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26-09-2016

Call for Tenders - External evaluation of EASPD 2016 Work Programme

EASPD is looking for an external evaluator to assess the performance of the organisation in delivering on its 2016 work programme in the framework of its operating grant co-financed through the EaSI Programme.

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26-09-2016

New guidance on local public support measures that do not constitute state aid

European State Aid laws are important for social services, in particular insofar as they regulate how and the amount of support social services can receive without distorting fair competition rules. The European Commission has recently established that five public measures for purely local operations in Spain, Germany and Portugal involve no state aid because they are unlikely to affect trade between Member States. This has led to the European Commission to announce that Member States always have full autonomy to decide and invest state funds.

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26-09-2016

How the European Commission can make a European Pillar of Social Rights fit for children

The EU Alliance for Investing in Children welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for a European Pillar of Social Rights, and its aspiration to achieve a “social triple-A rating” by re-balancing the EU’s existing prioritisation of financial and economic concerns with social issues.

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23-09-2016

Call for Nominations: Good Practices for Employees with Disability 2016 – Deadline: 30.09.2016

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) the Brazilian State Secretariat for the Rights of the Person with Disability (SEDPcD) holds an international edition of the award entitled Global Recognition “Good Practices for Employees with Disability”.

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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

15-09-2016

Following the State of the Union address by Mr Jean-Claude Juncker on 14 September 2016, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) announces its opinion on the European Pillar of Social Rights. During the speech, the President of the European Commission called on the EU to do more for social fairness. In its position paper, EASPD welcomes and supports the Pillar as an important opportunity to implement this in practice, whilst recommending three main changes to make this successful.

09-09-2016

EASPD organised in the European Parliament (EP) the seminar "Implementation of the European Fund for Strategic Investment: unlocking investment for social services" [8-09-2016]. During the Seminar participants discussed how to ensure that EFSI can contribute significantly to social inclusion in Europe, in particular through investment in high-quality social services.

29-06-2016

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.