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2021/10/07
   EP - Decision by Parliament
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The European Parliament adopted by 579 votes to 12, with 92 abstentions, a resolution on the protection of people with disabilities, through petitions: lessons learnt.

There are currently around 87 million people with disabilities in the EU. Approximately 1 % of all petitions received each year by the Committee on Petitions relate to various disability issues. Petitions received by Parliament demonstrate the barriers faced by people with disabilities in various areas, such as access to public transport and the built environment, the use of sign languages, funding or access to education.

Given the petitions received on disability issues, the main findings of the report are as follows:

Governance and implementation

The resolution highlighted the need to raise awareness at all levels of the rights of people with disabilities enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to protect their rights and dignity, and to promote the exchange of good practice between Member States. It encouraged the consultation and participation of disabled people's organisations at every stage leading to the adoption of measures, so that these measures do not undermine the fundamental rights of disabled people.

Parliament called on all Member States that have not yet ratified the Optional Protocol to the CRPD to do so without further delay, to designate responsible authorities to act as contact points and to establish coordination mechanisms at all administrative levels for its implementation and monitoring.

The Commission is invited to present a comprehensive and cross-cutting review of EU legislation and funding programmes to ensure full compliance with the CRPD.

Free movement

The resolution welcomed the Commission's plan to present, by the end of 2023, a proposal for a European disability card recognised in all Member States. Such a card should be compulsory in all Member States to enable people with disabilities to exercise their right to free movement in a barrier-free Europe. Parliament warmly welcomed the adoption of enhanced rail passenger rights for people with disabilities and reduced mobility.

Digitalisation

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the entire population should be able to benefit from digital transformation, without any discrimination or exclusion. Parliament stressed the development of necessary digital skills and knowledge of AI can provide a labour market foothold for vulnerable groups such as persons with disabilities. Member States are urged to develop programmes which aim to include persons with disabilities in society through sport, the arts, culture and leisure activities, and which promote their participation in the political process without any constraints.

Accessibility

Parliament called on the Commission to use the EU accessibility legislation to adopt a robust European framework for an accessible and inclusive environment with fully accessible public places and services. Full accessibility must be guaranteed in all European public places. Parliament called for concrete measures, such as public bodies providing information in sign language, braille and easy-to-read text. Sign language interpretation should be introduced for speech-based events.

Combating discrimination

Parliament pointed out that the EU needs to focus more on combatting violence (including gender-based violence) and harassment, of which people with disabilities are disproportionately the victim, and to close the employment gap between people with a disability and others. Parliament also called on the Council to move forward with a cross-cutting Anti-Discrimination Directive, currently stuck there.

Inclusive education and training

Inclusive education policies implemented in Member States are welcomed, however, the resolution called on Member States to further increase their education systems’ capacity to provide high-quality and accessible education to all learners by promoting specific measures and personalised support, such as accessible and tailored curricula and learning materials, accessible ICTs and appropriate digital education.

The Commission is invited to strengthen the role of the Child Guarantee by considering an award scheme for the most accessible schools , to ensure equal treatment of children with disabilities.

Lastly, Parliament called on the Commission and the Member States to invest in training professionals regarding the needs of persons with disabilities.

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2021/10/04
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2021/08/04
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary
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The Committee on Petitions adopted an own-initiative report by Alex AGIUS SALIBA (S&D, MT) on the protection of people with disabilities, through petitions: lessons learnt.

There are currently around 87 million people with disabilities in the EU . Just over ten years ago, the European Union acceded to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and the Convention entered into force in the EU on 23 January 2011.

Through its petition procedure, Parliament's Petitions Committee has a direct role to play in protecting the rights of people with disabilities in the EU. Petitions received by Parliament demonstrate the barriers faced by people with disabilities in various areas, such as access to public transport and the built environment, the use of sign languages, funding or access to education.

Given the petitions received on disability issues, the main findings of the report are as follows:

Governance and implementation

The report highlighted the need to raise awareness at all levels of the rights of people with disabilities enshrined in the CRPD to protect their rights and dignity, and to promote the exchange of good practice between Member States. It encouraged the consultation and participation of disabled people's organisations at every stage leading to the adoption of measures, so that these measures do not undermine the fundamental rights of disabled people.

Members called on all Member States that have not yet ratified the Optional Protocol to the CRPD to do so without further delay, to designate responsible authorities to act as contact points and to establish coordination mechanisms at all administrative levels for its implementation and monitoring.

The Commission is invited to present a comprehensive and cross-cutting review of EU legislation and funding programmes to ensure full compliance with the CRPD.

Free movement

Members welcomed the Commission's plan to present, by the end of 2023, a proposal for a European disability card recognised in all Member States. Such a card should be compulsory in all Member States to enable people with disabilities to exercise their right to free movement in a barrier-free Europe. The report warmly welcomed the adoption of enhanced rail passenger rights for people with disabilities and reduced mobility. It encouraged Member States to provide, as soon as possible, shorter pre-notification periods for disabled people who need assistance when travelling.

Accessibility

Members called on the Commission and the Member States to ensure that cognitive, sensory and physical accessibility of EU initiatives on the digitalisation of the labour market.

They called on the Commission to use the EU accessibility legislation to adopt a robust European framework for an accessible and inclusive environment with fully accessible public places and services , including financial and administrative services, public transport and communication services and the built environment. Full accessibility must be guaranteed in all European public places.

Combating discrimination

The report highlighted the Commission's objective to cooperate with Member States to widen the scope of mutual recognition of disability status in areas such as labour mobility or social benefits related to the conditions of service provision.

Pointing out that minors with mental or intellectual disabilities are 3.7 times more likely to be victims of all forms of violence than non-disabled children, Members called for the creation of a European framework for the protection of persons with disabilities from any sort of violence. The report encouraged the Commission to work with the European Court of Justice to develop communication and accessibility strategies to ensure that people with disabilities are able to access the EU justice system without suffering any form of discrimination.

Concerned about the high unemployment rates among people with disabilities, Members called on Member States to promote and ensure a legislative and policy framework for the participation of people with disabilities, and in particular women with disabilities, in the labour market.

Public procurement

The report recalled that public procurement should respect the fundamental rights of beneficiaries. It is stressed that Member States are obliged to comply with the GDPR when implementing public procurement legislation.

Inclusive education

Inclusive education policies implemented in Member States are welcomed, however, the report called on Member States to further increase their education systems’ capacity to provide high-quality and accessible education to all learners by promoting specific measures and personalised support, such as accessible and tailored curricula and learning materials, accessible ICTs and appropriate digital education.

The Commission is invited to strengthen the role of the Child Guarantee by considering an award scheme for the most accessible schools , to ensure equal treatment of children with disabilities.

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2021/07/15
   EP - Vote in committee
2021/07/02
   EP - Committee opinion
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2021/06/18
   EP - Committee opinion
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2021/05/26
   EP - Specific opinion
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2021/04/28
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
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2021/03/17
   EP - Committee draft report
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2021/02/05
   EP - RAFAELA Samira (Renew) appointed as rapporteur in FEMM
2020/11/30
   EP - VANDENDRIESSCHE Tom (ID) appointed as rapporteur in LIBE
2020/10/22
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2020/10/22
   EP - Referral to associated committees announced in Parliament
2020/09/23
   EP - AGIUS SALIBA Alex (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in PETI
2020/07/01
   EP - KANEV Radan (EPP) appointed as rapporteur in EMPL

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La protection des personnes handicapées en tenant compte des éléments fournis par diverses pétitions: enseignements tirés - The protection of persons with disabilities through petitions: lessons learnt - Erfahrungswerte im Zusammenhang mit dem Schutz von Menschen mit Behinderungen durch Petitionen - A9-0261/2021 - Alex Agius Saliba - § 21/1 #

2021/10/06 Outcome: +: 676, -: 7, 0: 6
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A9-0261/2021 - Alex Agius Saliba - § 21/2 #

2021/10/06 Outcome: +: 417, -: 249, 0: 23
ES PL FR PT DK DE IE FI IT BE SE RO LV EE BG SK HR LT AT LU MT EL CZ SI CY NL HU
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A9-0261/2021 - Alex Agius Saliba - § 21/3 #

2021/10/06 Outcome: +: 416, -: 249, 0: 24
ES PL FR PT DE DK IE BE FI IT SE RO LV CZ BG EE HR LT LU MT EL SK SI NL AT CY HU
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A9-0261/2021 - Alex Agius Saliba - § 31/1 #

2021/10/06 Outcome: +: 678, -: 6, 0: 5
DE FR IT ES PL RO NL BE EL PT SE CZ BG HU SK FI DK AT IE HR LT LV SI MT CY LU EE
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A9-0261/2021 - Alex Agius Saliba - § 31/2 #

2021/10/06 Outcome: +: 369, -: 246, 0: 74
ES PT FR DE FI BE RO NL SE DK IE EE LU LV MT CY EL SK HR LT BG SI AT IT PL CZ HU
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A9-0261/2021 - Alex Agius Saliba - § 117/1 #

2021/10/06 Outcome: +: 541, 0: 74, -: 73
DE ES IT FR RO PT SE AT NL EL CZ BE FI BG IE DK SK LV SI LT EE HR MT CY LU HU PL
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Portugal Verts/ALE

1

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Netherlands Verts/ALE

3

Czechia Verts/ALE

3

Belgium Verts/ALE

3

Finland Verts/ALE

3

Ireland Verts/ALE

2

Denmark Verts/ALE

2

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Poland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: The Left The Left
39

Sweden The Left

For (1)

1

Netherlands The Left

For (1)

1

Czechia The Left

1

Belgium The Left

For (1)

1

Finland The Left

For (1)

1

Denmark The Left

1

Cyprus The Left

2
icon: NI NI
37

Germany NI

2

Netherlands NI

Against (1)

1

Slovakia NI

Abstain (1)