With the economic crisis still fresh in our memories, a new crisis emerged in the form of the coronavirus pandemic. This crisis taught us that much of Europe was insufficiently prepared. At the same time, we know that COVID-19 will not be the last pandemic or indeed crisis that will emerge.
A statement, published in June 2020, provides guidance for the provision of scientific advice in pandemic situations, in particular during the current COVID-19 crisis, characterised by complexity and uncertainty. Advice on better management of and preparedness for pandemics was published in November 2020, and advice on the wider topic of crisis resilience was published later in 2021.