On 6 April, Frank Sioen, ENIL’s Advocacy Officer, spoke at the Disability Intergroup meeting at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The main topic of the meeting was the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the EU.
Frank emphasized the need for a strong European Social Pillar, to make sure disabled people continue to have access to assistance and support services when they move and work, study or travel within the EU. He also said that it is essential the European Accessibility Act includes an obligation for making the built environment accessible. This is a prerequisite for the full and correct implementation of the Convention.
The Intergroup meeting was chaired by MEP Helga Stevens (ECR), several other MEPs attended the meeting and MEP Ádám Kósa (EPP) closed the meeting as chair of the Parliament’s CRPD Network. Other MEPs – Marek Plura (EPP), Kostadinka Kuneva (GUE-NGL ) and Jana Žitňanská (ECR) – contributed to the discussion.
Other speakers included: Emmanuelle Grange, the Head of the Disability Unit in DG Employment; Martha Stickings, Social Research Officer at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA); Pat Clarke, Executive Committee Member of the European Disability Forum (EDF); Humberto Insolera, Vice-President of the European Union of the Deaf (EUD) and Maria Nyman, Director of Mental Health Europe (MHE).
For more information about the Disability Intergroup, please click here.
To download the European Parliament’s report on the implementation of UN CRPD, with special regard to the Concluding Observations of the UN CRPD Committee, please click here.