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In March 2020, Italy, the first European country to be affected, called for help in the face of the pandemic.
There was no answer and finally it was non-EU member countries which brought them help. This is the sign of a lack of solidarity between the states of the EU. Fortunately Ursula von der Leyen ended up apologising on behalf of the Union. During the first months of the pandemic it was a bit of every man for himself.
Recurrent disinformation narrative about the lack of solidarity from the EU and its members to Italy at the beginning of the pandemic contrasting with alleged help from non-EU members.
The narrative has been repeatedly debunked. The European Commission took multiple initiatives to help Italy and other member states deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, including support to the economy.
It is true that Commission President Ursula von der Leyen apologised in a letter published in the Italian daily La Repubblica, on 2 April 2020 and then in a speech before the European Parliament on 16 April 2020:
“Yes, it is true that no one was really ready for this. It is also true that too many were not there on time when Italy a needed a helping hand at the very beginning.
And yes, for that, it is right that Europe as a whole offers a heartfelt apology.
But saying sorry only counts for something if it changes behaviour.
The truth is that it did not take long before everyone realised that we must protect each other to protect ourselves.
And the truth is too that Europe has now become the world's beating heart of solidarity.
The real Europe is standing up, the one that is there for each other when it is needed the most. The one where paramedics from Poland and doctors from Romania save lives in Italy. Where ventilators from Germany provide a lifeline in Spain. Where hospitals in Czechia treat the sick from France. And where patients from Bergamo are flown to clinics in Bonn.
We have seen medical supplies go from Lithuania to Spain and respirators go from Denmark to Italy. In fact, we have seen every piece of equipment go in every direction across Europe, from whoever can spare it to whoever that needs it. This makes me proud to be European.”
The disinformation narrative overstates the help from non-EU countries and at the same time minimises as to nothing the help from EU members.
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