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 for Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection (Bundesministerium für Arbeit, Soziales und Konsumentenschutz) and regional focal points designated by the nine regional authorities (Länder) focused on their competences Federal Ministry for Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection (Bundesministerium für Arbeit, Soziales und Konsumentenschutz) with the involvement of the Federal Disability Advisory Board (Bundesbehindertenbeirat) Monitoring committee (Monitoringausschuss)
BE 2009 Yes Federal Public Service Social Security. Sub-focal points designed by the seven independent entities. 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 Department for Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities, Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance 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 in cooperation with Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government Board for People with Disabilities and Czech National Disability Council 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) and Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman (Folketingets Ombudsmand), Estonian Chamber of Disabled People and four DPOs
EE 2012 Yes Ministry of Social Affairs (Sotsiaalministeerium) Cooperation Assembly between ministries (Puuetega inimeste koostöökogu), Estonian Chamber of Disabled People and four DPOs Gender Equality and Equal Treatment Commissioner (Soolise võrdõiguslikkuse ja võrdse kohtlemise volinik)
EL 2012 Yes Directorate of International Relations, Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Welfare (Υπουργείο Εργασίας, Κοινωνικής Ασφάλειας και Πρόνοιας) 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 People with a Disability, 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 Politics 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 Department for Disability Affairs (Fogyatékosságügyi Főosztály) within the Ministry of Human Capacities (Emberi Erőforrások Minisztériuma) National Disability Council (Országos Fogyatékosságügyi Tanács) National Disability Council (Országos Fogyatékosságügyi Tanács)
IE** Equality Division, Department of Justice and Equality Not established/designated Not established/designated
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) Council to take action for a just society (Kunsill Azzjoni lejn Soċjeta' Ġusta) National Commission for Persons with Disability (Kummissjoni Nazzjonali Persuni b'Diżabilità)
NL**     Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (Staatssecretaris 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 Directorate General of External Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros); Strategy and Planning Office, Ministry of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security (Ministério da Solidariedade, Emprego e Segurança Social) National Institute for Rehabilitation of the Ministry of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security (Conselho Nacional para a Reabilitação e Integração das Pessoas com Deficiência) National mechanism for monitoring and implementation of the CRPD (Mecanismo nacional de monitorização da implementação da Convenção)
RO 2011 No Department for the Protection of Persons with Disabilities (Direcţia Protecţia Persoanelor cu Dizabilităţi) within the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Protection (Ministerul Muncii, Familiei şi Protecţiei Sociale) 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 Disability, Veterans and Victims of War Directorate at the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (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 Department for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities at the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family (Odbor integrácie osôb so zdravotným postihnutím, Ministerstvo práce, sociálnych vecí a rodiny). Secondary focal points in other ministries. Not established/designated
UK 2009 Yes Office for Disability Issues, Department of Work and Pensions 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; European Commission; 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 and the Netherlands have not yet ratified the CRPD; however as the Article 33 bodies have been identified in the draft ratification legislation, they are included in this table. Ireland has not ratified the CRPD, and Article 33 bodies are not yet designated/established. However, the Equality Division at the Irish Department of Justice and Equality is tasked to promote and support the equal participation in society of people with disabilities, including also responsibility for progressing ratification of the CRPD.

Source: FRA, 2015

The information on this page is up to date as of 1 January 2015.