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2020 has brought about the COVID-19 pandemic (WHO), which originates from the Coronavirus. The pandemic has forced Member States to impose restrictions on movement within and across their borders to limit the spread of the virus. These restrictions have impacted trade, business, people’s daily routines and the pandemic itself has strained public health care systems. The EU and its institutions are taking various measures to combat the virus and aim at containing it to ensure it doesn’t have damaging effects to society and the economy of the EU, after the pandemic is over. The EU has taken actions regarding the economy, public health, travel, research and innovation, digital and through crisis management. Below, relevant documents and recent developments to these areas of action can be found.

 

Actions |  Dedicated Websites  | Latest Developments

 

Actions

Economic Responses

Employment

  • Coronavirus Response – Using every available euro in every way possible to protect lives and livelihoods (COM(2020) 143 final), EC Communication
  • Establishment of a European instrument for temporary support to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency (SURE) following the COVID-19 outbreak (COM(2020) 139 final), EC Proposal

Medical

  • Mobilise investments in the health care systems of the Member States and in other sectors of their economies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak (COM(2020) 113 final), EC Proposal

Public Health

Travel and Transportation

Crisis management and solidarity

Coronavirus research and innovation

Digital

Education

 

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Latest Developments

19 May 2020 (Research and Innovation): Mobilisation of another €122 million from the EC’s research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, for urgently needed research into the coronavirus.

14 May 2020 (Crisis management and solidarity): Additional €105.5 million from the EU to countries in the Horn of Africa to help fight the Coronavirus, by supporting health facilities, providing food assistance to people in need and addressing the basic needs of refugees and internally displaced people.

13 May 2020 (Travel and transportation): In an effort to support and reboot tourism on Europe 2020, the European Commission has developed guidelines and recommendations to help Member States gradually lift travel restrictions and allow tourism businesses to reopen.

12 May 2020 (Coronavirus research and innovation): 117 million granted for 8 large-scale research projects, aimed at developing treatments and diagnostics through the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI).

8 May 2020 (Crisis management and solidarity): European Commission delivers first batch of 1.5 million masks from 10 million purchased, via Emergency Support Instrument (ESI). The ESI provides direct support to Member States to mitigate the immediate consequences of the pandemic and anticipate the needs related to the exit and recovery.

8 May 2020 (Travel and transport): The Commission invited the Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States to extend the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU for another 30 days, until 15 June. The lifting of the restrictions should be phased.

4 May 2020 (Research and Innovation): : The Coronavirus Global Response pledging event raised €7.4bn from worldwide donors. The funds will be directed to the collaborative and universal deployment of diagnostics, treatments and vaccines against the virus.

2 May 2020 (Crisis management and solidarity): RescEU delivered 330,000 protective masks to Spain, Italy and Croatia.

30 April 2020 (Economic Responses): To ensure the economy recovers as quickly as possible, the EU supported over 100 State aid measures to protect employment and businesses.

30 April 2020 (Digital): The Commission, through the Consumer Protection Cooperation Network, initiated checks on various online platforms and advertisements to protect EU consumers from misleading content and scams.

2 May 2020 (Crisis management and solidarity): RescEU delivered 330,000 protective masks to Spain, Italy and Croatia.

30 April 2020 (Economic Responses): To ensure the economy recovers as quickly as possible, the EU supported over 100 State aid measures to protect employment and businesses.

30 April 2020 (Digital): The Commission, through the Consumer Protection Cooperation Network, initiated checks on various online platforms and advertisements to protect EU consumers from misleading content and scams.

29 April 2020 (Economic Responses / Public Health): €3.3 billion of EU financial support mobilised jointly with the European Investment Bank to address the Western Balkans’ health and humanitarian needs as well as assist in the social and economic recovery.

28 April 2020 (Economic Responses): The Commission adopted a new package to support banks to carry on lending to households and businesses to minimise the damage of the financial crisis brought on by the virus.

24 April 2020 (Economic response/ Crisis management and solidarity): Coronavirus Global Response is a pledging effort launched by the EU in order to help developing fast and equitable access to safe, quality, effective and affordable diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines against coronavirus.

23 April 2020 (Public Health):  The European Commission welcomes the adoption of the proposal to postpone the date of application of the Medical Devices Regulation, in order to give priority to the fight against the coronavirus.

22 April 2020 (Economic response/ Crisis management and solidarity): in order to limit the economic fallout for ten enlargement and neighborhood partners during the coronavirus, the Commission proposed a micro-financial assistance package worth €3 billion.

22 April 2020 (Economic response): Further measures to support agricultural and food markets most affect by the coronavirus crisis

21 April 2020 (Crisis management and solidarity): Through the Civil Protection Mechanism the EU is coordinating and co-financing the delivery of aid shipments in the EU and in neighbouring countries.

20 April 2020 (Research and innovation): To enable and ease the collection and sharing of available research data the European Commission along with other partners launched a European COVID-19 Data Platform.

17 April 2020 (Travel and Transportation): Over 500,000 EU citizens are brought home from abroad through a unique EU consular operation.

16 April 2020 (Digital): The Commission published guidance on Apps supporting the fight against COVID-19.

16 April 2020 (Economic responses): New measures to help the agri-food sector, by increasing farmer’s cash flow and to reduce administrative burden for everyone evolved.

15 April 2020 (Crisis management and solidarity): European roadmap aimed to phase-out the containment measures due to the coronavirus outbreak.

14 April 2020 (Crisis management and solidarity): €2.7 billion from the EU’s Emergency Support Instrument are provided to support Member State’s healthcare systems in their fight against the coronavirus.

8 April 2020 (Travel and Transportation/ Crisis management and solidarity): Invitation by the Commission to Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States to prolong the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU until 15 May.

7 April 2020 (Crisis management and solidarity): Through the Civil protection Mechanism, a team of European doctors and nurses from Romania and Norway is deployed to Italy.

6 April 2020 (Economic responses): Commission and European Investment Fund (part of EIB Group) unlick €8 billion in finance for 100 000 small and medium-sized businesses.

3 April 2020 (Economic responses): In the process of easing the Import of medical devices and protective equipment from non-EU countries, the European Commission will temporarily waive customs duties and VAT on those imports.

3 April 2020 (Public Health): European Commission encourages and facilitates cross-border treatment of patients and deployment of medical staff.

2 April 2020 (Employment): European Commission’s proposed initiative ‘SURE instrument’, worth up to €100 Billion, to mitigate unemployment during the COVID-19 crisis.

1 April 2020 (Coronavirus research and innovation): New control material designed by European Commission scientists that helps laboratories in checking the correct functioning of their coronavirus tests and to avoid false negative.

31 March 2020 (Crisis management and solidarity): The EU is strengthening resilience in neighboring countries hosting Syrian refugees in light of the coronavirus pandemic, through a new package of almost €240 million.

30 March 2020 (Crisis management and solidarity): The European commission has reallocated €140 million to support the needs of its Eastern partners, as part of the global response to coronavirus outbreak.

30 March 2020 (Public Health/Employment): A practical guidance issued by the European Commission to ensure that mobile workers in critical occupations, can reach their workplace.

27 March 2020 (Travel and Transportation / Medical): The European Commission increases the budget to repatriate EU nationals and increase the budget of the RescEU medical stockpile.

 

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