EU Disability Strategy: Members of the European Parliament debate draft resolution

28 January 2020

After a new disability strategy post-2020 was confirmed by Commissioner Helena Dalli on the 16 January this year, Members of the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee debated a proposed draft resolution on this strategy on the 23rd of January.

This resolution will mark the first position of the European Parliament towards this disability strategy post-2020.

Demands shared by MEPs included:

  • Full involvement of persons with disabilities and their organisations when drafting the strategy - MEP Angel, MEP Langensiepen, among others.
  • Full alignment the strategy with UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Chair of the Committee MEP Nicholsonová, MEP Langensiepen and MEP Kósa among others
  • Ratification of the optional protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - MEP Marc Angel.
  • Clear objectives, a clear timeline and adequate resources (both financial and human resources). Additionally, there should be a clear responsible for implementing strategy in every service of the European Commission - MEP Langensiepen, MEP Rafalska and MEP Kósa.
  • Assurance that EU funds are not used for projects that do not ensure the rights of persons with disabilities (for example, residential institutions or inaccessible infrastructure) - MEP Nicholsonová, MEP Marc Angel, MEP Langensiepen and MEP Kósa.
  • Assurance that no differences exist in how Member States treat persons with disabilities - MEP Nicholsonová, MEP Marc Angel, MEP Dura and MEP Franssen among others.

They also shared the following suggestions:

  • Focus on the specific challenges of women and girls with disabilities - MEP Kympouropoulos and MEP Brunet.
  • Focus on the specific challenges of children with disabilities - MEP Dura.
  • A fully inclusive labour market -MEP Kympouropoulos, MEP Dura, MEP Franssen and MEP Bischoff.
  • Support for the development of assistive technologies - MEP Kympouropoulos.
  • Support for full implementation of the European Accessibility Act - MEP Franssen.

A point of remembrance to the victims of the fire in a Czech “care home” that killed 8 persons with intellectual disabilities was made by many MEPs, including the Chair of the Committee MEP Nicholsonová, and MEP Langensiepen.

 

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