Belgium: EC President Michel 'confident' of reaching agreement as recovery plan summit continues

European Council President Charles Michel said he was «convinced that an agreement was possible» in Brussels on Monday, as he and other European leaders returned to discuss the recovery plan for the COVID-19 crisis and a new long-term EU budget. «I'm going to present my new proposal to all the leaders. We have worked very hard and this proposal is the fruit of a lot of collective work with all the leaders and with their teams. I know that the last steps are always the most difficult but I am confident. I think that even if it is difficult, even if it will be important to continue to work, I think and I am convinced that an agreement is possible,» Michel said. The summit, originally scheduled for two days, should have finished on Saturday. After four days of talks, this represents the longest European Council in history. It also marks the first face to face meeting between the 27 leaders of the European Union since February due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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