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The economic crisis welfare and globalisation donata vivanti vice chair edf

The impact of the ongoing economic crisis on the lives of people with SCI in EuropeLucignano23 – 25 May 2012

THE ECONOMIC CRISIS, WELFARE AND GLOBALISATION

Donata Vivanti

Vice Chair EDF


The economic crisis welfare and globalisation donata vivanti vice chair edf

Summary

Who we are

Our mission

The EU context: opportunities and challenges

The impact of the economic crisis and of austerity measures on people with disabilities in the EU

The EDF Observatory on the crisis

The way forward


The economic crisis welfare and globalisation donata vivanti vice chair edf

WHO WE ARE

Umbrella organisation

  • full members from 30 European countries

  • 43 European organisations from all main disabilities and chronic illnesses

    Leaded by persons with disabilities & parents representing persons with disabilities and intense support needs


The economic crisis welfare and globalisation donata vivanti vice chair edf

Facts and figures on

disability in the EU

People with disabilities =80 million people in the European Union (more than 15% of the population)

one in four Europeans has a family member with a disability

people with reduced mobility represent more than 40% of the population


The economic crisis welfare and globalisation donata vivanti vice chair edf

Facts and figures

on disability in the EU

People with disabilities:

two - three times more unemployed than non-disabled people

the more severe the degree of disability, the lower the participation in the labour force (20% of people with severe disabilities have a job)

> 50% less likely to reach third level education

38% aged 16 - 34 have earned income, compared to 64% of non-disabled people

Income dramatically lower


The economic crisis welfare and globalisation donata vivanti vice chair edf

EU context:

the opportunities

Social inclusion one of the three pillars of the European Union “Europe 2020” strategy

The ratification of the UNCRPD calls for:

  • a rights-based approach to disability

  • the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities

  • inclusiveness of society


The economic crisis welfare and globalisation donata vivanti vice chair edf

EU context:

the challenges

Demographic changes

New segments of the population have become vulnerable:

  • Rising number of persons with disabilities, especially with intense support needs

    Economic downturn:

  • persons with disabilities facing worsening living conditions


The economic crisis welfare and globalisation donata vivanti vice chair edf

Impact of the

economic crisis in the EU

> 5 million people have lost their jobs

10% increase unemployment rates of some EU countries

80 million people in Europe exposed to the risk of poverty

the Europe 2020 targets will BE impossible to achieve without the contribution of EU citizens with disabilities (16% of the EU population)


The economic crisis welfare and globalisation donata vivanti vice chair edf

Impact of the economic crisis

on persons with disabilties

Persons with disabilities:

  • more likely than others to suffer from the effects of the crisis: (unemployment, poverty)

  • objects of negative attitudes: perceived as generators of costs rather than as equal citizens

  • cuts to social policy budgets

    Contradictory approach of the EC

  • Wishes the EU to be a model of inclusiveness

  • Recommends austerity measures

  • Has not taken concrete actions to protect persons with disabilities from the impact of the crisis


The economic crisis welfare and globalisation donata vivanti vice chair edf

Effects of austerity measures

on persons with disabilities

Budget cuts to social policies have exacerbated the marginalization of an increasing number of persons with disabilities

(Yannis Vardakastanis

President European Disability Forum)


The economic crisis welfare and globalisation donata vivanti vice chair edf

Impact of austerity measures

on persons with disabilities

Budget cuts to social policies hinder persons with disabilities rights to leave independently and participate in society

Reducing quantity and quality of support and services to persons with disabilities

at the moment when they need them most

Increasing

  • Poverty

  • Illiteracy

  • Social exclusion

  • Discrimination


Edf observatory of the crisis

EDF OBSERVATORY OF THE CRISIS

5 questions survey

http://www.edf-feph.org/Page_Generale.asp?DocID=13854&thebloc=28111

help EDF understand

  • which the main challenges are

  • where there are main challenges

    help reporting to the European Institutions

    make the EU react to:

    damage to or regression on the rights of persons with disabilities,

    negative portrayal of the persons with disabilities


Easpd survey impact of the crisis on services

EASPD SURVEY: IMPACT OF THE CRISIS ON SERVICES

Long-term disability strategies

Annual disability plans and programmes

Operational programmes

  • Significant reductions in public budget for social services at local/regional level (up to - 80% 2011 vs. 2010)


Easpd survey impact of the crisis

EASPD SURVEY: IMPACT OF THE CRISIS


Easpd survey impact of the crisis sector

EASPD SURVEY: IMPACT OF THE CRISIS/SECTOR


Easpd survey impact of the austerity mesasures on services

EASPD SURVEY: IMPACT OF THE AUSTERITY MESASURES ON SERVICES


The economic crisis welfare and globalisation donata vivanti vice chair edf

EU context:

the way forward

Investing in the value of EU citizens, starting from the most vulnerable ones

Recognising Social Justice as the pre-condition of future prosperity

Recognising the contribution made by its citizens with disabilities as a labour force, as customers and as rights holders

Implementing the UN CRPD by ensuring an adequate standard of living to persons with disabilities;

Implementing the EU 2020 strategy including the third pillar social inclusion


The economic crisis welfare and globalisation donata vivanti vice chair edf

EU context:

the way forward

Developing innovative sustainable services promoting independent living and life in the community for all persons with disabilities

supporting persons with disabilities and their families to ensure their participation in society

developing and modernising accessible infrastructure, transport, goods and services to increase employment and participation of persons with disabilities

undertaking all the necessary initiatives, policies and actions to protect persons with disabilities from new forms of exclusion, poverty and discrimination that the crisis brings about


The economic crisis welfare and globalisation donata vivanti vice chair edf

EU context:

the way forward

Moving towards universal accessibility and quality of Social Services of General Interest

Maximising the impact of the EU funding programmes (ESF, FP7, PROGRESS…):

  • ensuring the participation of representative DPOs in all phases and level of operational planning and allocation of EU funds

  • targeting the EU funds:

    • to the implementation of the UNCRPD

    • to the empowerment of persons with disabilities

    • to the development of innovative, inclusive support services


High level meeting on disability 12 2011

High Level Meeting on Disability 12.2011

The crisis shouldn’t

Prevent us from

advancing in the

implementation of the UNCRPD

José Manuel Barroso

President of the EU Commission


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