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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 the only European platform run by persons with disabilities and their families. We are the front runner for disability rights. We are the voice of persons with disabilities in Europe.


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THE DISABILITY INTERGROUP ELECTED ITS NEW BUREAU

Strasbourg, 15 January 2015 | The Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament held this morning its first meeting after its re-establishment. During the meeting, the whole Bureau of the Disability Intergroup was elected, and now it consists of 4 co-presidents and 8 vice-presidents. This new structure will allow a better and broader consensus through which the Disability Intergroup can effectively promote the rights of persons with disabilities inside the European Parliament and in Europe.

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HAPPY INCLUSIVE & ACCESSIBLE 2015

In 2014, the European Union has crossed a critical year for the future of all Europeans, including persons with disabilities. The renewal of the EU institutions mainly the European Parliament, European Commission and the leadership of the Council has brought to us a new political environment. The European Union leaders and institutions finally realized that there is no future for the EU without the inclusion of all its citizens; the increase of abstention in EU elections and the growing Euroscepticism is the proof. Moreover, 2014 has become a year to understand the human rights’ crisis for persons with disabilities as a major impact of the global financial crisis.

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EDF WELCOMES THE RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT DISABILITY INTERGROUP

Brussels, 12 December 2014 | EDF welcomes the decision of the Conference of Presidents to re-establish the Disability intergroup for another legislature. Alive since 1979, the Disability Intergroup is one of most consensual and largest intergroups in the European Parliament with consistent cross-party support of around 100 Members. It is the only body which focuses on disability and allows for a regular dialogue with persons with disabilities and their representative organisations.

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