The following statement from Orgalim was received via EFCEM:
Today, the European Commission, together with the Council of the European Union, published their COVID19 exit strategy, called “European Roadmap towards lifting COVID-19 containment measures”.
It was presented both by European Commission President Von der Leyen and European Council President Michel.
The focus is mainly on the specific health measures taken across Europe and the need to coordinate their being lifted in the exit strategy.
The joint Roadmap: main elements
Finally, it also calls out work on a recovery strategy that will be based on a revamped proposal for the next Multiannual Framework and the updated Commission Work Programme for 2020. Regarding the MFF, it is clear that this will be a different context and urgency than before, including with a focus on frontloading specific actions.
Council President: 4 pillars of focus for discussions with Member States
During the presentation, President Michel focused on the following 4 pillars;
Some other points were mentioned during the questions section of the presentation. One was that the Commission looks at the Green deal measures as essential investment areas for the recovery stage. President von der Leyen also said that circular economy measures are a way to address the EU's strategic independence from external suppliers. Note: it is clear that the European Commission will continue to use their earlier presented industrial strategy as an additional guiding document for their coming actions. This means that strategic independence/sovereignty will continue to be pushed as a key elements to protect the EU’s economy from future shocks/challenges.
Orgalim analysis and actions
Note that Orgalim released a second statement yesterday which exactly outlined some key aspects mentioned above.
We continue to work with the European Commission to provide our input, including regarding the rapid alert function to ensure Orgalim acts as a strong channel for member concerns towards the European level.