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Using the Social Clause to Re-boost Europe's Social Objectives

Last year, EASPD commissioned a researcher, Professor Nikolaus Dimmel from the University of Salzburg, to do a legal analysis on article 9 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union; or in other words the horizontal social clause.

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Franz Wolfmayr: “In 2015 EASPD will call for a change to the ‘growth at all costs' approach”

2015 will be a very important year for the disability sector for several reasons. We have asked the EASPD President, Franz Wolfmayr, which are the main priorities for EASPD in 2015 and how he will concretely bring these topics up at the European and International agendas.

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Unapei's reaction to the incident in Rouen

Unapei (National Union of Associations of relatives and friends of the mentally handicap persons) issues a press statement reacting to the following story published on AFP.

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Take a Teacher Development Course in Greece this summer with UDLnet

UDLnet (Universal Design for Learning), is organising a Summer School in Attica, Greece, from the 12-17th July this year. The course, ‘Teacher Competences fostering Inclusive Learning' aims to make a positive impact on the development of students' transversal competences, creativity, collaboration, and effective communication skills by promoting the use of real world, authentic learning activities. Participation can be funded via the Erasmus + programme. The deadline for application is March 4, 2015.

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Last Publications

REACHING OUT: EASPD Strategic Choices 2014-2017: Building an Inclusive Society

With European society struggling to balance social rights with budget cuts in the face of the lingering economic crisis, the disability sector finds itself at a crossroad. The coming years will be decisive in shaping the social support services sector of the future, and we cannot do it alone. Cooperation and networking have to be developed at all levels to pave the way for an inclusive society where persons with disabilities can fully enjoy all their rights, and if needed, be supported by community-based services.

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Report on recruitment and retention in the social services sector

The report 'HR strategy and recommendations for improving the attractiveness of the social services sector in Europe' was commissioned by EASPD to Vlerick's University and includes a fact sheet on staffing tendencies in the social sector in Europe; a toolkit with creative ideas on staffing and HR methods and a set of recommendations to EU authorities. The information has been gathered through desk and field research: more than 20 interviews were conducted with social service providers for people with disabilities across Western Europe.

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Press Releases


EASPD releases its latest report on the European Semester, calling for a change to the “growth at all costs” approach towards Social Investment and a growth focusing on the well-being of all citizens. The report proposes several recommendations to policy-makers on how they can integrate well-being into European and national public policy, in a manner that is both practical and sustainable. The report also includes national messages from EASPD’s membership to their respective governments and the European Commission; in particular within the framework of the European Semester.


What is the situation for the workforce in the health and care sectors? Are there common trends in Europe when it comes to wages, working conditions and staff training requirements? How have budgetary cuts impacted the sector? Following the establishment of the European Observatory of Human Resources in 2014, EASPD now presents the first results of the research conducted by Prof. Dr. Jane Lethbridge. It maps the training and educational requirements in the disability sector, the workforce situation and future job creation potential of the social service provision.


In December 2014, the EASPD Board endorsed the new Employment Declaration which results from several months of consultations with EASPD’s members and stakeholders, in particular the members of EASPD’s Standing Committee on Employment. The final document analyses the situation in Europe regarding the participation of persons with disabilities in the open labour market and highlights the need to shift the focus away from a disability perspective on to a skills and competences perspective.