Ensuring the free movement of workers with disabilities within the european territory

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On Tuesday 11 December, a text on the coordination of social security systems at European level was voted in the European Parliament. It will now be negotiated in trialogue. This text represents a major step towards European mobility for disabled workers.

EUCIE and the french National Union of Adapted Enterprises (UNEA) welcome all MEPs in favor of voting on Mr Guillaume Balas’ report on the coordination of social security systems on a European scale. This text must be the basis for a positive development for any person with a disability who wishes to gain access to employment on European soil, without any geographical limitation within the European territory. Certain provisions of this text, notably Articles 5 and 6, may in future serve as a basis for ensuring the free movement of workers with disabilities who do not actually enjoy this freedom because of the lack of homogeneity of the criteria of the disability recognition.

In this context, the European Confederation of Inclusive Enterprises and the french National Union of Adapted Enterprises call all of the participants of the next trilogue to approve the decision of the European Parliament.

Am. 5: The definitions of, and criteria for, determining disability and invalidity differ widely across the Member States, which can constitute a major obstacle to the mutual recognition of national decisions on disability and invalidity issues, in particular as regards access to specific services and facilities, and can put people with a disability or invalidity at a particular disadvantage in the field of social security when moving from one Member State to another. It is therefore necessary, with a view to facilitating the travel and movement of persons with a disability or invalidity from one Member State to another, to ensure the adoption of a common European definition in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and a mutual recognition of disability status between Member States, in particular through the swift implementation of the European Disability Card (EDC) in all Member States which will be connected to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and the European Social Security Card (ESSC).

Am. 6: In order to ensure the effective implementation and enforcement of the CRPD, and guarantee the portability of disability benefits, the adoption of common definition, criteria and methods for evaluating disability (the percentage of disability) for the purpose of social security coordination should be promoted.

 

(Report of Guillaume Balas on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 883/2004 on the coordination of social security systems and Regulation (EC) No 987/2009 laying down the procedure for implementing Regulation (EC) No 883/2004)