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Parliamentary questions
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10 July 2020
 E-002130/2020
Answer given by Ms Kyriakides
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002130/2020

The Commission is working with Member States and international partners to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak within the EU and globally. The priority is to protect everyone from the spread of the virus. The Commission is in contact with China to share knowledge, good practices and tools for tackling the crisis.

As mentioned in the Biodiversity Strategy, efforts will also be made to reduce wildlife trade and consumption to help prevent and build up resilience to possible future diseases and pandemics(1).

The Commission has proposed a recovery plan, based on an emergency Next Generation EU instrument and a revamped proposal for the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027(2). This includes enabling the twin transition towards a greener and digital society, and drawing lessons from the current crisis for the EU’s preparedness and resilience.

While seeking to repair damage from the crisis and prepare a better future, the Commission proposed a new EU4Health(3) programme to strengthen health security and prepare for future health crises and to reinforce rescEU(4), the Union’s Civil Protection Mechanism. It also supports partner countries in fighting and recovering from the impact of the pandemic.

It is important that lessons are learned from this pandemic. Evaluation exercises will take place with a view to improving the EU’s response, preparedness and crisis management capacity.

The World Health Assembly agreed to an EU initiated Resolution on COVID-19 Response calling for a stepwise impartial, independent and comprehensive review of the experience gained and lessons learnt from the international health response to COVID-19 that will also cover recommendations to improve global pandemic prevention, preparedness and response capacity.

(1)https://eur-lex.europa.eu/resource.html?uri=cellar:a3c806a6-9ab3-11ea-9d2d-01aa75ed71a1.0001.02/DOC_1&format=PDF
(2)Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: Europe's moment: Repair and Prepare for the Next Generation: https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/communication-europe-moment-repair-prepare-next-generation.pdf
(3)https://ec.europa.eu/health/funding/eu4health_en
(4)https://ec.europa.eu/echo/what/civil-protection/resceu_en
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