The topic of active and equal citizenship has been high on Europe's
disability agenda this November. The Council of Europe adopted its
Recommendation on participation of people with disabilities in political
and public life.
At the same time, access to elections has been put on the table by three members of the European Parliament who launched a written declaration on the right of persons with disabilities to vote. If signed by more than half of the MEPs, the declaration will bring the issue of universal suffrage into the EU debate. However, the necessary support is not easy to gather, as the procedure only allows for three months the required amount of signatures.
For many people with intellectual disabilities, the core of the problem rests in the exercise of legal capacity. Its full or partial deprivation strips the person of a number of other important rights. Inclusion Europe raised the issue during its roundtable in the European Parliament. It is time for Europe to recognise that there is no equality if we are not equal before the law.