As we have seen in our neighbourhoods and cities, no business is immune to the coronavirus pandemic. Sweeping mercilessly through the continent, the virus has “tricked” us into putting up barriers between the four freedoms of the European Union, compromising the free movement of goods, services, capital, and people as a result.
We are told that a global recession is already underway. What can the EU and its member states do to keep the Single Market intact? How can cross-border economic cooperation continue? Amidst all the uncertainty, one thing is clear: even after the four freedoms of the EU are fully reinstated, the world economy will take some time to recover from COVID-19.
These questions, and many more, will be tackled by our distinguished speakers during the second online event of ELF’s new series – Liberties in Lockdown.
It’s clear that COVID-19 will reshape our societies, and indeed our lives, in many ways. What will our world look like once the lockdowns have ended and the travel restrictions are lifted? Will we recognise our countries and cities; our neighbourhoods and friends? Will we recognise ourselves? For the next few weeks, each installment of the Liberties in Lockdown series will have a particular focus, looking at, among other things, the economy, digital privacy and healthcare. We hope you can join us for these important discussions.
Svenja Hahn, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe Group
Sandra Parthie, Head of Brussels Office / Head of European Affairs, German Economic Institute (IW Köln)
Alena Kudzko, Director, GLOBSEC Policy Institute
Opening remarks by:
Daniel Kaddik, Executive Director, ELF