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) Monitoring committee (Monitoringausschuss); Austrian Ombudsman Board (Volksanwaltschaft)
BE 2009 Yes Federal Public Service Social Security (sub-focal points designed by the seven independent entities) Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism (Centrum voor gelijkheid van kansen en voor racismebestrijding/Centre pour l'égalité des chances et la lutte contre le racisme)
BG 2012 No Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (Министерство на труда и социалната политика) not established/designated not established/designated
CY 2011 Yes Department for Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities The Pancyprian Council for Persons with Disabilities Office of the Commissioner for Administration (Ombudsman)
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, the Government Board for People with Disabilities and the 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) Inter-ministerial committee of civil servants on disability matters Danish Institute for Human Rights (Institut for Menneskerettigheder), Danish Disability Council and Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman
EE 2012 Yes Ministry of Social Affairs (Sotsiaalministeerium) No independent monitoring mechanism has been appointed
EL 2012 Yes not established/designated 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)
FR 2010 Yes Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, together with the 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) and 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 Ministry of Human Resources (Emberi Erőforrások Minisztériuma) Department for Disability Affairs (Fogyatékosságügyi Főosztály) National Disability Council (Országos Fogyatékosságügyi Tanács) National Disability Council (Országos Fogyatékosságügyi Tanács)
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) (additional sub-focal points in other public authorities) Council for the Affairs of the Disabled (Neįgaliųjų reikalų taryba) at the Ministry of Social Security and Labour (Socialinės apsaugos ir darbo ministerija); and the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman
LU 2011 Yes: Ministry of Family and Integration (Ministère de la Famille et de l'Intégration 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); and Ombudsman (Médiateur au service de citoyens)
LV 2010 Yes Ministry of Welfare (Labklājības ministrija) Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia (Latvijas Republikas Tiesībsargam)
MT 2012 Yes Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity (Ministeru għall-Familja u -Solidarjeta` Soċjali) 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) Group for the implementation of the CRPD provisions (chaired by the government Plenipotentiary for Persons with Disabilities) Human Rights Defender (Rzecznik Praw Obywatelskich)
PT 2009 Yes Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Ministry of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security Commission for Disability (Comissão para a Deficiência) not established/designated
RO 2011 No Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and the Elderly (Ministerul Muncii, Familiei Familiei, Protecţiei Sociale şi Persoanelor Vârstnice) The Romanian Institute for Human Rights (Institutul Român pentru Drepturile Omului)
SE 2008 Yes Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (Social- och hälsovårdsministeriet) High Level Interministerial Working Group 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 (Odbor integrácie osôb so zdravotným postihnutím) at the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family (Ministerstvo práce, sociálnych vecí a rodiny) 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 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 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities European Commission, European Parliament’s Petitions Committee, European Ombudsman, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, European Disability Forum***  



*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.
**The Netherlands has not yet ratified the CRPD, however as the Article 33 bodies have been identified in the explanatory memorandum to the draft Ratification Act, it is included in this table.
***In December 2013 the composition of the framework was changed by a decision of the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament, which tasked the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, in cooperation with the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, to represent the European Parliament in the EU framewor

Source: FRA, 2013

The information on this page is up to date as of 1 January 2014.