By John Smith • 29 April 2020 • 11:42
AS member states of the European Union start to consider a relaxation in lockdown rules, there will still be the problem of those who are vulnerable due to loss of employment or gender violence.
The recently constructed Helmut Kohl Building which forms part of the European Parliament in Brussels is to be given to the Belgian government on a temporary basis in order to offer safe accommodation as a women’s shelter during the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.
It has been converted over the past three weeks and offers two floors of spacious (if sparsely furnished) rooms, communal shower rooms on each floor, laundry rooms and a large communal dining area.
The European Parliament has also made up to 100 cars and other vehicles available for use by the Brussels council.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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