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  • How can accessible technology support independent living?

    03.03.2016 On 1 March 2015, EDF and Google organised a special event focusing on “Accessible technology for independent living”. The event took place at the European Parliament hosted by MEP Evelyne Gehardt and supported by Debating Europe who organised a debate in the end of the event with representatives from EDF, Google and the European Commission responding to questions from an online debate published on Debating Europe’s website, as well as from the audience in the room. EDF was represented by its Secretary, Rodolfo Cattani, who underlined: “Accessible technology is beneficial for everyone, not...
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  • EDF strengthens cooperation with the pacific ASEAN and African regional networks

    26.02.2016 From 22 to 25 of February, EDF welcomed our sister networks of persons with disabilities from the Africa, Pacific and ASEAN regions to Brussels. With the support of the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the International Disability Alliance, EDF developed a programme of exchange, learning, advocacy and networking in Brussels for 17 disability activists representing these regional networks. Highlights of the programme included: Learning about the EU’s approach to the rights of persons with disabilities Learning about the EU’s external action work- both internally and...
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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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  • Joint meeting with the Intergroup on Children's Rights

    17.02.2016 On 17 February, the Disability intergroup co-organised wit the intergroup on children’s rights a meeting on ‘Ending violence against children with disabilities’. The discussion drew from the recent findings by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in its report on ‘Violence against children with disabilities: legislation, policies and programmes in the EU’. The meeting was co-chaired by MEP Corazza Bildt, Chinnici and MEP Helga Stevens. Children with disabilities face significant barriers to enjoying their fundamental rights. They are often excluded from society, sometimes living in...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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