Germany had been warning for days of the problems to finish closing the anti-crisis fund and the multi-year budgets of the EU. But now she says that the blockade is likely to lead to an "inevitable delay" with "consequences for the EU's recovery". This is how bluntly the ambassador of Germany, the country to which the presidency of the EU corresponds, to the community institutions. This Thursday and Friday the leaders of the EU meet mainly to discuss the international agenda, but diplomatic sources confirm that the matter will be present in the "environment and heads of the leaders."
Michael Clauss points out the difficulties to specify between the 27 and with the Parliament and the European Commission how to establish the conditions of the fund in relation to respect for the rule of law. The German proposal, which has received the support of some 18 Member States, is limited to linking conditionality with compliance with the rule of law in the management of funds. In other words, Hungary can continue to persecute the NGOs and Poland the judges to LGTBI groups as long as their management of the funds is irreproachable.
The German proposal has achieved a qualified majority among the ambassadors of the Member States and will continue its course, but it is insufficient for countries such as the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Belgium; and excessive for the governments of Poland and Belgium themselves.
"The delays with consequences for the economic recovery of Europe will probably be inevitable," said Michael Clauss about the state of the negotiations that threaten 1,074 trillion in the multi-year budget and 750,000 million in the recovery fund. And the problem is that for that amount It is necessary for the unanimous approval of all the Member States to be put in place - it requires national parliamentary procedures to expand the spending ceiling of the European Commission to implement the recovery fund - and a simple majority of MEPs, which in principle they are the most ambitious with the conditionality of the rule of law.
"With the heated debate on the rule of law mechanism within the EU and also in the Council, we are increasingly faced with a deadlock in the general budget negotiations," Clauss said: "The timetable is being pushed back.
Spanish Government sources have shown their support for the German proposal, precisely because of the rush to activate the EU budgets and the recovery fund on January 1: "Negotiation is key between the European Parliament and the Council for your side with the Commission. It is a difficult balance. We support the efforts of the German presidency to try to get this sorted out and not delay approval any longer. Now it's about getting this approved in the European Parliament, and how long Run that does not detract from the good result. We want everything to go fast, as fast as possible. "
A few days ago, Michael Clauss was already trying to rush the European Parliament: "We urgently need an agreement on the multiannual financial framework and the recovery fund. They are politically and technically inseparable. Without a quick general agreement between the Council and the European Parliament, we are running the risk of delaying the Reconstruction Fund. Time is short. I am very concerned that the negotiations are moving too slowly. We need to significantly increase the pace of the negotiations. "