On 18th March, the European Disability Forum (EDF) launched its Alternative Report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). As a member of EDF, ENIL has contributed to its preparation and hopes its recommendations will be adopted by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN Committee) in the forthcoming review of the European Union’s (EU) Report.
EDF’s Alternative Report has been prepared in the framework of the EU review by the UN Committee in Geneva. During its 13th session on 2 April 2015, the UN Committee will examine for the first time the report that the EU has submitted on 5 June 2014, describing the work it has done to put in practice the principles of the UN CRPD since its ratification in 2010.
The purpose of EDF’s Alternative Report is to inform the UN Committee about how the UN CRPD has been implemented by the EU and its institutions, agencies and bodies. The report based its analysis on the gaps in the EU Report and seeks to complement it, where relevant, with information received by EDF members and other stakeholders.
The UN Committee will start the examination of the EU Report in April by adopting the ‘List of Issues’. This is a list of additional questions and requests for clarification that the EU is expected to reply to. Then, in the last week of August the Committee will hold its ‘Constructive Dialogue’ with the EU and will adopt its final observations and recommendations on how the EU can improve the situation of disabled people in Europe.
Both ENIL and EDF will attend the April and August sessions in order to defend the alternative reports and express to the UN Committee their main concerns on the implementation of the Convention by the EU.