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  • The Disability Intergroup discussed its priorities

    26.02.2015 The new, larger, Bureau of the European Parliament Disability Intergroup met for the first time at the end of February. In particular, MEPs discussed work priorities for 2015-2016. MEPs cooperated with EDF in setting the priorities below: UN CRPD EU review by the UN Committee; equal access to transport and to goods and services (European Accessibility Act, European disability card); anti-discrimination directive; revision of the European Disability Strategy; revision of the Europe 2020, European Semester and employment issues; Digital Single Market; international cooperation and post-2015...
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  • European Economic Strategy fails to include European citizens with disabilities

    23.02.2015 At EDF's Board meeting in Latvia this weekend, members took part in a general discussion on Europe 2020 and the European Semester process. New evidence came to light of the negative impact that this agenda has on persons with disabilities across the EU. The measures being taken by governments as a result of EU recommendations are undermining social inclusion. EDF members from countries such as Finland, Denmark and Belgium gave examples of processes at country level which are neither transparent, nor inclusive. Persons with disabilities are at higher risk of poverty and social exclusion, and...
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  • 80 million persons with disabilities call for accessible information & communication technologies

    21.02.2015 The disability movement in Europe gathered this weekend in Jurmala, Latvia for EDF’s Board meeting. Before the meeting, a European conference on information and communication technologies for persons with disabilities was organised bringing together more than 150 participants from all around Europe. Entitled “An inclusive digital continent”, the conference opened a dialogue between representatives of organisations of persons with disabilities and European and national decision makers. The conference was organised in the frame of the Latvian EU Presidency that has put digital Europe in the...
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  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Call for stronger commitment to fighting racism, anti-Semitism, discrimination and xenophobia

    27.01.2015 On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, civil society organisations working on anti-racism and anti-discrimination issues are joining forces to raise awareness about this dark period of history and commemorate the victims of the genocide perpetrated by the Nazi regime against Jews, Roma, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people and other groups that have been persecuted and deprived of their rights and dignity because they did not fit the Nazi ideology. This Remembrance Day should not only...
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  • The Disability Intergroup elected its new Bureau

    15.01.2015 The Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament held today its first meeting after its re-establishment. During the meeting, the whole Bureau of the Disability Intergroup was elected, and now consists of 4 co-presidents and 8 vice-presidents. This structure reflects the broad consensus among political Groups in favour of the rights of persons with disabilities. EDF will continue holding the secretariat of the Disability Intergroup and working in close cooperation with it. Co-presidents: Ádám Kósa (EPP, Hungary) Richard Howitt (S&D, UK) Helga Stevens (ECR, Belgium) Pablo Echenique...
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  • Happy Inclusive & Accessible 2015

    15.12.2014 In 2014, the European Union has crossed a critical year for the future of all Europeans, including persons with disabilities. The renewal of the EU institutions mainly the European Parliament, European Commission and the leadership of the Council has brought to us a new political environment. The European Union leaders and institutions finally realized that there is no future for the EU without the inclusion of all its citizens; the increase of abstention in EU elections and the growing Euroscepticism is the proof. Moreover, 2014 has become a year to understand the human rights’ crisis for...
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  • EDF welcomes the re-establishment of the European Parliament Disability Intergroup

    12.12.2014 EDF welcomes the decision of the Conference of Presidents to re-establish the Disability intergroup for another legislature. Alive since 1979, the Disability Intergroup is one of the oldest and largest intergroups in the European Parliament with consistent cross-party support of around 100 Members. It is the only body which focuses on disability and allows for a regular dialogue with persons with disabilities and their representative organisations. Since its creation, EDF and its members have worked closely with the Disability Intergroup MEPs to advocate for a Europe free from discrimination...
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  • Are persons with disabilities the invisible workers?

    10.12.2014 According to the latest EU data, there is still a 26% difference in rates of employment for persons with and without disabilities across the EU. This is 30 points lower than the Europe 2020 target of 75% employment for persons with disabilities. Despite the implementation of different national and regional policies aimed at increasing the participation of persons with disabilities in the labour market, overall the participation rate of persons with disabilities is significantly lower than for persons without disabilities, which reinforces social inequalities. Within the framework of its...
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  • The Disability Movement expresses its deep condolences for the decease of former Commissioner Jacques Barrot

    08.12.2014 In the frame of the sad news that the former Commissioner, Jacques Barrot, passed away last Wednesday, EDF would like to express its respect and recognition for Jacque Barrot’s engagement with the disability movement and his commitment to promote the rights of citizens with disabilities. Jacques Barrot has been a former Commissioner in charge of Transport and then of Justice. The regulation on Air Passengers' Rights that was unanimously adopted by the European Council in July 2006, became a reality thanks to Jacque Barrot’s full and active commitment. This paved the way for other regulations...
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  • EU Equal Treatment Law: time for member states to act!

    05.12.2014 As EU Member States’ representatives prepare for 11 December’s EPSCO Council, organisations 1 representing millions of EU citizens at risk of discrimination, including women, persons with disabilities, younger and older people, LGBTI persons, members of ethnic, religion and belief communities as well as persons with a migration background, call on them to show clear commitment on the proposed Horizontal Directive on equal treatment. Six years after the Commission’s proposal for new legislation on equal treatment, the Horizontal Directive is still stuck in negotiations at the Member State...
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