MEPs break off talks on EU budget and recovery package

European Union lawmakers on Thursday broke off trilateral talks with the German Council Presidency and the Commission over the bloc’s seven-year budget and the coronavirus recovery package, shortly after the start of the seventh round. MEPs said they would come back to the table once there was a real will from Council’s side to find an agreement.

“Shortly after the start of the seventh round of trilateral talks with the German Council Presidency and the Commission this Thursday, we had no other choice but to interrupt the meeting. We are waiting for the Council to update its negotiating mandate and finally come back with a proposal that takes into account Parliament’s key demand to improve 15 flagship EU programmes, with genuine reinforcements, for the benefit of the citizens”, the members of the Parliament’s negotiating team on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and Own Resources (OR) said in a statement.

A willingness to compromise is needed on all sides,” a spokesman for Germany, which is conducting the talks on behalf of the 27 EU governments, said on Twitter.

Clashes between lawmakers and governments are common over EU budgets, but have so far always ended up in agreements, Reuters recalls.

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