On 29th and 30th May 2018, the European Commission (EC) released its proposed financial regulations for the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union (EU) on Regional Development and Cohesion Policy, including the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and the European Social Fund+ (ESF+) for the 2021-2027 Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF).
The European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG), which is co-chaired by EASPD Policy Magner Sabrina Ferraina, has published its first reactions to the proposals and provided its recommendations to ensure that the next EU budgets facilities the transition to community-based care.
As well as acknowledging the crucial role that the EU has already played in championing the issue of deinstitutionalisation, the EEG put forward serval demands to ensure that the EC’s commitment of leaving no one behind is realised.
These demands call for the EU to:
- Increase to 30% of ESF+ earmarked for social inclusion;
- Ensure that investments support deinstitutionalization reforms;
- Ensure access to funding is made conditional to promote the shift from institutional to community-based care;
- Strengthen the Partnership Principle and the European Code of Conduct on Partnership.
The European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG) is a broad coalition gathering stakeholders representing people with care or support needs and their families, including children, people with disabilities, homeless people, people experiencing mental health problems; as well as service providers, public authorities and intergovernmental organisations. The Group has as its mission the promotion of person-centred, quality and empowering models of services and formal and informal care that fully respect the human rights of all people with care or support needs. The Group supports national efforts to implement the necessary reforms, in compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (in particular with Article 19), the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.