Common European Guidelines on De-institutionalisation


Through its project the European Coalition for Community Living, ENIL is a member of the Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG). The Group, established in 2009 at the initiative of the then Commissioner Spidla, has already produced the Report of the Ad Hoc Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (2009).


In order to assist Member States and the European Commission in implementing this Report, the Group decided to draft the Common European Guidelines on De-institutionalisation and the Toolkit on using Structural Funds (and other funding instruments) to support the process of de-institutionalisation. Both publications, as well as an accompanying Training Module are due to be published by September 2012.


Three mutual learning events in three EU countries, as well as two training sessions, will also be organised in the course of the project, in order to present and test all the publications. EEG will be consulting closely with member organisations of the different networks represented in the Group throughout the process.


The publications will encompass children, persons with disabilities, persons with mental health problems and the elderly, and will be produced in partnership of all EEG members: ENIL/ECCL, the European Disability Forum, the Mental Health Europe, Inclusion Europe, the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities, Lumos, the European Social Network, the Confederation of Family Organisations in the EU, and UNICEF.

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