July 20, 2020 / 11:34 AM / 21 days ago

EU summit negotiations 'moving in right direction', von der Leyen says

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen arrives for a meeting of the first face-to-face EU summit since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brussels, Belgium July 19, 2020. John Thys/Pool via REUTERS

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday that the leaders of the EU were determined to reach agreement on the bloc’s long-term budget and an economic recovery plan after three days of haggling at a Brussels summit.

“They show the clear will to find a solution,” the European Union executive’s chief said on arrival for the fourth day of talks. “I’m positive for today. We’re not there yet, but things are moving in the right direction.”

Reporting by John Chalmers; editing by Foo Yun Chee

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