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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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  • European Parliament Committee on culture weakens the Accessibility Act

    13.07.2016 The Committee voted to remove TV programmes and digital books from the text This morning, the Culture Committee of the European Parliament voted to remove Audiovisual Media Services, including TV programmes, and e-books from the European Accessibility Act meaning that they do not need to be accessible. The Committee approved the proposal of its responsible Rapporteur on the Act, Petra Kammerevert MEP (S&D) and the European People's Party’s spokesperson in this Committee Sabine Verheyen MEP, which significantly limits the scope of the Act. This way, 80 million people with disabilities in...
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  • EDF’s initial response to the European Pillar of Social Rights

    18.07.2016 FOR A FAIR SOCIAL EUROPE In March 2016, the European Commission published the first outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights (the Social Pillar). This is a reference framework to screen the employment and social performance of participating Member States. The text was accompanied by the opening of the consultation for inputs from stakeholders, including citizens, organisations and public authorities. EDF has prepared an initial response as a basis to have an open dialogue with its members and partners. The stated aim of the Social Pillar is to strengthen the social dimension of the...
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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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  • 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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  • Meeting of the Bureau of the European Parliament Disability Intergroup

    12.05.2016 On 12 May, the Bureau of the Disability Intergroup organised a meeting in Strasbourg. Among others, MEPs discussed the state of play of the EP report on the UN CRPD Concluding Observations, and various communications aspects related to the adoption of the report. Many of the intergroup Bureau members are involved in the report, either as rapporteur, shadow rapporteurs or rapporteurs for opinion. The final report will be soon adopted, as an EP resolution. This will happen during the July EP plenary session (4-7 July). MEPs will organise a press conference. MEPs decided to have a full...
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  • Declaration to support accessible tourism

    27.04.2015 The Written Declaration 015/2015 on accessible tourism which was launched on 27 April by several MEPs, including some of the Disability Intergroup, has now already been signed by more than half of the MEPs. This is will send a strong message in support of persons with disabilities in Europe. A written declaration is a text relating to a matter falling within the competence of the European Union. It is not a binding act of Parliament but it represents the views of the authors and signatories and it is significant because it can highlight certain issues on the political agenda so it is...
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  • European Parliament adopts Declaration on Accessible Tourism

    27.07.2015 EDF welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament of the Written Declaration 015/2015 on accessible tourism, which was launched last April by several MEPs, including Members of the Disability Intergroup. The declaration has been signed by more than 380 MEPs, showing Parliament’s strong commitment to persons with disabilities in Europe, to their right to mobility and equal access to tourism, leisure, transports and information. The declaration will now be sent to the European Commission. MEPs urge the Commission to raise awareness among stakeholders and economic operators on the need for...
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  • The Disability Intergroup discussed its priorities

    26.02.2015 The new, larger, Bureau of the European Parliament Disability Intergroup met for the first time at the end of February. In particular, MEPs discussed work priorities for 2015-2016. MEPs cooperated with EDF in setting the priorities below: UN CRPD EU review by the UN Committee; equal access to transport and to goods and services (European Accessibility Act, European disability card); anti-discrimination directive; revision of the European Disability Strategy; revision of the Europe 2020, European Semester and employment issues; Digital Single Market; international cooperation and post-2015...
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  • The Disability Intergroup elected its new Bureau

    15.01.2015 The Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament held today its first meeting after its re-establishment. During the meeting, the whole Bureau of the Disability Intergroup was elected, and now consists of 4 co-presidents and 8 vice-presidents. This structure reflects the broad consensus among political Groups in favour of the rights of persons with disabilities. EDF will continue holding the secretariat of the Disability Intergroup and working in close cooperation with it. Co-presidents: Ádám Kósa (EPP, Hungary) Richard Howitt (S&D, UK) Helga Stevens (ECR, Belgium) Pablo Echenique...
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