Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament

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What is the Disability Intergroup ?

The Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament is an informal grouping of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all nationalities and most political groups who are interested in promoting the disability policy in their work at the European Parliament as well as at the national level. The Disability Intergroup is one of the oldest Intergroups of the European Parliament: it was established in 1980.

 

What does it do ?

The overall aim of the Disability Intergroup is to promote the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). The Intergroup has been a key ally in advocating for and advancing the rights of persons with disabilities in the Europe.

It also contributes to enabling participation of persons with disabilities in decisions that concern them. Disability Intergroup members organise debates with their colleagues and with other EU institutions, submit amendments, draft parliamentary questions and other parliamentary initiatives and participate as keynote speakers in European events on disability issues.

Throughout its years of existence, the Disability Intergroup has been instrumental in the adoption of legislation which is favourable to persons with disabilities in areas such as transport, employment, research, structural funds, accessibility, non-discrimination.

You can learn more about the workplan for the next two years. 

How?

The Disability Intergroup endeavours to hold a strong and fruitful dialogue with all persons with disabilities and their representative organisations. The European Disability Forum (EDF), as the umbrella organisation defending the interests of 100 million persons with disabilities in Europe, cooperates closely with the Disability Intergroup and acts as its Secretariat. The Intergroup also has a Bureau which is composed by representatives of the major political parties.

 

Composition

The Intergroup counts with more than 70 MEPs as members.

 

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