Response to EC Consultation
Brussels, 20th April 2021
Social Services Europe: Response to the Green Paper Ageing
Social Services Europe welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the European Commission consultation on ageing, fostering solidarity and responsibility between generations. We welcome the Commission's recognition of the impact of demographic change, ageing and the challenges and opportunities it offers.
We believe that access to social services is a fundamental right. Everyone should enjoy these rights, and this is supported by part 1, article 14 of the European Social Charter and Article 34 point 1 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Ageing affects all aspects of a person's life but should not be detrimental to their social rights or the right to live in dignity. The vital factor for SSE is not only participating in the debates focused on the Green Paper on Ageing but also delivering on the White Paper on Ageing while anticipating the Commission’s initiative on Long Term Care in 2022.
This contribution is structured in the form of questions as outlined in the consultation, our input provides answers to 15 out of the 17 questions most relevant to SSE member organisations.
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