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Document Typology: Research
Methodology addressed by the publication:International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
Title of document: Working programme for the interest group of carers
Name of author(s): Eurocarers
Name of publisher: Executive committee
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
This document aims to outline the possible topics and tools for a work programme for the European Parliament Interest Group on Carers, which is currently being re-established.
The first part describes the current and future EU (policy) initiatives where the Interest Group on Carers could become active. Some of these 'points of entry' were already addressed by the previous Interest Group and merit continued attention; others are new. Obviously, the areas of activity will be adapted to future Commission work programmes as well as the specific interests of the Group's members.
The second part lists six European Parliament 'tools' which can be used to advocate carers' issues.
The Interest Group on Carers would be supported in its work by Eurocarers, a European organisation representing the voice of carers at EU and national levels.

Reviewer's comments on the document:
Health inequalities directly relate to differences in access to health care and care services. Since carers provide such a large part of care across the EU, any initiative on health inequalities should take carers issues and the challenges of carers into account. The Interest Group should advocate this and ensure that any follow up initiative to the consultation takes account of carers' issues.This is very close to our project Heppy and I will present our project in the future Eurocarers international conference in May.I highlights new evidence about carers in all their diversity and about how different groups of carers experience their caring situation, especially in relation to their patients, families and all medicine environmental.
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