Report on EUD consultative virtual regional meetings with the National Associations of the Deaf in Europe in the context of COVID-19 pandemic
10 July 2020
On the 6th and 7th of May, EUD took part in a training seminar for national civil servants and the staff of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), disabled persons organisations (DPOs) and equality bodies. The training was provided by the European Academy of Law (ERA) on Disability and Non-Discrimination in the European Union, taking place in Trier, Germany.
Key aspects of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), such as its purpose, general principles, and review process, were addressed before exploring the relationship between the UN CRPD and the legislation of the European Union. In particular, the seminar explored the influence that the UN CRPD has on the development of the Court of Justice of the European Union's interpretation of EU legislation on the concept of disability and reasonable accommodation.
Afterwards, we discussed how to fight discrimination against people with disabilities and how to remove both legal and practical barriers to exercising the right to political participation for people with disabilities. Also addressed was the topic of what are the specific needs of people with disabilities among vulnerable groups at the national level. These needs included violence against women with disabilities and the right to inclusive education for children with disabilities.
In addition, the availability and access to the European Union's financial instruments while observing compliance with the principles of the Convention was discussed. It was an opportunity for the participants to exchange good practices on how to ensure that public funds are used properly for people with disabilities.
This training was useful for the EUD’s Policy Assistant as it sharpened and expanded their knowledge on human rights which will be used in EUD's daily work and activities.
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