Positions on EU Recovery Fund still distant, Conte says

Italy's PM Conte said on Wednesday that the positions of EU Member States on the Recovery Fund were still far apart, ahead of the EU leaders summit this week, ANSA reported. Italy is set to be the top beneficiary as the country hardest hit by COVID-19 if the European Commission's proposal for a €750bn fund is approved.

But some member States have deep reservations about the fund, especially the fact that much of the funding would be allocated via non-refundable grants.

"The positions of the member states are still distant on several points despite the progress of recent months," Conte told the Lower House as he reported to parliament before the EU summit. The premier also called for a "spirit of cohesion at the national level. The opposition League and the Brothers of Italy parties, which have complained that the government has not involved them in handling the coronavirus emergency and has not taken on board their proposals, walked out in protest.

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