During a pandemic, it is more important than ever to stay clear from disinformation and consume and share information from credible source. One of such sources is the webpage by the European Commission dedicated to the outbreak of COVID-19.
The page includes updated information on different topics and explains in detail what the European Union is doing related to the pandemic.
Public Health: As we see in this situation, threats to health is a concern beyond borders and nationalities, therefore a mutual response is of big importance. The goal is to align national responses and crisis communication. Starting with risk assessments and a European Team of scientific experts the EU is set to manage the crisis. Read more in detail about this as well as on procurement, relief and data protection.
- Mobility: All Schengen Area Member States have approved the European Commission’s proposal for a temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU, which foresees the closure of the external borders of the territory, for at least a period of 30 days. This has of course major implications, which is why there is plenty of news about help and advice for consumers in Europe, the situation in border “hotspots”, transport and Travel advice.
- Economy: To cushion the blow to people’s livelihoods and the economy, the Commission has adopted a comprehensive economic response to the outbreak applied the full flexibility of the EU fiscal rules, has revised its State Aid rules and set up a EUR 37 billion Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative to provide liquidity to small businesses and the health care sector.
- Crisis Management: The Commission facilitates and coordinates mobilisation of offers of assistance, such as the provision of protective material or the repatriation of citizens. The Commission also co-finances the delivery of assistance from one country to another. Find details here on requests for medical equipment or repatriation flights.
Research and Innovation: The European Commission has been at the forefront of supporting research and coordination European and global research efforts, including preparedness for pandemics. In addition to a number of past and ongoing research actions related to coronaviruses and outbreaks, the Commission launched several new actions in 2020. Learn more about what coronaviruses are, the actions to tackle the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus, preparedness and response to outbreaks, or innovative projects and clinical trials partnerships.