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Parliamentary questions
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6 April 2020
P-002093/2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Samira Rafaela
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: The effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on European import and export companies

The outbreak of COVID-19 is first and foremost a global health emergency. This crisis is now also impacting the economy, for example by disrupting international trade flows. Hundreds of thousands of European companies and their employees are dependent on the free flow of goods and services both within the European Union and globally. For import and export companies, this crisis is resulting in vastly reduced business, costing countless people their jobs.

1. What actions has the Commission taken so far to ensure that international trade flows will be least affected by the COVID-19 outbreak?

2. How is it working within the World Trade Organisation to promote the continued flow of goods and services?

3. How is it helping companies to minimise the negative effects on their exports to third countries?

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