MEPs urge for ambitious and well-funded EU Disability Strategy

The post-2020 plan should include specific recovery and mitigation measures

Photo: EP Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová.

Parliament calls on the Commission to present a comprehensive, well-funded and ambitious post-2020 EU Disability Strategy that reflects the diversity of persons with disabilities and their needs. In a resolution adopted by with wide majority on Thursday, lawmakers demanded that people with disabilities should, together with their representative family members and organisations, be involved in preparing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the new strategy.

According to the MEPs the Covid-19-outbreak and the measures taken by member states have taken a heavy toll on persons with disabilities who faced serious risks and rights violations, such as disruption in care and support services and lack of precautionary measures in residential institutions. To prevent such shortcomings in legislation in the future, the resolution proposes that the post-2020 Disability Strategy should include specific recovery and mitigation measures. Lawmakers also ask for a gender-based approach to address the specific forms of discrimination that women and girls with disabilities face.

We must learn lessons from the shortcomings of the current Strategy 2010-2020 and above all, we need robust, disaggregated data to allow for informed policy-making and to eradicate huge disparities, Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová (SK, ECR), rapporteur and Chair of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, stressed.  She also asserted that the new Strategy should be equipped with all possible means to guarantee its full implementation and effective monitoring. I hope that the Parliament’s input will serve as important inspiration for the EU-disability agenda for the next decade, she added.

Approximately 100 million persons in Europe have a form of disability, according to the available data. The current European Disability Strategy 2010—2020 is the European Union’s main instrument for implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to which the EU is a party. The EP Disability Intergroup, an informal grouping of MEPs, promotes the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities.

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