On the 30th of March EUD attended the virtual event on the European Disability Rights Strategy 2021 – 2030 organised by the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament and the European Disability Forum. The aim of the event was to gather together the representatives from the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), Members of the UN CRPD Committee, organisations of persons with disabilities and other experts and discuss how to make the commitments and the objectives of the new strategy a reality.
The event was opened by the Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality who presented the Strategy and its priorities in detail and thanked the European Parliament for support when delivering the Strategy. Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability Forum highlighted that the allocation of human and financial resources will be fundamentally important for the meaningful realisation of the objectives of the Strategy. MEP Mr Dragos Pislaru emphasised that the EU Member States should use recovery and resilience fund wisely as it could be a good financial instrument that would support the implementation of the objectives listed in the Strategy. MEP Katrin Langensiepen highlighted that the strategy also needs clear targets, timelines and resources to implement the UN CRPD in the EU. MEP Radka Maxová also highlighted that focal points, if established in all EU institutions, would play an important role monitoring the implementation of the UN CRPD. A number of MEPs emphasised the need to focus more on accessibility and political participation to ensure people with disabilities are not discriminated against.
The event was an excellent opportunity to see that the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament is committed to act and continue collaborating with organisation of persons with disabilities, UN CRPD experts and the EU Commission to deliver the objectives of the European Disability Rights Strategy 2021 – 2030.