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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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Tender for researcher: study on the social sector workforce

Research aimed at mapping the workforce and job creation potential in the disability sector, with a special attention on the entry level requirement for training and qualification of staff.

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5 Questions for the Commissioners-designate

Between the 22nd and 30th September 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.

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International conference on supported employment for persons with disabilities in Turkey

The association Jugend am Werk Steiermark together with the partners of the project “T-EST” organise an international conference on the employment of people with disabilities in ?zmir, Turkey on September 19th 2014. This final conference will focus on the Supported Employment Tool developed by EUSE and participants will show best practices on supported employment for persons with disabilities in their countries.

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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


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.


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.


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.