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  • Civil Society pushes for a strong Accessibility Act

    16.11.2016 Accessibility is not a right that can be compromised EDF, together with its partners at Social Platform, AGE Platform Europe, and ANEC, presented its position and draft amendments on the European Accessibility Act to the new Rapporteur of the  European Parliament. The new Rapporteur, Morten Løkkegaard, only took up this position a few weeks ago and EDF had therefore requested a meeting to underline the importance of the Accessibility Act for the disability movement, but also for an inclusive society for everyone. The adoption of a meaningful, strong and ambitious Accessibility Act is what EDF...
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  • Children’s Day 2016: The voices of children with disabilities should be heard

    20.11.2016 Happy Children’s Day everyone! Children with disabilities have the right to the same life as all other children. They have the right to go to the same schools and to participate in all activities alongside their peers. **Their voice should also be the first voice to be heard when decisions that concern their lives are taken. ** However, children with disabilities are often excluded from these decisions and are among the most marginalised; they are at a higher risk to live in institutions away from their families, to be victims of violence or sexual abuse, to not be accepted in schools, to...
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  • UN human rights recommendations: How to make them a reality?

    13.11.2016 For the first time in history, the EU was reviewed by the United Nations (UN) in 2015 and received specific recommendations on how to improve its work on the rights of its 80 million people with disabilities. 15 European countries have also been reviewed and two more country reviews will be completed in 2017. The UN recommendations are important guidance, but how can they be translated into change that will improve the living conditions of people with disabilities in practice? EDF and its members discussed this together with representatives from the Slovak EU Presidency, the European...
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  • Accessibility is the way to break barriers in society

    10.11.2016 EDF presented its position on the Accessibility Act at IMCO Committee’s exchange of views EDF was invited to present its opinion on the European Accessibility Act during yesterday’s exchange of views in the Internal Market Committee (IMCO) of the European Parliament. After a long campaign from the disability movement and a clear recommendation by the UN calling on the EU to publish the Accessibility Act, a proposal was finally published by the European Commission last December. The proposed text is now discussed at the Parliament and the Council and IMCO is the Committee in charge of...
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  • Accessibility Act: Time to move forward

    09.11.2016 Accessibility Act: Time to move forward Tackling the complex proposal for the European Accessibility Act was the ambitious task of the 3 panels of experts during yesterday’s event at the European Parliament. The event was co-organised by EDF and the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament and hosted by MEP Olga Sehnalová. A range of experts presented their views on the Accessibility Act with each of the 3 panels focusing on a different aspect: accessibility of ICT products and services, accessibility of transport and built environment and how the Act should be put into practice....
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  • EU must make its development cooperation inclusive

    08.11.2016 The European Union (EU) has been a great supporter of a disability inclusive sustainable development framework. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015, include specific references to persons with disabilities. The EU has also ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and this includes a specific article on International Cooperation (Article 32). Right now, the European Commission is in the process of reviewing the EU Consensus on Development. This is a policy statement that commits the EU to eradicating poverty and building a...
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  • Accessible public websites & mobile apps become a reality in Europe

    26.10.2016 The EU just adopted a directive on the accessibility of websites and mobile apps The European Parliament adopted today the ‘Directive on the Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies’ (Web Directive). From now on, all websites and mobile applications, including the electronic documents and multimedia, of public authorities in Europe have to be accessible to a wide range of users including 80 million people with disabilities. This is a crucial milestone to achieve an inclusive digital society in which people with disabilities and other users have access to...
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  • Meeting of the Disability Intergroup on the Digital Single Market

    15.09.2015 On 15 September, the Disability Intergroup met to discuss the new Strategy for the EU Digital Single Market. The meeting was chaired by intergroup Vice-President Olga Sehnalova, who is member of the IMCO Committee. Key MEPs active on this topic were present: MEPs Gebhardt and Kallas (EP co-rapporteurs on the DSM) as well as MEP Vicky Ford, Chair of the EP internal market Committee (among others). In all areas of society, there is an increasing penetration of Information and Communication Technologies, which can make a difference for persons with disabilities and older people. The potential...
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  • Disability Intergroup MEPs share views with EDF & its members on the CRPD Committee Concluding Observations

    17.12.2015 The European Parliament is drafting an own-initiative report on the ’Implementation of the UN CRPD with special regard to the Concluding Observations of the UN CPRD Committee’. The rapporteur is MEP Helga Stevens (ECR, BE). 8 other European Parliament Committees are drafting opinions to this report in relations to their own spheres of competences – many rapporteurs are members of the Disability Intergroup. On Thursday 17 December, the Disability intergroup had a discussion on this report, with a participation of more than 20 MEPs - all involved in the report. MEPs expressed their ambition to...
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  • Joint meeting with the Intergroup on Children's Rights

    17.02.2016 On 17 February, the Disability intergroup co-organised wit the intergroup on children’s rights a meeting on ‘Ending violence against children with disabilities’. The discussion drew from the recent findings by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in its report on ‘Violence against children with disabilities: legislation, policies and programmes in the EU’. The meeting was co-chaired by MEP Corazza Bildt, Chinnici and MEP Helga Stevens. Children with disabilities face significant barriers to enjoying their fundamental rights. They are often excluded from society, sometimes living in...
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