As part of our ‘Just The Facts’ service, we will be analysing the EU’s response to the Coronavirus crisis.

European Movement Ireland will play its part in the nationwide solidarity needed to face the spread of COVID-19. This is a time for us all to look out for one another, listen to the professionals, and follow the advice and guidance of experts.

We encourage everyone to follow updates from HSE Ireland and the Department of Health, who continue to provide useful links and practical information during this unprecedented time.

We look forward to continuing to work and engage with all of our members and friends.

Team in European Movement Ireland.

COVID-19 contact tracing apps and the EU 

AS COVID-19 APPEARS to have reached its peak in many countries across the EU, governments are now examining ways in which current restrictions can be lifted without risking a second wave of infections.   In its ‘roadmap’ for a pan-European exit strategy, the European Commission made a series of recommendations to the 27 EU member governments in advance of lifting current restrictions. One recommendation is that countries…

Back to Europe’s Future?

Europe Day, 9 May, is extra-special this year as it is also the 70th anniversary of the Schuman declaration, which created the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). Then French foreign minister, Robert Schuman’s big idea was to generate economic interdependence to make war between France and Germany impossible, hence sharing coal and steel production,…

PRESS RELEASE | Annual EM Ireland/RED C Poll shows that people in Ireland are split on EU handling of COVID-19 pandemic

Poll indicates people in Ireland strongly support EU trade deals and increase in EU defence and security co-operation while few support increased contribution to EU budget.   Dublin, 28 April 2020: An annual European Movement Ireland (EM Ireland) – RED C Research poll this year found that 75% of people in Ireland agree that EU…

Under the Microscope: EU Scientific Research and COVID-19

THE EUROPEAN UNION’S response to COVID-19 experienced a blow in early April as the president of the European Research Council (ERC), Mauro Ferrari, resigned. The resignation of the pharmaceutical sciences professor – fewer than three months following his recruitment – as the Coronavirus pandemic escalated throughout Europe was, as one would expect, unexpected. The catalyst…

Best Supporting Actor? The EU’s evolving role in the Coronavirus crisis

MOST FILM CRITICS would probably agree that Paul Giamatti is a great actor, admired for his range of roles in a number of films. Think Saving Private Ryan, Sideways, and Cinderella Man, for which he was nominated for an Oscar for best-supporting actor, among others. Giamatti is not as instantly recognisable as most Hollywood superstars,…

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…