The Present and Future of Personal Assistance in Europe

The Present and Future of Personal Assistance in Europe

[Updated on March 5th, 2019]

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is organising a half-day conference on ‘The Present and Future of Personal Assistance in Europe’.

Personal assistance (PA) is essential for realising disabled people’s right to independent living and community inclusion. However, in recent years, PA schemes in Europe have been subjected to cuts and other restrictions.

These trends have been explored in new research on PA led by Teodor Mladenov, Marie Curie Research Fellow at ENIL. The results are presented in a new report (available here) which will be discussed at the conference in relation to other pressing issues concerning PA in Europe.

The event will be held on 25 March 2019, from 13:30 till 17:40 (with a reception from 18:00), in Mundo J, Rue de l’industrie 10, Brussels, Belgium.

Confirmed speakers include (in order of appearance):

  • Jamie Bolling, Director, Independent Living Institute, Sweden
  • Dr Teodor Mladenov, Marie Curie Research Fellow, ENIL, Belgium
  • Dr Ciara Brennan, Centre for Disability Studies, University of Iceland, Iceland
  • Katarina Ivanković-Knežević, Director for Social Affairs, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
  • Frank Sioen, Advocacy Officer, ENIL, Belgium
  • Dr Miro Griffiths, Teaching Fellow in Disability Studies, University of Leeds, UK

Click here for the provisional programme. Participants include disability advocates, representatives of international organisations and policy makers at the EU level.

Places are limited but still available. To register, please fill in the online registration form.

ENIL is not able to reimburse travel and accommodation expenses of the participants. For those unable to attend, the event will be recorded and uploaded to ENIL’s YouTube channel.

For enquiries, please contact Teodor Mladenov at

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 747027. This document reflects only the author’s view. The Research Executive Agency of the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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