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Programme

Simultaneous interpretation available from Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Polish and Romanian into English, French, Dutch, and Greek

Moderator

Xavier Verboven, President of the EESC Study Group on the "UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities"

08:30-09:00 | Registration and coffee

09:00-09:30 | Opening session: keynote speeches by

  • Gunta Anča, President of the Board of Sustento (Latvia) and EESC member
  • Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea, Director of the Equality Directorate at DG Justice, European Commission
  • Adam Kosa, Chair of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament

09:30-10:30 | Session 1: Understanding the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities

  • Ioannis Vardakastanis, Rapporteur for the EESC opinion
  • Stig Langvad, Member of the United Nations Committee on the rights of persons with disabilities
  • Maria Ventegodt Liisberg, Teamleader at the Danish Institute for Human Rights

Questions and answers

10:30-11:00 | Coffee break

11:00-12:00 | Session 2: Looking at the implications at EU level

  • Rosita Agnew, Legal Officer, European Ombudsman
  • Martha Stickings, Research Assistant, Equality and Citizens’ Rights Department, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights
  • Lisa Waddington, European Disability Forum Chair in European Disability Law, Maastricht University

12:00-12:50 | Debate

12:55-13:00 | Conclusions

  • Ioannis Vardakastanis, EESC rapporteur
  • Xavier Verboven, President of the Study Group

13:00 | End of the hearing