EPP expresses solidarity with all those affected by COVID-19 and reiterates support to its member parties
The Secretary General of the European People’s Party Antonio López-Istúriz has expressed the party’s solidarity with all those affected by the pandemic COVID-19 and reiterated support in a letter to our member parties in this crisis that requires efforts from the local to the European levels. Please see below the full text.
Communication to the EPP Ordinary, Associate and Observer Member Parties
COVID-19 has spread across Europe and it is paramount that society and political stakeholders act together and with responsibility in the best interest of our citizens. In recent days, we have seen many European countries increasing measures to hinder the further spread of the virus. The European People´s Party expresses solidarity with all those affected by this pandemic and expresses its appreciation for all public servants around Europe stepping up to this challenging situation and acting with full devotion to guarantee that the spread of the disease be contained and public services are minimally affected.
The European People´s Party, in accordance with its values and commitment to public service, remains open and operational. In respect to the gravity of the situation and in compliance with the measures adopted by the Belgian authorities, we have requested our staff to work from home and have given them the means to effectively do so. All members of our staff are vigilant and contactable via telephone, e-mail and video conference. For now, the upcoming party meetings – EPP Summit on 26 March and the Political Assembly, as well as working group meetings at the end of April – remain confirmed. Should there be any change in this year’s calendar, rest assured that all member parties will be informed in due time.
It is our deep belief that this crisis requires a joint effort from local, regional, national and European stakeholders. The EPP, as the only European political party with elected representatives from all 27 Member States in the European Parliament, will step up to the challenges and assume its coordinating role amongst political stakeholders around the continent and beyond. We support the efforts of the European Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen to implement a coordinated European response to this crisis and ask the members of our political family to remain in close contact with us so that we can do our part and support European citizens in the best way possible.
The EPP is the largest and most influential European-level political party of the centre-right, which currently includes 83 parties and partners from 43 countries, the President of the European Commission, 11 EU and 5 non-EU heads of state and government, 10 members of the European Commission and the largest Group in the European Parliament.
The EPP Manifesto, also adopted at the 2012 EPP Congress in Bucharest, outlines the basic principles of the Party summarising who we are, what our values are, what challenges are we facing and what vision we have for the future. The Manifesto was developed in parallel to the EPP Platform document within the EPP Working Group 1 for “European Policy”.
The Party Platform was developed in EPP Working Group 1 for “European Policy” chaired by EPP President Wilfried MARTENS ?and EPP Vice President Peter HINTZE. The Working Group consists of delegates of EPP member parties who prepared and worked?on this document for more than two years and received input?from the drafting committee as well as senior and young experts. The document was adopted at the 2012 EPP Congress in Bucharest, thus replacing the Basic Programme of Athens from 1992.