Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister, in Parliament this Wednesday.BART MAAT / EL PAÍS

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte proposed on Wednesday to create a European “coronavirus fund” to help cover healthcare costs in countries most affected by the pandemic, such as Spain and Italy. And he regretted that the Netherlands has not made clear its solidarity with them.

Rutte's initiative would consist of an emergency fund that would make direct transfers - and not loans - to troubled countries. They could use the coronavirus fund to keep their economy afloat.

As Rutte explained in an intervention before Parliament, the Netherlands will propose tomorrow, Thursday, in a conference call that will be held with the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel , the establishment of this special fund.

The Dutch president did not specify the amount with which this instrument would be endowed. But he did point out that the Netherlands will make a “substantial contribution” to it. Rutte pointed out, however, that his government still does not believe it convenient to issue coronabonos.


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