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TOGETHER FOR INCLUSION: THE EUROPEAN LOTTERIES AND THE DISABILITY MOVEMENT LAUNCH JOINT WEBSITE ON BEST PRACTICES

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30 May 2012 /// The European Lotteries and the European Disability Forum announce the launch of their website on best practices on how national lotteries throughout Europe can contribute to improve the lives of 80 million European citizens with disabilities.
 

The website ‘For Inclusion’ http://www.forinclusion.org– collects the best practices throughout Europe, identified jointly by members of The European Lotteries (EL) and the European Disability Forum (EDF). The website meets high accessibility criteria by being designed to be compliant with the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. The site will be continuously updated as EL and EDF members in the Member States of the EU will input further best practices.

 
The website was developed jointly by EL and EDF members during a meeting at the premises of EL member, La Française des Jeux, and is part of the cooperation agreed by both organisations in 2011.
 
 
EL and EDF encourage cooperation between national lotteries in Europe and the national councils of persons with disabilities to work together at national level and take concrete actions in these fields. Over the past year, members of EL and EDF have held meetings at national level, working together to see how the respective lottery can contribute to the full inclusion of disabled people in society. The results of their work will be presented on the ‘For Inclusion’ website.
 
 
The aim of the partnership between EL and EDF is to:

-contribute to the employment of persons with disabilities

-support the full integration of persons with disabilities in the society

-exchange best practices from all over Europe

-raise awareness about disability issues.

 
According to Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability Forum: “It is crucial to work on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the society through employment and accessibility. Full integration is not only something we want, it is also the essence of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities concluded by the EU. We think that national lotteries have an important role to play here. This website on best practices is therefore a welcome tool for our members to work together and explore how they can contribute and benefit further.”
 
 
Christophe Blanchard-Dignac, EL First Vice-President said: “The members The European Lotteries operate for the benefit of society and are committed to the fundamental values of solidarity. EL’s cooperation with the representative organisation of disabled persons shows our willingness to help society progress further towards the full inclusion of disabled persons, in particular during a time of economic crisis and demographic evolution that will make this challenge even more important. Our joint website marks an important first step in this process. ”
 
 
 
> CONTACTS
 

- Contact EDF: Lila Sylviti | EDF Communication Officer| M +32 485 64 39 93 | lila.sylviti@edf-feph.org
 
- Contact EL: Jutta Buyse |EL Acting General Delegate| M +32 476 896 376 | jutta.buyse@european-lotteries.eu
 
 
 
> BACKGROUND 
 
 
The members of The European Lotteries (EL) share a common objective: operating games of chance for the public benefit. The European Disability Forum (EDF) federates the organisation of persons with disabilities in every Member States of the EU. Their partnership is based on the important benefits national lotteries are able to offer to improve the lives of persons with disabilities in Europe.
 
There are 80 million persons with disabilities in the European Union, which represent 16% of the population. Persons with disabilities are still discriminated: for example, although 69% of all Europeans have a job, only 29% of Europeans with disabilities are employed.
 
 
The European Lotteries (EL) is the European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit. EL has members from 43 European countries including all 27 EU Member States. The association’s members contribute more than 20 billion EUR p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture, social projects, research and other causes of general interest. Unlike many commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the respective national government.

 
The European Disability Forum (EDF) is the European umbrella organisation representing the interests of 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe. The mission of EDF is to ensure disabled people’s full access to fundamental and human rights through their active involvement in policy development and implementation in Europe. EDF is a member of the Social Platform and works closely to the European institutions, the Council of Europe and the United Nations.


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