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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.


EWSA fordert EU auf, Diskriminierung aus Gründen des Geschlechts oder einer Behinderung, von der europaweit ca. 40 Mio. Frauen betroffen sind, zu bekämpfen und gesetzlich zu verbieten.

Am 11. Juli 2018 forderte der Europäische Wirtschafts- und Sozialausschuss (EWSA), der die organisierte Zivilgesellschaft Europas vertritt, die Organe und die Mitgliedstaaten der Europäischen Union (EU) dazu auf, mehr für den Schutz von Frauen und Mädchen mit Behinderungen zu unternehmen. Diese sind in der EU nach wie vor Mehrfachdiskriminierung sowohl aufgrund ihres Geschlechts als auch ihrer Behinderung ausgesetzt, was oftmals ihre soziale Ausgrenzung zur Folge hat.



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.