In July, the European Commission launched a
public consultation on the European Disability Strategy. Its aim is to give
stakeholders the opportunity to comment on the measures and initiatives taken
at European level since 2010 to implement the United Nations Convention on the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) (see article Aug
The Commission has now extended the
deadline for participating in the consultation.
People with disabilities and their families, organisations representing people
with disabilities, non-governmental organisations and all interested citizens
can now take part in the consultation until 13 November 2019, thereby
influencing how policy for people with disabilities can be improved and better implemented
in the future.
The German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV)
also participated in the consultation, which aims not only to evaluate what has
already been achieved, but also which factors have restricted the strategy’s
implementation. The DGUV believes that a lack of political commitment and
limited public awareness have been inhibiting factors. It also refers to its
strategy paper ‘UN-BRK
2025’, which the DGUV has published with the aim of further promoting the
overarching goals of inclusion, participation and awareness-raising. Following
the principle of ‘Inclusion is not an exception, it is the rule’, the goal of
the strategy paper is to embed the UNCRPD as a permanent managerial and
cross-sectional task in all areas of statutory accident insurance.
The European Economic and Social Committee
(EESC) is currently preparing an own-initiative
opinion on the next EU Strategy 2020-2030. At a hearing on 21 October 2019, representatives of the European Parliament, the Commission,
the Finnish Presidency of the Council, the European Ombudsman and the European
Fundamental Rights Agency, as well as social partners and stakeholders, exchanged views with rapporteur Ioannis Vardakastanis on shaping the EU agenda for
disability rights 2020-2030.