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The EESC Permanent Study Group on Disability Rights is organising a public hearing on equal treatment in employment and occupation. The aim of the event is to analyse what has been achieved and  what is still to be done for the full implementation of the equal treatment in employment directive.

22/06/2017
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The EESC has been working on an information report the aim of which was to investigate how European Parliament election procedures are determined in each Member State, taking into account the needs of persons with disabilities and how this affects their right to vote.

In this context, a public hearing was organized to present the first conclusions of the report and to look into successful projects and practices.

07/06/2017
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The EESC and its Permanent Study group on Disability rights are organizing a public hearing on the situation of refugees and migrants with disabilities on 14 February 2017.

The objective of the hearing is to draw attention on the situation of refugees and migrants with disabilities, by raising awareness among organizations working with them on the rights and needs of persons with disabilities.

In the first part we will focus on the situation in Greece and will present the report and recommendations issuing from the EESC visit to Lesbos and Athens in October 2016. In the second part we will enlarge the picture and look at what the EU and civil society can do to tackle the crisis in particular with regard to vulnerable refugees and migrants.

Your presence and input are most welcome!

14/02/2017
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The UN CRPD and its Optional Protocol were adopted by the EU in 2010. They are the first international human rights convention ever to be signed and ratified by the EU.The EU has to periodically submit to the UN CPRD Committee a report detailing the measures taken to implement the convention. The first report was submitted in 2014, and in 2015 the UN Committee responded with a series of recommendations (“concluding observations” - COs) on how the EU can, within its remit, promote and safeguard the rights of people with disabilities in Europe.

The EESC is currently drafting an own-initiative opinion focussing on the implications of the CO's for future EU disability policy. The objective of the hearing is to offer a forum for debate and gather contributions from relevant stakeholders.

The conclusions of the hearing will feed directly into the work of the drafting group which will hold its second meeting in the afternoon of the same day.

17/05/2016
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The European Commission made a proposal for a directive on a European Accessibility Act, which will set common accessibility requirements for certain key products and services, and will help people with disabilities at EU level to participate fully in society.

The EESC is currently preparing an opinion on the Commission's proposal . On 13 April 2016, the Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC) will hold a public hearing in conjunction with the work on this opinion.

The conclusions of the hearing will feed directly into the work of the drafting group which will hold its second meeting in the afternoon of the same day.

13/04/2016
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On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in collaboration with the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) organises the screening  of  the documentary "The disorder of the senses" ("El desorden de los sentidos") in its original Spanish version with English subtitles. The screening will take place on 14 December at 5.00 pm, in the EESC premises (JDE6th floor).

The screening will be followed by a debate with the participation of the protagonists, the film director and the producer, a UN representative and a member of the EESC's Permanent Study Group on Disability.

 

 

 

14/12/2015
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40 pages

EESC Study Group on Disability Rights

The report is the result of the work of the Study Group on Disability Rights (SG DIS) of the past two years and half and brings together the EESC's recommendations gathered from different stakeholders with the objective to contribute to the EU reporting exercise to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) Committee.

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2020
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37 pages

This report presents the state of play of the implementation of the right of European Union (EU) citizens with disabilities to vote in elections to the European Parliament (EP). The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), an EU advisory body, believes it has a duty, in the run-up to the EP elections, to provide EU institutions, Member States and EU citizens with a full picture of how this right is actually implemented. The EESC hopes that at the next elections in 2024, no EU citizen will be deprived of their right to vote because of their disability.

Published in: 
2019
Publication
24 pages

All adult Europeans, including those with disabilities, have the right to vote in national and European Parliament elections. A report by European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) rapporteur Krzysztof Pater estimates that around 800 000 EU citizens in 16 EU countries are legally deprived by national rules of their right to vote in elections to the European Parliament because of their disabilities or mental health problems.

Published in: 
2019

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