Disability strategy & Europe 2020

European Disability Strategy 2010-2020

The European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 adopted by the European Commission in November 2010, represents a fundamental policy instrument for persons with disabilities and their organisations to be used in order to make a barrier-free Europe.

The Strategy identifies eight main areas for action: Accessibility, Participation, Equality, Employment, Education and Training, Social Protection, Health, and External Action.

Update 2019

In August 2019 European Commission launched an open consultation on the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. This is a consultation for individuals, so you can give your own opinion without needing to consult and answer in the name of your organisation.

The questionnaire is available in all official EU languages and will be open until October 23rd. You can find here the link to the survey. To answer the survey you will need to set up an account on the Commission’s online platform by following the instructions that appear when you click on the link.

Earlier in 2019 the Commission launched a closed consultation for organisations of persons with disabilities. You can read EDF's answers to the consultation by clicking here.

On the 21 October 2019, the European Economic and Social Committee will be holding a Hearing on the future of the Disability Strategy. You can register for the event by clicking here.

Update 2015

On 23 December 2015, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the review of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. EDF submitted its position on the review of the Strategy.

EDF welcomed the European Commission’s initiative to take stock of the impact of the Strategy. We strongly believe that this exercise should be part of the follow up to the recent UN’s recommendations to the EU, the so called “Concluding Observations”:

In our position we emphasise that:

  • a comprehensive revision of the Strategy is needed to serve the implementation of the UN CRPD. It should include a monitoring structure and should rely on a specific budget allocation;
  • the Strategy should include proposals for disability focal points to be established in all Directorates of the Commission and relevant EU institutions and agencies. A coordination mechanism between the institutions is also needed;
  • the EU should take the necessary measures to set up a structured dialogue with persons with disabilities, including women, and girls and boys with disabilities, through their representative organisations;
  • the Strategy does not take into consideration the negative consequences of the economic crisis on the rights of persons with disabilities. We also call for a greater coordination of the Strategy with the European Economic Strategy (Europe 2020) and the European Economic Governance (European Semester);
  • the Strategy should be part of the social pillar proposed by the European Commission to address social exclusion, poverty, unemployment and access to education.

More Information

EDF’s Responses to the Commission's DPO Consultation on the Disability Strategy 2010-2020, 2019

EDF’s written review of the Disability Strategy 2010-2020, 2019

EDF’s position on the review of the European Disability Strategy

European Commission's Communication on European Disability Strategy 2010-2020: A Renewed Commitment to a Barrier-Free Europe

European Commission's Initial plan to implement the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 - List of Actions 2010-2015