MEPs to call for ambitious EU Disability Strategy post-2020 

MEPs want to ensure that disability rights are mainstreamed into all EU-policy fields.

Members will urge the Commission in a resolution, to be put to the vote on Thursday, to strengthen its commitment to the rights of persons with disabilities through a comprehensive, ambitious and long-term post-2020 EU Disability Strategy. The strategy should point the way to the full enjoyment of human rights and freedoms by all persons with disabilities and their families, in an inclusive society.

There are an estimated 100 million persons with disabilities in the European Union, who still encounter obstacles to enjoying an independent life. In particular, many are still barred from full and equal access to the labour market with an employment rate of 50,6 % compared to 74,8 % among persons without disabilities.

The current European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 serves as a framework for policy and legislative proposals to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) , to which the EU is a party. However, the strategy has achieved limited progress and does not cover all the provisions of the UNCRPD.

The resolution will wrap up a plenary debate held on 17 December with Commissioner Dalli and will feed into the new EU Disability Strategy, which the Commission is expected to present in 2021.

Procedure: non-legislative resolution


Debate on Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Vote: Thursday, 18 June TBC