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PARLIAMENT DISCUSSES WITH THE DISABILITY MOVEMENT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UN CONVENTION

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Brussels, 14 May 2015 | On Tuesday 12 May 2015, the European Parliament organised a public hearing with representatives from the European disability movement and from EU institutions. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the state of play of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPPD) by the EU, the challenges ahead and the remarks formulated by the UN CRPD Committee on the work that the EU has done.

The hearing also aimed to collect the views of persons with disabilities and their representative organisation in preparation of next week’s European Parliament plenary session debate on the CRPD and the adoption of a resolution.

EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, welcomed the initiative of the European Parliament underlining that it should have an active role on the implementation of the UN Convention and on the EU review process by the UN Committee. “It is necessary that the EU has a permanent, structural dialogue with persons with disabilities through their representative organisations. The full respect of article 4.3 of the UN Convention which concretely foresees the involvement of persons with disabilities through their representative organisations is a condition for efficient implementation of the UN Convention”, said Yannis Vardakastanis at his opening speech. EDF President also called on the organization of another hearing in the European Parliament, once the concluding observations of the UN Committee on the EU’s implementation of the UN Convention are adopted.

The hearing was hosted by MEP Helga Stevens, in cooperation with the MEPs : Adam Kósa, Richard Howitt, Rosa Estaras, and Marian Harkin; all of them are members of the European Parliament’s Disability Intergroup. MEPs emphasised that the revision of the the European Disability Strategy should focus on implementing the UN Convention. They also acknowledged the need for better coordination between EU institutions and the necessity to fully involve and consult organisations of persons with disabilities.

During the hearing, EDF director, Catherine Naughton, also presented EDF’s Alternative Report on the implementation of the UN Convention by the EU. Find out more about EDF’s Alternative Report and the EU review process here.

The hearing was hosted by MEP Helga Stevens, in cooperation with the MEPs : Adam Kósa, Richard Howitt, Rosa Estaras, and Marian Harkin; all of them are members of the European Parliament’s Disability Intergroup.

Find out more about the Disability Intergroup here.


Contact: Etienne Cuche | EDF European Parliament officer | etienne.cuche@edf-feph.org

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