The inclusive Europe we want

21 March 2017
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On Europe’s 60th anniversary, we call on European leaders to show leadership, vision and courage to set Europe on the path to a sustainable future which realises the rights of all people and respects planetary boundaries.

On 25 March 2017, Heads of State or Government and the Presidents of the European institutions will come together in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Treaties of Rome, which laid the foundations for the European Union (EU) we know today. During this meeting, EU leaders will make proposals on the future of Europe, following up on the White Paper which was launched by the European Commission on March 1st.

The agenda and background information of that Summit are available on the Council website.

The European Disability Forum (EDF) calls on the leaders of the European institutions and Member States to reaffirm their commitment to the vision of a European Union that:

  • promotes, protects and ensures the civil, political, social, cultural and economic rights of everyone,
  • promotes democratic participation of civil society in its decision making processes,
  • sees persons with disabilities and their families as an integral part of a sustainable and thriving Europe.

Read more in the resolution that the EDF Board adopted on the Rome summit during its recent Board meeting in Malta.

Furthermore, EDF together with other more than 230 civil society organisations co-signed a common statement calling for:

  • A Europe that promotes and protects the civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights of everyone and supports those beyond its borders to realise their rights;
  • The delivery of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, by putting the Sustainable Development Goals and the principles that underpin it at the core of EU and national policymaking;
  • The full implementation of the Paris Agreement by enhancing energy efficiency and accelerating the just and sustainable transition to clean and affordable renewable energy in order to keep global warming well below 2°C and pursuing efforts to keep it to 1.5°C;
  • A strengthening of our representative and participatory democracy, with distinct space for
  • people’s participation beyond elections, enabling a diverse civil society to flourish;
  • A strengthening of education as a public responsibility that offers lifelong learning for all in order to develop active citizenship, critical thinking, social inclusion and an awareness of sustainable development and human rights;
  • A just transition for workers and industrial regions from the current economic model to a modern, vibrant, green and socially just economy in which our human and natural capital is cherished;
  • A European Social Model that provides full protection to all workers, all consumers and all people living in the EU; one that reverses the wealth gap and reduces poverty and social exclusion;
  • A European Union with a strong social rights pillar, which ensures quality employment and fair pay and addresses inequalities between women and men, discrimination against children and youth or based on race, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status, age, disability, minority or other status.

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