EU leaders meet (virtually) on Friday to discuss the blocâ€™s EU budget and recovery fund plans.
Itâ€™s the first opportunity for leaders to state their positions on the European Commissionâ€™s plans for a â‚¬1.1 trillion seven-year budget and a four-year â‚¬750 billion recovery fund to help Europe emerge from the coronavirus crisis.
European Council President Charles Michel has sought to play down expectations of how much progress is expected. Countries need to resolve disputes over the size and duration of the blocâ€™s recovery package as well as how funding should be allocated and overseen, he told leaders ahead of the meeting.
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