Summit in Brussels: EU leaders interrupt the negotiations until the afternoon

The EU special summit on the Corona-aid package is once again in the extension. The talks were suspended early Monday morning and should be included in the afte

Summit in Brussels: EU leaders interrupt the negotiations until the afternoon

The EU special summit on the Corona-aid package is once again in the extension. The talks were suspended early Monday morning and should be included in the afternoon at 14 o'clock. This is the spokesperson of EU Council President, Charles Michel, announced on Twitter. Thus, the Meeting of the 27 heads of state and government is already running two days longer than planned. Michel had been interrupted for a great round on Sunday late evening for soundings in smaller rounds, which went, apparently, through the whole night.

the sticking point is more the proportion of funds from the 750 billion Euro Corona-Fund, to be disbursed as non-repayable grants. In his seven years in the case of such an EU-'ve seen the Meeting, he "will never see such diametrically opposed positions," said Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on Sunday. The tone was irritated, on the terrace of the Brussels Euro-summit center were heard in conversations there is also undiplomatic expressions.

From the Delegation of a large EU state, it was shortly after midnight, the conversations are still very difficult, because the "saving seeds" – Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark – blocked more. The Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian not to listen to the Short and take care of prefer to work with the media. In addition, an instrument to streamline the office Briefly, along with the Netherlands, the topic of the rule of law, to block. The French President, Emmanuel Macron have carved out with the support of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, finally, firmly on the table, it said. Whether this had an effect, remained, however, unclear. There are now more bilateral talks.

The "saving seeds" Balk

in Short, a picture of a Meeting with the other "Thrifty countries spread in the night at around 2 am on Twitter". They had adapted their Position to the Corona-Fund, but also for the next multi-annual financial framework for the years 2021 to 2027, wrote Briefly on this. This period would refer to the discounts in the contribution payments.

According to the original proposal should flow in the construction Fund against the financial consequences of the Corona-crisis 500 of the 750 billion Euro as grants, to support particularly hard by the pandemic-hit countries in southern Europe.

According to the diplomats willingness to engage in dialogue on the question of the extent to grants. Previously, the "Thrifty had declared" according to diplomats of the 350 billion euros as a last offer. In addition, these States also demanded higher discounts on their contributions to the EU budget. Merkel and Macron did not want to go, according to diplomats under a sum of 400 billion euros. It is a compromise on the horizon, the sun at 375 billion euros.

a point of contention the rule of law

The negotiations on the planned rule of law mechanism a according to the diplomat, yet. Hungary and Poland strongly oppose the plans to link the payment of EU budget funds with the rule of law in the member States.

Updated Date: 20 July 2020, 00:19

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