Lecture of Prof. Koundouri on “The Economic Case for a Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19 Pandemic”

Professor Phoebe Koundouri (Athens University of Economics and Business) spoke about “The Economic Case for a Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19 Pandemic” at the ninth seminar of the Winter Series “#EconomicModelling Seminars”, that was held on the 8th of April, 2021.


Recognizing the global sustainability challenges, European Union leaders have adopted the European Green Deal with wide-ranging goals for a climate-neutral, resource-efficient, technologically advanced, and socially equitable continent. They have also decided to integrate the UN Member States’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the European Semester, which is the major process for the coordination of national economic and employment policies in the EU, thereby deciding to “put people and the planet at the center of EU economic policy”. In addition to these decisions made in 2019 and early 2020, EU leaders responded to the immense health, environmental, and economic challenges posed by the pandemic with a strong “Next Generation EU” package of policies and funds to boost economic recovery while pursuing Europe’s green transition.

In an attempt to connect the dots between these four major policy initiatives – the SDGs, the European Green Deal, the European Semester, and the EU recovery plan – the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Europe (SDSN Europe) has produced a new report “Transformations for the Joint Implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the European Green Deal: A Green and Digital, Job-Based and Inclusive Recovery from COVID-19 Pandemic”, to support policymakers with actionable strategies that can guide EU-wide and national economic recovery in line with the continent’s overarching sustainability agenda.


Professor Sergio Vergalli (University of Brescia, IAERE President and Head of Economics – 2030 Agenda research area in Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei) will chair the event.


The Winter Series “Economic Modelling Seminars” were organised by the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and University of Brescia, in collaboration with the Italian Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (IAERE), European University Institute, Department of Environmental Science and Policy of the University of Milan and University of Siena.

Further information about the series can be found at: https://www.feem.it/en/news/fondazione-eni-enrico-mattei-presents-the-winter-series-economic-modelling-seminars-/

Watch on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia7s2f8-urA&t=432s 




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