About: COVID-19

Politics 26-03-2021

Tweets of the Week: Vaccine diplomacy, massive boat stuck, lockdown

Vaccine diplomacy is going très mal, massive boat gets stuck in the Suez canal, and lockdown is a blow to everyone’s morale.
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Health 01-02-2021

Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety at the Global Plasma Summit

Remarks on establishing a reliable supply of therapies, the urgent need to increase plasma collection across the EU, and the impact of the COVID-19 on the plasma donation system (as of October 2020), presented at the Global Plasma Summit.
Politics 04-12-2020

Tweets of the Week: MEP Sex Party, Brexit Tunnel and Vaccination Plans

MEP makes hasty exit, there’s still no movement over Brexit, and new Covid vaccine the UK gets it.
Politics 20-11-2020

Tweets of the Week: Rule of Law, Brexit mascot and vaccine efficacy claims

Hungary and Poland scupper rule of law aims, Brexit talks seem to be going down in flames, and vaccines efficacy sparks spurious claims!
Agrifood 19-11-2020

2020 – The ‘perfect storm’ for Europe’s SMEs?

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of Europe’s economy. They represent over 90% of all businesses in the EU. They employ around 100 million people, account for more than half of Europe’s GDP and play a key role...
18-11-2020

Food production and the trade map: buying local vs buying global

The ongoing health crisis has reinforced those voices calling for a greater degree of self-sufficiency for the European Union, in anything from raw materials to medicines. When it comes to food production, the concept of a shorter supply chain had...
Agrifood 28-08-2020

Rural vs. city: how do consumer preferences differ when it comes to food?

Consumers play a key role in the EU’s new flagship food policy, the Farm to Fork strategy, which works to encourage consumer uptake of healthy and sustainable food options as part of the strategy’s overall goal to improve the viability...
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Politics 29-07-2020

Meet our Members: Back2EU

Though the coronavirus is still on our radars, countries have been gradually easing lockdown all over Europe and getting back to work, even going on holidays, and reuniting with their families. The Martens Centre wants to hear from its like-minded...
Politics 16-06-2020

Europe’s tourism dilemma explained

Empty squares, deserted beaches and cancelled trips - the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown Europe’s tourism industry into chaos. Will we be able to go on holidays this summer? Will Europe’s travel industry survive the pandemic? And what is the EU doing in all this?
Coronavirus 20-04-2020

Lenarcic: Some wrongly believed they were ready to fight COVID-19

The European Commission has been calling for preparedness against the pandemic since day one in January, the EU Commissioner for crisis management, Janez Lenarčič, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Economic governance 20-04-2020

COVID-19: EU’s plan to save the economy

The European Commission estimates the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak could be greater than the financial crisis in 2008. In order to keep the economy running, the EU executive introduced flexibility for funds and national expenditure, member states approved...

COVID-19 should not become a security crisis, NATO chief warns

"We have to deal with COVID-19, but at the same time, we have to make sure that the health crisis doesn't become a security crisis," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told EURACTIV in an interview about NATO's crisis response and threat preparedness, China's role and the pandemic's impact on the military alliance.
Health 10-04-2020

Iberian stories on European cohesion

Looking back thirty years, one can find images like those seen today on the Spanish-Portuguese border. Crossroads under surveillance, roads shut down… images that only the elderly remember and that will soon be forgotten again. Thousands of Spaniards and Portuguese...
Health 28-02-2020

‘Don’t panic about COVID-19, learn from Latvia,’ says Pabriks

“Resilience is about education. COVID-19 will not be the last emergency faced by Europe,” said Latvian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Artis Pabriks. “We must all learn from this, change our mindset when it comes to crisis management, educate...
Coronavirus 25-02-2020

Coronavirus – How should the EU respond?

With the most recent outbreak of coronavirus, now known by its official name COVID-19, announced over the weekend in Italy, the EU is taking precautions to stem the spread of the virus. And as of 24 February, 178 cases of...