EU Calls On G20 For “unprecedented Action” On Economic And Health

The European Union (EU) called this Thursday at the G20 coronavirus videoconference for an “unprecedented” international response to mitigate the effects of the pandemic that focuses on “rapid, massive and coordinated global action”, both in economic matters as sanitary.

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“Unprecedented events require unprecedented action and rapid, massive and coordinated global action on the economic and health fronts is necessary to save lives and prevent a new economic crisis,” the presidents of the European Commission said in a joint statement. (CE), Ursula von der Leyen, and of the European Council, Charles Michel.

They added that the G20, a forum that brings together the world’s largest economies and that is currently chaired by Saudi Arabia, has “a fundamental role in guaranteeing that global coordination” and pointed out some of the initiatives that Brussels wants the international community to implement to face up to the situation.

“The G20 countries must coordinate their macroeconomic policies, mobilizing all available instruments, to mitigate the economic recession, support the workers and companies most affected,” say the leaders of the EU institutions.

Von der Leyen and Michel further emphasize that in order to limit the economic impact and maintain the ability to manufacture and provide the necessary medical and protective equipment, it is imperative that “trade flows and supply chains” be kept open.

In addition, Brussels appeals to the G20 countries to assist in the repatriation of citizens who are abroad and wish to return home.

Von der Leyen and Michel acknowledge in this note that “Europe is currently at the epicenter of the crisis” and appreciate the solidarity shown to the EU and its Member States.

They added that the EU is “committed to international cooperation” to deal with this pandemic and “will continue to assist the most vulnerable countries and communities worldwide.”

The G20 telematics meeting came just before EU leaders, for their part, launched a European summit via video conference to address the most pressing aspects of the coronavirus crisis, from the repatriation of Europeans to the Union to the measures economic or coordination at border posts.

The G20 is made up of the United States, Russia, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, South Africa and Turkey, as well as the European Union and Saudi Arabia, which holds the presidency of the mechanism.

Spain, a permanent invited country, and other countries that attend by invitation, such as Jordan, Singapore and Switzerland, also participate.

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