We need more EU leadeship and resources to overcoe the effects of Covid-19 crisis open lettere to the EU leaders

The agreement in the Eurogroup the 9th of April has opened the doors to the European Commission and its decision to restart the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) between the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament.

These negotiations were deadlocked in the European Council the 26th of February because of the exacerbated conflict between the so-called “frugal countries” and the “Friends of Cohesion” after quite two years of useless intergovernmental dialogue of the deaf.

After the health emergency the Europeans will face not only an economic emergency, which should be tackled, but mainly the need of a multiannual social and sustainable development deal for the whole European Union.

The EU urgently needs debt instruments to effectively promote European public and private investments and a better balance among national economies; the symmetry of the epidemic will indeed be replaced by an unsustainable asymmetry between States, between regions and between social classes.

These instruments must be issued by the European institutions so as to raise funds on the market on the same basis and for the benefit of all Member States.

These instruments should not come from a group of States, because this kind of  limited initiative could create a deep and dangerous split in the Eurozone paving the way for an intervention of the markets against the stability of the Euro.

Investors will purchase even more the European common debt instruments only if the means to repay them do not come from the voluntary contributions of the member countries but from a strong European budget financed by regular flows, that is, by European own resources giving adequate credibility to this extraordinary measure of sustainable growth.

The four instruments put in place at European level at this stage (ESM facility with the specific conditionalities established by the Eurogroup, ECB, EIB, SURE) will be insufficient because they are to cover the European’s needs for the short term and since they will increase the national debts.

An additional Recovery Fund is then needed to support European common policies in the fields of welfare, sustainable development and energy transition, agro-food transformation and distribution industry, common research, planned interventions in the internal areas, small and medium-sized enterprises, the Services of General Interest and the Non-Profit Sector.

A European recovery plan will be necessary in a medium term in the framework of the MFF covering a quinquennial (and not septennial) planning so as to be consistent with the EU political and democratic cycle.

The new MFF should reach a total amount of 2000 billions Euro so that they can guarantee the production of common goods to the European citizens on the basis of created true own resources instead of national contributions.

In this perspective the new MFF should create a guarantee for a European public debt, whose design could be inspired from the European Financial Stabilization Mechanism (EFSM) one, under the name of a “European Financial Recovery Fund (EFRF)”, able to issue hundreds of billions of common debt.

Ww appeal the European Council of the 23rd of April – acting if necessary by majority and in its capacity to give the necessary impulses – and the European Parliament as a branch of the budgetary authority to give a clear political mandate to European Commission asking it to propose a new MFF responding to the following principles:

  • allow the EU to guarantee common goods that cannot be ensured by single States,
  • increase revenue with fresh resources, necessary to implement the new European political agenda and meet the priorities related to the European Green Deal,  the employment and  the social rights, the digital transformation, the productive system and the economic and social crisis that will derive from the health emergency.
  • overcome the tax avoidance of multinational companies that subtract hundreds of billions a year using the opportunities offered by disharmonious tax regimes including the seized assets under the anti-mafia legislations,
  • introduce European levies on web profit making activities and carbon producing activities including through a border carbon adjustment,

We believe that doing so the Europeans will overcome the COVID-19 crisis much more efficiently and rapidly, while taking a major step in the European integration process.

Berlin, Brussels, Budapest Den Haag, Lisbon, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Wien, Zagreb. 16th April 2020

JOAQUIN ALMUNIA former EU Commissioner

GIULIANO AMATO  former Prime Minister ans Vicepresident European Convention, Member of Italian Constitutional Court

ANTONIO ARGENZIANO, General Secretary GFE, European Movement Italy

GIAMPIERO AULETTA Vicepresident European Movement Italy

MARIO BALDASSARRI, Professor, President Economia Reale, former under-secretary of State, European Movement Italy

FABRIZIO BARCA, former Minister, President Forum delle Diseguaglianze e Diversità

ENRIQUE BARON CRESPO fomer President of European Parliament and International European Movement, professor Jean Monnet, president Fundacion Yehudi Menuhin

FRANCO BASSANINI President ASTRID, former Minister, professor

BRANDO BENIFEI MEP, Head Italian Delegation S&D, Vice President International European Movement

GILLES BERHAULT Comité 21 France, French National Centre for Scientific Research, Délégué Général Fondation des transitions

YVES BERTONCINI President Mouvement Euroéen France, Vice President International European Movement

GIORGIO BENVENUTO, President Foundations Bozzi and Nenni, former General Secretary UIL

GABRIELE BISCHOFF MEP, Vice president Constitutional Affairs Committee EP,

PETER BOFINGER German economist, former member of the German Council of Economic Experts

MATTEO BRACCIALI, ACLI and European Movement Italy

SUSANNA CAMUSSO, International and Gender Policies CGIL, former General Secretary

ROCCO CANGELOSI former ambassador, Board European Movement Italy

CLAUDIO CAPPELLINI European Affairs, CNA, European Movement Italy

PIER FERDINANDO CASINI, former president of Italian Chamber, Member of the Senate, European Movement Italy

FABIO MASSIMO CASTALDO, Vice President European Parliament

INNOCENZO CIPOLLETTA  President ASSONIME, President Associazione Economia della Cultura

DANIEL COHN BENDIT former MEP and co-president Green Group, co-founder Spinelli Group

MASSIMO D’ALEMA President Italiani Europei, former Prime Minister

PIER VIRGILIO DASTOLI President European Movement IT, president COMPA, professor Unistrada, President Centro Studi Diritti dei Popoli Università Sassari, former assistant of Altiero Spinelli

FERRUCCIO DE BORTOLI President VIDAS, former director Corriere della Sera, Il Sole 24 Ore

ROBERTO DELLA SETA President Europa Ambiente, European Movement Italy

ROBERTA DE MONTICELLI Member Accademia dei Lincei

DOMENEC RUIZ DEVESA MEP Head of the S&D Delegation Constitutional Affairs Committee

CLAUDIO DE VINCENTI former Minister, professor

GIJS DE VRIES former MEP,  former European Union Counter Terrorisme Coordinatot

LEILA EL-HOUSSI, professor, President Forum Italo-tunisino, European Movement Italy

PIERO FASSINO President CESPI, member of Italian Chamber, former Minister

DANIELA FELISINI, President AUSE, professor  Tor Vergata, European Movement Italy

UGO FERRUTA, President MFE Rone, European Movement Italy

CLAUDIA FIASCHI, Speaker Forum del Terzo Settore


MONICA FRASSONI former MEP and co-president Green Party, President of the Council of Ixelles

EMILIO GABAGLIO former General Secretary ETUC, European Movement Italy

MICHAEL ZICHY GABOR Professor of Philosophy Salzburg, Europe Now

FRANCO GALLO former President Constitutional Court, Treccani

ADRIANO GIANNOLA President SVIMEZ, professor

ENRICO GIOVANNINI Speaker ASVIS, fomer Minister, professor, Member of the task force on the Post-COVID-19

ULRIKE GUEROT European Democracy Lab

ELISABETH GUIGOU former Minister of Foreign Affairs, president Ann Lindt Foundation


HERVE JOUEANJEAN former General Director DG Budget EC Commission

ALAIN LAMASSOURE former MEP and president Budget Committee

PASCAL LAMY  Honorary President Delors Institute, former EC Commissioner and General Secretary WTO

JO LEINEN former MEP, president UEF and International European Movement

CLAUDIO LEONE, Agiter, European Movement Italy

ENRICO LETTA former Prime Minister, President Sciences Po Paris

MARINA LILLI VENTURINI, Presidente ANDE, European Movement Italy

PAUL MAGNETTE, Minister President of Wallonie Region, Major of Charleroi

SEBASTIEN MAILLARD Director Delors Institute

ALBRTO MAJOCCHI, professor Emeritus Pavia, vicepresident CSF. European Movement Italy

FILIP CESAR VILARINO MARQUES President Magistrats Européens pour la démocratie et la liberté (MEDEL)

SILVANO MARSEGLIA, President AEDE, European Movement Italy

FABIO MASINI, professor Roma-II, CESUE, European Movement Italy

IAMPIERO MASSOLO President ISPI and Fincantieri, former ambassador,

VINCENZO MATTINA, President QUANTA, former MEP, European Movement Italy

MAURIZIO MELANI former Ambassador, Link University, European Movement Italy

YVES MENY Former president EUI, President Scuola Sant’Anna Pisa



MARIO MONTI, former prime minister, former EC Commissioner, professor, Senator for life

ROSSELLA MURONI Member of the Italian Chamber, former President Legambiente, European Movement Italy

FERDINANDO NELLI FEROCI President IAI, former ambassador and EC Commissioner

VALERIO ONIDA former president Constitutional Court,, professor


ELENA PACIOTTI former MEP, Fondazione Basso

PIERCARLO PADOAN, former Minister, professor, member of Italian Chamber

ALESSANDRO PAJNO, former President Consiglio di Stato

GABRIELE PANIZZI, Vicepresident Istituto Altiero Spinelli, former President Regione Lazio, European Movement Italy

CARLO PARIETTI, former President Eurocadres, European Movement Italy

SERGIO PISTONE, professor University of Turin, European Movement

PAOLO PONZANO, General Secretary European Movement, Italy Professor Collège of Europe Parma

ROMANO PRODI former Prime Minister and President EU Commission, president Fondazione per la collaborazione fra i popoli

LIA QUARTAPELLE PROCOPIO, member of Italian Chamber, European Movement Italy

LUCREZIA REICHLIN, member British Academy and Academia Europaea, professor London Business School

VALERIA RONZITTI, Board International European Movement and Board Movimenta

ANDRE SAPIR, Senior Fellow Bruegel

GESINE SCHWAN, President of Vladrina European University

DASA SASIC SILOVIC Chair International Board CEE Network for Gender

ROBERTO SOMMELLA, President La Nuova Europa, Milano Finanza, European Movement Italy

NICOLETTA TEODOSI, CILAP, European Movement Italy

NADIA URBINATI, member Accademia dei Lincei

RAYMOND VAN ERMEN Director EPE, Alliance Europe Ambition 2030

LUCA VISENTINI, General Secretary ETUC

MARIANO VOTTA, Director Active Citizenship Network, European Movement Italy


MICHELE BAGELLA, professor Tor Vergata, European Movement Italy

ENZO BALBONI, professor Università Cattolica Milano

GLORIA BARTOLI, LUISS, Fondazione Economia Tor Vergata

FABIO BASSAN, professor Tor Vergata

ROBERTO BIN, professor University Ferrara

ANDREA BOITANI, professor Università Cattolica Milano

MARIO BOVA, former ambassador


GIUSEPPE BUSIA, General secretary Autority Privacy

VINCENZO CAMPORINI Vicepresident IAI, European Movement Italy


ENZO CHELI President Comitato Scientifico ASTRID, professor, former President Il Mulino

GIUSEPPE COCO, Professor Univesity Milano


GIANFRANCO D’ALESSIO Professor Tor Vergata

GAETANO D’AURIA Corte dei Conti

GIOVANNA DE MINICO, professor Università Napoli

BRUNO OSCAR DENTE, professor Polimi

MARIO DI CIOMMO, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

GIAMPAOLO GALLI, Professor Università Cattolica, former MP


EMANUELE GATTI, President German Italian Chamber of Trade, professor

CARLO GIANNONE, professor Università del Sannio

FILIP GOEMANS, Foundation Sint Gummaruskerk, Lawyer

PAOLO GUERRIERI PALEOTTI, professor Sapienza, former Senato

PIERO IGNAZI, professor emeritus Bologna

ALFONSO IOZZO, President Centro Studi sul Federalismo

RAFFAELE LENER, Professor Tor Vergata

AMEDEO LEPORE, professor University Vanvitelli


ALBERTO MARITATI, European Movement Italy, former General Attorney, former member of the Senate and Under-Secretary of State

MARIO ROSARIO MAZZOLA, professor University Palermo


LAURA MIRACHIAN, former Ambassador

MARIO MONTI, former Prime Minister

ALESSANDRO NATALINI, professor University Parthenope

FABRIZIO ONIDA, professor Emeritus, Bocconi

GIANFRANCO PASQUINO, professor emeritus

RICCARDO PATERNO’, Professor University Naples

GIUSEPPE PENNISI, professor Università degli Studi Europea

COSTANZA PERA, DG Condizione Abitativa

RICCARDO PERISSICH, vicepresident CONSIUSA, writer

CESARE PINELLI, professor Sapienza,

FRANCO PIZZETTI, professor University Turin

STEFANO POZZOLI, professor University Parthenope

GIOVANNI PUGLISI. Dean University Kore

BENIAMINO QUINTIERI, Professor, Tor Vergata

ALFREDO RECANATESI, Journalist, Club dell’Economia


VINCENZO RUSSO, Professor Emeritus, European Movement Italy

DOMENICO SORACE, professor University Florence

GUIDO TABELLINI, professor, CDA CIR and Enrico Mattei Foundation


LUISA TORCHIA, Professor Tor Vergata

SALVATORE TORIELLO, Ugo La Malfa Foundation


MARIANO VOTTA, Director Active Citizenship Network, European Movement Italy



SALVATORE ZECCHINI, Chair Working Party on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, OECD

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