European Confederation of Care Home Organisations
03.03.2011
Newsletter - Issue 1


The European Confederation of National care home
organisations and elderly care services
Its members take care now of more than 1,5 million elderly in care homes, domiciliary care, day care centres, teleassistance and employ 1,1 million staff.

LATEST NEWS FROM AGING EUROPE

EUROPE

Brussels, 3 March 2011 Europe's social dialogue vital to overcoming crisis says:

EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor.

Dialogue among workers' and employers' representatives and governments has been crucial in helping to shape Europe's response to the crisis. The involvement of workers and employers (the social partners) in negotiation and consultation has helped companies and workers adapt to change and their contribution has, in particular, helped to minimise job losses in Europe according to a new report published today by the European Commission. Strong social dialogue led to responses such as the introduction or extension of short-time working schemes in a number of EU countries and sectors. The social partners are also playing an important role in the successful implementation of the EU's 'Europe 2020' strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Speaking about the new report, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor said: "We have to emerge from the crisis with more and not less social dialogue - this will also help bolster the competitiveness of Europe's economy". He added: "The Member States, where social partnership is strongest, are those that are successfully overcoming the crisis". The Commissioner also stressed the uneven level of social dialogue across the EU saying: "Social dialogue is still very weak in many of the countries that joined the EU in 2004 and 2007, yet building solid partnerships between workers' and employers' representatives is precisely what will help these Member States on the road to recovery".
(Read more in: www.echo-eu.com)


1 March 2011 - EU Funding Programmes
Work programme and call for proposals - 2011

The ICT Policy Support Programme (or ICT PSP) aims at stimulating innovation and competitiveness through the wider uptake and best use of ICT by citizens, governments and businesses.
The ICT PSP Work Programme 2011 is formally adopted.
The 5th Call for Proposals opened on 1 March and will close on 1 June 2011.

Information Days and Workshops on Call 5
An Information Day, organised by the Commission, took place on Monday 28 February in Brussels.

Call for independent experts 2007/2013
Call for expression of interest addressed to individuals for the establishment of a database of prospective independent experts to assist the Commission's services for tasks in connection with the ICT Policy Support Programme of CIP.

CIP Conference on Tuesday 25 January 2011
The CIP will come to an end in 2013 and the Commission services are currently elaborating actions and priorities for after 2013.
A conference on a possible successor to the CIP was held on Tuesday 25 January 2011 at the Charlemagne Building (Brussels.

CIP Public Consultation
This public consultation was undertaken in order to provide the Commission with public views on what the future priority areas for an EU intervention in these areas should be, and what instruments should be used.
This consultation was one instrument among an array of research tools that will be used to inform the development of CIP II. In addition to the public consultation, the Commission is also organising a public conference, meetings with stakeholders, evaluations, etc.
The Competitiveness and Innovation framework Programme (CIP) runs for the years 2007-2013 and is organised around three multi-annual specific programmes with a budget of 730 million €.:<

  • The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP)
  • The Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP)
  • The Intelligent Energy Europe Programme (IEE)
(Read more in: www.echo-eu.com)


16 February 2011 - Combating late payment in commercial and health transactions
EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor.

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular to Article 114 thereof, The European Parliament and Council have approved DIRECTIVE 2011/7/EU.

Many payments in commercial transactions between economic operators or between economic operators and public authorities are made later than agreed in the contract or laid down in the general commercial conditions. Although the goods are delivered or the services performed, many corresponding invoices are paid well after the deadline. Such late payment negatively affects liquidity and complicates the financial management of undertakings. It also affects their competitiveness and profitability when the creditor needs to obtain external financing because of late payment. The risk of such negative effects strongly increases in periods of economic downturn when access to financing is more difficult. A particular cause for concern in connection with late payment is the situation of health services in a large number of Member States.
(Read more in: www.echo-eu.com)



16 February 2011 - A new EU law on falsified medicines

EU Commissioner John DALLI for Health and Consumer Policy, has stated the adoption to day by the European Parliament of a Directive on Falsified Medicines

John Dalli said: "I welcome today's vote on a Directive that will increase the protection of our citizens from the dangers of falsified medicines and I congratulate and thank the Rapporteur, Ms. Marisa Matias, for all her work.
Since they may contain ingredients in the wrong dosage or no active ingredients at all, falsified medicines are a serious public health risk in the EU. They have not been subject to an authorisation procedure where aspects of quality, safety, and efficacy of the medicine are verified.

The law passed today introduces harmonized, pan-European safety measures that provide the highest possible level of assurance that only high-quality medicines are sold within the legal supply chain in the EU. It also addresses sales of falsified medicines over the internet by providing for an obligatory trust mark on websites of legally operating online pharmacies. I look forward to a swift implementation of this Directive by the Member States".

(Read more in: www.echo-eu.com)

 
GERMANY

Number of persons in need of long-term care increased 16% since 1999


In December 2009, 2,34 million people in Germany were in need of long-term care, as defined by Long-Term Care Insurance Act (Code of Social Security Legislation XI).

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), in 2009 there were 322,000 persons, or 16.0%, more than in 1999, when the survey was conducted for the first time. Compared with the latest stocktaking in December 2007, the number of persons needing long-term care rose by some 91,000 or 4.1%. The majority (67%) were women. Overall, 83% of those in need of long-term care were 65 years and older, about one third (35%) were over 85 years of age.

More than two thirds, that is 1,62 millions of dependent people, have been cared at home. Out of these, 1,07 millions received only economic help and therefore their family has taken care of them. Other 550.000 older people have received at home domiciliary care services while 717.000 elderly have been living in nursing homes, where they have received long term care services.

 
UK

1 February 2011 - Protect Learning Disabilities Services


As the Learning Disability Coalition launches their ‘Protect the Frontline’ campaign, English Community Care Association (ECCA), the leading representative body for independent care providers, warns that its members are under increasing pressure to cut fees.
Martin Green, Chief Executive of ECCA, says:

“Our learning disability members are seeing frontline services threatened through fee cuts.  Our residential and supported living providers want to see services for people with learning disabilities maintained to ensure their continued independence and inclusion. The discussion cannot focus exclusively on cutting fees without any reference to quality of service and individual outcomes .We are already seeing, continues Martin Green, the mobility element of the DLA for people in residential care in danger without any understanding of the reality of people’s lives and ambitions for the future. Local councils and PCTs must do their utmost to support learning disability services and we look forward to seeing how they respond to the LDC campaign .”

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