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Ombudsman inquiry into the use of EU funds in relation to institutional care, against backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic

The Ombudsman opened an own-initiative inquiry into the role of the Commission in ensuring that member state governments use EU funds with a view to promoting independent living for persons with disabilities and older persons, and transitioning away from residential care institutions.

The inquiry takes place against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had devastating consequences for people in these institutions.

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