COVID-19 has affected all aspects of economic and social life and its impact on democracy, fundamental rights and the rule of law will certainly be long-lasting. The crisis itself and the responses offered by authorities have raised many questions about the balance to strike between the right to health and other rights and freedoms, the way to deal with states of emergency, and the risk that the crisis be used to restrict liberties. The hearing will feed into opinion SOC/691 and its reflection on how to consolidate democracy, fundamental rights and the rule of law in the post-crisis recovery phase.
P.S. For technical reasons, the hearing will be held in English only (no interpretation).