By / October 7, 2020

EPRS Ideas papers – Coronavirus crisis and the aftermath

While the coronavirus crisis continues to strain Europe’s resilience to the very limit, there are nevertheless some positive outcomes. Many have come to question arrangements that previously seemed immutable – swapping the workplace for working from home, or recognising an opportunity to move towards greater strategic sovereignty for instance. Can the European Union harness such innovations to continue to make life better for Europeans? How can the European Union prepare to face such world-changing shocks in the future? Will we emerge stronger from the crisis?

While the coronavirus crisis continues to strain Europe’s resilience to the very limit, there are nevertheless some positive outcomes. Many have come to question arrangements that previously seemed immutable – swapping the workplace for working from home, or recognising an opportunity to move towards greater strategic sovereignty for instance. Can the European Union harness such innovations to continue to make life better for Europeans? How can the European Union prepare to face such world-changing shocks in the future? Will we emerge stronger from the crisis?

EPRS analysts have taken advantage of the summer months to prepare a series of forward-looking Ideas Papers that seek to analyse how the coronavirus crisis has impacted various areas of EU policy and identify options for how those policies might be further developed in the future. These cover policy areas from public health to international trade, civil protection to the transport situation. A further set of Ideas Papers explore how the Union could develop greater resilience to withstand unexpected future shocks and strengthen its capacity for collective action.

Author
Thinking about future EU policy
Future of work Monika KISS
Public health Gianluca QUAGLIO
Social and employment Nora MILOTAY
Food supply and food security Rachele ROSSI
Civil protection capabilities Leopold SCHMERTZING
Research and innovation Cemal KARAKAS
European economic recovery Jerome SAULNIER
Economic and Monetary Union Angelos DELIVORIAS
Climate change and climate action Gregor ERBACH
International Trade Jana TITIEVSKAIA
Transport Jaan SOONE
Towards a more resilient EU
Complementary executive capacity Hendrik Alexander MILDEBRATH, Rafal MANKO
Democracy, freedom and the rule of law Wouter VAN BALLEGOOIJ
Free movement within the EU Costica DUMBRAVA
Linking the levels of governance Klemen ZUMER
Financing the European Union Fabia JONES
Strategic sovereignty for Europe Suzana ANGHEL
Digital sovereignty for Europe Tambiama MADIEGA
European interests and values Naja BENTZEN
European competitiveness and global growth Stanislas DE FINANCE
Future of multilateralism and strategic partnerships Elena LAZAROU

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