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European Parliament President: COVID-19 most dramatic crisis since Second World War

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European Parliament President David Sassoli holds a news conference on the sidelines of a Special European Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 20 February 2020.

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“Not since the end of the Second World War have we faced such a dramatic crisis,” European Parliament President, David Sassoli said on Friday, as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the bloc is growing dramatically, reaching over 30,000 cases in the continent.
Several member states having taken far-reaching measures, hoping to be sufficient in dealing with the fast-spreading disease.
The Czech Republic has unprecedentedly closed its borders, lock-downed Italy is recording dozens of thousands of confirmed cases and a constantly increasing death toll, Spain, Belgium and Greece declared a state of emergency, and the Balkans are trying to shield their citizens from the neighbouring Corona-hit countries.
While the exact impact of COVID-19 on the bloc’s economy cannot be measured yet, it is without doubt that EU27’s economies are gradually falling apart.
Having pledged to “do whatever is needed” to respond to the COVID-19 emergency, the European Commission announced on Friday afternoon an €37 bn emergency package to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the virus’ outbreak.
Sassoli praised the emergency measures taken by EU’s Executive body that include state aid, flexibility in the fiscal rules, and an immerse boost in the member states’ health systems, through the supply of materials, support to hospitals and the financing of research for the development of a vaccine, the soonest possible.
“The first priority is saving human lives,” said Sassoli, who has already put himself in quarantine as a precautionary measure, after visiting Italy last weekend.
He also pledged to support the bloc’s economies, jobs and businesses and kept a hardline stance by saying “To do this: enough with austerity.” The Parliament’s President added that at least €45 bn from the EU budget will be allocated to guarantee the Union’s support to the field of economy.
Sassoli’s moving conclusion was that “Today the watchword for Europe is solidarity. No one will be left alone and no one will act alone.”

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