The European Commission has finally put forward its plans for post-pandemic economic recovery and is set to propose that hardest-hit Italy and Spain will receive the biggest chunks of the €750 billion set aside.
The Commission said the package of measures would be worth €1.85 trillion in total “to help kick-start” the economy and “ensure Europe bounces forward.”
Out of the €750 billion ‘Next Generation EU’ recovery fund, Italy could get 173 billion, while Spain could get 140 billion — and the fund will be offered in a combination of grants and loans, a senior EU official told Reuters.
Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said this was “Europe’s moment” and the choice was either for members to “all go it alone” or “pave a strong path” for the bloc’s future together. She described the fund as “an urgent and exceptional need for an urgent and exceptional crisis.”
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Italian PM Guiseppe Conte welcomed the “excellent signal” from Brussels, tweeting that the €750 billion was an “adequate” figure. “Now let’s speed up the negotiation and free up resources soon,” he wrote. French President Emmanuel Macron also said the bloc must “proceed quickly” with the recovery plans. (RT)
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