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  • Does everyone in Europe have the right to vote?

    10.10.2017 Millions of Europeans with disabilities are excluded from this fundamental right The right to political participation and the right to vote are fundamental rights for all citizens. They are at the heart of democracy and citizenship. they are also rights enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) that the European Union (EU) and all its Member States (except Ireland) have ratified, meaning they are obliged to make it happen for all their citizens with disabilities. In reality, however, millions of people with disabilities in Europe are...
    Krzysztof Pater presented the work made so far on the EESC report on the right to vote
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  • How can accessibility become a reality for all people in Europe?

    08.10.2017 The European Accessibility Act can make a difference Over 100 people took part in the European conference 'The European Accessibility Act – Making full accessibility reality'. The conference took place on 6-7 October 2017 in Estonia hosted by the Estonian Chamber of Disabled People as part of the Estonian Presidency of the European Union (EU). Persons with disabilities from across Europe and from various local communities in Estonia, representatives of the Estonian government, EU policy makers and the industry were brought together to discuss the content of European Accessibility Act and...
    Participants of the conference on the Accessibility Act
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  • People in Europe and around the globe call on world leaders to act on Sustainable Development

    25.09.2017 On the 2nd anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), thousands of citizens in more than 109 countries around the world, including in Europe, raised their voices to seek accountability from the world leaders on their commitment made on Agenda 2030 and demanded to #ACT4SDGs. Through the We the People ACT4SDGs campaign, thousands of campaigners and ordinary citizens have come together around the anniversary in more than 886 events from Manila and Buenos Aires to Brussels, Mexico City and Nairobi, to create awareness on the SDGs, highlight local realities, and hold governments...
    EDF members holding banner with the 17 SDGs
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  • SDGs: European countries participating in the High Level Political Forum next year

    18.09.2017 The final list of countries presenting at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development next summer is now available. 48 countries have volunteered to present their national review at the United Nations, to showcase national progress towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In Europe, 15 countries will be conducting this exercise. They are: Albania Andorra Armenia Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Latvia Lithuania Malta Poland Romania Slovakia Spain Switzerland EDF will support its members to engage in national advocacy, in collaboration...
    17 Sustainable Development Goals
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  • European Parliament crucial vote on Accessibility Act

    14.09.2017 Several improvements - what is still missing? The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted today in plenary session on the proposed amendments to the Accessibility Act. The Parliament adopted its final position before starting the negotiations with the Council. EDF and its members had campaigned to convince the MEPs to listen to the voices of their citizens and adopt an ambitious Accessibility Act. We will take the time to examine the amendments and the final text and come back with a thorough analysis. In the meantime, this is a short update on the five top priorities we campaigned...
    The European Parliament in Strasbourg
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  • European Parliament, don’t miss the opportunity for a meaningful Accessibility Act!

    12.09.2017 MEPs, vote for strong amendments in Thursday’s plenary! Last week, the Political Groups of the European Parliament tabled amendments on the proposal of the European Accessibility Act. We strongly campaigned for our five priorities to be reflected in these amendments and all the amendments we proposed were indeed tabled. This Thursday, 14 September, the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will vote on the proposed amendments on the Accessibility Act. The vote will take place during the plenary session in the European Parliament in Strasbourg . This is a crucial moment in our battle...
    Flag saying 'No barriers'
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  • International Youth Day 2017: Voices of young people with disabilities

    12.08.2017 Young people with disabilities living in Europe still face various barriers to study, get a job, live independently, travel, have relationships etc. Lack of accessibility, insufficient support services, stigma and discrimination persist in today’s Europe and prevents them from enjoying their rights and having equal opportunities.  Access to education and employment is even more difficult or impossible for young persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities, those coming from migrant or minority families or those living in institutions.    On the International Youth Day 2017, we are...
    The EDF Youth Committee
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  • EDF brought a European perspective to the High Level Political Forum in New York

    20.07.2017 On Thursday 13 July 2017, EDF Board Member Thorkild Olesen spoke at our side-event during the High Level Political Forum in New York, along with disability activists Judith Umoh (Nigeria), Jose Maria Viera (Argentina) and Eeva Tupi (Finland). The side-event was entitled "Sharing national experiences of persons with disabilities regarding multiple & cross-cutting discrimination as core issues contributing to poverty". It was organised by the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities for Sustainable Development, in collaboration with EDF, the Disabled People's Organisation Denmark (...
    Discussion between presenters at the side event
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  • So what happened at the High Level Political Forum in New York?

    20.07.2017 The 2017 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) took place from 10 -19 July 2017, at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York. The meeting was organised under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The HLPF was established to bring together governments, civil society, and business to monitor, review and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting, this year, focused on the theme of “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world" with a specific focus on seven of the 17 goals: Goal 1. End...
    The HLPF ministerial declaration with five references to persons with disabilities being adopted
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  • EDF & Commissioner Crețu share commitment to use EU Funds to build an inclusive & accessible Europe

    18.07.2017 EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, met today the Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Crețu. During the meeting the following issues were discussed: the use of the European Union (EU) Funds for accessibility and non-discrimination, partnership with organisations of persons with disabilities and the future of EU budget and Cohesion Policy. Commissioner Crețu emphasised the importance of Cohesion Policy, aiming at reducing disparities among EU Member States, in bridging the gap between the EU and its people. “The interests of the 80 million Europeans with disabilities are very important...
    Commissioner Cretu shaking hands with EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis
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