Special Committee on COVID-19 pandemic: lessons learned and recommendations for the future (COVI)

This special committee investigates the European response to the covid-19 pandemic, and the broader consequences of the pandemic on European heathcare systems as well society in a broader sense.

The Committee will focus on:

  • 1. 
    the handling of the crisis and preventive measures issued by the European institutions. In particular, the role and mandate of the European Medicine Agency, the European Centre for Disease Control and the new Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority will investigated
  • 2. 
    the level of coordination and solidarity among member states, as well as an examination of how robust their healthcare systems were in face of a pandemic
  • 3. 
    the impact covid-19 has had on healthcare, healthcare professionals especially, and the further development of digital tools and aids in healthcare
  • 4. 
    the vaccine strategy, with special focus on the role of the pharmaceutical industry, dealing with misinformation as well as the coordination of national and EU vaccine purchasing programmes
  • 5. 
    the impact of the pandemic on work, and working from home especially
  • 6. 
    the impact of the pandemic on especially affected sector such as transport, tourism and culture, and to what extent a European response has been adequate
  • 7. 
    medicine and vaccine production in the EU, and to lessen the EU's dependency on third countries in this field
  • 8. 
    the role of the EU on the global stage with regard to both the vaccine rollout and the contribution to COVAX in particular, as well travel bans on third countries

This Committee has a twelve-month mandate, and deliver a rapport at the end of its tenure. The Committee has 33 members.

On the 12th of June 2023, the Committee presented its recommendations to better prepare the EU for future crises.