In the answer (E-004013/2020) to a question by the signatory of this Written Question, the Commission explained the extension until 31 October 2020 of the relief from import duties and VAT on importation granted for goods needed to combat the effects of COVID-19. This was Decision (EU) 2020/1101 of 23 July 2020 amending Decision (EU) 2020/491.
Article 1 of the new Decision (Decision (EU) 2020/1101) states that the new deadline is 31 October 2020. The exemption still entails relief for hospitals, both in terms of the stock of materials and medicines, and in terms of their finances.
On 01 October 2020, Spanish Member of the European Parliament Antoni Comín i Oliveres of the Non-attached Members asked the Commission “does it intend to extend the deadline beyond 31 October 2020?”
On 23 November 2020, Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni, responsible for Economy, responded to this question on behalf of the European Commission. He reported that “on 28 October 2020, the Commission adopted a decision extending until 30 April 2021 the validity period of Commission Decision (EU) 2020/491 of 3 April 2020 on relief from import duties and VAT exemption on importation granted for goods needed to combat the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak during 2020”.
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