European Year of People with Disabilities 2003
The main purpose of the Year was to drive forward the political agenda for full integration of people with disabilities as set out in 2001 in the Communication from the Commission entitled "Towards a barrier-free Europe for people with disabilities".
Council Decision 2001/903/EC of 3 December 2001 on the European Year of People with Disabilities 2003.
Objectives and measures envisaged
1. The objectives of this European Year of People with Disabilities (EYPD) were as follows:
- to raise awareness of the rights of people with disabilities to protection against discrimination in compliance with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union;
- to encourage reflection on and discussion of the measures needed to promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities in Europe;
- to promote the exchange of experience of good practice and effective strategies devised at local, national and European level;
- to reinforce the cooperation between all parties concerned, namely government at all levels, the private sector, communities, social partners, the voluntary sector, researchers, voluntary sector groups, people with disabilities and their families;
- to improve communication regarding disability and promote a positive image of people with disabilities;
- to raise awareness of the heterogeneity of people with disabilities and of the multiple discrimination facing people with disabilities;
- to pay special attention to awareness of the right of children and young people with disabilities to equality in education.
2. The measures designed to meet the objectives mainly concern:
- the organisation of meetings and events, including the opening and closing conferences;
- information and promotional campaigns;
- cooperation with the media;
- surveys and studies;
- events designed to disseminate information and in particular examples of good practice;
- the provision of financial support for initiatives taken at transnational, national, regional or local level with a view to promoting the objectives of the European Year.
3. These different measures are described in detail in the annex to the proposal.
Funding, budget and organisation
4. The European Year of People with Disabilities has a budget of 12 million euro for 2002 (preparatory measures) and 2003.
As set out in the annex, Community-wide actions are subsidised up to 80% via the budget allocated to the event, while national measures are subsidised up to 50%. The Commission grants overall subsidies to each Member State, which redistributes them to the national coordination bodies responsible for supporting the different measures at local, regional and national level. Specific provisions govern the application and selection procedures and their co-financing.
5. The Commission is responsible for managing the actions provided for in the framework of this European Year with the assistance of an advisory committee made up of representatives of the Member States. Besides, it organises exchanges of views with the disability community and the NGOs that represent them concerning the implementation of the different events.
6. The Commission should present to the Parliament, by 31 December at the latest, an evaluation report to determine the genuine impact of this European Year and the lessons to be learnt for the future.
Entry into force
Deadline for transposition in the Member States
L 335 of 19.02.01