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Facts, not words: the EU role in the de-confinement phase

Posted On: Apr 22, 2020   |   Posted By: Bruegel

Facts, not words: the EU role in the de-confinement phase

Each year, 500 million passengers fly across the European Union. Each day, 1.3 million employees commute to work in another EU country. Ten million European citizens reside in an EU country other than that of their birth. International road haulage amounts to one-third of total EU traffic. Imports from within the EU amount to one-fourth of GDP. These numbers tell us how integrated the EU is - or rather was, before the coronavirus prompted a de-facto closure of national borders. And the numbers show how much is at stake in what amounts to a fragmentation of the EU along national borders.
Border closure was an inevitable side effect of the lockdown - and not just because public health is a national responsibility. All forms of mobility, be they across borders, between regions or even within cities, have entered a standstill. In early April, European air traffic was down by 90%, according to Eurocontrol. French high-speed train services had been scaled down by an even larger 93% and road traffic in major...

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