The European Commission has launched the corona response team, a team of five Commissioners who will coordinate work on halting COVID-19 outbreak. The EU continues to work on all fronts to support Member States in preparedness, halt the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of citizens.
The team of Commissioners includes Janez Lenarčič, who is in charge of crisis management, Stella Kyriakides, in charge of health issues, Ylva Johansson, for border-related issues, Adina Vălean, in charge of mobility and Paolo Gentiloni, for macroeconomic aspects.
The response team will be working on three main pillars:
- The medical field - covering prevention and procurement to relief measures, information and foresight. Under this pillar, the Commission will be working in close cooperation with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Medicines Agency.
- Mobility - from transport to travel advice and Schengen-related questions.
- The economy - looking in-depth at various business sectors – such as tourism or transport, trade, as well as value chains and macro-economy.
The Commission has also launched a dedicated webpage on COVID-19. The website provides information on key activities across medical, civil protection, mobility, economy and statistics angles, as well as links to Member States’ dedicated websites, most recent studies and other relevant information.
Another initiative is an accelerated joint procurement procedure for personal protective equipment with 20 Member States, with invitations to tender sent to a number of selected companies identified through a market analysis. It will facilitate the necessary and equitable access to personal protective equipment for Member States to minimise potential shortages. The signing of contract should be finalised beginning of April, at the earliest.
More information on the EU’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak is available in this Q&A.