Disability Intergroup & EDF agree on 2016 priorities

Brussels,
14 January 2016
EDF Executive members with MEPs of the Disability Intergroup

A year of important action at the European Parliament

On 14 January 2016, the EDF Executive Committee met the bureau of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament. The members of EDF Executive Committee represent EU and national umbrella organisations of persons with disabilities. They discussed with Adam Kosa (EPP), Richard Howitt (S&D), Helga Stevens (ECR), Olga Sehnalova (S&D) and Indrek Tarand (Greens/EFA) about common priorities and challenges for 2016. The 2- hour discussion focused on:

  • the role of the European Parliament in the follow up of the UN’s Concluding Observations on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the report that the European Parliament is preparing
  • the upcoming discussion of the European Parliament on the recently published proposal for the European Accessibility Act
  • the review of the European Disability Strategy and the need to make a strong link with the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • the impact of austerity measures on persons with disabilities
  • the situation of refugees and migrants with disabilities
  • European Structural Funds
  • the Digital Single Market
  • the European Parliament’s position on the web directive
  • the situation for women and children with disabilities

During the meeting, EDF Executive Committee and the MEPs of the Disability Intergroup also discussed the UN’s recommendation to the EU to set up a structured dialogue with persons with disabilities and their representative organisations . In 2016, EDF will develop a model code of conduct for structured dialogue outlining how organisations of persons with disabilities can be engaged meaningfully in policy dialogue, in line with the CRPD.

Importantly, the MEPs of the Disability Intergroup fully embraced EDF’s proposal to hold a 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities in 2017, co-organised by EDF and the European Parliament.

EDF, as the umbrella organisation of persons with disabilities, and the Disability Intergroup, as the oldest and largest group of MEPs promoting disability rights, have a strong and lasting partnership. It is the intention of both sides to continue intensive cooperation and to continue to discuss our shared political priorities, at least on an annual basis.

EDF provides the secretariat to the Disability Intergroup. Find out more about the Disability Intergroup at EDF's website.

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