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New EU investment opportunities: engage now to benefit later!  

The European Union is finalising its EU Recovery Plan, including a budget of €1.8 trillion worth of public investment. This includes the usual “EU” programmes like the European Social Fund+ and the European Regional Development Fund. It also includes some new programmes such as React-EU to provide €50 billion-worth of investment for immediate COVID-19 related expenditure at regional level or the Recovery and resilience, a programme worth €672.5 billion to help Member States in their economic and social recovery plans.   

All of these programmes can provide significant opportunities for investment into Disability Services. This requires that the National Authorities include us in their investment “Programmes” or “Plans”. This in turn means that our sector needs to engage immediately with their national authorities to ensure our sector is in their priorities.   

As such, EASPD has organised a series of webinars to launch and discuss an “EASPD Toolkit” to help our members understand the different programmes and engage with the Authorities. If you missed out, you can listen to the webinars online; with our first webinar focusing on ESF, ERDF and REACT-EU and our second webinar focusing on the Recovery and Resilience Facility.  

To access the full EASPD Toolkit, you just need to be an EASPD member and contact our Secretariat!   

And please remember: engage now to benefit later!   

Thomas Bignal, Policy Manager, EASPD