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EDITORIAL
Having our say and boosting investment

Our Investment Policy Advisor, Thomas Bignal, highlights the impact the recent report, “Boosting Investment in Social Infrastructure in Europe,” can have on the funding of high-quality, community-based services.
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EASPD together with ZPE (Centre for Planning and Evaluation of Social Services of the University of Siegen) are hosting the 2018 Forum of EURECO. Register here
SAVE THE DATE: The EASPD Conference 2018 "Social Economy as an Effective Model for Social Inclusion" will be in Varna, Bulgaria on the 14-15 June 2018 (Project Development Workshop: 13 June; General Assembly: 16 June).
It will be co-hosted by EASPD, the Bulgarian Presidency to the EU and the National Alliance of Social Responsibility (NASO). Mark it in your agenda!

EASPD NEWS

REGISTER NOW: 2018 Forum of EURECO

On March 13 2018, EASPD together with the Centre for Planning and Evaluation of Social Services (ZPE) at the University of Siegen will be hosting a Joint Research Forum 2018 of the "European research platform for inclusive community planning and service development for people with disabilities (EURECO). 
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Vacancy: Events and Communication Officer

We are looking for a Events and Communication Officer to join our team. Deadline for application is 19 February 2018.
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Report release: EASPD Review of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020

EASPD has released a report on the European Disability Strategy (EDS) 2010-2020.
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Co-production: Working together to create inclusive employment opportunities!
On Tuesday 30 January, EASPD and its partners in the Taskforce “Support Services of Tomorrow” (EDF, COFACE Families-Europe, ENIL, Inclusion Europe and MHE-SME) co-hosted the event ‘Co-producing employment initiatives for young persons with disabilities and mental health problems’ alongside MEP Brando Benifei.
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EU needs to boost social infrastructure investment, new report says

On the 23 January, the High-Level Taskforce on Investing in Social Infrastructure in Europe presented their report on how to boost investment in healthcare, long-term care, education and social housing in the European Union. Highlighting important underinvestment in these areas, the high-level taskforce led by former President of the European Commission Romano Prodi recommends practical steps the European Union and relevant stakeholders should take to meet the funding gap. 
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EASPD meets Springboard Consulting in Parma, Italy

On the 9 to 10 October 2017, our Vice-President, Dr Fabrizio Fea of Associazione Scuola Viva onlus represented EASPD at Springboard Consulting’s conference in Parma, Italy. 
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EUROPEAN NEWS
 

The Zero Project announces awardees of 2018

The Zero Project has announced the best innovative practices and policies in 2018 in the area of accessibility. Among the awardees are our observers, Plena Inclusión and Beit Issie Shapiro.
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European Conference: Investing in people – the way forward

The conference will take place on 15-16 February in Sofia. It is part of the Bulgarian Presidency's events program and will conclude the celebrations of the 60-year anniversary of the European Social Fund.

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New studies examine importance of investing in early learning
Two new reports have been released on the subject of education in Europe. 
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New measures to boost key competencies and digital skills, as well as the European dimension of education

 To follow up on the Gothenburg Summit, the European Commission has today adopted new initiatives to improve key competencies and digital skills of European citizens, to promote common values and pupils' awareness of the functioning of the European Union. They are intended to reduce socio-economic inequalities, whilst sustaining competitiveness in order to build a more united, stronger and more democratic Europe. 
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GSEF 2018: Calling for proposals!
Call for proposals for the Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF) 2018 is now open. Deadline submission is 28 February 2018.
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MEMBER NEWS

European seminar: Choosing your life – De-I best practices in Europe and France

Our member, Centre de la Gabrielle is hosting a European seminar in Paris on de-institutionalisation on 20 March 2018.
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Webinar: Inclusive employment for people with disabilities

Shekulo Tov will be hosting an international webinar on 15 February 2018. There will be guest presentations from Ms Ester Triadó and Dr Montse Aulina from Grup Fundació Ramon Noguera.
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Easy to read news for persons with learning disabilities written by persons with learning disabilities

As an initiative to bring more accessible news to persons with diverse abilities, our member Jugend am Werk GmbH and KURIER, an Austrian daily paper developed a cooperation agreement.
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Training on personal budgeting

Kehitysvammaliitto is organising a training event on developing personal budgeting in one's home country on 15 February 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. The training will be conducted by CEO Christy Lynch and several other Finnish experts.
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PROJECT NEWS
Enablin+ releases final newsletter
The Enablin+ is a project that started in 2014 with the mediation of EASPD. As the project comes to an end, it has released its final newsletter.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
15 February - Webinar on inclusive employment for people with disabilities
15 February, Helsinki -Training on personal budgeting
8 March 2018, Brussels - Integrated social services for activating minimum income recipients: success factors and reform pathways
20 March 2018, Paris - Choosing your life: De-I best practices in Europe and France 
20 March 2018, Brussels - Final PATHWAYS Conference on Employment strategies for persons with chronic diseases
30 March 2018, Brussels - Annual Forum of the European Research Platform "EURECO"

18-20 April 2018, Edinburgh - 8th European Conference for Social Work Research
13 June 2018, Varna (Bulgaria) - EASPD Project Development Workshop
14-15 June 2018, Varna (Bulgaria) - 1st EASPD Conference 2018 (co-hosted with the Bulgarian Presidency to the EU and NASO)
16 June 2018, Varna (Bulgaria) - General Assembly

The information contained in this publication does not necessarily reflect the official position of the European Commission.


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