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  • It’s about us, it’s about Europe: EYCA’s final report on active citizenship is out!

    15.12.2013 The European Year of Citizens 2013 closed with a conference which took place on 12-13 December in Vilnius, Lithuania. The event has been organised by the European Commission in close cooperation with the European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA) and the Lithuanian Presidency. EDF was represented by its Vice President, Gunta Anca, who underlined how important it is for persons with disabilities to be active citizens and to have equal access in society. ‘Persons with disabilities were for so long excluded from participating in society and therefore in the policy making processes. Times have...
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  • On the way to the European elections the Disability Movement votes for inclusion

    01.01.2014 EDF brings the rights of persons with disabilities in New Europe’s special issue on the state of our world among the contributions of 100 leaders from politics, business, civil society and academia. 2013 was the European Year of Citizens. Active citizenship means active involvement and participation of all citizens in all aspects of society. In the disability movement, we believe that nothing can be decided about us without us and this is not just a motto. It’s a way of thinking, living and acting. In times of crisis, it is more imperative than ever to make most of our rights as citizens...
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  • EDF- Microsoft event on new skills for new jobs

    11.02.2014 The European Disability Forum and Microsoft share a commitment to finding new ways to strengthen e-skills and facilitating the creation of new jobs. Achieving these goals can be helped through a dialogue among EU institutions, the private sector, and citizens in order to ensure that all existing and new employment opportunities are open to persons with disabilities. In pursuit of this goal, EDF and Microsoft jointly organised on 11 February at the European Parliament an important discussion about e-skills and ICT-related jobs. The objective was to share firsthand information on what is...
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  • EU Equal Treatment Law: we've been waiting too long!

    06.11.2014 As high-level EU Member States’ representatives meet today to discuss how to make equality a reality for all, equality and anti-discrimination organisations call on them to show a real commitment to equality by finally adopting an EU law on equal treatment. In 2008, the European Commission proposed a directive on equal treatment, which would ensure lesbian, gay and bisexual people, persons with disabilities, religious minorities, youth and older people are protected from discrimination in several fields of life such as goods and services, education, housing and health across the EU. So far,...
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  • EDF calls on the EU to meet the new challenges of the next period for citizens with disabilities

    09.11.2014 This weekend, EDF Board meeting gathered together representatives from organisations of persons with disabilities around Europe. The meeting opened by EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, followed by the Head of Unit on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the European Commission, Maria Luisa Cabral. EDF has adopted measures in order to prepare the disability movement to fully participate in the new political period opened in the European Union after the European elections and the renewed European Commission. In his opening speech, EDF President highlighted that this is a very crucial...
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  • EU Ombudsman commits to work on the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities

    12.11.2014 On 11 November 2014, EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis and EDF Acting Director Javier Güemes met the European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, to discuss future cooperation on the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities in all EU policies. The discussion focused in particular on the EU Ombudsman’s work on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), as well as the role of EU Framework on the monitoring of the implementation of the UN CRPD. The EU framework was set up in 2012 and EDF, the European Ombudsman, the European Agency of...
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  • EDF calls on MEPs to vote for the re-establishment of the European Parliament Disability Intergroup

    19.11.2014 Members of the European Parliament will vote on 24-26 November to decide which intergroups will exist in 2014-2019. EDF urges them to re-create the EP Disability Intergroup. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? The Disability Intergroup, established in 1980, is one of the oldest Intergroups of the European Parliament and has traditionally been one of the most active, visible and largest, with around 100 Members from all political Groups. More than 80 MEPs from all political Groups haveapplied to join theintergroup in the new legislature. The Disability Intergroup remains for the moment the political body...
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  • EDF has a new Director

    02.12.2014 EDF is happy to welcome Catherine Naughton in its team as the new director of EDF secretariat. Catherine Naughton has been working at EDF’s member organisation, CBM at its EU liason office as a Director International Alliances and Advocacy Development, while she has also been the Chair of the International Disability and Development Consortium. Catherine Naughton has been long devoted to the disability movement and she has an extensive knowledge on international cooperation and the European Union, while she has a strong commitment to the promotion of the involvement of organisations of...
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  • Employment & accessibility the focus of this year’s European Day of Persons with Disabilities

    03.12.2014 Having a job is the best guarantee for human dignity, self-esteem, financial independence and prosperity. Accessibility is a key to ensuring true participation in society and helps removing barriers that persons with disabilities still face in their daily life. Employment and accessibility consisted the main focus of this year’s conference for the European Day of Persons with Disabilities, organised by the European Commission and the European Disability Forum (EDF). Entitled ‘Building together a barrier-free Europe, the conference took place on 2-3 December 2014 bringing together hundreds of...
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  • EU Equal Treatment Law: time for member states to act!

    05.12.2014 As EU Member States’ representatives prepare for 11 December’s EPSCO Council, organisations 1 representing millions of EU citizens at risk of discrimination, including women, persons with disabilities, younger and older people, LGBTI persons, members of ethnic, religion and belief communities as well as persons with a migration background, call on them to show clear commitment on the proposed Horizontal Directive on equal treatment. Six years after the Commission’s proposal for new legislation on equal treatment, the Horizontal Directive is still stuck in negotiations at the Member State...
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