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Annual Review 2010-2011

After a year of global economic turmoil, which saw a general reduction in government spending on social affairs throughout Europe, Workability Europe managed to increase its operations.

Having qualified for funding under the European Commission’s Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity (PROGRESS), the Workability Europe programme of activities 2011 was expanded greatly to include a number of seminars and workshops on EU-related topics. Our first seminar was held in Brussels in early March and covered the EU Disability Strategy and the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, as well as a general discussion on disability and Workability Europe-related issues of more pertinent interest to our members.

Workability Europe organised other events in the same style in Paris in April 2011 and in Budapest during the Hungarian Presidency of the EU in June 2011. The Workability Europe team also visited our new Lithuanian member NSIS in June 2011.

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Annual Review 2009-2010

The Year 2009 was a year of change and consolidation, with the addition of new Members and our endeav¬our to consolidate our position within the European Social Policy Sphere. Our members, in the maelstrom of the European financial crisis, found their revenues reduced, while demand for their services continued to increase.

At the European level, political events have been very exciting – the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty in November 2009 and the European Commission’s adherence to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities were significant departures which will have long-term consequences for European citizens and more pertinently, our members’ work plans.

During 2009, Workability Europe has participated in numerous projects, both within Europe and beyond. This demonstrates our members’ ability to exploit their innate skills and their strong networking to succeed in winning these bids, against quite considerable com¬petition. We also completed two major projects, Validating Mentoring2 (VM2) and the Quality Assurance Project, both EU funded and also a project with the University of Pamakule in Turkey, in cooperation with the City of Denizli, funded by the Matra programme of the Netherlands.

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News and Events

Call for minimum share for the European Social Fund

Keep the 25% minumum share for the ESF budget in the overall cohesion budget

Social Services Europe called on Ministers for Employment and Social Affairs and Members of the European Parliament to keep the minimum share of 25% for the European Social Fund  in the overall cohesion budget. The organisation submitted a letter stating that the ESF contitutes an important tool to ensure people are equipped to enter and stay in the labour market, develop human capacities through education, training and lifelong learning opportunities and address social exclusion and poverty. 

The European Commission ring-fenced 25% of the overal cohesion budget for the European Social Fund, irrespective of the region. The Council of Ministers only refer to an "adequate share" of ESF money that should be spend on human capital development. 

This marks a significant shift from the original proposal and jeopardises the original objectives of the European Social Fund.  

Workability Europe's Board Members

Marjatta Varanka, Managing Director of VATES in Finland, was elected as President of Workability Europe on 29 January 2013 at an extraordinary General Assembly in Brussels. Also elected were Leif Alm, Samhall and Nigel Hopkins, Remploy. Board members hold the following positions: 

  • Marjatta Varanka, VATES - President
  • Rafael González Millán, FUNDOSA - Vice President
  • Nigel Hopkins, FEGAPEI - Treasurer
  • Lisette Bosch, CEDRIS - Ordinary Member
  • Stef De Cock, VLAB - Ordinary Member
  • Thierry Lècques, GESAT - Ordinary Member


Latest publications

Workability Europe Brochure

The brochure about Workability Europe, published in September 2012, gives a brief overview of the organisation and its activities. It summarises who we are and what we do, and also describes our portfolio of services to members. 

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Annual Reviews

Annual Review 2010-2011

After a year of global economic turmoil, which saw a general reduction in government spending on social affairs throughout Europe, Workability Europe managed to increase its operations.

Campaign: EY 2014 Reconciling Work and Family Life

Banner EY 2014

Family comes first, for anybody you may ask in the street. However, due to work commitments and constraints of working hours, it is not always easy to take time off work to take a disabled child to a medical appointment, to visit ageing relatives in care homes during the day, or to puck up your children from school.

Workability Europe, as part of the European Year 2014 Alliance, is trying to highlight these exact issues at European level and bring attention to the fact that creating and promoting policies that enable reconciliation of work and family life would be a win-win situation - both for individual EU citizens, as well as for the European Union as a whole. Investing in measures that enable better work-life balance has a direct positive impact on job creation, well-being, prevention of poverty and social exclusion.

Marian Harkin MEP initiated a Written Declaration asking for the designation of 2014 as the European Year for Reconciling Work and Family Life with the support of the European Year 2014 Alliance. Read more about the campaign and lobby your national MEP to sign the Written Declaration!