Representation in Ireland




Graphic: Covid-19

The European Commission is coordinating a common European response to the COVID-19 crisis and is supporting the Member States in tackling the pandemic. While Member States are on the frontline, the Commission has proposed an unprecedented set of measures as an enabling framework to reinforce and facilitate the efforts by the Member States to tackle the pandemic.

At this specialised page on COVID-19 response you can find up-to-date information on the situation regarding the pandemic within the EU and each of the Member States.


President von der Leyen speaking at a press conference on SURE today

Saving lives and supporting livelihoods in these times of acute crisis is paramount. The Commission is further increasing its response by proposing to set up a €100 billion solidarity instrument to help workers keep their incomes and help businesses stay afloat, called SURE. It is also proposing to redirect all available structural funds to the response to the coronavirus.

Farmers and fishermen will also receive support, as will the most deprived. All of these measures are based on the current EU budget and will squeeze out every available euro. They show the need for a strong and flexible long-term EU budget. The Commission will work to ensure that the EU can count on such a strong budget to get back on its feet and progress on the path to recovery.