In response to the European Commission’s consultation, on the future of the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), EASPD has launched its recommendations for the future budget of the EU.
Running for a minimum of 5 years, the MFF sets the limits for the EU’s annual budget. Once agreed by the European institutions the MFF determines the maximum allocation of EU funds for broad policy areas. The current MFF has run for 7 years and will come to an end in 2020, after which a new MFF must be agreed upon.
Through the MFF the EU supports its political priorities and EASPD has called on the European Institutions to uphold their proclamation for a more social Europe with a MFF that invests in the social dimension of Europe.
In particular, EASPD believes that the MFF should invest in the provision of high-quality, community based, user-centered services, which can meet the needs and protect the right of all of Europe’s citizens as well as uphold the key values and principles of the European Union.
To do this EASPD recommends that:
1. The EU budget should support the development of innovative services in line with the UN CRPD.
2. The UN CRPD principles should be streamlined across all EU funding and financing programmes.
3. There should be a simplification in accession and management of funds to support their access to all organisations.
4. The EU should maintain high on its agenda its leading role in pushing forward the reform of social care systems (i.e. deinstitutionalisation and transition to community-based case).
5. There is a need to continue and strengthen the shift from an only financial perspective to quality-effectiveness.
6. Financial frameworks must become more suitable and stable to help ensure the provision of high quality services in the long term.
7. More should be done to facilitate access to loans for social services.
8. Complementarity of different funding schemes and tools should be encouraged.
9. The management of EU funding programmes should be made more eligible to support services.
10. The use of EU funds should support service delivery in rural areas.
11. The merging of funding instruments should not be done to the detriment of those programmes addressed to people.
EASPD's reccomendations call for the EU to develop a sound multiannual financial framework, based on key values and principles of the European Union, accessible to all social stakeholders and comprehensive enough to cover the different needs of the social services sector.
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