Council Conclusions on Enhancing Preparedness, Response Capability and Resilience to Future Crises

In the context of the COVID-19 crisis and its effects on the EU and the internal market, these council conclusions aim at paving the way to establish a better prepared responses to future crises of various nature.

The conclusions are structured in three parts:

  • Strengthening the cross-sectorial crisis response and preparedness. The Conclusions stress, amongst other, the importance of cross-sectoral and cross-border coordination and political steering, structured information sharing and secure and digital means of communication. There should also be a common situational awareness at Council level, through the Integrated Political Crisis Response (IPCR) and in close cooperation with the Commission and the European External Action Service.
  • Building and monitoring resilience and reducing dependencies. The Council expresses the need to strengthen the resilience of the single market to disruptions, including to key EU supply chains and economic sectors. Appropriate actions need to be taken to strengthen the competitiveness and resilience of the European Union’s industry, as well as to address strategic dependencies.
  • Next steps, inter alia inviting the EEAS to present further lessons learned from the pandemic, and announcing a review of the IPCR by the Council to ensure it remains fit for future challenges.

Reference: Council of the European Union (2021). Council Conclusions on Enhancing Preparedness, Response Capability and Resilience to Future Crises.

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