This briefing was prepared for the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA).
The European Union has introduced export controls on some medical supplies. This was a mistake. It should announce that it is withdrawing the measure, and call on other countries to do the same.
'Whatever it takes' needs to be the motto to preserve lives and reduce the impact on the economy of the epidemic.
At the presentation of her team for the next European Commission, President-elect Ursula von der Leyen declared that hers will be a ‘geopolitical Commission’. It is no surprise, therefore, that her mission letter to Mr Hogan, the incoming Commissioner-designate for Trade, assigns two roles to European Union trade policy.