President of the European Parliament David-Maria Sassoli convened an extraordinary meeting of the European Parliament on March 26.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the European Parliament will hold a plenary meeting for the first time in history using a remote voting system. This is stated in a statement by EP President David-Maria Sassoli, published March 20 at the EU representative body.
At an extraordinary meeting to be held on March 26, the European Parliament intends to approve measures to combat coronavirus developed by the European Commission, in particular, to allocate money for the development of a vaccine from COVID-19, as well as for financing hospitals.
According to Sassoli, EU authorities intend to spend about € 2 trillion on measures to combat coronavirus and maintain financial stability. “This is the greatest demonstration of European solidarity, comparable to the Marshall Plan – a program that helped us recover from the ruins of World War II,” he stressed.
An outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus infection began in December 2019 in China. March 11, the World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic. According to the American Johns Hopkins University, by the evening of March 20, more than 250 thousand people were registered in the world, more than 10 thousand people died.
Since the end of February, the epicenter of the epidemic has moved from China to Europe. Only in Italy, Spain and Germany almost 90 thousand sick and 5 thousand dead are passed.
Sassoli has been in quarantine in Brussels since March 10 after a trip to Italy.