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  • European Commission launched consultation on the review of the European Disability Strategy

    23.12.2015 Yesterday, the European Commission launched the online public consultation on the mid-term review of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. This consultation will be open until Friday 18 March 2016. This Strategy provides a roadmap for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), to which the European Union is a party. It has identified 8 main areas for action at EU level: accessibility participation equality employment education and training social protection health external action Citizens, organisations, public authorities,...
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  • Disability Intergroup MEPs share views with EDF & its members on the CRPD Committee Concluding Observations

    17.12.2015 The European Parliament is drafting an own-initiative report on the ’Implementation of the UN CRPD with special regard to the Concluding Observations of the UN CPRD Committee’. The rapporteur is MEP Helga Stevens (ECR, BE). 8 other European Parliament Committees are drafting opinions to this report in relations to their own spheres of competences – many rapporteurs are members of the Disability Intergroup. On Thursday 17 December, the Disability intergroup had a discussion on this report, with a participation of more than 20 MEPs - all involved in the report. MEPs expressed their ambition to...
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  • European Day 2015: tackling barriers for children & young people with disabilities

    08.12.2015 2016 ACCESS CITY IS MILAN On the occasion of the European Day of Persons with Disabilities, on 7-8 December the European Commission and EDF co-organised a two-day conference in Brussels with around 200 participants from all over Europe. The conference focused on the current situation of children and young people with disabilities and their access to education as a key factor for their participation in society. Participants of the conference included young people with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, representatives of organisations of persons with disabilities, government...
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  • What does it take to tackle inequalities and to leave no one behind?

    03.12.2015 On 3rd December 2015, the European Union (EU) celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the framework of the European Year for Development. The aim of the one-day conference was to answer the question, if the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to be fully inclusive of persons with disabilities then what practical steps do we need to take now? The conference, which took place in Brussels, was attended by almost one hundred participants representing the EU Institutions, EU Member States, organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), and other civil society...
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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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  • Web Directive: every exclusion in the scope ultimately excludes persons with disabilities

    17.11.2015 EDF URGES MEMBER STATES DELEGATIONS TO RECONSIDER THEIR POSITION ON THE WEB DIRECTIVE EDF had access to the last document outlining the provisional position of the Council regarding the proposal for a web accessibility directive. The text is dated on 23 October and aims at stirring the discussion about the scope of the web directive in view of the meeting of the Member States delegations tomorrow. EDF would like to highlight some of the most worrying proposals and explain what these mean for persons with disabilities, and remind them that every aspect delegations exclude from the scope,...
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  • Agreement for cooperation with the International Union of Organizations of people with limited abilities

    15.11.2015 On 15 November 2015 in Berlin, Rodolfo Cattani, EDF Secretary , on behalf of EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis, and Vasilij Nazarenko, President of the International Union of Organizations of People with Limited Abilities (IU), signed an agreement for international cooperation on the implementation of the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD)in the EU and its Member States, and in the member countries of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. EDF represents 80 million Europeans with disabilities through their representative...
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  • EDF statement on terrorist attacks in Paris

    14.11.2015 EDF is expressing its deep condolences to the people in France for the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris in the evening of 13th of November. Our thoughts are with all the innocent people who lost their lives, and the people who were injured, their families, friends and relatives as well as all those who were near these terrifying, horrific events. EDF expresses its strong support to its French members, the French National Council “Le Conseil Français des Personnes Handicapées pour les Questions Européennes - CFHE” and its Paris-based members, the European Blind Union (EBU), including all...
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  • How can persons with disabilities be active citizens?

    10.11.2015 The findings of DISCIT project were discussed at its final conference in Brussels On 9-10 November, the DISCIT project held its final conference to discuss the results of its 3-year research about active citizenship for persons with disabilities. Researchers from the project, EDF as partner of the project and other civil society organisations, leading scholars in the field, and various policy makers, gathered in the Norway Mission to the EU in Brussels to discuss the potential impact of the project’s findings on EU social policies. DISCIT project has run from February 2013 and it will...
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  • 10.000 persons with disabilities in Greece against the crisis

    04.11.2015 Source: ENIL On 4 November, after the call of the National Confederation of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), around 10.000 disabled people and their supporters gathered in the center of Athens, Greece, to protest about the impact of the crisis on disabled persons’ lives in Greece. In this huge nation-wide rally, people came from all parts of the country, many disability organisations were represented. There were also representatives from other organisations that were supporting the cause, some members of the parliament and other political figures. All together, they raised their voices,...
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