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Opening up Communities, Closing Down Institutions: Harnessing the European Structural and Investment Funds

22nd November 2017

10.30 – 12.30

European Parliament, Brussels, Room 6Q1

 

Professor Gerard Quinn of NUI Galway, Centre for Disability Law and Policy and Georgette Mulheir, CEO of Lumos, co-chairs of the Community Living for Europe: Structural Funds Watch initiative, are delighted to invite you to a European Parliament event to launch the report: Opening up Communities, Closing Down Institutions: Harnessing the European Structural and Investment Funds

The event will be hosted by Mairead McGuinness, MEP and Vice President of the European Parliament.

In 2013, the European Union introduced for the first time ‘ex-ante conditionalities’ in the regulatory framework for European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for the 2014-2020 period, creating funding preconditions for Member States. The ex-ante conditionality 9.1 on social inclusion includes measures which effectively prohibit the use of ESIF to maintain, renovate or construct residential institutions. It also encourages those Member States to prioritise programmes to support the transition from institutional to family and community-based care.

Community Living for Europe: Structural Funds Watch is an independent initiative monitoring the use of the ESIF. This event launches the report “Opening up Communities, Closing Down Institutions: Harnessing the European Structural and Investment Funds” which assesses how the ex-ante conditionality on social inclusion has been implemented across a number of Member States.

The research contains examples that demonstrate how Member States have used ESIF to support deinstitutionalisation, their future plans and challenges in the process. The report also contains concrete recommendations for the current and next funding periods.

The launch event will include interventions from high-level representatives from the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, European Commission officials, Members of the European Parliament, self-advocates and civil society organisations.

For security reasons, all attendees that do not have a European Parliament security pass must register via this form.