25 March 2021

The Impact of COVID-19 on Residential Care Homes - Why Parliaments investigate and why the EP should, too


We will be streaming the event live on the EPSU FACEBOOK page which you can see  HERE

For more information, please contact Jakob Embacher ( or Paola Panzeri (

The impact of COVID-19 on users of and workers in residential care homes has been hard and tragic. As of 26 January, globally 41% of COVID-19 related fatalities occurred in care homes. In countries like in France, Belgium, Sweden or Spain, one out of twenty care home residents died as a result of COVID-19.

This does not come as a surprise: the care sector was already facing major problems in relation to breaches of human rights, understaffing and a lack of safety protocols before COVID-19. These were known and voiced by trade unions and NGOs long before the current crisis.

This event will show how Parliaments in Europe have used their investigative powers to shine a light on the political failures that caused such tragedy. These investigations are at the core of the institutions’ role, to hold government accountable. We want to highlight that also the European Parliament should step up and use its powers in a similar manner. Only a thorough reckoning with past and present allows us to strengthen our resilience in the future.

15.30 – 15.40

Opening address

Pierfrancesco Majorino, MEP

Pat Clarke, EDF Vice-President

15.40 – 16.20

Panel 1: Local and national perspectives: regional and national parliamentary committees, moderated by Maciej Kucharczyk (40 min)

Delphine Chabbert, MP, Rapporteure for COVID19 Inquiry Committee, Brussels Regional Parliament, Belgium

Gian Antonio Girelli, President of COVID19 Inquiry Committee, Lombardy Regional Council, Italy

Caroline Fiat, MP, Member of COVID19 Inquiry Committee, Assemblée Nationale, France 

16.20 – 17.25

Panel 2: A European matter: how can the EU Parliament contribute? Introduced and moderated by Jan Willem Goudriaan, EPSU Secretary General

Exchange among Members of the EU parliament

MEP Pierfrancesco Majorino S&D IT

MEP Anne-Sophie Pelletier (LEFT, FR)

MEP Tilly Metz (Greens, LUX)

MEP Radka Maxova (Renew, CZ)

MEP Sirpa Pietikanen (EPP, FI)

17.25 – 17.30

Closing remarks

Ebbe Johansen, President, AGE Platform Europe



Event type

25 March 2021

Zoom Platform
1000 Brussels