High-level responses to Employers' Group letter on EU recovery budget

By the EESC Employers' Group

The EESC Employers' Group received responses from the highest political level when calling for a swift agreement on an ambitious recovery budget. In June 2020, a letter on this topic was sent by the Employers' Group to the members of the European Council as well as to the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen and the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli.

A key message of the Employers' Group was that successful, resilient businesses were key to the recovery of the whole EU economy. Therefore, there needs to be a firm focus on business conditions as we prepare for the post-crisis period. Frédéric Bernard, Mr Michel's head of cabinet, stressed in his response on 3 July that the upcoming MFF would be key for a stable recovery and would also support a "fully functioning and modernised Single Market".

Likewise, Mr Sassoli noted in his response to the Employers' Group on 17 July that "we need extraordinary, unprecedented economic measures and real, unconditional European unity". He welcomed the shared understanding with the Employers' Group on the need for a united response from the EU level. To help European citizens and businesses recover from the crisis, an ambitious MFF is needed.

Ms von der Leyen also expressed her gratitude for the letter and the position paper Business is key to the EU's recovery from the corona crisis. Both documents were forwarded to Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the Commission for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight.

On behalf of President Macron, his chief of staff Patrick Strzoda confirmed the importance of relaunching the economy quickly. The letter was also transmitted to Bruno le Maire, French Minister of Economy and Finance, and Clément Beaune, French Minister of State for European Affairs.