The European Commission’s priority now is to bend the trend of infection, to give the health systems and workers the time and space to care for those that need it.
The role of the Commission is mainly to support Member States in addressing the crisis, providing recommendations on a common course of action.
The Commission wants to avoid Member States taking uncoordinated or even contradictory measures that ultimately undermine common efforts to fight the outbreak. Coordination and recommendations are therefore necessary in the areas of public health, but also transport, border control, internal markets and trade.
The European Commission’s first priority is guaranteeing the health and safety of all its citizens: protecting people from the spread of the virus while maintaining the flow of goods. To this end, the Commission is coordinating regular contact between European Health Ministers and Ministers Interior Affairs.
Science-based guidance is essential. The Commission has launched a board of outstanding scientists — a team of leading epidemiologists and virologists — to anticipate events and develop guidelines and evidence-based strategies for our Union.
Guidelines to national governments on border measures have been provided to guarantee that we protect our citizens’ health while allowing goods and essential staff to reach patients, health systems, factories and shops.
We are in the midst of this crisis. The Commission remains ready to do more as the situation further evolves.
The crisis coordination mechanism of the Commission has been activated and the Crisis Coordination Committee meets regularly to synergise the action of all the relevant departments and services of the Commission and of the EU agencies. It is chaired by Commissioner Janez Lenarčič in his role of European Emergency Response Coordinator.