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Europe needs to better monitor the quality of care-services and support transition to community living

Having recently learnt about bad practices in the provision of care-services for people with disabilities in Belgium, France and Romania, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) highlights the need to monitor the quality standards of all types of social service provision in Europe and calls on the EU institutions to provide a technical response to avoid more scandals in the future as well as a political reaction based on a public hearing in the European Parliament.

The new EU rules on public procurement and concession contracts have been approved by the European Parliament

On 15 January 2014 the European Parliament adopted a new Public Procurement directive which recognizes the specific identity of social services, and, because of this, entitles them to a specific so called “lighter regime” that requires simpler rules and a stronger focus on quality outcomes.

 

 

 

The new Public Procurement Directive: Member States are free to organise social services in the way they consider more appropriate

The new Public Procurement Directive: Member States are free to organise social services in the way they consider more appropriate

A first assessment of new Public Procurement Directive’s impact on social services took place yesterday at the European Parliament. This was done during an event co-hosted by MEP Pietikäinen and MEP Torvalds and organised by EASPD. The hearing gathered relevant stakeholders including representatives of the European civil society, public authorities at national and EU level, service providers and service users.

EASPD conference in Istanbul, 27-28 September 2013

The current state of play of employment for persons with disabilities is not easy and has been worsened by the economic crisis that has hit Europe in the last years.
In the last decade a strong movement fighting for mainstreaming set the basis for a revolution in employment schemes for persons with disabilities. Today we acknowledge that many efforts have been done to bring persons with disabilities to the labour market, however, the low success rate of people with disabilities employed shows that the efforts needed to achieve wider employment have been underestimated.

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