In a statement to the German News Agency (DPA), Von der Leyen called for more solidarity in the union, responding to EU criticism in the Corona virus outbreak.
Rejecting criticisms to keep the EU borders open or the EU Commission’s inability to coordinate Europe’s struggle with the crisis, Von der Leyen said that the EU Commission is working hard to mobilize border traffic for the passage of essential goods.
“Will the EU break up because of this crisis?” “This is in our hands. At the beginning of the Corona virus crisis, we initially felt emptiness, but then we quickly acted in harmony,” said Leyen. found the assessment.
Von der Leyen said that closing the borders of the EU countries unilaterally could not stop the spread of the virus, however, closing the borders damaged many companies and negatively affected important supply chains.
Emphasizing that there is now an increasing awareness that each EU country will be better with the help of its partners, Von der Leyen said, “So this great crisis gives Europe a chance to rediscover itself once again.” said.
Von der Leyen said that EU member states asked the EU Commission to find an “exit strategy” and “recovery plan” from the Corona virus crisis, saying that they showed their trust in the institution.
Stating that the EU Commission is not working on any bond issuance (corona bond) in the crisis, Leyen said, “There are clear legal limits. We are not working on this.” used the expression.
“WE HAVE TAKEN THE LIGHT OF NEW TYPE CORONA VIRUS AT THE START”
Von der Leyen told the Bild newspaper on March 18 that they initially underestimated the new type of Corona virus in Europe.
Von der Leyen used to say, “Two weeks ago or three weeks ago, we realized that all these measures, which were harsh, brutal in our ears, should now be.”
“THERE IS A STRANGE OF SILENCE IN BRUSSELS”
On the other hand, the Prime Minister of the Bavarian state, Markus Söder, in a statement to Spiegel magazine on March 27, stated that the EU and Von der Leyen should take action in the Corona virus crisis. “But there is a strange silence in Brussels,” Söder said. had commented.