Why do we always criticize our country

With the provisional agreement of the European Council in July on a new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the years 2021-2027 amounting to almost 1.1 trillion euros and the Corona development instrument "Next Generation EU" amounting to 750 billion euros European Union demonstrated the ability to act and solidarity in a difficult situation, but after the final negotiations with the European Parliament, the final approval of all member states is still required. This is now temporarily blocked.

The corona aid should primarily flow to those regions that are most severely affected by the pandemic. “We are in an extremely tense economic situation throughout the EU, and the pandemic has hit all member states hard. Corona aid should reach those who urgently need support better today than tomorrow. Slowing down European aid for everyone now puts the ax to the core of the integration project - cohesion. That is negligent and inconsiderate ”, complained Prime Minister Malu Dreyer.

The new EU funding period begins on January 1, 2021. In order for this to begin, the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 must be unanimously adopted in a timely manner. In the final voting phase, Hungary and Poland expressed their opposition. The reason for the blockade is that the disbursement of EU funds will in future be tied to a so-called conditionality mechanism with which the disbursement of EU funds can be stopped if deficits in fundamental areas of the rule of law are identified.

“The European Union must not allow itself to be blackmailed in this situation. The rule of law is one of the most important pillars of the EU. I want a European community based on solidarity and that includes rules and values ​​that are non-negotiable. The fact that the disbursement of EU funds is to be linked to the rule of law is not a whim of selected member states, but an expression of these common values. And by the way also an important criterion for new EU accession candidates ”, said the Prime Minister.

“Anyone who acts with a blockade policy in the EU has not understood the principle of Europe. We see ourselves as part of a community in which exchange and conversation are essential. Especially in times of political crisis between the capital cities, it is important to maintain friendship with the local people. That is why we maintain an exchange with our Polish regional partner Opole. We welcome the fact that our partner region has repeatedly shown that self-confident decisions are made there in the sense of a pluralistic, liberal image of society and entirely in line with the European idea, ”added State Secretary Heike Raab.

Rhineland-Palatinate has a close partnership with the Opole Voivodeship. For more than 25 years, the state has maintained an intensive and lively partnership with the Polish region - even in times of crisis, Rhineland-Palatinate supports the region and regularly exchanges ideas with political leaders.