Click here for the easy-to-read version Millions of European citizens are deprived of their right to make decisions: Guardianship laws restricting the legal capacity and autonomy of persons with disabilities are widespread in the EU – and this needs to change! Following the leadership training Inclusion Europe held in September, the Members of the European Parliament...
On 17 December 2013, the European Parliament adopted the 'Justice Programme' and the 'Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme' to be the major source of financial support in the field of justice, equality and fundamental rights.
On 15 January, the European Parliament adopted the revised Public Procurement Directive which recognises the specificity of social, health and other services provided directly to individuals. The renewed legislation encourages member states to consider quality, not only price, when awarding contracts for social services.
The European Parliament approved the Regulations on the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which include explicit support for the transition from institutional to community-based care.