8 June 2012, Brussels – Update
So far, over 60 people are registered from different
parts of Europe, including local representatives from Baerum, Barcelona,
Luxembourg, Madrid, Odense, Vienna
HABITACT members are invited to send us (firstname.lastname@example.org)
the final numbers for their city delegations, since places are filling up fast.
Deadline for registrations is 11 May 2012.
Funds for housing marginalised groups
A number of countries are working on taking up the
ERDF funding for housing marginalised communities (see May 2010 ERDF regulation
including France, Italy, Ireland, Czech Republic and Hungary.
If you are also working on this, feel free to contact email@example.com.
initiative – direct participation in EU decisions
1 April 2012 the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) entered into force. The
initiative enables one million EU citizens to call directly on the European
Commission to propose a legal act. The Committee of the Regions sees an
important role for local and regional authorities in the promotion and evaluation
of new initiatives. See more here.
Commission sees social services as a growth sector
The Commission published its ‘employment package’ on 20 April, entitled ‘Towards a job-rich recovery’.
It aims to draw governments’ attention to potential job growth areas in the
years to come, among them two overlapping sectors: health and social care;
personal and household services. In the
health and social care area, the employment package includes proposals for
Member States to “improve health workforce planning and forecasting to match
the demand and supply of health professionals better.” It also proposes to
create EU-led opportunities to “exchange on innovative and effective
recruitment and retention strategies”. The Commission’s paper identifies
challenges for health workforce development, including integrated care models.
It argues that “a shift from care in hospitals to the delivery of primary care
closer to home” would require “different skill mixes and new ways of working
within a wider interdisciplinary team.” The employment package has also launched
a consultation on personal and household services. These cover a broad range of
activities that contribute to well-being at home of families and individuals:
child care, long term care for the elderly and for persons with disabilities,
cleaning, remedial classes, home repairs, gardening, ICT support, etc.