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  • Common Provisions Regulation: encouraging steps towards disability-friendly EU funds

    19.12.2019 We welcome the agreement on parts of the text of a regulation that will apply to a number of key EU funds post-2021 (the Common Provisions Regulation 2021-2017), as it includes crucial articles to advance the rights of persons with disabilities. While the agreement is only partial and provisional, it is encouraging to see clear wording on provisions regarding accessibility, non-discrimination and divestment from institutional care (to name but a few). If the wording remains in the final text, it will be a powerful tool to reduce the misuse of funds and assist Member States in implementing the...
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  • Members of the European Parliament call for clear and fast commitment to new European Disability Strategy

    18.12.2019 Several Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) called on the Commission to announce its commitment to a new European Disability Strategy as soon as possible, during a debate on the topic during the European Parliament’s Plenary session of 17 December. The debate, which resulted from an oral question put to the Commission by MEPs Rosa Estaràs Ferragut, Cindy Franssen, Ádám Kósa and Stelios Kympouropoulos,  will be followed up by an European Parliament’s resolution on the disability strategy in February. Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli provided the opening and closing statements for...
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  • Did EU know? Access to EU laws

    18.12.2019 Following up on our article on finding Council documents online we will come back to the issue of finding EU legal texts and related information online. There is indeed a huge amount of information publicly available but, as usual, it is not easy to know where to start and how to filter out the more useful pieces of information. May we introduce. EUR-Lex, the EU's main database to access the texts and complementary information of EU law. On the EUR-Lex website you can, for example: Read the text of any EU law in all official EU langauges (note that for texts that have been adopted prior to...
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  • Did EU know? EU Ombudsman

    18.12.2019 The EU Ombudsman is very important to EDF and to the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in the European Union. The treaty on the Functioning of the EU- article 228, describes the institution of the EU Ombudsman and you can find every detail of the Ombudsman’s work on the website- which has been made accessible in recent years. The website describes in detail what the Ombudsman can do, and how a person can make a complaint: ‘The European Ombudsman investigates complaints from individuals, businesses and organisations about maladministration by the institutions, bodies and...
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  • Debate: European Parliament debates the Disability Strategy post 2020

    16.12.2019 Tomorrow, 17 December at 15 hours (Brussels time), the European Parliament will debate the EU Disability Strategy post 2020. The discussion can be followed through the livestream of the plenary. You can read here a parliamentary question on the subject
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  • Open letter: An inclusive Green Deal must include accessible environments

    13.12.2019 To: Frans Timmermans Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal European Commission Climate Change is an existential threat to everyone and even more so for persons with disabilities. Therefore, we are happy that the European Commission is proposing an EU Green Deal, which also acknowledges the social dimension of sustainability. We are however concerned that the EU Green Deal will not sufficiently ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities, especially in terms of accessibility of buildings and transport as well as of all urban mobility related areas such as public spaces....
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  • Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli meets with European Disability Forum

    13.12.2019 On Thursday, the 12 December, representatives of the European Disability Forum met with Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli. Commissioner Dalli took office at the beginning of December.   Our delegation stressed the importance to achieve equal rights for persons with disabilities across the world, including over 100 million persons with disabilities living in the EU. We briefed the Commissioner on the priorities of the disability movement, including: Moving the European Commission’s focal point on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the Secretariat-General...
    Yannis Vardakastanis shakes hands with Hellena Dalli
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  • Report: Shaping the EU agenda for disability rights 2020-2030

    13.12.2019 Terms and acronyms DG - Directorate General EC - European Commission Council - European Council EP - European Parliament CRPD - Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has issued an opinion on the 2020-2030 Disability Strategy. An ‘opinion’ is a consultative report from the EESC to EU institutions. This one was authored by our president Ioannis Vardakastanis. The main points can be summarized as follows: Set up Disability Focal Points (DFP) in all DGs, agencies and EU institutions with the central DFP within the general...
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  • We are moving!

    11.12.2019 The European Disability Forum is moving! Tomorrow, 12 December, we are leaving our offices in 35 Square de Meeus (where we were for almost 10 years). From tomorrow on, you will find us at Avenue des Arts 7– 8, B-1210 Bruxelles third floor. You can see how to reach our new address in our website . Our phone numbers will be disconnected Our current phone contract was discontinued so we will be without phone numbers for a couple of days. We will share our new phone numbers next week. Contact us by e-mail in the meantime.
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  • Honoring Erasmus father Domenico Lenarduzzi

    10.12.2019 It is with great sorrow that we learned of the death of Domenico Lenarduzzi, ex-Director General for Education at the European Commission and considered by many the “father” of the ERASMUS programme. As person with disabilities himself, Domenico paid special attention to the mobility of students with disabilities. Albert Prévos, our Executive Committee Member said; I remember someone with immense human qualities, a visionary who was rightly convinced that in order to build Europe we must first give people, especially young people, the opportunity and means to meet each other. Through...
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