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Debra Ruh

  Employability & Technology

01/20/2011

FOLLOWING THE STRONG COMMITMENTS FROM THE COMMISSION, THE DISABILITY MOVEMENT EXPECTS RESULTS: IT IS TIME TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY

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FOLLOWING THE STRONG COMMITMENTS FROM THE COMMISSION, THE DISABILITY MOVEMENT EXPECTS RESULTS: IT IS TIME TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY

17 January 2011
Shortly before the entry into force of the UN Convention on 22 January, Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding addressed the Disability Intergroup at the European Parliament along with EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis and President of the Intergroup Adam Kòsa. The ongoing work of the disability movement was reinforced by Ms Reding´s commitments and the European Disability Forum will continue to work hard to ensure that the European institutions will now deliver.

Together with the European Disability Forum, the Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Viviane Reding welcomed the EU conclusion of the UN Convention, as it is a significant landmark which will improve the lives of 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe. At the Intergroup meeting, Ms. Reding mentioned that the European Commission will deliver in line with the Convention and brought up the possibility of the ratification of the optional protocol. The disability movement specially welcomes the ideas on having concrete European legislation and policy actions on disability and to go ahead on next steps with the UN Convention.

  • Toward concrete legislation and policy actions on disability
  • The next key steps after entry into force of the UN Convention
  • The strategy from the Commission
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