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

German Finance Minister Christian Lindner speaks in the course of a price range session, in the plenary hall of the decrease property 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 support the bloc get well from the COVID-19 pandemic could be repurposed in light of the war in Ukraine, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner was quoted as saying on Saturday.

“In check out of the adjusted condition, I am open up to prioritising the obtainable funds,” Lindner instructed the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper.

The minister who potential customers the pro-enterprise Free of charge Democrats (FDP) extra that what is essential are “investments in infrastructure, power and competitiveness, but not more point out intake and postponed reforms”.

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In an unprecedented transfer to stop economic fragmentation due to the pandemic, EU countries agreed in 2020 to jointly borrow 800 billion euros ($878 billion) to spend on rebuilding their economies to be greener and much more digitised.

The EU will examine in a couple of weeks irrespective of whether it requires to jointly borrow a lot more funds in response to the challenges developed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, European Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni explained on Tuesday. L5N2VP2ZB]

France is top phone calls for new EU personal debt, whilst Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and other nations around the world oppose this sort of new borrowing now, arguing that the economic effect of the war in Ukraine is however unclear and that only 74 billion euros of the fund has been disbursed so far.

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Reporting by Emma Thomasson
Editing by Helen Popper

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