Voices are calling for a shared energy plan when only 113 billion euros out of 750 from the post-Covid fund have been disbursed.
The post-Covid European recovery plan is far from exhausted as voices are already multiplying to demand a new joint loan from Twenty-Seven to deal with the energy crisis.
Based on this historic advance, of a common indebtedness to support the most weakened countries, two European commissioners plead for a new mobilization of “solidarity”. “We need to think about shared instruments at European level. Only a European budgetary response will allow us (…) to respond effectively to this crisis”, write Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market and Paolo Gentiloni, Commissioner for the Economy, in a column co-signed in several European newspapers on Tuesday.
Redirect unused loans
In the line of fire, once again: Germany, and its national “shield-bazooka” of 200 billion euros drawn last week, accused of going it alone. Asked about the idea of a new solidarity debt on the model of that of the Covid, the chancellor, Olaf…