Rights of people in residential institutions in times of COVID-19: committee debate 

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The Social Affairs and the Civil Liberties committees will discuss on Thursday the consequences from the COVID-19 crisis for people living in residential institutions.

MEPs will look into the current situation in residential institutions for the elderly in Europe, in terms of social exclusion, degraded quality of care, neglect and abuses. The working conditions of workers of residential institutions and access to long-term healthcare will also be addressed.

Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica (in charge of democracy and demography) and Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli will present their views, as will do representatives of the EU agency for Fundamental Rights, the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI), the Age platform, the European Disability Platform and the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities.

Thursday, 28 January, from 9.00 to 11.00.

Where: European Parliament in Brussels, József Antall building, room 4Q1 & via remote participation.

You can follow the meeting live.


Under Article 25 of the Charter of Fundamental rights on the rights of the elderly, the Union recognises and respects the rights of the elderly to lead a life of dignity and independence and to participate in social and cultural life. Since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and related confinement measures have shaken European economies and unequally affected individuals across Europe.