Work priorities of the Disability Intergroup

The areas of priority for the Disability Intergroup are defined by its Bureau, which meets regularly. The Bureau approves of the forward-rolling work programme of the Disability Intergroup. Following the re-establishment of the Disability Intergroup in December 2014, the new Bureau adopted a work programme for the years 2015 and 2016.

Since the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), the priorities of the Disability Intergroup at directed at its full and immediate implementation, which includes active involvement of representative organisations of persons with disabilities. Indeed, the CRPD in its article 4.3 calls on State Parties to actively involve persons with disabilities through their representative organisations. To this end, EDF will continue to work very closely with the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament to make the rights enshrined in the CRPD a reality for all persons with disabilities in Europe.

In 2015-2016, the work of the Disability intergroup has been focused on the following areas: EU review process of the CRPD; the mid-term review of the European Disability Strategy; freedom of movement and equal access to transport and to goods and services including promoting the European Accessibility Act and the European Disability Card; international cooperation and disaster risk reduction; economic and social inclusion including ensuring that Europe 2020 Strategy and the European Semester support persons with disabilities); fundamental rights, non-discrimination and independent living; the new digital single market strategy; accessibility of the European Parliament's meetings, communication and processes including implementing the CRPD within the Parliament); and awareness raising on disability and the CRPD.

On 15 December 2016, the Bureau of the Disability Intergroup adopted a new work programme for 2017-2019. Find the work programme for 2017-2019 below.