ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE: THE EU musT ACT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE U.N. CONVENTION, THE IMPACT OF THE CRISIS AND FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT
Brussels, 22 September 2011 /// On 21 September, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted unanimously an important opinion on the European Commission disability strategy for the next 10 years. Released in 2010, this Strategy is a step in the right direction for persons with disabilities. The European Disability Forum involved in drafting of this opinion considers the adoption a great success. The disability movement welcomes the issues highlighted by the EESC and calls on the European Commission to react accordingly.
During its September plenary session, the EESC unanimously gave the green light to the opinion on the "European Disability Strategy 2010-2020". This text is intended to combat discrimination and social exclusion in Europe and defend the fundamental rights of 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe (16% of the EU citizens). Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability Forum, was the rapporteur for this EESC's opinion. Concretely, the EESC calls on the EU to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and to adopt a strong and legally binding European Accessibility Act. Furthermore, the EESC warns against any cuts in social expenditure due to austerity measures in the time of crisis.
· The implementation of the UN Convention
· Financial crisis
· Freedom of movement: the adoption of a strong Accessibility Act
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