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Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ seminars in Helsinki

The COHEHRE network organises in cooperation with the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences two seminars in Finland from 6 to 7 October 2016.

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SAVE THE DATE. Seminar "Implementation of EFSI: Unlocking investment for social inclusion"

On the 8 September 2016, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities organises in the European Parliament in Brussels the seminar "Implementation of EFSI: Unlocking investment for social inclusion". The seminar will be a perfect opportunity to discuss how the European Parliament’s report on the “Implementation of EFSI” could ensure that such a financial mechanism can contribute significantly to social inclusion in Europe, in particular through investment in high-quality social services.

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Joint statement on the Youth Guarantee: Let’s live up to our ambitions

On 22 April 2013, EU Member States committed to establishing Youth Guarantee schemes to provide young people with a good quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within a period of four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education. 6,4 billion euros have been allocated for 2014 and 2015 through the Youth Employment Initiative to support the implementation of the Youth Guarantee.

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Commission consultation on the Social Rights Pillar – EASPD’s opinion

Luk Zelderloo, Secretary General of the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) explains why the consultation on the Social Rights Pillar launched by the European Commission is important for support services. He highlights what are the main concerns for employment and social policies in Europe and how we can tackle them.

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Last publications

Zero Project Analysis: Social Innovations in Early Childhood Intervention

This is the first edition of the Zero Project Analysis. This booklet covers eight outstanding Innovative Practices on Early Childhood Intervention, with a focus on Central and Eastern European countries.

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New EASPD publication: “Five good practices on support services and independent living”

EASPD launches this new publication outlining five models of good practices in Europe with regard to support services and the implementation of article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Press releases


EASPD organised a policy seminar on job creation in social services in the European Parliament on the 28th of June. Members of the European Parliament (MEP), representatives from social services, trade unions and organisations representing persons with disabilities called on the European Commission (EC) and the European Parliament (EP) to do more to support high quality social care – through adequately trained professionals - in Europe.


The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities organised two side events in cooperation with the European Union and the Zero Project during the 9th Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). Models of good practice on supported decision making mechanisms and on early childhood fueled the debate on the sustainable development goals and the steps required for the implementation of a human rights approach.


The European Commission (EC) recently published its 2016 country-specific recommendations (CSRs) to Member States. Following positive statements on the way social care and support should be provided in the last few years by the European Commission, the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-Based Care (EEG) welcomes several recommendations promoting quality care and support and access to employment and inclusive education for disadvantaged groups. Nonetheless, the overall focus on austerity will be detrimental to the transition to community-based services in Europe, if no safeguards are made available for public investment in this area.