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  • Ensuring the rights of victims with disabilities

    07.07.2020 The European Commission published a EU Strategy for victims’ rights for the next five years (2020-2025) in June. EU laws on victims’ rights adopted in the past were not well respected by EU countries. It is still very difficult for victims of crime all over Europe to claim their rights due to lack of information, support and protection. This is why the EU adopted a specific strategy. The Strategy sets keys actions for the EU, EU countries and other actors (other EU bodies, victim support organisations and civil society organisations). Why is it important for persons with disabilities? Any...
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  • Disability Rights in the EU after 2020: our demands

    01.07.2020 Our “EU Disability Rights Agenda” campaign shares our demands for the next 10 years. We are launching this campaign because the European Commission is preparing the next EU Disability Strategy. This Strategy is a plan that will list all actions they propose for the next 10 years. It is being prepared now and should be revealed in the next months. We demand 5 objectives for the strategy: End segregation ( including residential institutions) and ensure adequate standard of living:. Persons with disabilities should be free to live, work, travel, study and participate in public life in any EU...
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  • European Parliament must investigate situation in residential institutions

    01.07.2020 Content warning: death, abuse We are asking the European Parliament to investigate the impact of the pandemic in residential institutions. It should investigate why many people got sick and died in residential institutions and how countries failed to protect them. We and 2 organisations (European Public Services Union and AGE Platform) made this demand in a letter today. We ask the European Parliament to conduct official European inquiry. The inquiry must discover what happened and set rules, so it doesn’t happen again. Read the full statement calling for the inquiry Update 7 July 2020 After...
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  • A new call for action to rebuild a future inclusive to all

    25.06.2020 Today, the European Disability Forum (EDF) was invited to participate in the Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network High-level Panel roundtable on COVID-19 and disability. The online event had an impressive line-up of key players in the field of inclusive international cooperation. At the European level, it included Finland, Ireland, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom. H.E. Ms. Amina Mohamed, UN Deputy Secretary-General opened the event and gave a powerful message: “We must build a society that is just, inclusive, accessible and resilient for everyone. When we secure the rights of...
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  • Disability Movement and European Parliament agree: next Disability Strategy needs new approach

    19.06.2020 The European Parliaments resolution adopted yesterday by an overwhelming majority of parliamentarians (653 votes in favour, 6 against, and 29 abstentions) reinforces our position on the EU’s future disability strategy. The Commission must now prepare an ambitious European Disability Strategy taking also into consideration the Parliament’s resolution. The new Commission has already given greater importance and visibility to disability rights by establishing, in 2019, for the first time, a Commissioner for Equality. Commissioner Helena Dalli now leads the EU’s work on the UN Convention on the...
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  • Human Rights and Democracy Network

    18.06.2020 The European Disability Forum is delighted to now be a member of the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN). The (HRDN) is an informal grouping of NGOs operating at the EU level in the broader areas of human rights, democracy and peace. HRDN aims to influence EU and EU Member States’ human rights policies and the programming of their funding instruments to promote democracy, human rights and peace. EDF will be actively involved in its 4 working groups: European Parliament, internal EU, funding and communication For more information, contact Marion Steff, International Cooperation Manager.
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  • European Year of the Rail needs to be about passengers

    16.06.2020 We and 3 partner organisations published an open letter demanding that the European Year of the Rail focus on the rights of train passengers. The open letter was addressed to EU Commissioner for Transport Vălean and sent by the European Passengers’ Federation, BEUC - the European Consumer Organisation, the European Disability Forum and AGE Platform Europe. In the letter, the organisations ask that “the Year of Rail must consider the vast demographic diversity of passengers in the EU, including passengers with disabilities and reduced mobility, younger and older passengers, and those living in...
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  • 60.000 people demand from the EU: make train travel work for persons with disabilities!

    15.06.2020 Pre-notification for assistance must go. “I don't always know 2 days in advance I will need to travel. Why should anybody else know?” “I have been in a wheelchair since I was born. I do not travel by train because it is not barrier-free and adapted for disabled people, such as platforms.” These are the testimonials of two signatories of a petition delivered today calling on MEP Liberadzki to support the demand of  persons with disabilities to abolish pre-notification for assistance to train operators when they want to travel. The petition calls on MEP Liberadzki, as the lead negotiator of the...
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  • We need Artificial Intelligence that does not discriminate

    10.06.2020 We have submitted our response to the European Commission’s public consultation for its White Paper on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The White paper is a set of recommendations to ensure ethical AI. Artificial Intelligence has a growing influence on the lives of all citizens. Persons with disabilities can benefit from AI in some cases, but it has the potential to increase discrimination against them and other marginalised groups. We recommend: Involve a wide diversity of citizens, including persons from marginalised groups when developing and deploying Artificial Intelligence. Assessing the...
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  • 2020 Accessible Airport Award: applications are now open

    09.06.2020 The Accessible Airport Award is now open for applications until 17 July 2020.  The award, given by us and Airport Council International Europe (ACI-Europe) celebrates airports in Europe that have achieved high level of accessibility as well as range and the quality of the assistance services to persons with disabilities. By sharing best practices, we aim to motivate more airports to advance accessibility of air travel. Past winners include Gatwick airport, Pafos Airport, Larnaka Airport and the Dublin Airport. The winner will be announced during the 16th ACI Europe Awards on 20 - 22 October...
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