« Antidemocratic and xenophobic forces of Europe have always been attracted by the European unity dream, the mystic of the imperial Rome»
(FB - 1998)
" Being a citizen is a voluntary act "
(FB - 2009)
"Thinking about the future only makes sense if it is aimed at improving one’s thinking about the present and about the trends at work"
(FB - 1998)
"The European project is not a dream, but a hope. It is rooted in rationality, which is not the case with dreams. We Europeans have seen our dreams end in nightmares too often not to be suspicious."
(FB - 2005)
"The strength of a network is judged at the information level of the weakest link, or more precisely the link furthest from the centre of the network."
(FB - 2004)
"Europe's destiny is escaping the two "Greats" and it will come knocking on the door of the Europeans."
(FB - 1989)
"The history of Europe is a bit like a multifaceted diamond. Everyone sees the same diamond... but no one sees exactly the same facets."
(FB - E-storia project, 2004)
"Let us dare the future as the founding fathers of Europe did"
(FB - "From EU to Euroland", 2001)
"The European citizenship can not be decreed. The European citizen can only be born..."
(FB - 1992)
"Every state is a minority in the EU. In any case, let’s not forget that if all our states went into building the EU it is because they all felt too small to face alone both their future and the rest of the world."
(FB - 2003)
"From a single (EU) Currency to a single (EU) Citizenship. The euro is only an instrument."
(FB - 1997)
"An empire is always providing platforms where conflicts and wars prolife­rate... an empire needs enemies, whilst a Community requires partners."
(FB - 1992)
"Europe’s history has taught us that dreams and nightmares are the two faces of the same coin"
(FB - “Europe is Peace” 2006)
"Everybody wants to have a successful enlargement whereas it is a successful enlarged EU which is important."
(FB - 2002)
"It is clear that the existing national political parties can not serve two masters: national and European."
(FB - IDE, 1989)
"It takes teamwork to make Europe move forward."
(FB - 2005)
"There is nothing like one European. The European is a team of Europeans... the only way we can imagine a European, it is a team of people from different countries, not a single man or woman."
(FB - Enschede (NL) 2012)
"On the horizon with a heaven of freedom and a land of responsibility, this is perhaps the soul of Europe."
(FB - 1992)
"The future challenge for the European project is not about Europe anymore, it is about the Europeans."
(FB - 2005)
"The more Brussels speaks English, the less Brussels understands the Europeans"
(FB - 2004)
"Occupy the Future of Europe!"
("What do YOU want as a future for AEGEE?" Franck Biancheri at the 2012 Agora in Enschede)
"To combine new technologies and democratic principles to succeed in the entry of European integration in the 21st century or e-democracy at the service of Euro-democracy"
(FB - EUSV, 2001)
"In the years 00 of the 21st century, democratization can only take place in the perspective of the democratic election of a European executive that remains to be invented."
(FB - EUSV, 2001)
"We must build the European Community, otherwise Europe will soon be culturally Americanised, politically Finlandised and technologically Japanised"
EGEE I, 1984

“Health and Covid-19 in Europe”. New Europeans Perspectives online Salons N.6, 24/11/2020


TUESDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2020 – 8.00 PM (20.00)




With the participation of:


Host: Maria Zei, Supervisor Mouvement Roosevelt France (www.mouvementroosevelt.fr)


What’s wrong with a Europe starting a second lockdown while in some parts Asia seems to have a better situation?

The reaction in Europe to respond to this second wave of the Covid19 pandemic seems most incoherent. Haven’t the lessons of the first wave been learned? An inertial incapacity to change a health system (developed after the WWII) which should be adapted to new economic, environmental and societal challenges in a globalized world?

Difficulties everywhere about organization of the everyday life (masks, hygiene measures, tests, remote teleworking, schools and university courses, administrations and health management), difficulties for citizens to combine individual freedom with collective interest.

Maybe a Marshall Plan for health, as we proposed for education, which could even be attached to it, would be necessary and efficient: to move forward towards a new approach to health in Europe, where we there are similarities in our health systems, institutions, social security and cultural approach to dealing with societal challenges.

In Europe we have a European Centre for Disease Prevention (ECDC) and Control and a European Center for Disaster Medicine (CEMEC). What is their role? Have they been taken into account in approaching the coronavirus crisis in Europe? In particular the CEMEC, since longtime responsible (by the Council of Europe and WHO) to mitigate the consequences of technological and natural disasters (pandemic crises such as Covid-19) through the dissemination of the culture of disaster medicine and the training of emergency workers.

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