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.


Video explaining the Disability Intergroup and some of it's achievements. 


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.


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.



The Intergroup counted with more than 110 MEPs as members during the 8th legislative term (2014-2019)


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