Statement by FRA Director Morten Kjaerum on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International day for people with disabilities
International day for people with disabilities
3 December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. To mark this date, the European Commission and the European Disability Forum are organising a conference, looking at disability policy and practice in the European Union and suggesting ways in which it can be improved.

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is participating in this year's European Day of Persons with Disabilities conference, which will focus on the benefits of European citizenship for persons with disabilities.

FRA Director Morten Kjaerum: "Being a European Union citizen has some great advantages, like having the right to move freely in the EU. EU citizens also enjoy other rights, like the right to political participation. But, in some instances, Europeans with disabilities may not be able to fully benefit from these provisions. Their disability may be recognised in one country but not in another. And this could mean less assistance is available in certain Member States, and therefore mobility may be discouraged.

Also, as the recent FRA report on political participation shows, in some Member States persons with intellectual disabilities or mental health problems may be excluded from voting in elections, purely on the basis of their disability. It is time to change the thinking about persons with disabilities and to guarantee equal opportunities for everyone." The FRA is committed to promoting the rights of persons with disabilities.

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