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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 348

New disability strategy: Stepping up EU action for an inclusive Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 giugno 2020

In a resolution outlining their priorities for the post-2020 EU disability strategy, MEPs demand that all persons with disabilities and their families can fully enjoy their human rights.
As a follow-up to the European disability strategy 2010-2020, Parliament calls on the Commission to present a comprehensive, well-funded and ambitious post-2020 EU Disability Strategy that reflects the diversity of persons with disabilities and their needs. They should, together with their representative family members and organisations, be involved in preparing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the new strategy. In a resolution, adopted by a large majority on Thursday, MEPs also ask for a gender-based approach to address the specific forms of discrimination that women and girls with disabilities face.
Disproportional impact of COVID-19-pandemic on people with disabilities. The COVID-19-outbreak and the measures taken by member states have taken a heavy toll on persons with disabilities who faced serious risks and rights violations, such as disruption in care and support services and lack of precautionary measures in residential institutions. To prevent such shortcomings in legislation in the future, MEPs stress that the post-2020 Disability Strategy should include specific recovery and mitigation measures.Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová (SK, ECR), rapporteur and Chair of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, said: “We must learn lessons from the shortcomings of the current Strategy. Above all, we need robust, disaggregated data to allow for informed policy-making and to eradicate huge disparities. We must also equip the new Strategy with all possible means to guarantee its full implementation and effective monitoring. I hope that the Parliament’s input will serve as important inspiration for the EU-disability agenda for the next decade.” The resolution was adopted with 653 votes in favour, 6 against and 29 abstentions.

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