Disinfo: EU refused to help Italy deal with coronavirus

Summary

The EU clearly underestimated the virus, blaming the outbreak in Italy on its national healthcare system flaws. As a result, Brussels, which preaches pan-European solidarity, failed to act when this solidarity was needed in the face of a crisis that eventually affected the entire bloc.

For lack of assistance from the EU or other member states, Italy was forced to seek help from others, including Russia and China.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aiming to discredit the EU response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Brussels never suggested that the Italian authorities are to blame for the exponential outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. On the contrary, a top EU health official has said that the outbreak "could have happened anywhere [else in the EU]"; whereas the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission has praised the Italian government "for the very courageous measures" it has taken to contain the pandemic.

The European Union is supporting the Member States in addressing the crisis, and mitigating the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.To cushion the blow to people’s livelihoods and the economy, the European Commission has adopted a comprehensive economic response to the outbreak, applied the full flexibility of the EU fiscal rules, has revised its State Aid rules and proposed to set up a EUR 37 billion Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative to provide liquidity to small businesses and the health care sector.

To support scientific research into the COVID-19, the European Commission earmarked 47,5 million EUR for shortlisted research projects that can improve epidemiology and public health, including preparedness and response to outbreaks.

The EU has also created first ever stockpile of medical equipment. 

Read more about the EU's response here and here. 

Likewise, the "lack of solidarity" claim is scotched by the actual response of individual EU members to the crisis. As of 28 March, multiple member states had provided or pledged crucial assistance to Italy including face masks (Germany, Austria, France, Czechia), mobile medical units (Greece), hospital beds (Austria, Germany), ventilators (Germany), and repatriation assistance.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: EU, Italy
  • Keywords: coronavirus, EU, EU disintegration

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Disproof

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Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory and a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at discrediting female opinion makers.

See related pro-Kremlin disinformation cases alleging that post-modern feminism in the West is leading to a total destruction of men; and that Europe brings totalitarian feminism to Belarus to destroy social values.

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the EU's Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) and Georgia. Also consistent with the narrative that the US intentionally spreads coronavirus.

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