Open call for an increased focus on the UN convention
Ten members of parliament with different backgrounds join forces with nine disability organisations in the demand for a new structure of the EU commission.
To be able to fulfil EU’s efforts within the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, the Commission’s disability unit should be moved to the Secretariat-General. This is according to the umbrella organisation European Disability Forum and several more organisations in Europe.
Commissioner-designate for Equality’s Dalli mission letter includes the implementation of the Convention. The Unit in charge of disability needs to be under her direct supervision and have central and direct access to all relevant policies, says Yannis Vardakastanis, President of EDF.
EU is the first regional body to have signed the UN convention, which is legally binding. The work to ratify the convention is carried out by the disability unit, which has belonged both to DG Employment and DG Justice. The UN convention includes many areas and is currently not possible to ratify, according to the parliamentarians and the organisations in question.
A central placement of the disability unit is both logical and desirable, says Susanna Laurin, Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Funka. Such a move would reflect the fact that disability policies cover a wide range of aspects in life and give strength to the decision making.
According to the signers of the call, the move would strengthen the unit in funding and staffing as well as creating a horizontal perspective necessary to ensure the advancement of the rights of the 80 million Europeans with disabilities.