THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE EU

The European Commission and the High Level Group on Disability published in July 2015 the 7th report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The first chapter of the report synthesizes the information relating to the state of play on signature, ratification, reporting and examination of the convention and optional protocol in the EU and the member states. The Convention entered into force for the EU on 22 January 2011. Twenty-five Members States have ratified the Convention and Ireland, Finland and the Netherlands are in the process of ratifying. The second chapter presents the actions undertaken by the member states, European Union and stakeholders to implement and monitor the UNCRPD. The third, a thematic chapter, analyzes the issue of people with disabilities in the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, and how member states are implementing this strategy. A questionnaire, sent to the High Level Group on Disability members, covered the following issues: the situation of people with disabilities in employment, education and social inclusion (including statistical evidence and trends); reforms and measures to address challenges and the link with relevant country specific recommendations; involvement of civil society and disabled people organizations in policy making; identification of other areas of the Europe 2020 strategy relevant for disability policy; and the use of the EU funding 2014-2020 to improve the situation of people with disabilities.On the basis of the replies received from Member States, the report identifies common trends:

-People with disabilities are significantly disadvantaged in the labour market,

-People with disabilities are in higher risk of early school leaving and have lower tertiary education attainment,

-People with disabilities are more at risk of poverty and social exclusion.

Download the full report from the European Commission