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The European Disability Forum

The European Disability Forum is an independent NGO that represents the interests of 80 million Europeans with disabilities. EDF is a unique platform which brings together representative organisation of persons with disabilities from across Europe. EDF is run by persons with disabilities and their families. We are a front runner for disability rights. We are a strong, united voice of persons with disabilities in Europe.


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INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY 2016: WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES FOR YOUNG PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN EUROPE?

12 August 2016 | Young disabled people have fewer chances than non-disabled youth to enter and progress within higher education. Their employment rate tends to be much lower as well and they are over-exposed to unemployment and to exclusion from the labour market being at risk of poverty. To mark the International Youth Day, EDF asked Ovidiu Tuduruta, Chair of EDF’s Youth Committee, and Mathieu Chatelin, member of the Committee, to share their views on today’s challenges for young persons with disabilities in Europe and how they can be tackled.

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EU AND UNICEF WIDEN PARTNERSHIP TO BETTER PROTECT CHILD RIGHTS IN SOUTH-EAST EUROPE

4 August 2016 | The European Union (EU) and UNICEF have broadened an important regional partnership that aims to protect children from violence and better include children with disabilities into society. Since 2011, UNICEF and the EU have been working together with countries currently in the process of joining the EU, such as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Turkey. This partnership is now expanding to include Kosovo*, Montenegro, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. As of this year, the European Disability Forum (EDF) has joined the partnership.

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EDF’S INITIAL RESPONSE TO THE EUROPEAN PILLAR OF SOCIAL RIGHTS

In March 2016, the European Commission published the first outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights (the Social Pillar). This is a reference framework to screen the employment and social performance of participating Member States. The text was accompanied by the opening of the consultation for inputs from stakeholders, including citizens, organisations and public authorities. EDF has prepared an initial response as a basis to have an open dialogue with its members and partners.

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