Draft agenda

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09:00 a.m. | Registration

09:30 a.m. | Welcome and opening session

  • Pavel Trantina, European Economic and Social Committee
  • Ioannis Vardakastanis, rapporteur of the EESC opinion

10:00 a.m. | Panel 1 and Debate - Point of view of EU Institutions

Moderator: Bernard Noël (EESC)


  • Emmanuelle Grange, European Commission
  • Helga Stevens, European Parliament
  • Rosita Agnew, European Ombudsman
  • Ciara O'Brien, Council working party on human rights in EU external action
  • Michael O'Flaherty, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) – recorded message
  • Catherine Naughton, European Disability Forum (EDF)

11:15 a.m. | Coffee break

11.30 a.m. | Panel 2 and Debate - New approach to improving data collection and point of view of the civil society

Moderator: Bernard Noël (EESC)


  • Didier Dupré, Eurostat
  • Adriana Van Dooijeweert, European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI)
  • Veronique Ghesquière, Belgian Centre for Equal Opportunities (UNIA)

Interventions from the floor:

  • Aurélie Baranger, Autism Europe
  • Mark Weathley, European Union of the Deaf (EUD)
  • Jolijn Santegoeds, European Network Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (ENUSP)
  • Sabrina Ferraina, Europ. Assoc. Service Providers Persons with Disabilities (EASPD)
  • Nadia Hadad, European Network on Independent Living (ENIL)
  • François Carbonez, International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)
  • Maureen Piggot, Inclusion Europe
  • Janina Arsenjeva, International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF)

12:50 p.m. | Concluding remarks

  • Ioannis Vardakastanis, rapporteur of the EESC opinion
  • Bernard Noël, Permanent Study Group on Disability rights, EESC
  • Javier Güemes, expert of the EESC opinion

13:00 p.m. | End of the hearing