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I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union.
In January this year, the EU responded to the three main recommendations of the UN Committee which required feedback within one year. 1) In relation to the request to update the EU declaration of competences: progress in implementing the CRPD is illustrated by a list of over 130 EU legal acts related to matters governed by the CRPD. 2) Adoption of the European Accessibility Act: the proposal for a European Accessibility Act is under negotiations. 3) Reviewing the composition of the EU monitoring Framework: the EU monitoring Framework has been adapted to better ensure its alignment to the Paris Principles.
A mid-term report of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 has been published in February this year. It describes the many achievements of this Strategy while acknowledging remaining challenges, notably in the areas of employment and risks of poverty.
Earlier this year, the European Commission has adopted a proposal for a European Pillar of social rights. It is intended as a reference framework for upwards-convergence in social rights. It follows a twin track approach mainstreaming disability and with specific actions, namely one of its 20 principles and rights concerns the inclusion of persons with disabilities.
The European Pillar of Social Rights shares its vision and principles with the Sustainable Development Goals. Their monitoring frameworks will show progress in advancing with the CRPD. This progress will become visible when using the CRPD indicators which are being developed by the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights. The EU supports the design of these indicators.
Last year, the EU has also endorsed the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, which represents an important step towards ensuring that the needs of persons with disabilities are taken into account in Union-funded humanitarian response.
It has finally to be underlined that a fruitful and structured dialogue with Disabled Persons Organisations ensures their input on disability in EU level initiatives.
In line with the programme for this 10th Conference of States Parties, this intervention shows the concrete commitment of the EU for implementing the CRPD now and in the future years, with the full participation of persons with disabilities.