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Fidesz-KDNP in the EP is willing to work for persons with disabilities

Fidesz-KDNP in the EP is willing to work for persons with disabilities

2009. 05. 20.

Since 50 Million people with disabilities live on the territory of the European Community, the adequate representation of their interests is urgent. However, there are no deaf or blind MEPs, there is only one wheelchair-bound delegate in the EP- said Mr Kosa on the campaign event, who is at the same time president of the Hungarian Council of the Alliance of Persons with Disabilities (FESZT) and of the Alliance of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (SINOSZ).

He believes that his possible membership in the European Parliament might result a change in the attitude of the MEPs towards disability as well, since if elected, Mr Kosa would communicate his speeches in sing language.

Concerning his agenda in the European Parliament, Mr Kosa stated that his priority purpose is to foster the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Only six of the member states have already ratified it, 21 states are lingering to do so.

The ratification would be crucial, since this document – unlike the previous practice that focused on the integration of people with disabilities into the society by providing them specific skills, – concentrates on the values of these people. As an instance Mr Kosa mentioned the manual skill of the deaf that is above the average, and also the highly developed musicality of the blind.

He also considers the introduction of the adequate education of the people with disabilities very important, since it could help them to find better opportunities in the labour market. The fact that only 90% of the Hungarian people with disabilities has got a job justifies the urgency of the issue.

Another crucial point is to use EU assistance from the Cohesion Funds to help the social integration of the people with disabilities – Mr Kosa informed about his programme.

Miklos Soltesz, leader of the social department of KDNP fraction finds that the failed economical policy of the Hungarian government has had effects on social areas as well. One of the evidences of these effects is that church or civil disability institutions can obtain governmental resources only via tenders – which means that the normative for those institutions was ceased at the beginning of the year.

Moreover, the government blocked 530 Million HUF from the available 6.9 Billion HUF. Mr Soltesz thinks that the government will have to spend more, since the posterior medical care cost much more than the blocked amount.