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Mixed messages from the European Commission on how the European Semester can implement the CRPD

EASPD organised a Seminar on how the European Semester (ES) can help to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), following up on Marianne Thyssen’s positive statements in this regard. Representatives from the European Commission (EC) expressed mixed messages as to if the ES should be seen as a tool to implement the CRPD. The EC’s unclear stance represents a missed opportunity to fulfil the EU’s human rights obligations.

Annual Growth Survey 2016: time to turn it into action!

The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) welcomes the Annual Growth Survey 2016 launched today by the European Commission as a step in the right direction. Although not perfect, the AGS 2016 is much closer to the reality on the ground than its predecessor. EASPD now calls on the European Commission to turn this stronger focus on social fairness into action through the 2016 CSRs.

Lack of political will and fear to change: the main barriers to inclusive education

Why do we not yet have inclusive education? Has inclusive education been theoretically defined? Which are the main barriers in society which make it difficult to have fully inclusive educational settings in Europe? All these questions were debated today during the EASPD annual conference “Inclusive teaching programmes: Let’s develop it together!

EC Proposal on Long-term Unemployment: a holistic framework with potential.

On the 17th September 2015, the European Commission proposed guidance to Member States to better help the 12 million long-term unemployed in Europe back into jobs. The proposal looks into the role services play in this process and puts forward specific actions as to how Member States can strengthen them. The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) welcomes the efforts made by the EC in this direction. Improvements, however, remain necessary to maximize the impact of the proposals.

6 reasons why support services for persons with disabilities can help the EU

The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) welcomes the United Nations’ final recommendations to the European Union on how to take further steps in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  EASPD shares the UN concern on the need to establish guidelines with concrete benchmarks and indicators to assess the European Disability Strategy but warns of the danger of neglecting support services for critical issues such as independent living, employment or education.

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