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EU: European Citizens’ Initiative, “Europe CARES – Inclusive quality education for children with disabilities”

(Brussels) The European Commission has registered a European Citizens’ Initiative entitled “Europe CARES – Inclusive Quality Education for Children with Disabilities”. The goal of the initiative is to ensure “the right to inclusive education of children and adults with disabilities within the European Union”. As the initiative states, while “over 70 million EU citizens have a disability and 15 million children have special educational needs”, many “are facing excessive barriers in” accessing “their right to quality inclusive education”. The organisers therefore call on the Commission to “draft a bill on a common EU framework of inclusive education, which will ensure that no child is left behind when it comes to early intervention services, education and transition towards the labour market”. The registration of the Initiative will take place on 4 March, starting a one-year process of collection of signatures of support by its organisers. “Should the initiative receive one million statements of support within one year, from at least seven different Member States – the Commission explains -, the Commission will analyse it and react within three months”. It “can decide either to follow the request or not, and in both instances would be required to explain its reasoning” (http://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative/public/welcome).

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