7 April 1992
Ad hoc Conference of Ministers responsible for policies for people with disabilities, Paris, 7-8 November 1991
REPORT BY THE SECRETARY GENERAL
prepared in accordance with Resolution (71) 44 of
the Committee of Ministers
I Report by the Secretary General
II Final Declaration
III List of participants
I. REPORT BY THE SECRETARY GENERAL
1. The first meeting of the European Ministers responsible for policies for people with disabilities was held in Paris at the invitation and under the chairmanship of Mr. Michel Gillibert, Secrétaire d'Etat aux handicapés et accidentés de la vie of France.
2. The 200 participants in the Conference can be divided in the following way:
- · 32 countries, including 25 member States of the Council of Europe as well as the Holy See, Canada, Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Albania and the USSR;
- · 21 Ministers and Secretaries of State;
- · 6 International Non governmental Organisations: Mobility International, European Network on Independent Living, the Confederation of Family Organisation in the European Community, Disabled Peoples International, the International League of Societies for Persons with Mental Handicap, Rehabilitation International;
- · representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly and the Standing conference of local and regional authorities of the Council of Europe, the European Community, the United Nations, OECD, UNESCO, ILO.
3. The Conference was opened by Mrs C. Lalumière, Secretary General of the Council of Europe who stressed the fact that, with its humanist content, this Conference was naturally in tune with the Council of Europe, particularly as a new and larger Europe is being built on the principles of democracy, the rule of law and respect for the dignity of the individual.
According to Mr. Gillibert, it is essential to put an end to society's selfishness and to reconsider the obligation of the majority of society towards people with disabilities.
4. With "Independent living for people with disabilities" as the main theme of the Conference, the discussions centered upon the issues of accessibility, support and information of people with disabilities. These three themes were respectively introduced by Mrs. Roswitha VERHÜLSDONK, Parlamentarische Staatsekretärin, Bundesministerium fûr Familie un Senioren, Germany, Mr. Heikki von HERTZEN, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Social Affairs and Health, Finland, and Mr. Nicholas SCOTT, Minister of State for Social Security and People with Disabilities, United Kingdom.
Thus, the Conference unanimously affirmed the need to adopt a coherent policy, with precise objectives, i.e. a global policy based on all aspects of daily life, which takes into account all moments of existence.
Furthermore, the Ministers agreed that the implementation of the principle of independent living for people with disabilities depended on their full participation in social life and the recognition of their right to independence.
Thus, every global policy for people with disabilities must ensure :
- · access, so far as possible, to ordinary services provided for society at large : education, employment (a disabled person must be judged according to his/her capacities and not according to his/her handicap), leisure, transport, buildings, etc,
- · support in the form of guaranteed income, adequate responses to the needs of families and persons in charge of people with disabilities, provision of technical aids,
- · the possibility for people with disabilities to make their own choices. Hence the need for information which reaches the people concerned, and for specialised information. Hence also the necessity for people with disabilities to speak up on all issues of society.
Through its political impact, the Conference marked an important stage in the development of policies in favour of people with disabilities in general, and in the work of the Council of Europe in particular. The Conference was a step forward in terms of quality with regard to the promotion of a European policy on independent living for people with disabilities.
5. The Ministers also recognised the role and grassroots actions of international non governmental organisations (INGOs). The latter took the floor several times to emphasise the fact that the best experts in the field of rehabilitation were people with disabilities themselves. The INGOs also asked to be consulted at the initial stages of policy making.
6. In adopting the Final Declaration of the Conference, the Ministers agreed to:
a. approve the text concerning a coherent policy for the benefit of people with disabilities which was adopted by the Committee on the rehabilitation and integration of people with disabilities (CD-P-RR);
b. support the renewal of the Social Charter of the Council of Europe and underline the need to extend the scope of the rights spelt out in it in order to cover so far as possible the measures proposed in the coherent policy for people with disabilities;
c. ask the Committee of Ministers:
- i. to recommend the text of the coherent policy for people with disabilities to the 26 member States;
- ii. to invite governments to provide a regular stocktaking on the rehabilitation of people with disabilities in the form of an up-date of the report on legislation which should contain illustrations of concrete results achieved;
- iii. to authorise the setting up of a pan-European network of projects on independent living and equal opportunities which should aim to multiply examples of good practice with regard to accessibility, support, information;
- iv. to entrust the Committee on the rehabilitation and integration of people with disabilities (CD-P-RR) with the task of preparing the measures necessary for the implementation of this network as regards organisation, finance and working methods;
- v. to examine and evaluate the requests for assistance in the field of rehabilitation and professional training of people with disabilities expressed by Bulgaria, the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania.
7. The Ministers, wishing to follow up this Conference, agreed that a second Conference be organised in the near future on a specific theme.
8. In order to ensure an appropriate follow-up to this Ministerial Conference, the Secretary General furthermore suggested that the Committee of Ministers should, at one of their forthcoming meetings, examine the question of the place of activities concerning people with disabilities within the general framework of the Council of Europe: deciding whether or not, given the pan-European dimension of this Conference in Paris, the structure of the Committee on the rehabilitation and integration of people with disabilities, which is presently in charge of all these questions within the Partial Agreement in the social and public health field, should be adapted?1
II. FINAL DECLARATION
1. At the invitation of the French Government, the European Ministers responsible for policies on people with disabilities held on 7 and 8 November 1991 a Conference in Paris on "Independent living for people with disabilities". The Conference was opened by Mme Catherine LALUMIERE, Secretary General of the Council of Europe and was attended by Ministers of the 25 Council of Europe member States, as well as by represenatives of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, the Standing Conference of Local and Regional Authorities and the Commission of the European Communities. Representatives of Albania, Bulgaria, Canada, the Holy See, Latvia, Poland, Romania and the USSR, also attended as observers. The United Nations, UNESCO, ILO and OECD were also present as observers. In addition, the Conference invited Rehabilitation International (RI), Disabled Peoples' International (DPI), Mobility International (MI), the Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Community (COFACE), the European Network for Independent Living (ENIL) and the International League of Societies for Persons with Mental Handicap (ILSMH) to participate in the proceedings.
2. Mr Michel GILLIBERT, Secrétaire d'Etat aux handicapés et accidentés de la vie of France, was elected Chairman on the proposal of Mrs Roswitha VERHÜLSDONK, Parlamentarische Staatssekretärin of Germany.
3. At the close of their debates, the Ministers adopted the following Declaration:
1. In the past action on behalf of people with disabilities has mainly been inspired either by charity or by a concern to guarantee an income, to compensate certain groups such as war invalids, or to give them a right to special care.
People with disabilities were generally considered to be "different" from others and helpless. Charitable actions often led to their isolation and marginalisation in institutions cut off from the social environment. They rarely found any opportunities for improvement there and could not enjoy the same rights and options as everyone else.
However, with the recognition that all people are entitled to the same fundamental rights, it gradually became accepted that social and economic policies must be such as to allow all citizens to reach their full potential.
2. Surveys show that about 10% of the population have a disability. Morover, the number of elderly people in the community is projected to increase sharply in the coming years. This means that more and more people will be directly affected either by personal disability or by the needs of members of their families, of friends and neighbours.
3. Every human being is unique and possesses a very varied range of qualities and aspirations. The existence or appearance of a disability disturbs the balance of circumstances in the lives of those affected, including the family, friends and neighbours. Disability as such, however, does not affect an individual's qualities and aspirations - it only makes it harder for that individual to achieve full potential.
4. Disability can strike anyone anywhere at any time. As disability is not uniform, the requirements of people with disabilities themselves and of those close to them vary greatly as well as the ability of the community to cope with these requirements. It follows that society should recognise that each citizen should have the opportunity to choose the way in which they participate in everyday life.
5. In recent decades, substantial progress has been made in breaking down prejudices and barriers and in developing a new approach to disability. Several factors taken together have contributed, to a greater or lesser extent, to this progress depending on the historical context and the political structures of the different countries.
Scientific progress has enabled the causes of a number of disorders to be more closely identified, treatment to be improved and the consequences of impairments and disabilities to be compensated for by means of new technology.
Legislation and government action, including public funding have, in many countries, improved appreciably the situation of people with disabilities.
Non-governmental organisations have contributed considerably in drawing attention to the human, social and economic consequences of disability. In some countries they have also provided appropriate services, often in partnership with statutory agencies. They have in particular helped to achieve greater awareness of the right of people with disabilities to independent living and to active participation in all areas of society.
A consequence of all these actions is that the rights of people with disabilities have been enshrined in international legal instruments.
6. However, work must continue; the job is not finished.
The Ministers recognise that individual areas of concern must be tackled in the context of a coherent policy whose objectives embrace all aspects of life. They recognise that people who by chance have special needs which must be met if they are to lead a normal life should have the benefit of a comprehensive policy which takes into account each moment of existence.
The Council of Europe's work has devoted considerable effort to developing a coherent policy for the benefit of people with disabilities. The present Conference on independent living for people with disabilities illustrates their concern to set a new course for the future.
This new course is all the more significant as a new and larger Europe is emerging, built on the principles of democracy, the rule of law and the respect of the dignity of the individual.
Its implementation requires a close and continuous collaboration with Eastern and Central European countries, so that they can benefit from the experience of their European partners in the area of integration of people with disabilitites.
7. The Ministers confirm their commitment to a coherent overall policy for the benefit of people with disabilities and to the development or improvement of action programmes in order:
- · to avoid all discrimination and to eliminate prejudice, detrimental to their dignity;
- · to organise efficiently the prevention and reduction of the consequences of impairment or disability;
- · to enable people with disabilities to participate fully in society, while recognising their right to independence;
- · to recognise the needs of families, friends and neighbours who provide care and support to people with disabilities.
8. For this purpose, the Ministers approve the general policy and measures described in the proposal of the Committee on the rehabilitation and integration of people with disabilities (CD-P-RR) on a coherent policy for people with disabilities and propose that the Committee of Ministers should recommend it to be followed by member States, and invites them as well to provide a regular stock-taking in form of an up-date of the report on legislation on the rehabilitation of people with disabilities, at the widest possible European level. It would be useful if these reports also contain illustrations of concrete results achieved.
a. The Ministers make a special appeal:
- Ø to the national and local authorities:
- o to take the measures needed to ensure equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities including in particular access to employment, as described in coherent policy for people with disabilities, and particularly to provide personal support whenever needed;
- o to ensure the fullest possible co-ordination between the ministries, the authorities and the services involved in providing personal assistance to people with disabilities, to avoid unco-ordinated action, conflicting decisions and gaps in policies and services;
- o to ensure full participation of people with disabilities, individually or in association, as appropriate, in the decision making process concerning all aspects of their lives, through their representatives in the case of people unable to act on their own behalf;
- Ø to all those concerned with services used by the public, to maintain constant awareness of the needs of people with disabilities;
- Ø to the media to promote an image of people with disabilities as full citizens entitled to live an ordinary life.
b. The Ministers welcome the renewal of the European Social Charter and underline the need to extend the scope of the rights spelt out in the Charter in order to cover as much as possible the measures proposed in the coherent policy for people with disabilities.
9. The Ministers propose to the Council of Europe the setting up of a paneuropean network of projects on independent living and equality of opportunities for people with disabilities. As a fundamental principle, projects should be run with the full and active participation of people with disabilities.
This network should aim at multiplying examples of good practice, particularly with regard to:
- · access to life in society (education, employment, leisure, ..., transport and urban environment, ...),
- · support (personal, technical and financial),
- · information on services and facilities for independent living.
This could be achieved, inter alia, by encouraging the exchange of information and experience on ongoing projects, by reciprocal visits, training activites.
10. The Ministers ask the Committee of Ministers to entrust the Committee on the rehabilitation and integration of people with disabilities with the task of preparing the measures necessary for the implementation of this network in relation to its running, its financing and its working methods.
This should be carried out in association with government representatives, international non-governmental organisations and representatives of international organisations, and in particular with the European Community.
11. The Ministers express their satisfaction at the success of the Conference, and wishing to follow it up, agree that a ministerial conference should be held in the near future on a specific theme.
At the Conference, the Ministers and Heads of delegations of Bulgaria, the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania indicated their needs, both technical and financial, in the field of rehabilitation and professional training of people with disabilities, such as prostheses, bio-prostheses, rehabilitation engineering, rehabilitation and professional training centres and asked the Council of Europe for its help and assistance in the matter, possibly through its member States.
The Conference asks the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to bring these questions to the attention of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for their examination and evaluation.
III. LISTE DES PARTICIPANTS/LIST OF PARTICIPANTS
Dr J. UNGER, Ministerialrat, Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales
M. Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ, Ministre des Affaires sociales de la Communauté germanophone
M. R. LUYCKX, Inspecteur Général, Vlaams Fonds voor de sociale Integratie van Personen met een Handicap
M. Paul PETRE, Directeur, Ministère de la Prévoyance sociale
M. Egide DESMET, Conseiller, Cabinet du Ministre des Affaires sociales de la Communauté francophone
M. André COCLE, Conseiller, Cabinet du Ministre de la région de Bruxelles capitale
M. I. ARISTIDOU, Minister of Labour and Social Insurance
M. C. EFREM, Head of the Service for the Care and Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons, Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance
REPUBLIQUE FEDERATIVE TCHEQUE ET SLOVAQUE/CZECH AND SLOVAK FEDERAL REPUBLIC
Mme Helena WOLEKOVA, PhDr, Ministre du Travail et des Affaires sociales de la République Slovaque
Dr Vladimir KOMAREK, MD, Conseiller, Chef de la Clinique neurologique de l'Université Charles, Ministère de la Santé de la République tchèque
M. Josef DOKSANSKY, PhDr, Conseiller, Député pour la République Tchèque
M. Tomas JUNG, Head, Department of Rehabilitation of the Handicapped, Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic
Mme CHMELOVA, Fonctinnaire, Ministère de la Santé publique de la République Slovaque
Mme Lydia BRICHTOVA, JUDr, Ministère du Travail et des Affaires sociales de la République Slovaque
M. Jan BRAZDIL, Conseiller, Ministère fédéral du Travail et des Affaires sociales
Mr Michal HASTO, Secretary of the Ligue for the rights of the wheelchair users
Mrs Grethe BUSS, Head of Division, Ministry of Social Affairs
Mrs Margit JESPERSEN, Chief of Handicap Affairs, Ministry of Social Affairs
Mr Heikki S. von HERTZEN, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Ms Mervi VIRTANEN, Legal Counsellor, Minhistry of Social Affairs and Health
Ms Marja PAJUKOSKI, Chief Inspector, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Ms Seija SAANA, Senior Counsellor, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Mr Kalle KÖNKKÖLÄ, Planner, the National Council on Disability
Mr Varol ABDRAHIM, personal assistant of Mr Könkkölä
M. Michel GILLIBERT, Secrétaire d'Etat aux Handicapés et Accidentés de la vie
M. Olivier STIRN, Représentant Permanent de la France auprès du Conseil de l'Europe
Mme Anne-Marie CAILLOUX, Directeur du Cabinet de M. Gillibert
M. Philippe DIDIER-COURBIN, Directeur adjoint du Cabinet
Mme Murielle BERGES, Chef de Cabinet
Monsieur Henry LAFAY, Conseiller spécial
M. Philippe SAINT-MARTIN, Conseiller Technique
M. le Professeur HELD, Chargé de mission
Monsieur Gérard ZRIBI, Chargé de mission
Mme le Dr Claudine LE LAY, Chargé de mission
M. Xavier COYER, Conseiller, Secrétariat d'Etat aux handicapés et accidentés de la vie
Mme Y. BOUCARD, Conseiller au Cabinet de M. Gillibert
M. Y. CHIKHANI, Conseiller au Cabinet de M. Gillibert
M. Bernard MAGNIN, Cabinet de M. Gillibert
M. Olivier ROPITEAU, Cabinet de M. Gillibert
Dr COURBIN, Cabinet de M. Gillibert
Mme Valérie SANDERS, Chargée de mission,
Mme Marie-Laure LOROZAN, Chargée de mission
Mme Ghislaine MANSUY, Délégation de l'Emploi, Mission des Handicapés
Mme Brigitte DOLINSEK, Chef adjoint du Cabinet
M. Jean-Louis CARTIER, Sous-Directeur, Chef de la Division des Relations internationale, Ministère des Affaires sociales et de l'Intégration
Mme Agnès LECLERC, Division des Relations internationales
Mme Martine COURTOIS, Division des Relations internationales
Mme M. PASQUER, Ministère des Affaires étrangères
M. Gérard DE PIERREDON, Président du CNFLRH
M. Marcel HERB, CNPSA
Mme HERB, Accompagnatrice
Mme Françoise LANDRY, APAJH
Mme Fabienne HAFFNER, ASB
M. Jean DAUBY, UNISDA
M. Marc MAURY, APF
M. Mamoud DARWICHE, Accompagnateur
M. Yvon GASSER, UNAFAM
M. Jean-Claude TAUREL, ANPIHM
M. Jean-Gabriel POUJADE, AMI
M. Ruddy LODDO, FNATH
M.Henri FAIVRE, CLAPEHAH
M. Francis MONTES, ANRTP
M.Henri CASSERER, GIHP
M. LESIGNE, GIHP
M. PETITSIGNE, GIHP
Mme LUNEBORG, UEA
Dr Norbert BLÜM, Bundesminister für Arbeit und Sozialordnung
Mme Roswitha VERHÜLSDONK, Parlamentarische Staatssekretärin, Bundesministerium für Familie und Senioren
Mme Ursula VOSKUHL, Ministerialdirektorin, Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Sozialordnung
M. Manfred RINDT, Ministerialdirigent, Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Sozialordnung
Dr Harmut HAINES, Ministerialrat, Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Sozialordnung
Dr Frank HEMPEL, Regierungsdirektor, Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Sozialordnung
Mme Elke KEINATH-VOGEL, Regierungsdirectorin, Bundesministerium für Familieund Senioren
Mme le Dr THIELENHAUS, Assistante de Mme R. Verhülsdonk
M. Panayotis KONDOULAKOS, Secrétaire Général de la Prévoyance, Ministère de la Santé, de la Prévoyance et de la Sécurité sociale
Mme Maria KANELLOPOULOU, Directeur Général de la Prévoyance, Ministère de la Santé, de la Prévoyance et de la Sécurité sociale
Mr Istvan KAKUSZI, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Public Welfare
Prof. Lajos KULLMANN, Director General of the National Institute of Medical Rehabilitation
Mrs Johanna SIGURDARDOTTIR, Minister of Social Affairs
Ms Bertline ASTEIRSDOTTIR, Permanent Secretary
Mr Chris FLOOD, Minister of State, Department of Health
Mr Brian MULLEN, Assistant Principal, Physical Handicap Services, Department of Health
M. le Sénateur Giancarlo RUFFINO, Secrétaire d'Etat, Ministère de l'Intérieur
M. Claudio GELATI, Préfet, Directeur Général, Ministère de l'Intérieur
M. Francesco CARNEVALE, Direttore Servizio Assistenza economica, Categorie protette, Ministère de l'Intérieur
M. Giustino DI SANTO, Préfet adjoint, Ministère de l'Intérieur
M. TORINO, Ministère de l'Intérieur
M. Guido BERTOLASO, Chef de Département, Ministère des Affaires sociales
M. GIUFFRE', Ministère des Affaires sociales
Dott.ssa Luisa TORBIDONI, Dirigente Superiore Medico, Ministère de la Santé
Excusé/Apologies for absence
M. Johny LAHURE, Ministre de la Santé, de la Sécurité sociale, de l'Education physique et des Sports et de la Jeunesse
M. Marcel REIMEN, Premier Conseiller de Gouvernement
Dr Arno BACHE, Médecin responsable des personnes handicapées, Service d'action médico-socio-thérapeutique, Ministère de la Santé
Mr Lawrence GONZI, LLD, MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Chairman of the National Commission for the Handicapped
Mr Alfred BEZZINA, Secretary of the National Commission for the Handicapped
Mr H. MANNEN, Director of Policy for the Disabled, Ministry of Welfare, Health and Cultural Affairs
Mrs M.J.G. AALDERS, Interministerial Steering Group on Policy for the Disabled, Ministry of Welfare, Health and Cultural Affairs
Mr B. TREFFERS, Dutch Council of the Disabled
Mr Bjorn Martin AASEN, State Secretary, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
Ms Malin BRATTSTROM, Head of Division, Department for Elderly and Disabled, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
Ms Liv ARUM, Assistant General Secretary, Norwegian League of Handicap Organisations
Ms Bente SKANSGARD, the Norwegian Association of the Disabled
Mr B. SKANSGARD, Personal attendant
Mme Maria Guida de FREITAS FARIA, Secrétaire Nationale du Secrétariat National de la Réadaptation
Mme Madalena PINHEIRO, Sous-Directeur Général du Département des Affaires européennes et Relations étrangères
M. Antonio CHARANA, Directeur des Services de réadaptation de l'Institut de l'Emploi et de la Formation professionnelle
Mme Pilar MOURAO-FERREIRA, Coordinatrice des relations internationales di Secrétariat National de la Réadaptation
M. Antonio CORREIA, représentant de FENACERCI
M. Renzo GHIOTTI, Ministre de la Santé et de la Sécurité sociale
M. C. GASPERONI, Fonctionnaire, Ministère de la Santé et de la Sécurité sociale
M. Angel RODRIGUEZ CASTEDO, Director General del INSERSO, Ministerio de Asuntos Sociales
Mme Estrella TABOADA CAJIDE, Consejera Técnica, Instituto Nacional de Servicios sociales, Ministerio de Asuntos sociales
M. Justino GOMEZ NIETO, Presidente de la Confederacion de Federaciones y Asociaciones de Minisvalidos Psiquicos
M. José LUIS VILLANUEVA, Presidente de la Confederacion de Federaciones y Asociaciones de Minusvalidos Fisicos
Mr Carl-Anders IFVARSSON, Secretary of State, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
Mrs Barbro CARLSSON, Head of the Secretariat, National Council for the Disabled
Mr Bertil MATHSSON, Special Adviser, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
Mrs Eva SANDBORG, Head of the Disability Section, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
Mme Verena BROMBACHER, Vice-Directeur, Division des Affaires internationales, Office fédéral des Assurances sociales
M. Cyril MALHERBE, Adjoint aux Affaires internationales, Office fédéral des Assurances sociales
M. Ali INAL, Conseiller du Travail près l'Ambassade de Turquie à Paris
The Rt Honourable Nicholas SCOTT, MBE MP, Minister of State for Social Security and Disabled People
Mr Keith JACOBSEN, Assistant Secretary, Priority and Health Services Division, Department of Health
Ms Una O'BRIEN, Principal, Department of Health
Mrs Barbara WEST, Principal, Department of Health
ETATS OBSERVATEURS/OBSERVER STATES
M. Luan RAMA, Chargé d'affaires près l'Ambassade à Paris
Mme Emilia MASLAROVA, Ministre du Travail et des Affaires sociales
Mme Evguenia POPOVA, Vice-Ministre du Travail et des Affaires sociales
M. Zlatan ZLATANOV, Chef du Département de la Coopération internationale
M. MARKOV, Chargé d'Affaire près l'Ambassade
Mme Kr. MAXIMOVA, interprète
M. Robert R. de COTRET, Secrétaire d'Etat, Ministre responsable du statut des personnes handicapées
Mme Nancy LAWAND, Secrétariat du Statut des personnes handicapées
M. Rick HANSEN, Chairperson, Independence '92
M. Henry ENNS, Executive Director, D.P.I.
Pat DEMIANTSCHUK, Executive Director, Calgary Association for Independent Living
M. Patrick FOUGEYROLLAS, Directeur des Services de support, Centre François Charon
Claude LACASSE, Coordonnateur Fédéral, Autonomie '92
Mme Sylvie DUBE, Adjointe spéciale au Cabinet du Secrétaire d'Etat
M. Jean-Georges BEAUREGARD, Chef de Cabinet du Secrétaire d'Etat
Dr Bruce HALLIDAY, M.P. Chairperson, Standing Committee on Human Rights and the Status of disabled persons
Mr Neil YOUNG, M.P., Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on Human Rights and the Status of disabled persons
Ms Joan WESTLAND, Consultant to the Secretary of State
Excusé/Apologies for absence
S.E. le Cardinal Fiorenzo ANGELINI, Presidente Pontificio Consiglio per la Pastorale degli Operatori sanitari
S.E. Mgr Lorenzo ANTONETTI, Nonce Apostolique en France
Mlle M.-H. MATHIEU, Secrétaire Générale de l'Office chrétien des personnes handicapées
Mme Anna BOLS, Représentant Permanent de la République de Lettonie
Excusé/Apologies for absence
M. Vladislas SIDOROWICZ, Ministre de la Santé et de l'Assistance sociale
M. Andrzej URBANIK, Secrétaire d'Etat au travail et à la politique sociale
M. Andrzej HAREMSKI, Directeur du Département de l'assistance et de la réhabilitation
Mme Rodica MUNTEANU, Secrétaire d'Etat aux Handicapés
M. RAZOMOVSKI, Attaché social
AUTRES PARTICIPANTS/OTHER PARTICIPANTS
ASSEMBLEE PARLEMENTAIRE/PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY
M. Franco FOSCHI, ancien Président de la Commission des questions sociales et de la santé et Rapporteur pour la question
M. Walter SCHWIMMER (Autriche)
CONFERENCE PERMANENTE DES POUVOIRS LOCAUX ET REGIONAUX DE L'EUROPE/STANDING CONFERENCE OF LOCAL AND REGIONAL AUTHORITIES OF EUROPE
M. Karl-Christian ZAHN, Président de la Commission des Affaires sociales et de la Santé
COMMISSION DES COMMUNAUTES EUROPEENNES/COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES
M. Peter GOMMERS, Directeur, DG V C, Sécurité sociale, Protection, sociale et Conditions de vie
M. B. WEHRENS, DG V C4, Chef du Bureau de l'action en faveur des personnes handicapées
ORGANISATIONS INTERNATIONALES/INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS
NATIONS-UNIES/UNITED NATIONS: Centre pour le Développement social et les Affaires humanitaires
Ms Margaret J. ANSTEE, Secrétaire Général adjoint, Directeur Général de l'Office des Nations Unies à Vienne, Chef du Centre pour le développement social et les affaires humanitaires
M. Mamadou BARRY, Chef du Groupe chargé des personnes handicapées, Centre pour le développement social et les affaires humanitaires
M. Gabor TIROLER, International Child Health Unit, Département de Pédiatrie, Université d'Uppsala, Suède
Mr Ronald WIMAN, Spécialiste des questions sociales
ORGANISATIONS MONDIALE DE LA SANTE/WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION
Excusé/Apologies for absence
BUREAU INTERNATIONAL DU TRAVAIL/INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION
M. W. MOMM, Chef du Service de la réadaptation professionnelle
Mme Lena SALEH, Spécialiste du Programme de l'éducation
Mlle Anneka NORDIN
ORGANISATION POUR LA COOPERATION ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT ECONOMIQUES/
ORGANISATION FOR THE ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Mrs Mary Anne McGOVERN, Consultant, Centre pour la Recherche et l'Innovation dans l'Enseignement
ORGANISATIONS INTERNATIONALES NON GOUVERNEMENTALES/NON GOVERNMENTAL INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS
Mme Marguerite MUTTERER, Représentante auprès du Conseil de l'Europe
Mr Erkki ESKELINEN, Managing Director Rehabilitation Foundation
Prof. André STORM, Coordonnateur RI-CEC, RI-ECA
M. Pierre OLIVIER, Directeur, Centre de Réadaptation de Nanteau-sur-Lunain
EUROPEAN NETWORK ON INDEPENDENT LIVING, ENIL
Mr A. RATZKA, Chairman
Mr Kris WALMSLEY
Mr Uwe FREHSE
Mr Philip MASON
Mrs MASON, personal attendant
Mr O. MILES-PAUL
ORGANISATION MONDIALE DE PERSONNES HANDICAPEES/DISABLED PEOPLE'S INTERNATIONAL, DPI
M. Antonio LAMPREIA
Mrs Rachel HURST
Mrs Maria D. COSTA REIS LAMPREIA)
Ms Kate GANE ) Personal attendants
MOBILITY INTERNATIONAL, MI
Mr Trevor BOYLE, President
Ms Jackie WEST, Programme Director
LIGUE INTERNATIONALE DES ASSOCIATIONS POUR LES PERSONNES HANDICAPEES MENTALES/INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE OF SOCIETIES FOR PERSONS WITH MENTAL HANDICAP, ILSMH
M. Raymond NEUVILLE, membre du Conseil d'administration
CONFEDERATION DES ORGANISATIONS FAMILIALES DE LA COMMUNAUTE EUROPEENNE/CONFEDERATION OF FAMILY ORGANISATIONS IN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY, COFACE
Mme N. MEEUS, Présidente de la Commission des personnes handicapées
Mme N. SANCHIZ PONS, Secrétaire Générale de l'"Asociacion Espanola de Lucha contra la Poliomielitis"
M. Ph. VELUT, Ligue pour l'adaptation du diminué physique au travail (LADAPT)
Mme F. TAVAZZANI, Directeur Général de l'"Associazione Italiana Assistenza Spastici" (AIAS)
M. F. HAUPERT, Directeur Général de l'Association de parents d'enfants mentalement handicapés (APEMH)
ACTION EUROPEENNE DES HANDICAPES, AEH
CONSEIL DE L'EUROPE/COUNCIL OF EUROPE
Mme Catherine LALUMIERE, Secrétaire Général
M. Ulrich BOHNER, Administrateur principal, Cabinet du Secrétaire Général
M. Ekkehart MULLER-RAPPARD, Directeur adjoint des Affaires sociales et économiques
M. Henry SCICLUNA, Chef de la Division de la Santé et de l'Accord Partiel dans le domaine social et de la santé publique
Mme Gabriella BATTAINI-DRAGONI, Administrateur principal, Direction de l'Enseignement, de la Culture et du Sport
Mlle Michela CECCHINI, Administrateur, Secrétariat de l'Accord Partiel dans le domaine social et de la santé publique
Mlle Christine MEUNIER, Greffe de l'Assemblée
Mme C. STEINECKER ) Assistantes/Secretaries
Mme S. RINCK )
M. Roger GRETH
M. Jack HANNING, Adjoint au Chef du Service des Relations avec la presse
M. J.P. GUGLIELMI, Attaché de presse
Mme Patricia DELALANDE, Attachée de presse
Mlle Christine WILLKOMM, Assistante
Mme K. BARAN
Mme D. BRASSEUR
M. J. SLAVIK
Mme S. ADAMI
Mlle R. DI NIOLA
Mlle M. BENEDEK
Mlle M. GANZIN
Mlle S. MATALLAH
Mme S. OTTE
Mme M. NIESSEN