COVID-19 outbreak: the presidency steps up EU response by triggering full activation mode of IPCR

March 3, 2020
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Over the last weeks, the Council has taken a number of steps to coordinate the EU’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The current scale of the outbreak has demonstrated the need to coordinate even more our actions at EU level.

The Croatian presidency therefore decided on 2 March 2020 to escalate the Integrated Political Crisis Response (IPCR) arrangements from information sharing mode to full activation mode.

IPCR full activation allows for an increased focus on identifying major gaps across sectors and elaborating concrete EU response measures at presidency-led roundtables. These crisis meetings bring together representatives of the office of the President of the European Council, the European Commission, the European External Action Service (EEAS), affected member states and other relevant parties.

Furthermore, European Parliament President David Sassoli decided on further precautionary measures with regard to Coronavirus.

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Decision by the President on measures to be taken in connection with the COVID-19 outbreak

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