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  • European Parliament threatens access to TV & digital books for persons with disabilities

    12.07.2016 Its Culture Committee aims at removing Audiovisual Media Services including TV programmes and e-books from the European Accessibility Act meaning that they do not need to be accessible Tomorrow, the Culture Committee of the European Parliament will vote on their opinion on the proposed European Accessibility Act. The responsible Rapporteur of the Culture Committee on this issue, Petra Kammerevert MEP (Socialists and Democrats) and the European People's Party’s spokesperson in this Committee Sabine Verheyen MEP are proposing that audiovisual media services, such as TV programmes, and digital...
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  • Meeting of the Disability Intergroup: MEPs and DPOs reactions to the EP CRPD report

    07.07.2016 On 7th July, the Disability Intergroup met for the last time before summer at the European Parliament of Strasbourg. The meeting took place just after the debate and adoption in plenary of the resolution on the ‘Implementation of the UN CRPD with special regard to the Concluding Observations of the UN CPRD Committee’. With this resolution, the European Parliament is the first European Institution to react to the Concluding Observations. The Intergroup addressed both the CRPD Concluding Observations and the European Accessibility Act. The Act is one of the three urgent recommendations...
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  • New disability agenda agreed by the European Parliament

    07.07.2016 Huge majority of Members of the European Parliament adopt resolution to apply UN’s human rights recommendations Last year, the European Union (EU) was reviewed by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on its work to protect and promote the rights of 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe. Followed that review, the UN Committee issued a list of recommendations (‘Concluding Observations)' to the EU which should report back on in four years. The European Parliament has formally reacted to the UN’s recommendations and made a report on this. Drafted by the Member of...
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  • BREXIT: the fight for human rights is a common struggle

    04.07.2016 Last March, the Board of EDF expressed its strong commitment to a united Europe and our hope that the UK would remain within the EU. It is with regret today that we recognise that UK citizens voted for the UK to leave the European Union (EU) with a majority of 52%. EDF recognises the democratic right of British people to decide freely on this issue, but we strongly believe that a common EU human rights agenda is better achieved together. The tone of the UK campaign, which was characterised by a divisive public debate on migration, reminds us of what is at stake and what we need to fight for,...
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  • Marrakesh Treaty enters into force September to facilitate the creation of accessible versions of books

    30.06.2016 On 30 June, Canada became the 20th country to ratify the Marrakesh treaty meaning that this historical treaty will come into force on 30 September. Over 95% of the books published in the world are never published in a way that is accessible to blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled persons. Like everyone else, persons with disabilities need to have access to information to be able to study, work, read literature, participate in cultural life and in society in general. The lack of information in accessible formats for all persons with the disabilities has put them at a huge...
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  • COSP2016: Inclusion of persons with disabilities in the global development agenda

    27.06.2016 Every year, all countries in the world that have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) meet at the Conference of State Parties (COSP) to discuss matters related to the implementation of the CRPD. The meeting also includes organisations of persons with disabilities, National human rights insitatuates and a range of other interested individuals and organisations. This year, the 9th Conference of State Parties focused on: ‘Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind’. The sub-themes were: Eliminating...
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  • Dublin Airport wins Accessible Airport Awards 2016

    23.06.2016 To mark the 10th anniversary of the adoption of Regulation (EC) 1107/2006 concerning the rights of disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility when travelling by air, the European Disability Forum (EDF) partnered with the Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) to present a new Airport Award: the Accessible Airport Award. The Accessible Airport Award aims to honour the best airport in Europe in terms of its level of accessibility as well as the range and the quality of the assistance services that it offers. It also intends to encourage other airports to continue their work...
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  • EU Humanitarian Aid must be inclusive

    21.06.2016 EDF and IDDC met Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management and agreed on the importance of the EU taking practical steps now to lead by example, in the EU’s actions to support persons with disabilities in humanitarian crisis and Europe’s refugee response. A delegation from the European Disability Forum (EDF) and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), headed by EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis and IDDC representative Johannes Trimmel, met the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides. The meeting was arranged to...
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  • European Commission to safeguard adequate investment in community-based services in country specific recommendations

    07.06.2016 The European Commission recently published its 2016 country-specific recommendations (CSRs) to Member States. Following positive statements on the way social care and support should be provided in the last few years by the European Commission, the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-Based Care (EEG) welcomes several recommendations promoting quality care and support and access to employment and inclusive education for disadvantaged groups. Nonetheless, the overall focus on austerity will be detrimental to the transition to community-based services in Europe...
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  • Greens engage in the discussion on the Accessibility Act

    03.06.2016 On 1 June, the Political Group of the Greens of the European Parliament organised a hearing on the European Accessibility Act, inviting representative organisations of persons with disabilities to present their views on the legislative proposal of the European Commission. Hosted by Members of the European Parliament, Igor Šoltes (Shadow Rapporteur on the file for the Greens) and Indrek Tarand (vice-president of the Disability Intergroup) the meeting focused on how the European Commission’s proposal could be improved in order to make a real and meaningful difference in the lives of 80 million...
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