2011. 10. 18.
At an event held in Parma last weekend, Ádám Kósa emphasized that the EU must proceed further on the pass set by the new, ten-year European Disability Strategy, issued by the Commission last November. "For this, however, it is vital to abandon the bad practices of the past. In the future, not only the European Commission and the European Council, but also the European Parliament has to play its role in safeguarding the rights and interests of people with disabilities", the only deaf Member of the European Parliament pointed out. These is also a greater need for the work and support of NGOs and governmental institutions than in the past. Given that the Spanish legal framework and practice in the field of disability is among the best in Europe, Spain sets a good example in this.
MEP Kósa was received by senior dignitaries of the Autonomous Province of Mallorca, including the mayor of Palma, the representatives of the Spanish government and the leadership of the city council. He also held talks with representatives of the largest disability organisations (Archipelago, UNAC Coordinadora, Feaps, Foqua, Aspas, Federación de Salud Mental, Predip és OC Sa Nostra, among others). Additionally, Dr Kósa was received by Parma-based ONCE (Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles), the largest Spanish organisation working in the field of disability, which is also one of the foremost players in the European disability dialogue. An agreement was made with the leaders of the organisation on further EU-level co-operation regarding the supervision of the strategy's implementation.