in quality, innovative and sustainable social infrastructure – Joint
letter from the social sector on the European Commission’s InvestEU
view of influencing the objectives of post 2020 EU investments, AGE
Platform Europe together with other actors representing the social
services, health, education and social housing sectors addressed to the
European Commission a letter calling to unlock investment into
innovative, sustainable and quality social infrastructure projects. The
call responds to the European Commission’s proposal from last June to
launch a new fund, called InvestEU, for the period 2021-2027 (read the Commission’s press release here).
The fund aims at mobilising €650 billion to finance sustainable
infrastructure and is the continuation of the Juncker Plan’s European
Fund for Strategic Investments.
While welcoming the general orientation of the InvestEU fund,
the cosignatories of the letter pledge for additional changes for the
fund in order to enable lasting innovation in the social,
health, education and housing and ageing sectors in line with the
European Pillar of Social Rights, the Sustainable Development Goals and
the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
We urged in particular the European Commission to ensure that the
money which public authorities will spend across the EU addresses the
needs of the people they serve. This should help both to increase public
satisfaction and reduce costs. Considering the growing needs for
quality infrastructure in the fields of social care and support, social
housing, health or education, it is only through consistent public
investment that Europe can guarantee the affordability, availability,
adaptability, accessibility and quality of services for its citizens
including older persons. Moreover it will be also important to explore
and identify new ways to spread out the risk of such public investment
through other long-term investment mechanisms; yet without undermining
the aforementioned requirements.
For more details please see the full version of the letter or contact Maciej Kucharczyk, email@example.com
On 30 May 2018 the European Commission proposed the creation of a new Rights and Values funding programme in the new programing period 2021-2027 (read EC press release). The
objective of this new funding proposal is to fight inequalities and
discrimination and address the rise in extremism and radicalism in
Together with a coalition of NGOs, AGE warmly welcomes the new
proposal that, we hope, will help protect the achievements of European
integration. For that reason, we jointly call on the EU institutions and
national policy leaders to make sure that the Rights and Values
Programme 2021-2027 will be ambitious enough to meet the needs of civil
society organisations at European level and on the ground in
view of the current increasing challenges to democracy and human rights
within the European Union.
Recalling that the respect and enjoyment of human rights by all is a
fundamental feature of our democratic societies, the eight signatories
of our joint letter to EU leaders insist on the need for strong action
to protect the EU’s rule of law and address the disenchantment of many
Read here our joint open letter
AGE joined a coalition of NGO’s to call upon EU decision-makers to uphold the issues of equality between women and men, accessibility for persons with disabilities and non-discrimination in the proposal for the Common Provisions Regulation 2021-2027 and in the Funds specific regulations.
In the current funding period 2014-2020, the EU structural and
investment funds – including the European Social Fund, the European
Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund – are covered by a
common regulation that explicitly featured non-discrimination as a
horizontal principle of the funds. This horizontal principle does not
appear again in the European Commission draft regulation for the
2021-2027 funding period. In a common press statement, the 10 members of the coalition call for the restitution of a horizontal principle on non-discrimination in European funds, recalling EU’s obligations to promote equality between women and men and combat all forms of discriminations under the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, the European Charter of Fundamental Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities.
The statement also points out the important role played by the Common
Provisions Regulations, in particular at a time where Europe is
confronted with rising extremism, radicalism and inequalities.
Read our full joint statement here