The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, announced on Thursday that the EU must learn lessons from the coronavirus crisis and adopt health skills to better coordinate responses at European level in such a situation.
“From now on, health must be something in which the EU is authorized to act, just as health has become a security problem worldwide, at EU level it is a question of integration,” the head of European diplomacy said in statements to the Spanish media explains the problems that arose during the pandemic, such as the lack of coordination for medical care.
For Borrell, when “more Europe” is needed to solve the crisis, he actually calls for Brussels to be given more powers. In his opinion, the pandemic has shown that health must have a European dimension with “more central” competencies and go beyond the creation of reserves for medical devices, an initiative that the European Commission has already launched.
Although he understands that decentralization in health issues is done with the logic of attention, he believes that it must also be borne in mind that responses to problems in the face of global crises “cannot be confined to one area”.