Varadkar calls for change in guidelines for EU coronavirus support funds

The Taoiseach has called for EU guidelines on Coronavirus support funds to be changed.

Under current plans Ireland will get just 3 billion of the 750 billion euro COVID recovery fund. 

This calculation is largely based on the fact that Ireland is one of the wealthier member states. 

Speaking in the Dáil today Leo Varadkar says he's been arguing against the allocations at EU level.

"I emphasised the scale and the impact that the crisis has had on our economy, and on employment levels, and the need for this to be reflected in the assessment of needs and the related allocation key for any new funds.

"In my view, this is the metric against which grants alone should be allocated, the extent to which a country has been impact by Covid, not its past economic performance or its ability to bounce back from a crisis."

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