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  • Publication of ISO/IEC guide 71 as a step towards more accessibility in standards

    05.12.2014 EDF considers the Guide as a useful document that lacks, however, the spirit of the UN Convention in some parts On 2 December, the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) released the new Guide 71 “Guide for addressing accessibility in standards”. This Guide is not a standard itself; it presents information to standards bodies and standards developers to assist them to include the needs of people with disabilities and older people when developing standards. Given that standards are sets of requirements or technical...
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  • Employment & accessibility the focus of this year’s European Day of Persons with Disabilities

    03.12.2014 Having a job is the best guarantee for human dignity, self-esteem, financial independence and prosperity. Accessibility is a key to ensuring true participation in society and helps removing barriers that persons with disabilities still face in their daily life. Employment and accessibility consisted the main focus of this year’s conference for the European Day of Persons with Disabilities, organised by the European Commission and the European Disability Forum (EDF). Entitled ‘Building together a barrier-free Europe, the conference took place on 2-3 December 2014 bringing together hundreds of...
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  • EDF has a new Director

    02.12.2014 EDF is happy to welcome Catherine Naughton in its team as the new director of EDF secretariat. Catherine Naughton has been working at EDF’s member organisation, CBM at its EU liason office as a Director International Alliances and Advocacy Development, while she has also been the Chair of the International Disability and Development Consortium. Catherine Naughton has been long devoted to the disability movement and she has an extensive knowledge on international cooperation and the European Union, while she has a strong commitment to the promotion of the involvement of organisations of...
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  • EDF calls on MEPs to vote for the re-establishment of the European Parliament Disability Intergroup

    19.11.2014 Members of the European Parliament will vote on 24-26 November to decide which intergroups will exist in 2014-2019. EDF urges them to re-create the EP Disability Intergroup. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? The Disability Intergroup, established in 1980, is one of the oldest Intergroups of the European Parliament and has traditionally been one of the most active, visible and largest, with around 100 Members from all political Groups. More than 80 MEPs from all political Groups haveapplied to join theintergroup in the new legislature. The Disability Intergroup remains for the moment the political body...
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  • EU Ombudsman commits to work on the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities

    12.11.2014 On 11 November 2014, EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis and EDF Acting Director Javier Güemes met the European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, to discuss future cooperation on the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities in all EU policies. The discussion focused in particular on the EU Ombudsman’s work on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), as well as the role of EU Framework on the monitoring of the implementation of the UN CRPD. The EU framework was set up in 2012 and EDF, the European Ombudsman, the European Agency of...
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  • EDF calls on the EU to meet the new challenges of the next period for citizens with disabilities

    09.11.2014 This weekend, EDF Board meeting gathered together representatives from organisations of persons with disabilities around Europe. The meeting opened by EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, followed by the Head of Unit on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the European Commission, Maria Luisa Cabral. EDF has adopted measures in order to prepare the disability movement to fully participate in the new political period opened in the European Union after the European elections and the renewed European Commission. In his opening speech, EDF President highlighted that this is a very crucial...
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  • EU Equal Treatment Law: we've been waiting too long!

    06.11.2014 As high-level EU Member States’ representatives meet today to discuss how to make equality a reality for all, equality and anti-discrimination organisations call on them to show a real commitment to equality by finally adopting an EU law on equal treatment. In 2008, the European Commission proposed a directive on equal treatment, which would ensure lesbian, gay and bisexual people, persons with disabilities, religious minorities, youth and older people are protected from discrimination in several fields of life such as goods and services, education, housing and health across the EU. So far,...
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  • Official launch of EUROPE+ Alliance

    08.07.2014 Today marks the official launch of Europe+ (Civil Society for the Renewal of European Democracy), a broad grass-roots alliance which brings together over 40 organisations from civil society and trade unions, including the European Disability Forum, calling for renewed and better functioning democracy in the EU. Founded over the past year, during a time when Europe has been facing testing political and economic challenges, Europe+ is being officially launched at the European Parliament. A transparent and inclusive space for debate created by, and for civil society, Europe+ aims to design a...
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  • Two years of EDF chairing the International Disability Alliance

    02.07.2014 EDF is a proud founding member of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, has been the first elected chair of its governing body over a mandate of the last two years. During this period, EDF together with the rest 11 regional and global organisations proudly followed the whole development of IDA, as a collective success, from an informal alliance to a real organisation, which is now able to influence the political action at international level. IDA became a legal entity in June 2013 as a historic decision that further strengthened the organisation...
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  • 7th session of the conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    10.06.2014 The 7th session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) took place on 10-12 June 2014. Prior to this, the Civil Society Forum was coordinated by the International Disability Alliance (IDA) in partnership with Disability Rights Fund, Human Rights Watch, International Disability and Development Consortium and Rehabilitation International. The Civil Society Forum gathered over 200 civil society participants and Member State delegations under the theme: ‘ Towards an Inclusive Post-2015 Agenda’. Speakers from all panels called...
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