Spain urges EU to quickly approve all national stimulus packages – EURACTIV.com
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez urged Brussels to swiftly approve all the recovery plans of European Union member states and release funds to accelerate the economic recovery of countries particularly affected by the pandemic, including Spain, EFE reports, EURACTIV partner.
“Since all Member States have already done their part, it is now important that the Commission, ECOFIN and the European Council approve these stimulus packages,” Sánchez said on Monday 31 May. “At the moment […] a message of certainty must be sent by public institutions, by Europe, to our social agents and to workers, ”he added.
Sánchez spoke after meeting his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki, for bilateral talks in Madrid. The EU has approved a € 750 billion stimulus fund, partly financed by debt, to help the bloc overcome the economic legacy of the COVID-19 crisis. The fund has now been ratified by all national parliaments and is awaiting implementation by the EU institutions.
If Spain accelerates the rollout of ambitious structural reforms, it could receive the first of two or three tranches of a total of € 140 billion from the EU’s stimulus fund by the end of the year. Half of the money, which will be disbursed over the next three years, will be in the form of grants, the rest in the form of loans.
Poland, meanwhile, is expected to receive an amount equivalent to almost two-thirds of the country’s annual budget, or 23 billion euros in grants and 34 billion euros in loans – although it blocked the initial proposal of the EU in a dispute over the power of the Union. of the mechanism of the law.
Opposing views on migration
Although the Spanish government of the Socialist Party (PSOE / center-left) and the left United We Can (Unidas Podemos) and the Polish nationalist-conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party share certain views, the two differ widely on the migration and asylum. Politics.
While Spain favors a compulsory solidarity mechanism to distribute asylum seekers across the bloc, Poland – along with the other Visegrad countries, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia – is more reluctant to accept migrants. The two also differ on issues such as abortion and the LGBT + community.
Poland, along with Hungary, blocked the EU deal on recovery funds, which was finally reached at the Brussels summit last December.
[Edited by Josie Le Blond]