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EU countries have on Thursday begun discussing a long-term economic recovery plan from the novel coronavirus pandemic in a videoconference on the bloc’s 2021-2027 budget.

In a fourth meeting in seven weeks, EU heads of states and government virtually came together to discuss coronavirus restrictions.

The prime ministers and the presidents are to set the main guidelines for a recovery plan to help the European economy emerge from severe damage caused by the outbreak.

Two weeks ago, eurozone finance ministers managed to strike a deal on a €540-billion ($590 billion) financial plan to immediately support workers, businesses and healthcare

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