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

Therefore we 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 organisations

  • 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.


IV. Non-member countries – publicly available official sites



  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.

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