RIGA - After the Covid-19 pandemic, economic recovery in Europe and Latvia will depend on how many businesses and jobs are preserved during the crisis, the European Commission's Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said in an interview with LETA.
"As far as this year is concerned, we have to be prepared for a serious economic slump. Meanwhile, making forecasts about a more distant future would not be very useful because the severity of this year's slump and the speed of the recovery will depend on how the virus pandemic is overcome and how soon the restrictions on people's movements and others are lifted," Dombrovskis said, adding that it is the many restrictions that have halted economic activity.
He underlined that the economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic will largely depend on how well Europe and Latvia manage to preserve businesses and jobs.
The European Commission's vice-president for the euro and social dialogue said that the European Union's (EU) support measures, totaling around EUR 93 billion, are aimed at achieving these goals.
"If businesses and jobs are preserved wherever possible, the economy might recover quite quickly. If the crisis leads to more and more insolvencies and layoffs, it will result in long-term problems already in the phase of economic recovery," Dombrovskis said.
"The total European-level support is around EUR 93 billion, and we continue to work on possible additional support," Dombrovskis said.
The European Central Bank has approved an additional asset buying program, worth EUR 750 billion, to make financing available to member states on favorable terms.
Dombrovskis also noted that work is underway on the European Stability Mechanism's (ESM) instrument, which would allow member states to apply for ESM financing in the amount of 2 percent of the member states' GDP. This, however, would be the next step, Dombrovskis said, adding that for the time being all member states have sufficient means and access to financial markets to finance their support measures.