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Newsletter November II

Editorial - What can Europe do for you?

What is the added value of Europe? Are the institutions working towards a more social Europe? What can we do to create a social Europe? In this editorial, Timothy Ghilain, EASPD's Policy Officer, explores these questions. Read more




Press Release: “Europe needs a Social Infrastructure agenda, say Social Services and Investors

On 27th November, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) and the European Policy Centre organized a High Level Conference in Brussels with attendees from the social sector, investors, public authorities and representatives from the European institutions. The Conference aimed to address the current underinvestment into social care and support infrastructure throughout the European Union. Read more


Press Release: “Failure of Working Time Directive in Social Care & Support Services: Actions needed

On 23th November, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) organized the Roundtable Discussion “Implications of the EU Working Time Directive (WTD) on the European Pillar of Social Rights.” The event, hosted by MEP Georgi Pirinski at the European Parliament, focused on a complex and important discussion: the impact of the WTD on the ability of service providers to deliver high quality care & support for persons with disabilities. Read more

The Post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework Must Invest In Children And Aim To End Child Poverty

The EU Alliance for Investing in Children has released a statement in response to the signing of the Interinstitutional Proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights in Gothenburg as the future Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) should contribute to translate the commitments of the proclamation into action. Read more


EASPD Call for Tenders: External evaluation of EASPD 2017 Work Programme and of 2014-2017 Strategic Action Plan co-financed through EaSI Programme

On 10th November, EASPD and Poraka organised the First Forum of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities in FYROM. This meeting was an important first step to create an informal national network of service providers, which will coordinate actions to fully implement UN CRPD in service provision. Read more

EASPD Call for Tenders: Research "Country Fact Sheets on the Social Care & Support Services Sector for Persons with Disabilities"

To support its policy work, EASPD is urgently looking for a Researcher/Research team to develop Country Fact Sheets on Social Care & Support Services Sector for Persons with Disabilities. The deadline for application is 10th December 2017. Read more

Videoflash n°23 is out!

EASPD celebrates one year since the launch of the first videoflash! In this episode, our Secretary-General Luk speaks about the Social Summit, the Social Pillar and about Social Investment. 
​James Churchill, Chair of the Interest Group on Workforce Development and Human Resour, presents the results of the report on the Working Time Directive. Read more

Social Services Europe Report: Recruitment & Retention in Social Services: Unlocking the Sector’s Job Creation Potential!

Social Services Europe held a debate on Recruitment & Retention in Social Services: Unlocking the Sector’s Job Creation Potential at the European Parliament on 22nd November. Read more



How can the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) contribute to fair jobs and growth?

Oliver Dreute, Advisor on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the European Commission’s European Political Strategy Centre highlights three focus areas for social spending in the next MFF. Read more


Read EU Commissioner's Thyssen statement on the International Day of Persons with disabilities

Commissioner Thyssen highlights the European Pillar of Social Rights and how the Pillar need to be "flanked by actions from national, regional and local authorities to make sure that people with disabilities are not left behind". She also stresses Commission efforts in implemeting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the ongoing discussion about the European Accessibility Act. Read more

European Day of Persons with Disabilities

On 4th and 5th of December, the European Commission and the European Disability Forum host its annual conference in Brussels, Belgium. This year, the event focus on citizenship. Read more

Horizon Prize for Social Innovation: Improving the Mobility of Older People

On the 27th of November, the European Commission launched the Horizon Prize for Social Innovation, which will reward the most innovative and sustainable solutions for improving the travel mobility of older people. Read more

Erasmus+: another record year

The European Commission launched the Erasmus+ Annual Report 2016, which shows the continued success of the programme. Read here

Open Call for Application: 21st ASEF Summer University 

Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is looking for 51 young participants with or without disabilities across Europe and Asia to participate in the 21st ASEF Summer University programme. Read more

ALdia Stakeholders Meeting

ALdia is holding a discussion on the urgent need to reframe our understanding of disability in universities or vocational training institutions. Read more

Call for Proposals: JustEd2018 ‘Promoting Justice through Education’

The Nordic Centre of Excellence invites submissions of abstracts for their conference on ‘Promoting justice through Education’ to examine today’s educational policies and practices in a critical light. The deadline for abstract submission is on 15th January 2018. Read more


Colloquium: “Wat als de mens marktwaarde zou hebben?”

Mediander vzw is organizing a colloquium in the Flemish Parliament concerning the (health)care sector on 12th December. Register here (in Dutch)

Strategy for 2017-2020: Hand in Hand Foundation

Our member, Hand in Hand Foundation has released their strategy for 2017 to 2020. They prepared an overview of their strategy in English. Read more

Guide: Accompagner et prendre en compte les Troubles du Spectre de l’Autisme (TSA)

Handéo, a French organisation that includes our member NEXEM, produced a guide on "better understanding for better caring" of young people on the autism spectrum. It's aimed at carers and the general public. Read it (French)



EASPD Lunchtime Webinar on Erasmus+ 2018 Call for proposals: Matching Service Providers & Higher Education Institutions

EASPD is organizing a one-hour lunchtime webinar with a focus on cooperation between support service providers and higher education institutions on 15th December from 12:00 CET. Learn more

Fund your project ideas!

EASPD has developed a funding information system which contains useful information about funding and financing opportunities. You will also find a project partners search platform. Check it out now!

Launch of ERASMUS + project in Inclusive Arts "Creative Inclusion in Adult Education"

A new ERASMUS + project on Inclusive Arts was launched on the 15 and 16th November in Cork, Ireland. The project will explore the current environment of arts education for adults with disabilities. Read more

Pathways Project Final Conference will take place on the 20th March

The final conference of the Pathways project will take place on 20th March in the European Parliament in Brussels. Read more


4– 5 December 2017, Brussels: European Day for Persons with Disabilities
12 December 2017, Brussels: Colloqium: “Wat als de mens marktwaarde zou hebben?”
12 December 2017, Brussels: ALdia Stakeholders Meeting
20 March 2018, Brussels: Final Conference Pathways Project

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