This Own-initiative Opinion analyses the structural causes that have led to the elderly care systems in general and to the nursing homes in particular, to become some of the most contagious and lethal factors of this pandemic. To this end, the different systems that exist in EU Member States are compared to learn useful lessons.
In addition, the opinion calls for the need to address the demographic transition as one of the major challenges of the twenty-first century, alongside environmental and digital transitions.
Since 2019, the European Commission has been carrying out an evaluation concerning the legislative package – approved in 2012 – on State Aid to Services of General Economic Interest ("SGEI"). The evaluation deals with the SGEI Communication, SGEI Decision, SGEI Framework and SGEI de minimis, insofar as they are applicable to health and social services.
The Commission communication sets out the path for a progressive phase-out of crisis measures under the State aid Temporary Framework, accompanied by measures to kick-start the economy and crowd-in private investment in the recovery phase; and the contribution of competition policy and its review to green and digital transition, and to a resilient Single Market.