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  1. DI study trip workshop

  2. DI study trip

  3. Cooperation with the Hungarian Ministry for Human Resources (EMMI)

  4. EMMI

  5. EMMI

  6. EMMI

  7. Guruló project

  8. Guruló project

Welfare, health and rehabilitation

Excuse me, but what is DI actually?

Based on Central Denmark Region's cooperation agreement with the Hungarian Ministry of Social Affairs, participates the region's Centre for Competency Development in an Erasmus + EU training project - PODIUM - involving participants from Hungary, Romania, Slovenia and Serbia.

Several countries in Central- and Eastern Europe are about to launch a deinstitutionalization process (DI) in the field of social and disability. It is about changing the initiatives and the range of contribution for people with disability - particularly in relation to the abandonment of large institutions, new ways of living, employment, transport, accessibility and inclusion.

In Denmark, we have been doing this for over 30 years. Central Denmark Region's Centre for Competency Development has therefore been invited into the EU Erasmus + project, and October 16, 2015 educational consultant Bo Kristian Nielsen and Lisbeth Henningsen were participating in the project kick-off meeting in Budapest.

The Centre for Competency Development is going to develop and implement a training for relevant mentors and key personnel from institutions in Hungary, Romania, Slovenia and Serbia, a so-called Train-the-trainers course. In addition, the Centre for Competency Development will support developing a course which will be implemented in the four participating Central- and Eastern European countries. The training shall qualify management and key personnel to work with deinstitutionalization.

The project is a result of Central Denmark Region's cooperation agreement with the Hungarian Ministry of Social Affairs in the field of social affairs and disability. As a result of the agreement, a larger Hungarian delegation visited Viborg in May 2014. Partly to visit a number of regional and municipal institutions and also to get an insight into how we in the region work with developing and providing housing, activities and services for people with disabilities.

The project partners are Equal Opportunities of Persons with Disabilities Non-profit Ltd. (FSZK, Hungary) as the coordinator organization, CUDV Draga (Slovenia), Asociația Alternativa Brincovenești (Romania), Mental Disability Rights Initiative “MDRI-S” (MDRI-Serbia), Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary) and Central Denmark Region. The project runs for 32 months from September 2015 until April 2018. The total amount of the grant exceeds €293.000.

DI Study trip to Hungary
Danish experts were studying the realization of the deinstitutionalisation (DI) program in Hungary

Between the 1st and 5th March 2015 Danish professionals were visiting Hungary in order to get an insight into the running DI project, which is a part of the Europe-wide highlighted deinstitutionalization process. In several Eastern- and Western-European countriesthere has been a considerable development in this field, but Central- and Eastern Europe is just about to start the process, with support and funding from the European Union. In the first phase of the Hungarian DI project the main focus has been set on the renovation of the environment and on (re)organization of the relevant services.

Besides visiting some social institutions, the Danish experts also shared their experiences regarding DI. The deinstitutionalisation process in Denmark started about 30 years ago, and during all these years through good and less good decisions and directions, several substantial experiences have been gained. These experiences can be interesting and beneficial for the Hungarian colleagues. On the other hand, the challenges, the Hungarian colleagues face, can inspire the Danes and raise awareness of the current solutions and methods, which are used in Denmark.

The program of the study trip included a visit to 4 social institutions around Hungary (Bélapátfalva, Szakoly, Szentes, Kalocsa), which provide home, social care and other services to people with disabilities. The visit was concluded by a conference, organised by our Hungarian partner, FSZK (Equal Opportunities of Persons with Disabilities Ltd.), where Hungarian professionals/DI stakeholders participated and had a promising discussion with their Danish colleagues. It also opened some possibilities for further cooperation and partnerships in the field.

Danish visit in Budapest within the frame of Danish-Hungarian cooperation in health

Ole Thomsen, regional CEO with responsibility for health and Lars Lars Dahl Pedersen, CEO of Regional Hospital Hospitalsenhed Midtvisited Budapest to put the cooperation agreement signed in December 2014 to work.

In December 2014 a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed in Denmark between Central Denmark Region and the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary on cooperation in the field of health. As a first step in the realisation of the cooperation, the two CEO’s paid a visit to Gábor Zombor, Minister of State and had an interesting dialogue with him on the plans and challenges of the coming reorganisation of the Hungarian health care system. Health care is a core issue in both Hungary and Denmark, with complex challenges and constant demand for innovation, therefore the possible fields of international cooperation are unlimited: sustainable management, reasonable organisation of health services, public health, eHealth systems etc. Tom Nørring, the Danish ambassador to Hungary also participated in the meeting and he welcomed the idea of a bilateral cooperation in the field of health.

After the promising debate, Ole Thomsen and Lars Lars Dahl Pedersen visited the NationalInstitute for Medical Rehabilitation, where hospital medical director, Zoltán Dénes show the delegationaround in the institute and introduced the rehabilitation services.

The official program ended at ÁEEK (National Healthcare Service Center), where the delegation got an insight into some of the key issues of the Hungarian health care system through some informative presentations.

Even though it was a very short visit, but also a very promising one, where focus points for the cooperation have been localised. Further cooperative initiatives will follow.

Cooperation between Central Denmark Region and the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary in the field of health

On the 4th December 2014 a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Central Denmark Region and the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary on cooperation in the field of health. The signatories, Bent Hansen, President of the Central Denmark Region and Gábor Zombor, Minister of State met in Copenhagen, and László Hellebrandt, Hungarian ambassador to Denmark was also present at the official signing of the cooperation agreement.

The Memorandum of Understanding covers a broad range of issues of mutual interest, such as health services, health care organisational and management issues, eHealth systems, planning and development programs. The methods of cooperation will primarily be in the form of exchange of information, joint development of projects and workshops, and exchange of experts.

Official visit of the Hungarian National Institute for Quality- and Organizational Development in Healthcare and Medicines (GYEMSZI) in the Central Denmark Region in March 2014

The management of GYEMSZI visited Central Denmark Region in order to study the Danish and particularly the regional health care system. Hungary sees big changes ahead for its health care system. Even though the health care reform in the past few years resulted in many positive and significant changes in the administrative management of the entire system, there are still challenging tasks ahead. GYEMSZI, as a decisive player in the process of renewing Hungary’s healthcare, considers the Danish health care system as a conceptual model in redesigning the Hungarian structure. And the region would certainly show the Danish model. Not only, because health care is one of the region’s fundamental tasks, but also because it is a constantly changing field which is always in people’s focus. It requires planning, constant development, efficiency, innovation, education, i.e. many aspects, which can only become better through international cooperation and professional dialogue.

You can see the official visit program of the GYEMSZI delegation here.

Cooperation with the Hungarian Ministry for Human Resources (EMMI)

The cooperation between Central Denmark Region and the State Secretariat for Social and Family Affairs of the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources started in 2011, when a cooperation agreement has been signed by Bent Hansen, the Chairman of Central Denmark Region and Miklós Soltész, the Minister of State for Social and Family Affairs. The agreement defined that the Parties would like to strengthen the European integration process in the field of disability, to encourage the dissemination of best practises and experience in the field of the following areas: living and working possibilities, transport facilities, training and education, rehabilitation and services and assistive technology and tools for people with disabilities.

In January 2013, Miklós Soltész, the Minister of State for Social and Family Affairs visited Central Denmark Region. During his official trip the Minister of State together with his delegation visited some special institutions, workplaces, educational centres and special schools for people with disabilities in the region. The delegation was given an insight into the Danish social and disability policy and rehabilitation system, which is based on the principle, that everybody should have the opportunity of leading active, independent lives. This aim can only be achieved with making it easier to live with disabilities, and the activities should be planned on the basis of the individual disabled person’s needs. Therefore the aim of the Danish disability policy is to ensure disabled people full participation in the community and enable them to avoid isolation and social exclusion.

During the 2 days visit the Minister of State met Bent Hansen and several Danish professionals and people with disabilities, where they exchanged experiences and practises in the field of disability issues.

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Danish - Hungarian joint conference and workshop on "An independent life"

The Hungarian organisation, FSZK (Equal Opportunities of Persons with Disabilities Ltd.) organised and held a conference together with Central Denmark Region Office for Central and Eastern Europe in December 2013 in Budapest.


The organisation of FSZK was established by the Hungarian State in order to ensure that the process of providing fully equal opportunities to persons with disabilities is supported by trained, devoted and competent professionals. In the implementation of their professional programmes, the organisation cooperate with disability related advocacy and professional organisations as well as the domestic and international professional community working in the field with a view to gaining the widest possible public acceptance for disability affairs and by following the principle “nothing about us without us”. (

The conference

The joint conference aimed to provide possibility for Hungarian and Danish professionals to meet each other and exchange knowledge in the field of disability issues. The 2 days event started with some specific presentations then the participants visited different institutions, work places and homes for people with disabilities together. This way the participants from two different countries and social systems could get acquainted with each other’s social system, possibilities and problems. The dialog between colleagues and the common visits to different Hungarian institutions established a basis for a real and effective conversation and cooperation. On the second day of the conference the participants were divided into 3 different groups, where they discussed 3 main topics, eventually raising concrete questions or problems/good practises and also coming up with concrete ideas on solving them within a framework of a future cooperation. The workshop was successfully carried out and professionals from both countries are eager and ready to continue the common work.

Study trip to Central Denmark Region

As a further step, Central Denmark Region’s Office for Central and Eastern Europe organises a study trip to Central Denmark Region in order to provide opportunity for Hungarian professionals to examine and experience the Danish way of working with disability issues and welfare system.

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Study trip to Denmark in relation to the opportunities and conditions provided for people with disabilities

Between 11-14 May a group of Hungarian professionals visited Central Denmark Region to study the Danish disability policy and system.

This was not the first time, the Danish and Hungarian professionals met each other: in December 2013 a common conference and workshop was held in Budapest, Hungary, where the specialists could change experiences in the field of disability and social issues. On the conference we have heard a lot about the Danish experiences and now some of the Hungarian professionals had the opportunity to study the Danish system personally.

Our Hungarian cooperative partner, FSZK (Equal Opportunities of Persons with Disabilities Ltd.) based on the applications, has chosen the participants for the tour. The study trip concentrated on 3 main issues: 1. employment and working possibilities for people with disabilities, 2. questions related to the de-institualization process (forms of living, education, training, care for people with disabilities and other related issues) and 3. education and vocational training for the present staff in order to support the DI-process by making them engaged and prepared for the changes.

You can see the detailed program in Hungarian here. For further information please contact us.

Guruló project

The Rehabilitation Centre of People with Physical Disabilities (in Hungarian: Mozgássérült Emberek Rehabilitációs Központja, MEREK, is a national organisation active in the complex rehabilitation of people with physical disabilities, among them people with severe physical and multiple disabilities.

MEREK provides living home for 118 physically disabled people, and different rehabilitation services. Clients’ lives are facilitated by personal assistants.

About Guruló project

MEREK launched its EU-funded national programme named Guruló (“Rolling”, in September 2008, with the main goal to enhance the social and labour market integration of people with physical disabilities through the establishment of a national network of regional workshops developing assistive technology and special sports equipment. The total budget of the project was EUR 5.000.000

The idea behind that project was that the potentials of social and labour market integration for people with physical disabilities are highly affected by the usefulness and quality of assistive tools they use.

The maintenance and individual adaptation of these items were hardly available services in Hungary. Therefore the goal of establishing a network of workshops was to ensure the local availability of such services for the users of assistive tools. Another goal of the programme was to create a network of civil and government organisations which can effectively support the integration of people with disabilities.

Central Denmark Region Office for Central and Eastern Europe together with Central Denmark Region was an active cooperating partner in Guruló project.

Denmark has a long tradition for ensuring equal opportunities and conditions which provides opportunity for everyone with and without disability to be an equal and active member of the society.

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Central Denmark Region - Office for Central and Eastern Europe
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