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Parliamentary questions
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23 March 2020
E-001803/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Miroslav Číž, Monika Beňová
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Global trade during the coronavirus crisis

On 16 March the G7 leaders agreed to support global trade and investment and do whatever might be necessary to ensure a strong global response to the coronavirus through closer cooperation and enhanced coordination. The G7 also expressed the view that this is a global issue that requires a global solution. During these extraordinary times, the global economy has slowed as economic activity retreats amid efforts to prevent the further spread of the virus. According to Chinese customs data, China’s exports shrank by 17.2 % in January and February combined. How international trade will continue remains uncertain.

1. What measures has the Commission taken in order to maintain global trade?

2. Which sectors have suffered the most from the slowdown in international trade?

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