Community Living for all Conference in association with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU 3/05/13

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Minister Kathleen Lynch, T.D. and Professor Gerard Quinn at the opening of the conference
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Attendees and speakers of the conference

 

Community Living for all

A conference on the Future Role of the European Union Structural funds to Advance Community Living for Older People and People with Disabilities.

In Association with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The conference was generously supported in part by the European Foundation Centre (EFC) Consortium of philanthropies on Human Rights and Disability (Brussels) and Fundación ONCE, Spain.

The Future Role of the EU Structural Funds to Advance Community Living – Session 1:

The Future Role of the EU Structural Funds to Advance Community Living – Session 2:

See our YouTube playlist for Session 3 and Session 4 of the Conference.

Held on Friday 3rd May 2013 in Aras Moyola, National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland

To download the programme in accessible format, please click here

This conference marked a significant contribution during the Irish Presidency of the EU to the Europe-wide debate about the future role of the EU Structural Funds.  It focused on the positive potential of the EU Structural Funds in assisting Member States to achieve community living for older persons and persons with disabilities.

This conference was particularly timely given that new Regulations governing the Funds were to be concluded in 2013. The event was also timely given that Ireland has actively been developing policies to end congregated settings and that the EU was considering what role the Structural Funds might play in easing the transition to community living. GENIO– which is part funded by Government and philanthropy (Atlantic Philanthropies) – is also to the fore in Ireland in developing community living models for both older people and people with disabilities.  The EU, in addition to its Member States, has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities that crystallises the right to community living which is based on general human rights applicable to all persons.

The conference was open to all interested in the development of positive EU social policy in the fields of ageing and disability.

It was co-directed by Professor Gerard Quinn of NUI Galway and Senator Katherine Zappone of the Senate of Ireland.  The speakers were drawn from a variety of EU-level institutions and others including the European Commission, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, the European Group of National Human Rights Institutions, the United States Federal Administration for Community Living.  European level civil society groups were represented by the European Disability Forum and Age Platform Europe.  The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (European Region) was also represented.  The growing role of European philanthropy in achieving community living was represented by the European Foundation Centre.  It was opened by the Irish Minister for Older People, People with Disabilities, Mental Health and Equality – Kathleen Lynch, T.D.

For a list of speakers and presentations please see here.

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