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Document 41981X1231

Council Resolution of the representatives of the Governments of the Member States of the European Communities meeting within the Council of 21 December 1981 on the social integration of handicapped people

OJ C 347, 31.12.1981, p. 1–2 (DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL)
Spanish special edition: Chapter 05 Volume 002 P. 233 - 234
Portuguese special edition: Chapter 05 Volume 002 P. 233 - 234

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 31/12/1986

41981X1231

Council Resolution of the representatives of the Governments of the Member States of the European Communities meeting within the Council of 21 December 1981 on the social integration of handicapped people

Official Journal C 347 , 31/12/1981 P. 0001
Spanish special edition: Chapter 05 Volume 2 P. 0233
Portuguese special edition Chapter 05 Volume 2 P. 0233


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COUNCIL RESOLUTION

OF THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE MEMBER STATES OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES , MEETING WITHIN THE COUNCIL

OF 21 DECEMBER 1981

ON THE SOCIAL INTEGRATION OF HANDICAPPED PEOPLE

THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE MEMBER STATES OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES , MEETING WITHIN THE COUNCIL ,

HAVING REGARD TO THE TREATY ESTABLISHING THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY ,

HAVING REGARD TO THE COUNCIL RESOLUTION OF 21 JANUARY 1974 CONCERNING A SOCIAL ACTION PROGRAMME ( 1 ) ,

HAVING REGARD TO THE COUNCIL RESOLUTION OF 27 JUNE 1974 ESTABLISHING THE INITIAL COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAMME FOR THE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION OF HANDICAPPED PERSONS ( 2 ) ,

HAVING REGARD TO THE COMMISSION REPORT ON THE INITIAL COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAMME FOR THE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION OF HANDICAPPED PERSONS ( 1974 TO 1979 ) AND TO THE CONCLUSIONS OF THE COUNCIL , ADOPTED AT ITS MEETING ON 9 JUNE 1980 , CONCERNING THE FURTHER IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROGRAMME ,

HAVING REGARD TO THE COMMISSION COMMUNICATION OF 29 OCTOBER 1981 ON THE SOCIAL INTEGRATION OF DISABLED PEOPLE ( 3 ) AND THE COMMENTS MADE BY THE VARIOUS DELEGATIONS WITHIN THE COUNCIL ON THAT COMMUNICATION ,

HAVING REGARD TO THE IMPORTANCE ATTACHED BY THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ( 4 ) AND THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE ( 5 ) TO THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL INTEGRATION OF DISABLED PEOPLE ,

NOTING THAT THE UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION HAS DESIGNATED 1981 AS THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF DISABLED PEOPLE AND THAT THIS INITIATIVE HAS BEEN SUPPORTED BY THE COMMUNITY AND ITS MEMBER STATES ;

CONSIDERING THAT HANDICAPPED PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE THE SAME RIGHT AS OTHER PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN AND CONTRIBUTE TO ALL ASPECTS OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL LIFE ;

CONSCIOUS OF THE DIFFICULTIES HANDICAPPED PEOPLE FACE IN EXERCISING THAT RIGHT IN PERIODS OF ECONOMIC RECESSION ;

CONSIDERING THAT THE COMMUNITY AND THE MEMBER STATES HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PROMOTE BETTER LIVING AND WORKING CONDITIONS FOR HANDICAPPED PEOPLE ;

TAKING ACCOUNT OF THE FACT THAT ALL MEMBER STATES HAVE MADE THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL INTEGRATION OF HANDICAPPED PEOPLE A GOAL TO BE ATTAINED , AND TAKING ACCOUNT OF THE INITIATIVES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN TAKEN BY MEMBER STATES TO PROMOTE SUCH INTEGRATION ;

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT ALSO THE DIVERSITY OF SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES IN THE MEMBER STATES ,

HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS :

I . MEMBER STATES ARE INVITED TO CONTINUE , AND IF POSSIBLE INTENSIFY , THEIR MEASURES TO PROMOTE THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL INTEGRATION OF HANDICAPPED PEOPLE , IN ORDER TO ENABLE THEM TO MAKE A PRODUCTIVE AND CREATIVE CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY , AND IN PARTICULAR TO :

- ENSURE THAT DUE ACCOUNT IS TAKEN , IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF POLICIES AFFECTING THE LIVING AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF HANDICAPPED PEOPLE , OF THE NEED TO REMOVE BARRIERS TO THE FULL PARTICIPATION OF HANDICAPPED PEOPLE IN SOCIETY ;

- FACILITATE THE COORDINATION , AT NATIONAL , REGIONAL AND LOCAL LEVELS , OF SERVICES CONCERNED WITH HANDICAPPED PEOPLE , AND TO ENCOURAGE COOPERATION IN THIS RESPECT BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT BODIES ACTIVE IN THE FIELD , INCLUDING ASSOCIATIONS OF HANDICAPPED PEOPLE AND THE SOCIAL PARTNERS ;

- PROMOTE THE PARTICIPATION OF HANDICAPPED PEOPLE , THEIR REPRESENTATIVE ORGANIZATIONS AND , WHERE APPROPRIATE , THEIR FAMILIES IN THE FRAMING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF MEASURES WHICH DIRECTLY AFFECT THEM ;

- ENSURE THAT HANDICAPPED PEOPLE MAY LEAD AS INDEPENDENT A WAY OF LIFE AS POSSIBLE ;

- ENSURE THAT HANDICAPPED PEOPLE DO NOT SHOULDER AN UNFAIR BURDEN OF THE EFFECTS , ON BOTH EMPLOYMENT AND RESOURCES , OF ECONOMIC DIFFICULTIES ;

- PROMOTE MEASURES TO PREPARE HANDICAPPED PEOPLE FOR AN ACTIVE LIFE , IN PARTICULAR BY INTEGRATING THEM IN NORMAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING SYSTEMS WHEREVER POSSIBLE ;

- DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT MEASURES ON THE HOUSING AND MOBILITY OF HANDICAPPED PEOPLE AND IMPROVED ACCESS TO PUBLIC BUILDINGS , TRANSPORT AND OTHER PUBLIC FACILITIES , SO AS TO PROMOTE THE FULLEST POSSIBLE INTEGRATION AND PARTICIPATION OF HANDICAPPED PEOPLE ;

- ENCOURAGE INFORMATION ACTIVITIES DESIGNED TO ENABLE THE PUBLIC TO UNDERSTAND THE CONTRIBUTION IT CAN MAKE TO THE INTEGRATION OF HANDICAPPED PEOPLE , AND THOSE ACTIVITIES DIRECTED AT HANDICAPPED PEOPLE THEMSELVES ;

- PROMOTE THE DEVELOPMENT AND AVAILABILITY OF TECHNICAL AIDS , THE POOLING OF INFORMATION AND EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD AND THE APPLICATION OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES , SO AS TO FACILITATE THE COMMUNICATION , MOBILITY AND EMPLOYMENT OF HANDICAPPED PEOPLE .

II . IN ORDER TO COMPLEMENT AND SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF THE MEMBER STATES , THE COMMISSION IS INVITED , WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE FINANCIAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE UNDER THE SOCIAL FUND , TO SET UP , IN CLOSE COOPERATION WITH THE MEMBER STATES A NETWORK OF SELECTED DEVELOPMENT ACTIONS TO PROMOTE MODEL COORDINATION OF THE ACTIONS UNDERTAKEN , ESPECIALLY AT LOCAL LEVEL . THIS NETWORK WILL BE BASED BROADLY ON THE GUIDELINES SET OUT IN THE COMMISSION COMMUNICATION AND WILL OPERATE FOR FOUR YEARS BEGINNING EARLY IN 1983 .

IN ADDITION , THE COMMISSION IS INVITED TO PURSUE ITS EFFORTS IN PARTICULAR BY :

( A ) FURTHER DEVELOPING EXISTING ACTIVITY AT COMMUNITY LEVEL BASED ON THE NETWORK OF REHABILITATION CENTRES IN ORDER TO PROMOTE AND DISSEMINATE GOOD PRACTICE AND TO RESTRUCTURE THE NETWORK , TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE INSTITUTIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS THAT ARE ESPECIALLY WELL-PLACED TO CARRY OUT THE TASKS OF THE NETWORK , SO THAT ALL SUCH INSTITUTIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS ARE INCLUDED IN THE INFORMATION ISSUED BY THE NETWORK AND CAN BENEFIT FROM THE OUTCOME OF SUCH WORK ;

( B ) CONTINUING TO PROMOTE PILOT PROJECTS ON THE HOUSING OF HANDICAPPED PEOPLE IN ORDER TO IDENTIFY THOSE EXPERIENCES WHICH ARE WORTHY OF COMMUNITY APPLICATION ;

( C ) POOLING THE INFORMATION AND TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE EXISTING NATIONAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS , AND ENSURING AN EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION BETWEEN THE SERVICES INVOLVED IN FRAMING AND IMPLEMENTING THE ABOVE MEASURES , INCLUDING REPRESENTATIVES OF HANDICAPPED PEOPLE .

III . THE COMMISSION IS REQUESTED TO PREPARE BY THE END OF 1984 A PROGRESS REPORT ON MEASURES TAKEN BY THE COMMUNITY AND A FINAL REPORT BY THE END OF 1986 .

( 1 ) OJ NO C 13 , 12 . 2 . 1974 , P . 1 .

( 2 ) OJ NO C 80 , 9 . 7 . 1974 , P . 30 .

( 3 ) SEE PAGE 14 OF THIS OFFICIAL JOURNAL .

( 4 ) RESOLUTION OF 11 MARCH 1981 ON THE ECONOMIC , SOCIAL AND VOCATIONAL INTEGRATION OF DISABLED PEOPLE IN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY ( OJ NO C 77 , 6 . 4 . 1981 , P . 27 ) .

( 5 ) OPINION OF 2 JULY 1981 ON THE SITUATION AND PROBLEMS OF THE HANDICAPPED ( OJ NO C 230 , 10 . 9 . 1981 , P . 38 ) .

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