The European Commission (EC) highlights EASPD work and good practices in 2016, recognising the association as a key EU-level NGO in the promotion of social inclusion, poverty reduction and access to finance. Specifically, the Commission mentions EASPD in a recent report (page 45) that shows examples of innovative projects and organisations supported by the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) in 2014-2017.
As a good practice, the EC shares the Joint Declaration on Developing Together the Support Services of Tomorrow, signed between EASPD and 5 key networks (EDF, ENIL, IE, MHE and COFACE). This declaration represents a commitment to discuss together the development of common position papers, research activities and projects on the development of support services in the future.
The EC report also recognises EASPD's work in 2016, with examples such a the seminars organized at the European Parliament; the side workshops organized during the meeting of the UN Committee on the rights of persons with disabilities; a position paper on the European Pillar of Social Rights; an implementation report of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD); the numerous publications carried out on policy; activities and communication work and the different forums organized in several European countries to raise awareness and enhance knowledge on the European Semester.
This monitoring report aims to serve as guidance for public, private and civil society actors wishing to apply for EU funding, and provide policy-makers with innovative ideas to design. The EaSI programme is managed directly by the European Commission and serves as a financing instrument at EU level to “promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions”.