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Coronavirus lockdown exit Plan: Boundaries, States as Well as the cohesion conundrum

The European Commission has introduced its exit program, an effort, to co-ordinate an EU wide reaction.

European leaders have been trying to find member countries to work together and organize responses to the outbreak, something that in the first days of the outbreak seemed to be missing.
“The current record offers key building blocks, an affirmation based, shared strategy to a number of the challenges of facilitating the lockdown steps and in precisely the same time offers distance to accommodate to the specificities, the epidemiologic and health system specificities of each nation. Yes, this is a great step forward but we should not lose the belief that until today the European direction was almost imperceptible”, Plasencia informed Euronews Now.

Every nation for itself?

This strategy comes after some nations have already declared their procedures for leaving the lockdown. The diminishing rate of disease, as well as the fall in the number of deaths, have directed them to begin easing constraints but these promising indications have headed the UK and France to expand their lockdowns as Katy Dartford reports.

Just how well is Brussels working with its main test?

“That is a matter of life and death, death and life are still very much in the control of the member countries and this is all about politicians, heads of states and heads of government battling for really they can manage a problem that’s hitting every citizen in their own country,” clarifies Fabrice Pothier, Chief Strategy Officer in political consultancy, Rasmussen Global.

So while health stays in the hands of member nations, Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor at EU Law in HEC Paris asserts that leaders ought to be listening to Brussels.

“By now it’s very apparent that COVID has turned into a European narrative as different federal responses are having significant diplomatic effects on other nations. Hence the efficacy of this COVID national responses essentially weakens the absence of a European manipulation”

Arguments abound over whether the European Commission was busy enough, and just how much blame to put at the federal level.

“At the close of the afternoon, people can observe this Commission was somewhat weak, the total direction, employing the convening power the Commission has under the treaty, under this crisis mechanism wasn’t used entirely,” states Alemanno.

However, the modus operandi of the EU seems to be reacting and evolving with every new catastrophe.

“I think it’s amusing, the cyclicality, moving through the very same moves about ever five decades, there’s a crisis, everybody does their own thing, there’s a good deal of acrimony, finger-pointing, trade of attribute, things sort of fall apart but in the last moment, matters do not fall apart, the commission glues it back together and we stumble upon another thing.”

How nicely Europe recovers in the pandemic is going to be the real evaluation of cooperating across boundaries, and demonstrating that the EU is over a trading bloc.