What is the role of the European Union in the Covid-19 pandemic?

Townend, David; van de Pas, Remco; Bongers, Lisette; Haque, Sharmi; Wouters, Birgit; Pilot, Eva; Stahl, Nina; Schröder-Bäck, Peter; Shaw, David; Krafft, Thomas (2020) What is the role of the European Union in the Covid-19 pandemic? Med Law 39:2:249-268.


  • Townend, David
  • van de Pas, Remco
  • Bongers, Lisette
  • Haque, Sharmi
  • Wouters, Birgit
  • Pilot, Eva
  • Stahl, Nina
  • Schröder-Bäck, Peter
  • Shaw, David
  • Krafft, Thomas

Name der Zeitschrift:Med Law (Medicine and Law)


Seiten von-bis:249-268

Beschreibung: Whereas the heart of the purpose and activity of the
European Union is concerned with economic harmonisation, its internal market, and the freedom of movement of people, goods, services, and capital, necessarily require public health measures.
The EU is committed to both human rights and to “Health in All Policies”. This paper considers how that agenda has been confronted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It considers how the EU Treaties limit
the possible scope of that response. The paper considers responses in relation to freedom of movement, the work of the European Centre for
Disease Prevention and Control, issues relating to the operation of the General Data Protection Regulation, and the Clinical Trials Directive and Medical Devices Directive. It concludes with a brief examination
of the economic responses of the EU to the COVID-19 pandemic. An Appendix gives a brief introduction to EU (health) law and history.

Schlagworte:Public administration, European Commission, Ethics, Covid-19