(4 November 2022) This week a delegation of the European Parliament COVI committee visited cities of Padova, Bergamo and Milano to discuss how they confronted the COVID-19 pandemic almost 3 years ago. The initial epicentre of the pandemic in Europe is considered to be the Lombardy and Veneto regions in northern Italy where MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) visited a hospital and care home for the first time.
Unfortunately, MEPs were not foreseen to meet with elected representatives of workers in the official agenda of the visit. Instead, they were mostly scheduled to meet managers and elected politicians. This is why EPSU and local affiliate FP-CGIL organised a delegation to meet MEPs at the door of the Lombardy region headquarters where they delivered a request.
The COVI committee was set up partly due to the efforts of civil society organisations. Together with AGE and EDF, EPSU wrote a letter requesting such a committee over two years ago. Recently we have jointly asked for the committee’s work to be prolonged.
Next week (14 November) EPSU General Secretary, Jan Willem Goudriaan, will be speaking at a hearing of the COVI committee.
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