The European Centre and ICF Mutual Learning Services are organising a series of five workshops about challenges and potential solutions in the area of long-term care (LTC) from an EU perspective. The first workshop took place on 29 January and served to take stock of EU action in the area of LTC over the past decade. Invited experts represented research, provider and user organisations, unions and other policy-makers from within the European Commission. Kai Leichsenring wrote and presented the thematic background paper for this event. Discussions focused on strengths and weaknesses of EU action in LTC. Furthermore, future opportunities to guide and monitor improvement were developed in the context of the European Pillar of Social Rights and the implementation of Principle 18 that stipulates “the right to affordable long-term care services of good quality, in particular home-care and community-based services”.