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  • Historic opportunity for people in institutional care: EU funds must be used to develop community-based alternatives in 2014-2020

    01.02.2014 Statement from the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-Based care A HISTORIC BACKGROUND IN THE EU LEGISLATIVE LANDSCAPE The European Union (EU) is preparing to implement the next 7 years of the Structural and Investment Funding. The framework put in place for this new programming period represents a historic opportunity to protect the rights of Europe’s most excluded people - those living in institutional care. For the first time, the new Regulations for the EU Cohesion Policy investment, adopted last December by the European Council and the European...
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  • Roma, LGBT, anti-racist, disability and Jewish organisations stand together on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    27.01.2014 On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the European population recalls the genocide perpetrated by the Nazi regime and its allies of millions of Jews and Roma, and the massacre of tens of thousands that did not fit the Nazi ideology, including persons with disabilities, Jehovah's witnesses, homosexuals, and political opponents. On this occasion, the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF), the European Disability Forum (EDF), the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM), the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS), the International...
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  • On the way to the European elections the Disability Movement votes for inclusion

    01.01.2014 EDF brings the rights of persons with disabilities in New Europe’s special issue on the state of our world among the contributions of 100 leaders from politics, business, civil society and academia. 2013 was the European Year of Citizens. Active citizenship means active involvement and participation of all citizens in all aspects of society. In the disability movement, we believe that nothing can be decided about us without us and this is not just a motto. It’s a way of thinking, living and acting. In times of crisis, it is more imperative than ever to make most of our rights as citizens...
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  • Just adopted: European Parliament report on women with disabilities

    19.12.2013 The disability movement welcomes the adoption today of the European Parliament’s report on women with disabilities, which took on board all of its recommendations. During the last year, EDF was given the opportunity to present its views in the European Parliament on the draft report on ’women with disabilities’ of the Committee on Women’s rights and gender equality. EDF worked closely with the Committee Members and with the European Parliament Disability Intergroup to ensure that the voice of the disability movement is heard. Promoting the rights of women and girls with disabilities is one of...
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  • It’s about us, it’s about Europe: EYCA’s final report on active citizenship is out!

    15.12.2013 The European Year of Citizens 2013 closed with a conference which took place on 12-13 December in Vilnius, Lithuania. The event has been organised by the European Commission in close cooperation with the European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA) and the Lithuanian Presidency. EDF was represented by its Vice President, Gunta Anca, who underlined how important it is for persons with disabilities to be active citizens and to have equal access in society. ‘Persons with disabilities were for so long excluded from participating in society and therefore in the policy making processes. Times have...
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  • Mobile for Good Europe Awards: Application which enables colour-blind users to understand colours & information based on colours wins 30.000€ award

    06.12.2013 On 5 December 2013, the Vodafone Foundation announced the four winners of the 2013 Mobile for Good Europe Awards. Organised by Vodafone Foundation, the European Disability Forum and AGE Platform Europe, these awards recognise transformational apps designed to improve people's lives, deliver substantial public benefit and stimulate thinking of how mobile technology can improve the delivery of public services for society. A total prize fund of 200,000 EUR for the best Android and iOS apps and concepts has been shared between 12 finalists, with the winner of each category receiving 30,000 EUR....
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  • Accessible tourism in the heart of this year's European Day of People with Disabilities

    04.12.2013 Tourism is an important source of growth for the economy in Europe, representing today 1.8 million businesses and approximately 9.7 million jobs. However, travelling can still be a real challenge for some people as finding the information on services, checking luggage on a plane, booking an accessible room often prove to be difficult, costly and time consuming. In the frame of the European Day of People with Disabilities, the European Commission in close cooperation with the European Disability Forum (EDF), organised a conference on “Accessible Tourism in Europe” on 3-4 December 2013. The...
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  • A need for a Mediterranean Agenda on human rights of persons with disabilities

    23.11.2013 On 22-23 November, the 'Euro Mediterranean Conference on the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities' in Madrid brought together participants from 18 countries of the Mediterranean region. Organised by EDF, the Arab Organisation of Persons with Disabilities and the Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities, in the framework of the MUSAWA II project, the conference focused on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) at national level,the involvement and exchange of best practice on policy making and projects, asylum...
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  • The Disability Movement calls for an inclusive sustainable development

    17.11.2013 The disability movement met this weekend in Vilnius, Lithuania gathering together representatives of its member organisations all around Europe, as well as representatives of the Lithuanian Republic and European institutions. On the first day of the Board meeting, a European conference took place focusing on: 'Disability and sustainable development. A perspective from the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities'. Opening the conference, Dovilé Juodkaité, President of the Lithuanian Forum for the Disabled welcomed this event as the only one focusing on the rights of persons...
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  • European Accessibility Act: EDF calls on the European Commission to deliver a legislative proposal on the accessibility of goods and services

    11.11.2013 The disability movement met with the Vice President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding to discuss the actions that the Commission is taking on the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities and the upcoming European Accessibility Act. Ms Reding expressed the European Commission’s commitment to the preparation of the legislative proposal of the Act. Represented by its President, Yannis Vardakastanis, its Vice President, Gunta Anca, its Secretary, Rodolfo Cattani and its Director, Carlotta Besozzi, EDF underlined the strong support and commitment of the European...
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