The Acting Minister of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare, María Luisa Carcedo, has moved the importance of promoting the Draft Law that reforms civil and procedural legislation so that people with disabilities "retain, in general, their ability to take decisions by themselves ", with specific support such as technical assistance for communication.

The minister, who has participated in the opening ceremony of the Assembly of Representatives of the Spanish Committee of Representatives of People with Disabilities (CERMI) 2019, has indicated that it is "a true Copernican turn" in the recognition of the legal personality that recognizes article 12 of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The preliminary draft lays the foundations for the change of the current system in our legislation by another based on respect for the will and preferences of people with disabilities who, as a general rule, will be responsible for making their own decisions.

"It's a really revolutionary change," said Maria Luisa Carcedo. "It reverses the legal inheritance we receive from Roman law, where the institutions of guardianship and curatorship prevail in these situations," he said.

"That is why it is so important that it can be approved in the next legislature and, therefore, from our Ministry we will promote their recovery," said the minister. "And in this momentum, the work of the associative fabric of disability organized around CERMI is essential".

The minister recalled some of the achievements in terms of disability that have been achieved at the legislative level in recent months. Among others, the reform of the electoral law to return the right of suffrage to the almost 100,000 people who were deprived of it due to disability. Also, the declaration of May 3 as national day in Spain of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Likewise, the work carried out by the government to reform article 49 of the Constitution with the aim of updating the terminology and adapting it to the language of the Convention and strengthening the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities.

On the other hand, the minister thanked "the good reception" that the Third Sector has expressed for the advancement of the call for subsidies for the realization of activities of general interest related to the call of the IRPF for this year 2019, "thus guaranteeing the management of social projects that will be implemented in 2020. "

"This advance has been due to the need to ensure the publication of the call and the deadlines for management in 2019, so as not to jeopardize hundreds of social projects to be carried out next year by state social action entities," said María Luisa Carcedo

The minister has indicated "the importance of approving, as soon as possible" the regulation regarding Additional Provision 103 of the General Budget Law of the State of 2018, which provides for the possibility of allocating 0.7% of the full amount of Corporation Tax. to the subsidy of activities of general interest considered of social interest ".

Finally, the minister has transmitted "a message of tranquility" to CERMI and the entities it brings together in relation to the nominative grants managed by the General Directorate for Disability Policies. "We are working on the drafting of a Royal Decree that will unlock the processing of these aids for the economic and financial support of your entities."

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