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For the European recovery plan and budget to take account of social and local issues

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Yesterday, at an extraordinary plenary session, MEPs adopted a resolution reacting to the agreement of 21 July between the Heads of State or Government of the Union and welcome this historic agreement adopted in an exceptional context and which should enable all citizens of the Union to overcome the crisis generated by the Covid-19 epidemic while rebuilding a more sustainable economic and social model based on greater solidarity.

MEPs pointed out that the 21 July agreement, which covers both the recovery plan and the EU's long-term budget (2021-2027), is the result of a compromise initiated at Parliament's instigation several weeks ago. They also stressed that Parliament still has to decide on the extent and distribution of the amounts included in the multiannual financial framework. MEPs therefore reserve the right to demand adjustments so that this budget is in line with the legitimate expectations of the citizens of the Union they represent.

In this respect, the Vice-President of the Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament, Sylvie Brunet, would like to stress the importance of safeguarding the sums earmarked for European programmes in favour of employment, youth and aid to the most disadvantaged. She also wishes to underline the importance of allowing these funds to be made available quickly in the territories, especially those of her region in the South of France, where citizens' expectations are particularly high: "The spirit of solidarity that the Heads of State or Government have shown by agreeing to contract a common debt must be extended in a concrete manner in the allocation of ambitious amounts for social programmes carried by the European Union. In my region in the South of France, food aid is now reaching record levels and fears about employment, particularly among young people, are enormous. The effectiveness of the social dimension of the recovery plan is therefore essential to restore my fellow citizens' confidence in Europe.