The objective of this study is to contribute to filling the existing knowledge gap and to advance the understanding of the situation in all Member States for each of the six services listed in Principle 20 of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) – water, sanitation, energy, transport, financial services and digital communications. The contractor shall develop for each EU Member State a fiche on access to essential services. This fiche should provide a mapping of the services that are considered essential in the given Member States. The contractor shall elaborate a synthesis report with the analysis of the situation at EU-27 level and comparison between Member States. And based on the information collected draw conclusions for the EU level on main barriers, drivers and identify examples of good practices and policy measures.

Extended TitleStudy on Access to Essential Services: Evidence from EU Member States
Extended Description

The objective of this study is to contribute to filling the existing knowledge gap and to advance the understanding of the situation in all Member States for each of the six services listed in Principle 20 of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) – water, sanitation, energy, transport, financial services and digital communications. Access to such essential services is enshrined as a right in the European Pillar of Social Rights, which underscores the necessity to support people in need to access them. Essential services support basic human needs to live and to function in society. The ability to access essential services is a critical aspect of social and labour market inclusion and an important determinant of well-being, especially for disadvantaged groups. Essential services can be an important source of job creation and complement and facilitate access to other services that fulfil an enabling function, such as education, long-term care, housing, labour market and social services.

The contractor shall develop for each EU Member State a fiche on access to essential services. This fiche should provide

1) A mapping of the services that are considered essential in the given Member States;

2) Barriers faced by people in need in accessing such services;

3) And measures available at national and local level to support access to such services for people in need, with a particular focus on social policy and targeted support measures.

The contractor shall elaborate a Synthesis Report with the analysis of the situation at EU-27 level and comparison between Member States. And based on the information collected, draw conclusions for the EU level on main barriers, drivers and identify examples of good practices and policy measures.

Deadline Date2021-09-20
Publication Date2021-07-23
CountryBelgium
Procurement StatusActive
TypeOpen procedure
Contract TypeServices
Award CriteriaThe most economic tender
Value400000.00
OrganisationEuropean Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (EMPL)
AddressRue Joseph II, 27 — Unit D1
TownBrussels
Postal CodeB-1049
Class Code79315000
Class DescriptionSocial research services
SourceOffice for Official Publications of the European Communities - Tenders electronic daily (Ted)

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