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  • EU Elections 2014: Joining forces to mobilise EU citizens

    18.03.2014 Civil society and candidate MEPs commit to a Citizens' Europe European Parliament elections are the periodical momentum to test both politicians' and citizens' engagement and capacity to debate on how best shape our societies and improve European integration for the benefit of all. In the light of the democratic crisis and growing mistrust towards the European Union, it is of utmost importance to mobilise EU citizens to go to vote in May, said panellists from AGE, COFACE, ILGA Europe, EWL, ENAR, EDF, EAPN, AEGEE and Eurochild during a joint event on 18 March at the European Parliament hosted...
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  • EDF calls on the EU to protect women with disabilities from discrimination

    07.03.2014 Despite the progress that has been made for the empowerment of women in today’s society, women still face discrimination based on their gender. Women with disabilities have to also face discrimination for their disability. On tomorrow’s occasion of the International Women’s Day 2014, EDF calls on the EU to protect women with disabilities from all forms of discrimination and to ensure gender equality. The EU, as well as the majority of its member states, have signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that introduces the obligation of state parties to recognize that...
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  • IDA's conference on post-2015 development agenda and the UN CRPD in Africa just started in Nairobi

    06.03.2014 In his capacity as IDA Chair, EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis, opened today in Nairobi, Kenya, IDA's conference aiming to deepen dialogue between national, regional and global organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs). The three-day event aims to strengthen advocacy amongst DPOs in order to promote inclusive development in the future global development framework. The conference will assessanalyse the situation for persons with disabilities on the African continent within the context of the post 2015-development agenda. High on the agenda will be the issue of advocacy and a deeper...
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  • EDF reaction to the decision of France to further postpone the implementation of the national law on accessibility

    03.03.2014 The European Disability Forum (EDF) is concerned about the decision of the French government to further postpone for another 3 to 9 years the implementation of its law for the accessibility of services and public spaces. The French law of 11 February 2005 was foreseeing that all public spaces, houses and transport would become accessible before 1 January 2015 but this deadline will not be met. The authorities have thus postponed the implementation of the law and worked out a timetable according to which certain places shall be accessible after another 3, 6, or 9 years depending on the sector...
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  • EDF, Age Platform Europe & ANEC urge the Council to support the Parliament’s position on web accessibility

    26.02.2014 Today Members of the European Parliament have shown their strong commitment to a more inclusive internet for all. The Parliament's report on the proposal for a Directive on the Accessibility of Public Sector Bodies' Websites has introduced extremely valuable changes to the Commission proposal. These will benefit the majority of citizens across the EU and will boost the web-developing European marketplace, giving a perfect example of how a piece of legislation can contribute to inclusive growth in the digital field. Unfortunately, the Council is lagging behind and has not started the...
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  • EDF calls for the full implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities through structural funds

    22.02.2014 EDF Board meeting gathered together representatives from EDF member organisations around Europe. The first of the two days of the meeting opened with a European conference focusing on the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities and structural funds. Opening the conference, the Greek Deputy Minister of Labour, Social Security and Welfare, V. Kegkeroglou, referred to the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by Greece and the real challenges in its implementation. V. Kegkeroglou underlined that citizens with disabilities must fully enjoy...
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  • The European Parliament endorses EDF manifesto’s key priorities

    12.02.2014 On 11 February 2014, EDF presented its manifesto on the EU elections 2014 at the European Parliament. The event was organised in cooperation with the European Parliament Disability Intergroup and gathered a lot of MEPs; all of them expressed their full endorsement to the key priorities of EDF manifesto. MEP Adam Kosa, who is also the President of the European Parliament Disability Intergroup, opened the event together with the Vice-President of the Intergroup, MEP Richard Howitt. "In the next term of the European Commission we need a fully-fledged directorate on disability issues and we hope...
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  • EDF- Microsoft event on new skills for new jobs

    11.02.2014 The European Disability Forum and Microsoft share a commitment to finding new ways to strengthen e-skills and facilitating the creation of new jobs. Achieving these goals can be helped through a dialogue among EU institutions, the private sector, and citizens in order to ensure that all existing and new employment opportunities are open to persons with disabilities. In pursuit of this goal, EDF and Microsoft jointly organised on 11 February at the European Parliament an important discussion about e-skills and ICT-related jobs. The objective was to share firsthand information on what is...
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  • A post-2015 Development Framework inclusive of persons with disabilities

    06.02.2014 In his capacity as chair of the International Disability Alliance (IDA), EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, addressed UN Member States, UN agencies and civil society at the UN Headquarters in New York, calling for a post-2015 sustainable development agenda that is inclusive of persons with disabilities. Mr. Vardakastanis spoke to UN Member States of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the morning meeting of the Group's eighth session, stating the importance of mainstreaming the rights of persons with disabilities across the sustainable development...
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  • European Court of Human Rights’ increases its recognition of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    06.02.2014 On 6 February 2014, the European Court of Human Rights came out with a positive judgment in the case of Semikhvostov v Russia (Application no 2689/12) in which EDF and the International Disability Alliance (IDA) had submitted a third party intervention to the Court in January 2013. The case was brought by a wheel chair user prisoner who was subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment due to conditions in prison and the denial of reasonable accommodation. The Court concluded a violation of Article 3 on account of the inhuman and degrading conditions of the applicant’s detention, as well as a...
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