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EDF | March 2016 EDF’s response to the Consultation on the Review of the European Disability Strategy 35 square de Meeûs tel +32 2 282 46 00 [email protected] 1000 Brussels - Belgium fax +32 2 282 46 09 www.edf-feph.org
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35 square de Meeûs tel +32 2 282 46 00 [email protected]-feph.og 1000 Brussels - Belgium fax +32 2 282 46 09 www.edf-feph.org EDF response to the Public consultation on the review of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 ................................................................................................................... Introduction On the 23 December, the European Commission published a public consultation on the review of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 (the Strategy). EDF welcomed the initiative by the European Commission to take stock of the impact of the Strategy and strongly believes that this exercise should be part of the follow up to the UN CRPD concluding observations to the EU. The public consultation on the review of the EDS follows the CRPD Committee recommendation outlined in the Concluding Observations. Unfortunately there is not enough space allocated to suggestions for a new action plan covering the remaining years of the strategy. This Strategy has identified eight main areas for action at EU level: Accessibility, Participation, Equality, Employment, Education and Training, Social Protection, Health and External Action. Having reached the halfway point in its implementation, the European Commission launches this public consultation in order to assess its impact and to ensure EU policy remains tailored to the needs and rights of persons with disabilities. The European Commission considers that at EU level, the UN Convention is implemented through the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. This makes the review of the Strategy and its real impact on EU actions even more important. The questionnaire asks for respondents’ opinion on what has been achieved so far at EU level, views on the challenges faced by all persons with disabilities and how the European Union should address them. In this document you find EDF answers to the most relevant questions of the consultation. the paragraphs follow the numbering of the European Commission document. The European Commission will use the findings of this public consultation to assess the progress made under the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 and to identify gaps to be addressed at EU level to ensure the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society. 2
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35 square de Meeûs tel +32 2 282 46 00 [email protected] 1000 Brussels - Belgium fax +32 2 282 46 09 www.edf-feph.org 3. Your views on the current situation of persons with disabilities 3.1 Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements: * Strongly agree Agree Neutral Disagre e Strongly disagre e Don't know Persons with disabilities can fully participate in everyday activities as other citizens X Persons with disabilities enjoy the same rights as other citizens X Persons with disabilities face discrimination in their everyday activities because of their disabilities X EU citizens with disabilities find it more difficult to move to another Member State than other EU X 3
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