Public hearing on “The role of family members caring for people with disabilities and the elderly: the explosion of the phenomenon during the pandemic"

Remote event via Interactio, online platform - Monday, 4 July 2022 from 09:30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

09.00 a.m. - 09.30 a.m. | Testing connections

09.30 a.m. - 09.35 a.m. | Introduction

09.35 a.m. - 09.45 a.m. | Presentation of the opinion

09.45. a.m. - 10.30 a.m. | Panel I: View of European Institutions

(with break for the interpreters 15 minutes)

Moderator: Jack O'Connor, member of the study group, EESC

  • Inmaculada Placencia Porrero, Senior Expert, DG EMPL, Unit D.3 Disability and Inclusion
  • Tadas Leončikas, Senior Research Manager, Eurofound


10.30 a.m. - 10.45 a.m. | Break

10.45 a.m. - 12.45 p.m. | Panel II: View of Civil Society organisations and Social Partners

Moderator: Dovilė Juodkaitė, member of the study group, EESC

  • Camille Roux, Policy and Advocacy Officer, COFACE Families Europe (Confederation of Family Organizations in the European Community)
  • Jyrki Pinomaa, President, Inclusion Europe
  • Thomas Bignal, Head of Policy, European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD)
  • Philippe Seidel, Policy Manager, AGE Platform Europe
  • Claire Champeix, Policy Officer, Eurocarers
  • John Patrick Clarke, Vice-President, European Disability Forum (EDF)
  • Grace Papa, Political Secretary, European Federation of Food, Agricolture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT)


12.45 p.m. - 12.55 p.m. | Conclusions

  • Pietro Vittorio Barbieri, Rapporteur of the EESC opinion

12.55 p.m. - 01.00 p.m. | Closing remarks

  • Marie Zvolská, President of the study group


Interpretation requested: participants can speak AND listen into: EN-FR-IT-ES-CS-PL (TBC) and can speak into BUT NOT listen to: HU-LT (TBC)