European Council

Human rights: Historic ratification by the European community

November 26, 2009. The European Community has just ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Unprecedented step forward for the first human rights treaty ratified in the history of Europe and a great signal sent to all EU Members States.

Commission adopts Lisbon Strategy recommendations to build a lasting recovery

On 28 January, the Commission adopted its recommendations under the Lisbon Growth and Jobs Strategy. The report includes country chapters which aim at providing guidance to Member States. The recommendations also seek to ensure that the European Economic Recovery Plan adopted last December will help respond to the economic crisis.

European Council adopts conclusion on the follow-up of the European Year of People with Disabilities (EYPD 2003)

During their Council meeting on 1. and 2. December 2003, the Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs, adopted the conclusions on the follow up of the European Year of People with Disabilities.

These Conclusions invite the current and acceding Member States to pro-actively mainstream disability issues into relevant policy areas and to transpose and fully apply the Directive for equal treatment in employment and occupation.

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