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Coronavirus, the Eu divided on the masks. No aid to Italy. Hope: we Need more solidarity
"Solidarity must be concrete, in addition to the words serve the facts, and a short time. For this reason, we have called for greater coordination in Europe". At the end of the second extraordinary summit of ministers of health of the Eu on the coronavirus, we're still in the appeals, such as the one launched yesterday by Roberto Hope leaving Brussels. In fact that health is a matter of national competence and the good will of the european institutions is often not enough to move governments.
As in the case of masks: last week, Italy had asked for help to the partners to cover the demand of our Country in the eye of the storm, but in a situation where the virus is spreading throughout the continent, no capital of the Eu, has come forward. Now to search for a solution will be the european Commission. That, however, through informal channels has already made it known to our government that the 6.3 billion of expenditures to combat the Covid-19 and its impact on the economy thanks to the flexibility will be sterilised at the end of the account of deficits and debt.

During the summit yesterday Health ministers of the Eu have given up the handshakes, opting to greet slapping the elbow. At the end of the work, the Commission said: "This is the moment of global solidarity, and within the member states, only by walking hand in hand we could give the most effective response to this crisis." But it is not easy, as evidenced by the masks, emblematic case of the difficulties of joint management. "These devices must be transferred to places where they are most needed", called for yesterday, the Eu commissioner for the Management of the crisis, Janez Lenarcic. But, as said, at the request of the Italian advanced on the 27th of February there is no government in the Eu has replied. Not only that, yesterday, France and Germany - always the most affected by the virus - have notified Brussels that will prevent the export of masks to other countries, and giving it to a domestic use. A block to the free movement of goods in cases of emergency permitted by the european Treaties.
The French, however, have denied forms of protectionism, and the German minister Jens Spahn explained: "do Not we prohibit the export, but we need the permission of the authorities. If it concerns an Eu country or an international organisation is more likely to get it". Details that are not enough to avoid the controversy: "in The face of the Union," tweeted Matteo Salvini while Brothers of Italy spoke of the "spectacle painful".
in the Meantime, to help the countries with the greatest need, the Eu Commission has launched a common call for tenders to which was signed by 20 countries of the Union. "Monday, we hope to see the results", explained the commissioner for Health Stella kyriakides makes referring to these joint procurement of masks. His companion holder to the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, has added: "next week I will talk with european industries that produce equipment protection".
However, even the institutions of the Eu are beginning to feel the weight of the epidemic. In order to avoid mass movements in the european Parliament next week in exceptional circumstances it will not hold the plenary meeting monthly in Strasbourg, but in Brussels. Yesterday the ambassadors to the Eu have had to cancel their meeting as were two officials of the european Council (the forum where you can meet the ministers and leaders) positive results. Croatia, Sweden, and Finland have closed their permanent representations to the Eu for sanificarne the premises, but does not rule out that days may be closed throughout the institution.

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