Pandemic Response as Stasis or Catalyst of (Treaty) Change

Intergovernmentalism has been the common denominator of the crisis that the EU has faced in the last decade. It is inherent in Brexit, it is in the EU economic governance, in the management of migration as well as in the post-pandemic crisis reaction.
The set of measure to fight the pandemic presented by the European Commission in the summer of 2020 and finally agreed by the Council and the Parliament towards the end of 2020 is usually known with the name of ‘Recovery and Resilience Facility’. The core of this reform is represented by the Recovery Fund that, to be operationalised, needs the ratification of the Own-Resources decision approved by the Council.
Aim of this paper is to point at the Council Own-Resources decision and the need for its approval as part of the Recovery and Resilience Facility to know if it is revealing of a structural lack of powers at EU level, or of the inability of the EU institutions to provide workable solutions to the needs of the EU Member States.