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Source: European Parliament

On Monday 4 May, BUDG adopted a legislative report, based on a draft by co-rapporteurs Jan Olbrycht (EPP, PL) and Margarida Marques (S&D, PT), with recommendations to the Commission on setting up an MFF contingency plan. The BUDG committee requests that the Commission submit a proposal for an MFF contingency plan to provide a safety net to protect the beneficiaries of Union programmes by ensuring continuity of funding and implementation in the event that the 2021-2027 MFF could not be agreed

in time to enter into force on 1 January 2021. The Commission should also propose targeted reinforcements and revisions of rules to address the immediate economic and social consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak and support the recovery.

The vote took place by means of a new remote voting system. The report was adopted with 37 votes in favour, 3 against and 1 abstention.

This legislative initiative report is based on the political commitment of Commission President von der Leyen to present a legislative proposal when requested to do so by a majority of component Members of the European Parliament, in line with article 225 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

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