The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, trusted this Thursday that the “magic” of the European Union (EU) of “achieving solutions at times when it seems impossible” will operate again and unblock the veto of Poland and Hungary at the same time. approval of Community budget for the years 2021-2027 and the postcovid recovery package.
Europe has gone through “many very critical situations” and has “found solutions to move forward”, stressed, for her part, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen at the end of a video summit of EU leaders devoted largely to the coronavirus.
And to achieve this, the heads of the European institutions will continue to work “very intensely” in the coming days to try to solve this “serious obstacle”, said Michel.
“We are going to continue working. The magic of the European Union is to achieve solutions In moments when it seems impossible Nobody underestimates the difficulty of the situation, nobody underestimates the serious nature of the obstacle we are confronted with, “acknowledged the President of the Council, who represents the Twenty-seven.
Now, I continue, “there is the will in the next few days to work very intensely to try to make progress to resolve the difficulties we are confronted with.”
Hungary and Poland have blocked budget approval community for the years 2021-2027 and the post-covid recovery package, with a total volume of 1.8 billion euros, after linking the collection of funds to respect for the rule of law.
“We have a very serious situation. People and companies are urgently waiting for funds to combat this unprecedented crisis and deep recession,” stressed, for his part, Von der Leyen.
This question was briefly discussed as first item on the agenda of the second digital meeting which responds to the commitment of leaders to maintain regular telematic exchanges on the situation of the pandemic to improve coordination in the EU.
The debate on the blockade of Warsaw and Budapest lasted only about 17 minutes and began with an introduction by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, followed by a statement on the state of the situation from the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the EU in the second half of 2020.
After Merkel, the Polish and Hungarian Prime Ministers, the Conservative Mateusz Morawiecki and the ultranationalist Viktor Orbán, respectively, as well as the head of the Slovenian Executive, the right-wing populist Janez Jansa, who supports both in their dispute for the rule of law, although he does not veto the agreement.
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