Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the EU External Relations

03-12-2013

Whilst significant efforts have already been made to integrate the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in EU legal and institutional processes, more needs to be done to mainstream it across all policy areas and reflect the paradigm shift of disability as a human rights issue that was brought about by the Convention. Institutional changes are necessary to adequately include the Convention in all European Parliament processes and increase its visibility, while the continuous involvement of the concerned beneficiaries – persons with disabilities – in these processes is paramount.

Whilst significant efforts have already been made to integrate the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in EU legal and institutional processes, more needs to be done to mainstream it across all policy areas and reflect the paradigm shift of disability as a human rights issue that was brought about by the Convention. Institutional changes are necessary to adequately include the Convention in all European Parliament processes and increase its visibility, while the continuous involvement of the concerned beneficiaries – persons with disabilities – in these processes is paramount.