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  • Survey: EU Disability Card

    21.10.2019 The EU Disability Card is a pilot project managed by the European Commission in 8 EU countries. It aims to develop a card that is recognised accross borders and gives access to benefits mainly in the areas of culture, leisure, sport and transport. As the pilot project comes to an end, the European Disability Forum aims to gather the experiences of those who have the Card, but also of persons with disabilities that would like to get the card in their countries. The questionnaire should take around 5 minutes. We will use the results on a report and recommendations to the EU Commission. Access...
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  • Call for tenders: design of our European Human Rights report

    18.10.2019 EDF is looking for a service provider based in the EU for the design of a 50-page report with accompanying maps and infographics; Draft version of the report This is just a sample version. Final text will be given to the selected provider. The successful provider should: Production of 1 infographic, 7 graphics and 8 maps Production of both print-ready version and accessible PDF or e-pub version. Production of separate cover page with braille markers and QR code for printing. Design of all the graphic part of the report, including images (which will be provided) Necessary corrections to...
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  • Workshop: Protection of persons with disabilities throughout armed conflict

    08.10.2019 On the 3 and 4 of October, the University of Lund and Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (Sweden) held an international conference on The Protection of Persons with Disabilities during Armed Conflicts. The aim of the workshop was to explore the fit between International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and its relevance to NATO Operations, it part-funded under the Science for Peace and Security Programme of NATO, and co-facilitated by Professor Gerard Quinn, Chair of the Raoul...
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  • Member: Brain Injured & Families turns 20

    04.10.2019 Our member, the Brain Injured & Families - European Confederation celebrated its 20th anniversary on the October 4 at the Regional Council in Lyon Confluence, France. We were represented by our executive committee member Albert Prévos. It is estimated that 69 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. With improvements in treatment, survival rates are rising, however support for those who have suffered from a brain injury needs to be greatly improved. Brain Injured & Families is a non-governmental organisation aimed at raising awareness of brain injury through a common...
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  • Did EU know? Legal tools

    03.10.2019 Regulations, Directives, Decisions, Recommendations and Opinions – these are the main legal instruments that the EU uses to govern. How are they different from each other? Regulations are the strongest in EU’s toolbox: the text of this EU law is directly binding. It applies and is enforced the same way, at the same time to all Member States, legal entities and citizens it addresses. A Member State cannot choose to apply just part of a regulation, and this type of EU law has equal weight to national law. A famous regulation is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which entered into...
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  • Conference: Global meeting on disability statistics

    01.10.2019 Last week, EDF participated in the Washington Group on Disability Statistics which came together for its 19th meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This United Nations Group brings together representatives from national statistical offices, development agencies, NGOs and DPOs from across the world to discuss ways to improve data collection on persons with disability. The Group developed a short and extended set of questions on disability to be used in national census and surveys, which aims at internationally comparable data on persons with disabilities at the international level. They are also...
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  • Open letter: Move the Commission’s Disability Unit!

    29.09.2019 Freedom of movement, transport, digitalisation, EU funds, anti-discrimination laws, employment strategies… persons with disabilities are affected by virtually all EU laws and policies. That is why 10 MEPs and 10 disability organisations, led by the European Disability Forum, published an open letter today calling for the Unit in charge of disability to be moved to the Secretariat-General, to focus only on disability and to be strengthened in terms of financial and human resources. They further recognise that there was an encouraging step in adding the fulfilment of the EU’s obligations...
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  • Open letter: Disability impacts all areas, and so should the Commission service in charge of it

    29.09.2019 Dear President-elect Von Der Leyen, Vice-President designate Schinas, Commissioner-designate Dalli, It is a sign of clear progress that there is a Commissioner-designate for Equality with an assigned responsibility for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It is with concern, however, that we see that this is not backed up by a change in the Commission services. If the current structure is not modified, the Unit in charge of disability issues, under the supervision of Commissioner for Equality, will not be able to adequately fulfil its crucial...
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  • Did EU know? Institutions and bodies

    26.09.2019 What are European Institutions and bodies? There are 13 EU Institutions and bodies that ensure the functioning of the European Union, There are also 4 so-called Interinstitutional bodies, that support the work of the others (for example with recruitment, cybersecurity and publications). From these only 7 are classified as principal decision-making bodies, meaning that they have the power to make decisions. 6 Institutions at a Glance We work most closely with 6: European Commission, European Parliament, the European Council, the Council of the European Union, the EU Ombudsman and the...
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  • Explained: Our work on the Sustainable Development Goals

    25.09.2019 Today marks the fourth anniversary of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs were adopted by world leaders on the 25th September 2015. The Objective? End poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity. Today is also the first United Nations (UN) Summit on SDGs. On 24 and 25 September 2019, Heads of State and Government gather at the UN headquarters in New York to review progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs. Our work on the Sustainable Development Goals We want to ensure the SDGs also...
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