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28-11-2014

Juncker's investment package still misses a strong social dimension

Following European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's presentation of his ?315 billion ‘Jobs, Growth and Investment Package' to the European Parliament [Nov 26], Social Platform warns that the European Social Model will not survive unless a serious commitment is made to invest in ambitious and integrated social policies. EASPD endorses the Social Platform's concerns but also regrets the lack of reference to job creation potential in the social services sector.

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28-11-2014

2nd E-letter of the Project EQF meets ECVET

After the first year of implementing the EQF meets ECVET project, we are glad to announce that the 2nd E-letter has been released at the middle of November 2014.

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24-11-2014

Last words from László Andor as European Commissioner

After nearly five years of mandate as EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor, summarises in an article the initiatives undertook during this period as well as the economic and social situation faced by the European Union during the past years.

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21-11-2014

Improving Diversity through Supported Employment

The European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) and the Portuguese Association of Supported Employment (APEA) organise the 12th edition of the European Conference of Supported Employment, which will take place in Lisbon (Portugal) from the 27th to the 29th of May 2015 at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. 

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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

19-11-2014

Once again we are witnessing unacceptable living conditions of persons with disabilities in Europe. A new scandal has been recently denounced by the media. On this occasion the alarm has occurred in a Greek center for disable children run by the Greek State. Reported by the BBC, the information describes the terrible living conditions in a center in Lechaina, a small town in the south of the Hellenic country.

10-10-2014

On the 9th and 10th October representatives from a variety of different social sectors are together in Oslo, Norway, at the EASPD annual conference “A Home for All”. What is the right to adequate housing? Given the demographic and societal changes, what are the main challenges, obstacles and gaps in protecting this right today but also in the future? Which is the role of social service providers in ensuring the implementation of this right? All these questions have been addressed at the introductory session as well as the plenary session during the first day of the conference.

30-09-2014

This week the European Parliament begins the hearings for the Commissioners-designate. Following the official announcement made by the new President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, on the 12th September, now the EP will have to approve the proposed candidates.