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Save the date! PESSIS+ Project Final Conference


The PESSIS+ project aimed to strengthen the capacity of the Federation of European Social Employers in view of their participation in European Social Dialogue structures.

PESSIS+ also helped to further understand how social dialogue is organised across Europe and to explore needs and challenges of employers and workforce in the sector. This was achieved through extensive research and stakeholder meetings, both at national and EU level.

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Taking the next step to BEYOND


On 2nd-3rd May the partners of the Erasmus+ project BEYOND, gathered in Tampere, Finland to discuss the next steps in the development of their training course, which will empower support services to facilitate the transition towards fully inclusive education.

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People are not your greatest asset


“People are your greatest asset”, five words that you have surely heard before! In this newsletter’s editorial the EASPD Development, Research and Innovation (DRI) Team argue that it is not the people in your organisation who make it successful but in fact the way you empower them. 

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European Parliament gives the go ahead for future EU funding programme InvestEU


On the 18th April, the European Commission welcomed the European Parliament’s vote on InvestEU, the programme to boost investment in Europe in the next long-term EU budget. This vote brings InvestEU one step closer to its creation.

InvestEU will make EU funding for investment projects simpler to access and more effective, since it will bring together under one roof and with a single brand the European Fund for Strategic Investments and 13 other EU financial instruments currently supporting investment in the EU.

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New EASPD report on self-directed support for service providers


EASPD have released a report on Self-Directed Support for Service Providers written by three researchers with vast experience in the disability field.

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Meet the candidates for the open position within the EASPD board (elections General Assembly 18th May)!


At the General Assembly (GA) on 18th May 2019 in Bucharest, Romania, 1 position in the EASPD board will be open for election.

Meet the candidates who applied for the open position!

List in alphabetical order:

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Persons with disabilities: 10 reasons to vote in the European elections


In the run up to the next European elections the European Disability Forum (EDF) have been working on a campaign to spread awareness on the difficulties persons with disabilities still face when trying to vote and the importance of voting in the next elections. They have published 10 reasons why persons with disabilities should vote in the elections to encourage persons with disabilities to vote and spread how the EU has a big impact on the lives of persons with disabilities.

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EASPD Helsinki Conference will be part of the Finnish Presidency Programme


EASPD and KVPS are happy to announce that the 2019 EASPD Conference ‘Staff Matters! Disability Workforce of Tomorrow’, will be a part of the official programme of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU 2019. This is a unique opportunity to gain wider visibility for issues of workforce development in social care and support services in Europe.  

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Vacancy for Communications and Operations Assistant (Internship)


EASPD is looking for an intern to join its team in Brussels and assist in the communication and operational activities of the organisation to start at the beginning of June 2019.


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Call for workshop speakers for EASPD Helsinki conference


EASPD's Autumn conference “Staff Matters! Disability Workforce of Tomorrow” will be held together with KVPS in Helsinki, Finland on 3-4 October 2019.

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