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Economy & Jobs 23-07-2020

Parliament insists on revisiting budget cuts despite Michel, von der Leyen charm offensive

European Council and Commission presidents tried to gain the European Parliament support on Thursday (23 July) for the recovery plan backed earlier this week by the EU27 but lawmakers insist on negotiating budget cuts. 
Future EU 23-07-2020

EU recovery deal: the summit that will cement Merkel’s legacy

At the EU summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a U-turn as German advocated for the assumption of joint debts and dissociated itself from the donor countries for the first time and not just for economic reasons. This time, Merkel is fighting for her legacy as a shaper of the EU. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 20-07-2020

Leaders edge closer to deal as EU recovery fund talks enter fourth day

EU leaders have edged closer to a compromise on a new long-term budget and a multi-billion euro coronavirus recovery fund and will reconvene on Monday (20 July) afternoon for a fourth day of negotiations. 
Future EU 17-07-2020

Leaders hit summit stalemate on EU recovery fund

EU leaders hit a dead end during the first round of the European Council meeting on Friday night (17 July) after The Netherlands clashed with Italy and Spain over the governance of the planned €750 billion EU recovery fund. 
Economy & Jobs 17-07-2020

EU leaders pressed to overcome differences and agree on historic stimulus

Pressure is mounting on EU leaders to get over their differences as they meet on Friday (17 July) in person for the first time since the start of the coronavirus outbreak to close a deal on an unprecedented stimulus package to tackle the socio-economic fallout of the crisis. 
Economy & Jobs 10-07-2020

Michel gives control to member states to facilitate recovery fund deal

European Council President, Charles Michel, proposed on Friday (10 July) to give more control to member states over the recovery funds to overcome Northern member states’s opposition to the ambitious stimulus.
Economy & Jobs 23-06-2020

EU leaders to hold summit on 17-18 July on virus recovery package

The leaders of the 27 EU member states will meet in Brussels on July 17, their first physical summit since the coronavirus lockdown began, to discuss an economic recovery package and the EU's next seven-year budget.
Economy & Jobs 19-06-2020

Merkel on EU Recovery Fund: ‘The bridges we have to build are large’

The European Council summit ended on Friday (19 June) without agreement on the EU recovery fund. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear that she wants to act quickly, and the next round of negotiations is scheduled for mid-July. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 19-06-2020

Leaders pledge to agree on recovery package next month

EU leaders held “constructive” discussions on Friday on the EU’s €750 billion recovery fund to overcome the coronavirus crisis, and pledged to reach an agreement next month, despite the enormous differences among the member states. 
Economy & Jobs 19-06-2020

Fiscal adjustment needed to unlock recovery funds, EU official warns

EU leaders will discuss for the first time on Friday (19 June) the €750 billion recovery fund proposed by the Commission to overcome the coronavirus crisis. But in order to access EU aid, member states will have to bring down their ballooning public debt, an EU official explained.
Economy & Jobs 18-06-2020

Montchalin: €500 billion in budgetary allocations to ‘be maintained at all costs’

Ahead of tomorrow's EU summit (19 June), France's European Affairs Minister Amélie de Montchalin told EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France in an interview that the EU27, including the "frugal four", are moving towards accepting an EU recovery programme, but that it would not work without reforms and long-term investment.
Economy & Jobs 11-06-2020

EU agreement on recovery plan by July ‘very difficult’, officials warn

It will be “very difficult” to reach an agreement on the recovery fund and the EU's overall seven-year budget by July, as intended, given the disagreements over the size, the distribution of the stimulus and the attached conditions, EU officials and national diplomats acknowledged on Wednesday (10 June).
Economy & Jobs 23-04-2020

EU leaders agree plans for ‘unprecedented’ stimulus against pandemic 

EU leaders have tasked the European Commission with designing the recovery plan for the deep economic crisis that the coronavirus COVID-19 will cause in Europe.
Economy & Jobs 23-04-2020

Council seeks to narrow differences over COVID-19 recovery fund

EU leaders meet on Thursday (23 April) for the fourth time in seven weeks to narrow their differences on how to set up a recovery fund to counter the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis.
Economy & Jobs 23-04-2020

Experts warn against using EU budget for COVID-19 recovery plan

EU leaders are meeting on Thursday (23 April) to discuss how to boost the bloc’s economy following the COVID-19 crisis. But whatever the recovery plan looks like, experts consulted by EURACTIV warned against linking it to the EU budget. 
Economy & Jobs 21-04-2020

Centeno: ‘The old books by which we governed are of no use in this period’

In an interview with the Portuguese newspaper Público, the President of the Eurogroup, Mário Centeno, shared some leads about the EU’s recovery plan. He believes that the new recovery plan should have its “own, appropriate and innovative funding mechanism”.
Economy & Jobs 21-04-2020

EU and COVID-19: Time to think outside the box

The Eurogroup’s decisions taken on 9 April were a necessary and overdue collective EU response, as well as a welcome but flawed and incomplete compromise. If European leaders are to save the EU economy when they meet on 23 April, they need to think outside the box, write Carlos Closa, George Papaconstantino, and Miguel Poiares Maduro.
Future EU 20-04-2020

Michel: EU’s way of working is ‘too slow’

European Council President Charles Michel has voiced regret that Europe’s way of working, also evident during the coronavirus crisis, is ‘too slow’ and called for more solidarity with countries that have been hard-hit by the pandemic, like Italy and Spain.
Digital 01-04-2020

EU under pressure to broker online terrorist content agreement

The European Council and Commission are under pressure to make headway on rules to stamp out online terrorist content, the substance of which could provide a precedent for the upcoming Digital Services Act, an MEP involved with the matter told EURACTIV.
Coronavirus 27-03-2020

EU Parliament votes financial assistance for countries affected by COVID-19

Following an urgent procedure, the European Parliament on Thursday (26 March) almost unanimously backed two packages of financial support for countries affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
Economy & Jobs 27-03-2020

Leaders clash over stimulus against pandemic, pass hot potato to Eurogroup

EU leaders on Thursday (26 March) continued to disagree over the economic response to the coronavirus as Northern countries rejected the idea of issuing joint debt, known as "corona bonds", proposed by nine member states to finance the recovery.
Coronavirus 26-03-2020

France wants EU to win virus ‘communications battle’

European solidarity is being put to the test as some EU member states are not supporting the idea of 'corona bonds' and the EU's approach to communicating with the public about the crisis remains too discreet, according to Paris. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 18-03-2020

EU leaders agree to shut external borders, grapple with coronavirus response

EU leaders confirmed the proposed closure of the EU's external and Schengen borders for at least 30 days on Tuesday (17 March) as the bloc continued struggling to come up with a unified response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus 11-03-2020

EU pledges €25 billion to weather coronavirus impact

EU institutions and member states agreed on Tuesday (10 March) to ease EU spending rules and mobilise at least €25 billion of EU funds to address the economic fallout from the coronavirus.
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