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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The EU Monitoring Framework renews its commitment to promote the UN Convention

    04.03.2015 EDF is there to ensure the voice of persons with disabilities is heard At today's high-level meeting of the EU Monitoring Framework on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the European Commission, represented by Director-General Michel Servoz, Members of the European Parliament Ádám Kósa, Rosa Estaràs Ferragut and Helga Stevens, the European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly, the Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights Morten Kjaerum and the Vice-President of the European Disability Forum Gunta Anca, renewed their commitment to promote, protect and...
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  • EDF calls for equality & full inclusion for women with disabilities!

    06.03.2015 On the occasion of the International Women’s Day on 8 March, EDF calls for equality and the full inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in all actions that European Union and its Member States undertake. This year is special. 2015 is not only the year the world will agree a new international development framework, it is also the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action; this platform aimed to bring to light the structural inequalities and human rights violations faced by all women and girls, and to prepare the ground for concrete action to realise gender equality. Today,...
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  • Time for Disability Inclusive Development!

    09.03.2015 Commissioner Mimica commits to support disability-inclusive development within the EU On 5 March, representatives of the European Disability Forum (EDF) and of the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) met with European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Mimica to discuss European development cooperation and the rights of persons with disabilities. IDDC and EDF reflected on the progress which has been made in recent years in advancing the rights of persons with disabilities in EU external action. Commisisoner Mimica sees the current review...
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