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Agora Europe - March 2015


Providing practical solutions to make EU policies more inclusive

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Interview | Franz Wolfmayr: “In 2015 EASPD will call for a change to the ‘growth at all costs’ approach”

2015 will be a very important year for the disability sector for several reasons. We have asked the EASPD President, Franz Wolfmayr, which are the main priorities for EASPD in 2015 and how concretely will bring these topics up at the European and International agendas. Read more

Policy update | Employment For All Award 2015

EASPD would like to promote better employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, and your help is needed. EASPD invites you to share your best practice, model, method or tool by participating in the EASPD Employment for All award. Read more

Policy update | Using the Social Clause to Re-boost Europe’s Social Objectives

Last year, EASPD commissioned a researcher, Professor Nikolaus Dimmel from the University of Salzburg, to do a legal analysis on article 9 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union; or in other words the horizontal social clause. Read more

Policy update | EASPD releases new report: 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. Read more

Policy update | European Observatory of Human Resources: Getting a Job in the social care sector: what trends exist in Europe?

What is the situation for the workforce in the health and care sectors? Are there common trends in Europe when it comes to wages, working conditions and staff training requirements? How have budgetary cuts impacted the sector? Following the establishment of the European Observatory of Human Resources in 2014, EASPD now presents the first results of the research conducted by Prof. Dr. Jane Lethbridge. It maps the training and educational requirements in the disability sector, the workforce situation and future job creation potential of the social service provision. Read more

Policy update | Employment Declaration: Opening the labour market to persons with disabilities

In December 2014, the EASPD Board endorsed the new EASPD Employment Declaration which results from several months of consultations with EASPD’s members and stakeholders, in particular the members of EASPD’s Standing Committee on Employment. The final document analyses the situation in Europe regarding the participation of persons with disabilities in the open labour market and highlights the need to shift the focus away from a disability perspective on to a skills and competences perspective. Read more

Other news | The disability Intergroup elects its new bureau

The Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament held this morning its first meeting after its re-establishment. During the meeting, the whole Bureau of the Disability Intergroup was elected, and now it consists of 4 co-presidents and 8 vice-presidents. This new structure will allow a broad consensus through which the Disability Intergroup can effectively promote the rights of persons with disabilities inside the European Parliament and in Europe. Read more

Other news | A Beating Heart for a Better Europe | EU Semester Alliance video

The EU Alliance for a democratic, social and sustainable European Semester (EU Semester Alliance) releases A Beating Heart for a Better Europe. This video highlights the EU Semester Alliance main activities, benefits and learning, particularly incorporating the views of the national level and external stakeholders. Read more