If you were given the chance to choose your future, would you?
Between 23rd-26th May 2019, over 500 million people living in the EU will have the opportunity to vote for the candidate they want to represent them in the European Parliament. These candidates will take their place in the next Parliament and will help to shape the EU’s future over the next 5 years. In the run-up to the European elections the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) calls on Europe to support a future which #FundInclusion and gives the means to make a more social Europe a reality.
In today’s current political climate, with the rise of the far right and the uncertainty caused by Britain’s exit from the EU, it is more important than ever that EU citizens share their vision for Europe and vote for its future. Once elected, these new Members of European Parliament (MEPs) will work to formulate new policy and legislation as well as approve the EU’s next long-term budget, setting the limit on how much the EU will spend on the EU’s activities and delivering on the issues they believe matter to Europeans. If Europeans are to ensure that the next European Parliament champions human rights; promotes equality; supports community development and priorities quality support services that meet the needs of everyone, including persons with disabilities, it is vital that they register their views.
If Europe is to meet the needs of all its citizens, investing more into quality social care and support is an imperative. Not only are support and social care services crucial to implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights, they also play a major role in forging inclusive growth, effectively tackling inequalities, supporting the work-life balance of individuals as well as promoting gender equality and ensuring that all citizens are able to contribute to society.
To ensure that EASPD’s members and disability support services are kept up-to-date with the latest sector specific news and information on the European elections, EASPD has launched its own ‘2019 European Elections Webpage.’ You will find here EASPD’s latest reports on the European Elections as well as an overview of how each of the European political groups has committed to support the provision of high-quality services and the right of persons with disabilities. Over the next month we’ll be hosting interviews with representatives from each of the largest European political groups, to highlight how they plan to #FundInclusion and create a more inclusive Europe for everyone who lives there.
For more information visit our 2019 European Elections webpage or follow us on twitter @EASPD_Brussels
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The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities is a non-profit European umbrella organisation, established in 1996, and currently representing over 17,000 social and support services for persons with disabilities. EASPD advocates effective and high-quality disability-related services in the field of education, employment and individualised support, in line with the UN CRPD principles, which could bring benefits not only to persons with disabilities, but to society as a whole.