European Disability Expertise (EDE)

The European Disability Expertise (EDE) started in July 2020, to succeed the former European network of academic experts in the field of disability (ANED) which started their work in December 2007 until May 2019.


The aim of the European Disability Expertise is to collect, analyse and provide independent and scientific data and information relating to national policies and legislations, their link with EU level as well as information about the situation of persons with disabilities.

This research and information on disability policies and the situation of persons with disabilities will also take in account the elements of the legal and policy instruments like the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the one hand, and on the other hand EU legislation, the Europe 2020, the European Pillar of Social Rights and the European Disability Strategy.


This project will build upon the expertise of existing disability research centres, supported by national experts, thematic rapporteurs, and links to relevant networks in the disability policy field.

The project is managed by Human European Consultancy and has assigned senior experts for specific tasks, to guide and support the work performed by the 30 country experts, and compile based on the work done by the countries and their own research, a synthesis report. The assigned senior experts are supported by other experienced experts for reviewing and quality control, depending on the theme and knowledge of experts.


The project will present cross-cutting research, and collect, analyse and provide independent data, information and analyses on the situation of persons with disabilities by a) statistics and data reports related to the Europe 2020 strategy and agreed policy topics, b) national reports and synthesis reports on the European Semester process, and agreed topics. For this first period the focus will be on COVID-19 and the new and emerging technologies, c) a report on updating the annotated review of EU law and policy instrument and providing the analysis of provisions that are relevant from a disability perspective.

All national/country and synthesis reports will be uploaded on the dedicated section of the website. See below.


A final conference will be organised in November/December 2021. A one-day conference, preferably physically in Brussels, but due to the current pandemic, a discussion will take place if it should be a physical meeting or a virtual event.

The aim of this conference is to share the results of the work and raise awareness of the deliverables.


A new website section on the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Persons with Disabilities will be developed, and dedicated to the work of the European Disability Expertise. Expected launch is June/July 2021.


The current Disability Online Tool of the Commission (DOTCOM) is constructed as a large database of information about national laws, policies, strategies and initiatives in the Member States of the European Union and other candidate/associated countries. The focus for the European Disability Expertise’ DOTCOM tool will be on the 27 EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Serbia, and includes the UN and EU level.

DOTCOM will also be developed and be part of the new section to be built in the DG EMPL website, Persons with disabilities. Currently, we are working on the development of the new website and DOTCOM.



European Disability Expertise (July 2020 – ongoing)

European Commission – DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion (EMPL)

Human European Consultancy

European Union Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Serbia

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