COVID-19 / STATE OF AFFAIRS
- EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESENTS JOINT EUROPEAN ROADMANP TOWARDS LIFTING COVID-19 CONTAINMENT MEASURES
At their meeting on 26 March 20201, the Members of the European Council committed to do everything that is necessary to protect the EU’s citizens and overcome the crisis while preserving the European values and way of life. Beyond the urgency of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and its immediate consequences, the Members of the European Council called for preparing the measures necessary to get Europe’s societies and economies back to a normal functioning and to sustainable growth, integrating the green transition and the digital transformation, and drawing all lessons from the crisis.
The joint European Roadmap towards lifting COVID-19 containment measures, presented by the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Council, responds to the European Council Members’ call for an exit strategy that is coordinated with Member States and that will prepare the ground for a comprehensive recovery plan and unprecedented investment.
The closure of borders and other restrictive measures were firstly put in place by each member country in an uncoordinated way, and now the Commission – together with the Council - wants to achieve more cooperation and coordination on the ‘exit strategy’.Click here for the roadmap.
The idea is to propose common principle for the lifting of containment measures in the entire EU, whilst respecting national specificities. In particular, for what concerns internal and external EU borders, the recommendation is:
A phased approach for the opening of our internal and external borders is needed, eventually restoring the normal functioning of the Schengen area.
- Internal border controls should be lifted in a coordinated manner: the Commission has been working continuously with Member States to limit the impact of the reintroduction of internal border controls on the functioning of the internal market and on free movement13. It is doing also its utmost to minimize the impact of the current situation on the transport sector, including operators and passengers.14 The travel restrictions and border controls currently applied should be lifted once the border regions’ epidemiological situation converges sufficiently and social distancing rules are widely and responsibly applied. The gradual reopening of borders should give priority to cross-border and seasonal workers and should avoid any discrimination against EU mobile workers. Neighbouring Member States should stay in close contact to facilitate this in close coordination with the Commission. In the transition phase, the efforts to maintain an unobstructed flow of goods and to secure supply chains should be reinforced. Restrictions on travel should first be eased between areas with comparably low reported circulation of the virus. The ECDC will, in cooperation with Member States, maintain a list of such areas. The Commission will also put forward more detailed guidance on how to progressively restore transport services, connectivity and free movement as swiftly as the health situation allows it, also in view of planning summer holiday travel.
- External border reopening and access of non-EU residents to the EU should happen in a second stage, and should take account of the spread of the virus outside the EU, and of the dangers of reintroduction. Safeguarding social distancing measures taken by EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries requires continued review of the need for restricting non-essential travel to the EU.
This seems to be a phase in the Corona crisis where the measures against the further spreading of the virus seems to sort positive effects.
But it is way too early to have the feeling that the situation is under control
Nevertheless, COVID-19 measures are evaluated and wherever possible the economic activities could be re-opened with restrictions.
- IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE EUROPEAN BRUSHWARE INDUSTRY
The FEIBP board held a video conference on 15 April 2020 and the situation regarding COVID-19 was the main item.
This is a short overview of the actual situation in the EU brushware industry
Non-essential production activities are closed down officially
The government however supports all industries to continue, taking into account all safety measures
Paintbrushes are regarded “not essential” but the French policy want to re-activate the construction sector at the same time
Brushware products are used in many vital sectors!
Still 50% of all FFB members stopped their activities and this will last another few weeks
It is a very bad and confusing situation
The complete lockdown was extended though to 12 April 2020, this measure was lifted and now a careful approach to re-open sectors and services from 3 May on
Many brushware factories were forced to close for two weeks and are now slowly starting up activities with a limited amount of workers
Decreasing of orders with 30 % in March 2020 and May 2020 could be dramatic
Depending on product and sector, a mixed situation
Paintbrushes for the professional sector on level
Technical brushes 20-25% less orders in the next months expected
Manufacturing continues on a low level, many workers stay home
Less demand from customer and export chains disrupted
Overall manufacturing continues, no problems supply of raw materials
But less demand for household brushes and technical brushes expecting decline in orders
Q1 /2020 was not bad but now a slowdown in orders
Re-opening of the construction markets could generate more activities
- The COVID-19 regime per country remains different.
- The whole industry is actively using the support measures by the national governments
FEIBP will keep you informed and members are invited to share information regarding the developments COVID-19.