The Corona pandemic has caused thousands of deaths as well as huge disruption to the global economy. In the European Union, attempts are being made at both European and national level to limit the damage both to the population and to the economy. cep comments on current developments and assesses the political measures.
In Favour of a Legal Obligation to Use Contact Tracing Apps (cepInput)
Despite various lockdowns, the number of COVID-19 infections in the EU remains very high. In order to break the chains of infections and to end the restrictions on the free movement of people, services and goods, the use of contact tracing apps should be made mandatory. The positive effects prevail over data protection concerns.
Capital Requirements Regulation: COVID-19 quick-fix (cepPolicyBrief to Regulation COM(2020) 310
On 10 June 2020, the European Parliament and the Council reached a compromise on amendments to the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR quick-fix). The amendments shall allow banks to channel funds to businesses and households and to absorb the economic shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. cep has assessed the agreement in a cepPolicyBrief.
Tackling COVID-19 Disinformation (cepPolicyBrief)
The EU-Commission presents several measures and tools to fight COVID-19 disinformation on online platforms. A cepPolicyBrief assesses the Commission’s approach.
Restrictions for frontier workers in the internal market due to COVID-19 (cepInput)
Following the uncoordinated and in some cases arbitrary closure of national borders as a result of the Corona crisis, the EU Commission has published Guidelines to better coordinate entry restrictions at the internal market borders. In doing so, the EU Commission relies on the cooperation of the Member States. The cep has evaluated the guidelines.
Contact tracing apps under EU personal data protection law (cepAdhoc)
Contact tracing apps will play an important role in the fight against the Coronavirus. The cepAdhoc illustrates the EU privacy and personal data protection framework applicable to them.
Combating the Corona crisis (cepInput)
The economic consequences of the Corona crisis have raised doubts about the creditworthiness of some euro countries. A cepInput comments on the latest ECB bond purchases and gives recommendations on how to deal with the crisis in the euro zone.