We call for an accessible conference that includes us.We want to propose our ideas for the future of Europe.
In a letter sent by the European Disability Forum to the Co-chairs of the Conference on the Future of Europe, we expressed our disappointment at the lack of accessibility for persons with disabilities in the launch event of the Conference on May 9. We requested the Conference organisers to enhance accessibility in all the important events and proceedings of the Conference.
We ask EU institutions ensure persons with disabilities, 15% of the population, are represented proportionately in the Citizens Panels, and that these represent the diversity among persons with disabilities too.
Lastly, we also called in the letter for the participation of civil society organisations representing persons with disabilities in the Conference Plenary, which will discuss all the ideas put forward by citizens in the Citizens Panels and in the multilingual platform.
In the new European Disability Rights Strategy, the European Commission committed to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the Conference on the Future of Europe. We want the EU to honour this important commitment.