March 9, 2020 / 10:48 AM / a month ago

EU Commission looks at doing whatever it takes to help economy against coronavirus

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen looks on during a news conference to speak on the first 100 days of the EU Commission in Brussels, Belgium, March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is looking at all possible options to help the economy cope with the coronavirus outbreak, the president of the European Commission said on Monday.

“We are looking into everything that we can do to help to address the impact on the economy,” Ursula von der Leyen told a news conference in Brussels. But she added the EU needed urgently an agreement on a new budget for the 2021-2027 period if it wanted to address current and future challenges.

Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio, editing by Marine Strauss

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