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Committee Chairs call for solidarity with third countries in COVID-19 crisis

02-04-2020 - 09:39
© 2019 European Union (photographer: I. Valencia Romero)

Senior MEPs express their support for the European Commission's efforts to address the unprecedented crisis caused by the spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19 and ask for international cooperation.

On 24 March, the Chairs of European Parliament Committees on Foreign Affairs, Development and Budget, wrote a letter to Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union, Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships, Olivér Várhelyi, Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management and Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Budget and Administration to express support for the Commission's efforts to combat the COVID-19 crisis.

MEPs emphasised importance of showing solidarity with affected countries in the EU's immediate neighbourhood and other third countries, notably measures aimed at enhancing capacities of public health systems, mitigating the overall socio-economic impact, and the provision of humanitarian aid.