European Day of Persons with Disabilities 2023: Rapporteur



Magdi Birtha


The European Commission organises this annual conference in partnership with the European Disability Forum to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This 2-day event takes place on 29 November - 1 December 2023 in Brussels and brings together more than 400 policy-makers, high-level experts and disability advocates. The wide participation of persons with disabilities allows for hearing their concerns and aspirations and to establish a dialogue with public authorities and other stakeholders. Magdi Birtha from the European Centre acts as Rapporteur.


Among other key topics, the 2023 conference discusses the right of persons with disabilities to vote and to stand for elections, in preparation for the upcoming European elections in 2024. As 2023 is the European Year of Skills, the conference also looks at the prospects for persons with disabilities to improve their skills and have better access to the labour market. After almost 3 years of the adoption of the EU Strategy for the rights of persons with disabilities 2021-2030, it is timely to assess what have been the main achievements so far and their impact on the lives of persons with disabilities. The conference will be closed by the Access City Award ceremony, where the winner of the 2024 Access City Award will be announced.

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DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission


11/2023 – 01/2024