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Parliamentary questions
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27 June 2020
 E-002580/2020
Answer given by Ms Kyriakides
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002580/2020

The Commission is working with Member States and international partners on all fronts to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak . Supporting health systems and health workers is among its key priorities(1).

The Commission is aware that the current situation can have a negative impact on healthcare workers’ mental health and wellbeing(2). A new advisory panel on COVID-19 is working with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Medicine Agency to guide the Commission. The ECDC has proposed a number of strategies to promote mental health(3).

The Commission created a space within the EU Health Policy Platform(4) to facilitate knowledge exchange and develop guidance on the mental health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, also for medical staff. Relevant European stakeholder organisations are involved in this.

EU safety and health at work legislation also applies to healthcare. Employers must assess all risks and ensure preventive and protective measures to prevent occupational risks including psychosocial risks and promote wellbeing. Recently published EU guidance supports employers(5).

The Commission is a partner in the COVID-19 Health Systems Response Monitor(6) that also collects information on workforce issues.

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_20_468
(2)https://www.eurofound.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ef_publication/field_ef_document/ef20058en.pdf
(3)https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/covid-19-rapid-risk-assessment-coronavirus-disease-2019-ninth-update-23-april-2020.pdf
(4)https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/hpf/
(5)https://oshwiki.eu/wiki/COVID-19:_guidance_for_the_workplace#See
(6)https://www.covid19healthsystem.org/mainpage.aspx
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