and North Warwickshire Euro MP Christine Oddy is backing new moves by the European
Parliament to end discrimination against people with disabilities and to boost their job
She is supporting a resolution which calls for an action plan which would lead the way
to all 15 member states of the European Union taking a common approach to removing the
barriers which many disabled people currently face.
Local programmes financed under the European Social Fund would have to include measures
specifically aimed at helping disabled people. In a further move, the report to the
Parliament's Employment and Social Affairs Committee calls for:
- A Europe-wide common definition of disability
- New statistics to be compiled so that there is accurate information on the scale of the
- Monitoring of European Union programmes to guarantee that they are proving effective in
- Disabled people to play a much greater role in running the programmes.
It also asks for a Directive which would Iay down minimum standards for access to
workplaces across the continent.
Examining previous action taken by the Commission to help disabled people, the report
welcomes many of the moves but says that help has often been confined to people already in
jobs and that other groups have often missed out.
Ms Oddy said:
"I will be giving my full support to these measures which go a long way towards
ending the discrimination which disabled people have traditionally faced. It is vital that
the Parliament backs them and that the Commission acts to see that the hopes become