“The economic impact of the lockdown is more severe than we initially expected,” commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis mentioned in a observation. “We continue to navigate in stormy waters and face many risks, including another major wave of infections,” he added.
The outlook for the 19 international locations that use the euro used to be additionally downgraded. A contraction of 8.7% is now anticipated in 2020, a complete proportion level greater than the former forecast.
“The scale and duration of the pandemic, and of possibly necessary future lockdown measures, remain essentially unknown,” the Commission mentioned, including that the drawback dangers to its forecast are “exceptionally high.” The large uncertainty additionally signifies that the economic system may just leap again extra strongly than anticipated.
The museum has misplaced €40 million ($45 million) in earnings since remaining in March and expects its most day-to-day capability throughout the summer time shall be 10,000, or as low as 1 / 4 of the everyday quantity, the spokesperson mentioned.
EU restoration fund
The reduction bundle would come on most sensible of €540 billion ($592 billion) in current EU stimulus efforts, in addition to international locations’ personal support applications, and could be welcome reduction to international locations together with Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece, which depend extra closely on tourism and feature been specifically exhausting hit via the fallout from coronavirus.
The restoration fund may just lend a hand give a boost to the outlook for the area, consistent with the Commission, which mentioned its forecast does now not have in mind the proposed bundle as it has now not but been licensed via member states. EU leaders may just hammer out an settlement once they meet on July 17 and July 18.
The new forecast supplies a “powerful illustration” of the desire for a deal on reduction measures, Dombrovskis mentioned.
The decline in output and the power of the rebound are “set to differ markedly” between international locations, consistent with the Commission. It mentioned that there are “considerable risks” that cashflow difficulties “turn into solvency problems” for plenty of firms and that the exertions marketplace suffers long run harm.
Italy, which has suffered the perfect coronavirus dying toll in Europe, is anticipated to contract 11.2% this yr, the worst decline within the area. The nation’s GDP isn’t anticipated to go back to final yr’s degree earlier than 2022, the Commission mentioned. The economies of France and Spain will even shrink via over 10%.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his Portuguese counterpart, Antonio Costa, mentioned Monday that it is “essential” for EU international locations to briefly succeed in settlement.
“It is fundamental that the internal market starts working again, which is important not just for the countries most affected by the crisis, but also for those which benefit the most from the internal market, such as Germany … and the Netherlands,” mentioned Costa.
— Julia Horowitz, Vasco Cotovio, Laura Pérez Maestro, Pierre Bairin and Ivana Saric contributed reporting.