EU Support and Care Reform in the Republic of Moldova: Leave No One Behind
The respect for the 'acquis Communautaire' regarding Human Rights is a crucial topic in the negotiation of accession to the EU. In this process, the implementation of UNCRPD is assessed for each candidate country. Every year, the European Commission releases its report on the situation regarding the respect of human rights, assessing if the country is ready to join the European Union. Therefore, the EU enlargement process offers a valid framework to address the uptake of the care and support services, enabling deinstitutionalisation and the transition to person-centred, community-based services for persons with disabilities.
The EU opened the negotiation for the accession of Moldova to the European Union. In this context, Keystone Moldova raised concerns about the support of care and support services to enable the deinstitutionalisation in the country. This position paper, co-developed with Keystone Moldova, delves into the gaps present in the country, the priorities to be addressed in the accession process, and the opportunities that the EU enlargement package offers. The position paper concludes with a set of recommendations addressed to the European Commission.