Theodoros Zagorakis (PPE)
Subject: Deinstitutionalising disabled people
The transition from institutional to community-based care is one of the key pillars of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020.
In this respect, the Commission has called on all Member States to support specific targeted activities in order to promote transition from residential/institutional care to family/community-based care.
In fact, in line with the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) thematic guidance issued by the European Commission in tackling discrimination/disabilities, measures that may result in the further institutionalisation of children, including building or renovating long-stay residential institutions, should be excluded from financial support.
Can the Commission say:
Does it have qualitative and quantitative data on the implementation of actions related to deinstitutionalisation in Europe?
To what extent have Member States complied with the European Disability Strategy guidance?
In the case of severe disabilities, what does it propose as a recommended model for support services?