How the European Parliament takes power

How the European Parliament takes power

On December 10 and 11 in Brussels, the Twenty-Seven will have to pull off a new agreement for their recovery plan. Because despite the confinement, MEPs, more and more active, no longer hesitate to set their conditions.

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At the end of July, the European recovery plan was adopted after four days of psychodrama. “Historical”, exclaimed Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron. However, five months later, the 750 billion euros have still not been released. Worse, the heads of state and government, who meet in the European Council on December 10 and 11, will have to pull off a new agreement. Because the European Parliament got involved.

All autumn, in fact, taking advantage of an ideal timing – the adoption of the Union’s Budget once every seven years – he threatened not to vote for the funds for 2021-2027 if the Twenty-Seven did not crack down on authoritarian regimes, Hungary and Poland in the lead, and if they did not open their wallets further. It took ten weeks of negotiations to reach a “pre-agreement” on 10 November, which the European Council will have to ratify. With the key an extension of 16 billion euros (the largest increase in thirty years) and the assurance that governments violating the rule of law will not receive community aid, a mechanism planned in July but in ambiguous terms.

The Parliament of Strasbourg.  Since the start of the pandemic, no session has taken place there.

The Parliament of Strasbourg: Since the start of the pandemic, no session has taken place. (F. Maigrot / Réa)

Vice-president of the Delors Institute,