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Current social inclusion for persons with disabilities in Belgium

Belgium needs to speed up the social inclusion of persons with disabilities and improve the provision of individualised support services. This year the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe published a report and the report urges Belgium government to give priority to inclusive education and improve measures and services in order to enhance the quality of daily life for disabled persons.

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#digitalrevolution: Support the Entelis Manifesto!

On the 12th and 13th of November 2015, The National Federation of voluntary Bodies Providing Services to People with Intellectual Disabilities hosted an Entelis seminar in Dublin, Ireland. Over these 2 days, the Entelis partnership finalized and launched the Entelis Manifesto.

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Seminar on developing and teaching intercultural competences

From 2 to 4 March 2016, the Cohehre Academy and the University of VIC organise a seminar in Barcelona (Spain) on developing an teaching intercultural competences. The deadline for registrations is the 20th February 2016. The seminar aims to develop teaching and learning strategies on how to promote cultural awareness. During the seminar other topics will be addressed such as poverty and social exclusion and immigration in Europe. The seminar is also an opportunity for participants to networking.

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Members of the European Parliament echo calls from civil society, public service providers and workers to fully exclude public services from trade agreements

Social Platform, the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services (CEEP), the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) welcome the adoption [on 3rd February] of a European Parliament resolution calling for the full exclusion of public services in the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) and future trade deals. Public services are vital for social cohesion, sustainable growth and job creation.

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Last publications

How can the European Semester help to implement the UN CRPD

EASPD releases its latest report recommending the EU to use the European Semester as a tool to support the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Employment for All booklet

All the information related to the awards as well as a description of the best practices can be found in the Employment for All booklet in English, French and German.

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Press releases


The European association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities publishes its official position with regard to the European Accessibility Act, which was launched by the European Commission in December 2015.


EASPD announces its newest report aiming to support the work carry out within the European institutions to simplify access to EU funding. The report, developed by an independent expert, presents key recommendations from service providers in seven EU countries on how to enhance access to the European Structural and Investment Funds.


EASPD organised a Seminar on how the European Semester (ES) can help to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), following up on Marianne Thyssen’s positive statements in this regard. Representatives from the European Commission (EC) expressed mixed messages as to if the ES should be seen as a tool to implement the CRPD. The EC’s unclear stance represents a missed opportunity to fulfil the EU’s human rights obligations.