Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament

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What is the Disability Intergroup ?

The Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament is an informal grouping of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all nationalities and most political groups who are interested in promoting the disability policy in their work at the European Parliament as well as at the national level.

The Disability Intergroup is one of the oldest Intergroups of the European Parliament: it was established in 1980. It is also one of the largest ones, with over 110 MEPs.

What does it do ?

The overall aim of the Disability Intergroup is to promote the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). The Intergroup has been a key ally in advocating for and advancing the rights of persons with disabilities in the Europe.

It also contributes to enabling participation of persons with disabilities in decisions that concern them. Disability Intergroup members organise debates with their colleagues and with other EU institutions, submit amendments, draft parliamentary questions and other parliamentary initiatives and participate as keynote speakers in European events on disability issues.

Throughout its years of existence, the Disability Intergroup has been instrumental in the adoption of legislation which is favourable to persons with disabilities in areas such as transport, employment, research, structural funds, accessibility, non-discrimination.

How?

The Disability Intergroup endeavours to hold a strong and fruitful dialogue with all persons with disabilities and their representative organisations. The European Disability Forum (EDF), as the umbrella organisation defending the interests of 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe, cooperates closely with the Disability Intergroup and act as its Secretariat.

Composition

The Intergroup counts with more than 110 MEPs as members.

 

The Bureau

The Disability Intergroup Bureau is composed by 12 members, who lead and represent the Intergroup. It consists of 4 co-presidents and 8 vice-presidents. It's composition reflects the the broad consensus among political Groups in favour of the rights of persons with disabilities.

 

Presidents

Ádám Kósa 

Ádám Kósa

Member State: Hungary

Group: European People's Party

 

 

Ádám Kósa has been a member of the Parliament since July 2014. He has been co-president of the Intergroup since January 2015. 

In the European Parliament, he is a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, and a substitute on the Committee on Development and on the Subcommittee on Human Rights
 
 
Olga Sehnalová
Olga Sehnalová

Member State: Czech Republic

Group: S&D - Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament

 

 

Olga Sehnalová has been a member of the Parliament since July 2009. She has been co-president of the Intergroup since October 2016. 

In the European Parliament, she is a member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, and a substitute on the Committee on Transport and Tourism.
 
 
Helga Stevens
Helga Stevens

Member State: Belgium

Group: European Conservatives and Reformists Group 

 
 
 

Helga Stevens has been a member of the Parliament since July 2014. She has been co-president of the Intergroup since January 2015. 

In the European Parliament, she is a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, and the Special Committee on Terrorism and a substitute on the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
 
 
Kostadinka Kuneva
Kostadinka Kuneva

Member State: Greece

Group: Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left 

 
 

Kostandinka Kuneva has been a member of the Parliament since July 2014. She has been co-president of the Intergroup since March 2015. 

In the European Parliament, she is a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and a substitute on the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality and Committee on Petitions.
 
 

 

Work priorities

The work priorities for 2017-2019 includes 11 priorities, including the implemntation of UN CRPD Committee recommendations, fully accessible European elections, refugees with disabilities, the new EU multiannual finacial framework 2020-2027 among tothers
 

 

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