Governance for Resilience

»We must also draw all the lessons of the present crisis and start reflecting on the resilience of our societies when confronted with such events. «
European Council, Joint Statement 26 March 2020

As the EU works to navigate the complexity of the COVID-crisis, ensure economic resiliency and become a leader in climate action, the need for innovative policy and governance mechanisms, which do justice to the interconnectedness of these goals, is increasingly urgent. However, despite an awareness of this systemic interconnectedness, the complexity of these challenges has led to even more compartmentalized policy making in a moment when effective policy coordination is more important than ever.

Policy Lab Objectives 

The policy lab on “Governance for Resilience” takes the most recent recovery programmes as working base to 

  • Explore key social, economic and environmental dimensions of resilience 
  • Develop a better understanding of systemic interlinkages, and explore tensions and synergies between policy options and objectives
  • Co-create feasible solutions to coherence challenges of the participants 
  • Build strong networks across silos to foster innovative, cross-cutting policy solutions that can strengthen coherence and build a resilient European Union.

Guiding Questions

  • How might the EU effectively navigate the social, economic and environmental crisis in a way that builds long-term resilience? 
  • How might we better identify systemic interconnections between policy streams and move beyond reactive policymaking?
  • How can we manage tensions between social and ecological dimensions to effectively achieve  desired outcomes?
  • How might we strengthen organisational coordination to strengthen overall resilience?

Relevant EU processes

Speaker & Panelists

Maroš Šefčovič
Vice-President, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight
Sandrine Dixson-Declève
Co-president of the Club of Rome
Jean-Eric Paquet
Director-General DG Research and Innovation
Declan Costello
Deputy Director-General DG Economic and Financial Affairs
Joanna Drake
Deputy-Director General DG Environment
Marcel Haag
Director DG Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union
Ronan Palmer
Programme Leader, E3G
Amanda Janoo
Knowledge and Policy Lead, Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEALL)

Preparatory material