EuroHealthNet welcomes the European Commission’s plans to develop the EU Strategy on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for 2021-2030, as a contributing enabling framework for public health actors to address disability-linked health and social inequalities. The strategy also offers opportunities to strengthen the imminent Action Plan for implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, the EU’s contribution to the UN Agenda 2030, the EU Green, Skills and Digital agendas.
Plans for the post-pandemic recovery and resilience of health and social care systems in Europe should fully include the rights of people with disabilities. This can be linked with the EU investments and technical support within the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility, the European Semester process, and plans for the European Health Union in the making. Furthermore, considering the recent speed of transition and transformation of the delivery of health and care towards one that’s increasingly digital and commercial, we urge stepping up investments in digital and health literacy, skills and competences needed for healthy lives.
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