Reflections on the 2019 European Semester Country Reports

European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care.

Following the publication of the 2019 Country Reports, the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG) prepared reflections on their content to provide expert support to the European Commission in the drafting of the 2019 Country Specific Recommendations.

Since 2009, the EEG has collaborated with the European Union (EU) to advance the transition from institutional to community-based care in Europe. The EEG is pleased that deinstitutionalisation and community-based care are explicitly featured in the majority (18 CRs) of the 2019 Country Reports, namely Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain. We are glad to see that many of our concerns have been included in the relevant Country Reports.

The EEG strongly believes that the need to further and better invest in the transition from institutional to community-based care, including the development of family and community-based services, should be included in the 2019 Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) of all Member States.

However, for some EU Member States these priorities should be particularly highlighted in the Country Specific Recommendations, given the urgency of the issue.

Read the full assessment of the European Commission Country reports here.