Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

July 2007


2007 has been declared the “European Year of Equal Opportunities for All”. This Paper focuses on a specific segment of equality namely social exclusion of disabled people and their chances on the labour market. The first part of the Paper defines social inclusion and presents five different models of disability. The second part studies the human rights documents addressing disability. The third part looks at the evolution of the European Union’s disability agenda. It traces how the Community has gained competences in the social field from the Treaty of Rome up till now and how the issue of disability has been perceived during this period. The fourth part examines to what extent EU objectives have been implemented in Hungary. First it gives a brief historical overview and examines how the transition from the socialist to the EU era influenced the concept of social inclusion and disability. Later on concerning acts and other regulations fighting discrimination on the ground of disability are studied, information and insight is provided into current policy measures. The final part offers concluding remarks. The Paper’s objective is to point out the measures available to equalize opportunities for people with disabilities at the workplace and to assess the effectiveness of [the]current legal framework, the main question being: how inclusive is the Hungarian labour market.