Saving lives and supporting livelihoods in these times of acute crisis is paramount. The Commission is acting on its conviction that the only effective solution to the crisis in Europe is one based on cooperation, flexibility and, above all, solidarity. With a new solidarity instrument, we will mobilise €100 billion to keep people in jobs and businesses running. With this, we are joining forces with Member States to save lives and protect livelihoods. This is European solidarity.”
Ursula Von Der Leyen
Crises are frequently indiscriminate in the way they come upon us and affect us. Whilst some can be foreseen and tackled with appropriate preparations and reparatory measures, others take us completely by surprise and threaten to overwhelm us, as is the case of this epochal pandemic we are currently trying to tackle. The sheer dimension of this situation thus means that this is not the time for individualism, but the moment where ‘we’ becomes more important than ‘I’.
We are all in this together: an epic health crisis that calls for unity and common solutions in order to stem, as rapidly as possible, the spread of this deadly, invisible enemy that has changed our lifestyles overnight.
During these times of crisis, across the European Union, countries, regions and cities are stretching out a helping hand to neighbours and assistance is given to those most in need: donations of protective equipment such as masks, cross-border treatments of ill patients and bringing stranded citizens home.
We really are in this together, and no individual Member State has the capacity to meet all its own needs for products and healthcare, amongst many other issues. The European Commission is mobilising all means at its disposal to support Member States in tackling the current coronavirus pandemic. The protection of our citizens is our first priority. Member States will always be on the frontline: even here in Malta, we witness daily the dedication of our health workers and authorities who are guiding us through the uncharted territory caused by the pandemic’s rapid spread. The European Commission keeps on playing a key coordination role and issues recommendations for a common course of action in many areas, including public health, transport, border controls, internal market and trade.
The provision of the right information crucial.
The aim of this page is to serve as a source of news from the EU institutions on the matter, because truly believe we are in this together.
Coronavirus response team
The European Commission is coordinating a common European response to the outbreak of COVID-19. We are taking resolute action to reinforce our public health sectors and mitigate the socio-economic impact in the European Union. We are mobilising all means at our disposal to help our Member States coordinate their national responses and are providing objective information about the spread of the virus and effective efforts to contain it.
President von der Leyen has established a Coronavirus response team at political level to coordinate the response to the pandemic.
Apart from the President, the team includes:
Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager is in charge of a Europe fit for the digital age
Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis is in charge of an economy that works for people
Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni is in charge of macroeconomic aspects
Commissioner Thierry Breton is in charge of the internal market
Commissioner Stella Kyriakides is in charge of all health issues
Commissioner Janez Lenarčič is in charge of crisis management
Commissioner Ylva Johansson is in charge of border-related issues
Commissioner Adina Vălean is in charge of mobility
The European Commission is also actively doing the following:
Press release 30 March 2020 Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure the free movement of critical workersToday, the Commission has issued new practical advice to ensure that mobile workers within the EU, in particular those in critical occupations to fight the coronavirus pandemic, can reach their workplace.
Press release 27 March 2020 Coronavirus: Commission boosts budget for repatriation flights and rescEU stockpileToday, the European Commission has proposed to make €75 million from the EU budget available to help Member States repatriate EU nationals and to increase the budget of the RescEU medical stockpile.
Press release 27 March 2020 EU and 15 World Trade Organization members establish contingency appeal arrangement for trade disputesThe EU and 15 other members of the WTO today decided on an arrangement that will allow them to bring appeals and solve trade disputes among them despite the current paralysis of the WTO Appellate Body.
Press release 26 March 2020Coronavirus: Commission issues guidance to ensure essential freight keeps moving by airThe European Commission calls on EU Member States to support air cargo operations during the coronavirus crisis.
Speech 26 March 2020Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the European coordinated response to the COVID-19 outbreakPresident von der Leyen gave a speech at the European Parliament plenary session on the Commission’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
Press release 25 March 2020Coronavirus: Commission stands ready to continue supporting EU’s agri-food sectorFollowing the outbreak of coronavirus, the European Union’s agri-food sector is showing its resilience and continues to provide Europeans with high quality and safe food.
Press release 25 March 2020 Coronavirus: Commission issues guidelines to protect critical European assets and technology in current crisisThe European Commission today issued guidelines to ensure a strong EU-wide approach to foreign investment screening in a time of public health crisis and related economic vulnerability.