EU: Joint resolution by MEPs against European Council Agreement

EU: Joint resolution by MEPs against European Council Agreement

A joint resolution was signed by all Political Groups, Left Greens, Socialists, Renew and EPP, except the Conservatives (ECR) and the Far Right (ID) on the Agreement on the European Recovery Plan and the new Multiannual Budget concluded at the Summit.

In the joint resolution, the European Parliament denounces the agreement on the new Multiannual Budget and strongly criticizes the significant cuts, while expressing its regret regarding the huge curtails in grants in the European Recovery Plan and the deterioration of the loan-to-grant ratio, as well as the significant setback in efforts to preserve the rule of law.

The final text of the joint resolution contains 27 points and is expected to be discussed and voted in tomorrow’s plenary session of the European Parliament.

In the basic points of the resolution, the European Parliament,

– Does not accept the agreement reached in the Council on the new Multiannual Financial Framework and strongly criticizes the significant cuts included.

– Expresses regret over the huge cuts in grants and the deteriorating balance between loans and grants.

– Expresses regret over the fact that exclusive adherence to national interests and positions jeopardizes the achievement of common solutions in the general interest.

– Calls for a binding timetable for the introduction of new own resources.

– Calls for the abolition of all rebates and discounts as soon as possible.

– Calls for a legally binding spending target of 30% related to climate as well as one that will be 10% related to biodiversity.

– Strongly supports the introduction of gender mainstreaming.

– Calls for a legally binding medium-term review of the Multiannual Financial Framework.

– Expresses regret over the fact that the Council has significantly weakened its efforts to safeguard the rule of law, fundamental rights and democracy in the Multiannual Financial Framework and calls for the establishment of a rule of law mechanism.

– Defends the role of the European Parliament as the budgetary authority at all levels. /ibna