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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


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