ENIL-ECCL Report to Support Use of EU Funds for Independent Living

ENIL-ECCL Report to Support Use of EU Funds for Independent Living

ENIL-ECCL are pleased to launch a new report on the use of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs) for deinstitutionalisation, entitled ‘Working Together to Close the Gap Between Rights and Reality’.

This report, written by Camilla Parker, Lilia Angelova-Mladenova and Ines Bulic, focuses on the continued and pressing need for action to be taken to enable people with disabilities to live and participate in the community and how ESIFs can be used to achieve this objective.

The report sets out a series of questions to assist in the evaluation of Member States’ Operational Programmes. The questions focus on five key areas: the adoption of a strategic vision, prohibition of investments in institutional care, proposed measures to be based on a country/regional assessment of the situation, the development of a range of community-based services that promote social inclusion and facilitation the participation of civil society.

The report is aimed at desk officers at the European Commission, especially those new to the issue of deinstitutionalisation, as well as Managing Authorities and Monitoring Committees in the Member States. It is also aimed at organisations of people with disabilities and other civil society groups, in particular those involved in monitoring the use of ESIFs in the current programming period (2014 – 2020).

You can download the report from here.

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