The Disability Intergroup elects its new Bureau

Getting ready for the assessment of the European Union's work in implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), the Disability Intergroup has elected a whole new Bureau consisting of four co-presidents and eight vice-presidents.

The Disability Intergroup elects its new Bureau
etr The Disability Intergroup has chosen new people to form part of its staff.

The Disability Intergroup is a group which fights for the rights of people with disabilities.
It is formed by people from all over Europe with different political opinions.

Their work is going to be very important this year.
This is because the United Nations is going to check that Europe
has included聽people with disabilities in all policies.

The United Nations wants all of the countries in theworld
to work together to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

The Disability Intergroup is going to help in the talks
between the United Nations and the聽European Union.

Getting ready for the assessment of the European Union’s work in implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), the Disability Intergroup has elected a whole new Bureau consisting of four co-presidents and eight vice-presidents.

This election took place in Strasbourg, during the first meeting the Disability Intergroup had had since being re-established. Although Intergroups have no legislative power, they are key elements in promoting an exchange of views between people from all nationalities and political groups. The Disability Intergroup aims to promote the rights of persons with disabilities聽at聽the European Parliament, as well as at a national level.

2015 is the year in which the UN CRPD Committee will examine the progress that the EU has made since it ratified the UN CRPD in 2010. In its article 4.3, the UN CRPD calls on State Parties to actively involve persons with disabilities through their representative organisations. This will be the first time that an external human rights body will make recommendations and have a say in the European Union. The European Disability Forum (EDF) hopes that the Disability Intergroup will contribute to all stages of the dialogue between the EU and the UN CRPD.

 

Co-presidents:

– 脕d谩m K贸sa (EPP, Hungary)

– Richard Howitt (S&D, UK)

– Helga Stevens (ECR, Belgium)

– Pablo Echenique-Robba (GUE/NGL, Spain)

 

Vice-presidents:

– EPP: Rosa Estar脿s-Ferragut (Spain) and Marek Plura (Poland)
– S&D: Olga Sehnavol谩 (Czech Republic) and Brando Benifei (Italy)
– ECR: Jana 沤itnansk谩 (Slovakia)
– ALDE: Marian Harkin (Ireland)
– GUE/NGL: Kostadinka Kuneva (Greece)
– Greens/EFA: Indrek Tarand (Estonia)

Our work brings the voice of people with intellectual disabilities and their families where decisions about their future are made.

This has always been incredibly important. It is even more so with the Covid pandemic drastic impact on their rights and lives.

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