July 8, 2020 / 11:58 AM / a month ago

Italy's Conte to visit Dutch PM on Friday ahead of recovery fund summit, source says

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during a joint news conference with his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa (not pictured) at Sao Bento Palace, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Lisbon, Portugal, July 7, 2020. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Antonio Conte will visit his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte this Friday in preparation for next week’s EU summit on the European Recovery Fund, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Agreement still looks far off, as the Dutch lead a group of countries resisting the idea, backed by Italy, of the fund largely being made up of grants instead of loans.

Reporting by Bart Meijer; Editing by Jon Boyle

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