Joint European Roadmap towards lifting COVID-19 containment measures

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Communication presented by the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Council on 15 April 2020, setting out a strategy to phase-out the containment measures due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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The joint European Roadmap responds to the call by the European Council for an exist strategy that is coordinated with Member States and that prepares the ground for a comprehensive recovery plan and investment.

It sets out recommendations to Member States, with the goal of preserving public health while gradually lifting containment measures to restart community life and the economy. It is not meant to be a signal that containment measures can be lifted at an immediate stage but intends to inform Member States' actions and provide a frame for ensuring EU-level and cross-border coordination, while recognising the specificity of each Member State.

The specific epidemiological situation, territorial organisation, healthcare service arrangements, population distribution or economic dynamics are some of the factors that might affect Member States’ decisions on where, when and how measures are lifted. The Roadmap also highlights that attention is also to be needed for the situation of the countries in the European Union's neighbourhood.

It builds on the expertise and the advice provided by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the Commission’s Advisory Panel on COVID-19 and takes into account the experience and outlook from a number of Member States as well as guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Roadmap was discussed during a virtual plenary session of the European Parliament on 16 April.

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