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Now we have a golden opportunity to align the EU's next disability strategy with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

On 21 October, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a public hearing to gather input from grassroots organisations for its opinion on the EU's next ten-year strategy for disability rights and to draw the lessons from the agenda due to expire in 2020.


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.


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.



The EESC hosted a side event at the Conference of State Parties to CRPD in New York

The implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) cannot be successful without fully including persons with disabilities (PWDs) in society and in the economy, by means of decent work in an inclusive labour system.  


Persons with disabilities may have the right to full social integration, but they are still not given the opportunity

On 20 June, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a hearing which showcased the positive impact of employing persons with disabilities, but also warned that prejudice and victimisation were still among the most important factors in their persistent exclusion from society and labour markets.


Access to information, more flexibility, transparency and control mechanisms are the main issues to be tackled when analysing the use of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), concluded the participants at the public hearing on 'Reviewing the 2014-2020 ESIF Regulations in favour of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations', held at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 13 December in Brussels.