Report of Conference “Investing in Independent Living” is out!

3 July 2018

The “Investing in Independent Living” conference took place on the 8 of June in Sofia, Bulgaria. The conference was supported by the Bulgarian Presidency to the EU. It reunited several Bulgarian disability activists, the Minister for Labour and Social Protection Biser Petkov, and representatives from the European Commission, EU Fundamental Rights Agency, the Regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Disability Forum, ENIL and the European Expert Group on De-institutionalisation.

Participants analysed the investments made by EU funds in independent living. Overall conclusions point that while EU funds have major potential to support independent living, EU Member States are not taking advantage of them. The next EU budget must pay careful attention to this.

Minister Biser Petkov also announced that the Ministry will conduct an overhaul of the bill of rhights of persons with disabilities, aiming to align it with the U.N. Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.

Read the full report here

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