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.
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.