Timeline of Landmarks

1997

European Disability Forum is founded

The EU treaties include a reference to the rights of persons with disabilities

 

2000

Adoption of EU Equal Treatment in Employment Directive, protecting persons with disabilities against discrimination in employment and occupation

 

2001

Adoption of EU Buses and Coaches Directive, making mandatory that all new urban buses ensure accessibility for persons with disabilities

 

2003

The first European Year of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated, and the first European Action Plan on Disability is adopted for 2003-2010

 

2006

Adoption of the EU Regulation on the rights of persons with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility when travelling by air

 

2007

EU signs the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Adoption of the EU Regulation on rail passengers’ rights and obligations with references to the rights of persons with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility

 

2010

The European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 is adopted

Adoption of the EU Regulation concerning the rights of passengers when travelling by sea and inland waterway with references to the rights of persons with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility 

 

2011

Entry into force of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the EU level

Adoption of the EU Regulation concerning the rights of passengers in bus and coach transport with references on the rights of persons with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility

 

2012

Adoption of Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime 

 

2013

Erasmus+ provides students with disabilities with additional financial support to cover disability-related expenses when studying or following a training in another EU country.

 

2014

Adoption of the pre-conditions on de-institutionalisation, accessibility and nondiscrimination in the regulation on the European Structural and Investment Funds 

 

2016

Adoption of the Directive on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies

 

2018

All EU countries are part of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities.