European Commission launches disability employment package

20/09/2022

The European Commission has launched a disability employment package during the “Conference on Integration of People with Disabilities into the Labour Market”, an event organised by the Czech presidency of the Council of the EU. The package is a flagship initiative previously announced in the Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030. Its intention is to address barriers which negatively affect the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the labour market across the EU.

Whilst not introducing new legislation or programmes, the package of measures aims to support the implementation of existing EU legislation across six areas:

1. Strengthening the capacities of employment and integration services

2. Promoting hiring perspectives through affirmative action and combating stereotypes

3. Ensuring reasonable accommodation at work

4. Preventing disabilities associated with chronic diseases

5. Securing vocational rehabilitation schemes in case of sickness or accidents

6. Exploring quality jobs in sheltered employment and pathways to the open labour market.

Details on the disability employment package are available at: https://ec.europa.eu/social/BlobServlet?docId=26060&langId=en