Shaping the EU agenda for disability rights 2020-2030

On October 21st, YouthProAktiv participated  at a public hearing on “Shaping the EU agenda for disability rights 2020-2030” organized by the European Economic and Social Committee.

The aim of this events was to look into how the current EU disability strategies and other EU policies and programs influenced The Disability Policy and what could be changed or improved in the next EU agenda for disability rights  2020-2030.

The speakers Ioannis Vardakastanis (EESC), Mark Priestley (Professor of Disability Policy), Monica Silvana Gonzales (MEP), Inmaculada Placencia-Porrero (DG EMPL-Unit for disability and inclusion), Jakub Pawlowicz (European Ombudsman), Robert Jan Uhl (Fundamental Rights Agency), and Pierre Gyselinck (European Disability Forum) discussed questions such as What are the main achievements of the current EU Disability Strategy 2010-2020? What lessons can be learned? What could be changed or improved in the next EU disability strategy 2020-2030?

The disability rights activists and representatives stressed that the EU needs a new follow up strategy, which would be of a great importance. People with disabilities need strong participation in civil society and disability movements which on regional, national and international levels. Human rights approaches to disability are not just for civil rights, they are about democracy, respecting diversity, building tolerance, and creating a clear future for the European Union. This is one of the key points for creating a sustainable European future.

Disability inclusion is instrumental to the Sustainable Development Goals and its central pledge to leave no one behind and to reach the furthest behind. first. Inclusive policies and programs are sound investments in society.

This event was essential for shaping a better agenda for disability rights and their full inclusion into society.