Latest blog articles by Lisa Waddington

  • European Commission Proposes European Accessibility Act

    European Commission Proposes European Accessibility Act

    26 January 2016
    In 2011 the European Commission announced it would propose a “European Accessibility Act” in 2012. The “Act” was to be an EU instrument which would seek to ensure a free market in products and services which were accessible to people with disabilities.
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    What does the UN think of EU disability policy?

    21 October 2015
    The European Union is a party to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This is the first and, thus far, the only human rights treaty to which the EU is a party. In accordance with Article 35 of the Convention, the EU submitted its State report on the steps which has taken to implement the Convention last year. In April of this year, the Committee linked to the Convention responded by issuing the EU with a List of Issues – in essence a long list of questions relating to implementation of the Convention.
  • What does the UN think of EU disability policy?

    What does the UN think of EU disability policy?

    21 September 2015
    The European Union is a party to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This is the first and, thus far, the only human rights treaty to which the EU is a party.
  • What does the UN think of EU disability policy?

    The European Union’s disability human rights record under scrutiny from the United Nations

    28 April 2015
    The European Commission, on behalf of the European Union (EU), monitors and checks on the transposition of EU legislation by Member States. Member States often have to report on the steps they have taken to comply with specific EU legislation and the Commission even occasionally initiates infringement procedures against wayward Member States before the Court of Justice. It is much rarer for the European Union to expose itself to such scrutiny and for it to commit to reporting and to allow its actions to be checked, praised and criticised by an external body...
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