Next Generation EU: Why We Should Be Concerned about the Recovery Plan

Governments around the world reacted to the pandemic situation in similar fashion. Costly economic stimulus packages popped out, undermining the role of decentralized reaction from the bottom and strengthening state’s role in economy. European Union introduced the EUR 750 billion worth Next Generation EU package. Next Generation EU and its crucial part, Recovery and Resilience Facility, promise to bring an era of growth and stability to the European Union and its 27 member states. Can this promise be fulfilled, and if so, at what cost?

Next Generation EU: Why We Should Be Concerned about the Recovery Plan

We would like to share with you and draw your attention to the new publication by Institute of Economic and Social Studies (INESS) called Next Generation EU: Why We Should Be Concerned about the Recovery Plan. The publication pinpoints 10 reasons why the NGEU may have much lesser effect than anticipated by the public and politicians and what kind of economic damage it can cause for the future.

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Executive summary

Next Generation EU does not only bring billions, it also imposes a burden on entire generations of citizens, tax payers, and entrepreneurs. The following lines contain several categories of problems brought about by the NGEU. These include:

 

  1. Sudden EU centralization
  2. Permanent temporariness
  3. Pandemic as a pretended justification
  4. One size doesn´t fit all
  5. Unrealistic amounts of money for efficient absorption
  6. Growing bureaucratic apparatus
  7. EU becomes more isolated from global markets
  8. Increased central planning
  9. Lack of motivation for true reforms
  10. The adverse effects of new taxes

Our main conclusion is that big issues faced by Member States (social systems unable to face demographic changes; states´ inefficient management of entire sectors; slowing down the reconstruction of declining sectors, etc.) and by the EU itself (wasting resources; inefficient additional schemes; inefficient agricultural policy, etc.) remain unresolved. They are still present and NGEU can only conceal this fact for so long.

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