The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs of the European Parliament (EP) adopted a draft report calling on the European Commission (EC) to develop a concrete plan on how the European Semester will be used to implement the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
On 17th February the members of the EP Committee on Employment and Social Affairs adopted a report on the employment and social aspects of the 2016 Annual Growth Survey (AGS), a paper published by the European Commission at the end of the year that sets out general economic and social priorities for the EU and gives Member States policy guidance for the following year.
The excellent draft report from the EP Committee on Employment, who’s rapporteur is Ms Sofia Ribeiro (EPP / PT), echoes many of the views of the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD). In December 2015, EASPD published a report on “How the European Semester can help to implement the UN CRPD”. The EASPD report proposes recommendations on how the EU and its Member States can further develop disability friendly legislation and practices through the European Semester; especially in areas such as inclusive labour markets, inclusive education settings and living in the community. EASPD also presents key messages from the sector mainly focused on articles 19, 24 and 27 of the CRPD and highlights that implementing the UN CRPD through the Semester is essential if Europe is to reach its medium to long-term strategies such as the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Stability and Growth Pact.
The own-initiative of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs of the European Parliament will be debated during the upcoming EP Plenary Session on the 24th February and voted on the 25th February 2016.
- Procedure of the EP report “European semester for economic policy coordination: employment and social aspects in the annual growth survey 2016”
- EASPD report: “How the European Semester can help to implement the UN CRPD”
- Agenda EP Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (17/02/2016)
- EASPD Press Release: “Annual Growth Survey 2016: time to turn it into action!”
Note to editors
The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities is a non-profit European organization, established in 1996, and currently representing over 12.000 social and health services for persons with disabilities. EASPD advocates effective and high-quality disability-related services in the field of education, employment and individualised support, in line with the UN CRPD principles, which could bring benefits not only to persons with disabilities, but to society as a whole.