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Joint statement: Recovery and Resilience Facility must support community inclusion, not segregation

As some Members States have already submitted their National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs) to the European Commission and others will soon submit, the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG), of which Autism-Europe is member, sees the need to re-emphasize that there should be no investments in institutions in the NRRPs.

Focus should be given to forward social reforms to promote social inclusion and robust investments into family- and community-based care and support.

The EEG reminds that commitments have been made by the European Union and several Member States towards the deinstitutionalisation process in recent years, and they must be compliant with the UNCRPD. However, when analysing the National Recovery and Resilience draft Plans of 10 Member States, we found clear references of investments to build, refurbish and increase the capacity of institutions in some of these Plans.

Therefore, the EEG calls on the European Union and its Member States to not invest in institutions in the NRRPs.

Download the Joint Statement here