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European Council: a historic day

European Council
Alexandros Michailidis /

As a result of the European Council on the EU recovery plan, MEPs from the European Democratic Party share the feeling that the conclusions are historic.

For French MEP Laurence Farreng : "European solidarity exists, it was born last night".

MoDem MEP Christophe Grudler explains that: "With this agreement, the European Union is moving forward by leaps and bounds with real European solidarity! "But this is only a first step. The European Parliament will also have a role to play: "It is now up to us MEPs to negotiate and vote on this historic agreement to ensure that it is as ambitious as possible! "

Marie Pierre Vedrenne MEP highlights three important points of this agreement: "1. investing together; 2. overcoming challenges together; 3. inventing our future".

For Basque MEP Izaskun Bilbao Barandica this agreement is an important step: "For the first time we have gone into debt together to get out together of a crisis that is much more than economic. A crisis that needs to be resolved through policies that promote more sustainable, balanced and inclusive development. ». She also stresses that: "This is a victory for all of us who want a federal Europe, based on the main values on which it was founded, empathy, solidarity, democracy and fundamental rights." 

However, while welcoming the agreement on an investment programme for the recovery of the economy after the Coronavirus crisis, EDP Executive Vice-President Ulrike Müller called for improvements in the principles of the rule of law. The fight against climate change must not be allowed to lag behind either. She said: "I am pleased that after a long struggle we now have this historic agreement. We can now look to the future and work together for the future of Europe" and "For me, European reliability and solidarity are essential. »

Finally, the Vice-President of the Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament, Sylvie Brunet, concludes that this "will enable a solidarity response to the crisis by investing together for a greener and more digital economy. »