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Evaluation of Federal Government and Länder coalition agreements: Central concerns of the UN CRPD

Are the rights of persons with disabilities taken into account in the coalition agreements of the Federal and Länder Governments? Is addressing the key concerns of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities part of their declared aim? The table below compares the coalition agreements with respect to whether they contain steps towards the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities in certain key areas (solely in regards to the text documents, not the disability policies as a whole).

(January 2018)

Federal Government/Land

(relevant period)

Action plan

Does the agreement formulate the intention to draw up, implement, improve or evaluate action plans for UN CRPD implementation?


Does it declare the aim of achieving inclusion in the three areas of housing (1), education and employment?


Does it declare the aim of achieving accessibility in public transport? (2)

Review of laws

Does it formulate the intention to examine legal provisions in more than one sector with respect to UN CRPD compatibility (review of laws)?
Federal level (2017-2021) yes no yes no (3)
Baden-Württemberg (2016-2021) yes no yes no
Bavaria (2013-2018) no no no no
Berlin (2016-2021) yes no no no
Brandenburg (2014-2019) no no no no
Bremen (2015-2019) yes yes no no
Hamburg (2015-2019) yes yes yes no
Hesse (2014-2019) yes no no no
Lower Saxony (2017-2022) yes no yes no (4)
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (2016-2021) yes no no no
North Rhine-Westphalia (2017-2022) no no no no
Rhineland-Palatinate (2016-2021) yes yes yes yes
Saarland (2017-2022) no no yes no
Saxony (2014-2019) yes no no yes
Saxony-Anhalt (2016-2021) yes no yes no
Schlewsig-Holstein (2017-2022) yes no no no
Thuringia (2014-2019) yes yes yes no

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1: The following were taken as indicators for the achievement of inclusion in the housing area: (i) assistance for self determination and need-based support services (incl. "personal budget", "individual assistance"); (ii) support of forms of inclusive housing and implementation of the principle of favouring community-based services over provision of services in institutions; (iii) measures aimed at urban planning for inclusive cities and communities.
In order to qualify for a positive evaluation, the coalition agreement must satisfy the criteria represented by at least two of the three indicators.

2: The following were used as indicators to establish accessibility in local public transport: 1. ensuring accessibility of stops and stations and vehicles as well as barrier-free access to information (tickets, timetables, etc.); 2. a clear commitment to ensuring unlimited accessibility in local public transport ("comprehensive", "full" accessibility of local public transport or similar terminology); 3. the implementation of accessibility according to the requirements of the Public Transport Act ("full accessibility" of local public transport by 01.01.2022, Article 8(3)). At least one of the three indicators must be satisfied for a positive assessment to be made.

3: The decision to continue standards testing in future legislation is not expressly noticeable. However, a reform of electoral rights to abolish the exclusion from electoral rights of people supported by comprehensive care and of laws on legal guardianship in order to strengthen self-determination of those affected has been announced.

4: The decision to continue standards testing in future legislation is not expressly noticeable. However, the amendment of laws to satisfy the requirements of the CRPD has been announced in the laws on Landtag elections.