With the beginning of the New Year comes the cultivation of new ambitions and future plans. Looking at the year ahead, EASPD intends to build on the success of 2017 as well as set new goals to take us closer to our goals and the full implementation of the UN CRPD. So what will EASPD do in 2018?
Following one of the biggest EU achievements of 2017, at the top of our agenda is the European Pillar of Social Rights. With its proclamation, Europe has made a significant step forward, towards a stronger social agenda. We believe that the Pillar should become a flagship tool in the promotion of EU values across the continent. With around 15 national events coming up in 2018, we plan to bring the Pillar of Social Rights closer to the people and trigger important debates on how the implementation of the Pillar can improve the day to day lives of people with support needs.
Social services must continue to demonstrate the real added value they provide in the promotion of social rights. Despite good intentions, the opportunities the sector holds are often not acknowledged enough. In 2018 we want to show social services for the opportunities they provide to create a more inclusive, social Europe. Our new campaign, “Humans of EASPD” will demonstrate how successful outcomes of support services make a positive difference to the lives of individuals.
Although we are confident in the key role social services play in the promotion of safety, peace and inclusion for Europe’s citizens, their ability to do this relies on their access to sufficient funding. With this in mind, we want to ensure that our messages are heard when discussing the future of the EU budget. EU funding and financing programmes, such as Erasmus+, Horizon 2020, COSME, Easi, ESF, ERDF, AMIF, EFSI, Creative Citizens, Creative Europe, EuropeAid must continue to support the development and innovation of disability support services and create the conditions to bring social inclusion to levels we wouldn’t reach on our own.
It is essential for the EU to understand its exceptional role in creating a more socially responsible, inclusive society and we hope that the commitment it has undertaken will continue into the future.