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Centralizing EU Policy in Fighting Infectious Diseases: Status Quo, Citizen Preferences, and Ways Forward

Roel Beetsma, Francesco Nicoli (), Francesco, Anniek de Ruijter and Frank Vandenbroucke

CESifo Forum, 2020, vol. 21, issue 02, 47-52

Abstract: We confront the traditional role of the EU in the domain of health with the urgent need for collective action triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. In the face of such a crisis, we argue that the joint procurement, stockpiling, and allocation of medical countermeasures is a key component of true European solidarity, besides maintaining the integrity of the single market. We present the first results of a survey experiment taken before the current crisis on citizens’ attitudes toward centralizing at the EU level of policies to combat infectious diseases, which indicates considerable support.

Date: 2020
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