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EU Commissioner commits to new European disability equality strategy

Monday 20 January 2020

The European Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, has announced that there will be another European disability strategy. Speaking at “Towards Inclusion 2020”, an event marking 10 years of the European Expert Group on Transition from Institutional to Community-based care, Commissioner Dalli indicated that the Commission had committed to a new European Disability Equality Strategy for 2021. Ms Dalli said: “I have already set up a Task Force for Equality, to make sure equal treatment and inclusion will be paramount in all Commission policies. Independent living is a pre-condition, for equal treatment, and a cornerstone of our equality agenda.

We will make sure that independent living features in all our present and future work:  

  • ​In the strengthened disability strategy, that we will build following the evaluation of the present strategy.
  • ​In our Action Plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights.
  • ​In our country reports and policy recommendations in the European Semester, which we will link more closely with the Sustainable Development Goals.”

The full speech can be read at: www.ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2019-2024/dalli/announcements/speech-commissioner-dalli-towards-inclusion-2020-what-vision-future-deinstitutionalisation-and-role_en

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