20 years European Disability Forum

Nothing about us without us - Visibility of disability everywhere

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the European Disability Forum (EDF). Founded in 1997, EDF has grown into a European disability movement with representation in all European Union (EU) Member States and beyond. EDF has been supporting persons with disabilities and their representative organisations to come together and speak with one voice. Together with our members and partners, we are fighting for a more inclusive society with equal opportunities for everyone.
 
EDF 20th anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate the advances of the last two decades on disability rights. Indeed, we have seen the adoption of many EU laws and policies that protect, promote and ensure the rights of persons with disabilities in areas such as passengers’ rights, structural funds, employment, web accessibility etc. The EU's ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) in 2010 provided us with a strong legal framework to advocate for inclusion, accessibility, freedom of movement, independent living, active participation and other fundamental rights and freedoms. We are looking forward to continuing working with our members and partners for an inclusive Europe where all human rights are protected and people with disabilities are included in society without discrimination.
 
EDF has collected photos of important moments of its 20-year history and presents them below in a ‘digital exhibition’
 

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1997 Demonstration for the integration of a disability reference in the Treaty of Amsterdam, 1997 Demonstration in favor of the right to core funding for social NGOs - the 'Red Card Campaign', 1998 European Day of Persons with Disabilities, 1999 EDF Annual General Assembly in Brussels, 1999 EDF President Johan Wesemann, 2000 Meeting with President of France, Jacques Chirac, at Élysée Palace in Paris, 2002 EDF and its Spanish members visit to the Queen of Spain, 2003 2nd European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities in Brussels, 2005 EDF Annual General Assembly in Barcelona, 2006 EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, with European Parliament President, Josef Borell, 2007 'One million for disability'campaign for the 10th anniversary of EDF, 2007 Ministerial meeting in Berlin on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 2008 Paris demonstration on the rights of persons with disabilities, 2009 Commissioner for transport, Antonio Tajani, with EDF Vice President, Erszébet Földesi, during a conference on transport, 2009 European Day of Persons with Disabilities in Brussels, 2009 Disability activist and one of the leaders of the European Network on Independent Living, Martin Naughton, together with the European Parliament President, Jerzy Buzek, and other participants of the 'Freedom Drive' event in Strasbourg, 2009 International Disability Alliance meeting in Athens, 2010 MEPs Richard Howitt and Adam Kosa with EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis during an event of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament, 2010 Meeting of EDF with the European Parliament President, Jerzy Buzek, 2010 Meeting of EDF delegation with the European Council President, Herman Van Rompuy, 2010 Ministerial conference on integration in Zaragoza, 2010 EDF Women's Committee , 2011 EDF meeting with the European Commissioner for Transport, Siim Kallas, 2011 EDF meeting with the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, 2011 EDF meeting with the European Commission Vice President, Viviane Reding, 2011 EDF Executive Committee with the Presidents of the European Commission (José Manuel Barroso), the European Parliament (Jerzy Buzek) and the Council (Herman Van Rompuy), during the 'State of the Union' event in Brussels, 2012 3rd European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities in Brussels, 2012 Demonstration for the rights of persons with disabilities in Madrid, 2012 EDF staff promoting the 'Freedom of Movement' campaign outside the European Parliament in Brussels, 2012 Hearing on Violence against Women with Disabilities , 2012 EDF meeting with the Directors General of the European Commission, 2012 Work Forum on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in Brussels, 2013 EDF Board after their election by EDF Annual General Assembly in Athens, 2013 Demonstration on the rights of persons with disabilities in Athens, 2013 High Level Meeting on Disability and Development in New York, 2013 EDF at the meeting of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, 2013 EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, with the Presidents of the European Parliament's Political Groups, 2013 Final conference of Musawa Project aiming to strengthen the cooperation of EU & Arab organisations of persons with disabilities - Madrid, 2014 Peter Lambrechts, EDF Board member and Senior Officer of the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) during ENIL's 'Walk of Shame' march in Brussels, 2015 EDF delegation with the European Commissioner of Employment and Social Affairs, Marianne Thyssen, 2015 EDF meeting with the European Commissioner of International cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, 2015 EDF Annual General Assembly in Warsaw, 2015 EDF delegation during the EU review by the UN Committee in Geneva, 2015 The bureau of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament after its election, 2015 The Access City Awards ceremony during the European Days of Persons with Disabilities, 2015 High level meeting of the EU monitoring Framework on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 2015 EDF Youth Committee with EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, 2016 European Economic and Social Committee hearing on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 2016 Meeting of EDF and the International Disability and Development Consortium with the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Christos Stylianides, 2016 EDF meeting with the European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, 2016 EDF meeting with the leaders of the European Parliament's Political Groups, 2016 EDF exchange week with the Pasific, Asean and African regional networks, 2017 EDF Executive Committee with the bureau of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament, 2017 Demonstration outside the European Parliament in Brussels calling for a strong European Accessibility Act, 2017 EDF and Human Rights Watch event on refugees with disabilities , 2017 EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, with the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, 2017 EDF Board after its election by the EDF Annual General Assembly
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