Von der Leyen urges EU leaders to agree on coronavirus restoration bundle ‘by summer break’


Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission’s chief, has urged EU leaders to reach an settlement on the Coronavirus restoration bundle “by summer break”, to salvage economies throughout the bloc from the pandemic’s financial aftermath.

“It is important that we finish before the summer break,” von der Leyen stated on Sunday, in an interview given to German newspaper Handelsblatt.

“Europe urgently needs this reconstruction plan. We are in a deep crisis that we have not had since the Second World War,” the pinnacle of EU’s Executive arm confused, with EU leaders set to satisfy on July 17-18 for an additional summit.

Brussels has convened extraordinary EU summit in mid-July, in a bid to resolve a stalemate among the many heads of state and authorities throughout the EU, on the bloc’s proposed €1.1 trillion Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027 and the €750 billion Coronavirus restoration bundle.

It shall be their first in-person assembly since February, when the Coronavirus pandemic hit Europe. During their final digital summit, EU leaders pledged to achieve a deal subsequent month, with EU Council President Charles Michel set current a negotiating desk within the coming days.

However, von der Leyen stated that the summit may not be the final one regarding the MFF and the Next Generation EU bundle, however the EU has to see “whether such an agreement will be successful on the first try”.

The Commission’s chief highlighted that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) anticipate financial output within the EU to say no by greater than 9%.

Last week, the German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire pressed for a fast settlement amongst EU leaders on the scale and payout particulars of the bloc’s restoration fund.

“It’s time to decide, we have everything on the table to support our economies and the quicker the better,” Le Maire stated in a joint press convention in Berlin.