Time to Assess Progress Towards Independent Living in the European Union

Time to Assess Progress Towards Independent Living in the European Union

As part of the review of EU’s initial report on the implementation on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), ENIL’s Western Regional Coordinator Peter Lambreghts will address the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities tomorrow and present ENIL-ECCL’s Shadow report on Article 19 of the CRPD. Mr. Lambreghts will join the delegation of the European Disability Forum (EDF), composed of a number of EU-level organisations, in a joint effort to ensure that the List of Issues adopted by the Committee reflects the main concerns of the European disability movement.

Ratification of the CRPD in 2010 made the European Union (EU) the first regional organisation to ratify an international human rights treaty. Last year, the EU presented its first report to the Committee, which is being examined this year. At the end of the ongoing 13th session, the Committee will adopt the List of Issues, while concluding observations will be adopted after the 14th session in August this year.

ENIL-ECCL’s Shadow report focuses on the actions the EU has taken since 2010 to prevent and stop the investment of Structural Funds into institutions for disabled people in the EU, and to promote access to personal assistance and other independent living supports. It also highlights the fact that disabled people are still not able to take up residence in another EU Member State for lack of portability of independent living allowances and support. Finally, it raises concerns about the continued increase of disable people in residential care in many Member States, including as a result of austerity measures.

Meetings taking place over these two days in Geneva are crucial in raising awareness of the Committee about the barriers still faced by disabled people in the EU in “choosing where and with whom to live” and participating in society. The List of Issues adopted by the Committee will be the first step in evaluating whether the steps taken by the EU in the last five years were successful in improving access of disabled people in the Member States to independent living.

To access the reports and information provided by the civil society in relation to the EU’s report to the Committee, please click here.

For more information about the review process, please click here.

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