Sassoli: Von der Leyen is right – governments must not act unilaterally. We need stronger EU coordination.
Statement by European Parliament President David Sassoli on latest Commission COVID-19 response.
“Following Sunday’s appeal by the President of the European Commission, member state governments must stop limiting supplies of medical equipment within the EU and stop taking unilateral action to prevent free movement. This battle is Europe-wide and must be fought with strong coordination between governments and EU institutions.
“The challenges presented by the rapid spread of COVID-19, show that cooperation and solidarity are needed now more than ever. No effort will be spared to protect people’s health and help those in need. We need to ensure adequate production and supply of medical equipment, so it is available wherever it is needed in the EU. This virus does not respect any border, attempts to fight it alone will fail.
“Ensuring our internal market continues to function and its rules are respected is of vital importance. We need to ensure that supplies and products can get where they are needed. Solidarity, mutual trust, and sincere cooperation should guide our actions to fight against this pandemic. “Reinforcing controls at external borders of the EU, in line with our rules and international obligations, can help ensure that the Schengen system works effectively. However, the reintroduction of internal border controls, when not based on the advice or data from health authorities, causes more harm than good. It imposes major economic costs on the EU as a whole and prevents goods arriving where they are needed. We need to ensure the proper functioning of the Schengen area. “In this moment, we all need to build mutual trust, cooperation and solidarity. These principles are at the heart of the European project and are needed now more than ever.”
Press Release, European Parliament, Press room , March 16, 2020. Source: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20200316IPR75008/sassoli-governments-must-not-act-unilaterally-we-need-stronger-eu-coordination
David Sassoli: Europe united in face of common challenge of COVID-19
Sassoli: Positive measures from Commission. Europe united in face of common challenge of COVID-19. Statement by Parliament President David Sassoli following the announcement by the European Commission of measures to address COVID-19.
“Not since the end of the Second World War have we faced such a dramatic crisis. Today the European Union is taking action. We had no doubt that it would.
This situation is so serious that no European government could think of responding alone. The package of measures put forward by the European Commission today to fight COVID-19 goes in the right direction.
All European countries will receive support for their health systems. This means the supply of materials, support to hospitals, and financing research to develop a vaccine as soon as possible. The first priority is saving human lives.
The other commitment is to protect jobs, businesses and the economy. To do this: enough with austerity. Countries are authorized to spend everything that is necessary to guarantee support for employees, self-employed workers, businesses, and banks. In addition to the commitments made by member states, at least 37 billion euros is ready and available from the Union budget.
It is important to emphasize that governments will be able to use all the flexibility provided for in the Stability and Growth Pact, and that state aid will be allowed for sectors and businesses affected by the crisis. Now the Council and Parliament must approve these first proposals. I can assure you that Parliament will do this as soon as possible.
To save our countries, we must act together in Europe. We should do more.
Today the watchword for Europe is solidarity. No one will be left alone and no one will act alone.”
Press Release, European Parliament, Press room , March 13, 2020. Source: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20200313IPR74911/sassoli-positive-measures-europe-united-in-face-of-common-covid-19-challenge
Republished by Intell News Romania in English on March 16, 2020
Take a look also at the article from March 11, 2020: “Coronavirus: MEPs call for solidarity among EU member states”, https://english.intellnews.ro/coronavirus-meps-call-for-solidarity-among-eu-member-states/