Speaking to a unprecedented European Parliament Plenary held in Brussels on Thursday, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen slammed the shortage of solidarity that some member-states demonstrated when requested to contribute to the battle towards COVID-19.
“When Europe really needed to be there for each other, too many initially looked out for themselves. When Europe really needed an ‘all for one’ spirit, too many initially gave an ‘only for me’ response,” mentioned von der Leyen, including that these states are actually going through the implications of their “own uncoordinated actions.”
During the talk within the European Parliament, Von der Leyen known as for a united entrance towards COVID-19, as “no member state can handle this crisis on their own,” and re-assured MEPs over the activation of the escape clause within the Stability and Growth Pact, that can permit nationwide governments to make full use of the flexibleness in fiscal rules.
The Commission President additionally hinted on the inside border checks that a number of states have imposed, which resulted in enormous delays within the switch of products throughout the bloc, and on the export ban of protecting gear.
She praised the up to date heroes, particularly the medical doctors, nurses and carers throughout Europe who’re “leading the fight” towards Coronavirus, and the position of EU’s Single Market in guaranteeing the movement of medical provides and gear.
MEPs within the room, who echoed von der Leyen’s acute criticism over the shortage of solidarity amongst member states, voted on Thursday on an funding bundle that can assist member-states’ well being methods within the battle towards COVID-19.