In pursuing the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD), the European Commission published a roadmap to define the scope of a new Disability Rights Strategy for 2021-2030. The feedback period was from October 15 to November 12, 2020.
The proposed Strategy aims to “ensure that people with disabilities can experience full social and economic inclusion on an equal basis with others and live free from discrimination”. The European Union and all Member States have ratified the CRPD and therefore this Strategy supports the implementation of the CRPD framework, and aims to ensure and promote the full realisation of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons with disabilities.
The Strategy on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2021-2030), builds on the 2010-20 strategy, and alongside the European Pillar of Social Rights, in particular through its principle 17, sets ambitious goals to advance the rights of people with disabilities, and have disability rights taken into account across all EU policies, programmes and instruments.
The road map defined the scope of the new Strategy, stating, “The new Strategy will aim at ensuring the social and economic inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in society, free from discrimination and in full respect of their rights”. The iniative also aims to ensure accessibility, mobility, free movement, and access to transport for people with disabilities. Which in turn will support the “development of skills (young people and adults) which are the indispensable basis for employment”. In regards to the skills development and employment of persons with disabilities the road map acknowledges that “the specific role of the social economy needs to be recognised and strengthened.”
Alongside 59 individuals and organisations, Social Economy Europe (SEE) contributed to this consultation. SEE believes in a diverse economy at the service of people. A democratic, sustainable and inclusive economy, which is strongly committed to society. Please find a link to the SEE contribution here.