The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a change in the way people live, work and travel. The closure of the EU's internal and external borders or other protective measures introduced by policymakers has affected cross-border mobility as well as cross-border (but not only) regions’ societies and labour markets. Even though the EU external cross-border flows were in the past vulnerable to various political and economic factors (e.g. introducing a visa system, agreement on local cross-border traffic), only the pandemic showed how relevant are such measures for noticeable and broad change in international mobility.
The ESPON IRiE is developed in this context. The general objective is to analyze interregional flows of goods, services, people, capital and Knowledge for the EU27+UK+EFTA countries, to design actions that reduce barriers and facilitate the economic interaction at all these levels. In this framework, the effects of different types of scenarios will be analyzed, such as the Covid-19 epidemic or the Brexit process for the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union.
The session will be developed as an interactive workshop including 2 main parts: