2015’s Country-Specific Recommendations Demonstrate That De-Institutionalisation Is Not a Priority for the European Commission

2015’s Country-Specific Recommendations Demonstrate That De-Institutionalisation Is Not a Priority for the European Commission

Today, 15 June 2015, policy makers and experts come together in Riga (Latvia) to discuss de-institutionalisation (DI). Through this event the European Expert Group (EEG) would make an attempt to highlight the importance of promoting DI in all European policies and financial instruments.

ENIL and EEG are disappointed by the lack of emphasis on DI in the 2015’s country-specific recommendations (CSRs). Undoubtedly, the European Commission should reinforce its commitment to promote the transition to community-based support by streamlining de-institutionalisation in the European Semester process, in particular in CSRs.

ENIL has been an EEG member since its establishment. It is steered by a trio of co-chairs with a rotation at every six months. Peter Lamrghts from ENIL is one of the new co-chairs for the rest of this year together with Luk Zelderloo from the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) and Maria Herczog from Eurochild.

You can read the agenda for the Conference “Deinstitutionalisation Practices and Further Development of Social Care Policy in Europe” here.


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