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EP hearings: How do you plan to unleash the Job Creation Potential in the Social and Health Services Sector?

This week the European Parliament begins the hearings for the Commissioners-designate. Following the official announcement made by the new President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, on the 12th September, now the EP will have to approve the proposed candidates. During this process, Members of the European Parliament can question the Commissioners-designate on their suitability for the role they are being proposed for and potentially reject them.

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Employers in the social services sector must get organised to increase their voice in Europe

For the first time ever, social partners in the social services field came together to discuss the added value of European social dialogue for Employers in the sector, as well as to discuss what topics they would be interested in discussing at European level. The conference, held on 23rd September, brought to an end the second phase of the PESSIS project which aims at promoting employers in the social services sector in social dialogue.

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How do Social Service Providers contribute to Sustainable Growth?

EASPD Secretary General and Social Services Europe (SSE) President, Luk Zelderloo intervened in a Public Hearing organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to share the service providers' views on the upcoming EU policy agenda for Social Enterprise.

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Do you know who are the speakers of the EASPD annual conference "A Home For All"?

Important policy makers, national authorities, service providers, disability and housing specialists working with people with support needs from Europe and USA will offer a cross-sectorial overview on the state of play of the housing sector and the strategies needed to making ‘A Home For All' a reality. Have a look at who's joining the conference!

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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


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. Vĕra Jourová.


Between the 29th September and 7th October 2014, the European Parliament (EP) will hold the hearings for the Commissioners-designate. Indeed, ever since the Lisbon Treaty, the EP has to approve the proposed candidates for becoming Commissioners. EASPD, representing over 10, 000 social service providers for persons with disabilities throughout Europe, encourages the Members of the EP to ask the following key questions to the relevant Commissioners-designate.


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.