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European Disability Strategy

Event date: 23/11/2017

European Disability Strategy

Eighty million people in the EU (one-sixth of the population) have disabilities ranging from mild to severe. These people, who are often prevented by their disability from taking part in society and the economy, have a rate of poverty 70 % higher than the EU average.

The European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 (EDS) constitutes a comprehensive multiannual framework for implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at EU level. The EU adopted the EDS in November 2010, shortly before the UN CRPD entered into force for the EU. The strategy’s declared aim was to empower people with disabilities, so that they can enjoy their full rights as EU citizens and participate in society on an equal basis to others, in a barrier-free Europe. The strategy is based on eight priority areas (“areas for action”): accessibility, participation, equality, employment, education and training (including access to quality education and lifelong learning), social protection, health and external action.

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The 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities takes place in the Parliament on Wednesday 6 December, bringing together hundreds of activists and delegates from organisations from across Europe, as well as MEPs and representatives of other EU institutions. They discuss issues such as the participation of people with disabilities in political and public life.

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