European Solidarity During the Pandemics and Beyond

Tuesday, 12 May 2020 at 10:00 - 12:00

Bratislava, Bratislava

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The COVID-19 pandemics is hardly the first occasion testing the solidarity in the EU. Similar test had presented during the eurozone crisis as well as during the refugee crisis. After the initial phase of the current coronavirus challenge, when member states clearly prioritised their own concerns, examples of real solidarity started to emerge. They took form of medical material supplies, sending medical personnel, or providing free hospital capacities for cross-border patients. Slovakia has also stepped in with concrete material assistance to Italy. The question is, how can this trend be maintained, encouraged and explored further in the EU.

The debate will focus on the immediate forms of European cooperation during the outbreak to the COVD-19 pandemics, be it in the area of public health, civil protection or social assistance. What is the extent of the cooperation between member states currently? Where and how can we do better? What are Slovakia ́s capacities and limits in this context?

The debate will be held in Slovak, Czech and English with simultaneous translation from and to English.



ANNE SEYFFERTH, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung



MONIKA BEŇOVÁ, Member of the European Parliament (SMER-SD/S&D)

UDO BULLMANN, Member of the European Parliament (SPD/S&D)

MARTIN KLUS, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

PETER VISOLAJSKÝ, Chairman, Doctors' trade union (LOZ), Slovakia

JOSEF STŘEDULA, Vice-President, The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC); President of the Bohemian-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions (CMKOS)





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