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Thursday, 16 April 2020 - Brussels Revised edition

EU coordinated action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences (continuation of debate)

  Mairead McGuinness (PPE), in writing. – It is good to see the EU's response to the COVID-19 crisis being ramped up this week, with additional funding for EU healthcare systems, flexibility for Member States to use EU funds to respond to the crisis, support for fisheries and aquaculture, and a delay in the implementation of the new medical devices regulation so the sector can focus on providing vital equipment at this time. The European Parliament has adapted its working methods, with MEPs participating remotely from across the EU. As a Parliament it is essential for us to keep working to represent our citizens’ concerns and scrutinising action in response to this crisis. That means criticising the response when necessary. The EU and Member States should have been quicker to react to the situation in Italy, the first Member State severely affected by COVID-19. But it also means highlighting positives, like the EU institutions working to ensure better coordination among Member States on issues including movement of goods and medical supplies. Over the coming weeks we need to see the EU coordinating the actions of Member States as they lift some restrictions. However, we should not be complacent. The virus has not gone away.

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