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ECB chief urges quick EU recovery plan to pull economy from ‘dramatic fall’

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This file photo, taken on December 12, 2019, shows President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Christine Lagarde addressing the media during a news conference following the meeting of the governing council of the ECB, in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. (By AFP)

European Central Bank head Christine Lagarde has urged European Union (EU) leaders to quickly agree on a recovery package that would pull the economy from a "dramatic fall" or risk a change in sentiment on markets, which were expecting a deal soon.

Lagarde addressed EU leaders, meeting by videoconference to wrangle over how to engineer a recovery from the deep recession caused by three months of coronavirus lockdowns in most European countries.

"(The) EU economy is experiencing a dramatic fall," she told the gathering on Friday, according to officials.

"Decisive and effective action by both national governments and European actors has proven its worth: they paved the way for a rebound towards year-end and helped to buy some time. This is reflected in market sentiment, but failure to deliver could lead to a change in that sentiment," she said.

Lagarde reiterated the ECB's forecasts that the euro zone economy would shrink 13% in the second quarter from the first, and contract 8.7% overall in 2020, before rebounding by 5.2% in 2021.

She said the worst impact of the pandemic on labor markets was still to come, and that unemployment, now at 7.3% of the workforce, could rise to 10%, hitting young people particularly hard.

"It's in our own hands to forge the recovery we want to see," she said.

"The recovery package should be far, fast, flexible, and firmly anchored in economic reforms. The faster the package is agreed, the better for the EU economy," she said, according to officials.

(Source: Reuters)

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