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The need to reflect on future governance and policies is nowhere more pressing than in the European Union. Covid-19 is the culmination of a decade of economic, social and institutional crises in the continent, above all the financial and Eurozone crisis, the migrant crisis, and Brexit. The problem of post-pandemic governance is all the more urgent and complex in Europe because it intersects with issues on the effectiveness, fairness and democracy of the EU sui generis multi-level order. Lastly, the Union has a unique stake in this debate because of the key role it aims to play in crucial areas of post-pandemic global governance, such as climate change, digitalisation, and the reform of economic globalisation.


The ultimate objective of REGROUP is to advise the EU on how to tackle its post-pandemic policy and institutional challenges. These prescriptive goals are anchored to two additional objectives: analysing the societal and political consequences of Covid-19, and reflecting on the normative implications of the pandemic.

Analytical Framework

The Covid-19 pandemic has opened a new window of opportunity for political change in Europe, which REGROUP analyses in its reactive, reflective, and proactive components. Building on this conceptual triad, the project adopts a research approach that is multi-mission (reflecting its objectives), multi-level, and multi-sphere, guided by three overarching analytical themes: reordering, risk, and resilience.

Work packages

REGROUP consists of 11 work packages, of which
nine are devoted to research. These are grouped
under three headings corresponding to our objectives,
and focusing on
diagnosis (WPs 1-4), evaluation
(WPs 5-6)
, and prescription (WPs 7-9).  

You can read more about each of our work packages in the overview below.


Work package 1

Governing crisis: Comparative and multi-level analysis.

Work package 2

Crisis and international relations: Covid-19 in comparative perspective.

Work package 3

Old and new cleavages in pandemic times.

Work package 4

Knowledge, information, and trust: A mini-public approach.


Work package 5

Auditing democracy in times of crisis.

Work package 6

Legal and constitutional perspectives on the pandemic.


Work package 7

Envisoning a post-pandemic European Union.

Work package 8

Managing global risks: Institutional and societal perspectives.

Work package 9

Digital strategies for democratic resillience.


Work package 10

Dissemination, communication, and exploitation.

Work package 11

Project management and coordination