The COVID-19 novel coronavirus is spreading through Europe. Apart from the health risk, it is also forcing businesses, as well as EU institutions, to cancel travel and public events and switch to teleworking, in the hope of slowing the epidemic.
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EURACTIV will keep you updated on what is happening throughout Europe, using its network of offices and media partners. Meanwhile, you can also keep track of industry event cancellations around the globe here.
Today’s top news: Austria tightens measures to stop COVID-19 spread / UK Prime Minister tests positive for COVID-19 / Romania‘s health minister resigns / France extends lockdown until 15 April / Czech Republic launches ‘smart quarantine’
MASK DIPLOMACY: In this Special Edition of the Capitals, the EURACTIV Network looks into how China’s ‘mask diplomacy’ has been perceived by the different EU member states facing the COVID-19 crisis.
CASHLESS: Authorities are encouraging the use of electronic payments as a safer measure to maintain social distance and contain the spread of the coronavirus. Read more.
CORONABONDS: EU leaders continued to disagree over the economic response to the coronavirus as Northern countries rejected the idea of issuing joint debt, known as “coronabonds”, proposed by nine member states to finance the recovery.
AGRI-FOOD SECTOR MEASURES: EU agriculture ministers have called for further specific and targeted measures to address the difficulties faced by the agri-food sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic such as restrictions in the movement of foodstuff, changes in the operation of production systems and insufficient workforce. Gerardo Fortuna has the story.
EU SOLIDARITY: European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen heavily criticised the lack of solidarity between member states facing the COVID19 outbreak during a debate in the European Parliament about the EU’s response to the crisis. EURACTIV’s Beatriz Rios reports.
MEDIA PLAN: Will the media be saved like the banks were? In this Open Letter to the President of the EU Commission, media stakeholders and experts, in a personal capacity, along with current and former MEPs, ask for the Commission to help sustain the media sector in this testing time.