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Conclusions of the Council on the EU disability framework and Roma inclusion

June 13th 2010

Find out more about the conclusions adopted by the Council on the new European Disability framework and the advancement of Roma inclusion.

New European disability framework

The Council adopted a resolution on a new European disability framework (10173/10), calling for, inter alia, enhanced inclusion of people with disabilities and their families in society by mainstreaming disability issues, and by launching initiatives in the areas education, employment and social affairs, international affairs and development.

This resolution follows the resolution on the situation of persons with disabilities adopted by the EPSCO Council on 29 February 2008 (6769/08). The Commission is expected to adopt, during the course of 2010, the new European disability strategy 2010-2020, replacing the previous strategy launched in 2004. The new strategy should primarily focus on the implementation of the United Nations convention on the rights of persons with disabilities (UNCRPD). On 26 November 2009, the Council adopted a decision on the conclusion, by the European Union, of the UNCRPD.

The Spanish presidency held an informal meeting of ministers responsible for disability policies and a conference on disability and personal autonomy in Zaragoza from 19 to 21 May 2010.

Advancing Roma inclusion

The Council adopted conclusions on "Advancing Roma Inclusion" (10058/10 + 10058/10 COR 1), inviting the Commission and the member states, inter alia, to make progress in mainstreaming Roma issues into European and national policies, to advance the social and economic integration of Roma and to ensure that existing EU financial instruments and especially the structural funds are accessible to Roma.

The conclusions also acknowledge that, in many cases, the living conditions of Roma (many of whom face extreme poverty, discrimination and exclusion, including poor housing, lack of access to employment and precarious health) have been worsening in the past years, and that anti-Gypsyism and violent attacks against Roma are intensifying.

The conclusions also welcome various recent initiatives, including the revision of regulation 1080/2006 on the European Regional Development Fund, the Commission’s communication on "The social economic integration of the Roma in Europe" and the Second European Roma Summit, which took place in Cordoba on 8 and 9 April.