Values in times of crisis
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (European Commission)
European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (European Commission)
Subject headingsCrisis Management ; Ethics ; European Union ; Fundamental rights ; Information technology ; Policymaking ; Right to justice ; Right to health ; Social well-being
Values play an important role in how we understand, make sense of, and tackle crises. They influence how we frame the problems that crisis management is supposed to address, and how we choose the instruments for that. The EGE points to the importance of human dignity and solidarity being at the core of crisis management, with processes of deliberation that make values explicit. It shows how public, common and individual interests are intertwined; it outlines how values should direct the prioritisation of scarce resources; and it highlights the importance of data, good communication, and public trust. From these considerations the EGE draws a set of recommendations for policy makers and other stakeholders.