The European Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, has announced that there will be another European Disability Strategy for 2021. The current strategy was designed for a period of 10 years: 2010-2020. It promoted a barrier-free Europe and empowered people with disabilities so that they could enjoy their rights and participate fully in society and economy.
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. The Task Force for Equality has already been set up. It is supposed to ensure that equal treatment and inclusion will be paramount in all Commission policies. She mentioned that independent living should feature in all Commission’s present and future work:
- in the strengthened disability strategy, that we will build following the evaluation of the present strategy,
- in Action Plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights,
- in country reports and policy recommendations in the European Semester, which we will link more closely with the Sustainable Development Goals.