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Thursday, 26 March 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

European coordinated response to the COVID-19 outbreak (debate)

  Loránt Vincze (PPE), in writing. – I would like to express my sincere regret for the death of thousands of citizens in our Members States due to COVID 19. On top of the immediate health emergency, we expect that the outbreak will continue to have a significant impact on our societies and economies. The Commission has stepped in fairly quickly to offer financial support to MSs with limited tools available.

The Parliament supports all the proposed measures. It has also acted quickly in order to suspend financial and competition policy rules that would have stood in the way of offering instantaneous help. However more has to be done to coordinate MSs measures for the containment of the virus at EU level. The single market and interconnection in all aspects of life is so strong that no important member state action can be solely and exclusively have affect within its national borders.

The EU should aspire for more: mass testing should become available; the number of ICU intensive care units should increase; surgical mask production units should be created and much needed economic crisis measures should follow. National action plus EU level coordination would have been the winning solution in those first moments. It still is.

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