New political developments in a worsening COVID-19 climate

by RPP
Weekly European political updates

New political developments in a worsening COVID-19 climate

Europe is a colourful continent in terms of policies and outcomes. It is essential to stay updated on how these policies may impact your work to build better regulatory frameworks, enhance your message and enhance communication with stakeholders. Here you can find a summary of the major European political updates of this week.    


United Kingdom

On 6 October, Prime Minister Boris Johnson set the post-COVID and post-Transition Period direction of the country in an address to the Conservative Party Conference. Johnson put forward a jingoistic and optimistic vision for the country’s political and economic trajectory towards private sector-led growth, distancing himself from the significant state support packages introduced by popular Chancellor Rishi Sunak and supported by the opposition Labour Party.

On healthcare, the Government has promised a new national Advanced Research and Projects Agency to drive scientific breakthrough including in the life sciences, modelled on the US defense-oriented Advanced Research Projects Agency, and critically different from the EU replicating the US biomedical research agency.



As the current administration is coming to an end and discussions on who will be each party’s candidate for chancellor are increasing, Germany’s Minister of Health Jens Spahn (Christian Democratic Union, CDU) published his plans for one of his last projects. Envisaging a reform in care costs for the elderly, Spahn wants to reduce the average individual monthly share for nursing homes from €786 to €700 for a maximum of three years, meaning a maximum personal contribution of €25,000.



Recent news on the Belgium government front saw the appointment of Dutch-speaking liberal Alexander De Croo as the new Prime Minister. Former Greens MEP Petra De Sutter has now become the Vice Prime Minister of Public Service and Public Enterprises and Dutch speaking socialist Frank Vandenbroucke has been endowed with the responsibilities of health minister. With COVID-19 cases on the rise, the government has put into effect mitigation measures as of 9 October to limit individuals’ social bubbles.



Madrid has assumed partial lockdown status, affecting approximately 5 million inhabitants. As a result, travelling is only justified for essential trips such as work commutes, medical visits, attending schools or university and assisting vulnerable people. Although the measures are set to last 14 days, an extension is foreseen should epidemiological situation remain unchanged.


You can find more information on European news in our EU national elections heatmap, where we provide an overarching perspective with key political insight for individual countries. Make sure to check it here


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