Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

EU Framework for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Promotion

Promoting human rights in the EU and around the world is one of the EU's main goals.

The UN Convention is now an integral part of the EU legal order. This means that EU legislation and practices must be consistent with the requirements of the Convention. 

How EU Framework members promote the Convention

The European Parliament:

  • promotes the rights of persons with disabilities through public debates and hearings, conferences and press conferences;
  • set up an inter-committee coordination working group, presided by the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and made up of Members from various Committees, to review and screen documents and activities, raise awareness of disability-related issues and promote a coordinated approach if possible.

The European Ombudsman:

  • helps inform citizens and EU staff about their respective rights and obligations;
  • highlights good administrative practices through the European Network of Ombudsmen.

The European Commission encourages mutual learning and the exchange of good practices through meetings and events such as:

The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA):

  • addresses the rights of persons with disabilities as a specific component of its awareness-raising activities, including through the publication of reports and other materials, stakeholder engagement, communication and events;
  • mainstreams disability across other thematic areas and activities.

The European Disability Forum:

  • promotes the rights of persons with disabilities via awareness-raising campaigns, such as on freedom of movement for persons with disabilities;
  • monitors the compliance of EU legislation and policies;
  • gives technical advice to public authorities on the application of the UN Convention.

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