PES: The recovery cannot wait, Member States must put EU plan into action

epa08323378 European Parliament President David Sassoli (C) opens a mini plenary session of European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 26 March 2020. Due to Coronavirus pandemic, plenary session is reduced to one day and mainly operated as a video conference. In order to contain the spread of coronavirus, Belgium is implementing confinement guidelines for the public which is scheduled to be in place until 05 April 2020. Only supermarkets and essential trade will remain open. Countries around the world are taking increased measures to stem the further spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the Covid-19 disease. EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET

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European Socialists welcomed the European Commission recovery plan announced yesterday, defining it as “a historic opportunity to kickstart the reconstruction of the Union and move towards a more progressive and people-oriented Europe. Member States must grasp this opportunity”.

Representatives from PES member parties and organisations convened digitally to discuss the proposal and how to move Europe towards a social, digital, gender equal, and sustainable future.

The Presidency adopted a declaration welcoming the plan, which includes key progressive priorities like a strong recovery fund, increased Just Transition funding, investment in education and training for young people, the Child Guarantee, and taxing digital giants. The Presidency called on governments to urgently adopt and implement the plan.

PES President Sergei Stanishev said:

“This is the ambitious plan with solid resources that progressives have been pushing for from the very beginning. It is a lifeline for citizens and a breakthrough for our family. Now we have a historic chance to rejuvenate the EU.

“Europe must grasp this opportunity to set the recovery in motion. We must support the countries, regions and sectors that are being hit hardest, and strengthen our social model and the green and digital transitions. We must show that the European project places solidarity between countries, regions and people first. This must happen now. Recovery cannot wait.

“Member States must act together to deliver this as soon as possible, so the Commission’s plan can be put to work in the interest of all Europe’s citizens, to protect them, their jobs, and to relaunch the economy.

“This is a victory for our family as we push to create a green, social, digital, gender balanced, and sustainable future for Europe beyond this crisis.”

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