Recent news of the Disability Intergroup

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3 December 2020

Disability Intergroup Statement for the European Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020

19 June 2020

The European Parliament passed a resolution calling for a strong European Disability Strategy post 2020. The resolution was initiated by members of the Disability Intergroup.

30 April 2020

Disability Intergroup meeting online with Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli.

9 April 2020

45 MEPs, including several MEPs from the Disability Intergroup, sent a letter to the Commission and Council requesting immediate actions to mobilise CRII & EU Funds to guarantee the continuity of care and support services in Europe during COVID-19 pandemic

23 March 2020

14 Members of the European Parliament from Greens/EFA published an Urgent call relating to the situation of persons with disabilities amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

13 February 2020

The bureau of the Disability Intergroup was established.

3 February 2020

MEP Mónica Silvana González released a videomessage giving her condolences to the friends and families of the 8 people that died in a fire in a residential institution in Czechia. She strongly condemned the segregation of persons with disabilities in residential institutions. Watch the video.

28 January 2020

Members of the European Parliament's Employment and Social Affairs Committee discussed a draft resolution on the EU Disability strategy post-2020

16 January 2020

The Disability Intergroup was officialy re-established during the European Parliament's 9th legislative term


17 December 2019

Members of the Disability Intergoup submitted a parliamentary question for oral answer to the European Commission. This question led to a plenary debate on the 17 December 2017.

12 December 2019

We are happy to inform that the Disability Intergroup has been re-established.

Find the members of the intergroup in this downloadable excel sheet

11 November 2019

You can find our toolkits on disability for Members of the European Parliament

22 May 2019

Read the Highlights of the Intergroup 2014-2019

9 May 2019

What were the achievements of the Intergroup in the last mandate? Learn in the video "Disability Intergroup: Putting Disability on the EU Agenda"

1 April 2019

The report of the Disability Intergroup event on the EU Parking Card is now available


20 December 2018

The third issue of the Disability Inter roup Newsletter is out now.

19 December 2018

The report of the Disability Intergroup event on the EU Disability Card is now available

17 December 2018

The report of the event "Making the Digital Single Market accessible for persons with disabilities" is now available

10 December 2018

To mark 70 years of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the Disability Intergroup released a joint statement with the Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup, the Children Intergroup, the Youth Intergroup, the LGBTI Intergroup and the Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance. Read MEP’s unite for Human Rights at 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights -

9 November 2018

The report for the event 'Human Rights: a reality for all persons with disabilities?' is now available. The event was co-hosted by MEP’s KUNEVA Kostadinka (EL, SYRIZA) , MATIAS Marisa (PT, Bloco de Esquerda) and BJÖRK Malin.

7 November 2018

MEP Olga Sehnalová (S&D), the co-president of the Disability Intergroup, the Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacký University (Czech Republic), and the APA Centre would like to cordially invite you to the opening on Tuesday, 20th November, at 17:00 of the exhibition on Adapted Physical Activities week. Adapted Physical Activities are modified conditions for sport and an active way of spending leisure time. You will have the chance to discover sports-compensating aids, play games designed primarily for the persons with disabilities, try some Paralympic sports and enjoy the photo exhibition.

Register until 14th November

11 October 2018

The first issue of the Disability Intergroup Newsletter is now out. The first newsletter is here. You can register to receive the rest here

25 September 2018

Watch MEP Adam Kósa's video on International Sign Language:

13 September 2018

The Disability Intergroup Bureau met in Strasbourg to set priorities until the end of 2018. Read the summary of their meeting.

6 July 2018

A summary of the European Parliament Plenary Debate on Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities, produced by EDF, is available. Inclusion Europe also produced an article

4 July 2018

European Parliament Plenary Debate on Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities - The appointment of the debate was led by MEP Cecilia Wikström as rapporteur of the Committee on Petitions. You can also read her oral question for the Commission

19 April 2018

The Disability Intergroup met in Strasbourg.

20 March 2018

Question from President Ádám Kosa to the European Commission about Involvement of Disabled Persons' Organisations in design and implementation of Content4ALL project. Read the question here

28 February 2018

Event on Rail Passengers Right tor Pesons with disabilities. Revision of the Regulation on Rail Passengers’ Rights (1371/2007)

24 January 2018

Disability Intergroup & EDF agree on 2018 Priorities: A decisive year for the European Parliament On 24 January 2018, the EDF Executive Committee met the Bureau of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament. The members of EDF Executive Committee represent both the EU and the national umbrella organisations of persons with disabilities. They discussed with Adam Kosa (EPP), Olga Sehnalova (S&D), Helga Stevens (ECR), Brando Benifei (S&D) and Marian Harkin (ALDE) about common priorities and challenges for 2018. The 2- hour discussion in the Parliament focused on:

The role of the European Parliament in the follow up of the UN’s Concluding Observations on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the report that the European Parliament is preparing A plan to declare 2021 as the next European Year for Disabled Persons The upcoming negotiations between the European Parliament and Council on the European Accessibility Act - see more below The next European Disability Strategy 2020-2030 The Sustainable Development Goals The EU Pillar of Social Rights European Structural Funds Passengers’ Rights Campaigns focusing on drawing up local support for such measures. The proposal for an Accessibility Act triggered an intensive discussion between the EDF Executive committee members and MEPs. EDF members outlined the key aspects to be addressed during the upcoming negotiationsbetween the Parliament and the Council, acknowledging that the starting point is not by any means as ambitious as EDF and its members expected. Nevertheless, the Disability Intergroup MEPs also committed to do their utmost to push for the best outcome possible and encouraged EDF representatives to advocate as much as possible at national level as well.

EDF, as the umbrella organisation of persons with disabilities, and the Disability Intergroup, as the oldest and largest group of MEPs promoting disability rights, have a strong and lasting partnership. It is the intention of both sides to continue intensive cooperation and to continue to discuss our shared political priorities, at least on an annual basis. EDF provides the secretariat to the Disability Intergroup. Find out more about the Disability Intergroup at EDF's website.

The next event of the Disability Intergroup is on Rail Passengers’ Rights on February 28th at 1pm to 3pm in ASP 141.

31 January 2018

A group of MEP's put an oral question to the Commission on the Guardianship for persons with intellectual disabilities

30 January 2018

Seminar on Political Participation, hosted by MEPs Marek Plura, Helga Stevens and Adam Kosa, followed by New Years Drink from the Intergroup and EDF

23 January 2018

New Year Reception by the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament

Hosted by MEP Marian Harkin   

  • Place: European Parliament (Brussels)
  • Date: Tuesday 23 January 2018, 18:30-20:00
  • Interpretation: EN and International Sign

If you need an access badge to the European Parliament, please send your full name, ID number, nationality and date of birth to by Thursday 18 January.

11 January 2018

Answer by the Commission to MEP Olga Sehnalová question about "Legal certainty for persons with a disability when parking". Read the question here | Read response here


14 December 2017

Strasbourg - The Bureau of the Disability intergroup of the European Parliament had its last meeting of the year. During the meeting, the MEPs of the Disability Intergroup reflected on this year's activities, in particular last week's 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities.

The Intergroup will focus on a range of issues in 2018, and individual Bureau members will take the lead on specific topics. In 2018 there will be work on the European Accessibility Act, Women with Disabilities, Rail Passengers Rights, European Structural Funds and Independent Living, the right to vote, the European Disability Card and access to culture, Inclusion and Accessibility within the Parliament, the Web Directive and Media and Communications Accessibility. The Intergroup will also closely collaborate on all important legislative files which impact on the rights of persons with disabilities and ensure continued awareness raising on its work.

Upcoming meetings in January 2018: 23 January, Brussels: New Year cocktail (date time and venue TBC) 24 January- joint meeting between the Executive Committee of EDF and the Disability Intergroup Bureau

22 dECEMBER 2017

The Commission answered to a question from MEP Rosa Estaràs Ferragut about Figures for gender-based violence against women with disabilities. Read the question Read the answer - Word

6 December 2017

The Members of the Disability intergroup actively supported and participated in the 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities. During this landmark event, 800 people with disabilities from across Europe, both leaders and grass-root activists, gathered in the European Parliament in Brussels to have a dialogue with their Parliamentarians and speak up for their rights. an Parliament. The one day conference, which was held in Parliament's hemicycle, saw MEPs, activits with disabilties and a number of high level representatives of other EU institutions dicuss the right to vote and participate in political and public life, the European Disability Strategy 2020-2030 and the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) by the EU.

More information can be found at this page.

30 November 2017

The Disability Integroup discusses challenges and needs of family carers in Europe

8 November 2017

Disability intergroup meeting on persons with disabilities' right to political participation

30 October 2017

MEP Helga Stevens presented a report on the implementation of the European Disability Strategy

6 July 2017

The Bureau of the Disability intergroup met.

The 12 MEPs-Bureau discussed the upcoming EP plenary vote on the European Accessibilty Act and had an exchange with EDF on the preparation of the 4th European Parliament of Persons with disabilities, which will be held on 6 December 2017.

7 June 2017

Disability intergroup meeting on the Sustainable Development Goals

6 April 2017

Disability intergroup meeting on the EU implementation of the UN CRPD

28 March 2017

The Disability Intergroup, EDF and Human Rights Watch call for urgent attention to refugees and asylum seekers with disabilities

16 February 2017

Disability Intergroup meeting on the European Accessibility Act

23 January 2017

The Disability Intergroup, EDF and the Social Platform hosted a New Year reception

19 January 2017

Disability Intergroup meeting on the European Accessibility Act

11 January 2017

Disability Intergroup & EDF leadership discuss 2017 priorities


15 December 2016

The Bureau of the European Parliament Disability Intergroup adopts the Intergroup work programme 2017-2019

8 November 2016

Disability Intergroup - EDF event on the European Accessibility Act

7 July 2016

Meeting of the Disability Intergroup on the European Parliament's report on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD)

12 May 2016

Meeting of the Bureau of the European Parliament Disability Intergroup

17 February 2016

Joint meeting with the Disability Intergroup on Children's Rights

27 January 2016

Disability Intergroup's New Year Cocktail

14 January 2016

Disability Intergroup & EDF meeting to discuss 2016 priorities


17 December 2015

Disability Intergroup MEPs share views with EDF & its members on the UN's recommendations to the EU concerning disability rights

15 September 2015

Meeting of the Disability Intergroup on the Digital Single Market

27 July 2015

European Parliament adopts declaration on accessible tourism

27 April 2015

Launch of European Parlaiment's declaration to support accessible tourism

26 February 2015

The Disability Intergroup discussed its priorities for the next period

15 January 2015

The Disability Intergroup elects its new Bureau