The new European Disability Strategy sets out the European Commission’s work plan and priorities for the period 2010-20. It will ensure access to EU funding, raise public awareness about disability and fulfil the EU's commitment to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which has entered into force for the European Union on 22 January 2011.
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an important tool for promoting the human rights of people with disabilities. The Convention elaborates and clarifies existing obligations, providing within a single text the accepted global legal standards on disability rights. It recognises that equality, dignity, autonomy, independence, accessibility and inclusion are key to ensuring that people with disabilities are able to enjoy the same human rights across the world. In doing so, it introduces certain paradigm shifts changing the status of people with disabilities in international human rights law.
The seminar will offer participants the opportunity to understand the key principles and concepts contained in the Convention.
Furthermore, the seminar will also look at the European legislation adopted on disability issues in other sectors (employment, public procurement, state aid, transport or telecommunications).
Two nights hotel accommodation and 400 € travel costs covered.