Disability Strategy & Europe 2020

European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 and its follow up

The European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 adopted by the European Commission in November 2010, represents a fundamental policy instrument for persons with disabilities and their organisations to be used in order to make a barrier-free Europe. The Strategy identifies eight main areas for action: Accessibility, Participation, Equality, Employment, Education and Training, Social Protection, Health, and External Action.

The Disability Strategy 2010-2020 is coming to an end. This is an opportunity not just to call for the continuation of the Disability Strategy for the next decade, but to demand something much stronger with ambitious goals to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

We are therefore calling for the adoption of stronger European Disability Rights Agenda 2020-2030, that address all Articles of the CRPD, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the European Pillar of Social Rights.

Our advocacy towards the European Disability Rights Agenda 2020-2030

At our latest Board meeting in November 2019, EDF members agreed our strategy to campaign for a comprehensive Disability Rights Agenda 2020- 2030. EDF's position paper of guiding principles for the European Disability Rights Agenda can be consulted under more information below.

After reading the results of the Commission’s open consultation on the Current Strategy, we will present a more detailed document outlining concrete recommendations for the Disability Rights Agenda.

Consultations by the European Commission

In August 2019, European Commission launched an open consultation on the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. The results of the consultation will be available soon. Earlier in 2019, the Commission launched a closed consultation for organisations of persons with disabilities. EDF answered to the consultation.

European Economic and Social Committee

On the 21 October 2019, the European Economic and Social Committee organised a Hearing on the future of the Disability Strategy. An Opinion on the future Strategy is being drafted by EDF President and EESC rapporteur, Yannis Vardakastanis.

More Information

EDF’s guiding principles for the new EU Disability Rights Agenda 2020-2030

Joint letter - The European Disability Strategy and International Cooperation - Input from the global and regional umbrella organisations of persons with disabilities

EDF’s Responses to the Commission's DPO Consultation on the Disability Strategy 2010-2020, 2019

EDF’s written review of the Disability Strategy 2010-2020, 2019

EDF’s position on the review of the European Disability Strategy

European Commission's Communication on European Disability Strategy 2010-2020: A Renewed Commitment to a Barrier-Free Europe

European Commission's Initial plan to implement the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 - List of Actions 2010-2015