Bilateral meetings to try to open negotiations on the European Recovery Fund and the municipal budget for the next seven years have delayed the formal start of the third day of the summit, which was scheduled to take place this Sunday at 12 noon.
European Council President Charles Michel suspended the meeting last night and invited EU leaders to a new plenary session at 11:00 p.m. However, the start of this meeting was delayed without a new date to make room for more contacts between managers in small groups.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron were among the first to arrive at the Europa building in Brussels, where the summit is taking place, to hold a private meeting with Michel and the President of the European Council.
In declarations without questions about her arrival, Merkel expressed her doubts about the possibility that the European leaders could reach an agreement on the “decisive” day of this Sunday, as there are still “many different positions” between the capitals. “I will do my part, but it is also possible that there will be no result today,” he said.