Following our joint conference with the European Policy Centre (EPC), on the EU Investment Plan and investing in social care and support, the EPC has published its event report, detailing the discussions and the conclusions of the day.
The event brought together key social, investment and institutional decision-makers to explore how the European Union and its investment programme can help to unlock funds that can finance quality social care for all and support the EU’s increasing social dimension.
During the event Luk Zelderloo, Secretary General of the EASPD, presented EASPD’s recommendations to increase private investment in the social sector. These recommendations include the call for the creation of a European Strategy for Quality Social Infrastructure which would:
- Set up a European Fund for Social Infrastructure Development (EFSID) which would use €5 billion of EU/EIB to help unlock €25 billion investment into social infrastructure.
- Set up a High Level Taskforce for Quality Social Infrastructure to build European minimum standards and recommend policy frameworks; support and advise the development of quality projects and coordinate the Social Investment Councils.
- Create national/regional Social Investment Councils in each member state to build pipeline of bankable quality projects.
- Support a European Social Investment Data Collection body
Key speakers at the event included Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Policy Centre and President Emeritus of the European Council; Jose Manuel Fernandes, Member of the European Parliament and Zoltan Kazatsay, Deputy Director-General, DG Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, European Commission. To find out more about what they said, on what can be done to unlock investment in social infrastructure and read the full report please click here.