EPR follows the work of the Ad Hoc Committee of Experts on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CAHDPH) set up to steer the intergovernmental work in the field of disability rights, assigned to it by the Committee of Ministers. The Ad Hoc Committee gives advice, guidance and support to other Council of Europe bodies and to member states on disability related issues.
EPR is a member of the European Commission’s Disability High Level Group.
The aim of the DHLG is to establish close cooperation between the institutions of the Member States, the Commission and the civil society on issues relating to disability and to facilitate the exchange of information, experiences and good practices. EPR regularly attends meetings and has presented outcomes and recommendations from its activities and good practices from members.
From 2014-2017 EPR has also had a partnership agreement with the European Commission under the European Union Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme. EPR activities have been financially supported by the Commission and is consulted regularly on policy issues. The aim of EaSI is to promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions.
EPR is an Observing member of the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG).
The EEG is a broad coalition gathering stakeholders representing people with care or support needs and their families, including children, people with disabilities, homeless people, people experiencing mental health problems; as well as service providers, public authorities and intergovernmental organisations.
The Group has as its mission the promotion of person-centred, quality and empowering models of services and formal and informal care that fully respect the human rights of all people with care or support needs. The Group supports national efforts to implement the necessary reforms, in compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (in particular with Article 19), the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the European Fundamental Rights Charter.
EPR is a member of the EU Alliance Against Disability Cuts, a Civil society coalition to counter the disproportionate impact of the crisis on disabled people.
The EU Alliance Against Disability Cuts works together to expose this Europe-wide social and human rights crisis, by raising awareness about it and putting it higher on the European political agenda. The Alliance has presetend a proposal for a Resolution of the European Parliament on the effect of cuts in public spending on disabled persons in the EU. Led by the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), the Alliance is also supported by the European Foundation Center, the European Disability Forum, Inclusion Europe, Mental Health Europe, Autism Europe, the European Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, Disabled People Against Cuts and the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities.
EPR is an associate member of the Social Platform, the largest civil society alliance fighting for social justice and participatory democracy in Europe. Consisting of 48 Pan-European networks of NGOs, the Social Platform campaigns to ensure that EU policies are developed in partnership with the people they affect, respecting fundamental rights, promoting solidarity and improving lives.
Social Services Europe brings together eight Europe-wide networks of professional not-for-profit providers of social, health and care services. EPR has been a member of the network since its establishment and contributes to achieving its aims. The network aims to strengthen the profile and position of social services, and to promote the role and impact of not for-profit social service providers in Europe. Social Services Europe member organisations intend to reinforce their activities on the impact of EU legislation on Social Services of General Interest (SSGI); staff and human resources issues; social innovation; structural funds; the social dimension of Europe and contribution of social services to overall EU policy.