Record-breaking levels of COVID-19 across the EU

by RPP
Weekly European political updates

Record-breaking levels of COVID-19 across the EU

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.    



The number of COVID-19 cases has broken records in France, with nearly 30,000 cases a day. A new lockdown has been set in France, as well as the French Polynesia, for a minimum of four weeks. This decision comes as a result of a governmental meeting with the National Science Committee on 28 October. Moreover, on 26 October, the French National Assembly voted to allocate €22 billion of the recovery plan in 2021 in order to facilitate economic recovery. The final adoption by Parliament is expected by no later than 18 December. The recovery plan will focus on three pillars: ecology, competitiveness and territorial cohesion.



On 22 October, the Ministry of Health and the regional leaders approved a new plan against COVID-19 in the face of a second wave of infections, which was subsequently followed by a governmental announcement of a new state of emergency. This comes as a result of the increasing pressure by regional leaders to adopt more restrictive measures in view of the increasing infection rates. It is worth noting that in Spain, the imposition of measures that apply limitations on fundamental rights can only be declared under the legal framework of a state of emergency. Therefore, through a state-of- emergency decree, Regional Governments are authorized to impose lockdowns.



On 27 October, the Dutch upper house accepted a temporary COVID-19 law, which included amendments made by the House of Representatives. Replacing the current emergency regulations, this law will provide a more structural legal basis for the COVID-19 measures, increasing the Parliament’s involvement in decisions pertaining to restrictions.


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