About: COVID 19 crisis

Coronavirus 03-09-2021

Commission insists EU COVID certificates ‘entirely secure’ after reports of French fakes

The EU COVID certificate is “entirely secure”,  the European Commission has stressed after reports of false health passes in France being used to circumvent the country’s COVID measures.
Agrifood 01-09-2021

UK government banks on domestic workforce as struggling food sector calls for new visas

The UK food sector has called for a new COVID-19 recovery visa to address workforce shortages, but the government has been non-committal, stressing instead it aims not to rely on labour from abroad.
Coronavirus 23-07-2021

Delta COVID variant now dominates European region, warn WHO and ECDC

The COVID Delta variant has swept rapidly across Europe to become the dominant strain across much of the region according to new data from European health authorities, who warn that action must be taken to curtail its spread.
Economy & Jobs 28-05-2021

COVID recovery money comes with strings attached, say EU officials

Tough control mechanisms will allow the EU to claw back misspent funds from the bloc’s ambitious Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), EU officials said at an event organised by EURACTIV on Tuesday (25 May).
Coronavirus 26-05-2021

Von der Leyen: Great progress in fight against COVID-19 must be consolidated

Europe has made great progress in vaccination since the start of May and this is paving the way for societies to reopen safely, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday (25 May), but warned that progress must be consolidated so that we "stay one step ahead of the virus".
Coronavirus 17-05-2021

COVID-19 effects on mental health will be felt for years to come, warn researchers

COVID-19 has created a “parallel pandemic” of mental health issues that will be felt long after tackling coronavirus, new research warns, with younger people bearing the brunt across the EU.
Coronavirus 14-04-2021

EU Commission banks on mRNA vaccines for curbing COVID pandemic

The European Commission has moved to secure 1.8 billion more doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine amid speculation that it will not renew contracts with pharma companies AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
Coronavirus 01-04-2021

New report: COVID pandemic disruption caused ‘avoidable deaths’ of mothers and babies

Pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new Lancet study published on Wednesday (31 March), with researchers now calling for more priority to be given to maternity care during the health crisis.
EU-Africa 18-03-2021

Tanzanian president Magufuli confirmed dead following health speculation

Tanzania's President John Magufuli has died aged 61, the country's vice-president announced on Wednesday (16 March) following several weeks of growing speculation and conspiracy theories about his health and whereabouts.

‘New economic model’ needed to deal with climate change, EU presidency says

Europe's current economic model "has no future" and does not respond to "major environmental challenges", Portugal's prime minister António Costa said on Friday, calling for the adoption of new models such as the circular economy and sustainable bioeconomy.
Politics 10-02-2021

Porto EU social summit expected to focus on youth

The European Commission wants to promote a "strong social dimension" at the May summit in Porto, as part of the Portuguese EU Council presidency, advocating a focus on young people who are facing a "difficult period" due to the COVID-19 crisis​​​​​​​.
Agrifood 04-02-2021

Restaurants face ‘wave of bankruptcies’ after lockdowns

The food services sector has been hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic, but governments are struggling to find ways to reopen safely.
Economy & Jobs 14-01-2021

German economy braces for second wave impact

Official data Thursday (14 January) are expected to show that the German economy weathered the pandemic better than many nations last year, partly thanks to its resilient manufacturers, but a virus resurgence is fuelling concern for 2021.
Economy & Jobs 14-01-2021

Spain to extend temporary lay-off schemes for 800,000 workers

The Spanish government is ready to approve before Friday (15 January) an extension of temporary lay-off schemes put in place March last year to protect jobs for around 800,000 workers affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the tourism and services sectors. EURACTIV’s partner EuroEFE reports.
Brexit 25-11-2020

UK set to slash development aid budget

The UK government is expected to slash aid spending when Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveils the government’s Spending Review on Wednesday (25 November).
Coronavirus 20-11-2020

Pharma official: Anti-microbial resistance larger than COVID-19 crisis

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a looming crisis and potentially “even larger than the COVID-19” pandemic, the CEO of one of the few remaining antibiotic producers with a manufacturing presence in the EU told EURACTIV in an interview.
Future EU 17-11-2020

EU scores high approval ratings, despite pandemic

A majority of Europeans have a favourable opinion of the EU's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent study by the Pew Research Center, conducted before the continent began facing a second wave, has found.
Coronavirus 16-11-2020

Conditional authorisation ‘most likely’ for COVID-19 vaccine, EMA says

The most likely scenario for COVID-19 vaccine candidates in the EU is a one-year conditional marketing authorisation (CMA), European Medicines Agency (EMA) sources have told EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 06-10-2020

More cooperation, greater inclusion key to preventing a ‘lockdown generation’

Already precarious in many regions of Europe, youth unemployment has spiked dramatically with the onset of COVID-19, sparking fears of another lost generation. At a recent StartNet Conference, policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders called for greater cooperation on facilitating young people’s transition to work.
Coronavirus 21-09-2020

Madrid imposes new COVID-19 restrictions to contain rapid spread

New measures to combat the fast spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Madrid enter into force today (21 September), limiting social gatherings to no more than six people and putting neighbourhoods back into partial lockdown for at least 14 days.
Economy & Jobs 08-09-2020

Economic weaknesses become strengths in East Germany during COVID-19

The "new" East German states are economically weaker than their western counterparts, lacking large industrial hubs of international corporations. However, this proved to be an advantage during the pandemic. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 04-09-2020

Commission hopes for COVID-19 vaccine market authorisation in November

The European Commission hopes for the first COVID-19 vaccine to have market authorisation in November, an EU official said yesterday (3 September). However, a timeline for its distribution is still unknown.
Coronavirus 24-08-2020

Madrid judge questions legality of fresh COVID-19 measures

A Madrid judge's ruling scrapping the regional government's new coronavirus restrictions has thrown up questions about the legality of implementing such extraordinary measures, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.

‘Love is not tourism’: hope for couples kept apart by virus

Coronavirus travel restrictions have kept lovers and unmarried couples apart since the outbreak, but governments around the world are now introducing measures to allow a happy and long-awaited reunion.