Germany aims to settle EU budget within weeks - official

FILE PHOTO: German Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office, Michael Roth, and Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Inter-institutional relations and Foresight, Maros Sefcovic, give a news conference after the General Affairs Council at the European Council Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, September 22, 2020. Aris Oikonomou/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany aims to get agreement on the European Union’s budget, including a 750 billion euro (685.17 billion pounds) European recovery plan, in the coming weeks, a senior government official said on Wednesday ahead of a summit of EU leaders.

Hungary and Poland have said they might veto any budget plan that included sanctions for countries that failed to uphold certain standards of probity and rule of law, throwing the passage of the budget plan into doubt.

The official said that the rule of law was not an official topic of discussion for the summit but would certainly be discussed on the sidelines.

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Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Michelle Martin and Maria Sheahan