme. „In the negotiations all institutions must show that they are investing in the present and the future of young people“, demands the German Federal Youth Council. +++ Dr. Linn Selle, President of the European Movement Germany, comments in a video message for the German Broadcaster ZDF that the MFF and the recovery plan are two of the mega-topics of the German Council Presidency. She calls for the German government to ensure that the negotiations in the Council achieve a rapid breakthrough and are adopted in close consultation with the European Parliament +++ In its political demands, EM Germany advocates for linking the EU budget to the rule of law. +++ Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič ventured a first look at EUCO at the start of the EBD Briefing: Kommission direkt. +++ Kicking off the summit week, a dialogue of EM Germany & EM Austria provides cross-border perspectives on the EU budget and the reconstruction plan with the leaders of the European movements and the representatives of European institutions in Vienna and Berlin. A few hours later, our EBD De-Briefing on Friday’s ECOFIN Council will assess the EU-27 finance ministers‘ views on the recovery plan. +++ The EBD De-Briefing on the European Council in the afternoon of 20 July traditionally discusses the results of the Council meeting. For the first time, EM Germany will provide interpretation into English and Italian for its discussion events. +++ Angela Merkel is also celebrating a premiere at the summit: her first birthday as head of government under the German Council Presidency. As German Chancellor, it is already her 15th. +++ All statements from EM Germany’s network are compiled on our website under the news tag Mehrjähriger Finanzrahmen. English articles can be found under the tag English.
#EBDGrafik of the week:
EM Germany news
EU2020DE kicks off – just as our EBD Briefings with EU Commissioners: the EU Justice Scoreboards were topical at Monday’s dialogue with EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders, who are planned to link respect of the rule of law to payments of EU funds. | More (in German) +++ EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan dedicated Wednesday’s dialogue to new global challenges and EU Trade Policy Priorities. | More (in German) +++ Twitter compiles the first impressions on Friday’s discussion with EU Environment, Ocean and Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius – the news report is online later this week.
European integration for more social security – EP rapporteur dialogue with Gabriele Bischoff MEP. | More (in German)
Events to come
All EM Germany events take place via videoconference. Participation is free, but registration required. Conference language is German unless indicated otherwise. +++ 13.07.2020: Vienna, Berlin, Europe – perspectives on recovery and the EU’s long-term budget +++ 13.07.2020: EBD De-Briefing ECOFIN and Eurogroup +++ 15.07.2020: EP rapporteur dialogue: Romeo Franz MEP – implementation of national Roma strategies +++ 20.07.2020: EBD De-Briefing on the special European Council with simultaneous interpretation into English and Italian +++ 24.07.2020: Meeting of the Board of EM Germany +++ Our Presidency Calendar on the German EU Council Presidency is online – in the traditional six-month format (scroll to page 2), but also for July 2020. We’re continuously updating this new monthly format with events as they evolve – the A4 size allows for easy printing at your office (wherever it’s situated).
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