Personal and Household Services

The report "Personal and Household Services (PHS) Policies and Instruments: State of Play in the 21 EU Member States " considers the state of the PHS sectors across 21 EU Member States. It summarises why PHS should play an important role in the European Union agenda and presents examples of successful policies and instruments currently in use in various Member States. By analysing how the PHS sectors function in different institutional contexts, it suggests approaches for supporting their development at the national level – both in countries with advanced and less advanced PHS sectors. The report can be used at the national and EU level to support the discourses on the state and perspectives of the PHS sectors as well as to facilitate the policy-making in this field.  The report will soon be available

Workshops

Ad-PHS project's workshop in the Romania
On February 11, 2020, the Ad-PHS project partners hosted a workshop in Bucharest, Romania. This Workshop was attended by Aurelie Decker (EFSI), Thomas Bignal, and Renaud Scheuer (EASPD).   The objectives of the workshop were to introduce the Ad-PHS project, to connect various PHS stakeholders, to review the current state of PHS in Romania, as well as to present guidelines and promising practices.   The workshops was hosted by the Romanian network Dizabnet and gathered a diversity of speakers rep…
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Ad-PHS project's workshop in the Czech Republic
On February 19, 2020, the Ad-PHS project partners hosted a workshop in Prague, Czechia. This Workshop was attended by Aurelie Decker (EFSI0 and Renaud Scheuer (EASPD).   The objectives of the workshop were to introduce the Ad-PHS project, to connect various PHS stakeholders, to review the current state of PHS in the Czech Republic, as well as to present guidelines and promising practices.   The workshops was hosted by the Czech Association of Social Care Services UZS and gathered a diversity of …
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Ad-PHS project's workshop in the Netherlands
On December 12, 2019, the Ad-PHS project partners hosted a workshop in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This Workshop was attended by Aude Boisseuil (EFFE), Grace Papa (EFFAT), Benedetta Baldini (EFSI), Nico Daenens (Dienstenaanhuis), Mathieu Raafenberg and Jolanda van der Staaij (Care 2 Get There), and Renaud Scheuer (EASPD). Dienstenaanhuis is a Belgian organization, established in 2004 and employing over 2800 workers, mainly in Flanders and in the Walloon Brabant. Dienstenaanhuis focuses on cle…
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Ad-PHS project's workshop in Sweden
On November 13, ESFI organised the Swedish workshop, in the framework of the Ad-PHS project. Firstly, EFSI member Almega – the employers’ organisation for the Swedish service sector – presented the RUT avdrag system. Launched in 2007, the system was initially criticised by the fact that it could primarily be used by high income households, although funded by all taxpayers. Nonetheless, the system was eventually recognised as an effective mechanism to reduce black labour and increase work-life ba…
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Ad-PHS project's workshop in Italy
On  September 13, Diesis organised the Ad-PHS National seminar held in Rome at Confcooperative premises. Several stakeholders of the PHS sector such as Trade Unions, Social Economy representatives and private organisations, explored the state of art and the potential of the PHS sector in Italy. Firstly, Valerio Pellirossi from Federsolidarietà - Confcooperative and Diego Dutto from Legacoopsociali welcomed the participant to the seminar and presented briefly the role of cooperatives in PHS sect…
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Ad-PHS project's workshop in France
On July 1, EFFE hosted the French country seminar in the framework of the Ad-PHS project. The seminar explored the PHS sector in France. Contrary to most European countries, the sector is not divided between car and non care sector but rather with different models of employment: direct employment and service providers.The workshop organized in Paris was organized around the country fiche and debate around two best practices identified in the French legal and legislative landscape in PHS: structu…
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Ad-PHS project's workshop in Spain
EFFE together with AESPD, the Spanish association for personal services organized on June 25 in Madrid the national Ad-PHS seminar. Taking place at the Representation of the European Commission in Spain, it gathered numerous Spanish institutional and civil society actors. Firstly, Aude Boisseuil, EFFE General Delegate, presented the Country in focus document. Stakeholders actively participated in the revision of this report, providing significant contributions, both for the care and non-care …
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Ad-PHS project's workshop in Germany
On June 17,  the Institute for Economics, Labour and Culture (IWAK)/Centre of Goethe University Frankfurt,  organised the German workshop, in the framework of the Ad-PHS project. The aim of the Ad-PHS workshop in Germany was to bring together different key actors relevant for developing the field of personal and household services (PHS). As several instruments for supporting the development of PHS exist in Germany (e.g. the “minijob” or tax deductions), it was important to discuss how well th…
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Ad-PHS project's workshop in Ireland
On 30 May 2019, UNI Europa organised the national meeting of the ‘Advancing Personal and Household Services’ project in Drogheda, Ireland. Divisional Organiser of SIPTU trade union’s Health Division Paul Bell opened up the meeting listing the factors supporting the growth and development of the PHS sector, the demographic changes that have contributed to the sector, the particular issues that women workers face, and the current challenges for unions in the Personal and Household Services sector…
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Ad-PHS project's workshop in Belgium
On May 6, ESFI hosted the first country seminar in the framework of the Ad-PHS project. The seminar explored the PHS sector in Belgium. Firstly, Aurélie Decker, EFSI Director, presented the Country in focus document. Stakeholders actively participated in the revision of this report, providing significant contributions as for policy instruments available either in Flanders, Wallonie and/or Brussels regions, both for the care and non-care sectors. Secondly, two panel discussions focused respecti…
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