Europol Executive Director Catherine De Bolle on Tuesday warned that mafia organizations have set their sights on the EU's Recovery Fund, which is designed to help countries get over the economic earthquake caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, ANSA reports.
Government spokesperson Stelios Petsas on Tuesday announced a small number of changes to the composition of the government, described as functional improvements, mainly at the level of deputy ministers.
Payments of the massive coronavirus stimulus approved by EU leaders will start in the second half of next year, Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni was quoted as saying on Friday. In an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica he pointed out that countries could use a tenth in anticipation of the plan’s approval.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Monday EU leaders were making progress towards an agreement on a plan to revive economies throttled by the COVID-19 pandemic, but warned discussions could still fall apart.
In its ambitious Recovery package, that will be discussed by the EU leaders on 19 June in Brussels, the Commission has proposed a budget of €118.2bn for external action, with an extra €15.5bn to support its partners in recovery efforts in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. Thus will be boosted EU’s role as a strong global actor.
Italian PM Giuseppe Conte has welcomed the outcome of Thursday's EU summit, held via video conference, on the bloc's response to the economic earthquake, caused by the coronavirus crisis, ANSA reported.
European Union leaders are on Thursday expected to defer a final decision on how to finance the bloc’s economic recovery in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, diplomats and officials told Reuters.