EU disability card and mutual recognition of disability status

EU disability card and mutual recognition of disability status

On 19 November 2020, Belgian member of the European Parliament (MEP) Pascal Arimont of the Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) posed a written parliamentary question to the European Commission:

“In its joint answer to Written Questions E-000393/2020, E-000651/2020 and E‑000825/2020, the Commission explained that an assessment of the EU disability card pilot project should be finalised in mid-2020.

In that connection, have findings already emerged that are relevant to future disability policy, in particular as regards the mutual recognition of disability status?”

On 3 February 2021, Equality Commissioner Helena Dalli responded on behalf of the European Commission stating: “The assessment of the EU Disability Card is being finalised following an extension necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The results of the study are being taken into account in the preparation of the new strategy on the rights of persons with disabilities planned to be presented by the Commission early 2021. As announced in the Roadmap on the strategy, the Commission is aiming to build on both the EU parking card and the EU Disability Card pilot project, providing for the mutual recognition of disability between Member States, to facilitate the enjoyment of the free movement of persons with disabilities.

The study found evidence of EU added value brought by the card. In particular, the card introduced the mutual recognition of disability status across participating Member States; it has been recognised by participant service providers; it represents a trustworthy identification document for service providers; and it contributed to strengthening the relevance of disability-related matters within the EU policy agenda.”


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