Commissioner Spidla officially stated at the European Parliament Employment and Social Affairs Committee meeting on 2nd April that the European Commission would propose non discrimination legislation on the ground of disability.
According to the Dutch national press agency (ENA), Spidla’s spokesperson informed that according the results of a European Commission led study, non-discrimination legislation based on disability was the most urgent. He added that this kind of legislation would have the most chances to have the support from Member States. This statement was confirmed by the Commissioner’s cabinet.
Despite this statement, a proposal for non discrimination legislation beyond employment still needs to be adopted by the College of Commissioners to be presented to the European Parliament and Council of Ministers. The FIMITIC members are encouraged to continue the campaign to achieve a disability specific directive.
The members are invited to send letters to their competent Ministers, to the Commissioners from their country, as well as to Members of the European Parliament from their country to seek their support on a Disability specific non-discrimination legislation.
The FIMITIC members area asked to seek the support of their governments on a Disability Specific Directive
It is very important that members act quickly to ensure that enough support is provided from national authorities in the preparation of the legislative proposal foreseen to be presented by June.
Role of FIMITIC members at EU and national level
In our campaign to lobby for a disability specific directive, FIMITIC members have a crucial role to play: