EU fails to agree on coronavirus recovery deal | Eurasia Diary - ednews.net

28 May, Thursday


EU fails to agree on coronavirus recovery deal

Politics A- A A+

EU finance ministers failed to secure an economic recovery deal to manage the fallout of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Eurogroup chief Mario Centeno said in a tweet, EDNews reports citing Deutsche Welle.

"After 16h of discussions we came close to a deal but we are not there yet," Centeno said. "I suspended the Eurogroup and [will] continue tomorrow, Thursday. My goal remains: A strong EU safety net against fallout of COVID-19 … and commitment to a sizeable recovery plan."

Disagreements between Italy and the Netherlands over the conditions of eurozone loans have effectively blocked agreement over a way forward, diplomatic sources told Reuters news agency.

"The Italians want a reference to debt mutalization as a possible recovery instrument to be analyzed more in the future," the source said. "The Dutch say 'no'."

Eurozone countries are largely split along a north-south divide. Italy and Spain have spearheaded efforts to collectively guarantee debt within the eurozone in the form of so-called coronabonds. But that proposal, which could easily raise hundreds of billions of euros, has been outright rejected by Germany and the Netherlands.

Instead, Germany — Europe's economic powerhouse — has proposed using the crisis instrument known as the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) to extend credit to hard-hit countries. However, since its inception, the ESM has required hard commitments to extensive economic and financial reform. Although the German government has called for easing those conditions, it is unclear how far they're willing to go.

EU finance ministers will again reconvene on Thursday to continue negotiations on a recovery package.

Report a mistake by marking it and pressing Ctrl+Enter

EurasiaDiary © Must be hyperlinked when used.

Follow us:
Twitter: @Eurasia_Eng
Facebook: EurasiaEng


Загрузка...