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  • European Disability Forum: request for international sign and live captioning during Eurovision Candidates Debate

    09.04.2019 Letter sent to European Parliament Services: Dear Mr. Duch Guillot, Dear Mr. Mangold, I write to you on behalf of the European Disability Forum, an umbrella organisation of persons with disabilities that defends the interests of over 80 million Europeans with disabilities. We were informed by the European Broadcasting Union that the European Parliament is in charge of the logistics of the Eurovision Candidates debate, which will take place the 15 May. This is why we address you a formal request to provide interpretation in international sign during the aforementioned debate. We also...
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  • Accessibility Act adopted by Council of the EU

    09.04.2019 Today, the Council of the EU adopted the final text of the European Accessibility Act, marking almost the last step along the way until the Act becomes reality. Now only the publication in the Official Journal of the EU is still missing to seal the legislative procedure and make the Accessibility Act officially public. You can read more in the Council's official press release. We will soon publish our detailed analysis of the content of the Act. But for now we would like to thank all members for participating in the strong campaign for the adoption of the Act over the last years. It was a...
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  • Voter of Europe - Danny Canal - " I rarely see things available in sign language"

    08.04.2019 ""I come from a very political family, we discuss politics a lot. Normally I could vote first time when I was 18, but the government of Germany decides to held a new election at 18th September 2005 and I become 18 in January, so I vote first time in September 2009 with age of 21 (federal and national election together). However, I rarely see things available in sign language. To decide, I can often only rely on written information. This is not fair. For example, political events are largely useless to me as they often do not have sign language interpretation. Another challenge is voting...
    Danny Canal
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  • Stronger Accessibility Provisions Incorporated in the Revised Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)

    03.04.2019 On 13 March 2019, the final text of the revised proposal for a regulation establishing the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) was agreed on by the decision-makers and we are happy to see that the revised text of the CEF reflects most of EDF’s proposed amendments. CEF is the financial instrument that supports transport infrastructure projects across Europe by means of co-funding. It complements the Regulation establishing guidelines for the trans-European transport network (TEN-T), which aims to modernise and improve infrastructure for all transport modes in Europe. Therefore, both TEN-T and...
    Map of Europe with TEN-T network corridors
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  • Voter of Europe Lars Bosselman - "Not so secret ballots"

    01.04.2019 “I have voted for 20 years: 5 years in Germany and now 15 (so far) in Belgium. I missed what should be have been my first elections: they were 16 days before my 18th birthday. Something many people don’t realise is that secret ballots are not so secret when blind people vote. For example, the polling station in which I vote has electronic machines so I always need to have an assistant voting for me. The assistant is an official from the polling station, so they will know who I voted for. I hope that they change the electronic machines, and all the polling stations, to be accessible. It is...
    Lars Bosselmann
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  • EU Disability Parking Card: more cooperation needed

    01.04.2019 On the 26 March, the Disability Intergroup held a meeting on the EU Disability Parking Card which brought together policymakers, persons with disabilities and authorities responsible for implementing it. The Disability Parking Card is one of the most visible EU initiatives for persons with disabilities, and it is also one of the oldest ones. It was created in 1998. Taking the form of a recommendation, it is not binding and provides only for minimal harmonisation, mostly concerning the design. The conference focused on three main points: The different ways in which the Card is issued Who...
    Participants in the event
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  • And the EDF Youth Employer 2019 is...

    28.03.2019 On Saturday the 23 March in Bucharest, during a seminar on employment organised by EDF’s Youth Committee, the three finalists of EDF’s Youth Employer Contest came to present their good practice and battle it out for the top prize. The three shortlisted candidates were Dafür Unternehmens- und Personalberatung (For Corporate and Personnel Consulting), from Austria, EasyPay AD – Money Transfers and Payment Services, from Bulgaria, and Lippischer Kombi-Service, from Germany.  The first prize in EDF’s Youth Employer Contest 2019 went to Lippischer Kombi Service (LKS) from Germany, presented by...
    Edf Youth Committee and representatives of the employers
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  • Conclusions of EDF Board Meeting March 2019

    27.03.2019 The Board meeting of EDF took place on the 22 and 23 March in Bucharest, Romania. The board meeting was preceded by the workshop “Your Rights in the EU” attended by over 85 Romanian disability advocates. The meeting was also preceded by a conference on youth (un)employment. The conference included the EDF Youth Employer Award 2019. The first prize was given to Lippisher Kombi Service, the second prize to EasyPay AD, and the third prize was given to Dafür Unternehmens- und Personalberatung. Main outcomes include: European Accessibility legislation: EDF will support members with the...
    EDF Board
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  • European equality legislation: people falling through the gaps

    27.03.2019 EU discrimination law doesn’t account for cases of multiple discrimination. EU law falls very short of protecting Europeans that suffer multiple forms of discrimination, such has children and older persons with disabilities, or persons with disabilities that are LGBTI+ or part of ethnic minorities. This is the conclusion of EDF’s third European Human Rights report, which analyses how European countries are guaranteeing the rights of persons with disabilities. The report concludes that while, most EU countries do have laws to protect from discrimination these laws are either not well applied...
    Cover of the Human Rights report
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  • Future of technology : ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI

    26.03.2019 EDF submitted a written feedback on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) High Level Group - Draft Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI. Some of the main points we raise are to truly embrace human diversity when developing AI solutions, always incorporate accessibility, and involve persons with disabilities meaningfully and from the outset. Additionally, we also point out the fact that procurement of AI must also be tackled in this document. The importance of Artificial Intelligence Artificial intelligence, sometimes called machine intelligence, is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in...
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