What world after the pandemic? Plenary session with the participation of the EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski

Solidarity or sovereignty – what should the post-pandemic world look like? This subject was discussed by the participants of the plenary session during the 30th Economic Forum in Karpacz.

In the plenary session “The Post–Pandemic World. Economy, Sovereignty, Solidarity” was attended by: the Minister for Human Rights and Minorities and Social Dialogue of the Republic of Serbia, Gordana Čomić; European Union Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski; Vice-President of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Mihail Popsoi and Global Practice Lead on Climate & Energy WWF International, Manuel Pulgar Vidal. The plenary session was moderated by Luca Steinmann, a journalist and geopolitical analyst Limes, Italian Review of Geopolitics.

– It is the first global pandemic, it has never before happened that a pandemic was  present in every part of the world – said Gordana Čomić – Such global problem, that we have, needs global solution. We must be preparing for the next crisis. My proposal for such a global solution is to create a global health fund. We need to start talking about an economy that will support such a fund.

Janusz Wojciechowski spoke about food security in the context of the pandemic. – The agricultural policy of the European Union turned out to be effective – it was possible to ensure food security during the economic crisis, which did not turn into a food crisis.

– However, this situation allows us to draw many conclusions for the future. The biggest obstacle was transport – it turned out that the food sector was the first one, which was affected by the closure of borders. Therefore, food security must be built on the basis of a local supply system. Our goal should be to ensure that no country is dependent on external supplies.

Mihail Popsoi emphasized the role played by international organizations such as the World Health Organization in overcoming the crisis. Without it, without initiatives like COVAX, it would be much more difficult to get vaccines in many parts of the world. Such global solutions should also be introduced in dealing with other problems.

The representative of the Republic of Moldova mentioned such problems: the popularity of conspiracy theories, growing inequalities, the influence of social media. However, he ended his speech with a positive message: – This pandemic has shown that there is empathy in people; that it is possible to overcome this crisis together. The key to this was global cooperation.

– We should learn from the pandemic that it resulted from our own behavio –  said Manuel Pulgar Vidal. – If we do not change our behavior, such crises will repeat in the future.

Pulgar Vidal also emphasized that the greatest challenge facing us today is the climate crisis. – The pandemic is only a small wave; climate change is a tsunamic that is coming.

One of the most important questions of this plenary session was: “what should matter more today: European values ​​or national interests?”. All panel participants agreed that national interests are not sufficient to overcome global challenges. – Ultimately, there is nothing else than dialogue. – said Gordana Čomić.