The Right to Community Living for Older People – Future Directions of the EU Structural Funds
Professor Gerard Quinn holds joint professorial appointments at Lund University and Leeds University (2018-) and is Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Disability Law & Policy, National University of Ireland, (Galway). He will present a seminar on the following topic:
"The Right to Community Living for Older People – Future Directions of the EU Structural Funds"
The 2013 Regulations for the EU Structural Funds were a breakthrough. It allows EU funds to be spent to assist Member States to transition away from institutions into living in the community. The relevant conditionalities apply across the board to all groups – older persons, children, persons with disabilities. Professor Quinn was centrally involved in changing the Regulations and has since co-chaired a pan-European research project called Community Living for Europe – Structural Funds Watch which tracks the way the monies are spent. Its most recent report is here: https://eustructuralfundswatchdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/cle-sfw_opening-up-communities-november-2017_final.pdf
The 2013 Regulations are up for renewal in 2018. This affords an opportunity to more deeply embed the principle of using the funds to avoid institutionalization for all. A concern is the call from some quarters to allow the funds to be used to build institution-like settings for older people as an aspect of ‘long term care.’
Professor Quinn will explain the Regulations, the relevant community-oriented conditionalities and how the arguments are shaping up for the next round of Regulations.
This seminar should interest anyone interested in the social inclusion of older persons, in community living for older people, in the continuities and discontinuities between older people and other groups like persons with disabilities (intersectionality in law and practice) and in the political framing of the issues for the next round of the Regulations.
Respondent: Carlos Chiatti, Assistant researcher at Lund University, interested in health services research and innovation.
Registration is not required, however appreciated (to titti [dot] mattsson [at] jur [dot] lu [dot] se).