On 21 December 2022, the Minister of Family and Integration, Corinne Cahen, invited the sector advocating for persons with disabilities to present the mid-term evaluation of the measures announced in the National Action Plan for the Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2019-2024.
As coordinator, the Ministry for Family, Integration and the Greater Region commissioned this evaluation report by KPMG Luxembourg.
14 ministries were asked to contribute with an inventory of measures affecting their respective areas of activity. Seven workshops were organised to deepen the evaluators' understanding of the field.
During the presentation, KPMG presented the results of the report. The 13 ministries represented explained their completed or ongoing actions and measures. Corinne Cahen then concluded by presenting the recommendations from the evaluation and explained the next steps until the final evaluation, which will be presented in 2025.
The recommendations include the establishment of a Steering Committee, composed of members of the inter-ministerial committee for the Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the renaming of the "Steering Group" as the "Monitoring Group" and its reinforcement by members of the Supreme Council for Persons with Disabilities (CSPH), the Centre for Equal Treatment (CET) and the Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), the introduction of a dashboard that will enable progressive monitoring of actions by ministry and theme and rapid intervention where necessary, and the definition and development of appropriate performance indicators.
"The implementation of the KPMG recommendations implies a whole series of new tasks for our ministry, which assumes the role of coordinator for the implementation of the CRDPH in Luxembourg. I am particularly pleased that the Council of Government has given the green light to the request for new posts that will strengthen the existing team. In this way, we will be well positioned to advance the implementation of the NAP," says Corinne Cahen, Minister for Family and Integration.
The Second National Action Plan 2019-2024
In its coalition agreement, the government committed to developing a second national action plan for the implementation of the CRDPH for the period from 2019 to 2024.
This action plan includes 29 priorities, 55 goals and 97 concrete actions, which the responsible ministries have committed to implement.
In order to ensure that the topics covered in the second national plan coincide with the issues perceived as most urgent by people with disabilities in Luxembourg, the selection of the issues was made by the the High Council for People with Disabilities (Conseil supérieur des personnes handicapées (CSPH)) together with the Steering Group “Action Plan”. These two advisory bodies are composed of a majority of people with disabilities and representatives of associations of and for people with disabilities.
Eight topics were identified as priorities:
1. Awareness raising (Art. 8 CRPD)
2. Recognition of legal personality on equal terms (Article 12 CRPD)
3. Independent living and inclusion in society (Article 19 CRPD)
4. Freedom of opinion and expression and access to information (Article 21 CRPD)
5. Education (Article 24 CRPD)
6. Health (Article 25 CRPD)
7. Labour and employment (Article 27 CRDPH)
8. Participation in political and public life (Article 29 CRPD)
The Ministry of Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region in close consultation with other ministries, associations, various stakeholders, the SCMR and the Steering Group, developed the plan. Now, each ministry is responsible for the implementation of the different measures included in the Action Plan that fall within its remit.
For each of the 97 concrete actions, an indicator and a deadline are given.
The indicators and deadlines have enabled the external evaluator to carry out a first mid-term evaluation in 2022. The final evaluation will take place in 2025.
Read the full report on the "Mid-term evaluation of the measures announced in the National Action Plan for the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2019-2024" here.
More information on the first and second National Action Plans to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities here.
Press release by the Ministry of Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region