The head of the European Council Charles Michel on Friday renewed the offer to the member countries of the EU multi-annual financial framework of the Union for the 2021-2027 years, and also Fund the restoration of agroeconomic after the associated with coronavirus crisis.
"In the discussions between the heads of state and government, it became clear that there are serious objections to this package. After that, I held a series of bilateral talks with European leaders, the results of which are to the revised draft multi-year budget plan and recovery Fund", - said the head of the European Council at the press conference in Brussels. According to him, the plan based on the priorities of Europe: climate, digitization, European values and strengthening the EU's position in the world. "We need to deal with the consequences of a pandemic, reform our economy and build our society," he added.
The President of the European Council Charles Michel told the European Parliament on progress in the negotiations on the multi-year financial plan for the 2021-2027 years and to Fund European economic recovery after the crisis COVID-19, noting that differences remain.
"States have agreed to discuss together multi-year financial plan and Fund recovery. All agree that there must be an unprecedented response to an unprecedented crisis. All agree that it is necessary to focus on regions and sectors of the economy, more than any other affected by the pandemic," said Michelle.
Joint pandemic coronavirus can be for Europe and Russia a stimulus to discussion and decision of issue of lifting the sanctions, said in an interview with RIA Novosti the head of the Association of European businesses (AEB) Tadzio Schilling.
The EU Council in June adopted a decision to prolong sanctions against certain sectors of Russia's economy, introduced in 2014 on the background of the crisis in Ukraine. The EU explained that this decision was taken "after the last evaluation implementation of the Minsk agreements, held during the teleconference, members of the European Council on 19 June 2020."
The majority of German companies operating in Russia in favor of lifting the economic sanctions of the EU, showed a survey on the business climate of the Russian-German chamber of Commerce (AHK) in the first half of 2020.
For the immediate lifting of sanctions by 41.5% of respondents and 53.4% and believe that they need to be lifted gradually.
The Council of the European Union extended sanctions against Russia, adopted in 2014, due to events in Ukraine.
The restrictions will be in effect until January 31, 2021.
An extraordinary summit in Brussels, where the heads of EU States will meet in person and discuss the anti-crisis Fund of the EU, will be held on July 17-18, says Twitter Brenda of Latsa, press Secretary of the President of the European Council of Charles Michel.
Several summits of the EU leaders was held in a videoconference format because of the restrictive measures to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. This format makes the complicated process of discussion, decision-making.
EU leaders after the summit will continue consultations on a multi-year budget and Fund the recovery of European economy after the coronavirus, the differences between member countries still exist, said the President of the European Council Charles Michel.
"We discussed the budget plan and Fund the recovery of differences at different levels are saved, but we noted that it is necessary to continue consultations. This conference was very important, we first discussed these proposals at the level of European leaders", – he said at a press conference in Brussels.
The heads of state of the European Union heard in the course of videocamera Friday information from the leaders of Germany and France on the implementation of the Minsk agreements, and now the EU can move to the extension of economic sanctions against Russia, said the head of the European Council Charles Michel at a press conference after the meeting.
"The leaders were informed about the implementation of the Minsk agreements, which means that now the Council could extend the sanctions," he said.
The transition period in relations between the EU and the UK will end on 31 December 2020, as the country does not intend to request its prolongation, said in a statement released by the European Commission.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the presidents of the European Council Charles Michel, the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the European Parliament David Sassòli held a videoconference on Monday to discuss the negotiations on the future partnership that lead the EU and the UK.
Russia's permanent representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov and the Deputy Secretary General of the European external action service political Affairs Enrique Mora discussed prospects of relations of Russia and the European Union, said in a Twitter of the Russian permanent representative.
Chizhov and Mora "discussed the state and prospects of relations EU–Russia, the situation in the sphere of European security, the situation in Libya and the Western Balkans", it says.