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ECR plays a leading role in supporting the rights of persons with disabilities

20 May 2015

ECR plays a leading role in supporting the rights of persons with disabilities

Today, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution regarding how the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is being implemented on the ground ahead of the only UN review of the EU in this parliamentary term.

Today, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution regarding how the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is being implemented on the ground ahead of the only UN review of the EU in this parliamentary term. The ECR has co-ordinated and signed this parliament’s resolution. Issues examined in the UN review include equal rights to vote and stand for elections, criteria for reasonableness and proportionality for accommodation measures, full EU website accessibility, and a proposal for a European Accessibility Act. There are 80 million persons with disabilities in the EU.

ECR Vice-President Helga Stevens is the representative of the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee to the UNCRPD committee. ‘The Parliament calls on the Commission to increase its efforts towards the full implementation of this human rights instrument. More importantly, the Parliament must be fully included and formally consulted not only when formulating the List of Issues but also in the reporting and monitoring, as well as the implementation process,’ says Stevens.

Moreover, ECR organised a public hearing last week that gathered European disability organisations to deliver input to this joint resolution. All EU Framework members, including the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights and the European Ombudsman were represented and sent a strong message to all of us that the Convention is the single most important legally binding document for persons with disabilities.

‘The hearing particularly showed that there is a need for coordinated action at all levels to implement the Convention to the fullest extent possible. Such a coordinated approach is the only way to ensure the freedom of movement of persons with disabilities in the EU, which is a fundamental right of all EU citizens. One of the key CRPD implementation measures, leading to a coordinated approach to the access of goods and services within a strong internal market, would be the adoption of the European Accessibility Act,’ concludes Stevens.

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