May 19, 2020 update
• European Commission: Additional €122 million for research and innovation on COVID-19 – The Commission has mobilised another €122 million from its research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, for urgently needed research into the coronavirus.
This will support projects that repurpose their manufacturing for production of vital medical supplies and equipment, and many more. #StrongerTogether
— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) May 19, 2020
• State aid to Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Finland – The European Commission approves €500 million Belgian guarantee scheme to support internationally active companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak, €18.5 billion Czech guarantee scheme for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak, Danish guarantee scheme to stabilise trade credit insurance market in coronavirus outbreak, €903 million Belgian reinsurance scheme to support trade credit insurance market in coronavirus outbreak, Finnish State guarantee on €600 million loan to Finnair in the context of coronavirus outbreak
May 18, 2020 update
Nous devons réduire notre dépendance à l’extérieur dans les secteurs stratégiques comme la production de médicaments, protéger nos entreprises, être plus ambitieux pour attirer ou relocaliser les investissements clés. L’Europe sait désormais qu’elle doit bâtir sa souveraineté. pic.twitter.com/aACPKGoNZ0
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 18, 2020
• EUvsDIsinfo: Secret Labs and George Soros: COVID-19 Disinformation in the EU Eastern Partnership Countries – As COVID-19 spread across the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood, conspiracy theories, misleading information and disinformation followed in its wake. For pro-Kremlin media, the pandemic offers new opportunities to build on existing disinformation narratives and spin new ones.
• European Commission Statement– Reacting to the press conference by the German Chancellor and the French President
May 15, 2020 update
• EU Council: Political agreement reached on temporary support to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency – The instrument called SURE enables member states to request EU financial support to help workers keep their jobs during the crisis.
• University of Cambridge: New app collects the sounds of COVID-19 – A new app, which will be used to collect data to develop machine learning algorithms that could automatically detect whether a person is suffering from COVID-19 based on the sound of their voice, their breathing and coughing, has been launched by researchers at the University of Cambridge.
• BEREC: Report on the use of digital apps to assist in monitoring the spread of COVID-19 – Update on the status of internet capacity, regulatory and other measures in light of the Covid-19 crisis continue to show that traffic volumes are stabilizing and that no major congestion has occurred. The report also provides insight on various solutions in Europe to monitor the spread of COVID-19.
• Bruegel Policy Brief – Rebooting Europe: a framework for a post COVID-19 economic recovery.