The Committee of the Regions tasked ÖIR, Spatial Foresight and t33 with a report on the regional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting challenges and regional resilience and readiness in light of potential future shocks, such as pandemics. This analysis provides inputs to the publication “2021 EU Annual Regional and Local Barometer”. The analysis highlights potential short-term and medium-term impacts of the pandemic at regional level, based on a territorial sensitivity analysis.
In addition, ÖIR led a comprehensive case study analysis approach, investigating COVID-19 impacts and policy responses, as well as future resilience, in nine regions and cities across EU-27. Key sources of evidence in this case study analysis were expert interviews with regional representatives, policy documents, and regional indicators.