Brussels, 18 March 2020
“As we are facing one of the most serious public health crises in the history of the EU, we must use all available EU tools to alleviate the situation and help Member States.
EU countries are facing severe shortages of protective and relevant medical equipment. The European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen must immediately act, in accordance with the Commission’s competences, to temporarily abolish all tariffs for this type of equipment.
Abolishing tariffs is a concrete step the EU can take to help the citizens. The European Commission must not hesitate in taking any action possible to fight COVID-19,” wrote the European People’s Party and EPP Group Vice President Siegfried Muresan MEP in a letter to President Von der Leyen earlier today.