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  • ETF campaign to keep on-board staff on trains

    03.11.2015 In many European countries the number of trains with on-board personnel decreases. This affects the quality of services and safety of the passengers, including passengers with disabilities.The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) is launching a campaign to keep on-board staff on European trains and EDF is supporting them in their effort. For EDF, spontaneous and independent rail travel is of course the goal that we are striving to achieve. But until this is a reality, EDF recognises the important role that on-board staff has in assisting all passengers, including passengers with...
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  • Human rights of refugees and the situation of refugees with disabilities

    01.11.2015 The disability movement from all over Europe met in Brussels Representatives of organisations of persons with disabilities from across Europe gathered together this weekend in Brussels for EDF’s Board meeting. The meeting focused on the UN’s recommendations to the EU on how it should better implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. A special focus was also given to the refugee crisis and persons with disabilities including women and children. “The EU is confronted with a serious economic and migration crisis but that should not serve as an excuse for the...
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  • EDF met Commissioner Thyssen on the UN’s Human Rights Recommendations

    29.10.2015 Today, EDF Executive Committee met the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen and engaged in an open and constructive dialogue on the rights of persons with disabilities. The meeting was timely since in August the EU was reviewed for the first time by the UN Committee on the work it has done to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Therefore, the discussion focused on the Concluding Observations that that UN has addressed to the EU and the next steps towards their implementation. The Commissioner...
    EDF Director, Catherine Naughton, EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis and Commissioner Marianne Thyssen
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  • New bureau for the European Economic and Social Committee

    07.10.2015 The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) had the elections for its Bureau and three representatives of the disability movement were elected in fundamental positions in the Committee. EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, has been elected as one of the Vice Presidents of Group III of the Committee responsible for fundamental rights, human rights, non discrimination, social inclusion and sustainable development, focusing especially on social and economic pillars. EDF Vice-President, Gunta Anca, will be a member of the EESC Bureau for the next two and a half years, while Ask Løvbjerg...
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  • UN promises to leave no one behind

    25.09.2015 Today the UN General Assembly adopts the new International Development Framework known as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. EDF has been campaigning for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in International Cooperation for some years, through our work in the International Disability Alliance (IDA), and in our EU advocacy and together with the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC). The Agenda for Sustainable Development includes 11 explicit references to persons with disabilities under sections on human rights, vulnerable groups, education, employment,...
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  • Meeting of the Disability Intergroup on the Digital Single Market

    15.09.2015 On 15 September, the Disability Intergroup met to discuss the new Strategy for the EU Digital Single Market. The meeting was chaired by intergroup Vice-President Olga Sehnalova, who is member of the IMCO Committee. Key MEPs active on this topic were present: MEPs Gebhardt and Kallas (EP co-rapporteurs on the DSM) as well as MEP Vicky Ford, Chair of the EP internal market Committee (among others). In all areas of society, there is an increasing penetration of Information and Communication Technologies, which can make a difference for persons with disabilities and older people. The potential...
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  • #WeApologise for our leaders' inaction: open letter to people fleeing war, persecution and poverty

    08.09.2015 As Europeans, #WeApologise on behalf of our national and European leaders for their inexcusable lack of coordinated humanitarian aid to the situation you and thousands of others are in while crossing our borders to escape war, persecution and poverty. We understand that making this journey was not an easy decision for you and may have involved putting the lives of your loved ones at risk, or worse. We will continue to urge our decision-makers to provide safe and regular channels to the EU, so that your wellbeing does not rest in the hands of people smugglers. Civil society organisations and...
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  • United Nations Human Rights Recommendations to the EU

    07.09.2015 For the 1st time in history, the EU was examined by a UN human rights treaty body and received recommendations to strengthen their approach to the rights of persons with disabilities in Europe On 27 and 28 of August, the European Union was examined for the first time by a UN human rights committee in Geneva- the expert committee on the rights of persons with disabilities. Having ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2010, the EU was called to present the work it has done on the implementation of the Convention since then. This is the first international...
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  • EDF calls on the EU to respond in a humane way to the migration crisis

    02.09.2015 Having seen the inhumane way in which refugees and migrants seeking safety in Europe are being treated, EDF wrote an open letter to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker , the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schultz, and the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship , Dimitris Avramopoulos. In this letter, EDF calls on the EU institutions to establish a comprehensive and human rights-based migration policy. Read the open letter below: The European Disability Forum (EDF) calls on the EU to...
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  • UN examined how EU supports the rights of persons with disabilities

    31.08.2015 Last week, EDF and its members were in Geneva and took part in the examination of the EU by the UN Expert Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The UN Committee held a Constructive Dialogue with the EU delegation on the EU’s work on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), the first international human rights treaty ever ratified by the EU. On Thursday, 3 September the UN Committee will adopt its recommendations for the EU and set the EU agenda for the next years for the human rights of 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe. EDF was...
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