As every year, the European Commission was celebrating the Day of Persons with Disabilities together with the European Disability Forum.
This year's Day of Persons with Disabilities conference took place on 29-30 November 2016 in Brussels.
The conference specifically celebrated the 10th anniversary of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. Presentations and discussions focused in an interactive way on the progress which has been made in the EU to promote the rights of persons with disabilities, based on the UN Convention.
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 were present.
The 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 is a party since January 2011 and the EU Disability Strategy 2010-2020.
EU Access City Award 2017
On 29 November, the Ceremony of the Access City Award, the European award that rewards cities for their efforts in making them accessible to all, took place. Ms Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, announced the winners and handed over the prizes to five EU cities.