European Union leaders will call at a summit next week for the world's 20 biggest economies (G-20) to agree in April to substantially boost funds available to the International Monetary Fund, draft conclusions of the meeting showed.
The IMF is seeking to more than double its war chest by raising $600 billion in new resources to help countries deal with the fallout of the eurozone debt crisis, but the plan faces resistance from the United States and other countries.
Most G-20 countries say the eurozone must first put up more of its own money to resolve its sovereign debt crisis, for example by combining the lending capacities of its temporary and permanent bailout funds, which together would add up to around 750 billion euros ($994.61 billion) of yet uncommitted funds.
Eurozone leaders are to decide whether to combine the two funds' firepower at the summit on March 1-2, which means that G-20 finance ministers meeting in Mexico later this week will not be able to take decisions on more cash for the IMF.
"The European Council ... encouraged G-20 Finance Ministers to continue their work in view of reaching agreement on the increase of the IMF's resources at their next meeting in April, in order to enhance the IMF's capacity to fulfill its systemic responsibilities in support of its global membership," according to the draft conclusion of the March 1-2 EU summit which was obtained by Reuters.
The eurozone has pledged 150 billion euros to increase IMF resources and several non-eurozone countries from the 27-nation European Union have also said they would contribute.
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