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1 EU-Office in Kosovo Actions in Support of Persons with Disabilities Disability Rights & Disability Inclusion November 2014 - Sophie Beaumont - sophie.beaumont@eeas.europa.eu

2 EU Office in Kosovo The UN Convention and Kosovo’s political status Kosovo Disability the Strategy for the Rights of People with Disabilities (2013-2023) and action plan (2013-2015). The National Disability Council The Kosovo Disability Forum & the Disability NGOs (reps. the diversity of disabilities) 2

3 EU Office in Kosovo EU External actions & commitment: Political – pre-accession agenda; EU Funding Instruments – IPA; EIDHR; Civil Society Facility; Erasmus+ EU Internal actions & commitment: Access to the EU buildings and working environment; Staffing, recruitment practices and accommodations. 3

4 Challenges Challenge of persuading Governments – assuring ownership, real implementation and sustainability of initiatives which promote inclusion of PWDS Awareness raising among EU colleagues (in Delegation and Brussels) Awareness raising among contractors 4

5 EU Office in Kosovo Political Actions & Influence Working with Ministries & GoK decision makers on policy implementation Pre-Accession Agenda EU Acquis – disability non-discrimination legislation SAPD - Stabilisation and Association Process Dialogue Progress Report Work with donor partners and Embassies

6 The Kosovo Progress Report 2013 Equal access to quality education for persons with disabilities and persons from the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities remains very limited, despite the commitment to inclusive education. In the absence of adequate medical facilities, health care and rehabilitation services for persons of very low income, in particular persons with disabilities and elderly persons living in poverty, are inadequate 6

7 EU Office in Kosovo EU Funding instruments: a two pronged approach IPA Instrument I & II EIDHR & the Civil Society Facility Tempus; Erasmus Mundus & Erasmus+ Horizon 2020 TAIEX

8 A Two Pronged Approach Specific disability Projects Mainstreaming – disability rights and disability inclusion as a cross cutting issue 8

9 Addressing the issue across all stages of Project Cycle Consultation process incl. with CSOs/DPOs Country strategy paper Programme fiche/action Procurement documentation Awareness raising among contractors Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation 9

10 Specific initiatives/schemes 10 Beautiful Kosovo A Grants Scheme for Municipalities - eligibility criteria include: Projects for employment of vulnerable categories, such as women, youth, persons with disabilities and minority groups; Infrastructure Projects must ensure disability access. Social Service Decentralisation and support for persons with disabilities Grants scheme funding local Social Enterprises Active Labour Market Measures for long term unemployed including persons with disabilities

11 ICT Supplies IPA 2008 – Supplies for schools included provision of specialised ICT supplies for blind and partially sighted children; deaf children and children with autism 11

12 The challenge of disability inclusion in ‘mainstream projects/actions 2012 Annual Programme 4.3 - C ROSS CUTTING ISSUES - Equal Opportunities & non Discrimination: The project design, implementation will ensure gender equality and the full participation of minority communities, long term unemployed persons in particular women and persons with disabilities. Translation and interpretation in minority languages will be provided and efforts will be made to ensure disability access to all trainings. 12

13 Procurement documentation Instruction to Tenderers - Terms of Reference Technical Specifications 8.2 Special requirements: the project should also be used to raise awareness about, and promote the inclusion in the project of relevant cross-cutting issues relating to gender, minorities, the inclusion of persons with disabilities, age and environmental as well as operational sustainability. 13

14 Reference in the TOR EU - ICT Project in the field of Education TOR 8.2 Special requirements: the project should also be used to raise awareness about, and promote the inclusion in the project of relevant cross-cutting issues relating to gender, minorities, the inclusion of persons with disabilities, age and environmental as well as operational sustainability. 14

15 Works & Supplies Instruction to Tenderers Special Conditions Technical Specifications 15

16 CONSTRUCTION OF MUNICIPAL SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE - PHASE VII – Tech Specs Disabled Toilets: Hand-washing and hand-drying facilities must be reachable from the WC before transfer back to the wheelchair. Fittings, all accessible to someone in wheelchair, shall include: toilet roll holder; hand towel dispenser (or hand-dryer); towel disposal bin; soap dispenser; mirror; small shelf above lavatory basin; coat hook; horizontal and vertical support rails; door pull handle. The provision of an alarm call may also be considered. All sanitary equipment, fittings and accessories shall be heavy- duty, selected from manufacturers supported by equivalent EU standards and suitable for disabled persons use. 16

17 CONSTRUCTION OF MUNICIPAL SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE – PHASE VII – Tech Specs Overarching Section Miscellaneous Facilities shall provide the easy access to all public premises for disabled persons. Ramps shall be designed at maximum slope 1:12. Curb of ramps are required wherever an accessible route crosses a curb. Surface of ramp shall be stable, firm, and slip- resistant. Railing and all other fixtures shall comply in all respects with the appropriate provisions of the ISO/CD 21542.2 and ISO/TC 59/SC 16 Building construction – Accessibility and usability of the built environment. 17

18 IPA II & Sector budget support Sector strategies and Government priorities (challenge as disability issues is not a priority for the GoK) Country Strategy Paper – ref. to vulnerable groups including persons with disabilities Peer review & CSO engagement – organisations OF persons with disabilities Fundamental rights and the Kosovo Disability the strategy for the rights of people with disabilities (2013-2023) and an action plan (2013-2015). 18

19 IPA II & Sector budget support Pre-conditions Eligibility criteria Indicators to measure outputs, Expected results and achievements Monitoring and Evaluation 19

20 EU Internal policies and practice Code of good conduct on employment of persons with disabilities by EU institutions Access to the EU buildings and working environment 20


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