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  • The European Accessibility Act is finally published

    02.12.2015 What does it mean for 80 million people with disabilities in Europe? Le texte est disponible aussi en français ici Today the European Commission published the European Accessibility Act. EDF welcomes this long-awaited piece of legislation that has been at the centre of its Freedom of Movement campaign for over three years. Persons with disabilities currently face barriers to free movement within the EU on an equal basis with others. The European Accessibility Act has great potential to bring a positive change. The Act, which takes the form of a Directive, will have a major influence on the...
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  • European Accessibility Act: EDF presented its position at the Parliament

    23.02.2016 Today EDF presented at the European Parliament its initial response to the European Commission’s proposal for the European Accessibility Act. Together with the European Blind Union (EBU), the Swedish Association of the Visually Impaired (SRF), members of the European Parliament and representatives from the European Commission and the Dutch Presidency to the EU, we discussed the key issues of the proposal and the possible points for improvement. BACKGROUND INFORMATION Last December, the European Commission finally published its proposal for the European Accessibility Act. The Act had been at...
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  • Disability Intergroup & EDF agree on 2016 priorities

    14.01.2016 A year of important action at the European Parliament On 14 January 2016, the EDF Executive Committee met the bureau of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament. The members of EDF Executive Committee represent EU and national umbrella organisations of persons with disabilities. They discussed with Adam Kosa (EPP), Richard Howitt (S&D), Helga Stevens (ECR), Olga Sehnalova (S&D) and Indrek Tarand (Greens/EFA) about common priorities and challenges for 2016. The 2- hour discussion focused on: the role of the European Parliament in the follow up of the UN’s Concluding...
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  • Commissioner Bulc commits to improve access to transport

    26.01.2016 People with disabilities still face various barriers to move freely Today, a delegation from EDF, headed by EDF Vice-President Gunta Anca, met the EU Commissioner for Transport and Mobility, Violeta Bulc. The meeting was arranged to discuss the UN’s concluding observations: the recommendations by the UN to the EU on how to better promote and protect the rights of 80 million people with disabilities – in particular the recommendations on transportt. In its concluding observations, UN recommends the EU: to strengthen the monitoring and implementation of EU passengers’ rights legislation to...
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  • UN's Human Rights Recommendations to the EU: European Parliament & EDF work together for their implementation

    27.01.2016 Today EDF participated in the European Parliament’s Public Hearing focusing on the UN’s recommendations to the EU on how to better promote the rights of 80 million people with disabilities. For the first time in historyuy, last year the EU was reviewed by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the work it does to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). The EU received [specific recommendations, the so called ‘Concluding Observations’, by the UN Committee on how to improve their work in this field in the coming years](Publish...
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  • European Accessibility Act: what is the potential to bring a positive change

    02.02.2016 EDF presents an initial response to the Act For over three years, EDF and its members have strongly campaigned for the publication of a legislative proposal on the accessibility of products and services in the EU. On 2 December, the European Commission finally published its proposal of this long awaited piece of legislation which was welcomed by EDF. The proposal is innovative as it aims to strengthen the rights of persons with disabilities from an EU internal market perspective. It also followed the UN Committee’s recommendations to the EU to promptly adopt the European Accessibility Act....
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  • 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: joint letter to Commissioner Timmermans

    09.02.2016 From June 2015 onwards, a considerable number of EU-based Civil Society Organisations from the sustainability, development, environment and social sectors have been meeting to consider in which way we can contribute to the implementation, monitoring and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, both in Europe and beyond. EDF is part of this coalition and on 9 February 2016, we co-signed a letter to the European Commission’s First Vice President, Frans Timmermans on this topic In the letter, we call on the EU and its members states: to develop an overarching Sustainable...
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  • How can the European Parliament implement the UN’s Human Rights Recommendations to the EU?

    17.02.2016 Today EDF participated in the meeting of the European Parliament’s Employment Committee focusing on the implementation of the UN’s recommendationsto the EU on the promotion of the rights of 80 million people with disabilities and the role of the European Parliament in this context. The European Ombudsman and the European Agency of Fundamental Rights (FRA) - as members of the EU Monitoring Framework together with EDF and the European Parliament- took active part in the meeting as speakers, as well as Diane Kingston, member of the UN CRPD Committee and Jan Jarab, Regional Representative for...
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  • Disability perspective in EU Cohesion Policy: EU Ombudsman investigates protection of fundamental rights in the preparation of the partnership agreements

    20.05.2014 The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has initiated an investigation concerning the respect for fundamental rights in the EU's cohesion" policy. The Ombudsman has received many complaints in the area of fundamental rights and is investigating on the Commission's role in ensuring that the EU funding is used in ways that comply with the Charter of Fundamental Rights. According to the press note, Emily O'Reilly commented: "It is key for the credibility of the European Union that, wherever EU money is spent, fundamental rights are respected. In many cases, these funds are supposed to help the...
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  • EU Elections 2014: it’s time to vote for inclusion

    23.05.2014 The European elections have started. The first polling stations opened yesterday in a couple of EU Member States and the rest of Europe will vote in an election that that will spread until Sunday evening. Europeans are called to elect their 751 Members of the European Parliament. The European Disability Forum (EDF) calls on European citizens with disabilities to go out and cast their ballot. Participation in political life is at the heart of democracy. In all EU member States, EDF, its members and the whole disability movement worked tirelessly to engage with candidates and political parties...
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