Ensuring supply of protective equipment in EU

The Commission takes urgent steps to guarantee the availability of protective masks, spectacles, face shields, garments

The Commission adopted on Sunday an export authorisation scheme for personal protective equipment (PPE) used by hospital workers, patients, field workers, civil protection bodies.

On Monday, the executive will launch joint public procurement with Member States for testing kits and respiratory ventilators and will present guidelines to national governments on border measures.

„Protecting people’s health should not block goods and essential staff from reaching patients, health systems, factories and shops and there is a the need to work rapidly on a coordinated response," EC President Ursula von der Leyen said in a video message issued today. She called on all EU Member States to protect public health and to keep the Single Market functioning at this moment of crisis, caused by the outbreak of coronavirus.

The adopted scheme is an immediate step to protect the availability of supplies of personal protective equipment, by requiring that exports of such equipment, namely masks, protective spectacles and visors, face shields, mouth-nose protection and protective garments, outside of the EU are subject to an export authorisation by Member States.

The challenges presented by the spread of COVID-19 justify the urgency of this action, Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan, stressed.

 The implementing act, adopted by urgency procedure and published on Sunday, provides for authorisations for exports to third countries. It will be valid for a six-week period, during which Member States will be consulted on the potential adaptations and scope of the current measure and future steps.


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