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18th March 2020
Consumer, Health & Environment Covid-19 Institutional law

Op-Ed: “EU law in extraordinary times” by Daniel Sarmiento

We are living in extraordinary times. The events that have unfolded over the past few days, and the ones that are still ahead of us, will go down as a pivotal moment in history. Nothing will ever be the same again.

EU law is no exception to this.

First, EU law is changing mode and turning into a law of emergency. When facing an extraordinary event like the COVID-19 pandemic, law turns into emergency law. So is EU law, now facing the daunting task of setting the standards of an EU response to what is certainly the continent’s greatest economic challenge since World War II and the post-war reconstruction of the late 40s and early 50s. EU lawyers became acquainted with emergency EU law during the financial crisis of 2008, but

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