Procuring emergency medical supplies across the EU

For the European Union (EU), past weaknesses during major public health crises, like the outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease in the early 2000’s or the SARs epidemic in 2003, led to the emergence of new and improved procurement processes and crisis-response mechanisms. However, it would be the Swine Flu pandemic of 2009 that would be the catalyst for the emergence of the EU’s Joint Procurement mechanism.   During…

Slovakian General Election, March 2020

On Saturday the 29 February Slovakia went to the polls for what is only their eighth general election since their establishment as an independent country from the Czech Republic in 1993.   Background to Slovakian General Elections: Slovakia is a unicameral parliamentary, representative democratic republic with a prime minister who is the head of government…

Galway at the Heart of Europe | Citizens’ Dialogue on the Future of Europe

Ireland has the capacity to make a unique contribution to shaping the future of Europe in view of its considerable recent experience with deliberative democracy and citizen participation. European Commission Vice President for Democracy and Demography Dubravka Šuica shared this view with the people of Galway in a Citizens’ Dialogue “Galway at the Heart of Europe”,…