Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

This table provides an overview of the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, by EU Member State.
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities overview, by EU Member State
EU Member State Ratified in Optional Protocol Focal points within government for matters relating to the implementation of the CRPD – Article 33 (1) Coordination mechanism – Article 33 (1) Framework to promote, protect and monitor implementation of the CRPD – Article 33 (2)
AT 2008 Yes Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection (Bundesministerium für Arbeit, Soziales und Konsumentenschutz); 9 regional authorities (Länder) designated their own sub-focal points Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection (Bundesministerium für Arbeit, Soziales und Konsumentenschutz) with the involvement of the Federal Disability Advisory Board (Bundesbehindertenbeirat) CRPD monitoring committee (Monitoringausschuss); Austrian Ombudsman Board (Volksanwaltschaft)
BE 2009 Yes Federal Public Service Social Security (Federale Overheidsdienst/Service public federal sécurité sociale), Directorate-General for Strategy and Research; Sub-focal points designed by the seven communities and regions Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities (Interfederaal Gelijkekansencentrum/Centre interfédéral pour l’égalité des chances)
BG 2012 No Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Policy for People with Disabilities, Equal Opportunities and Social Benefits Directorate, Integration of People with Disabilities Department (Министерство на труда и социалната политика, дирекция “Политика за хората с увреждания, равни възможности и социални помощи”, отдел “Интеграция на хората с увреждания”) Not established/designated Not established/designated
CY 2011 Yes Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance, Department for Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities (Τμήμα Κοινωνικής Ενσωμάτωσης Ατόμων με Αναπηρίες, Υπουργείου Εργασίας, Ευημερίας και Κοινωνικών Ασφαλίσεων) Pancyprian Council for Persons with Disabilities Office of the Commissioner for Administration (Ombudsperson); Commissioner for the Protection of Human Rights
CZ 2009 No Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (Ministerstvo práce a sociálních věcí) Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs Ministerstvo práce a sociálních věcí) in cooperation with Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministerstvo zahraničních věcí), Government Board for People with Disabilities (Vládní výbor pro zdravotně postižené občany) and National Disability Council (Národní rada osob se zdravotním postižením) Not established/designated
DE 2009 Yes Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs (Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales); 16 federal states (Länder) designated their own sub-focal points Federal Government Commissioner for Matters Relating to Persons with Disabilities German Institute for Human Rights (Deutsche Institut für Menschenrechte)
DK* 2009 No Ministry of Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs (Ministeriet for Børn, Ligestilling, Integration og Sociale Forhold) Interministerial Committee of Civil Servants on Disability Matters Danish Institute for Human Rights (Institut for Menneskerettigheder); Danish Disability Council (Det Centrale Handicapråd); Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman (Folketingets Ombudsmand
EE 2012 Yes Ministry of Social Affairs (Sotsiaalministeerium) Cooperation Assembly between ministries (Puuetega inimeste koostöökogu), Estonian Chamber of Disabled People (Eesti Puuetega Inimeste Koda) and four DPOs Committee of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities under the Estonian Chamber of Disabled People (Eesti Puuetega Inimeste Koda)
EL 2012 Yes Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity, Directorate of International Relations (Υπουργείο Εργασίας, Κοινωνικής Ασφάλισης και Κοινωνικής Αλληλεγγύης, Διεύθυνση Διεθνών Σχέσεων) Not established/designated Not established/designated
ES 2007 Yes Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality (Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales e Igualdad); Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y Cooperación) National Disabilities Council (Consejo Nacional de la Discapacidad) Spanish Committee of Representatives of People with Disabilities (Comité Español de Representantes de Personas con Discapacidad)
FI**     Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ulkoasiainministeriö); Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (Sosiaali- ja Terveysministeriö) Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (Sosiaali- ja Terveysministeriö) Human Rights Centre (Ihmisoikeuskeskus); Human Rights Delegation (Ihmisoikeusvaltuuskunta); Parliamentary Ombudsperson (Eduskunnan oikeusasiamies)
FR 2010 Yes Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (Ministère des Affaires sociales et de la santé); Interministerial Committee for People with a Disability (Comité interministériel du handicap) Interministerial Committee for Disability (Comité interministériel du handicap), which consists of representatives of all ministries concerned Public Defender of Rights (Le Défenseur des Droits); National Advisory Council for Human Rights (Commission Nationale Consultative des Droits de l’Homme); National Advisory Council for People with a Disability (Conseil national consultatif des personnes handicapées)
HR 2007 Yes Ministry of Social Policy and Youth (Ministarstvo socijalne politike i mladih) Ombudsman for Persons with Disabilities (Pravobranitelj za osobe s invaliditetom); Commission of the Government of the Republic of Croatia for people with disabilities (Povjerenstva Vlade Republike Hrvatske za osobe s invaliditetom)
HU 2007 Yes Ministry of Human Capacities (Emberi Erőforrások Minisztériuma), Department for Disability Affairs (Fogyatékosságügyi Főosztály) National Disability Council (Országos Fogyatékosságügyi Tanács), Interministerial Committee on Disabilty (Fogyatékosságügyi Tárcaközi Bizottság) National Disability Council (Országos Fogyatékosságügyi Tanács), Interministerial Committee on Disabilty (Fogyatékosságügyi Tárcaközi Bizottság)
IE**     Department of Justice and Equality, Equality Division Not established/designated Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
IT 2009 Yes Ministry of Labour and Social Policies (Ministero del Lavoro e delle Politiche Sociali) National Observatory on the Situation of Persons with Disabilities (Osservatorio Nazionale sulla condizione delle persone con disabilità)
LT 2010 Yes Ministry of Social Security and Labour (Socialinės apsaugos ir darbo ministerija) Council for Disability Affairs (Neįgaliųjų reikalų taryba) at the Ministry of Social Security and Labour (Socialinės apsaugos ir darbo ministerija); Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson (Lygių galimybių kontrolieriaus tarnyba)
LU 2011 Yes: Ministry of Family, Integration and for the Greater Region (Ministère de la Famille, de l’Intégration et à la Grande Région) Luxembourg Human Rights Consultative Body (Commission consultative des Droits de l'Homme du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg); Centre for Equal Treatment (Centre pour l’égalité de traitement); Ombudsman (Médiateur au service de citoyens)
LV 2010 Yes Ministry of Welfare (Labklājības ministrija); National Council of Disability Affairs (Invalīdu lietu nacionālā padome) Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia (Latvijas Republikas Tiesībsargam)
MT 2012 Yes National Focal Point Office within the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity (Ministeru għall-Familja u -Solidarjeta` Soċjali); Parliamentary Secretariat for the rights of persons with a disability and active ageing (Segretarju parlamentari għad-drittijiet ta' persuni b'diżabilita' u anzjanita' attiva) Interministerial Board for the Coordination of the Implementation of the CRPD National Commission for Persons with Disability (Kummissjoni Nazzjonali Persuni b'Diżabilità)
NL**     Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport) Netherlands Institute for Human Rights (College voor de Rechten van de Mens)
PL 2012 No Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (Ministerstwo Pracy i Polityki Społecznej) Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (Ministerstwo Pracy i Polityki Społecznej) and the Team for the implementation of the CRPD provisions (chaired by the Government Plenipotentiary for Persons with Disabilities (Pełnomocnik Rządu do Spraw Osób Niepełnosprawnych)) Human Rights Defender (Rzecznik Praw Obywatelskich)
PT 2009 Yes Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros, Direção-Geral de Política Externa), Directorate General of External Policy; Ministry of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security, Strategy and Planning Office (Ministério da Solidariedade, Emprego e Segurança Social) National Institute for Rehabilitation of the Ministry of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security (Instituto Nacional para a Reabilitação, Ministério da Solidariedade, Emprego e Segurança Social) National mechanism for monitoring and implementation of the CRPD (Mecanismo nacional de monitorização da implementação da Convenção)
RO 2011 No Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Protection (Ministerul Muncii, Familiei şi Protecţiei Sociale), Department for the Protection of Persons with Disabilities (Direcţia Protecţia Persoanelor cu Dizabilităţi) National Authority for Persons with Disabilities (Autoritatea Naţională pentru Persoanele cu Dizabilităţi) Romanian Institute for Human Rights (Institutul Român pentru Drepturile Omului)
SE 2008 Yes Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (Socialdepartementet) High-Level Interministerial Working Group led by the Division for Family and Social Services of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (Socialdepartementet) Not established/designated
SI 2008 Yes Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Disability, Veterans and Victims of War Directorate (Ministrstvo za delo, družino, socialne zadeve in enake možnosti, Direktorat za invalide, vojne veteran in žrtve vojnega nasilja) Council for Persons with Disabilities of the Republic of Slovenia (Svet za invalide Republike Slovenije)
SK 2010 Yes Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family (Ministerstvo práce, sociálnych vecí a rodiny, Odbor integrácie osôb so zdravotným postihnutím), Department for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities; Secondary focal points in other ministries Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (Komisár pre osoby so zdravotným postihnutím)
UK 2009 Yes Department of Work and Pensions, Office for Disability Issues Equality and Human Rights Commission (England and Wales); Scottish Human Rights Commission; Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
           
EU 2010 No European Commission For matters of coordination between the Council, the Member States and the European Commission, see provisions of the Code of Conduct between the Council, the Member States and the Commission setting out internal arrangements for the implementation by and representation of the EU relating to the CRPD (2010/C 340/08) European Parliament; European Ombudsman; FRA; European Disability Forum

 

Notes:

*The Danish Council and the Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman were not designated, however the explanatory text to Parliamentary Decisions B15 of 17 December 2010 provides that they are to be part of the framework.
**Finland, Ireland and the Netherlands have not yet ratified the CRPD; however, as the Article 33 bodies have been identified in the draft ratification documents, they are included in this table.

Source: FRA, 2016

The information on this page is up to date as of 1 January 2016.