On March 3, the European Commission presented a new European Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030. This Strategy aims to guide the State Parties and the EU institutions on promoting democracy and the human rights of people with disabilities in Europe.
The new, ten-year strategy builds on its predecessor, the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020, and relies on three main pillars:
- EU rights: Building on the pilot project’s experience in eight countries, by the end of 2023, the European Commission will propose a European Disability Card for all EU countries that will facilitate mutual recognition of disability status between the Member States, helping disabled people enjoy their right of free movement. The Commission will also work closely with the Member States to ensure the participation of persons with disabilities in the electoral process in 2023.
- Independent living and autonomy: To support independent living and inclusion in the community, the Commission will develop guidance and launch an initiative to improve social services for persons with disabilities.
- Non-discrimination and equal opportunities: The strategy aims to protect persons with disabilities from any form of discrimination and violence. It aims to ensure equal opportunities in and access to justice, education, culture, sport and tourism. Equal access must also be guaranteed to all health services and employment.
Union of Equality: Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030 (more information here)