As the current EU Disability Strategy comes to an end, Parliament is calling on the European Commission for an ambitious post-2020 strategy. Discover its priorities.
During the June plenary session, MEPs will vote on its priorities for a new EU Disability Strategy post 2020, building upon the current European Disability Strategy for 2010-2020.
Parliament wants the EU to lead in promoting the rights of people with disabilities and calls for an ambitious and comprehensive strategy based on the principle of full inclusion.
The resolution calls on the European Commission for:
- A new strategy to be developed in close cooperation with people with disabilities and their organisations
- The mainstreaming of the rights of all people with disabilities into all policies and areas
- Clear and measurable targets and regular monitoring
- Equal access for people with disabilities to health care, employment, public transport, housing
- Sufficient funds for the implementation of all accessibility-related obligations
- The implementation and further development of the EU disability card pilot project, which allows for the mutual recognition of disabilities in some EU countries
- A common EU definition of disability
Statistics on People living with disabilities in Europe
There are an estimated 100 million people with disabilities in the EU
The employment rate of persons with disabilities (aged 20-64) stands at 50.6%, compared to 74.8% for people without disabilities. (2017)
28.7% of persons with disabilities in the EU are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, compared to 19.2% of the general population. (2018)
800,000 people living with disabilities are denied the right to vote in the EU
Among the concrete initiatives launched thanks to the European Disability Strategy is the European Accessibility Act, which ensures that more products and services like smartphones, tablets, ATMs or e-books are accessible to people with disabilities.
The directive on web accessibility means people with disabilities have easier access to online data and services online because websites and apps operated by public sector institutions, such as hospitals, courts or universities, are required to be accessible.
The Erasmus+ student exchange programme promotes the mobility of participants with disabilities.