EU leaders agree to close external borders, fight coronavirus response

EU leaders agree to close external borders, fight coronavirus response

EU leaders confirmed the proposed closure of the EU’s external and Schengen borders for at least 30 days on Tuesday (17 March) as the bloc continued struggling to come up with a unified response to the coronavirus outbreak. They also decided to establish fast-track lanes at their countries’ frontiers to keep medicines and goods moving. Medical professionals and scientists would be exempt from the travel restrictions. “To limit the spread of the virus globally, we agreed to reinforce our external borders by applying a coordinated temporary restriction of nonessential travel…

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Italy approves parental leave, self-employed grants

Italy approves parental leave, self-employed grants

Italy has rolled out a series of measures to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus, including parental leave, grants for the self-employed, a boost for the hiring of health workers and a provisional suspension of tax payments and social security contributions. To ease the economic and social effects of the virus, the government approved on Monday (16 March) a decree for an aid package of up to €25 billion ($27.77 billion) for families and companies, which will mobilise additional resources of up to €350 billion. The package, unveiled by…

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