Jul 16, 2020
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said on Wednesday (15 July) he hopes for a quick resolution of the disagreements over the EU’s Recovery Fund and next seven year budget. However, he did not exclude a Swedish veto.
“We need a recovery fund, yes. It should be directed to the actual needs and be based on favourable loans and not grants,” Löfven told reporters, speaking at a joint press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, whose last ditch-visit intention was to sway Stockholm, which together with Austria, the Netherlands and Denmark, is opposed to grants.
Löfven did not exclude a Swedish veto, but said there was a need to be constructive. “You don’t go into a negotiation with that attitude, you go into a negotiation to try to find a solution,” he said.