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…

EU Fishing Negotiations for 2020

Early on the morning of Wednesday 18 December, EU fishery ministers in Brussels reached a political agreement on the 2020 catch limits for over seventy commercial fishing stocks.   Introduction: Why does this happen? The EU aims to set EU-wide rules to manage the fishing practise of the EU fleet through the Common Fisheries Policy…