From institutional care to life in the community: How can the EU promote family-based care and independent living?

The debate will focus on how the new European Commission and European Parliament could support reforms aimed at the transition from institutional to community-based care in line with the international human rights standards, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the European Fundamental Rights Charter.

Ádám Kósa, MEP (HU, EPP), Chair of the Disability Intergroup (2009-2014), and Helga Stevens, MEP (BE, ECR), in cooperation with the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based care are pleased to invite you to the debate:

From institutional care to life in the community:  How can the EU promote family-based care and independent living?

10 December 2014 (16:00-18:00), European Parliament (Brussels), room | PHS1A002

SPEAKERS

  • Claude Moraes, MEP, Chair of the LIBE Committee,
  • Hasan Bermek, Adviser to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights,
  • Danute Jasjko, Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union,

as well as representatives of the European Commission and the EU Member States as well as service providers, users and civil society.

BACKGROUND

Across the European Union, hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities, people with mental health problems, older people or abandoned and vulnerable children live in large segregating residential institutions. Such institutions were originally created to provide care, food and shelter, but by now evidence has shown that they cannot ensure person-centred services and appropriate support to bring about full inclusion. The physical separation from communities and families severely limits the capacity and preparedness of those living in or growing up in institutions to participate fully in their community and wider society.

OBJECTIVE

The debate will focus on how the new European Commission and European Parliament could support reforms aimed at the transition from institutional to community-based care in line with the international human rights standards, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the European Fundamental Rights Charter.

REGISTRATION

To register, fill in below form and send it back to Claire.Champeix@edf-feph.org before 27 November.