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The new Public Procurement Directive: Member States are free to organise social services in the way they consider more appropriate

The new Public Procurement Directive: Member States are free to organise social services in the way they consider more appropriate

A first assessment of new Public Procurement Directive’s impact on social services took place yesterday at the European Parliament. This was done during an event co-hosted by MEP Pietikäinen and MEP Torvalds and organised by EASPD. The hearing gathered relevant stakeholders including representatives of the European civil society, public authorities at national and EU level, service providers and service users.

EASPD conference in Istanbul, 27-28 September 2013

The current state of play of employment for persons with disabilities is not easy and has been worsened by the economic crisis that has hit Europe in the last years.
In the last decade a strong movement fighting for mainstreaming set the basis for a revolution in employment schemes for persons with disabilities. Today we acknowledge that many efforts have been done to bring persons with disabilities to the labour market, however, the low success rate of people with disabilities employed shows that the efforts needed to achieve wider employment have been underestimated.

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