Opening up communities, closing down institutions: Harnessing the European Structural and Investment Funds

This report from Community Living for Europe: Structural Funds Watch reviews findings of an examination of the EU financial framework as it relates to the promotion of community-based care of children and adults and offers key recommendations for the EU and Member States to facilitate the transition from institutional to community-based care. Community Living for Europe: Structural Funds Watch is an independent initiative that tracks how efectively the clear commitment of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) to support community living of children, persons with disabilities and older persons is being implemented. 

This report concerns the role of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) with respect to the transition from institutional to community-based living for children and young people, including those with disabilities, adults with disabilities and older persons in European Union Member States. It contains examples, both positive and negative, that demonstrate how the Member States have implemented the ESIF regulations, how they are currently using or are planning to use the ESIF to support the transition to community-based living, and provides concrete recommendations for the current and next funding period post 2020.

The report highlights the "pivotal role of the European Structural and Investment Funds in advancing the transition from institutional to community-based living" and explores the impact of the ex-ante conditionality 9.1, highlighting the transition process from institutional to community-based care in particular Member States, such as Hungary and Bulgaria.