Training seminar

on EU policy on disability and social services



29 March 2012, Grimbergen, Belgium



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A one-day seminar on EU policy on disability and social services took place on 29 March in Grimbergen, an attractive and historical town in the province of Flemish Brabant, in Flanders, Belgium. The event, linked to the EPR Centre Coordinators meeting, gathered 15 professionals from 10 European countries. It provided participants with a useful general overview  of EU Policy in the field of disability and social services, and enabled them to understand the key actors at EU level and the main issues at stake.


The training seminar was held by Jan Spooren, EPR Secretary General, and Harald Hauben, a specialist of social law and the managing director of a consultancy in social affairs in charge of several key assignments for the European Commission. The programe highlighted key issues related to EU policy developments in the field of disabilities and social services.


The first session led the participants through the Europe 2020 Strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, the Open Method of Coordination and the EU Disability Strategy 2011-2020.

During the second session, the participants discussed the EU non-discrimination legislation and confronted their understandings while working on a case study. The session also tackled additional issues related to EU public procurement with high relevance for social service providers.

The final session offered the opportunity to focus on the Convention of the United Nations for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and to discuss the impact of the current economic crisis on the provision of their services and on their clients.






Summary Report


The EU Disability Scene


Non Discrimination and Public Procurement






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