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  • EU published its first report on the implementation of the UN Convention

    06.06.2014 On 5 June 2014, the European Union published its first report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Events during the conference. (UN CRPD). The EU ratified the Convention in 2010 making it the first international human rights treaty ever ratified by a regional organisation like the European Union. The EU has the obligation to prepare and submit a report on the actions it took to give effect to the Convention. Considering this as a historic moment for the rights of persons with disabilities, EDF welcomes the publication of the EU report as an...
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  • Web Accessibility: no more time to waste! if not now, when?

    05.06.2014 This Friday 6 of June the Transport, Telecommunication and Energy Council will meet and discuss the state of play of the Web Directive. Unfortunately, during the last two presidencies of the EU, there has been no further progress on the Proposal for a Directive on the Accessibility of Public Sector Bodies’ Websites in Council. EDF wants to see the forthcoming Telecommunications Council conclusions include a clear political commitment to ensure rapid progress on this Directive during the forthcoming Italian Presidency. This would make a real difference to 80 million Europeans with...
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  • EU Elections 2014: it’s time to vote for inclusion

    23.05.2014 The European elections have started. The first polling stations opened yesterday in a couple of EU Member States and the rest of Europe will vote in an election that that will spread until Sunday evening. Europeans are called to elect their 751 Members of the European Parliament. The European Disability Forum (EDF) calls on European citizens with disabilities to go out and cast their ballot. Participation in political life is at the heart of democracy. In all EU member States, EDF, its members and the whole disability movement worked tirelessly to engage with candidates and political parties...
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  • Disability perspective in EU Cohesion Policy: EU Ombudsman investigates protection of fundamental rights in the preparation of the partnership agreements

    20.05.2014 The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has initiated an investigation concerning the respect for fundamental rights in the EU's cohesion" policy. The Ombudsman has received many complaints in the area of fundamental rights and is investigating on the Commission's role in ensuring that the EU funding is used in ways that comply with the Charter of Fundamental Rights. According to the press note, Emily O'Reilly commented: "It is key for the credibility of the European Union that, wherever EU money is spent, fundamental rights are respected. In many cases, these funds are supposed to help the...
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  • The Disability Movement calls for the active participation of organisations of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the UN Convention

    18.05.2014 The European conference on ‘Monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in practice’ brought together more than 200 individuals from the disability movement all around Europe, the Croatian authorities, as well as representatives of European organisations and the Commission. Organised by EDF in cooperation with its Croatian members, SOIH, in the frame of EDF’s Annual General Assembly, the European conference opened a dialogue between national and European organisations of persons with disabilities concerning their view on the upcoming EU report...
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  • Survey on passengers’ rights: EDF wants to hear your stories

    17.05.2014 Denied boarding because of your disability? Damaged wheelchair? No accessible information at the train station? EDF is currently doing a small survey to identify the problems existing in different countries concerning passengers’ rights. It has been a little more than a year now that the European Union has laws on passengers' rights in all transport modes: air (Regulations 1107/2006 and 261/2004), rail (Reg. 1371/2007), bus & coach* (Reg. 181/2011) and sea (Reg. 1177/2010). What interests us now is to see if these laws have changed anything in the everyday lives of EU citizens – you!...
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  • Millions of Europeans with disabilities excluded from their right to vote

    09.05.2014 Today, on the day of Europe, less than two weeks before the European elections, EDF deplores that millions of persons with disabilities are being excluded from their right to vote. For the first time in the EU history, the outcome of the elections will directly determine who becomes president of the European Commission, with top candidates from the different political forces running paneuropean campaigns. In this crucial time of crisis in Europe, every vote counts and every voice should be heard! EDF calls on the EU and the Members States to remove restrictions preventing citizens with...
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  • European Year of Citizens Alliance calls on the future President of the Commission to promote active citizenship

    05.05.2014 EDF is a member of the steering committee of the European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA), an open network of European and national civil society organisations willing to promote active citizenship as a core element of the European democracy in the frame of the European Year of Citizens 2013. EYCA addressed the candidates for the presidency of the European Commission asking for their commitment to take concrete proposals to ensure a more social, renewed Europe with the active participation of European citizens. To the future President of the European Commission, On behalf of the European...
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  • Future President of the Commission, what will you do for 80 million Europeans with disabilities?

    30.04.2014 EDF has addressed the leading candidates nominated by the European poltical parties as candidates for the presidency of the European Commission: Jean Claude Juncker (EPP), Martin Schulz (Socialist), Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE), Ska Keller/José bové (Greens) and Alexis Tsipras (European Left). In a joint action with some of its national members, EDF has sent them 5 key questions based on EDF manifesto, asking them to outline their vision and their plans for persons with disabilities in Europe, but also to make commitments for action in five areas: The protection of persons with disabilities from...
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  • World Autism Day: Employment is more than just a job for people with autism

    02.04.2014 Studies have shown that between 76 and 90 per cent of adults with autism are unemployed. This is one of the many reasons why World Autism Awareness Day was declared by the UN General Assembly as an annual day to draw attention to the urgent needs of people with autism around the world. Autism is a complex disorder that affects the brain. It impairs an individual’s social and communication abilities and often causes them to display unusual or repetitive behaviours. Today 1 in 150 children are diagnosed with autism – totalling around 3.3 million people in the European Union. In most regions of...
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