Thematic Study Group on Disability Rights

#Covid19Disability #LeaveNoOneBehind#

Draft programme

The objective of this hearing is to give the floor to one of the groups more hit by the COVID-19 pandemic: persons with disabilities (PWD). In particular, we will look into the situation concerning the prioritization of pwd, or lack of, in the vaccination rollouts within the EU.

09.00 a.m. - 09.30 a.m. | Testing connections

09.30 a.m. - 09.40 a.m. | Introduction

  • Pietro Barbieri, President of the EESC Thematic Study Group

09.40 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. |   Panel 1:  COVID-19 Vaccination rollouts and persons with disabilities: experiences from EU Member States

Moderator: Catherine Naughton, Director, European Disability Forum (EDF)

Interventions by

  • Dovile Juodkaite, EESC Member-  Lithuania and Baltic States
  • Sif Holst, EESC Member – Denmark and Scandinavian Countries
  • Tudorel Tupilusi, EESC Member  - Romania
  • Ioannis Vardakastanis, EESC Member – Greece
  • Miguel Angel Cabra de Luna, EESC Member – Spain
  • Pietro Barbieri, EESC Member - Italy
  • Albert Prevos, President, French Council of Disabled People for European Affairs (CFHE) - France


11.30 a.m. - 11.45 a.m. | Break

11.45 a.m. - 12.55 p.m. | Panel 2: What can the EU and civil society do to ensure the prioritization of pwd in the vaccine rollout?

Interventions by

  • Yannis Natsis, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)
  • Satish MISHRA, World Health organisation (WHO)


12.55 p.m. - 01.00 p.m. | Break

12.45 p.m. - 12.55 p.m. | Closing remarks

  • Pietro Barbieri, President of the Thematic Study Group on Disability Rights

Participants can speak FR/EN/IT/DA/PT/CS/PL/SK – LT/MT/RO/EL/ES (tbc) and listen to FR/EN/IT/PL – ES (tbc)