|Author (Corporate)||European Commission|
|Series Details||COM (2010) 636|
Communication presented on 15 November 2010 by the European Commission launching the European Disability Strategy.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the first legally-binding international human rights instrument to which the EU and its Member States are parties, will soon apply throughout the EU. The UN Convention requires parties to protect and safeguard all human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities.
The overall aim of this strategy is to empower people with disabilities so that they can enjoy their full rights, and benefit fully from participating in society and in the European economy, notably through the single market. Achieving this and ensuring effective implementation of the UN Convention across the EU calls for consistency. The strategy identifies actions at EU level to supplement national ones, and it determines the mechanisms needed to implement the UN Convention at EU level, including inside the EU institutions. It also identifies the support needed for funding, research, awareness-raising, statistics and data collection.
The strategy focuses on eliminating barriers. The Commission has identified eight main areas for action: Accessibility, Participation, Equality, Employment, Education and training, Social protection, Health, and External Action. These areas were selected on the basis of their potential to contribute to the overall objectives of the strategy and of the UN Convention, the related policy documents from EU institutions and the Council of Europe, as well as the results of the EU Disability Action Plan 2003-2010, and a consultation of the Member States, stakeholders and the general public.
|Subject Categories||Employment and Social Affairs|
|Subject Tags||Disabled People|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|