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EU transport ministers discussed the effects of the coronavirus in the transport sector

Press release 20.03.2020 15.40 fi sv en

Minister Harakka at thevideo conference with EU transport ministers

On 18 March, EU transport ministers held a video conference to discuss the effects of the coronavirus in the transport sector as well as the necessary measures to minimise disturbances in the internal market. In the meeting, Finland was represented by Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka. 

Minister Harakka emphasised that although entry into Finland is limited in passenger traffic, freight transport flows must be ensured so that the effects on business life and consumers could be kept to a minimum. 

Finland is committed to the joint EU measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Member States stressed the importance of cooperation and coordination in order to secure the functioning of the internal market also in difficult circumstances. The main transport routes must be kept open to ensure the critical freight transport flows.

Minister Harakka also highlighted the significance ofthe European transport corridors.

“Because of our geographical location, our export transport has two alternatives only: the western route through Denmark and the eastern route through Via Baltica in Poland. Both corridors must remain open. Also maritime transport is particularly important to us.”

The EU ministers said that transport operators will need temporary additional support to cope in the emergency conditions. In addition to national aid, measures at the EU level are also needed. 

“In Finland, we will do everything we can to ensure that airlines, shipping companies and other transport operators withstand the emergency conditions.”

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