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Romanian government neglects persons with disabilities’ employment rights to meet EU fiscal obligations

In view of meeting the EU’s strict fiscal obligations, the Romanian government has launched an emergency decree which risks bankrupting hundreds of social economy enterprises, workshops and additional social services who provide essential work-related opportunities for persons with disabilities. EASPD calls on the Romanian government to revise this decree and delay its entry into force. Given the European Commission’s priority of tackling the high levels of unemployment of persons with disabilities (Annual Growth Survey 2017), EASPD also calls on the European Commission to request such revision from the Romanian authorities.

Carrefour Spain and ACCESS Integrationsbegleitung (Germany) are the winners of Employment for All Awards 2017.

Carrefour Spain and ACCESS Integrationsbegleitung (Germany) are the winners of the “Employment for All Awards”, which were announced on the 15th June 2017 in Belfast during the gala dinner of the 1st World Conference on Supported Employment  “Employment for All -  A Global Perspective” Conference. The Employment for All Awards recognise the most promising practices towards full inclusion of persons with disabilities in the labour market. This third instalment received over 60 applications from all across Europe.

EASPD launches new website to help social sector get better loans

Today, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) launches a website to help social service providers get better loans through the EU Investment Plan and the European Investment Bank. The new website provides a simple, yet detailed overview of the Plan itself, the different options available, tips and success stories. It also provides useful information for investors and public authorities willing to invest in the social services sector.  

EASPD discusses the role of support services at the UN CRPD Conference of States Parties in New York.

Since its accreditation to the Conference of States Parties 4 years ago the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) brings to light the role of support services in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) with the United Nations. This year EASPD is represented in two side events looking at multi-stakeholder cooperation and the reform of social services. Both are current debates which shape the agendas of social policies and where EASPD takes actively part with its 20 years’ expertise.

EASPD & European Commission cooperation leads to inclusive Recommendations

Yesterday, the European Commission launched its 2017 Spring Package, which includes a series of Country-Specific Recommendations to Member States. The Country Specific Recommendations outline the Commission’s perspective on what are the major economic challenges in each Member State.  The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) welcomes the stronger emphasis on responding to social challenges and the progress made by the European Commission towards better engagement with civil society in finding adequate solutions.


EU back on track with Commission proposal on Social Rights

Yesterday, the European Commission launched a social package proposing progress on the social dimension of the European Union. The package includes a reflection paper on three possible scenarios for the social dimension of the EU. It also includes a proposal for the European Pillar of Social Rights, a Social Scoreboard and initiatives related to the balance between work and private life, access to social protection and the working time directive. For EASPD, these initiatives demonstrate the European Commission’s commitment to building a more social Europe. We now call on the European Member States, Parliament and civil society to work together to make progress on social rights in Europe.

EASPD takes the first step towards strengthening research and innovation in support provision

On April 11, 2017, some of the most prominent researchers in the field of disability and disability services attended the Joint Research Forum “Community Planning and Inclusive Services – Perspectives for European Research Activities”. One of the main outcomes of the meeting is the commitment to initiate a European research platform for inclusive community planning and service development for people with disabilities.

Employers in social services opt for creating a European structure

On 21st March, major Employers in Social Services from 6 European Union Member States launched a Common Declaration on the Contribution of Social Services to Europe. At both the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee, the Employers presented and discussed their views that establishing European Social Dialogue structures for social services would be an important factor in taking full advantage of the opportunities the sector offers in terms of social cohesion, economic growth and job creation.