EU leaders discuss measures to limit spread of coronavirus

Government Communications Department 17.3.2020 21.19 | Published in English on 17.3.2020 at 21.56
Press release 146/2020
Kuva: EU

In a videoconference on Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Sanna Marin, together with other members of the European Council and the President of the European Central Bank, discussed measures being taken by the Member States to limit the spread of the coronavirus and alleviate its economic impact. Their discussion stressed the need for Member States to coordinate their measures to restrict cross-border movement so as not to disrupt the transport of goods, including medical equipment and supplies, within the internal market.

The leaders supported proposals to restrict non-essential travel at the Union's external borders. If necessary, the EU countries will also support each other in repatriating citizens to their home countries.

The EU leaders expressed their concerns about the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis and supported further consideration of the initiatives taken by the Commission to support business activities and safeguard jobs. For example, the European Investment Bank has set up a guarantee intended to assist European SMEs and small mid-caps. The EU leaders stressed the importance of the Commission’s proposal to allocate cohesion funds to mitigate the effects of the epidemic. The EU’s finance ministers will continue to discuss matters related to financial support.

Inquiries: Jari Luoto, State Under-Secretary for European Affairs, tel. +358 50 468 5949. Prime Minister’s Office