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Stakeholders from European level organisations and members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) gathered in Brussels on 29 October 2018 to take stock of the state of play of the health situation of the Roma and their access to healthcare, assessing in particular the situation of women and children. A number of issues were highlighted, such as discrimination in access to healthcare, differences in life expectancy between Roma and non-Roma people, poverty and its effects on their health and, regarding women and children, forced sterilisations, pregnancy, infant and maternal mortality, and the vaccination of children.


The EESC hearing on the new MFF and cohesion policy seen from the disability perspective shows the EC proposal could still be improved

The European Commission's proposals for new rules governing the funds that underpin EU cohesion policy fail to list equality and accessibility for persons with disabilities among mandatory eligibility criteria for funding. This poses a risk that public money may be used to finance infrastructure or services that will only increase their discrimination, an EESC hearing revealed.


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) supports the creation of the funds for asylum and migration as well as for border and visa management. In the opinion adopted at its October plenary session and drawn up by Giuseppe Iuliano, the Committee agrees with the Commission decision to increase the budget for both funds, but points out that it is inappropriate to remove the word 'integration' from the title of the migration fund: regular channels for access to the EU should also be specified.


ЕИСК: Европейският съюз трябва да обяви за незаконна и да се бори с всяка основана на пол и увреждане дискриминация, която засяга около 40 милиона жени в Европа

На 11 юли Европейският икономически и социален комитет (ЕИСК) — орган, представляващ европейското организирано гражданско общество — призова институциите на ЕС и държавите членки да засилят усилията си за закрила на жените и момичетата с увреждания, които продължават да се сблъскват с многобройни форми на дискриминация в обществото на ЕС въз основа на своя пол и увреждане, което често води до социално изключване.