Academy of European Law (ERA) Seminar: Financial Instruments Relating to Disability, Trier

Deputy Ombudsperson Darijo Jurisic participated on January 17-18 2018 in the German city of Trier at the ERA seminar titled EU Disability Law and the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Financial Instruments Relating to Disability. Around 30 representatives of state institutions, ombudsmen offices and civil group representatives from about a dozen European Union member states participated in the seminar.
Laszo Gabor Lovaszy, member of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, gave an introductory speech in which he spoke about the current issues related to the implementation of the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Committee’s supervisory function, the state reports procedure, as well as individual complaint submission procedures.
Andre Gubbels, Director General of the of the Service of People with Disabilities, an integral part of the Belgian Federal, spoke on the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities within the European legal framework. The topics of priority, direct and indirect effects, and the legal status of the Convention, as well as its role as an interpretation tool. Gubbels also spoke on the availability and approach of the EU financial instruments relating to the Convention.

Simona Giarratano, EDF social policy advisor presented via Skype from Brussels on the topic of the availability of EU funds intended for persons with disabilities, as well as the availability of the ERASMUS exchange programme, the European Structural Funds (ESF), Fund for the European Aid for the Most Deprived (FEAD), and the European Development Fund.

Alfonso Lara Montero, European Social Network Chief Executive, presented specific measures of the projects intended for beneficiaries with disabilities from The Czech Republic, Lithuania and Great Britain, implemented with the funds of EU structural and investment funds.

Delia Ferri, lecturer in Law at Maynooth University in Ireland, spoke on the ways state can help in implementing the measures for protection and promotion of rights of persons with disabilities.

Cristopher Bovis, lecturer at Hull University in Great Britain, spoke on the availability of public supply and possible solutions for barriers regarding accessibility problems.

During the seminar, the presentations were followed by plenary discussions and experience exchanges where participants gained practical information on the measures and ways to resolve challenges and promoting rights of persons with disabilities.