The European Network on Independent Living – ENIL is launching a new Campaign “EU Funds for Our Rights” on 8th November 2016 during an event in the European Parliament.
The Campaign will advocate for a better monitoring and complaints system for the use of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) in relation to the transition from institutional care to community-based alternatives for disabled people in the EU Member States.
The objective of the Campaign is to encourage the Member States to spend efficiently the EU funds designated for the transition from institutional care to community-based services and to ensure the European Commission sets up a more transparent and effective complaints mechanism.
The short-term objective of the Campaign is to collect evidence and to raise awareness among the EU institutions, Member States and all other relevant stakeholders on the importance of using the EU funds for the transition from institutional care to living in the community. This will be achieved by working with partners at the national level, using social media and building alliances with human rights organisations outside the disability sector.
The long-term objective of the Campaign is the inclusion of the corresponding provision on a complaints mechanism that will ensure full compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the EU legally binding documents, such as the ESIF Regulations.
Activities during 2016/2017 will include: collection of evidence on the use of ESIF, as well as awareness raising and organisation of events targeting EU institutions and other stakeholders. Shortly after the launch, a meeting will be organised in Brussels with non governmental organisations monitoring the use of ESIF in relation to disabled people, but also other groups (such as children, the Roma, homeless people, migrants and refugees and others).
The “EU Funds for Our Rights” campaign is supported by the Open Society Foundations – Mental Health Initiative.
For further information, please send an email to Natasa Kokic at firstname.lastname@example.org