Coronavirus: scrutiny of EU legal proposals and policy papers
7 May 2020
The European Scrutiny Committee published an overview of its scrutiny of EU legal proposals and policy papers related to COVID-19 in its 2nd Report of the 2019-2021 Parliament in early April.
Today an updated version of that overview has been published on its website, providing easy access to its assessments of how the EU’s crisis response might impact on the UK during the post-Brexit transition period.
The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020, but has agreed to continue applying EU legislation until the end of a post-Brexit transition period due to end on 31 December 2020. The European Scrutiny Committee therefore still assesses EU legislative proposals and policy papers to determine their relevance for the UK during the transition and beyond.
Given the impact of COVID-19 on public services and the economy, and as set out in its special COVID Report, the Committee is currently prioritising important EU proposals related to the coronavirus crisis. These have included measures related to the availability of medical and protective equipment, easing the difficulties faced by the transport sector, and an increase in EU funding available for public authorities to help them address the crisis. In its assessments, the Committee focuses in particular on how the EU's response to the pandemic will or could impact on the UK Government's domestic public health approach and economic strategy.
The European Scrutiny Committee's COVID-19 EU policy tracker is available on its website here, and will be updated regularly.