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Project Development Workshop: EU financial opportunities 2014-2020 and 5 new project proposals

From left to right: Louise McCann (Disability Federation Ireland); Angela Unufe-Kennedy (Migrant Disability Network Ireland); Silvestro Plumari (Cura e Riabilitazione ONLUS Milano); Alisa Costin (Alliance of Organisations for Persons with Disabilities from the Republic of Moldova) and Eoin Nash (COPE Foundation).

Every year, EASPD organises a Project Development Workshop where participants can deepen their knowledge on the EU funding opportunities available to develop new projects in the disability field and the social sector. This year the newly launched EU funding programmes were presented and all participants split in different working groups to share ideas on new possible project proposals to be developed in the coming months.


On 18th of June 2014, about 50 representatives of associations from across Europe gathered together in Brussels to take part of the EASPD Project Development Workshop. This event is not only open to EASPD members, but also to other organisations and is a great opportunity to know which EU grants are available for projects, especially now that the new European financial programming period (2014-2020) has started.


Mrs. Marie-Anne Paraskevas, Senior Policy Officer in the Unit for ESF Policy and Legislation within DG Employment in the European Commission intervened during the event and summarised the possibilities offered by the European Social Fund. Mrs. Katrijn Dekoninck, EASPD Project and Liaison Officer, presented an overview of the EC’s financial possibilities for the social sector and specifically disability sector in Europe.


After the introductory session, all participants split in 5 working groups (workshops) to share ideas and propose new projects in the service providers’ sector for persons with disabilities. Each working group was led by one or two associations that presented a project proposal to find partners and together develop the project.


The 5 working groups and thematic projects were:

  • Workshop 1: “Compare and contrast the impact of article 19 in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the life experiences of people with disabilities at local community level in various countries” by the Disability Federation Ireland and Stewards Care Ltd (Ireland). Read more on the project
  • Workshop 2: “Provide recommendations and set out new changes for people with disability using their wheelchair to gain access to business, organisations and supermarkets” by The Migrant Disability Network (Ireland). Read more on the project
  • Workshop 3: “Using the TEEN Star Programme (Sexuality Teaching in the context of Adult Responsibility) to train persons with disabilities and social workers” by Cura e Riabilitazione ONLUS Milano (Italy). Read more on the project
  • Workshop 4: “Access to justice of persons with disabilities in the Republic of Moldova – increase the role of service providers and raise awareness” by the Alliance of Organisations for persons with disabilities from the Republic of Moldova (AOPD). Read more on the project
  • Workshop 5: “Using the Arts to create awareness of Barriers which inhibit the Transition from School to Employment” by COPE Foundation (Ireland). Read more on the project
Related documents and presentations

If you are interested in joining one of the project working groups, please write to Katrijn Dekoninck or the workshop's leaders mentioned in each project's report.