The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, will have a phone call this Friday with the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, to discuss the recovery plan for the economy after the pandemic and the EU budget between 2021-2027, star issues of the next European summit.RELATED
The call will take place at 11:30 am (9:30 GMT), according to the updated agenda of the President of the Council that his spokesman, Barend Leyts, published on Twitter.
In the last week, Michel has held talks with various European leaders in preparation for the telematic summit on June 19, which is expected to pave the way for an agreement on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (the EU budget between 2021 and 2027) and the coronavirus pandemic recovery plan.
The European Commission has proposed an allocation of 1.1 trillion euros for the Multiannual Financial Framework and 750,000 million for the plan to rebuild the economy after the health crisis, although these figures will have to be negotiated between the Member States.
After this step, they must also be approved by the European Parliament.
The leaders of the EU countries are already divided on the format of the recovery plan announced by the Commission, with a group of austere countries led by the Netherlands that prefers that the money be disbursed in loans that must be returned, compared to another block, in which are France, Germany and Spain, which defends that they are transfers with lost funds.
To probe the ground and prepare for the meeting on June 19, Michel has held telephone calls in recent days with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel; the Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, or the Dutch, Mark Rutte, as well as with the leaders of Hungary, Poland or the Czech Republic, among others.
He also plans to do it this Friday with the Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte.