ComuniqEU – Covid19

EC President von der Leyen speaks on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Brussels

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.


Top EU officials explain bloc's response to coronavirus crisis
A staff member of the EU’s Emergency Response Coordination Center (ERCC) looks at a real-time map on a computer showing the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 disease caused by the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

 


 

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


 

Eu News 

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The European Commission is also actively doing the following:

Public health

Economy

Travel and transportation

Crisis management and solidarity

Research and innovation

Education

Latest News 

 

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Press release 31 March 2020 State aid: Commission approves French scheme deferring payment by airlines of certain taxes to mitigate economic impact of coronavirus outbreak


Statement 31 March 2020 Statement by President von der Leyen on emergency measures in Member States


Press release 31 March 2020 EU approves close to €240 million to strengthen resilience in neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees in light of the coronavirus pandemic


Press release 31 March 2020 State aid: Commission approves €200 million Irish scheme to support the economy in the current coronavirus outbreak


Press release 30 March 2020 State aid: Commission approves €1.75 billion Estonian schemes to support economy in coronavirus outbreak


Press release 30 March 2020S tate aid: Commission approves €130 million Danish guarantee scheme for SMEs with export activities affected by coronavirus outbreak


Press release 30 March 2020 State aid: Commission approves €1.2 billion French “Fonds de solidarité” scheme for small enterprises in temporary financial difficulties due to coronavirus outbreak


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 30 March 2020 Coronavirus: Commission issues questions and answers to help increase production of safe medical supplies


Press release 30 March 2020 Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance on implementing the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU


Press release 30 March 2020 EU mobilises immediate support for its Western Balkan partners to tackle coronavirus


Press release 30 March 2020Coronavirus: The European Union stands by its Eastern partners


Statement 28 March 2020 Statement from Commission President von der Leyen on proposals to fight the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis


Press release 27 March 2020 State aid: Commission approves Luxembourg guarantee measure to further support economy in coronavirus outbreak


Press release 27 March 2020 State aid: Commission amends Short-term export-credit insurance Communication in light of economic impact of coronavirus outbreak


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.


Statement 26 March 2020 Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel, following the EU Leaders’ videoconference on COVID-19 of 26 March


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 2020State aid: Commission approves Italian State guarantee scheme to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak


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.


Press release 25 March 2020 State aid: Commission approves €1.3 billion Danish scheme to compensate self-employed for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak

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