European responses to the corona crisis – Part 9

During the Coronavirus crises, the European Science-Media Hub is collecting and publishing a regular update of the most relevant releases provided by EU institutions and other European and global actors. 🆕 Last Update : 20 may

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.

• 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

• 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.

• Bruegel Policy Brief – Rebooting Europe: a framework for a post COVID-19 economic recovery.

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