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Markos Kyprianou

Presidency of the European Union

Austria 2006 - Presidency of the European Union

People with Disabilities

People with Disabilities

Article 26 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights recognises the right of disabled people to “benefit from measures designed to ensure their independence”. People with disabilities and chronic health conditions today represent over 15% of the EU population. The European Union recognises that particular attention needs to be focused on the manifold issues concerning the disabled. The major aim should be to enable them to fulfil the roles and responsibilities of citizenship and have the same individual choices and control over their life as non‑disabled people.