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CRPD Network


The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol were adopted on 13 December 2006 and it entered into force on 3 May 2008. The EU concluded the CRPD on 22 January 2011; the convention is binding on the institutions of the Union and the Member States in accordance with Article 216 of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union.

On 8 January 2015, the Conference of Presidents (CoP) of the European Parliament tasked the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs with setting up an inter-committee network on the implementation of the CRPD at political level made up of Members from each Committee concerned, assisted by the Committee Secretariats and presided over by the Chair of the EMPL Committee or its representative, in order to promote public debate and the political role of the EP in the implementation of the CRPD. Following the CoP decision, the constitutive meeting of the CRPD Network was held on 23 September 2015, chaired by Mr Ádám Kósa, representative of the EMPL Committee. The Network reviews, screens documents and activities to raise awareness of possible disability-related issues and promotes a coordinated approach whenever possible. Meetings are organised two times per year.