The European Parliament is opening its doors to the homeless during the coronavirus pandemic

Since mid March, members of the European Parliament have been operating online – holding meetings and votes on ways to deal with the current coronavirus crisis.

That means that European Parliament facilities can be used in the battle against coronavirus. Facilities in Brussels and Strasbourg have been made available to those in need.

“We have decided to make one of our buildings available for homeless people and for the most vulnerable in society during this serious health emergency,” said European Parliament President David Sassoli in a video message.

In the case of Brussels, two spaces will be created inside one of its buildings. One for the homeless, and another for those who leave the hospital but still cannot return home. In Strasbourg, another European Parliament building will accept patients.

The kitchens will also work at full capacity. “Every day, our kitchens will make more than 1,000 meals to be distributed to those in need and also for health workers, to help them in their jobs. We are close to those who suffer, to those who work tirelessly in our hospitals,” Sassoli added.

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