As the world confronts its most significant public health and economic crisis in modern times, Europe and the United States are uniquely positioned to lead a global response and grant patients and healthcare providers timely access to medical equipment and expedite research to find new treatments and vaccines. Similarly, we must consider long-term efforts to clear the way for global economic recovery on a sound footing.
The Commission and member states have moved swiftly to address many of the challenges arising from the pandemic. Unfortunately, businesses have encountered significant hurdles in moving critically needed goods and essential workers, both within the EU and between the EU and third countries. Attached is a summary of key challenges and recommended solutions.