Today 23 March, the foreign ministers of EU Member States held a virtual discussion concerning the crisis situation caused by the coronavirus. The prime subject of discussion was how to coordinate cooperation even better.
Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu thanked the other EU Member States for their contributions and proposed ways to strengthen this cooperation. “First of all, Member States must ensure transit corridors for goods and make sure that medical supplies reach their destinations in the EU in time. Secondly, we should create a shared platform where the European External Action Service can gather information from the Member States on consular cases in third countries as well as transport options. We must continue our efforts to convince third countries to keep their airspace open for return flights and transit,” said Reinsalu at the meeting.
The Minister also raised the need for the Member States to share scientific analyses, methods and prognoses to be collected and systematised by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.
Reinsalu also seconded Germany’s proposal to invoke the EU solidarity clause which the Member States can enforce if the resources at the disposal of the countries are clearly not enough to deal with a crisis.
Photos of the video conference: https://flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/albums/7215771358956...
Ministry of Foreign Affairs