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Social Service Providers and MEPs: “Let’s cooperate on an Action Plan for Job Creation”

Social service providers and policy makers convened at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels on 26 March to work together on how to put social investment back on the European Commission’s agenda. The breakfast session was organised by Social Services Europe, which brings together eight Europe-wide networks of not-for-profit social service providers. Through its membership, Social Services Europe represents over 100,000 organisations throughout Europe.
 

What is the EU doing to implement the UN CRPD? The service providers perspective

EASPD has sent a report to the United Nations (UN) compiling the views of service providers for persons with disabilities on the progress made towards ensuring compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by the European Union (EU). The report stresses the European Disability Strategy’s lack of recognition of the role played by support services, whilst calling on the EU to adopt a “social investment approach”, overhauling its perception of services as a “cost”.

EASPD releases new report: Europe 2020 and the European Semester, bringing well-being to all?

EASPD releases its latest report on the European Semester, calling for a change to the “growth at all costs” approach towards Social Investment and a growth focusing on the well-being of all citizens. The report proposes several recommendations to policy-makers on how they can integrate well-being into European and national public policy, in a manner that is both practical and sustainable. The report also includes national messages from EASPD’s membership to their respective governments and the European Commission; in particular within the framework of the European Semester.

European Observatory of Human Resources: Getting a Job in the social care sector: what trends exist in Europe?

What is the situation for the workforce in the health and care sectors? Are there common trends in Europe when it comes to wages, working conditions and staff training requirements? How have budgetary cuts impacted the sector? Following the establishment of the European Observatory of Human Resources in 2014, EASPD now presents the first results of the research conducted by Prof. Dr. Jane Lethbridge. It maps the training and educational requirements in the disability sector, the workforce situation and future job creation potential of the social service provision.
 

Employment Declaration: Opening the labour market to persons with disabilities

In December 2014, the EASPD Board endorsed the new Employment Declaration which results from several months of consultations with EASPD’s members and stakeholders, in particular the members of EASPD’s Standing Committee on Employment. The final document analyses the situation in Europe regarding the participation of persons with disabilities in the open labour market and highlights the need to shift the focus away from a disability perspective on to a skills and competences perspective.

The new European Parliament’s priorities for the disability sector

On such an important day such as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, service providers from across Europe gathered together in the European Parliament and analysed with key European politicians the main issues regarding the disability sector: Mr. Juncker’s Jobs, Growth and Investment package; the need for a stronger social dimension in the European Semester, the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy, the work plan 2015-2020 of the European Disability Strategy and progress made in Europe regarding the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), in particular the transition from institutional to community-based services.

The European Parliament renews its support for the Social Economy and the Disability Intergroups

The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) welcomes the European Parliament’s announcement to re-establish the Social Economy Intergroup and hopes that it will be able to support the push for the development of a political, legal and financial framework which ensures that the Social and Health Services sector maximises its potential to create quality jobs and help fight poverty and social exclusion in Europe. EASPD also embraces the renewal of the Disability Intergroup and will support its work, putting efforts in to speeding up the transition from institutional to community living for persons with disabilities

Another human rights scandal: time for the EU to act!

Once again we are witnessing unacceptable living conditions of persons with disabilities in Europe. A new scandal has been recently denounced by the media. On this occasion the alarm has occurred in a Greek center for disable children run by the Greek State. Reported by the BBC, the information describes the terrible living conditions in a center in Lechaina, a small town in the south of the Hellenic country.

PRESS RELEASE. How to achieve “Housing for all”: community-based, person-centered and hopeful services

On the 9th and 10th October representatives from a variety of different social sectors are together in Oslo, Norway, at the EASPD annual conference “A Home for All”. What is the right to adequate housing? Given the demographic and societal changes, what are the main challenges, obstacles and gaps in protecting this right today but also in the future? Which is the role of social service providers in ensuring the implementation of this right? All these questions have been addressed at the introductory session as well as the plenary session during the first day of the conference.

EP hearings: How do you plan to unleash the Job Creation Potential in the Social and Health Services Sector?

This week the European Parliament begins the hearings for the Commissioners-designate. Following the official announcement made by the new President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, on the 12th September, now the EP will have to approve the proposed candidates.

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