European disability legislation
Disability policies are essentially a responsibility of the EU Member States. However, Community policies and actions impact in many ways on the situation of disabled people. In addition, Article 13 of the EC Treaty provides the legal basis for EU measures to combat discrimination based on disability.
In recent years, the European Union has adopted several directives to fight discrimination in day-to-day life. This work will continue over the coming years. EULAR as the representative organisation for a wide range of disabling conditions works in partnership with European and international organisations to improve the life of millions of people with these conditions. Getting better disability legislation at European and national level is one of EULAR's main objectives.
In October 2011 EULAR, for the first time, was invited to join a European Commission High Level Group on Disability meeting. EULAR presented on the disabling effects of RMDs and the burden this presents on European healthcare systems and individuals. Based on the expertise developed in the RMD community, EULAR also presented a number of recommendations to EU and national policy makers.
EULAR has also organised a meeting of the European Parliament Interest Group on RMDs to discuss the implementation of the EU Disability Strategy 2010-2020 and the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disability.