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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...
    EDF Executive members with MEPs of the Disability Intergroup
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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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