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11-07-2014 |

Editorial: "Dear Mr. Juncker, Dear Mr. Schulz..."

Congratulations. Only a few days ago you were not much more than a spitzen candidate, now you're President of a key EU Institution.

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23-07-2014 |

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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11-07-2014 |

Project Development Workshop: EU financial opportunities 2014-2020 and 5 new project proposals

Every year, EASPD organises a Project Development Workshop where participants can deepen their knowledge on the EU funding opportunities available to develop new projects in the disability filed and the social sector. This year the newly launched EU funding programmes were presented and all participants split in different working groups to share ideas on new possible project proposals to be developed in the coming months.

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11-07-2014 |

EASPD presents the “Reaching Out strategy” working plan during the June events

From 18 to 19 June 2014, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) held the Executive Committee (Ex Com) meeting, the Board meeting and a General Assembly. A highlight of the Ex Com meeting was the participation of Mrs. Maria-Luisa Cabral, the new Head of the Unit on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the European Commission (EC). During the meeting, the members of the Executive Committee presented to Mrs. Cabral EASPD's work and discussed the strategic areas in which we can cooperate with the EC.  

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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


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.


On 15 January 2014 the European Parliament adopted a new Public Procurement directive which recognizes the specific identity of social services, and, because of this, entitles them to a specific so called “lighter regime” that requires simpler rules and a stronger focus on quality outcomes.