This page includes:
  1. Information Packs
    imgresA source of evidence based reports and studies that map the development of research and advocacy in support of ending institutional care and transitioning to community based living and support services and family/family-like living for children.

Each link contains an Information pack with a summary and/or key points of each report.

2. Country specific information and data sources

3. Key Terms- definitions and explanations
pix_glossaryDefinitions and Explanations  of key terms used throughout this website and in the ESI Funds Regulations (Glossary).


Information Packs

Information Pack 1 : Download here.

Contains a selection of key documents that have played an important role in building a solid evidence base that institutional care or any segregated living arrangement across the lifecourse has no place in the legal, social or economic order of the European Union.  There is a dedicated section that provides evidence of the significant harm caused to children in institutional care.

Information Pack 2 : Download here.

Contains research that details the costs and benefits in the transition to community based living and support services.  In sum, supporting community based living and services from an economic and financial perspective ensures long term benefits in economic growth, employment, well-being and social inclusion.

Information Pack 3 : Download here

This document provides a list of key studies, events and meetings on the EU Structural Funds and the shift to community and family based living in the 2014-2020 programming period.  

Information Pack 4 : Download here.

Contains a list of guidance on accessing the ESI Funds and other complementary EU funding.  See Informative note here that outlines general information on who can apply for ESI Funding, where to apply and calls for proposals, the role of the Managing Authority, selection of projects including eligibility and evaluation criteria as well as contacts for help and advice for applicants.


Country specific information and data sources

Academic Network of European Disability Experts (ANED)

ANED publish several different types of reports on each Member State including in the context of the European Semester and Europe 2020, Synthesis Reports and Country Reports. 

See the ANED DOTCOM tool – DOTCOM is constructed from a large database of information about national laws, policies, strategies and initiatives in the Member States of the European Union, its Candidate countries and other associated countries. For each of the 35 ANED member countries, and for the EU, it includes summary information on 44 selected policy instruments, organised in eight themes (more than 1,500 records). Each record includes descriptive text and web links to policy documents or sources of further information at the national level.


National Social Reports (Social Protection Committee)

The Social Protection Committee (SPC) is an EU advisory policy committee for the Employment and Social Affairs Ministers in the Employment and Social Affairs Council (EPSCO), established by the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (Article 160), which:

  • monitors social conditions in the EU and the development of social protection policies in member countries. It reports on social inclusion, health care, long-term care and pensions under the Social Open Method of Coordination
  • promotes discussion and coordination of policy approaches among national governments and the Commission. It prepares Council discussions on social protection and on the country-specific recommendations in the context of the European Semester. It also produces reports and opinions on its own initiative or at the request of the Council or the Commission.
National Social Reports

Member States prepare regular National Social Reports, to be developed in ‘close partnership’ with civil society stakeholders as well as subnational authorities, and submitted alongside their National Reform Programmes. These National Social Reports provide input into the Social Protection Committees annual social situation report (2016), which in turn feeds into the European Semester Annual Growth Survey.

In 2012, 21 Member States submitted National Social Reports, which varied widely in length and quality.

From 2013, the National Social Reports continued on a biennial basis (every two years), with Member States required to submit shorter ‘Complementary Questionnaires’ to report on reforms carried out across the Social Open Method of Coordination’s three policy strands:

The Social Protection Committee also publish Thematic Reports that set out country specific information in the case of specific topical areas including:

Social Protection Systems in the EU.
Pension Adequacy.
Preventing child poverty and promoting well-being.
Long-term care.

Website of the Social Protection Committee.



European Semester

The European Semester is the yearly cycle of economic policy coordination that provides the framework for steering and monitoring Member States economic and social reforms to reach Europe 2020 targets.  Key documents of the European Semester cycle provide up to date and detailed information on policies, reforms and proposed actions for each Member State;

            • Country Reports – the Commission goes on fact finding missions to each of the Member States in order to produce a detailed report analysing each Member States economic and social policies.
            • Stability or Convergence Programmes set out the Member States plans to ensure sound public finances;
            • National Reform Programmes are drafted by the Member States and set out how they plan to progress toward the Europe 2020 targets, their reform plans in all policy areas and their use of the ESI funds to achieve these reforms;
            • Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs) are produced by the Commission with tailored policy advice for each Member State in priority areas for the next 12-18 months.

European Semester Documents on all Member States for 2015 and for 2016.


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

The EEG produced a Toolkit on the Use of European Union Funds for the Transition from Institutional to Community Based Care and Common European Guidelines on the Transition from Institutional to Community Based Care.

The Toolkit and Guidelines are available in 10 EU languages and can be found here.


ESIF Open Data Platform

New data and features have been added to the European Structural and Investment Funds open data platform.  These include:

o   Visualisations for all 533 ESIF programmes 2014-2020 (accessible via the country pages) including financing and expected achievements based on common indicators (where available)

o   Finances dataset updated to reflect adopted programmes as at June 2016

o   Cross-border cooperation programmes under the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA)

o   Possibility for users to visualise thematic breakdown of funding as either the total amount or the percentage of the national allocation

·         Link to the ESIF open data platform:


OHCHR – Regional Office for Europe
Presentations and other documentation from the colloquium “CRPD and EU Structural Funds – the way ahead for independent living” organised by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Regional Office for Europe

The aim of the colloquium was to look at the legal implications of the CRPD and in particularly its Article 19 on the use of Structural Funds in EU Member States.


UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities provides recommendations to each of the State Parties of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  Article 19 of the CRPD enshrines the right to live independently and be included in the community.  A compilation of the Committee recommendations to each of the State Parties can be downloaded here.


Key Terms- definitions and explanations








Definition of terms used in the ESI Funds Regulations and on this website: here.

Includes for example: Independent Living, Community Based Service, An Institution, Family-like Care, Personal Assistance, Deinstitutionalisation…

The ex ante conditionalities: here.

Includes for example: measures for the shift from institutional to community based care, a national strategic policy framework, depending on identified needs.