EU Ratification of the UNCRPD

On 22 January 2011, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) entered into force for the European Union. All EU Member States have signed and ratified the convention. 22 EU countries have also signed and ratified its optional protocol in January 2019.

Reporting to the United Nations

As a party to the Convention, the EU must periodically inform the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities about the measures taken to implement it.

To date, the European Commission has provided the following reports to the Committee :

The EU is submitting its next periodic report to the UN in January 2021. EU Member States must also submit individual implementation reports to the UN for matters falling under their competence.

More information on the work of the EU in relation to the UNCRPD is available at: