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Disability is a key area of work under the EU social policy, EU fundamental rights agenda, and now also under the EU Internal Market agenda (aiming to make some goods and services accessible to persons with disabilities).

The European Union has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and we are closely monitoring the implementation of this Convention together with UN and EU bodies, as well as key EU stakeholders. We are members of the European Disability Forum, as well as other alliances. We are currently co-chair of the European Expert Group on Deinstitutionalisation.

COFACE’s disability work centres on advocating for decent services to help family carers in their role as supporters of their relatives (see our European Charter of Family Carers), and on promoting the transition from institutional to community-based settings in the social/health sector to ensure families and their members are fully included in their communities. Our COFACE Disability branch meets at least once a year to discuss key issues such as these, and to ensure that families of people with disabilities have a voice in EU policy and law-making.


Stocktaking Study On The Needs Of Family Carers

Stocktaking study on the needs of family carers

The International Day of Families is celebrated on the 15th of May every year. In 2017, the observance highlighted the importance of all caregivers in families, be it parents, grandparents or siblings and looks at good practices for work-family balance…

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Families On The Move Conference – 12 May, Brussels

Families on the Move conference – 12 May, Brussels

COFACE Families Europe and two of its Belgian members Gezinsbond and La Ligue des Familles jointly organised the “Families On The Move” conference on 12 May at the Higher Institute for Family Studies-Odisee in Brussels. COFACE Families Europe took stock…

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