Public health and societal resilience: which role for the EU?
Joint online talks “Worldwide Pandemic, European Responses”
This first instalment of a series of joint online talks under the title “Worldwide Pandemic, European Responses” will take a closer look at some of the core issues amidst the pandemic: how can we protect our health, build resilience for crises to come, and what role should the EU play in this.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of the European Union as it led to uncoordinated, divergent approaches by the European Union’s Member States in the quest to stop the spread of the virus and protect their citizens’ health. One of the reasons for the lack of coordination certainly lies in the fact that healthcare remains a competence of the member states. Although the EU’s role should be complementary to the member states’ policies, the individualistic approaches by the EU governments and the lack of information sharing about them made such coordination nearly impossible at the beginning of the pandemic. As most Member States are slowly easing lockdown measures with daily infection rates and casualties fortunately decreasing, the EU seems to slowly find its role in the crisis - having recently unveiled the proposal for a new Health programme (EU4Health) as well as increased resources to build a more resilient EU.
We will discuss the lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic for a EU level approach to public health and EU coordination of health crises. The event shall further highlight which role public health spending is playing within the Next Generation EU budget and the MFF 2021-2027, and how those two are interlinked. We want to also address how the general resilience of the EU and its members can be strengthened, in light of other crises such as the climate crisis.
- Petra de Sutter, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA
- Ingrid Keller, Crisis management and preparedness in health, DG SANTE, European Commission
- Moderator: Sarantis Michalopoulos, Network Editor Euractiv
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