The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) knows the importance of investing in the provision of high-quality services.
Investing into person centred, community-based, high quality services, which are available and affordable to all, is crucial to:
- Promote equal access to human rights and the full implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
- Ensure that all citizens are able to be economically independent and contribute to society.
- Achieve a social return on investment.
- Contribute to inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
- Support quality job creation and increased employment opportunities for vulnerable groups.
With the new European Parliamentary term getting started, we met with some of the recently elected MEPs, to see what they’ll be doing to fund inclusion over the next 5 years.
How can European Policy makers Fund Inclusion?
To enable social care and support services to maximise their potential the next long-term EU budget must Fund Inclusion and support social investment across all of its funding programmes.
To do this, EASPD recommends 5 steps that will ensure that the EU Funds Inclusion and invests in the provision of high quality support services for its citizens:
1. Target social inclusion throughout all programmes
2. Ensure EU funds are synonymous with quality investment
3. Improve access to EU funds through simplification measures for end recipients
4. Improve access to finance for local social projects
5. Secure the timely approval of the next long-term EU Budget
What is your MEP doing to #FundInclusion?
MEP Katrin Langensiepen
EASPD sat down with newly elected German MEP, Ms Katrin Langensiepen of the Greens/European Free Alliance Group to talk about the importance of funding inclusion by investing in the provision of high-quality services. We met her in the European Parliament just before her election as Vice-Chair of the Parliament Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL).