Image: On January 25, 2013, President and Executive Director of G3ict, Axel Leblois (standing at the back, third from right) gave a talk to the current International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy LLM class as part of their course on Contemporary Challenges in Disability Policy run by Donal Rice (standing, third from left).
This conference marks a significant contribution during the Irish Presidency of the EU to the Europe-wide debate about the future role of the EU Structural Funds. It will focus on the positive potential of the EU Structural Funds in assisting Member States to achieve community living for older persons and persons with disabilities. This will be an event ’in association with the Irish Presidency’ of the EU.
It is timely given that new Regulations governing the Funds are due to be concluded in 2013. The event is also timely given that Ireland is to the forefront in developing policies to end congregated settings and the EU is currently considering what role the Structural Funds might play in easing the transition to community living. GENIO – which is part funded by Government and philanthropy (Atlantic Philanthropies) – is also to the fore in Ireland in developing community living models for both older people and people with disabilities. The EU, in addition to its Member States, has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities that crystallises the right to community living which is based on general human rights applicable to all persons.
The conference is open to all interested in the development of positive EU social policy in the fields of ageing and disability.