“Not one country in the world was ready, fully ready, for this type of catastrophe. No one”
COVID-19 is extending Europe to its limits, exposing the bloc’s flaws and faking solidarity between members.
Vital medical gear has been operating out, crucial supply chains are disrupted and thousands and thousands of individuals have lost their jobs, attracting companies and businesses for their knees.
Europe was caught off guard from the catastrophe, but says Breton, it is becoming a battle strategy in place.
In a meeting with Euronews, also, he explained, “no single nation is going to probably be left behind in this catastrophe.”
Thierry Breton: It is important to remind everybody that not one country in the world was ready, fully ready, for this type of catastrophe. No one, you remember that at the end of the year we found that the virus in China. I can let you know that the reality. Nobody took it quite seriously except in early January we received a telephone of urgency out of China. A call for assistance and we delivered 56 tonnes of merchandise, masks, everything, such as ventilators.
Sad to say, the stunt transferred into Europe and around the world. The very first thing was to be certain we had gear and then to grow radically the creation of gear that we needed in Europe.
I did it myself phoning all businesses and they responded extremely well, raising their productions two or three occasions, working 24 hours per day. Nevertheless, it was not sufficient.
Isabelle Kumar, Euronews: How regulated is the EU once we consider the general image of the member countries?
Thierry Breton: Today, naturally, the plan is quite apparent. We determined we will be completely self-sustainable concerning gear and we are going to be in the upcoming few months.
It is very important because naturally, we want this to protect our people, needless to say, the wellness personals but also our fellow citizens and if they must return to work, we understand they might need to do so is completely outfitted.
Exactly what in what conditions? Concerning the medical equipment that’s been conducting short, and the ventilators, this will be generated in Europe?
Thierry Breton: Thus we’re speaking about personal protection gear and it’s going to be in the upcoming few months, ideally. In between, of course, we’ve got specialists in these matters, China or even others. And I believe that today it is getting better. It’s been extremely challenging since it was in different countries, the united kingdom, and today the United States. However, naturally, for us, we all think that in the upcoming few months we will be sustainable.
Isabelle Kumar, Euronews: Are you any more exact, when you state the upcoming few months, have you got a more exact deadline?
But we think that it is an incredible accomplishment. Merely to give you a sense. China and Asia are all set to create a hundred and fifty-five million masks every day. It wasn’t at all of the situation in February, so we think it’s going to be possible to perform. Now, however, clearly, this is just another very significant time-critical scenario because we are aware that the gear is required for a great deal of individuals in critical state. And needless to say, we did precisely the same thing. We raised production. However, this wasn’t enough. We called along with the president, Ursula von der Leyen and also a lot of businesses, like car businesses, aircraft businesses, many, many businesses, we could likely channel their manufacturing line and boost manufacturing in Europe. And the response was enormous. Merely to give you an instance, in France that the manufacturing was approximately 500 annually And now inside the next 50 days, using this consortium they dedicated to generating 10,000 of the gear.
And there are concerns that the distribution chain may still break down into certain regions. Is a cost rise on particular goods inescapable because this pandemic continues to flow throughout the EU?
I won’t be afraid to utilize my authority’s ability to do this when we view it. We’ve developed an extremely strong set of resources to monitor this. We’re tracking it and when I find something similar to this, we won’t be afraid to intervene and use the police resources that I’ve within my position.
Isabelle Kumar, Euronews: so that you may force member countries to bring down the prices of some products if you find this occurring?
Given what we are seeing, this is simply the tip of this iceberg, is not it?
Thierry Breton: WellI don’t wish to state this because initially I had been protecting jobs because of priority, under the priority of the commission along with President von der Leyen, who’ve established a particular fund, known as SURE to give assistance and support for your member nations who should assist in this age.
Hopefully, it won’t last forever. However, to provide munition for nations to help maintain individuals, this is a fairly major fund, one hundred billion euros.
They are likely to need such funds greater than many. Germany and the Netherlands haven’t been needing to play basketball when it concerns the mutualization of all debt.
Thierry Breton: First, what’s vitally important is to be certain every single European nation has its strategies, to be able to save and permit their business and organizations to rebound through and following another catastrophe.
It is a massive program, 156 billion euros. No single nation has the cash for it. Germany Doesn’t have the cash, the Netherlands does not have the cash, France Doesn’t have the money
No one, not one country from the EU could manage this strategy. They all might need to borrow the cash. No single nation is going to probably be left aside in this catastrophe.