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Presentation of a report on the progress made on disability rights

The minister José Manuel Albares highlighted the marked "social DNA" of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU and the social movements' commitment to a more inclusive country and to an active and participatory Europe of citizens.

April 8, 2024
In his speech, Minister Albares stressed that the report by the ONCE Social Group on progress made on disability rights is the culmination of two years of preparatory work and six months of a rotating Presidency. In his opinion, "the report we are presenting today is resounding. Spain, and Europe, have delivered".

In this regard, the minister recalled the launch of the European Accessibility Centre 'AccessibleEU', through a consortium led by the ONCE Foundation; the European Congress on Accessibility, held in Madrid, and the High-Level Meeting on Disability, in Palma de Mallorca, where a declaration was agreed upon regarding the right to vote and accessibility to political participation. Also, the political agreement to create a European disability card and a European parking card for people with disabilities.

Finally, Minister Albares referred to the upcoming European elections, highlighting the opportunity "to continue to strengthen the European social rights agenda", "because the European Union can only prosper through the provision of a welfare project for all citizens, without exception".

The report presentation ceremony was also attended by Miguel Carballeda, President of the General Council of the ONCE Foundation.


​PHOTOS: Javier Hernández (Nolsom)​​