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1308, 2020

Suggestions for an efficient European fight against a pandemic – legal aspects in the health care sector

By: Leopold-Michael Marzi

The European health care systems were suddenly confronted with a new virus in February and subsequently with the global COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the fact that health care systems are in the responsibility of the EU member states it was soon obvious that the lack of harmonised standards would be an obstacle in the fight against a pandemic and this situation unveiled a gap in European cooperation. This policy brief discusses necessary measures in the health care system - taking into account legal aspects – that should be implemented by the EU and its member states in order to be better prepared in the future.
1607, 2020

Making the European Capital Brussels tangible for the Next Generation

By: Peter Kurri, Paul Schmidt

The Austrian federal government has set itself the goal of enabling all 15 to 20-year-olds to travel to Brussels to visit the EU institutions once during their education. The implementation of this objective would be an important step towards involving the next generation more closely in the development of the European Union. Particularly in view of the debate on the future of the European Union, it is important to sensitize young people to European politics. This policy brief aims to point out some of the potential challenges, highlight existing funding programs and to outline a possible model to make the project idea a reality.
1607, 2020

Overcoming the net position thinking in EU member states

By: Julia Bachtrögler-Unger, Mario Holzner, Veronika Kubeková, Margit Schratzenstaller

Die Fokussierung auf länderspezifische Nettozahler- und Nettoempfänger-Positionen erschwert eine zielführende Diskussion über die adäquate Ausgestaltung des EU-Budgets. Keine idealen Voraussetzungen für die Verhandlungen zum nächsten Mehrjährigen Finanzrahmen 2021-2027 der EU und die Debatte rund um den EU-Wiederaufbaufonds. Vor diesem Hintergrund diskutieren die AutorInnen dieses Policy Briefs Möglichkeiten nationale Sichtweisen auf das EU-Budget neu zu denken und formulieren konkrete Handlungsempfehlungen.
1407, 2020

New Hansa and Frugal Four: The Role of Small Creditor States in the Economic and Monetary Union

By: Magnus G. Schoeller

Die Diskussion rund um die unterschiedlichen Ausgestaltungsmöglichkeiten des EU-Wiederaufbaufonds erinnern an so manche Konfliktlinie während der Eurokrise und verdeutlichen, dass die Positionen der einzelnen EU-Mitgliedstaaten und Ländergruppen nach wie vor auseinanderliegen. Der aktuelle Policy Brief setzt sich mit Emanzipationstendenzen kleinerer Gläubigerstaaten auseinander und geht der Frage nach, welche Rolle diese in der Wirtschafts- und Währungsunion spielen, welche Strategien sie verfolgen und welche Auswirkungen diese auf den Umgang mit der Corona-Krise haben.