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News 13/12/2021

Equality: All members of the new Disability Platform now known

On the 15th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, we are happy to announce that EU countries, civil society and the EU institutions have committed to work even more closely together to combat discrimination based on disability. This is our obligation under the UN Convention.

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14 civil society organisations selected as member of the Disability Platform

 In the Disability Platform, all EU Member States, 14 civil society organisations and the European institutions will work together with the aim that persons with disabilities can fully enjoy their rights in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Disability Platform: a flagship initiative of the Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Disability Platform is one of the flagship initiatives of the Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Following its adoption by the European Commission on 27 October, all EU Member states have put forward their representatives.  Fourteen civil society organizations active in the field of disability have now been selected through an open call for applications. The Disability Platform replaces the existing High Level Group on Disability. It is an expert group to support the implementation of the Strategy for the rights of Persons with Disabilities.

A forum to exchange and work together

The Platform launch is the beginning of a process to discuss relevant policy developments, exchange experiences and good practices, and reflect the diversity of disability.

The Platform also provides a forum to engage and work together in the preparation of policy initiatives or legislative proposals in the field of disability and establish cooperation and coordination between the Commission and the Member States and stakeholders.

All members of the Disability Platform can be found in the Register. The first meeting will take place on Wednesday, 15 December 2021.

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