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Other Acts P6_TA-PROV (2011)0319 (05/07/2011)

Type: Acts of the European Union: Resolution on the future of social services of general interest

Authority: European Authorities - European Union: European Parliament

Date: 07/05/2011

Subject: The European Parliament considers that social services of general interest, their users and their providers have a number of special characteristics in addition to the common characteristics of Services of general interest; social services of general interest, as defined by Member States, encompass statutory and complementary social security schemes and universally available services provided directly to the person, aiming to enhance the quality of life of all; play a preventative, social cohesion and inclusion role and deliver on fundamental rights as proclaimed in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The Parliament urges the Member States to maintain the availability of accessible, affordable, high-quality social services as during the period of fast economic growth, and to guarantee non-discriminatory access to these services regardless of gender, income, race or ethnic origin, religion or beliefs, disability, age, sexual orientation or employment conditions; considers that social services are fundamental in ensuring gender equality as, together with health services and childcare facilities, they are one of the mainstays of efforts to increase female employment rates and equality in general.

Classification: Solidarity - Art. 36 Access to services of general economic interest

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