Commission answers MEPs: EU Care Strategy is coming

Answering written questions by MEPs Sirpa Pietikäinen (FI, EPP), Luke Ming Flanagan (IE, The LEFT) and Marisa Matias (PT, The LEFT), Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit reiterated the announcement of the EU Care Strategy for 2022. According to the Commission, the Strategy will cover both care users and carers, as well as formal and informal care. Childcare will be covered by a parallel initiative to revise the Barcelona targets for Early Childhood Education and Care.

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EU Care Strategy should address people in need for care, informal carers and the care workforce – question by MEPs

A group of 32 MEPs has addressed a written question to the European Commission, asking for details about the European Care Strategy. The MEPs point out that according to a recent EU report, only one in three persons in need for care can actually access long-term care services. In September, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced a European Care Strategy in her State of the Union Speech.

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The EU should lead internationally on the human rights of older persons, asks MEP Jordi Cañas

Spanish Member of the European Parliament, Jordi Cañas (Renew Europe), has brought forward a written question to the Vice-President of the European Commission and High-Representative for External Affairs, Josep Borrell. He asks the EU to ‘drive the initiative of a UN Convention on the rights of older persons’. He underlines that the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that the existing legislative framework is not sufficient to promote and ensure the protection of human rights of older persons.

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MEP Jordi Cañas (Spain/Renew Europe)
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