The European People’s Party welcomes the proposal of the European Commission for an unprecedented response to the current pandemic as a good basis for discussion: The European Recovery Instrument / Next Generation EU consisting of 750 billion Euro in grants and loans. The coronavirus crisis has shown that the EU needs better means to deal with a public health crisis like the one we are currently facing. This includes tackling the economic consequences of the pandemic which will require closer cooperation and solidarity between all Member States. We are all in this together and we must take unprecedented steps to mitigate the unnecessary loss of jobs and bankruptcy of businesses. But a crisis is also an opportunity: Together we can strengthen our economies and make them more competitive in the future, especially in the areas of the environment and the digital economy. We are determined to make Europe stronger facing this crisis
The European People’s Party
The EPP Manifesto, also adopted at the 2012 EPP Congress in Bucharest, outlines the basic principles of the Party summarising who we are, what our values are, what challenges are we facing and what vision we have for the future. The Manifesto was developed in parallel to the EPP Platform document within the EPP Working Group 1 for “European Policy”.
The Party Platform was developed in EPP Working Group 1 for “European Policy” chaired by EPP President Wilfried MARTENS ?and EPP Vice President Peter HINTZE. The Working Group consists of delegates of EPP member parties who prepared and worked?on this document for more than two years and received input?from the drafting committee as well as senior and young experts. The document was adopted at the 2012 EPP Congress in Bucharest, thus replacing the Basic Programme of Athens from 1992.