The European Commission organised together with the European Disability Forum the European Day of Persons with Disabilities on 4-5 December, in Brussels.
People with disabilities, organisations or groups of persons with disabilities (DPOs), associations and companies working to improve the life of people with disabilities, government representatives, EU institutions representatives, academics and many others attended the conference.
This year, the European Day of Persons with Disabilities focused on citizenship. The rights of EU citizens through diverse EU initiatives, the question of political participation but also the possibility of living in a fairer and more inclusive environment were discussed.
The purpose was to direct participants towards concrete solutions in order to improve the everyday life of persons with disabilities. Each panel gave an overview of legal and political frameworks, followed by personal testimonies and examples. Experts exchanged views with the public and explained how they deal with the challenge of disability.
This conference is part of the EU’s wider efforts to promote the mainstreaming of disability issues in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to which the EU has been a party since January 2011 and the EU Disability Strategy 2010-2020.
EU Access City Award
The Access City Award ceremony took place on December 5th. On that occasion the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen announced the winners of the 2018 prize, which rewarded cities across Europe for their efforts and commitments to be accessible to all.
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Video recording of the conference
Download the European Day of Persons with Disabilities 2017 report to learn about the main outcomes and highlights from the 2017 event.