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The EEG position on the Social Pillar and European Semester

The European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care released 7 recommendations to ensure that the Social Rights Pillar is an effective tool to enforce  the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

It overall reccomends to use the Social Pillar "in synergy with the European Semester to promote a person-centred approach in the reform of social security systems in order to ensure availability of personal assistance and/or adequate individualised support to enjoyri ghts on an equal basis,to develop family and community-based services (i.e.social,health and housing services) and work-life balance measures."

Among the reccomendations it exhorts the EU to:

1. Define a clear implementation plan for each principle of the Social Pillar that promotes a life-cycle, person-centred, integrated and rights-based approach, in line with existing EU and international legislation, and ensures that the transition to family and community-based care is fully mainstreamed through the implementation of all principles, not only those that specifically mention community-based services;

3. Put in place a rigorous and transparent monitoring system to ensure that funds are being used to support the implementation of the Social Pillar and regularly collects data to track how funds, especially the European Structural and Investment Funds, are used by the Member States to support the transition to family and community-based care;

4. Meaningfully involve civil society organisations at the European and national level in all stages of the implementation and monitoring of the Social Pillar and the use of EU funds;

Read the full statement here