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Policy Work

Although Member States remain responsible for organising their care and social protection systems, EU institutions play an instrumental role in complementing national policies and supporting cooperation in these fields. It is therefore essential for the Eurocarers network to feed into these policy debates by promoting evidence-based recommendations that truly reflect the opportunities and challenges facing informal carers across Europe. Our advocacy work encompasses a portfolio of EU policy developments that have the potential to improve (or deteriorate) the situation of carers. This section provides a comprehensive overview of the ‘policy hooks’ currently at our disposal.

To access Eurocarers' briefing on "Why addressing the needs of informal carers is a crucial issue for Europe", please click here.

For a more comprehensive overview of issues on the current agenda that have a bearing on carers, please click here. This document was elaborated by Eurocarers in cooperation with the European Parliament Interest Group on Carers, as part of a response to a variety of current policy challenges relating to the provision and sustainability of long term care in Europe. It outlines why support for carers is needed, and highlights those issues on the current agenda that have a bearing on carers – thus providing a practical guide on how to better take account of carers in current and future EU policy development.

Care & Employment »

Reconciling work and care Population ageing and advances in medical sciences mean that more people are living longer with multiple conditions and complex health needs. This growing demand for long-term…

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Care, Health and Well-Being »

The impact of caregiving on informal carers’ mental and physical health The correlation between caregiving and physical and mental health is well established. In particular, research has traditionally…

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Young Carers »

Eurocarers commitment to Young Carers Young carers are children and young people under the age of 18 who provide care for a parent or relative in the community, usually within their own home. They…

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Poverty, Social Inclusion and Care »

What do informal carers need? In Europe, 80% of all care is provided by informal carers – i.e. people providing usually unpaid care to someone with a chronic disease, disability or any other…

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