The coronavirus pandemic is putting healthcare systems across the EU under unprecedented and increasing pressure.
The Commission has issued practical guidance to Member States to support and encourage cross-border healthcare cooperation between national, regional and local authorities. Cooperation across borders can help ease the pressure on overburdened hospitals by transferring patients suffering from coronavirus for treatment in Member States where hospital places are available. The Commission will also support Member States or non-governmental organisations to send qualified teams of medical personnel to offer assistance across borders.
Guidelines set out a more coordinated approach to cross-border cooperation on emergency healthcare. The guidelines also outline additional support and assistance to be provided by the Commission to Member States health authorities, in particular by:
Find more information at the EC press release and dedicated Commission webpage on the EU's response to the coronavirus outbreak