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Following the EU's ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and its Optional Protocol in 2010, the EESC committed1 to setting up a structure to monitor the implementation of the Convention. The Study Group on Disability Rights started its activities in 2015, with the following objectives:
- To ensure practical implementation of the UNCRPD both within and outside the EESC;
- To facilitate EU policy guidance in key areas highlighted by the UNCPRD Committee;
- To facilitate participation by providing a forum for debate and structured participation for disability organisations (DPOs), civil society organisations and other stakeholders in the implementation of the UNCRPD.
Article 27 of the UNCRPD entitles persons with disabilities to the right to right to work in an environment that is open, inclusive and accessible. Unfortunately, in the reality, the employment rate of persons with disabilities is much lower than the one of non-disabled people. During the fact-finding mission, the EESC delegation met representatives from national authorities, social partners and organisations representing persons with disabilities to assess the situation in Cyprus.
The country visit took place from 18 to 20 November 2019 in Cyprus.
People with disabilities who live in rural areas often face specific difficulties. Access to adequate housing, transportation, employment, educational programmes, and specialised healthcare may be limited. The objective of the visit was to look at these challenges and see how civil society and DPOs may have found ways to overcome them.
The country visit took place from 23 to 25 October 2019 in Ireland.
The EESC organized a public hearing on "Shaping the EU agenda for disability rights 2020-2030" on 23 July 2019 in Riga. Speakers were asked to reply to the following questions:
- How have the current EU disability Strategy and other EU's policies and programs influenced the Latvian Disability policy?
- what could be changed or improved in the next EU Strategy 2020-2030?
The report contains the main conclusions of the hearing.
Persons with disabilities have the right to enjoy good quality social services that make possible the full exercise of their citizenship and enable them to participate in society. However, a significant number of disabled people are still forced to live in segregated institutions, where they are unable to exercise the fundamental right to make choices about their own lives. The objective of the mission will be to examine the access to and quality of social services for persons with disabilities in a country with a tradition of big long-term care institutions.
The country visit took place from 3 to 5 April 2019 in the Czech Republic.
Inclusive education for persons with disabilities is a right enshrined in article 24 of the UNCRPD and foresees that persons with disabilities are not excluded from the general education system on the basis of disability. Italy offers some promising good practices in this field and the objective of the visit will be to understand the reasons for success and see how this could be replicable.
The country visit took place from 14 to 16 November 2018 in Italy.
Under the Multi Financial Framework 2014-2020, EU budget cannot be used for policies and programme that worsen the exclusion of persons with disabilities, like institutionalization. However, this is still happening and further monitoring by the EC and civil society is needed. The objective of the visit will be to look further into the use of ESIF funds in Poland, were available data is particularly scarce.
The country visit took place from 29 to 31 October 2018 in Poland.
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