Ensuring equality in times of crisis

In less than three months COVID-19 has assumed a pandemic level and completely revolted common citizens’ daily life as well as States policies programmes and the economic system.

The entire world entered a lockdonw fase that is now beginning to loosen up, but the future is still uncertain and what it is sure is that the people will need to rethink their working, social and private life.

What is sure is that while putting in place Emergency meausers and while planning the next steps for ensuring health security and trying to heal the economic crisis, national governments and European institutions cannot close their eyes in front of episodes of discimination against their citizens.

Equinet already reported discrimination and hate speech incidents directed towards minority groups (people perceived as Asian or Italian, but also Roma and Travellers) and various complaints concerning issues that are adversely and disproportionately affecting certain vulnerable groups, particularly older people and people with disabilities.

Furthermore the same Emergency measures must be time-limited and compatible with the rule of law and the EU’s fundamental values.

The European Parliament is committed to monitor Member States actions during this phase through The Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights Monitoring Group of the Civil Liberties Committee who it will closely monitor the impact of emergency measures taken by member states. But civil society will alsoe have an importanto role in tracking Governments action and reporting violations.