With the majority of Operational Programmes for the European Structural and Investment Funds (‘Structural Funds’) adopted, the European Network on Independent Living – European Coalition for Community Living (ENIL-ECCL) consider it important to highlight the significant on-going issues which may impede the transition from institutional care to community living for people with disabilities.
This briefing – dated April 2015 – provides examples from five Member States: Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic1. Nevertheless, the concerns highlighted in respect of the five countries covered are likely to be of some relevance to all the Member States in Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltics that are in the process of moving away from institutional care to living in the community.
The main concerns highlighted in the Briefing are as follows: 1) The lack of adequate policies for the replacement of long-stay residential institutions with services that facilitate Independent Living; 2) Inadequacy of existing strategies in the Member States; 3) Lack of coordination between the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in relation to deinstitutionalisation; and 4) Insufficient implementation of the partnership principle.
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