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November Newsflash

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EDITORIAL

Greek reaction to the article published in BBC on the De-institutionalisation process in Greece

LATEST NEWS

  • Press Release. Another human rights scandal: time for the EU to act!
  • For the defense and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities
  • The Council of Europe launches the new Website of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement
  • Progress towards Independent living in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Employment for All award 2015
  • Improving Diversity through Supported Employment

POLICY UPDATES

  • Juncker’s investment package still misses a strong social dimension
  • Last words from Ex-Commissioner László Andor

PROJECT UPDATES

  • FINANCIAL STUDY on the European trends in the service providers sector
  • 2nd E-letter of the Project EQF meets ECVET

ACTIVITIES FROM OUR MEMBERS

  • SAVE THE DATE: the morning of Europe and disability!

ON THE AGENDA

  • 9th December – Hearing on the Social Clause
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EDITORIAL

Greek reaction to the article published in BBC on the De-institutionalisation process in Greece. Read more

 

LATEST NEWS

Press release. Another human rights scandal: time for the EU to act!

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. Read more
 

For the defense and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities

The implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities was the topic of the meeting between the President of the European Disability Forum (EDF), Yannis Vardakastanis, and EDF's Acting Director, Javier Güemes, with the European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, that took place on the 11th November in Brussels. Read more
 

The Council of Europe launches the new Website of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement

The Council of Europe (CoE) has officially launched the new Website of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement. Read more
 

Progress towards Independent living in Central and Eastern Europe

The EASPD Standing Committee on Enlargement is embarking on an in-depth research regarding the independent living and legal capacity of persons with disabilities (PwD). The research targets only Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Read more
 

Employment For All Award 2015

EASPD continues to encourage social services and employers active in all European countries to present their best practices that have proven to be effective in creating better employment- and career- opportunities for people with disabilities. Both social organizations (for profit and not for profit) and employers from all over Europe are invited to participate in the second edition of this Award; the European Prize for best practices in supporting People with disabilities on the labour-market. Read more
 

Improving Diversity through Supported Employment

The European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) and the Portuguese Association of Supported Employment (APEA) organise the 12th 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. Read more
 

POLICY UPDATES

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. Read more
 

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 a letter the initiatives undertook during this period as well as the economic and social situation faced by the European Union during the past years. Read more

 

PROJECT UPDATES

 

FINANCIAL STUDY on the European trends in the service providers sector

On October 11, 2014 a new project on the funding and the financial sustainability of the disability sector was presented at the General Assembly of EASPD in Oslo. Read more
 

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. Read more

 

ACTIVITIES OF OUR MEMBERS

SAVE THE DATE: the morning of Europe and disability!

The French members of the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) invite you to a morning of reflection and debate on the French policy of employment of persons with disabilities under the policy advocated by Europe. Read more

 

ON THE AGENDA

9th December - Hearing on the Social Clause

EASPD is organising in cooperation with Social Platform a hearing in the European Parliament on the EU horizontal social clause. The event will focus on a study written by Professor Nikolaus Dimmel on how the social clause could be used to push for a more Social Europe. Read more