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The High Level Group on Disability


Mandate and Workprogramme

Mandate
As proposed by the Commission in its Communication (COM(96) 406 final), the High Level Group is set up to monitor the latest policies and priorities of Governments concerning people with disabilities, to pool information and experience, and to advise the Commission on methods for reporting in future on the EU-wide situation with regard to disability.
The High Level Group in particular focuses its attention on the orientations set out in Section II of the Resolution adopted by the Council and representatives of governments on 20 December 1996,
viz. :

  • empowering people with disabilities for participation in society, including the severely disabled, while paying due attention to the needs and interests of their families and carers,
  • mainstreaming the disability perspective into all relevant sectors of policy formulation and implementation ;
  • enabling people with disabilities to participate fully in society by removing barriers ;
  • nurturing public opinion to be receptive to the abilities of people with disabilities and towards strategies based on equal opportunities.

The High Level Group also share experience with regard to the involvement of representatives of people with disabilities in the implementation and the follow-up of relevant policies and actions in their favour.
Furthermore, the High Level Group advise the Commission on the implementation of section II of the Resolution.
In these ways, whilst recognising that responsibility in this field lies with the Member States, the Commission and Member States strengthen co-operation in the field of disability, and encourage the exchange and the development of good practice in the European Union, as agreed in the Resolution.

The work programme
The Council Resolution and the above mentioned mandate will provide the basis of the work of the High Level Group.
The orientations adopted by the Council and the Government representatives reflect the current policy trends which are mainly based on the idea that the environment should be altered to enable people with disability to live independently in the society. This basic principle becomes apparent in terms such as "empowerment", "enablement", "mainstreaming" or "awareness". This approach is in line with a civil rights perspective which focuses on equal opportunities for people with disabilities.
However, it is important to acknowledge that despite significant differences in the details of Member States programme policies, all disability systems are faced with a set of key policy issues in implementing these guidelines which no one system has satisfactorily resolved. Yet, in every case, each system is trying different policy and programme approaches to resolve these issues. Disability policy is therefore in a dynamic stage of development at EU level.
The High Level Group seek therefore to identify and to compare the various approaches to the practical implementation of the Resolution orientations. This will provide a synthesis of Member States disability policies which will demonstrate both the complexity and variability of national disability programmes and confirm the major underlying issues which have emerged as essential on a cross national basis.


Members

BELGIQUE

M. Yves DRUART
Administrateur général adjointAgence Wallone pour l'Intégration des Personnes Handicapées (AWIPH)
rue de la Rivelaine 21
B- 6061 Charleroi
Tel.: ++ 32 71 20.58.20
Fax: ++ 32 71 20.51.60
E-mail : ydruart@awiph.be

M. Pol KEMPENEERS
VFSIPH
Sterrekunde laan 30
B-1210 BRUXELLES
Tel.: ++32.2.225.84.66
Fax: ++ 32.2.225.84.05
E.mail: paul.kempeneers@vlafo.be


DANMARK

EX Kontorchef Birgit Elvang
Head of Special International Unit
Socialministeriet
Holmens Kanal 22,
DK-1060 København K
Tel.: ++ 45 33 92.9313 (92.9312-secretariat Belinda)
Fax: ++ 45 33 92.9333 (central fax: 93.2518)
E.mail: dpbel@sm.dk


Suppléant:

Konsultent Finn Hansen
Socialministeriet
Holmens Kanal 22,
DK-1060 København K
Tel.: ++ 45 33 92.46.63
Fax: ++ 45 33 93.25.18
E. mail: fha@sm.dk


DEUTSCHLAND

Herr Ministerialrat Dr Hartmut HAINES
Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Sozialordnung
Postfach 14 02 80
53107 Bonn
Deutschland
Tel.: ++ 49 228 527 27 52
Fax: ++ 49 228 527 11 77
E-mail: ha.haines@bma.bund400.de

Suppléante

Frau Ministerialrätin Elke Vogel
Bundesministerium für Gesundheit
53108 Bonn
Deutschland
Tel.: ++ 49 228 941 12 40
Fax: ++ 49 228 941 49 17


ELLAS

M. Alexandre KONTONIKAS
Directeur Général de la Prévoyance
17 rue Aristotelous
ATHENS 10187
Tel: ++30.1.523.9680
Fax: ++30.1.523.5914

Suppléant:

M. Spyridonas KOKKINAKI
Direction des Personnes agées et handicapées
17 rue Aristotelous
ATHENS 10187
tel: ++30.1.523.5828
fax: ++30.1.523.2658


ESPAÑA

D. Héctor Maravall Gómez-Allende
Director General del IMSERSO
Instituto de Migraciones y Servicios Sociales
Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales
C/ Ginzo de Limia 58
E-28071 MADRID
Tel.: ++ 34 91 347 85 96 / ++ 34 91 347 87 85
Fax: ++ 34 91 347 85 95 / ++ 34 91 347 86 53
E-mail : Hector.Maravall-Gomez-Allende@DG.DG.IMSERSO.max.es

Suppléante

Da Encarnación Blanco Egido
Subdirectora General del Plan de Acción
y Programas para Personas con Discapacidad
Instituto de Migraciones y Servicios Sociales
Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales
C/ Ginzo de Limia 58
E-28029 MADRID
Tel.: ++ 34 91 347 88 23/25
Fax: ++ 34 91 347 88 55/53
E-mail: Eblanco@mtas.es


FRANCE

Mr Patrick SEGAL
Délégué Interministériel aux personnes handicapées
8 Avenue de Ségur
75350 Paris 07
Tél.: ++ 33 1 40 56 48 47
Fax: ++ 33 1 40 56 59 08

Suppléante:

Mme Marie-Claude MAREL
Chef du Bureau RV 1 à la Direction de l'Action sociale
Ministère du Travail et des Affaires sociales
11, place des Martyrs du Lycée Buffon
75015 Paris
Tél.: ++ 33 1 44 36 95 74
Fax: ++ 33 1 44 36 97 22


IRELAND

Mr Pat WYLIE
Assistant Principal Officer
Disability Equality Unit
Department of Equality and Law Reform
Dún Aimhirgin
43-49 Mespil Road
DUBLIN
Tel: ++353 1 667 03 44
Fax: ++ 353 1 668 99 33
E-mail: Pat_Wylie@eqlaw.irlgov.ie

Suppléant:

Mr Mairtin de Burca
Principal Officer
Department of Equality and Law Reform
Dún Aimhirgin
43-49 Mespil Road
DUBLIN
Tel.: ++ 353 1 667 03 44
fax: ++ 353 1 668 99 33


ITALIA

Sig. Palma TERSIGNI
Servizio Disabili
Dipartimento per gli Affari Sociali
Via Veneto 56
00187 ROMA
Tel.: ++ 39-06-48 16 13 87
Fax: ++ 39-06-48 16 13 39

Suppléante

Mme Delia LATTANZI
Bureau des Affaires Internationales auprès du Ministère du Travail

Via Mario Pagano, 3
I-00100 Roma
Tel.: ++ 39 06 47 88 71 93
Fax.: ++ 39 06 47 43 995


LUXEMBOURG


Mme Joëlle LUDEWIG
Attaché d’administration au Ministère de la Famille
Service pour personnes handicapées et accidentées de la vie
12/14 Avenue Emile Reuter
L-2919 Luxembourg
Tél.: ++ 352-478-6565
Fax: ++ 352-24-1889

Suppléante

Mme Christiane MEYER
Ministère de la Famille
12/14 Avenue Emile Reuter
L-2919 Luxembourg
Tél.: ++ 352-478-6567
Fax: ++ 352-478-6570


NEDERLAND

De Heer mr.drs. A. ROOK
Directeur, Gehandicaptenbeleid
Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport
Postbus 20350
2500 EJ Den Haag
Tel.: ++ 31 70 340 7911

Fax: ++ 31 70 340 7164/7834

Suppléant:

De heer FOP de Boer
Hoofd van de afdeling Ontwikkeling en Afstemming Gehandicaptenbeleid
Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport
Postbus 20350
2500 EJ Den Haag
Tel.: ++ 31 70 340 51 35
Fax: ++ 31 70 340 53 71


ÖSTERREICH

Herr Dr Max RUBISCH
Bundesministerium für Arbeit, Gesundheit und Soziales,
Abteilungsleiter der Abt. IV/1
Stubenring 1
A-1010 Wien
Tel.: ++ 43 1 71100-6262

Fax: ++ 43 1 715 82 54
E-mail: max.rubisch@bmags.gv.at

Suppléante:

Frau Dr Silvia PHILIPP
Bundesministerium für Arbeit, Gesundheit und Soziales
Abteilung Abt. IV/1
Stubenring 1
A-1010 Wien
Tel.: ++ 43 1 71100-6174

Fax: ++ 43 1 715 82 54
E-mail: silvia.philipp@bmags.gv.at


PORTUGAL

Mr Vitorino VIEIRA DIAS
Secretário Nacional de Reabilitação
Ministerio do Trabalho e da Solidariedade
Secretariado Nacional para a Reabilitação e Integração das Pessoas cum Deficiência
Avenida Conde Valbom 63
P.1050 Lisboa
Tel: ++ 351.1.793.65.17

fax: ++ 351.1.796.51.82
E-mail: reabilit.snr@mail.telepac.pt

Suppléante:

Ms Pilar MOURÃO FERREIRA

Chefe de Divisão de Gab. de Info. e Rel. Intern. do SNR
Ministerio do Trabalho e da Solidariedade
Secretariado Nacional para a Reabilitação e
Integração das Pessoas cum Deficiência
Avenida Conde Valbom 63
P.1050 Lisboa
Tel: ++ 351.1.793.65.17
fax: ++ 351.1.796.51.82


SUOMI/FINLAND

Mrs Riita VIITALA
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
PB 267
SF-00171 Helsinki
Tel.: ++ 358 9 160 41 33

Fax: ++ 358 9 160 41 89

Suppléante:


SVERIGE


Ms Eva LISSKAR-DAHLGREN
Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
Socialdepartementet
Jakobsgatan 26
S-103 33 STOCKHOLM
Tel.: ++ 46 8 405 3752 Switchboard: 46.8.405.1000

Fax: ++ 46 8 10 36 33
E-mail: eva.lisskar-dahlgren@social.ministry.se


UNITED KINGDOM

Ms Deirdre FORDHAM
Department for Education and Employment
Caxton House
6-12 Tothill Street
LONDON SW1H 9NF
Tel: 44.171.273.6323

Fax: 44.171.273.5929
E-mail: julie.barton@dfee.gov.uk


Observateurs

ICELAND

Mrs Gudrún HANNESDÓTTIR
Starfsthjalfun Fatladra
Hátúni 10 d
IS-150 Reykjavik
Tel.: 354.552.9380 / 354.562.2840

Fax: 354.562.2843
E-mail: gudrunh@itn.is


NORWAY

Mr Christian B. KIELLAND
Helse og Sosial Departementet
P.O. Box 8011 Dep.
N-0032 Oslo
Tel.: 47.22.24.85.64

Fax: 47.22.24.27.66

Mr Øystein OPDAHL
Health and Social Counsellor
Mission of Norway to the European Union
Rue Archimède 17
B.1000 Brussels
Tel: 32.2.234.1111

Fax: 32.2.234.1150
E-mail: norway.eu-mission@mcimail.com


COUNCIL OF EUROPE

Mme G PODESTA LE POITTEVIN
Chef de la Division
Conseil de l’Europe
F.67075 STRASBOURG Cedex
Tel: 33.3.88.41.26.10

Fax: 33.3.88.41.27.32
E-mail: thorsten.afflerbach@coe.fr

Suppléant:

Mr Thorsten AFFLERBACH
COUNCIL OF EUROPE
Administrative Officer
Directorate of Social and Economic Affairs
F.67075 STRASBOURG Cedex
Tel: 33.3.88.41.28.23

Fax: 33.3.88.41.27.32
E-mail thorsten.afflerbach@coe.fr

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