Final vote: European Care Strategy. Ahead of final vote on December 8: National governments urged to take action against the European Care Strategy!

On 7 September 2022, the European Commission published the European Care Strategy, proposing a Council Recommendation on Early Childhood Education and Care and a Council Recommendation on Long-Term Care. On December 8, the Council of the EU is scheduled to vote on the European Care Strategy.

The Recommendation on early childhood education can be considered an example of good practice. The Council recommendation on long-term fails to respect the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

We urge national governments to insert the necessary changes into the Council recommendation on long-term care or to vote against it on December 8!

All across Europe, disabled people confined to institutions are suffering. As part of an urgent action campaign we send letters to various national governments to urge the effectuation of changes in the long-term care recommendation. Together with our letters we transmitted detailed amendments. A detailed statement explaining our analysis is publicly available.

Unless governments act now to implement the necessary changes within the Council recommendation on long-term care, the European Union risks adopting legislation in breach of the UNCRPD.

Inquiries should be direction to Florian Sanden, ENIL Policy Coordinator,

The European Network on Independent Living – ENIL is a Europe-wide network of disabled people, with members throughout Europe. ENIL is a forum for all disabled people, Independent Living organizations and their non-disabled allies on the issues of Independent Living. ENIL represents the disability movement for human rights and social inclusion based on solidarity, peer support, deinstitutionalisation, democracy, self-representation, cross disability and self-determination. More information is available at: