António Costa: “there is no plan B” to block the European Union budget

The Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, said today that there is no plan B to block the approval of the budget of the European Union (EU) and the new Recovery Fund, urging the end of the arm of Hungary and Poland.

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"There is no plan B other than approving the next Multiannual Financial Framework and the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism at the next European Council on 10 and 11 December", declared António Costa, speaking at a press conference in Brussels.

In statements made after a meeting with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, in the framework of the preparatory meetings of the Portuguese presidency of the EU, the head of Portuguese Government even showed himself “available to stay a few more days” in Brussels, in December to secure that deal.

"Whatever lasts, this process has to be completed [at this face-to-face meeting] because Europe cannot wait," said António Costa.

Warning that "no one can count on the possibility of reopening what is agreed", in relation to the EU budget and the new post-crisis recovery fund of covid-19, the prime minister exhorted "everyone involved in this arm wrestling" to recede, namely Hungary and Poland.


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