Polina Papanikolaou to address European Parliament on Women and Disabilities tomorrow [live coverage 18h00-18h10 CET]


09-10-2018 – Hearing on the rights of persons with disabilities

PETI 04-10-2018 – 16:46


The Committee on Petitions each year receives a considerable number of petitions referring to difficulties encountered by people with disabilities in the EU in various fields, such as access to employment, education systems or public transport facilities.

Following a prior public hearing on the topic held by the Committee on 19 October 2015, the upcoming hearing will focus on two specific aspects: i) the legal capacity of persons with disabilities and their right to vote, in the run-up to the European elections in May 2019, and ii) women and disabilities.

The hearing will present the possibility to exchange views with experts, including representatives of the Fundamental Rights Agency and the European Commission, on the role the Committee on Petitions can play in protecting and promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, in the context of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

[Addition: Polina Papanikolaou is also a contributor to Greek Helsinki Monitor‘s reports on the rights of persons with diabilities to the UN and elsewhere. The hearing will be transmitted live at http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/en/committees/video?event=20181009-1430-COMMITTEE-PETI]

Final Programme PETI Hearing on The rights of persons with disabilities-1

Final Programme PETI Hearing on The rights of persons with disabilities-2

Requested by the PETI committee

2018 Update of the Study on
the protection role of the Committee on Petitions
in the context of the implementation of the UN Convention
on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities






Greece continues to foster and promote anti-minority behaviors

One month after the attack of Golden Dawn MPs and militants against a debate on minorities in Athens, organised by EFA member party DEB, and the Greek authorities are yet to conduct a thorough, transparent and impartial investigation to bring the well-known perpetrators before justice.

Commenting on the situation, EFA President Francois Alfonsi underlines: “For yet another time, we have witnessed acts of violence during a debate organized by a minority party in Greece. The perpetrators are the same and well-known to the Greek state and para-state. Yet, the results always remain the same. No one ever gets to be held accountable for these despicable acts. The people who disrupted the event of our member party DEB were identical to those who did the same back in 2009 during the presentation of the Macedonian –Greek dictionary, organized by our other member in Greece, EFA-Rainbow. The only alarming difference is that now these fascists are members of the Greek parliament. This fact alone speaks on how worse things have become for minorities in Greece.”


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Βίντεο από εισβολές Χρυσής Αυγής σε εκδηλώσεις ΕΠΣΕ-ΚΙΕΦ/DEB (Αθήνα 12/12/2016) και ABTFF (Βρυξέλλες 2/3/2016) για τις εθνικές μειονότητες στην Ελλάδα