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  • "European Funds for all - Investing in people" - Yannis Vardakastanis for Panorama Magazine

    11.07.2018 In July 2018, Yannis Vardakastanis was a contributor to the Panorama Magazine, a European Commission's magazine focusing on Cohesion Policy. The July issue of the magazine was focused on the future Cohesion Policy, post 2020.  You can read the magazine (PDF) here. Read Yannis contribution below:   European funds for all – investing in people    There is no doubt that Cohesion Policy is essential to create a Europe for everybody. Over the years, the Cohesion Policy and funds have made an important contribution to the inclusion of people with disabilities, even in Europe’s most remote regions....
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  • MEPs demand full access of persons with disability to the political process

    06.07.2018 On the 5th July 2018, the European Parliament debated in plenary the state of political participation of persons with disabilities. The debate counted with the intervention  of Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality,  Věra Jourová and of 26 MEPs from across the political spectre. The debate counted with interventions of several members of Disability Intergroup, including from the four Presidents, MEPs Ádám Kósa, Olga Sehnalová, Helga Stevens and Kostadinka Kuneva, as well as from others members of the Intergroup, such as MEPs Marek Plura, Jana Žitnanská, Michela Giuffrida,...
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  • Tell your city: Applications for Access city Award 2019 are now open!

    05.07.2018 Tell your city: Applications for Access City Award 2019 are now open! The award aims to recognise cities’ efforts to be more accessible. This year, there will be also an award for cities that have especially accessible cultural heritage (museums, historical buildings, etc). Who can apply? For the Access City award: all EU cities of over 50 000 inhabitants. urban areas composed of two or more towns with a combined population of over 50,000 inhabitants, if they are in EU countries with fewer than 2 cities with over 50 000 inhabitants. For the cultural heritage award: those mentioned above....
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  • Report of Conference “Investing in Independent Living” is out!

    03.07.2018 The “Investing in Independent Living” conference took place on the 8 of June in Sofia, Bulgaria. The conference was supported by the Bulgarian Presidency to the EU. It reunited several Bulgarian disability activists, the Minister for Labour and Social Protection Biser Petkov, and representatives from the European Commission, EU Fundamental Rights Agency, the Regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Disability Forum, ENIL and the European Expert Group on De-institutionalisation. Participants analysed the investments made by EU funds in independent...
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  • Austrian Presidency has unique chance to cement legacy by adopting the European Accessibility Act

    03.07.2018 The Austrian Presidency has a chance to cement their legacy by concluding negotiations on a European Accessibility Act that assures the rights of persons with disabilities. The European Disability Forum has been campaigning for a European Accessibility Act for years. Our efforts paid off in 2015, when the European Commission proposed the European Accessibility Act, a law that would make many products and services more accessible for persons with disabilities. However, 2 years and a half later, the Act is still on trilogues. Important advances have been made under the Bulgarian Presidency,...
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  • Coherence in standardisation to support accessibility

    02.07.2018 The European Union delegation in collaboration with the European Disability Forum organised an event on the 12th June in New York that brought together different perspectives with regards to accessibility and standardisation. It was as a side event to the 11th session of the Conference of State Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which took place from the 13-14 June in the U.N. headquarters in New York. Moderated by Ms Emmanuelle Grange, Head of Unit on Disability and Inclusion of Directorate-General of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the...
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  • 10 years after Equal Treatment Directive was proposed, NGOs call on the EU Council to finally adopt it.

    02.07.2018 A group of equality and non-discrimination NGOS, including the European Disability Forum, ILGA Europe, the European Women’s Lobby, AGE Platform, Transgender Europe and IGLYO called on the EU Council to end a 10-year freeze on a directive that would ban discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation in all areas of social life. The Equal Treatment Directive was proposed on the 2 July 2008 by the European Commission and voted favourably by the EU Parliament in 2019. Yet, for the past 10 years, the EU Member States have blocked progress on the...
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  • Full implementation of the Convention - our time at the Conference of State Parties

    28.06.2018 Several EDF members attended the 11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which took place from 12-14 June 2018 in New York under the theme “Leaving no one behind through the full implementation of the CRPD”. It brought together government representatives, organisations of persons with disabilities and international experts in the field of disability rights, such as Theresia Degener, Chair of the CRPD Committee, Catalina Devandas Aguilar, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Maria...
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  • Using Social Dialogue to Advance the CRPD

    During the Conference of States Parties, EDF, Public Services International, the International Labour Organisation, the International Disability Alliance and the European Economic and Social Committee held a side event on social dialogue and the rights of Persons with Disabilities. The purpose of the event was to identify how Social Dialogue is, or could be, used to ensure the implementation of the CRPD. Objectives included to define the role and the scope of social dialogue in relation to the rights of persons with disabilities, to identify the key entry points and opportunities to promote...
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  • Leave No Child Behind: Families Not Institutions

    27.06.2018 On the 15th June 2018, we attended an event at the European Commission titled “No Child Left Behind: Families Not Institutions”. This event was held by the Commission’s DG ECHO, DG DEVCO and Lumos. It aimed to bring awareness to the importance of family-based services and the impact institutions have on children. In fact, most of the children placed in closed institutions are not orphans: it can be due to poverty, disability, humanitarian crises, migration or trafficking, lack of quality alternative care options and affordable treatment, a combination of the former and many more: the list...
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