Covid-19 : "Pour une réponse unie, massive et solidaire"
Mme Amélie de Montchalin, la secrétaire d’Etat en charge des Affaires européennes, a participé à la visio-conférence avec ses homologues européens, organisée en amont du Conseil européen.
Amelie de Montchalin, 22 avril 2020
The topic of the conference was “The EU and the Member States response to the COVID-19 outbreak”. The emphasis was on a horizontal, cross-sectoral overview of measures adopted in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic at the EU and national levels and coping with the impact of the crisis.
The Ministers discussed the duration, scope and effectiveness of the measures taken with the view of promoting dialogue and exchange of information and best experience among the Member States.
In her introduction, State Secretary Metelko-Zgombić recalled all the efforts made by the EU2020HR and activities at the European level in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, ranging from ;
- The activation of the Integrated Political Crisis Response (IPCR) enabling close operational cooperation between the Council and the Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council
- The coordination of activities related to the repatriation of EU citizens
- holding a number of ministerial videoconferences (in almost all configurations of the Council) where activities in the area of health, security, home affairs, transport, education, economy and other have been coordinated and discussed
- The Council’s rules of procedure have been amended enabling the Council to adopt decisions in these extraordinary circumstances when physical meetings of ministers are not possible, and speedy legislative procedures according to which two packages of measures proposed by the EC have been adopted by the EP and the Council within an unprecedented short time frame
State Secretary Metelko-Zgombić welcomed both the “Joint European Roadmap towards Lifting COVID-19 Containment Measures” and the “Roadmap for Recovery” and pointed to the fact that the measures adopted in the Member States are necessary to contain the spread of the virus.
At the same time the restrictive measures represent a major shock for the economy and society. Metelko-Zgombić invited the Ministers to review their national and EU measures in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The Member States exchanged views on relaxing measures at national and European level, on the proportionality of the measures taken in response to the epidemiological crisis, bearing in mind the necessity to respect fundamental rights and the rule of law.
The Ministers discussed economic, legal, health and social challenges faced by the Member States in their fight against the pandemic and highlighted the need to stay united and join efforts in coping with this major health, and consequently social and economic crisis as part of the joint European response.
State Secretary Metelko-Zgombić emphasised that the priority is to help national health systems and urgently reach an agreement on the measures of support to the European economy./.