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European Disability Strategy 2010-2020: A Renewed Commitment to a Barrier-Free Europe

The European Commission has just adopted a new strategy to break down barriers with a view to tackling inequalities and social exclusion.

The overall aim of this Strategy is to empower people with disabilities so that they can enjoy their full rights, and benefit fully from participating in society and in the European economy, notably through the Single market. Achieving this and ensuring effective implementation of the UN Convention across the EU calls for consistency. This Strategy identifies actions at EU level to supplement national ones, and it determines the mechanisms needed to implement the UN Convention at EU level, including inside the EU institutions.

This Strategy focuses on eliminating barriers.

The Commission has identified eight main areas for action: accessibility, Participation, Equality, Employment, Education and training, Social protection, Health, and External Action.

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