Persons with disabilities are NOT excluded from ....

"the general education system on the basis of disability, and that children with disabilities are not excluded from free and compulsory primary education, or from secondary education, on the basis of disability"

Reply from the European Commission to European Parliament in regard of insurance discrimination against persons with disabilities / 13.07.2010

These petitions illustrate the complex and very important issue of access to insurance. This issue was one of the most important reasons behind the Commission's proposal for a directive aiming at prohibiting discrimination on grounds of disability, age, religion or belief and sexual orientation outside employment. According to this proposal, discrimination based on those grounds would be prohibited both in the public and private sectors concerning social protection, including social security and health care, social advantages, education and access to and supply of goods and services which are available to the public.
The proposal was adopted on 2 July 2008 and is, following a supportive opinion of the EP, being discussed in Council. The Council adopted a Progress report on 7 June 2010 under the Spanish Presidency which took note of some advances but which also concluded that the required unanimity was not at hand.
Considering the importance of this issue and the potential economic and social gains of removing obstacles in access to insurance, the Commission has in parallel to the Council negotiations launched a Dialogue with industry and civil society organisations on the use of age and disability in financial services. It also carried out a study on practices of financial services providers and possible problems of discrimination. The Commission hopes that both initiatives will contribute to a better understanding of the issues at stake and possibly the exchange of best practices and / or measures of self-regulation by business. The study will be published in summer 2010.
The Commission appreciates the contribution of the petitioners in the context of the study which accompanies the Dialogue.


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