Brussels, 24 November 2021 (TDI): The European Council adopted conclusions to enhance response capability, preparedness, and resilience in the future. Slovenian Presidency of the EU Council prepared the conclusions.

Slovenian Presidency gave several measures for improving resilience, preparedness, and response capability in crisis in the future. They emphasized that the steps adopted in 2013-Integrated Political Response (IPCR) were although vital in “supporting comprehensive situational awareness”, but the EU response at times of crisis must evolve. Additionally, the Slovenian Presidency also recommended taking lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic and migration crisis.

The conclusion of the Slovenian Presidency stressed making the EU ready to face different types of crises in the future. Presidency remarked that enhancing the EU’s resilience and response capacity requires enhanced “cross-sectoral and cross-border crisis management.” The Presidency also stressed combatting disinformation and improving crisis, communication for enhancing crisis response, and building public confidence.

Lessons from Covid-19 Pandemic

The Slovenian Presidency underlined sectors that must be strengthened including the EU supply Chains, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and semiconductors. They remarked that Covid-19 highlighted the necessity of working together to build the resilience of the single market and prevent it from disruption.

Additionally, it also argued that the crisis-related actions must be temporary, fully coordinated, and proportionate. The conclusions also argued to implement crisis-related measures with the aiming of returning to normal as soon as possible. This includes the functioning of the single market, movement of people, services, and goods.

Background of the Conclusions adopted

The European Council appealed to take forward the work on enhancing the EU’s capability and resilience to future crises, in June. It also requested to address the protection of the “functioning of the internal market.”

Later in July, the informal meeting of the Ministers of European Affairs helped Slovenian Presidency in crafting a more resilient and comprehensive response.