The right of persons with disabilities to work on an equal footing is enshrined in Article 27 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Despite poses this right, the employment rate of persons with disabilities in Europe was 47.3% in 2011, almost 20% lower than that of people without disabilities. This situation has continued to deteriorate since the beginning of the economic and financial crisis of 2008.
To promote the increased inclusion of person of disabilities on the labour market dabei-austria, the Austria Disability Council, EASPD, the European Platform for Rehabilitation and European Union of Supported Employment together hosted the ‘Employment for all’ conference in September 2018. Bringing together over 270 stakeholders the event aimed to explore possible strategies that can support the full implementation of Article 27 of the UN CRPD.
The discussion of the conference provided the foundation of the Vienna Declaration, which aims to provide guidance to stakeholders, policy makers in the EU and on national level, to trade unions and the business community on how participation of persons with disabilities in the labour market can be achieved.
The Declaration calls on the European Union to
- Include labour market policy objectives for persons with disabilities for all EU Member States, following harmonization of definitions in the regular coordination system of the European Semester to steer reform and innovation in order to achieve the objectives of the EU strategy.
- Tie the budget of the European Structural Funds to the quality criteria of the UNCRPD and to promote only measures that promote employment on the regular labour market and/or in social economy enterprises.