European Commission Adopts Legislative Proposals for Cohesion Policy 2014 – 2020

On 6 October 2011, the European Commission adopted legislative proposals for cohesion policy during the period 2014 – 2020. Among other, the new proposals set out the rules for the use of the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund (together referred to as the EU Structural Funds) in the next programming period.

Transition from institutional to community-based care has been included in both the ERDF and ESF Regulations as one of the areas which should be supported by the Structural Funds. Should this be approved by the European Parliament and the Council, it would be a big step in advancing de-institutionalisation in Europe, and would support the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The Commission proposals will be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council during the period 2012 – 2013. The new Regulations should enter into force in 2014.

All the legislative proposals are available here: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/what/future/proposals_2014_2020_en.cfm

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