Prime Minister Janez Janša: It is important to show that Europe is capable of responding in real time
Today and tomorrow, Prime Minister Janez Janša is participating at the extraordinary European Council meetings in Brussels, dedicated entirely to the negotiations on the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021–2027, including the negotiations on the newly proposed recovery instrument.
On 10 July 2020, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, presented a compromise proposal forming the basis for negotiations. In the negotiations on the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework and the closely related Instrument for Recovery, Slovenia will operate on the basis of the already adopted mandate and priorities for the final phase of negotiations on the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021–2027.
In a statement upon his arrival at the extraordinary session, where European leaders will meet physically in Brussels, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša said that they are ready for serious and possibly lengthy negotiations and discussions. "It is extremely important for the current situation to prove that Europe is capable of responding in real time," emphasised the Prime Minister and added, "For Slovenia and for all other EU member states, this moment is particularly sensitive since we are not completely certain that the dangers of the coronavirus epidemic are behind us." According to the Prime Minister, this is the reason why particularly the decisions contained in the Recovery and Resilience Facility can significantly increase not only our financial capacity to deal with the effects of the epidemic, but also our confidence and belief in our ability to prepare for the possible continuation of this danger in the autumn.
"It is especially important for Slovenia to secure enough funds from the recovery facility for additions to and the modernisation of our healthcare system, because in recent months many additional requirements have emerged, which we need to meet to be ready for challenges in the future similar to the coronavirus epidemic," stressed Prime Minister Janez Janša. He added that following the talks he has held with his counterparts from other European countries over the past ten days as they were preparing for the European summit, he can confidently say, "That the vast majority is ready to reach an agreement today."
"Personally, I will be satisfied if, today and tomorrow, we will be able to resolve the most important strategic issues, such as the relationship between subsidies and loans, macroeconomic numbers, whereas later, but certainly this month, we will also sort out the details," concluded the Prime Minister.