Members of the European Council held a videoconference on COVID-19 in together with the ECB President, the President of the Eurogroup and the High Representative. The participants outlined four priorities which EU should take in response to the COVID-19 outbreak:
1. Limiting the spread of the virus
To limit the spread of the virus globally, the members of the EU council agreeded to reinforce the external borders by applying a coordinated temporary restriction of non-essential travel to the EU for a period of 30 days.
2. Providing medical equipment
Members of the European Council welcomed the decision taken by the Commission to adopt a prior authorisation for export of medical equipment.
3. Promoting research
Members of the European Council stressed about the need to share information and to develop a vaccine and make it available to all those in need.
4. Tackling socio-economic consequences.
The Union and its Member States will do whatever it takes to address the current challenges, to restore confidence and to support a rapid recovery, for the sake of our citizens.
5. Citizens stranded in Third countries.
Members of the European Council will jointly arrange repatriation of EU citizens, where necessary and possible, and make use of the Union’s Civil protection mechanism. Additional EU funding for such joint operations will be mobilised.