New EASPD Studies: more inclusive labour markets will bring economic and social return
The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) launches two studies to provide evidence that developing inclusive labour markets for persons with disabilities brings economic and social return for governments, society, businesses and persons with disabilities.
Yesterday, EASPD organised a roundtable discussion in the European Parliament to present our report on how the European Semester can help develop inclusive labour markets for all. Following the European Commission’s assessment that the employment of persons with disabilities is a priority for Europe, the EASPD report provides recommendations on how this could be put in practice. It also includes messages developed by EASPD members on how to make national labour markets more inclusive.
Mr Luk Zelderloo, Secretary General EASPD, states that “the report shows a clear picture as to what are the main barriers to employment on the ground and how the European Commission could support Member States in tackling these issues”, adding that “helping to bring 13% of the working-age population into jobs is clearly a macro-economic priority”.
EASPD also launched a Study written by Dr Stephen Beyer and Dr Annie Beyer on the “economic impact of inclusion in the open labour market for persons with disabilities”. Dr Beyers’ research clearly argues that “disabled people, government and taxpayers are likely to benefit financially in the long-term from greater investment in employment in the open labour market for persons with disabilities”.
Ms Helga Stevens, Member of the European Parliament and Co-president of its Disability Intergroup, welcomed the reports arguing that they help to “shed light on the forgotten costs of inequality”, adding that the “rates of unemployment of persons with disabilities are dismal”. The European Commission views the reports as providing important additional arguments to tackle this issue through its primary economic policy: the European Semester.
EASPD believes these reports help to bring in a strong economic case to an already very strong social and rights-based argument. Speakers from the European Economic and Social Committee, disabled people’s organisations and Business Europe also welcome the report as a useful and fruitful contribution to tackling the high levels of unemployment of persons with disabilities.
EASPD has also launched the call for applications for the Employment for All Award 2017, seeking promising practices in the field of employment of persons with disabilities. The Awards will be presented at the World Conference on Employment for All – a Global Perspective, taking place in Belfast on the 15th and 16th June 2017.
- Press Release in PDF
- EASPD Report: “European Semester: Developing More Inclusive Labour Markets for All?” (2016)
- Dr. Stephen Beyer: “The economic impact of inclusion in the open labour market for persons with disabilities” (2016)
Note to editors
EASPD is a non-profit European organisation, established in 1996, and currently representing over 12.000 social and health services for persons with disabilities. EASPD advocates for effective and high-quality disability-related services in the field of education, employment and individualised support, in line with the principles of the UN CRPD. EASPD promotes equal opportunities for persons with disabilities through the provision of individualised services. The EASPD network supports and promotes the structural cooperation with all stakeholders in society as well as innovation in the sector. EASPD also calls for fair working conditions and training for professionals working in services for people with disabilities.
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