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12-09-2014

EASPD welcomes the new EC college and embraces the push for a stronger social dimension in the European Semester

The new structure of the European Commission (EC) has been revealed by its President-elect, Jean-Claude Juncker. Following weeks of rumours, he has officially announced his team's composition and the different working portfolios. The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) wants to congratulate all the appointed Commissioners, welcoming in particular the new Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Mrs. Marianne Thyssen and the new Commissioner in charge of Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Mrs. V?ra Jourová.

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10-09-2014

EASPD brings service providers at the international Disaster Risk Reduction conference in Davos

From 24th to 28th August 2014, EASPD took part in the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) in Davos, Switzerland. Under the title “Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice”, this international conference was organised by the Global Risk Forum, a non-profit organisation founded in 1988, in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDIR). The event had the scope to provide opportunities for the exchange of knowledge, know-how, and education, in the field of Disaster and Risk Reduction.

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10-09-2014

Call for participation: EASPD Survey on Workfoce in the Social Sector in Europe

EASPD is calling for the input of Service Providers in order to learn more about the workforce situation and needs in the social sector. Join in!

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29-08-2014

TTIP: a threat to the quality of social services in Europe

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade agreement that is currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States of America. EASPD is in favour of further cooperation, but only if it is in the interest of the people on both sides of the atlantic, including people with disabilities and those most vulnerable. See EASPD's position on the Patnership.

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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

25-08-2014

Since the beginning of the Ukrainian conflict in March 2014, there has been a dramatic number of civilian casualties, with figures rising to at least 2,086 people killed and 4,953 wounded in recent weeks. The Ukrainian association "National Assembly of Disabled of Ukraine" and EASPD call on the United Nations and the European Union to pay special attention to the more vulnerable groups when designing and implementing Emergency Aid Programmes.

21-05-2014

The European Elections are taking place over the next few days throughout Europe. This is a key opportunity for each and every citizen to help format the future of the European Union. For that reason, EASPD wishes to encourage everyone to go and vote in the next European elections to make sure that we have a European Parliament and Commission, which will support the work of social service providers throughout Europe.

21-05-2014

Having recently learnt about bad practices in the provision of care-services for people with disabilities in Belgium, France and Romania, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) highlights the need to monitor the quality standards of all types of social service provision in Europe and calls on the EU institutions to provide a technical response to avoid more scandals in the future as well as a political reaction based on a public hearing in the European Parliament.