WORLD European Commission to propose 25-bln-euro initiative to fight COVID-19


European Commission to propose 25-bln-euro initiative to fight COVID-19

Global Times

04:31, March 12, 2020


A person wearing a mask walks across the Millennium Bridge in London, Britain, on March 9, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)

The European Commission will propose a 25-billion-euro initiative to tackle COVID-19 and its fallout, announced the chief of the EU executive arm. 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made the announcement following a video conference with the leaders of EU member states late on Tuesday. 

The conference was called upon by European Council President Charles Michel as all the 27 member states have reported COVID-19 infections. 

The investment initiative proposed by the Commission was supposed to bolster the health care systems, small and medium-sized companies, labor markets and other vulnerable parts of the economies. 

As a first step to mobilize the planned 25 billion euros, the Commission will propose to release 7.5 billion euros of investment liquidity. 

"Today marks an important step in a coordinated response that the 27 Heads of State and Government, the President of the European Council and the Commission have been calling for. Now it is time for action," said von der Leyen.

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