European Confederation of Care Home Organisations
01.03.2012
Newsletter - Issue 3


The European Confederation of National Care Home
and Elderly Care Service Organisations
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

21 February 2012 - Consultation on the revision of the European Union rules on Regional state aid.


Public authorities, citizens, companies and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Period of consultation: from 24.01.2012 to 26.04.2012

Objective of the consultation

As a derogation to the general prohibition to grant aid the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) provides that state aid to promote regional development can, under certain conditions, be considered compatible with the internal market pursuant to Articles 107(3)(a) or (c) of the TFEU. The compatibility criteria to be fulfilled as regards such aid are defined by the European Commission and laid down in different texts:
  • the Guidelines on national regional aid for 2007-2013 (hereinafter referred to as the 'RAG'), which lay down the provisions on the basis of which notified state aid granted in order to promote the economic development of certain disadvantaged areas within the European Union can be considered compatible with the internal market;

  • the Communication concerning the criteria for an in-depth assessment of regional aid to large investment projects (hereinafter referred to as the 'in-depth assessment Communication' or 'IDAC');

  • the relevant provisions of Commission Regulation (EC) No 800/2008 of 6 August 2008 declaring certain categories of aid compatible with the common market in application of Articles 87 and 88 of the Treaty (General block exemption Regulation – GBER) , which lay down, inter alia, the conditions under which regional State aid is considered to be compatible with the internal market without requiring prior notification to the Commission.

  • The RAG and the GBER will expire on 31 December 2013. In this context, the present public consultation offers stakeholders the opportunity to provide input to the Commission at an early stage of policy making. Member States and other interested parties are invited to express their views on the EU rules currently applicable to regional state aid and to suggest possible amendments to these rules.
One of the main goals of the European Year 2012 is to reverse the idea that older persons are a burden on society. As Europeans live longer and healthier lives, governments are looking for ways to involve older persons more in society and to keep them active; these changes could result in economic benefits for society as a whole, while at the same time promoting the physical, mental, and social well-being of older members of society.

The demographic changes that are likely to be experienced across the EU in the coming decades also present an opportunity for the development of new products and services that are geared to the needs of older people. There is the potential for a wide range of new technologies to be developed that could allow older people to stay autonomous and live longer in their own homes, to transform the delivery of care, or to personalise services in response to patients’ needs.

The European Year 2012 is designed to raise awareness of these issues, identify and publicise good practices, while encouraging policymakers and stakeholders (at all levels of governance) to promote active ageing. Without further institutional and policy changes, demographic change could potentially impinge on inter-generational solidarity, as working populations are increasingly asked to pay for the needs of an expanding group of older persons.

How to submit your contribution:
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click here to submit your contribution.

  • Received contributions will be published on the Internet. However, submissions that are clearly marked "confidential" will be treated as such and not published on the Internet. In that case please also provide a non-confidential version of your reply. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.
(Read more in and view the questonaire on: www.echo-eu.com)


19 December 2011 - Directive of the European Parliament and the Council.

Mobility of qualified professionals is low in the European Union. However, there seems to be a major unexploited potential for mobility: according to a 2010 Eurobarometer survey 1, 28% of EU citizens are considering work abroad.

Recognition of professional qualifications is key to making the fundamental Internal Market freedoms work effectively for EU citizens. At the same time, mobility should not come at the expense of consumers, and notably patients who expect adequate language skills from health professionals. In addition, the potential of a more integrated services market remains unexploited in the area of professional services.

Modernising the Directive would also respond to the needs of Member States facing increasing shortages of skilled workforce of EU citizens within the single market is an important issue in this regard. Shortages of workforce will not only persist in the future but are projected to increase in particular in the health sector, in the education sector, and also in growth sectors, such as construction or business services.

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


01 December 2011. Towards a simpler, more robust and efficient VAT system - Green Paper. Given the impact of ageing societies on labor markets, taxation systems will have to be adapted.

Value added tax (VAT) was first introduced in Europe in 1954, in France. In 1967, the Member States of the European Economic Community, as it was then, agreed to replace their national turnover tax systems with a common VAT system. Since then, VAT has been introduced in around 1401 countries worldwide.

The financial and economic crisis has resulted in severe challenges for public finances in many Member States. Several Member States have recently increased VAT rates or are considering it, either as a reaction to the consolidation needs resulting from the crisis or in the context of a longer-term shift towards indirect rather than direct taxation. The latter shift can be rationalised by the relative efficiency of consumption taxes, consumption being a broader and more stable base than profits and incomes. The broader base allows for lower rates, thereby reducing the distortive effects of taxation, with favourable effects on growth and employment.

Moreover, given the impact of ageing societies on labour markets, savings and consumption patterns and public expenditure in the years to come, taxation systems will have to be adapted. The financing of the welfare state may have to rely less on labour taxes and tax revenues from capital income (savings), thereby further arguing in favour of a shift to indirect taxation.

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

23 September 2011 - European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. The European Union designated 2012 as the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations

This initiative aims to:
  • help create better job opportunities and working conditions for the growing numbers of older people in Europe;

  • help them play an active role in society,

  • encourage healthy ageing and independent living.
One of the main goals of the European Year 2012 is to reverse the idea that older persons are a burden on society. As Europeans live longer and healthier lives, governments are looking for ways to involve older persons more in society and to keep them active; these changes could result in economic benefits for society as a whole, while at the same time promoting the physical, mental, and social well-being of older members of society.

The demographic changes that are likely to be experienced across the EU in the coming decades also present an opportunity for the development of new products and services that are geared to the needs of older people. There is the potential for a wide range of new technologies to be developed that could allow older people to stay autonomous and live longer in their own homes, to transform the delivery of care, or to personalise services in response to patients’ needs.

The European Year 2012 is designed to raise awareness of these issues, identify and publicise good practices, while encouraging policymakers and stakeholders (at all levels of governance) to promote active ageing. Without further institutional and policy changes, demographic change could potentially impinge on inter-generational solidarity, as working populations are increasingly asked to pay for the needs of an expanding group of older persons.

(Read the related document in: www.echo-eu.com)

 
 
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