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Towards a more resilient Europe post-coronavirus: An initial mapping of structural risks facing the EU

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The current coronavirus crisis emphasises the need for the European Union to devote more effort to anticipatory governance, notably through analysis of medium- and long-term global trends, as well as structured contingency planning and the stress-testing of existing and future policies. In order to contribute to reflection on, and discussion about, the implications of the coronavirus pandemic for EU policy-making, this paper offers an initial ‘mapping’ of some of the potential structural risks which could confront Europe over the coming decade, with 66 such risks analysed briefly in a series of short notes. The document then goes on to take a closer look at some of the more immediate risks to be considered in the near term and outlines possible EU action to prevent or mitigate them over the remainder of the 2019-24 institutional cycle.
Resilience, Risks, Global Trends, Coronavirus, Pandemic, Europe’s Strategic Autonomy, Future Shocks, Crisis Scenario, European Union, Response, Instruments, Risk Assessment
Country of publication: 
European Union
Publication date: 
Monday, July 20, 2020
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