Dutch PM Rutte says he is “neutral” for now on EU budget compromise

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte looks on during a meeting on the second day of a two-day EU summit, in Brussels, Belgium

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Thursday he was “neutral” for now on a compromise struck by Germany with Hungary and Poland over the conditions for access to EU funds.

Rutte, who has insisted that such access should be based on respect for the rule of law, told reporters ahead of a European Union summit in Brussels that he still wanted to clarify certain issues.

The EU leaders are expected to unblock a stalled 1.8 trillion euro ($2.18 trillion) package to help revive the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic and agree on new, more ambitious CO2 emissions reduction goals to fight climate change.

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