COVI Committee at the European Parliament evaluates the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children

On 8 December 2022 the COVI Special Committee welcomed the final group of experts to collect evidence on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and young people, including their education and training opportunities.

Members looked at the possible consequences to children's well-being, including their mental health, the impact of lockdowns and vaccination policies on childhood immunisation programmes and on the continuity of care of children suffering from non-communicable diseases and rare diseases. Members also questioned the experts on the efficiency of distant learning and students' performance during lockdowns.

Finally, Members learned more on how best ensure protection of the rights of the children in a future pandemic and what are the main lessons learned and recommendations for future health crises. The COVID-19 pandemic was not only a major health crisis but also one that impacted society, the economy, democracy & fundamental rights, and international governance.