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

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STATEMENT | Noelle O Connell on the EU’s Response to COVID-19

Joint Oireachtas Committee on EU Affairs, Wednesday, 28 October 2020   Noelle O Connell, CEO of European Movement Ireland     Introduction   Chairman, many thanks to you and the Committee for this invitation. In my first presentation to members since the election, I would like to wish you and all Committee members every success, particularly at this crucial juncture of Ireland’s EU relationship. Please be…

The EU Budget: What’s Next?

Introduction: Overhauled by Covid-19 Back in February 2020, the EU was unable to reach agreement on the upcoming Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027. The key issues that shaped the debate then were the loss of the UK’s contribution to the MFF of around €75 billion, climate change and migration. Now, following an unprecedented period of…

The Road to Recovery: Mapping Europe’s Economic Recovery Post-COVID-19

The onset of the Covid-19 crisis saw the European Commission set out ambitious plans to not only mitigate the economic fallout from the pandemic, but also to map the way ahead for the eventual recovery. In this Just the Facts, we take a look at what the EU has done to assist Member States during the pandemic and what has been planned for the economic recovery of the EU.   Introduction: First…

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…