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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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EDF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING: “OUR STRENGTH IS OUR MEMBERS"

EDF Executive Committee met in Slovenia on 16 and 17 of September, hosted by our Slovenian members, the National Council of Disability Organisations in Slovenia (NSIOS). This meeting gave us an opportunity to discuss the most pressing matters for the disability movement in Europe today and to hear about the specific priorities of our Slovenian members.

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EU TAKES POSITIVE STEPS TO END BOOK FAMINE

EDF welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to implement the Marrakesh Treaty into EU law. It now has to be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council. If there is an agreement, the EU will ratify the Marrakesh Treaty facilitating access to published works for persons with are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled, including persons with autism. EDF calls on the EU to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty without further delay and end the book famine for millions of persons with disabilities who are denied access to published works against their rights enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) that the EU has ratified.

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TIME FOR A NEW DISABILITY RIGHTS AGENDA FOR EUROPE

How has the EU progressed on putting the UN’s recommendations into practice so far? EDF and the Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organised today a Public Hearing to gather the views from organisations of persons with disabilities, civil society, equality bodies, and EU institutions. Representatives from UN agencies, as well as the European Parliament, the European Ombudsman and the Fundamental Rights Agency, as members of the EU Monitoring Framework, also took part.

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