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The beginning of 2021 marks a symbolic end to a year that will go down in history, unfortunately for many of the wrong reasons.
In the EU, while there’s much to be hopeful about, including the roll-out of effective vaccines and the Next Generation EU Covid-19 recovery package (NGEU), the resurgence of Covid-19 cases across the continent and the emergence of new strains of the virus has underscored that we are not out of the woods just yet.
The pandemic continues to present a major setback — at least in the short run — for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with rising poverty, unemployment, and mortality in the EU and the rest of the world.