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States of emergency in response to the coronavirus crisis: Situation in certain Member States IV

Written by Zuzana Alexandre, Micaela Del Monte, Gianna Eckert, Silvia Kotanidis, Vendula Langova and Violeta Rakovska (Members’ Research Service and Unit for Legislative Quality, DG Presidency),

Hand drawing a statistical chart about the importance of Social Distancing to flatten the curve in times of pandemic. Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak concept.

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With the virulence of the coronavirus pandemic gradually diminishing, and in the light of the restrictive measures adopted by Member States, attention remains on the way chosen by the various states to respond to the crisis. With states at various stages of relaxing emergency constraints, the effects of the coronavirus pandemic are likely to last in terms of health, economic, social, psychological and possibly even political impact.

Although public attention is now turned towards the widely differing measures that states are taking in order to live with the virus, new challenges are emerging as international and domestic traffic, trade and free movement of people are re-established, having been all but frozen.

In this context, it is still necessary to complete the overview of Member States’ constitutional frameworks in response to the coronavirus pandemic with the hope that this might offer some guidance or insight, should a comparable crisis arise in the future.

This is the last in a series of four briefings and completes the comparative overview of Member States’ institutional responses to the coronavirus crisis by analysing the legislation of Cyprus, Czechia, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania and Slovakia. The first in the series gave an overview of the responses in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Spain, the second covered Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Malta, Romania and Slovenia, while the third covered Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden.

Read the complete briefing on ‘States of emergency in response to the coronavirus crisis: Situation in certain Member States IV‘ in the Think Tank pages of the European Parliament.

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