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Commissaris Marianne Thyssen opent EASPD conferentie "Samen de dienst verlening voor morgen ontwikkelen”

In het kader van haar 20-jarig bestaan, organiseert de Europese vereniging van Dienstverleners voor personen met een handicap (EASPD) op donderdag 20 oktober en conferentie "Samen de dienst verlening voor morgen ontwikkelen”. Marianne Thyssen, Europees Commissaris voor Werkgelegenheid, Sociale Zaken, Mobiliteit en vaardigheden, zal het congres openen door toe toe te lichten hoe Europese initiatieven, zoals de Europese pijler van Sociale rechten (maart 2016 gelanceerd) de ontwikkeling van hoge kwaliteits diensten in de Europese Unie (EU) versterken.

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2016 European Disability Employment Week - International conference

Within the framework of the 20th edition of the European Disability Employment Week 2016, LADAPT and his partners organise the fourth international conference, with the involvement of the economic world, as well as key political and civil society partners. This conference has been organised under the High Patronage of Mr François Hollande, President of the French Republic and the European Parliament as well as under the patronage of Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. 

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Call for Position - Project Assistant (temporary position)

EASPD is looking for a project assistant to work on an e-learning platform.

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New guidance on local public support measures that do not constitute state aid

European State Aid laws are important for social services, in particular insofar as they regulate how and the amount of support social services can receive without distorting fair competition rules. The European Commission has recently established that five public measures for purely local operations in Spain, Germany and Portugal involve no state aid because they are unlikely to affect trade between Member States. This has led to the European Commission to announce that Member States always have full autonomy to decide and invest state funds.

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Last publications

Zero Project Analysis: Social Innovations in Early Childhood Intervention

This is the first edition of the Zero Project Analysis. This booklet covers eight outstanding Innovative Practices on Early Childhood Intervention, with a focus on Central and Eastern European countries.

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New EASPD publication: “Five good practices on support services and independent living”

EASPD launches this new publication outlining five models of good practices in Europe with regard to support services and the implementation of article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Press releases


Within the framework of its 20th anniversary, the European Association of Service provider for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) organises on Thursday 20th October the conference “Developing together the support services of tomorrow”. Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Mobility and Skills, will open the conference to explain how European initiatives such as the European Pillar of Social Rights (launched in March 2016) can strengthen the development of high quality social services in the European Union (EU).


Next Monday 3rd October, the European Parliament will discuss with the European Commission about their proposal to suspend part of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for Portugal and Spain in 2017, as part of their non-compliance with the European Union’s budgetary rules. In a letter to Members of the European Parliament, EASPD – alongside the Social Platform and Social Services Europe – strongly opposes the suspension of any ESI fund which supports human rights enjoyment, labour market integration and social inclusion.nd social inclusion.


Following the State of the Union address by Mr Jean-Claude Juncker on 14 September 2016, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) announces its opinion on the European Pillar of Social Rights. During the speech, the President of the European Commission called on the EU to do more for social fairness. In its position paper, EASPD welcomes and supports the Pillar as an important opportunity to implement this in practice, whilst recommending three main changes to make this successful.