EU solidarity during COVID-19

Industry in Europe has in recent months stepped up its efforts to protect European citizens from the COVID-19 outbreak.

In recent weeks there has been a marked shift in production from textiles, clothes and other products to personal protective equipment such as face masks, ventilators, and sanitising gels.

Other European companies have even pledged to donate products as an act of solidarity with citizens.

The European Commission has helped companies make all the necessary preparations for production of personal protective equipment by making guidelines on standards that are freely available. The Commission has also made recommendations on conformity and has recently accelerated approval rates.

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