The project seeks to establish the progress the European Union (EU) has made in implementing Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) since its ratification in 2010. It will start by establishing the competences of the EU in relation to the right to live independently in the community, and by setting the framework for the report. In order to evaluate the progress made, indicators will be agreed, based on which information will be collected in the Member States and at the level of the EU institutions. This part of the project will involve cooperation with organisations of people with disabilities at the local and national level (including self-advocates), through interviews and questionnaires. This will be complemented by desk research. At the European level, members of ECCL’s Advisory Council and experts will be consulted on the proposed indicators, organisations to be consulted and the draft shadow report, to ensure a cross-disability approach and a broader support for the report. Once finalized, the shadow report will be submitted to the CRPD Committee and presented at a one-day colloquium in Brussels in September 2014, with the users, the key stakeholders from the EU institutions and the civil society.
This project is supported by a grant from the Open Society Foundations.