Coronavirus: Commission President Ursula von der Leyen calls on Member States to protect public health and preserve the Single Market

In a video message issued today, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called on all EU Member States to protect public health and to keep the Single Market functioning at this moment of crisis, caused by the outbreak of coronavirus. President von der Leyen explained that the Commission adopted today an export authorisation scheme for protective equipment. She further announced that tomorrow, the Commission will launch joint public procurement with Member States for testing kits and respiratory ventilators and will present guidelines to national governments on border measures. „Protecting people’s health should not block goods and essential staff from reaching patients, health systems, factories and shops“, President von der Leyen said, stressing the need to work rapidly on a coordinated response.

Source: European Commission Representation in Cyprus