Report: Shaping the EU agenda for disability rights 2020-2030

13 December 2019

Terms and acronyms

DG - Directorate General
EC - European Commission
Council - European Council
EP - European Parliament
CRPD - Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has issued an opinion on the 2020-2030 Disability Strategy. An ‘opinion’ is a consultative report from the EESC to EU institutions. This one was authored by our president Ioannis Vardakastanis. The main points can be summarized as follows:

  • Set up Disability Focal Points (DFP) in all DGs, agencies and EU institutions with the central DFP within the general secretariat of the EC and a DFP in DG Justice to support the new Equality Commissioner
  • Establish an interinstitutional mechanism between the EC, EP and the Council that focuses on the rights of persons with disabilities.
  • Establish a working group with the Council
  • Mainstream the principles of the Social Pillar into the Disability Agenda
  • Include benchmarks and measurable indicators within the agenda and improve disaggregated data collection on disability
  • Adopt the following legal instruments:
  • Legislation combating all forms of discrimination based on disability
  • A directive harmonising the recognition of disability assessment across the EU
  • Measures guaranteeing the rights of persons with disabilities to political participation at EU level, plus guidance to assure them al national level
  • Binding legislation harmonising accessibility standards for the built environment
  • Measures harmonising minimum standards for reasonable accommodation in the workplace, disability benefits and the provision of services.
  • Use the European Semester to pressure Member States to develop their own national disability strategies
  • Actively involve organisations of persons with disabilities and civil society in the drafting, implementation and governance of the Agenda.
  • Implement the United Nations CRPD, 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Provide adequate resources for the EU Monitoring Framework of the CRPD
  • Review the EU’s shared competences with the Member States within the CRPD and EU law to better coordinate the implementation

This report is a welcome addition to our efforts to push for a more ambitious new disability strategy, which the EC has yet to commit to post 2020.

We will update with a link to the report and its translations.

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