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"

Adam KOSA, MEP: written question to the European Commission

Ratifizierung des UN-Übereinkommens über die Rechte von Menschen mit Behinderungen und Zusatzprotokoll dazu

Am 26. November 2009 gab der Rat nach ausdrücklicher Aufforderung durch das Europäische Parlament grünes Licht für den Beitritt der Europäischen Gemeinschaft zu dem UN-Übereinkommen, dessen Ziel es ist, für Menschen mit Behinderungen absolute Gleichstellung in puncto Menschenrechte und Grundfreiheiten zu gewährleisten.

Die Hinterlegung der Urkunde zur förmlichen Ratifizierung bei der UNO steht noch aus.

Kann der Rat bestätigen, dass dies erst geschehen wird, wenn die Ratifizierung des Übereinkommens von allen Mitgliedstaaten vorgenommen wurde?

Ist der Rat nicht der Ansicht, dass das Abwarten, bis der letzte Mitgliedstaat das Übereinkommen ratifiziert hat, für die EU‑Bürger mit rechtlichen und persönlichen Unsicherheiten verbunden ist?

Vierzehn Mitgliedstaaten haben das Übereinkommen bereits ratifiziert. Der Abschluss des Übereinkommens durch die EG tritt in Kraft, sobald die Urkunde hinterlegt ist.

Dem Beschluss des Rates vom 26. November 2009 liegt einer von zwei Vorschlägen der Kommission vom 29. August 2009 zugrunde, die den Beitritt der Europäischen Gemeinschaft zum Übereinkommen der Vereinten Nationen über die Rechte von Menschen mit Behinderungen und seinem Zusatzprotokoll betrafen.

Kann der Rat erläutern, weshalb nicht auch ein Beschluss zur Unterzeichnung des Zusatzprotokolls gefasst und damit gewährleistet wurde, dass das Übereinkommen wirksam umgesetzt wird und seine Anwendung überwacht werden kann?

Wird sich der Rat bereit erklären, in sehr naher Zukunft seine Zustimmung zur Unterzeichnung des Zusatzprotokolls zu geben?

Letter to the European Schools after PETI Committee

The Petition Committee expressed on its meeting on April 26th, 2010 clearly :
a) the European Schools needs to "rethink" its role within the System of the European Institutions (schooling for children of EU officials)
b) this need to happen for children without and with disabilities independent from grade and kind of the disability
c) the European Schools need to comply with article 24 UN CRPD: this means no further exclusions
d) the European Schools need to adapt the school in a way, that also children with severe mental disabilities will be able to participate (Inclusion)
e) any kind of financial discrimination need to be avoided (I still wait for the reimboursement of around 16.000 Euro by the European Commission which you still refuse, what is clearly discriminating me and my family).
These opinions were clearly also expressed in different other occassions by the European Parliament, e.g. the EP BUDG: because of the accessibility lack at the European Schools BUDG blocked 8 Million Euros for the office of ES-Secretary Generals office last year !
Please be aware, that the rules which were attached to your previous email need to be adapted analogue to the needs of article 24 UN CRPD, otherwise they violate the convention: Under article 24 UN CRPD the schools is not allowed anymore to "declare themselves incompetent", it is exclusively the decision of the parents of the child with a disability to decide the option of schooling. This will increase the quality of schooling in regular schools and in special schools as it will increase the compitiveness.
Be ensured that the European Disability Movement and the petitioner will follow this goal till any kind of discrimination from the European Schools - as it happens nowadays - will be avoided !

EDF Resolution on the Economic Crisis in Europe: People with Disabilities Must Not Pay for the Crisis

Madrid 9th of May 2010

The European Disability Forum, which is the voice of 65 million persons with disabilities and their families in Europe, calls on the European Council, Commission and Parliament and other European institutions and all the Governments of Europe to ensure that people with disabilities and their families do not pay for the developing economic crisis. The crisis is currently developing in Greece, but already manifest in several countries across the Eurozone and other parts of Europe.

The European Disability Forum is extremely concerned and worried that in the developing economic and political crisis in Europe, women and men with disabilities of all ages, and their families, pay for the crisis by the reduction in their income, benefits, and support and employment opportunities or in cuts in support to our representative organisations.

We reaffirm the statement we made in November 2008 and we reiterate that the crisis was caused by irresponsible lending and unacceptable negligence by those in charge of the financial institutions, government policies and the failure of regulatory bodies of the world. Governments, as a result of the same financial institutions and international currency speculators being bailed out by tax payers, are forcing draconian cutbacks to pay for this greed and negligence. It is these governments and institutions which are the cause of the crisis, who should be made to pay for it and not persons with disabilities, other vulnerable groups or the citizens of Europe generally. EDF expresses solidarity with all such groups and resolves to work with them to resist the specter of savage attacks on the living standards of the peoples of Europe designed to pay for the greed and mismanagement of the financial sector.

The European Union has only recently agreed to protect and develop the human rights of all women and men with disabilities of all ages and their families by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Already 15 EU countries have ratified and the rest have signed the UNCRPD. Measures of social protection and equality that have been achieved by the struggles of persons with disabilities and other progressive forced across Europe and which are the corner stone for social inclusion are now gravely threatened by the financial crisis.

We call on all Governments and EU Institutions to continue to engage in supporting and developing policies of inclusion with concrete measures, such as outlined in the EDF proposal for a European Pact on Disability. Persons with disabilities and their families must be involved in all discussions about changes in the provisions for them as they can often come up with much more cost-effective solutions. This includes building a Europe of all its citizens where their contribution is rewarded with the development of the best economic, social and political future for all Europeans.

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