European Coalition for Community Living

European Coalition for Community Living

The European Coalition for Community Living (ECCL) was founded in 2005, as a Europe-wide cross disability initiative working towards the social inclusion of disabled people by promoting the provision of comprehensive, quality community-based services as an alternative to institutionalisation. ECCL was established by ENIL, Autism Europe, the Center for Policy Studies of the Central European University, the European Disability Forum, Inclusion Europe, Mental Health Europe and the Open Society Mental Health Initiative, following publication of Included in Society, the first EU-funded report on the situation of disabled people in institutions.

ECCL’s mission was to advocate for and monitor progress towards de-institutionalisation in Europe, campaign for, and provide information on, the development of comprehensive, quality community-based services and de-institutionalisation. Thanks to its diverse membership, ECCL was able to monitor developments across Europe, influence the national and regional policy and support the efforts of its members by exchanging information and examples of good practice.

As from the beginning of 2008, ECCL has been a project of the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL). Until 2010, ENIL-ECCL were advised by an Advisory Council made up of renowned disability activists and experts, which met once a year.

In 2009, ENIL-ECCL became one of the founding members of the Ad Hoc Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care, established at the initiative of the then EU Commissioner Vladimir Spidla. ENIL-ECCL continues to be a member of this group, now referred to as the European Expert Group for the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care.

In 2018, ENIL-ECCL organised a series of webinars on deinstitutionalisation, in partnership with the GatherBuildWork Consultancy.  Since then, ENIL-ECCL continues to work as an informal group of activists and practitioners advocating for the closure of institutions and the development of community-based supports and services around Europe, and monitoring progress of deinstitutionalisation projects and initiatives. The focus of our work is on bringing together people actively engaged in the closure of institutions, sharing their experiences, learning together and supporting each other.

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Forthcoming events in 2022

This programme builds on previous work over the past 4 years to build our community; in 2021, we held two online events sharing work in a number of countries and hearing updates on progress. This will feature in each session alongside a guest speaker.

Deinstitutionalisation in low income countries
Friday 4th March 2022

Time – 13:00 – 14:30 CET
Guest – Bhargavi Davar, TCI Global, India TBC
Update – Parascovia Munteanu, Keystone / Moldova
Facilitator – Ines Bulic, ENIL

Getting it right from the start – Deinstitutionalisation for Children and Young People
Friday 29th April 2022

Time – to be confirmed
Guest – Lessons from Lechaina – George Nikolaidis, Greece TBC
Update – IRRSV DI Project / Slovenia
Facilitator – Nic Crosby, GatherBuildWork
Guest: George Nikoladis, Institute for Child Health, Greece

Establishing and supporting peer support networks in DI
Friday 8th July 2022

Time – to be confirmed
Guest – Inclusion International
Update – Jan Pfieffer, Czech Republic
Facilitator – Ines Bulic, ENIL
Guest: To be confirmed, Inclusion International

Managing closure – moving the power away from institutions
26th – 28th September 2022 – Freedom Drive

Time – to be confirmed
Guest – An example of where transformation was not up to the institution and there were others in the lead
Update – Kamil Goungor and Vasilis Kalopisis, Greece

ECCL – Discussion about 2023 ‘Building our Community’
Facilitator – Ines Bulic, ENIL and Nic Crosby, GatherBuildWork

Personal Planning
Friday 25th November 2022

Guest – Microboards – Vela Canada TBC
Update – Miroslav Cangar, Slovakia
Facilitator – Nic Crosby, GatherBuildWork

Please note that this agenda is subject to changes. The details will be confirmed closer to the event, and all events will be advertised on this website (under Events) and on ENIL’s social media.