Based on the need felt by both institutions to engage in the joint search for sustainable and transformative ways out of the crisis in its different dimensions, the EU-LAC Foundation and the Latin American Studies Programme of the University of Hamburg have developed, throughout 2021, a series of virtual Keynote Lectures under the title “The COVID-19 Crisis and Pathways to Sustainable Recovery in the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean”.
With this series of lectures, the EU-LAC Foundation and the Latin American Studies Programme of the University of Hamburg want to contribute to the generation of knowledge and the exchange between scientists, civil society actors, public officials and decision-makers on concepts, best practices and public policies that have been developed in Latin American, Caribbean and European countries to promote a “better” and sustainable recovery of the sectors and areas that have been particularly affected by the pandemic.
This second session focused on "Sustainable recovery of the economic sector" with two presentations by Dulce Baptista, Labour Markets and Social Security Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), and Dr Georg Fischer, Senior Research Associate Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, Austria; former Director for Social Affairs at the European Commission. Dulce Baptista introduced the topic of "The Covid-19 Crisis and Pathways to Sustainable and Inclusive Recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean". The lecture discussed how the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated structural challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean, the effects of the sanitary crisis over the labour markets and the characteristics of a sustainable and inclusive recovery in the Region. Dr Geord Fischer's lecture started with discussing the differential starting point and the labour market and social impact of the pandemics, also highlighting differences to the impact of the Great Recession. One focus was job retention schemes widely used in the EU and co-funded by the EU with a new and innovative programme “SURE". The EU Action Plan for the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights and EU Porto Summit set out the next stage of EU social policies and outcomes was reviewed.
Access the concept note and the event programme in the attachment.