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EU response to COVID-19

EU response to COVID-19 - Examples of actions taken by the EU

Member States tackle the crisis at the national level and at EU level. At EU level, national ministers in the Council decide together with MEPs in the Parliament on common measures. These include mobilising EU funds to strengthen healthcare systems.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Coordinates common EU response and supports national policies.

Examples:

  • Procurement of medical equipment
  • EU budget flexibility
  • Repatriation of citizens
  • Supporting research

EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR DISEASE PREVENTION AND CONTROL (ECDC)

Monitors spread of COVID-19 and provides advice to Member States and Commission.

EUROPEAN CHEMICALS AGENCY (ECHA)

Supports Member States and industry in addressing disinfectant shortages.

EUROPEAN MEDICINES AGENCY (EMA)

Checks that vaccines and treatments are safe and effective, and gives industry guidance on how to test.

EUROPOL

Monitors and warns about new crime exploiting the COVID-19 crisis.

EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK (ECB)

Monetary policy measures to support the Eurozone economy.

EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK (EIB)

Financial support for SMEs.