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Syneas and Fegapei propose to their adherents to create a new professional organization

The Executive Boards of Fegapei and Syneas met on the 2 of April and unanimously convened to adopt a motion which validates a common political project that is based on the vision, the ambition and the values shared by both organizations. To support this project, they affirm in this motion their will to create, together, a new entity representing the non-profit employer organizations of the Medico-social, Health and Social sectors. The setting up of the new body will be similar to a merger by formation of a new entity.

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Its our World too! Launch of the TIDE ‘Manifesto for Accessible Development Education'

Self-Advocates, inclusive development experts, and European policy makers convened at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels on 20 April to present and discuss the self-advocates manifesto for accessible development education and how to make development more inclusive. The session was hosted by Meelis Joost of the European Economic and Social Committee and organised by the “Towards Inclusive Development Education” partners, a project supporting people with an intellectual disability to be included in Development Education.

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EASPD participates in the UN's first evaluation phase of the report submitted by the EU

EASPD is following closely the EU-UN dialogue and took part to the first phase of the evaluation, raising its proposals for the List of Issues during an ad hoc hearing.

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Progress or Decline? Eurostat's Review of Sustainability Goals

EASPD reviewed the Eurostat 2015 report to analyze data relevant to EASPD's mission. Most of the information available in the report addressed the ageing population, employment rates and labor migration as endemic to poverty and social exclusion.

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Last Publications

Europe 2020 and the European Semester, bringing well-being to all?

EASPD releases its latest report on the European Semester, calling for a change to the “growth at all costs” approach towards Social Investment and a growth focusing on the well-being of all citizens. The report proposes several recommendations to policy-makers on how they can integrate well-being into European and national public policy, in a manner that is both practical and sustainable. The report also includes national messages from EASPD's membership to their respective governments and the European Commission; in particular within the framework of the European Semester.

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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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Press Releases


The European Commission (EC) has recently launched a public consultation asking for recommendations to tackle long-term unemployment in Europe. In view of contributing as early as possible into the EC's work, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) has developed a position paper presenting the key factors needed for support services to effectively contribute to tackling long-term unemployment in Europe; not only of persons with disabilities, but all disadvantaged groups. EASPD calls on the EC to implement measures which provide a win-win situation for both the employee and employer and recommends the “STAR” holistic approach.


Social service providers and policy makers convened at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels on 26 March to work together on how to put social investment back on the European Commission’s agenda. The breakfast session was organised by Social Services Europe, which brings together eight Europe-wide networks of not-for-profit social service providers. Through its membership, Social Services Europe represents over 100,000 organisations throughout Europe.


EASPD has sent a report to the United Nations (UN) compiling the views of service providers for persons with disabilities on the progress made towards ensuring compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by the European Union (EU). The report stresses the European Disability Strategy’s lack of recognition of the role played by support services, whilst calling on the EU to adopt a “social investment approach”, overhauling its perception of services as a “cost”.