Conseil Départemental du Val-de-Marne, France
The general coordinator of the Disability working group is the Conseil Départemental du Val-de-Marne. Pierre Joseph, Head of department for Innovation prospective Projects (Direction de l’Autonomie) and Miljana Dejanovich, Project officer for integration and European partnerships (Direction de l’Autonomie), are responsible for the coordination of this working group.
The Department of Val de Marne is a department in the Central Northern part of France. Sharing its boundaries with Paris, it is defined as the closest South East suburb of the French capital. It occupies an area of 245 sq.kms, and is one of the most densely populated areas in France (50009 inh./km2). The General Councils are the legal bodies of the departments. There are 95 general councils in France. In Val-de- Marne, the General Council was set up in 1964.
The major responsibility of the Department is social policies. More than half of the General Council budget is dedicated to social action. The main department jurisdictions are:
The Department of services for elderly and disabled people develops and implements departmental policy directed to the elderly and the disabled. This public policy is part of a transversal and partnership approach.
The Department missions are based on:
The Department of services for elderly and disabled people carries out actions targeted towards the users, the institutions and provides medical and social services for the elderly and the disabled.
The Conseil Départemental du Val-de-Marne, represented by the Department of services for the elderly and the disabled, is coordinator of the ENSA disability network since the end of 2006. In the framework of ENSA, two meetings a year are held in order to exchange best practices, to have a better understanding of the different social systems, to be applied to EU-programmes by developing common projects.