Joint recommendations for the European Care Strategy

Joint recommendations for the European Care Strategy regarding migrant care providers and service users

Together with other human rights organisations, ERGO endorsed Joint recommendations for the European Care Strategy regarding migrant care providers and service users.

This document sets out some joint recommendations for the inclusion of migrants in the forthcoming European Care Strategy and accompanying Council recommendations, both as workers and providers of care as well as care service users.

With a view to supporting the full inclusion of people who are non-nationals in every part of the strategy, the document is organised around key aspects that the strategy is expected to address, namely: access to care, affordability, sustainability, quality of care, workforce, and gender aspects of care.

 Contributors and endorsement

  • Caritas Europa
  • EAPN – European Anti-Poverty Network
  • EFFE – European Federation for Family, Employment & Home Care
  • EFFAT – European Federation of Food Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
  • EFSI – European Federation for Services to Individuals
  • Eurocarers
  • ERGO – European Roma Grassroots Organisations Network
  • Don Bosco International
  • FairWork (the Netherlands)
  • FEANTSA – European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless
  • La Strada International
  • Make Mothers Matter
  • PICUM – Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants
  • UNI Europa – UNICARE
  • SIMI (Czech Republic)
  • Social Platform and Red Acoge (Spain)

General principles and key messages

  • People who have non-EU nationality living in the EU must be fully considered and included in every part of the EU’s care strategy.
  • The availability, accessibility, affordability and quality of health, social and long-term care, as well as early childhood education and care, are essential for all, and especially those who, as non-nationals with various statuses living in the EU, may face particular barriers in accessing care, intersectional discrimination, marginalisation and in-work poverty.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic both reinforced the essential role of the care sector and exacerbated the precarity of migrant carers. Appropriate and effective measures are urgently needed.
  • The forthcoming European Care Strategy should:
    • Recognise the essential role and contributions of both intra-EU mobile workers and non-EU migrant workers, including undocumented workers, in providing care in the European Union.
    • Recognise that in many cases this care is being provided undeclared or under-declared, in exploitative conditions, impacting on the rights and well-being of workers and their families. This also impacts on care service users, and contributes to unfair and unsustainable social protection systems. Decent work should be integral to definitions and priorities around sustainable and quality care systems.
    • Commit and set concrete actions to promote decent work for all care workers, regardless of their migration or residence status, including through targeted measures.
    • Commit and set concrete actions to ensure that all people living in the EU have access to quality services on the basis of need, regardless of their migration or residence status.
    • Recognise and support informal carers, including young carers, regardless of their migration or residence status.
    • Meaningfully involve representatives of care workers, including migrant carers- as well as those in need of care – in the development, monitoring and evaluation of care policy-making and reform, and encourage member states to do likewise.
    • Encourage member states to evaluate the impacts of policies – in particular in the areas of employment, education, health and migration – on people in need of care, families, care workers and informal and formal care service provision, including through gender impact assessments.
    • Encourage the use of both EU and national funds, in particular ESF+ and the Child Guarantee national action plans, to improve access, affordability and quality of care services for marginalised and disadvantaged people and families, including mobile EU and non-EU migrants.
  • It is important for the European Care Strategy to address both the differences and overlap between care and non-care services needed by, and provided to, people with care needs in their homes. The strategy needs to recognise the different professional and skills profiles of care workers. This should reflect the types of care that require professional qualifications, as well as the reality that in many home care arrangements, people are providing a combination of care and housework-related personal household services.

Download the joint recommendations

Call for Expert in Local Budgeting

Roma equality, inclusion, and participation (EQUIP): Calls for applications for expert on Roma involvement in local budgeting

Call for expert in local budgeting

ERGO Network is contracting an independent expert to design manual for the Roma involvement in local budgeting under the project  “Roma equality, inclusion, and participation (EQUI)”. The project is funded by the European Union’s Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme (CERV).  

ERGO Network

ERGO Network (www.ergonetwork.org) brings together over 30 members from across Europe and supports organisations with a common perspective on Roma grassroots empowerment and equal citizenship to challenge stereotypes and combat stigmatization. We mobilize and connect organisations and individuals that share and express our values – active citizenship, shared responsibility, and passion – to strengthen and empower Roma civil society involvement in decision-making at local, national, and European levels and to address existing shortcomings of policies targeted at Roma.

Local Budgeting

The importance of the implementation of the National Roma Strategic Frameworks lies at the local level. ERGO Network with its members will help grassroots organizations to get engaged in community organising and community development to ensure that the national frameworks are effectively implemented on the ground. The training and coaching series will start with a training of community-based NGOs and local action groups on getting involved in local budgeting. In the following years it will also cover other aspects of community organising and local planning and development processes.

As part of ERGO’s workshop series on supporting community organising and community development, the first year’s topic will be Roma involvement in local budgeting. The purpose is to ensure that local funds are well spent for Roma inclusion and empowerment.

Role of the expert

We are searching for an external expert to support local Roma civil society to engage in community organising and community development to directly improve the living situation of Roma on the ground.

The expert is expected to develop a manual for the involvement of the Roma community in the local budgeting, as well as design the training and coach a minimum of three ERGO Network members to use the manual.

Specifically, the expert is expected to:

  • Develop the local budgeting manual: Minimum 20 pages, in English language, digital format, targeting national and local Roma activists.
  • Conduct a workshop with ERGO Network members to train them to use the manual and coach them to implement it.

Profile:

  • Excellent knowledge of local Roma realities with a specific focus on the involvement in local budgeting
  • Expertise on Roma issues and policies on European Union and member state level
  • Experience working with civil society organisations in the fields of advocacy, capacity-building, and network building
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to design manuals and trainings for CSOs activists
  • Excellent training skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Additional language skills desirable

Conditions

The development of the manual and the training will be conducted throughout April-December 2022, with the final report expected in December 2022.

Times for training and coaching of ERGO Network members will be agreed upon with the selected expert and selected countries.

Contract and budget

The independent expert will be subcontracted to fulfil the part of the work in the project of ERGO Network, under the CERV. The expert has no rights vis-à-vis the European Commission.

The expert shall be paid for the execution of the activities and services a fee of a maximum of 6,000 EUR, all taxes and VAT included (must include all expert costs, travel, translation etc.).

Application procedure

Interested and qualified candidates should submit the following documents:

  • CV, highlighting past similar assignments
  • Proposed methodology, timeline, and budget, including the envisaged number of working days

We will select the expert according to the principle “Value for money”. Please send your application to info@ergonetwork.org by March 31th 2022, 23:59 CET.

A detailed project summary can be provided upon request.

For further questions, please contact Gabriela Hrabanova at g.hrabanova@ergonetwork.org

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