We need more effective health coordination to tackle Covid-19 - too little EU progress so far

Dacian Cioloș, leader of Renew Europe, wrote a letter on behalf of his Group to the President of the European Commission and European Council urging them to establish common risk criteria in order to better manage the Covid-19 pandemic.  Despite repeated recommendations from the European Parliament and despite the Commission’s roadmap - little European progress has been made to better manage this health crisis. Concretely, Renew Europe calls for the rapid establishment of a Covid-19 task force and more preventive coordination between European health ministers. 

Dacian Cioloș, President of Renew Europe said:

We know already from the beginning of the pandemic how harmful the lack of coordination between European member states can be. There is no common risk criteria nor a common modality for counting cases, no common cross-border testing strategy and no common protocol for monitoring asymptomatic patients. In fact, each country follows the recommendations of its own scientific council without coordination. Europeans deserve coordinated, effective and humane crisis management.

 The pandemic has moved from an acute to a chronic risk management phase. I am afraid that this phase will continue, especially as the risk of the increased spread of the virus is real. We have a duty to put in place a real European health policy and effective tools for coordination between the Commission and the Member States and between the national authorities themselves and establish common criteria for reporting cases and monitoring the pandemic.”

 

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