This week we talk about EU Budget, the plenary of the EU Parliament, and Brexit
EU BUDGET: DEADLOCK ON RULE OF LAW OVERCOME
EU leaders have finally reached an agreement over the 1.8 trillion budget after the impasse due to the opposition of Hungary and Poland. The leaders of the two Eastern countries drop their vetoes on the rule of law after the compromise offered
by a non-binding declaration designed to assure them they would not be singled out under the new rules, as the mechanism will be binding only from the moment of it implementation, namely from 2021. Moreover, the ECJ will have an important role in this issue since the countries object of the block of EU funding for alleged violation of rule of law can address to the Court and the norm will be suspended until the Court’s sentence, assuring to the Countries accused of non-compliance with the terms of the budget the funds’ reception for at least two years, the average time necessary to the ECJ to work on the case.
EU PARLIAMENT’S PLENARY IN STRASBOURG: MAIN POINT OF THE AGENDA
On Monday, EP President David Sassoli opened the European Parliament’s plenary of December, directly from the hemicycle in Strasbourg. The plenary will last one week and among the most important point to discuss in the agenda there are Covid-19 and the vaccine campaign, recovery, and the budget. Indeed, after the institutional impasse due to the opposition of Poland and Hungary to the MFF approval (providing for the compliance to the rule of law in order to obtain EU funds) has been overcome, the EU budget will be discussed by the EP this week. Among the other point of the agenda there are the effectiveness and implementation of the EU’s laws on asylum requests and the return of migrants, sustainability, rescue plan for SMEs.
BREXIT: TALKS CONTINUE, RISK OF NO DEAL
On December 13, the Prime Minister of the UK Boris Johnson and the EC President Ursula Von der Leyen released a joint statemen after a phone call asserting that the major unresolved issues have been discussed and “We have accordingly mandated our negotiators to continue the talks and to see whether an agreement can even at this late stage be reached”. Moreover, the EC President pointed out that if Johnson’s government wants to maintain unchanged access to the single market “They have either to play by our rules, because this is a matter of fairness for our companies… or the other choice is there is a price on it, and the price is border and tariffs”.