Italy did not sign the outcome document of the EU Summit

During the videoconference of the EU Heads of State and Government on the measures against the COVID-19 pandemic, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that the country is not satisfied with the agreed draft outcome document. This was reported by the ANSA on Thursday, citing sources in the Government Palace of Fiji.

Despite the fact that Rome has managed to remove from the text of the document mentioning the European Stability Mechanism (Stabilization Fund Eurozone, ESM) as a tool to collect credit to combat coronavirus.

The ESM was the main instrument to implement the European fiscal austerity policy during the euro crisis in 2010-2014.

“If anyone thinks about personalized protection mechanisms in the past, Italy will do without them,” Conte said. The Italian prime minister also warned that the EU has 10 days to work out “a consolidated and coordinated solution in line with the seriousness of the situation”.

According to the agency, the Italian leader suggested creating a kind of working group, consisting of “five” European heads of state or government, to develop a joint action plan. The proposal, as stressed, was made by the Italian Prime Minister in consultation with his Spanish counterpart Pedro Sanchez.

During the EU summit, which took the form of a videoconference, the situation surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic and specific measures to combat it in the EU and individual countries of the community were discussed. Italy, where the number of infected people since the beginning of the epidemic has exceeded 80 thousand, of which 8215 died, is one of the most affected countries at the moment.