EU recovery fund could be repurposed over Ukraine, German finance minister says

German Finance Minister Christian Lindner speaks through a spending plan session, in the plenary corridor of the reduce dwelling of the German parliament, the Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany March 22, 2022. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi

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BERLIN, March 26 (Reuters) – The European Union restoration fund set up to assistance the bloc get well from the COVID-19 pandemic could be repurposed in light-weight of the war in Ukraine, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner was quoted as stating on Saturday.

“In view of the improved situation, I am open to prioritising the offered money,” Lindner told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper.

The minister who leads the professional-enterprise No cost Democrats (FDP) additional that what is wanted are “investments in infrastructure, energy and competitiveness, but not more condition intake and postponed reforms”.

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In an unprecedented go to prevent economic fragmentation due to the pandemic, EU nations around the world agreed in 2020 to jointly borrow 800 billion euros ($878 billion) to expend on rebuilding their economies to be greener and additional digitised.

The EU will explore in a handful of months irrespective of whether it requires to jointly borrow much more dollars in reaction to the issues designed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, European Financial Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni stated on Tuesday. L5N2VP2ZB]

France is major calls for new EU debt, while Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and other nations oppose these kinds of new borrowing now, arguing that the financial effect of the war in Ukraine is continue to unclear and that only 74 billion euros of the fund has been disbursed so much.

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Reporting by Emma Thomasson
Editing by Helen Popper

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