COVID-19 poses a serious public health threat to citizens, societies and economies with disease in all Member States. It also has a significant impact on the EU economy. The Commission therefore represents an immediate response today to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, with a focus on a European coordinated response.
The European Commission is taking extraordinary measures to protect the health of its citizens. Ensuring the flow of basic goods and services in the internal market is the only way to prevent shortages of medical equipment or food. The single market is a key instrument of European solidarity. And all Member States are taking part in the conversation to work together to solve this problem, as the Union.
Guidelines are laid down laying down principles for the effective management of frontiers for the protection of health, while safeguarding the integrity of the internal market. Persons who are potential carriers of COVID-19 should have access to appropriate health care, either in the country of arrival or in the country of departure, with the coordination of those countries. Free movement of goods is also key to their availability. This is especially important for basic goods such as food supplies, including livestock, and essential medical and protective equipment.
The Commission will use all instruments at its disposal to mitigate the effects of the pandemic:
- ensuring the supply of health systems while preserving the integrity of the single market and production and distribution value chains,
- support for citizens to avoid disproportionate impact on income and jobs and the lasting impact of the crisis,
- support for businesses and ensuring the liquidity of the financial sector so that it can support the economy and
- facilitating a coordinated response from Member States under State aid and the Stability and Growth Pact.
In general, control measures should not cause serious disruption to supply chains, basic services of general interest, national economies and the EU economy as a whole.