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Negotiations continue on European Recovery Plan. Spain backs Commission’s proposal
16/06/2020

The State Secretary for the European Union, Juan González-Barba, has taken part today in the informal video-conference of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers. The aim of the video-conference was as a final preparation for the informal meeting that the Heads of State and Government of the EU will hold on Friday, 19 June, within the framework of the European Council.

The main question addressed by the Ministers and State secretaries for Foreign Affairs at the meeting was the proposal for the European Recovery Plan made by the European Commission on 27 May. The consensus is that exceptional times require exceptional responses. In fact, this proposal includes a recovery instrument - “Next Generation EU" – with an allocation of funds of 750 billion euros, and a proposal adapted to the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027, with a total volume of 1.1 trillion euros, among other issues.

Spain positively welcomes the Commission’s proposal and considers that it is essential to reach an agreement on the economic package as soon as possible so as to support a swift and sound recovery. However, the State secretary recalled that “the volume of funding contained in the proposal should be considered as a minimum threshold and that most of this should consist of transfers to the Member States worst hit by the pandemic”.

The participants at the meeting agreed that the crisis represents a common challenge and on the need to show solidarity among Member States, and on aligning the channelling of the funds with the EU’s strategic priorities, particularly the ecological transition, the digital transformation and social inclusion. Negotiations should not be delayed for long, certainly not beyond July.

The General Affairs Council also addressed future relations between the EU and the United Kingdom, together with the EU’s Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier. The Member States reiterated their unanimous support for the Chief Negotiator and acknowledged the need to give a renewed boost to the negotiations to reach an agreement before the end of the year. The State secretary, Juan González-Barba, also advocated an ambitious approach, particularly on the matters of mobility and connectivity, given their importance for citizens, workers and companies.

Lastly, the Council tackled the programme for the upcoming trio of Rotating Presidencies (Germany, Portugal and Slovenia), which made their respective presentations on their priorities over the next 18 months.

 

 

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