Over the past week, COVID-19 infected more than 400.000 people worldwide reaching almost every country in the world. With a high transmission rate and the absence of a vaccine, many countries have taken strong decisions to enforce mass closures and social distancing. the EU has no mandate for public health, which remains the competence of member states. Furthermore, the European Commission has encountered difficulties to avoid or mediate frictions among member states on the commerce and transit of medical equipment. The EU requires strong action in order reassure public opinion and member states. For this, it could build on its experience in digital policy where the EU has been a remarkable player, gaining worldwide leadership with the adoption of GDPR standards.
Read more here.