An investigation on long-term care during COVID-19 at European level?

AGE Platform Europe, the European Public Service Union and the European Disability Forum, have called for a European investigation into the management of the COVID-19 pandemic in the long-term care sector. A wealth of evidence is emerging about the risk to which staff and beneficiaries of long-term care have been exposed to, given the lack of protective equipment, adequate working conditions and access to testing and treatment. The call was directed to European PArliament President David Sassoli, as the only directly representative European institution should be the one investigating abuses to EU Fundamental Rights on an EU scale.

The call was supported by a group of 88 MEPs accross the political spectrum:

“We, as Members of the European Parliament, believe that it is absolutely necessary to examine what happened at European level with all the means at our disposal, in order to have comprehensive data in front of us and to identify political and management responsibilities, so that we can change course immediately.

We are committed to ensuring that the European Parliament has the will and strength to discover and reconstruct what has happened, strengthen attention on these facilities, find alternatives of group housing and avoid other mistakes and tragedies.”

Supporting statement by MEPs for investigative action on long-term care and COVID-19

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‘Solidarity between Generations must guide us through the crisis’, MEPs say to Commission & Council

On May 29, 36 Members of the European Parliament have sent a letter to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Council President Charles Michel, calling for upholding the EU treaty principle of solidarity between generations during the COVID-19 crisis and recovery.

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AGE supports the EU4Health Campaign

70% of Europeans want the EU to do more for health, according to a recent Eurobarometer survey. This is why a pool of European organisations, under the leadership of the EPHA (European Public Health Alliance) and EPF (European Patients Forum) came together to ensure that the European institutions will continue to guarantee health protection and promotion.

Started as a reaction to the Future of Europe white paper presented in 2017 by European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, which included, in the 5 outlined scenarios, the option to “do less” on some policy areas, the EU4health campaign aims to ensure that EU action on health remains strong after 2020. EU4Health brings together organisations that share the vision of a Europe where all people are as healthy as they can be throughout their lives.

The 7 key asks to the European Commission are outlined in a joint:

  1. Dedicated Health Commissioner and Vice-President for Sustainable Well-Being
  2. Adopt EU-level actions to prevent diseases and promote healthy lifestyles
  3. Develop a framework for tackling non-communicable diseases
  4. Support national health systems with expertise and evidence
  5. Empower citizen and patients
  6. Assess the impact of health in EU policies
  7. Establish strong leadership with a European Global Health.

For more information: https://eu4health.eu/