Copenhagen, 27 May 2012 /// The 15th annual general assembly of the European Disability Forum (EDF) brought the whole disability movement in Copenhagen. Among all the crucial topics, the 170 participants focused on how to make sure that the EU will deliver results on the disability strategy 2010-2020. Besides, more than ever, austerity measures are now causing alarming situations for people with disabilities in Europe. The disability movement adopted a strong resolution on the human rights way out of the crisis: five weeks before the EU summit focusing on growth. The objective of the resolution is to ensure the EU decision makers will include 80 million persons with disabilities in the growth strategy.
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The crisis is hitting persons with disabilities really hard in Europe. Furthermore, austerity measures have even degraded a situation already precarious. The general assembly adopted a strong resolution on the human rights way out of the crisis five weeks before the EU summit focusing on growth. The objective of the EDF resolution is to make sure the EU decision makers will include persons with disabilities in the growth strategy. EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis said “Growth cannot be achieved without the participation of 80 million persons with disabilities: the measures that will be adopted at the EU summit have to be really ambitious and inclusive.”
Important provisions of the resolution are focusing on the crucial issues which will be addressed in the EU June Summit. EDF wants the EU decision makers to lay down the foundations of a new deal for Europe, promoting sustainable growth for all, to use accessibility driver for innovation in the design of ICT devices and services for full implementation of the Digital Agenda for Europe. It is also essential to develop and modernise accessible infrastructures.
EDF also vows to use structural funds to support the fundamental rights of persons with disabilities, including through maintaining the ex-ante conditionalities. The resolution also highlights how employment will be boosted through the development of sustainable services promoting independent living for all persons with disabilities as well as life in the community.