Joint statement: 10 Years towards inclusion
European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based care
The “Towards Inclusion” conference celebrates 10 years of coordinated EU action on deinstitutionalisation. It aims to take stock of past achievements and set a common vision for the future.
The event is organised jointly by the European Commission and the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based care (EEG), which was set up in 2009, Since then, the EEG advocates for replacing institutions with family- and community-based support, promoting person-centred, quality and empowering models of services and formal and informal care that fully comply with the human rights of children and adults with care and/or support needs.
Over the last ten years the EU has significantly contributed to moving away from institutionalisation by supporting community- and family-based care and services in its Member States, but looking ahead, there is still a long way to go in order to reach fully inclusive societies. EU policies and funding have not always been aligned and institutionalisation remains a problem in Europe.