Disinfo: EU has been unable to support its most affected members


The unity of Europe dealt a serious blow by the COVID-19 epidemic. The European Union has been unable to support even its most affected countries, such as Italy.


The COVID-19 outbreak constituted a serious challenge to Europe's readiness for a crisis. The claim that "EU has done nothing" is false.

The European Commission has approved a €50 million Italian aid scheme to support the production and supply of medical devices, as well as to help Italy provide the necessary medical treatment to those infected.

On the 13th of March, the EU proposed a Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, envisaging EUR 835 million for Italy. On the 26th of March 26, the European Parliament unanimously approved the initiative.

The European Central Bank announced a 750 billion euro ($820 billion) asset purchase programme in an effort to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, as the death toll in Europe continues to rise. As part of the programme, investors will purchase Italian securities to help the country counter the serious risks of the coronavirus.

Individual EU members have also provided assistance to Italy specifically, including access to a hundred intensive care beds (Austria and Germany), 500 mobile medical units (Greece), 2.5 million masks (Austria and France), 30,000 protective suits (the Czech Republic and France), 300 ventilators (Germany), as well as 50 medical personnel (Poland, Romania, and non-member Norway).

On the 26th of April Economy Commissioner, Paolo Gentiloni said that a recovery fund to help EU countries weather the coronavirus’ economic impact should be worth €1.5 trillion and be available by mid-September.

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  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic, English
  • Country: EU, Italy
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Euro-scepticism, EU disintegration, European Union


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Germany demands a repeal of the anti-Russian sanctions

Germany demands a repeal of the anti-Russian sanctions. Under the conditions of the corona crisis one must have the strength to get rid of what is not of the utmost importance.


The claim is manipulative and misleading.

The chairman of the German-Russian Forum and former Minister President of the federal state of Brandenburg, Mr. Matthias Platzeck, called for a lifting of Western sanctions against Russia against the background of the corona pandemic. It cannot be claimed that Germany as a whole, demanded the repeal of the sanctions against Russia, as Platzek's personal opinion is not an official Government position.

Ukrainians are foreigners in Crimea

Land plots that currently belong to foreign citizens, including Ukrainians … will be nationalised. […] foreigners who have land plots in the now prohibited territory will be able to sell their possessions within a year.


Recurrent narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea and its integration to Russia.

Ukrainians are not foreigners in Crimea, the peninsula is an integral part of Ukraine.

EU cites zero facts about Russia’s alleged disinformation on coronavirus

The EU has not cited a single fact to substantiate its claims that Russia is spreading disinformation related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Russia does not even ask the EU to present any proof since it has already got used to Western nations’ attempts to use alleged Russian threat as some uniting factor.


The statement advances recurring pro-Kremlin narratives which deny Moscow's role in in the spread of coronavirus-related disinformation, and portray any outside criticism of Russia as a symptom of "Russophobia".

The European External Action Service has issued special reports listing and detailing disinformation narratives related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of individual cases is approaching 500 (as of 4 May 2020), and each debunk can be accessed through the EUvsDisinfo database.