COE-Logo-Fil-BW

Strasbourg, 14 December 2016                                                                       CAHDPH(2016)8

THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE AD HOC COMMITTEE

ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

(CAHDPH)

5th meeting

DRAFT REPORT

I.                   Opening of the Meeting

The Chair, Mr Dimitris NIKOLSKY (Greece), opened the 5th meeting of the Council of Europe Ad Hoc Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CAHDPH) (Strasbourg, 5-7 October 2016).

Ms Marja RUOTANEN, Director of Human Dignity and Equality, welcomed the members of the Committee and underlined the importance of the meeting as regards the process of adopting the new Council of Europe Strategy on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She thanked all members of the Committee, especially the members of the Task Force and the Secretariat, for their commitment and the hard work the process of drafting the Strategy. The Director praised the open process of consultations for drafting the Strategy and involvement of many stakeholders including internal and external partners, government representatives and civil society, specialised service organisations and our partners in regional or international organisations. She expressed hope that the Strategy will provide political decision-makers with a roadmap for innovative disability legislation, policy and practice, based on the UN CRPD and ultimately, provide a useful tool to them to further protect and promote the human rights of persons with disabilities as enshrined by the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Social Charter and the UN Convention. Finally, the Director underlined the importance of enhanced co-operation and co-ordination with all partners.

II.                Adoption of the draft agenda and draft order of business

The agenda was adopted as set out in Appendix 1 to this report.

 

III.             Elections of the Chair, Vice-chair and Members of the Bureau

The Secretariat presented Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 of the Committee of Ministers and Appendix 1 thereto, and in particular Article 12 of the Rules of procedure for Council of Europe intergovernmental committees to the Committee members.

Ø  The Committee agreed by consensus to elect Mr Alfredo FERRANTE (Italy), as Chair for one year.

Ø  The Committee held a vote on the election of the Vice Chair and members of the Bureau. The Committee elected Ms Eveliina PÖYHÖNEN (Finland) as Vice-Chair for one year and for the Bureau, Ms Brigitte PLUMET (Belgium) and Ms Nadezhda HARIZANOVA (Bulgaria) for two years, and Ms Margaryta KROPIVNYTSKA (Ukraine) for one year. 

IV.             The draft Council of Europe Disability Strategy 2017-2023

The Secretariat presented the draft Council of Europe Disability Strategy 2017-2023 to the Committee. Following the presentation, the participants held an exchange of views about the draft Strategy document. All speakers congratulated the Task Force, the Committee, the Secretariat and all stakeholders that contributed to the preparation of the Strategy on the high quality of the document.

Ø  There was general agreement that the draft Strategy is focused, builds on the strengths and the added value of the Council of Europe, is well anchored into the UN CRPD and provides a clear roadmap and practical tool for further work and action both within the Council of Europe and at national and local level.  

Ø  The Committee adopted unanimously and by consensus the draft Strategy and decided to transmit it to the next meeting of the GR-SOC for consideration and adoption by the Committee of Ministers by the end of 2016.

V. - VII.  Roundtable Discussions

During the meeting, three thematic roundtables were organised. The Committee members held an exchange of views with external experts and persons with disabilities, representatives of civil society organisation and specialised service providers. The Programme of the roundtables is set out in Appendix 2 to this report.

                                                            

Ø  Members of the Committee as well as other participants highly praised the organisation and content of the roundtables. Expertise discussions and exchange were very interesting, pertinent to the preparation of the draft Strategy work, drew attention to barriers and challenges but also identified good practices. Introducing roundtables to the plenary session is an innovative practice and the Committee encouraged such format to be considered for future meetings. 

The summary of the roundtable discussions is presented below:

Roundtable I: Inclusive education and disability related human rights training for professionals

Éric BLANCHET, LADAPT: Kill la bétise

LADAPT launched an awareness raising campaign aimed at making people aware of their own stereotypes. This campaign encouraged people to stand up to the general indifference when faced with unfair treatment and to build an inclusive society. It uses both the print support and short videos.

Nidhi SINGAL, University of Cambridge: Inclusive education for persons with disabilities

Children with disabilities are enrolled at higher rates in schools but it does not mean they learn more.  Ms SINGAL highlighted the lack of sufficient studies in this field and thus, lack of know-how/knowledge how to best teach children with disabilities. Quality education for all benefits the whole society. This is why we need to invest more in this field.

Ekaterine Dgebuadze, Georgia: Sign language and braille in education in Georgia

Inclusive education is one of the priorities in Georgia. It is guaranteed by the Law on General Education (Article 33.1.g). Georgia is currently in the process of developing inclusive schools and efforts are being made to develop the Georgian sign language and to create appropriate learning materials for deaf, hard of hearing and visually impaired people.

Elodie Koukoui, Monaco: Awareness on disabilities in schools in Monaco

In 2013 Monaco decided to have an awareness day on disabilities in schools. Since then, every year, around 375 kids aged 6 to 11 years old take part in this training. The training always starts with a PowerPoint presentation on the topic and a discussion in the classroom; it is followed by an activity where children are placed in the situation of a person with disability (ies).


Timothy Ghilain, EASPD: Inclusive vocational education and specialised tailor-made training

EASPD did a research in co-operation with all the stakeholders on Universal Design, Reasonable accommodation and national legal frameworks in the following countries: Belgium, Norway, Slovenia, Austria and Germany. The research concluded that the system cannot be changed at once but rather through baby steps. It is important to create partnerships with different actors. Planning in advance is cheaper than adapting afterwards and technology can be useful but it is not needed to implement inclusive education.

Frank Elbers, HREA: human rights based training on disabilities for professionals

The Convention switches the paradigm of how society sees persons with disabilities: from objects to subjects. This is an important issue as the persons with disabilities are the ones who hold the rights.

Roundtable II: Recognising and combatting multiple discrimination of persons with disabilities

Pirkko Mahlamäki, Finish Disability Forum: Women and girls with disabilities

Intersectional discrimination refers to a situation where several grounds of discrimination operate and interact with each other at the same time in such a way that they are inseparable. Women and girls with disabilities face this. It is necessary to make sure that their rights are included and advocated for, through laws and policies, and to remove the barriers that prevent women and girls from participating in decision-making bodies.

Embla Guðrúnar Ágústsdóttir, Tabú: Persons with Disabilities, gender identity, sexual orientation and sexuality

Persons with disabilities are taught that their bodies need to be fixed and that they should hate their bodies. Their boundaries are not respected. Being disabled and queer person, the presenter is faced with discrimination from both communities. Persons with disabilities are seen as asexual, and unworthy of any sexual attention. It is essential to have an intersectional approach and to break down oppressive systems in order to increase theself-esteem of persons with disabilities. Official documents and strategies should put more emphasis on disability, sexual health and self-determination.

Ovidiu Tuduruta, EDF Youth Committee: Young persons with disabilities from minority background

EDF is an umbrella organisation with more than 100 organisations. EDF ensures all specific needs of persons with disabilities are taken into account, and that they have full access to their constitutional rights.

The EDF youth committee was funded in 2001. EDF Youth attaches particular importance to mainstreaming disability in all areas concerning youth as there is evidence that young persons with disabilities experience discrimination and face additional barriers in most areas of society.

Alicia Gomez Campos, ENNHRI: Older persons with disabilities in long term care

80 million people in Europe have a disability, 45.4% of which are 65 years old or older. More awareness rising is needed to ensure that older persons with disabilities are protected by the UN CRPD. The human rights framework for older people in long term care has to be strengthened. A specific convention for older people human rights should be considered.


Kirstin Lange, UNHCR: PWD as refugees and asylum seekers

By the end of 2015, 65.3 million persons were forcefully displaced worldwide (21.3 million of these were refugees). It is estimated that almost 9.8 million persons with disabilities are displaced worldwide. There are no accurate statistics on the number of refugees and asylum seekers with disabilities arriving in Europe. The one important issue is that many of them are faced with discrimination in their own country of origin, leading to stigma, gaps in education and lack of job opportunities. This gets even worse when persons with disabilities are displaced. The UNHCR carries out consultations with refugees and asylum seekers and IDPs with disabilities to better understand protection concerns and ideas for change.

Roundtable III: Removing stereotypes by increasing participation of persons with disabilities

Helga Stevens, MEP: Political participation of persons with disabilities

Before we tell member States what they need to do for persons with disabilities, we need to look at ourselves. We need to lead by example. Institutions in the EU should be fully accessible to all persons with disabilities. There have been some improvements but they are a one-off and not structural ones.

Ramy El-Bergamy, Channel 4 TV: Active participation of Persons with Disabilities in media as actors and users

Disability is not always represented in TV programs. Channel 4 tries to address this underrepresentation of disability issues in its programs. Ambition and risk go together when it comes to disability even though it should not be a risk to show disable persons. It is a cyclical problem: if disable persons do not see themselves on TV they will not apply to work at TV stations. So we have to break the cycle.

Jonathan Andrews, Reed Smith: Business and disabilities

We need to remove the stereotypes and to support talent. There has been some progress in businesses hiring more persons with disabilities, including in law firms. Employers need to be inclusive, to provide “soft adjustments”, to show they are open to disabled candidates and to trust their applicants when they disclose/request adjustments.

Edurne Alvarez de Mon Gonzalez, Fundacion Once: increasing employment of persons with Disabilities in Spain

Inserta is the human resources consulting arm of ONCE Foundation, expert on disability. It helps companies to find the best candidates while highlighting diversity as a source of competitive advantage. It also helps job seekers with disabilities. The online platform is fully accessible to empower persons with disabilities. Therefore, they do not have to passively wait for an offer. Why companies start working with Inserta? If they have more than 50 employees, they have to hire at least 2% of persons with disabilities, but also because companies need the talents that can be offered by persons with disabilities.

Noora Västinen, Rehabilitation International (RI): Participation in sports and leisure by young persons with disabilities

RI is a global organisation and network that empowers persons with disabilities, VAMLAS is part of RI. VAMLAS and offers different workshops aimed at empowering people with disabilities and breaking down prejudices. Some of its projects, such as the comic project, have been very successful.

8.                  Tour-de table on the recent development in member States

A number of delegations took the floor to present recent developments in their respective countries. The members of the Committee underlined the importance of synergies at both national and international level when implementing policies and organising activities in the field of the rights of persons with disabilities.

Ø  The Committee took note of oral reports made by members of CAHDPH on recent policy, legislative and other developments and events in the disability field in their respective countries. Members were encouraged to submit information in writing where available.

Ø  It was agreed that all members of the Committee will provide their written contributions for future meetings of the CAHDPH.

9.                  Work carried out by other Council of Europe bodies relevant to disability issues 

The committee held an exchange of views with representatives from other sectors of the Council of Europe concerning their activities in relation to the rights of persons with disabilities.  Invited speakers: 

Ms Carlien SCHEELE, Senior Gender Equality Adviser:  

Ms SCHEELE made a presentation of her mandate within the Council of Europe. She is seconded by the Dutch government as a Senior Gender Equality Adviser, for a period of two years. Ms SCHEELE will provide support to the Organisation in mainstreaming gender into its work and activities. She will work closely with the Gender Equality Committee, the Gender Equality Unit and the different intergovernmental structures including with CAHDPH.

Ms Elise CORNU, Head of the Secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination:  

Ms CORNU presented the work of the Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination. She underlined the importance of co-operation with CAHDPH and invited the Chair to be a speaker for the Parliamentary Assembly’s hearing on 11 October 2018 on “the right to vote for all and the legal capacity”. As a result of the hearing, the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination is planning to work on a report on the “Political Rights of Persons with Disabilities: a Democratic Issue”. In this context, sustained co-operation with CAHDPH will be sought.

Ms Agnes VON MARAVIC, Children's Rights Division:

Ms VON MARAVIC presented the implementation of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child 2016-2021. She underlined in particular one activity relevant to the work of the CAHDPH and the future Disability Strategy – the participatory research project on digital lives of children with disabilities. The project presents an opportunity for co-operation and synergies between the two intergovernmental committees.  

Ms Laurence LWOFF, Head of the Bioethics Unit:

Ms LWOFF presented Recommendation 2091(2016) “The case against a Council of Europe legal instrument on involuntary measures in psychiatry”. Ms LWOFF informed the members of the Committee that DH-BIO agreed to continue its work on an Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine on the protection of the human rights and dignity of people suffering from mental disorders, with regard to involuntary placement and treatment. She also informed that the DH-BIO agreed that co-operation with other committees, in particular with CAHDPH, was considered useful in this context.

Ms Eleni TSETSEKOU, Head of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Unit (SOGI):  

Ms TSETSEKOU presented the work of the SOGI Unit and some of its upcoming activities. In its technical assistance to, and numerous co-operation activities with the member States, the SOGI Unit emphasises the importance of an intersectional approach, stressing the need to tackle multiple discriminations that LGBTI persons face, including persons with disabilities, Roma, refugees or any other minority group. In this context, sustained co-operation with CAHDPH will be sought.

Ø  The Committee took note of presentations and agreed to consider areas of future co-operation and synergies in the framework of the implementation of the Council of Europe Disability Strategy 2017-2023. It stressed the importance of continuing the fruitful co-operation with all Council of Europe bodies relevant to work and activities in the area of disability.

10.              Activities of other international and intergovernmental organisations in the field of the rights of persons with disabilities 

Ø  The committee held an exchange of views with other international and intergovernmental organisations in the field of rights of persons with disabilities.  It thanked the following speakers for their contributions:

The European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA):

FRA’s work on the rights of persons with disabilities is framed by the principles of self-determination, participation and inclusion as set out in the UN CRPD. FRA examines where legal and social barriers exist, and identifies practices EU member States have introduced to empower persons with disabilities. FRA also develops human rights indicators to show how member States are meeting their obligations under the UN CRPD. The new report on the issue of violence against children with disabilities was highlighted. This report aims to raise awareness of the diverse challenges faced by children with disabilities. Finally, FRA presented their on-going project on the right to independent living. The project aims to develop and populate human rights indicators to enable the assessment of measures to promote the transition from institutional to community-based care.

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR):

ODHIR informed the Committee on the workshop for police and prosecutors to confront hate crime against persons with disabilities (Zagreb, Croatia,2-3 June 2016). This was the first workshop specifically dedicated to strengthening the ability of police and prosecutors to counter hate crimes against persons with disabilities, exploring the particular nature and impacts of these crimes. It also discussed how to work with victims and witnesses with disabilities in the criminal justice process, to ensure their full participation and full respect of their rights, and to fulfil international legal obligations. ODIHR also informed participants about the upcoming conference in Helsinki on “greater participation of persons with disabilities in political and public life”.

Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues (NVC):

The Council of Nordic Co-operation on Disability answers to the Nordic Council of Ministers for Health and Social Affairs (MR-S) and aims at the efficient inclusion of people with disabilities. The Council of Nordic Co-operation on Disability is partly composed of representatives of organisations of persons with disabilities themselves and partly of experts from the following countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Greenland, the Faeroe Islands and Åland. The Council works on the basis of an action plan that runs until 2017. NVC presented their three main areas of focus: (1) human rights: supporting and strengthening work on national implementation and monitoring of UN CRPD; (2) diversity: diversity perspective, to strengthen, and promote equality and to counteract discrimination of persons with disabilities; (3) freedom of movement: to promote freedom of movement and avert border obstacles that affect persons with disabilities.

European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD):

For its 20th anniversary, EASPD is organising a conference on “Developing together the support services of tomorrow” (20 October 2016). Two hundred and fifty delegates from across Europe are expected to participate in the discussions on how to develop together the support services of tomorrow, enabling the full inclusion in society for persons with disabilities.

Rehabilitation International (RI):  

RI informed the Committee on the upcoming World Congress of RI (25-27 October 2016). 1,200 of delegates from over 65 countries are expected during the course of three days in Edinburgh. The theme of the World Congress is “Creating an Inclusive Communication Nation”. Participants of the World Congress will have an opportunity to attend sessions that provide practical solutions and policy initiatives and to tour an expo of all the latest in the differently abled world. The CAHDPH Secretariat is invited to participate in this World Congress and to present the work of the Council of Europe in the field of rights of persons with disabilities.

Ø  The Committee stressed the importance of continuing close dialogue and co-operation with other international organisations in the field of the rights of persons with disabilities. 

 

11.              CAHDPH participation in the work of other Council of Europe bodies and other events 

The former Chair, Mr Dimitris NIKOLSKY (Greece), reported to the Committee on the side-event organised in the framework of the 9th Session of the Conference of State Parties (COSP9) to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The side event, entitled Disability ≠ Inability: Equality and Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Enhancing Co-ordinated Response took place at United Headquarters in New York on 14 June 2016 and was organised by UN DESA Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD), the Council of Europe and the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations. It was a very successful event where the work of the Council of Europe in the field of rights of persons with disabilities and the work on the preparation of the new Strategy were presented. The event provided an opportunity to get feedback on the priority areas of the draft Strategy for the rights of persons with disabilities, build knowledge and information on the latest developments related to the rights of persons with disabilities and develop and promote synergies and co-operation between the UN and the CoE in this field.

Ø  The Committee took note of oral reports made by members of CAHDPH and Secretariat about events at which they participated since the previous plenary meeting.

 

12.              Any other business 

12.1.    The ban of the Russian Paralympic Team from the Rio 2016

Ø  The Committee held exchange of views with Mr. Sergey KHRYCHIKOV, the Secretariat of the Ad hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA). 

Ø  The Committee recalled that promoting and protecting human rights of persons with disabilities and to uphold democracy and the respect of the rule of law is the core of the Council of Europe work. It also recalled that the draft Council of Europe Disability Strategy 2017-2023 places strong emphasis on the implementation of existing human rights standards. The draft Strategy is anchored in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the European Convention on Human Rights and other Council of Europe standards protecting the human rights.

Ø  In view of the above, the Committee concluded that the Ad hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA) is the right place to deal with all questions related to doping.

12.2.    Launching conference for the Council of Europe Disability Strategy 2017-2023, Nicosia, Cyprus (27-28 March 2017)

Ms Christina FLOURENTZOU-KAKOURI, the Cypriot member of CAHDPH, along with Secretariat made a presentation to the Committee on the upcoming High-Level Conference to launch the Council of Europe Disability Strategy 2017-2023 on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities (Nicosia, Cyprus, 27-28 March 2017). The Secretariat informed the Committee that the programme of the Conference will be prepared in co-operation with the Cypriot authorities. The Committee will be informed of progress with the preparations of the Conference which will take place at Filoxenia Conference Center in Nicosia.

Ø  The Committee took note of information about preparations of the High-Level Conference to launch the Council of Europe Disability Strategy 2017-2023 on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities (Nicosia, Cyprus, 27-28 March 2017). 

13.              Next meeting

Ø  The Committee decided to hold its 6th meeting on 27-29 September 2017.

14.              Adoption of the abridged meeting report

The Committee adopted the abridged meeting report.

Appendix 1

AGENDA

1.                  Opening of the meeting

2.                  Adoption of the draft agenda and draft order of business

3.                  Elections of the Chair and Vice-Chair and the Bureau of the CAHDPH

4.                  The draft Council of Europe Disability Strategy 2017-2023

5.                  Round-table I: Inclusive education and disability related human rights training for professionals

6.                  Round-table II:Recognising and combating multiple discrimination of persons with disabilities

7.                  Round-table III:Removing stereotypes by increasing participation of persons with disabilities

8.                  Tour-de-table on the recent developments in member States

9.                  Work carried out by other council of Europe bodies relevant to disability issues

10.              Activities of other international and intergovernmental organisations in the field of the rights of persons with disabilities

11.              CAHDPH participation in the work of other council of Europe bodies and other events

12.              Any other business:

-        The ban of the Russian Paralympic Team from the Rio 2016

-        Launching conference for the Council of Europe Disability Strategy 2017-2023, Nicosia, Cyprus (27-28 March 2017)

13.              Dates of the next meeting

14.              Adoption of the abridged meeting report



Appendix 2


Appendix 3

List of Participants

MEMBERS/MEMBRES

ALBANIA/ALBANIE

Apologised/Excusé

ANDORRA/ANDORRE

Ms Merce PASCUAL MARCHANTE

Head of Promotion of Personal Autonomy Service

E-mail : [email protected]

ARMENIA/ARMENIE

/

AUSTRIA/AUTRICHE

Mr Johann DÖLLER

Seniro expert, Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection

E-mail: [email protected]

AZERBAIJAN/AZERBAIDJAN

Mr Tural HUSEYNOV

Consultant of the Department for Social protection policy of persons with disability

The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan

E-mail: [email protected]

BELGIUM/BELGIQUE

Mme Brigitte PLUMET

Directrice, Agence wallonne pour l’intégration des personnes handicapées (AWIPH)

E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA/BOSNIE HERZEGOVINE

Ms Sanela FOČO

Senior Associate for Social protection, Ministry of Civil Affairs Bosnia and Herzegovina

E-mail: [email protected]

BULGARIA/BULGARIE

Ms Nadezhda HARIZANOVA

State expert, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy

E-mail: [email protected]

CROATIA/CROATIE

/

CYPRUS/CHYPRE

Ms Christina FLOURENTZOU-KAKOURI

Director of the Department of Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance

E-mail: [email protected]

CZECH REPUBLIC/REPUBLIQUE TCHEQUE

Mr Štefan ČULÍK

Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA)

E-mail: [email protected]

Ms Eva CAPICAROVÁ

Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA

E-mail: [email protected]

DENMARK/DANEMARK

Ms Maria SCHULTZ

Head of section, Ministry of Social Affairs and the Interior

E-mail: [email protected]

ESTONIA/ESTONIE

Mr Raimo  SAADI     

Adviser, Ministry of Social Affairs

E-mail: [email protected]

FINLAND/FINLANDE

Ms Eveliina PÖYHÖNEN

Ministerial Councellor, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

E-mail: [email protected]

FRANCE

M. Thierry BOULISSIERE

Conseiller technique, Ministère Affaires sociales, Santé et Droits des femmes

E-mail: [email protected]fr

GEORGIA/GEORGIE

Apologised/Excusé

GERMANY/ALLEMAGNE

Mr Jan HOFFMANN

Senior government official, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

E-mail: [email protected]

GREECE/GRECE

Mr Dimitrios NIKOLSKY

Public Official, Ministry of Labour, Social Security & Social Solidarity

E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

HUNGARY/HONGRIE

Ms Petra LÉVAY

Policy Officer for Disability Affairs, Ministry of Human Capacities, Department

for Disability Affairs

E-mail: [email protected]


ICELAND/ISLANDE

Ms Rún KNÚTSDÓTTIR

Legal Advisor, Ministry of Welfare

E-mail: [email protected]

IRELAND/IRLANDE

Mr Deaglán Ó BRIAIN

Civil servant, Head of division, Justice and Equality

E-mail: [email protected]

ITALY/ITALIE

Mr Alfredo FERRANTE

Head of Unit, Ministry of Labour and Social Policies

E-mail: [email protected]

LATVIA/LETTONIE

Ms Elina CELMINA

Head of Social Inclusion and Social Work Policy Department, Ministry of Welfare

E-mail: [email protected]

LIECHTENSTEIN

/

LITHUANIA/LITUANIE

Ms Daiva ZABARAUSKIENE

Advisor of the Equal opportunities Division, Social inclusion Department, Ministry of Social Security and Labor

E-mail: [email protected]

LUXEMBOURG

Mme Lynn MENSTER

Minitère de la Famille, de l’Intégration et à la Grande Région

E-mail: [email protected]

MALTA/MALTE

Mr Emanuel DARMANIN     

Manager Focal Point Office for the rights of persons with a disability, Ministry PSDAA

E-mail:  [email protected]

REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA/REPUBLIQUE DE MOLDOVA

Ms Cristina NESTOR

Senior consultant, Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family

E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

MONACO

Mme Elodie KOUKOUI

Délégué chargé des personnes handicapées, Département des Affaires Sociales et de la Santé  Direction de l'Action et de l'Aide Sociales

E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

MONTENEGRO

Ms Marina MEDOJEVIC

Senior Adviser, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare

E-mail: [email protected];[email protected]

THE NETHERLANDS/PAYS-BAS

/

NORWAY/NORVÈGE

Mr Joseph VASQUEZ

Senior Adviser, The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs

E-mail: [email protected]

Mr John-Ingvard KRISTIANSEN

Senior Adviser, The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs

E-mail: [email protected]

POLAND/POLOGNE

Mrs Magdalena WITKOWSKA

senior specialist, Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Affairs

E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

PORTUGAL

M. Orlando COSTA

Technicien Supérieur à l’ “Instituto Nacional para a Reabilitação”

E-mail: [email protected]

ROMANIA/ROUMANIE

Mr Mihai TOMESCU

President/State Secretary, National Authority for  Persons with Disability

E-mail: [email protected]

Ms CROZAVU

Public manager, National Authority for Persons with Disabilities

E-mail: [email protected]

RUSSIAN FEDERATION/FEDERATION DE RUSSIE

/

SAN MARINO/SAINT-MARIN

Dr Riccardo VENTURINI

Director, Health

E-mail: [email protected]

SERBIA/SERBIE

Mr Vladimir PESIC

Assistant Minister, Ministry for Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs

E-mail: [email protected]


SLOVAK REPUBLIC/REPUBLIQUE SLOVAQUE

/

SLOVENIA/SLOVÉNIE

Mr Cveto URŠIČ

Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

E-mail: [email protected]

SPAIN/ESPAGNE

Mme Trinidad MANZANO

Directora de Programas, Direccion Gral. Politicas Apoyo Discapacidad, Ministerio De Sanidad, Servicios Sociales E Igualdad

E-mail: [email protected]

SWEDEN/SUEDE

Mr Arvid LINDEN

Head of department, The Swedish agency for participation

E-mail: [email protected]

SWITZERLAND/SUISSE

Apologised/Excusé

“THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA”/”L’EX-REPUBLIQUE YOUGOSLAVE DE MACEDOINE”

Ms Slobodanka LAZOVA-ZDRAVKOVSKA

Head of Unit for protection and employment of persons with disabilities, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy

E-mail: [email protected]

TURKEY/TURQUIE

Mr Tayyar KUZ

Head of Department, Disability Expert

Ministry of Family and Social Policy

E-mail: [email protected]

UKRAINE

Ms Margaryta KROPIVNYTSKA

Deputy  Director of the Department analytical and organizational support of Ministry Management – Head of Division, Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine

E-mail: [email protected]

UNITED KINGDOM/ROYAUME-UNI

Mr Mark Gorey

Political and Communications Officer, UK Delegation to the Council of Europe

E-mail : [email protected]


PARTICIPANTS

PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY/ASSEMBLEE PARLEMENTAIRE

Mrs Elise CORNU

Head of the Secretariat, Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination
E-mail:
[email protected]

CONFERENCE OF INGOs OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE / CONFERENCE DES OING DU CONSEIL DE L’EUROPE

Mme Marie-José SCHMITT

E-mail: [email protected]

CONGRESS OF LOCAL AND REGIONAL AUTHORITIES OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE (CLRAE)/CONGRES DES POUVOIRS LOCAUX ET REGIONAUX DU CONSEIL DE L’EUROPE (CPLRE)

/

COUNCIL OF EUROPE COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS/COMMISSAIRE AUX DROITS DE L’HOMME DU CONSEIL DE L’EUROPE

/

COUNCIL OF EUROPE DEVELOPMENT BANK/BANQUE DE DEVELOPPEMENT DU CONSEIL DE L’EUROPE

Ms Guisi PAJARDI

Head of Secretariat, Partial Agreement of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB)

E-mail: [email protected]

Ms Maria SIGUENZA

E-mail : [email protected]

ENLARGED PARTIAL AGREEMENT ON SPORT/ACCORD PARTIEL ELARGI SUR LE SPORT (EPAS)

Mr Sergey KHRYCHIKOV

Secretariat of the Ad hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA)

E-mail : [email protected]

GOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE OF THE EUROPEAN SOCIAL CHARTER AND OF THE EUROPEAN CODE OF SOCIAL SECURITY/ COMITE GOUVERNEMENTAL DE LA CHARTE SOCIALE EUROPEENNE ET DU CODE EUROPEEN DE LA SECURITE SOCIALE

Ms Elena MALAGONI

Programme Officer, Department of the European Social Charter 

E-Mail : [email protected] 

THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF SOCIAL RIGHTS / COMITE EUROPEEN DES DROITS SOCIAUX

Eliane CHEMLA

Member of the European Committee of Social Rights

E-Mail : [email protected]

SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY UNIT

Ms Eleni TSETSEKOU

Head of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Unit

E-mail : [email protected]

COUNCIL OF EUROPE COMMITTEE FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD / COMITE DU CONSEIL DE L’EUROPE POUR LES DROITS DES ENFANTS

Ms Regina JENSDOTTIR

Head of Children's Rights Division

E-mail: [email protected]

COMMITTEE ON BIOETHICS/COMITE DE BIOETHIQUE (DH-BIO)

Ms Laurence LWOFF

Secretary of DH-BIO, DGI-Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law

E-mail: [email protected]

OTHER PARTICIPANTS/AUTRES PARTICIPANTS

EUROPEAN UNION AGENCY FOR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS (FRA) / AGENCE DES DROITS FONDAMENTAUX DE L’UNION EUROPEENNE (FRA)

Ms Martha STICKINGS

Social Research Officer, Equality and Citizens’ Rights Department

E-mail: [email protected]

INTERGOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS/ORGANISATIONS INTERGOUVERNEMENTALES

NORDIC CENTRE FOR WELFARE AND SOCIAL ISSUES (NVC) / « CENTRE NORDIQUE POUR LA PROTECTION SOCIALE ET DES QUESTIONS SOCIALES » (NVC)

Ms Anna DAHLBERG

Coordinator and Project Manager within Disability Issues

E-mail: [email protected]

ORGANISATION FOR SECURITY AND COOPERATION IN EUROPE (OSCE/ODIHR) /  L’ORGANISATION POUR LA SÉCURITÉ ET LA COOPÉRATION EN EUROPE (OSCE/ODIHR)

Ms Anete ERDMANE

Associate Project Officer, Democratic Governance and Gender Unit

E-mail: [email protected]

OBSERVER STATES OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE/

ETATS OBSERVATEURS AUPRES DU CONSEIL DE L’EUROPE

HOLY SEE/SAINT SIEGE

M. Emmanuel BELLUTEAU

E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]


OBSERVERS/OBSERVATEURS

EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES / L'ASSOCIATION EUROPÉENNE DES PRESTATAIRES DE SERVICES POUR LES PERSONNES HANDICAPÉES (EASPD)

Mr Luk ZELDERLOO

Secretary General

E-mail: [email protected]

EUROPEAN DISABILITY FORUM/ LE FORUM EUROPEEN DES PERSONNES HANDICAPEES (EDF)

Mr Alain FAURE

Membre de l’Exécutif

E-mail: [email protected]

REHABILITATION INTERNATIONAL (RI)

Dr Regina ERNST

RI National Secretary for Germany
Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft fuer Rehabilitation e.V. (BAR)

E-mail: [email protected]

SPEAKERS

Mr Frank ELBERS

Executive Director, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)

E-mail: [email protected]

Ms Pirkko MAHLAMÄKI

Secretary general, European Disability Forum board member, European Womens Lobby board member

E-mail: [email protected]

Mr Jonathan ANDREWS

Future Trainee Solicitor and Westminster Autism Commission Member, King's College

E-mail: [email protected]

Accompagnied by

David  Boutcher        

Partner, Reed Smith LLP

E-Mail : [email protected]

Miss Noora VÄSTINEN

Project coordinator, The Vamlas Foundation          

E-mail: [email protected]

Ms Edurne ALVAREZ DE MON

HR Senior Consultant coordinator, Foundation once Inserta

E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

Ms Embla AGUSTSDOTTIR

Expert on disability, sexuality and multiple discrimination, Tabú

E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]

Ms Ekaterine DGEBUADZE

Head of Inclusive Education Development Division, Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia

E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

Ms Kirstin LANGE

Senior Disability Advisor, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

E-mail: [email protected]

Mr Ovidiu TUDURUTA

the Chair of the European Disability Forum - Youth-Committee, European Disability Forum

E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

Dr Nidhi SINGAL

Reader in Education – Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]

Mr Timothy GHISLAIN

Policy Officer – EASPD

E-mail: [email protected]

Mrs Helga STEVENS

Member of the European Parliament

E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

Mr Ramy El-BERGAMY

Channel 4, Television Broadcaster , On Screen Diversity Executive

E-mail: [email protected]

Mrs Alicia GOMEZ CAMPOS

Project Co-ordinator, ENNHRI European Network of National Institutions

E-mail: [email protected]

M. Eric BLANCHET

Directeur général, LADAPT

E-mail : [email protected]; [email protected]

COUNCIL OF EUROPE SECRÉTARIAT/

SECRETARIAT DU CONSEIL DE L’EUROPE

Directorate General II: Democracy                              Direction Générale II : Démocratie

DIRECTORATE OF HUMAN DIGNITY                                           DIRECTION DE LA DIGNITE HUMAINE

AND EQUALITY                                                                                 ET DE L’EGALITE

EQUAL AND HUMAN DIGNITY DEPARTMENT                         SERVICE DE L'EGALITE ET DE LA DIGNITE HUMAINE

UNIT OF THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES         UNITE DES DROITS DES PERSONNES HANDICAPES

Ms Marja RUOTANEN

Director/Directrice

Directorate of Human Dignity and Equality/Direction de la dignité humaine et de l'égalité

E-mail: [email protected]

Ms Liri KOPACI-DI MICHELE

Head of Division/Chef de Division

Equality/Egalité

E-mail: [email protected]

Ms Carlien SCHEELE

Senior Gender Equality Adviser, Directorate of Human Dignity and Equality

E-mail: [email protected]

Ms Ita MIRIANASHVILI

Head of Unit/Chef d’Unité

Secretary to the Committee/Secrétaire du comité

E-mail: [email protected]

Ms Leena LEIKAS

Political adviser

E-mail: leena. [email protected]

Ms Bénédicte STEVENIN

Assistant to the Committee/Assistante du comité

E-mail: [email protected]

Ms Selma MOKBEL

Trainee/Stagiaire

E-mail: [email protected]

Interpreters/Interprètes

M. Luke TILDEN

Mme Sylvie BOUX

Mme Bettina LUDEWIG

Mr Brett BEST