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.