Event Europe’s long-term care systems need urgent reforming and funding

Europe’s long-term care systems need urgent reforming and funding

Date(s) - 26/06/2023
12:30 - 15:30

Press Club Brussels Europe


Europe’s long-term care systems need urgent reforming and funding

The number of people in need of care in the European Union is projected to rise from 30.8 million in 2019 to 38.1 million in 2050, but currently, there are more people in need of care than places and care workers available. Moreover, public spending is not keeping pace. On June 26, Caritas Europa launches its latest report, which analyses the sector’s challenges in 13 European countries and calls for more investments and better labour conditions for care workers and improved access to care for those who need it.

Don’t miss the debate at the Press Club of Brussels. We’ll host testimonies from people who draw on or provide long-term care, Caritas experts and policymakers, including  Nicholas Schmit, the Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights.

Light lunch and registration as of 12:30. The event starts at 13:30.

Look at programme and REGISTER HERE

Caritas is one of Europe’s biggest social service providers. In its latest European report “Growing old with dignity. Challenges of long-term care in Europe”, we depict the current complex situation characterised by severe job shortages and lack of affordable care services. By analysing the root causes of the problems, the publication also proposes concrete solutions.

Join the lively debate and if you cannot make it in person, you can fallow the live streaming on the Press Club Channel (13:30 to 15:30 on 26 June).

To find out more you read this article and watch the video.


Moderator: Caritas Europa
12:30-13:30 Registration and standing lunch
13:30-13:40 Welcome and introduction – Michael Landau, President of Caritas Europa
13:40 -13:45 Video (Caritas Germany and Slovakia)
13:45 – 13:55 Presentation of the main findings and recommendations of the Caritas’ LTC report – Shannon Pfohman, Policy and Advocacy Director, Caritas Europa
13:55-14:05 Testimonies from care recipients, care workers, Caritas member organisations
14:05 – 14:25 Reflections on the situation of care in Europe support to EU Member States and anticipated reforms as a result of the Council Recommendation on Long-Term Care – Nicholas Schmit, Commissioner for Jobs & Social rights
14:25-14:30 Q&A
14:30-15:10 Panel discussion with representatives from the:

·       Oliver Roethig, Regional Secretary, UNI Global Union – Europa

·       András Márton, Director Caritas Alba Iulia

·       Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union (tbc)

·       MEP Milan Brglez, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (tbc)

15:10-15:25 Q&A
15:25-15:30 Wrap-up and closing remarks by Maria Nyman, Secretary General of Caritas Europa