COVID-19 & Recovery plan

The COVID-19 outbreak represents an unprecedented situation for Europe’s citizens, society and economy.

Ceemet’s strength is the close cooperation amongst its members and the sharing of information.

We are conscious that this is an unprecedented situation, creating tough challenges for how Ceemet can support its members.

We have therefore created this COVID-19 page providing an overview on the measures that have been taken so far at national level.

Please note that this is a living page, evolving as the situation evolves.

I. International Organisation
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)

In order to get a global overview, please find here the latest World Health Organization (WHO) figures

  • International Labour Organisation (ILO)

ILO provides an overview of meassures taken by countries following 4 policy areas:

  1. stimulating economy and employment
  2. supporting enterprises, jobs and income
  3. protecting workers in the workplace
  4. relying on social dialogue for solutions

Depending on the country and the information available, additional areas can be included such as e.g. activities of social partners.

II. European Union
  • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

ECDC is closely monitoring the outbreak, providing risk assessments, public health guidance, and advice on response activities to EU Member States and the EU Commission.

This European agency collects and provides global and EU/EEA data and in addition provides national information resources for the public on COVID-19.

  • European Commission

The European Commission created a dedicated Coronavirus Response page providing an overview of the actions take, areas of response, etc. The Coronavirus Response team coordinates a common European response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

On 27 May Commission President von der Leyen presented Europe's moment: Repair and Prepare for the Next Generation with measures to support the recovery and resilience of Europe's society and industry. With the plan an assessment of economic and investement needs was done to identify Europe's recovery needs and a factsheet with an outline of the EU budget on how to finance the recovery plan.

Previously the following happened:

→ On 13 March the Commission set out the coordinated response to counter the economic impact of the coronavirus.  

→ With regard to trade, the Commission's DG TRADE published measures covering the authorization of exports of certain personal protective equipment.

→ Travel advice & border measures: the Commission provides a country by country overview with mobility measures announced or implemented by Member States.  The website RE-open EU provides essential information with real-time information on borders, available means of transport, travel restrictions, public health and safety measures such as on physical distancing or wearing of facemasks.

On 30 March the Commission presented practical guidance to ensure the free movement of critical workers. Member States are urged to establish specific burden free and fast procedures to ensure a smooth passage for such frontier workers, including proportionate health screening. The guidelines consist of a non-exhaustive list of workers that exercise critical occupations, and for which continued free movement in the EU is deemed essential. Please find below the factsheet from 31.03.2020. 

→ The Commission proposed SURE, a €100 billion EU solidarity instrument to ensure workers receive an income and businesses keep their staff during the coronavirus crisis. Please find below the SURE factsheet. 

→ The Presidents of Commission and Council presented the Joint European Roadmap towards lifting COVID-19 containment measures on 15 April, defining common principles for a coordinated exit strategy. The presented roadmap equally aims at preparing the ground for a comprehensive recovery plan and unprecedented investment. 

→ EU OSHA, the EU's information agency for occupational safety and health (OSH), produced OSH guidelines to help to achieve a safe and healthy return to work and contribute to suppressing transmission of COVID-19. They built an EU-wide public information system on the most important facts and figures of Occupational Safety and Health: the OSH Barometer. The system provides visualised information for important OSH indicators at EU and national level.

→ The Commission presented the Spring 2020 edition of the European Economic Forecast, suggesting a deep and uneven recession with an uncertain recovery.

Please find below a draft certificate for essential activities in English.

  • European Council

→ The Croatian presidency activated the EU's integrated political crisis response mechanism (IPCR) and information sharing mode. IPCR is the EU framework for coordination of cross-sectoral crises at the highest political level.

→ The Council actions on COVID-19 and an overview of economic & funding measures are bundled on a dedicated page.  

→ The proposal for a Council regulation on the establishment of SURE was made.

  • COVID-19 Resonse Forum for supply and demand

The COVID-19 Industrial Clusters Response Portal launched under the title Connect! Solve! Save! the COVID-19 Response Forum.

The forum is developed to be a place to share needs (production & demand), questions, experiences and solutions.

It supports the efforts of industrial clusters to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 epidemic in Europe.

  • European sector social partner

With its trade union counterpart industriAll European trade union, Ceemet published a joint call to join forces in the combat agains COVID-19 and in the effort to reboot industry. The joint statement is available in English, French and German.

III. Ceemet Members

Ceemet and its member associations try to provide as much as information in English. Where this is not the case, the orginal language is indicated.

  • Australia 

AI Group

Information for employers 

Australian government

→ Official government website and specific workplace law


  • Austria


FAQ for companies (German)  

Austrian government

Official government website and a dedicated FAQ for employers (German)


  • Belgium


→ Information for employers with i.a. a timeline and other & industry initiatives in Dutch and French 

→ A specific FAQ, currently available in Dutch and French, will gradually become available in English.

→ On a regular basis a survey is conducted amongst the membership to have a clear view on the situation and needs. Please find below the outcome of the last survey as part of a press release.  

→ Manual on best practices keeping COVID-19 off the workfloor are available in DutchFrench and English

Belgian government

→ Official government website with i.a. FAQ, useful links etc provided in Dutch, French, German and English

→ Please find below also the measures taken by the Belgian government.

→ Government certificate for cross border workers 


  • Bulgaria - n.a.


  • Croatia 


→ Information for employers with i.a. FAQ, cross border workers (Croatian) 

Croatian government

Official government website 

→ Please find below also the measures taken by the Croatian government.


  • Denmark


→ Information for employers with i.a. legal support, FAQ etc. in Danish and partly in English

Danish government

→ Official government website


  • Finland


→ Guidelines for companies with regard to labour market issues and useful links in Finnish and English

→ Please find below the publication with the priorities for an EU Recovery plan

Finnish Government

Official government website in Finnish, Swedish and English

→ Please find below an overview of actions requested by social partners and agreed/to be implemented by the Finnish government (status: 01.04.2020)


  • France


Please find below:

→ the general information file (French)

→ FAQ (French)

→ 1 pager with a short description of national measures

→ Guide with COVID-19 prevention measures for industrial companies

→ Synthesis of a study realized by PWC for UIMM on the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the French manufacturing industry

→ UIMM and three main trade unions signed a Manifesto with proposals for the recovery of the French industry

→ The French government introduced a new “long term short-time work system” to support companies facing difficulties

French government

Official government website (French)

Ministry of employment: Q&A for employers and employees (French)


  • Germany


→ Information for employers (German)

→ Request from the German Ministry of Public Health for  the production of infection protection equipment (via VDMA - the association of the mechanical engineering industry)

German government

Official government website

Please find below:

→ the decisions of the Coalition Committee of 8 March 2020 in German.

→ the concrete legal initiatives and their timeframe on 23 March 2020 in German.

the German economic development agency, German Trade & Invest, provides an country-by-country overview of the economic impact (German). 

→ the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) standards provided by the Federal Ministery of Employment & Social Affairs (16.04.2020).


  • Hungary - n.a.


  • Italy


→ Information for employers (Italian)


Information for employers in North Italy with i.a. technical information, updates etc. (Italian)

Italian government

Official government website (Italian)

Official website of the Ministry of Employment & Social Affairs (Italian)  


  • The Netherlands


→ Information for employers with an overall COVID-19 information page and a FAQ with useful links (Dutch)

Dutch government

Official government website (Dutch)

Corona desk for employers developed by the Chamber of Commerce upon request by the government (Dutch)


  • Norway 

Norsk Industri

Information for employers

Norwegian government

Official government website 


  • Portugal


→ Information for employers (Portuguese)

Portuguese government

Official government website (Portuguese)


  • Slovenia 

Slovenian government

Official government website


  • Spain


→ Please find below the overview of links of implemented COVID-19 measures.

Spanish government

→ Please find below the translation of the Royal Decree with extraordinary measures.


  • Sweden


→ Information for employers (Swedish)

Swedish government

Official government website


  • Switzerland


Information for employers available in English, French, German and Italian

Swiss government

Official government website available in French, German and Italian


  • Turkey


The Turkish employers association provided support to its members in various ways ranging from direct financial support to initiating meetings with public authorities. 

→ Please find below the list of proposals of concreate measures for a recovery plan. 

→ Please find below the complete overview of MESS's initiatives.

Turkish government

Please find below an overview of the measures taken.


  • UK

Make UK

→ Information for employers and a dedicated FAQs area

Guidance for employers on working safely in plants, factories and warehouses

→ Publication: 3 point plan - Manufacturing our road to recovery 

UK government

UK government business support


IV. Non-member countries – publicly available official sites
  • Cyprus

→ Official government website


  • Czech Republic

→ Official government website 


  • Estonia

→ Official government website


  • Greece

→ Official government website


  • Ireland

→ Official government website

→ Please find below also the Irish Government's Action Plan for confronting COVID-19


  • Latvia

→ Official government website


  • Lithuania

→ Official government website


  • Luxembourg

→ Official government website


  • Malta

→ Official government website


  • Poland

→ Official government website


  • Romania

→ Official government website


  • Slovakia

→ Official government website




1) The information on this website is meant to give initial orientation about EU level and national measures in connection with the coronacrisis.

Part of the information are informal working translations of national information provided by individual Ceemet members. Any use of the information on this website is at your own risk and responsibility.

2) Ceemet assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in the content of this website. The content may not take into account changes after 26/03/2020.

3) All intellectual property rights and any other rights regarding this information remain the property of Ceemet unless otherwise agreed.

4) To obtain accurate information please consult the instances indicated in the different sources.
draft_certificate_for_essential_activities_-_eng.pdf (121.37 KB)Download
ec_frontier-posted_worker_factsheet_covid-19_31.03.2020.pdf (176 KB)Download
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belgium_covid_19_measures_27.03.2020.pdf (184.47 KB)Download
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