Budget dispute in the EU: Figures for climate neutrality

The EU member States argue over a new Budget. It is a matter of national interests, protection of the climate, the Brexit and discount. Who to for the protect

Budget dispute in the EU: Figures for climate neutrality

The EU member States argue over a new Budget. It is a matter of national interests, protection of the climate, the Brexit and discount.

Who to for the protection of the climate numbers? Also, the EU argues photo: dpa/Patrick Pleul

BRUSSELS taz | Who pays the bill for the Brexit? And who financed the "European Green Deal"? For weeks, the EU member States quarrel over these issues. Now President of the Council, Charles Michel, wants to propose to cut the Gordian knot by: He has for the 20. February convened a special summit in Brussels. At the Meeting, a new EU is to be lashed to Budget for 2021 to 2027 fixed. Diplomats expect tough negotiations; in particular, Germany remains stubborn.

With "common sense determination" whether an agreement is possible, from which all Europeans are to benefit, warned Michel on the weekend. The Finnish presidency of the EU had already submitted in December a proposal for a compromise. He looks for the next seven years,a "medium-term financial framework" of 1.087, 3 billion euros. That would be to 1.07 per cent of economic output – slightly more than in the past (1.0 percent).

in view of the large ambitions of the new EU Commission – the "Green Deal" for the climate of Euro beats with a trillion-to-book – was much too little, says the European Parliament. It calls for an increase in the budget to 1.3 percent. Also authorities chief Ursula von der Leyen wants more money. Members should dig deeper into their pockets to Fund new objectives such as the exit strategy from Coal, the CDU-politician.

and Yet it is the Federal government, hearing of the Leyen, a year ago, itself, remains stubborn. Together with other net contributors like the Netherlands, you want to limit the EU contribution to 1.0 per cent. Climate protection is indeed important, but had to be paid for by the EU countries from national funds, said in Berlin. So it refers to the German program for the coal phaseout, for the 40 billion are provided.

However, the coal-dependent countries such as Poland are likely to persuade them. The government in Warsaw had requested at the last EU summit in December, the new billions in aid to the Coal phase-out. Only if Brussels was prepared to attack Poland financially, can you support the EU target of climate neutrality by 2050, said the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. The decision was postponed to the EU summit in June.

Since then, the fear in Brussels that the negotiations on the new EU Budget with the dispute could be intertwined about the "Green Deal". The could be expensive, especially for Germany. Since then, Berlin would have to seek compromise and probably money in the Hand.

For the hard German position but there is another reason: the Brexit. The British EU-exit, the 31. January is done, tear a deep hole in the EU coffers. According to the previous plans from Brussels and especially Germany should plug this hole, the Federal Ministry of Finance. France will, however, be charged hardly. The does not want to accept the Federal government and now with Paris. The French government should either agree to a reduction of European agricultural subsidies – or a continuation of the German EU-rubber-stamp discount.

Date Of Update: 27 January 2020, 09:00

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