July 21, 2020 / 4:08 AM / 19 days ago

Recovery deal shows 'Europe is a force for action', says EU's Michel

European Council President Charles Michel removes his protective face mask as he prepares to make a statement prior to a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, July 20, 2020. Francisco Seco/Pool via REUTERS

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The EU’s hard-won deal on a massive recovery plan for its coronavirus-hit economies showed that its 27 nations could stand together with a common belief in their future, European Council President Charles Michel said on Tuesday.

“This agreement sends a concrete signal that Europe is a force for action,” he said at a dawn news conference after chairing a fractious summit that went through the night into a fifth day.

“It is about a lot more than money. It is about workers and families, their jobs, their health and their well-being. I believe this agreement will be seen as a pivotal moment in Europe’s journey, but it will also launch us into the future.”

Reporting by John Chalmers; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman

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