Sassoli to EU leaders: Act quickly and courageously

Parliament has repeatedly called for new own resources and against the rebates

Photo: EP David Sassoli.

On the fourth day of the ongoing special European summit, which was originally scheduled to end on Saturday, EU 27 leaders are still too divided on the basic parameters of the pandemic recovery fund and the seven-year community budget. Commenting on the situation, EP President David Sassoli stated that after days of discussions, European citizens expect an agreement that lives up to this historical moment.

We are worried about a future where European solidarity and the Community method are lost, he said recalling that the European Parliament has set out its priorities and it expects them to be met.

He also underscored that the Multiannual Financial Framework must be able to address the main challenges facing Europe in the medium term, such as the Green Deal, digitalisation, economic resilience, and the fight against inequalities.

New own resources are needed immediatel, he asserted meantioning the need of measure to ensure the effective defence of the rule of law. Furthermore, Parliament has repeatedly called for the end of rebates.

The EP President urged that if these conditions are not sufficiently met, the European Parliament will not give its consent. Covid-19 is still here and we are seeing new outbreaks in Europe, he said adding that “more than ever it is necessary to act quickly and courageously”.



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