Opening up Communities, Closing down Institutions – Report Launch at the European Parliament, Brussels 22nd November 2017

On 22nd November 2017, the initiative Community Living for Europe: Structural Funds Watch launched a Report in the European Parliament co-hosted by Mairead McGuinness, MEP (EPP) and Vice President of the European Parliament and Iskra Mihaylova, MEP (ALDE) and Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Regional Development. 

© European Union 2017
© European Union 2017
“Opening up Communities, Closing down Institutions: Harnessing the European Structural and Investment Funds” by Neil Crowther, Gerard Quinn and Alexandra Hillen-Moore (November 2017) – Full Report available to download

This report concerns the role of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) with respect to the transition from institutional to community-based living for children and young people, including those with disabilities, adults with disabilities and older persons in European Union Member States. It contains examples, both positive and negative, that demonstrate how the Member States have implemented the ESIF regulations, how they are currently using or are planning to use the ESIF to support the transition to community-based living, and provides concrete recommendations for the current and next funding period post 2020.

The Report launch event was video recorded, watch it below;
From left: Georgette Mulheir CEO of Lumos and co-chair of Community Living for Europe: Structural Funds Watch, Mairead McGuinness MEP and Vice President of the European Parliament, Iskra Mihaylova MEP and Chair of the Committee on Regional Development, Professor Gerard Quinn, Director, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway and co-chair of Community Living for Europe: Structural Funds Watch. Photo credit: © European Union 2017
Authors of the Report and Law Masters students of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway are pictured with Mairead McGuinness, MEP and Vice President of the European Parliament. From left: Francis Chambers, Neil Crowther, Alexandra Hillen-Moore, Professor Gerard Quinn, Mairead McGuinness, Lea Urzel, Emily Cukalevski, Manel Mhiri. Photo credit: © European Union 2017
Attendees and speakers of the report launch event are pictured with Mairead McGuinness MEP and Vice President of the European Parliament. Photo credit: © European Union 2017.

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