💙💛💙You think Europe is boring and just a bunch of bureaucrats? 😀Think again❗️ Here are some beautiful stories from EU civil society voices all over Europe. Maurizio Reale, our Italian member, talks about the shifts in his state of mind during the lockdown.
😟"I was deeply concerned about the ravages of the pandemic in my country. A few weeks later, as the coronavirus hit the rest of the European Union 🇪🇺, I found myself reflecting on how best to tackle this dramatic situation, one that I would never have dreamt I would have to live through in my lifetime."
"I started to wonder why we were not equipped with a genuinely common health policy. The unbelievable difficulties encountered by the EU in terms of coordination, compounded by the lack of solidarity, confirmed my thoughts."
"The immensely difficult situation has also highlighted the strategic importance of many professions: the doctors👩⚕️👨⚕️ and nurses, the forces of law 👮♀️👮♂️and order, the civil protection agencies, and the farmers👨🌾👩🌾 and agri-food supply chain that made sure we never lacked for anything as essential as food, as was regrettably the case with masks😷, swabs and personal protective equipment in hospitals and other local settings."
💖"I missed my family, the interpersonal relations that are central to my work, and my friends. But I also had the chance to reflect on the values that really matter in life, values which I have often neglected, and to appreciate how important they are."
"As well has having major economic repercussions, the pandemic will shape our individual quality of life; we will therefore have to seek a better, more sustainable way of living as we adapt to the new reality. We owe this to ourselves, but even more to all those who, because of the coronavirus, are no longer with us. It is right and fitting for my final thoughts to go to them."🤗#eucivilsociety #eescmembers #solidarity #farmer #lockdownlife #europeansagainstcovid19 #whateverittakes #europeanunion #italy #covid19