EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has rejected criticism of the clauses protecting the rule of law and protecting the climate in the new EU budget. "We have a clear commitment to the rule of law and the principle that the EU's financial interests must be effectively protected," said von der Leyen on Tuesday after the special EU summit. The EU Commission is now getting the necessary tools for enforcement.
The European Parliament had previously received fierce criticism that the new rule of law had been heavily watered down under pressure from countries like Hungary and Poland at the EU special summit. The governments of both EU countries even said that the link between the payment of EU money and compliance with EU values had been removed. Von Leyen denied: "The European Council gave the green light that the European budget should be defended in the light of the rule of law."
Von der Leyen also rejected criticism from climate activist Greta Thunberg that global warming in the household had been ignored. "I see it differently," said the CDU politician. "The climate goals - how much money has to serve the climate - have increased from 25 to 30 percent," said von der Leyen. "And for the rebuilding plans of the member states, the European Green Deal is one of the main priorities. The Just Transition Fund is even doubled compared to the original plan. Here is a clear focus on the climate."
An additional ten billion euros a year
Leyen commented that Poland should receive EU money even though it does not support the climate target for 2050: "Poland also knows that Just Transition Fund funds will be cut in half if the commitment to climate neutrality in 2050 is not that makes it clear that everyone has to move now. "
For Germany, the result of the summit obviously means that in future it will pay an additional ten billion euros a year to the EU budget. The amount of the annual transfers will be around 40 billion euros gross, reports the German press agency, referring to government circles in Berlin. The tariffs that the Federal Republic imposes on the EU are included in the calculation. However, the amount of EU money that Germany gets back is not taken into account.