In March 2021, the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan announced an initiative on long-term care and the revision of the Barcelona targets for early childhood education and care. In September 2021, Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission President announced in her State of the Union address a European Care Strategy to support women and men in finding the best care and work life balance for carers, which was later confirmed in the Commission Work Programme 2022.
If the pandemic taught us one thing, it is that time is precious. And caring for someone you love is the most precious time of all. We will come forward with a new European Care Strategy to support men and women in finding the best care and the best life balance for them – Ursula von der Leyen, President, European Commission.
This initiative would take the form of a Commission Communication, and be accompanied by proposals for Council Recommendations on the revision of the Barcelona targets on early childhood education and care (ECEC), and long-term care (LTC).
As EuroHealthNet is preparing it’s position paper and the full response to the European Commission’s consultation on the respective instruments of the European Care Strategy, we have lined up some essential elements to feed into the ongoing discussions and strategic dialogues with DG EMPL.