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  • What does it take to tackle inequalities and to leave no one behind?

    03.12.2015 On 3rd December 2015, the European Union (EU) celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the framework of the European Year for Development. The aim of the one-day conference was to answer the question, if the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to be fully inclusive of persons with disabilities then what practical steps do we need to take now? The conference, which took place in Brussels, was attended by almost one hundred participants representing the EU Institutions, EU Member States, organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), and other civil society...
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  • EU Equal Treatment Law – The time is now!

    31.07.2015 As part of the “Equality for All” coalition, EDF together with other member NGOs of the coalition co-signed a statement calling the German Government to stop blocking the negotiations on the equal treatment directive. Download the statement in PDF or read it below: Protection against discrimination is a fundamental right that is derived from the principle of equality under both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as German Basic Law. In the 1997 Amsterdam Treaty, Germany and the other member states have committed themselves and the European Union as a whole to the principle of...
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  • On the way to the final dialogue between the EU & the UN CRPD Committee

    29.07.2015 The disability movement gives its own perspective to the list of issues The EU has signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and its work to implement the Convention is now reviewed by the UN Committee in Geneva. The UN Committee examined the report that the EU submitted explaining the actions it has taken to apply the principles of the Convention and on 2 April 2015, it adopted a List of Issues for the EU to answer. The EU has now published its answers to the List of Issues on 22 June. They are available on the UN’s website. EDF has also prepared its...
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  • 10 years of Air Passengers' Rights for persons with disabilities

    21.05.2016 Air travel for everyone! In July 2006, a regulation on air passengers’ rights for persons with disabilities (regulation 1107/2006) was adopted, establishing a set of specific rights for passengers with disabilities in the EU. 2016 is the 10th anniversary of its adoption. This legislation has facilitated air travel for millions of persons with disabilities in Europe and has given clear guidance to airports on what services should be provided and how. To mark the 10-year anniversary of this important regulation for passengers with disabilities, EDF together with the Disability Federation of...
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  • What does it mean to live without freedom of choice and autonomy?

    22.05.2016 My decision, my right! Dublin, 22 May 2016 | Many of us take the right to make decisions for granted: what to study, what sort of job to apply for, where and with whom we live, who to marry, who to vote for, which doctor to visit. However, for many people with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities, these basic decision-making rights are removed and their will and preferences are not respected. Many persons with disabilities end up living in institutions and psychiatric hospitals against their will or women with disabilities are sterilised without their informed consent. EDF’s Annual...
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  • European Commission to safeguard adequate investment in community-based services in country specific recommendations

    07.06.2016 The European Commission recently published its 2016 country-specific recommendations (CSRs) to Member States. Following positive statements on the way social care and support should be provided in the last few years by the European Commission, the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-Based Care (EEG) welcomes several recommendations promoting quality care and support and access to employment and inclusive education for disadvantaged groups. Nonetheless, the overall focus on austerity will be detrimental to the transition to community-based services in Europe...
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  • Dublin Airport wins Accessible Airport Awards 2016

    23.06.2016 To mark the 10th anniversary of the adoption of Regulation (EC) 1107/2006 concerning the rights of disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility when travelling by air, the European Disability Forum (EDF) partnered with the Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) to present a new Airport Award: the Accessible Airport Award. The Accessible Airport Award aims to honour the best airport in Europe in terms of its level of accessibility as well as the range and the quality of the assistance services that it offers. It also intends to encourage other airports to continue their work...
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  • EU Humanitarian Aid must be inclusive

    21.06.2016 EDF and IDDC met Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management and agreed on the importance of the EU taking practical steps now to lead by example, in the EU’s actions to support persons with disabilities in humanitarian crisis and Europe’s refugee response. A delegation from the European Disability Forum (EDF) and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), headed by EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis and IDDC representative Johannes Trimmel, met the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides. The meeting was arranged to...
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  • Meeting of the Disability Intergroup: MEPs and DPOs reactions to the EP CRPD report

    07.07.2016 On 7th July, the Disability Intergroup met for the last time before summer at the European Parliament of Strasbourg. The meeting took place just after the debate and adoption in plenary of the resolution on the ‘Implementation of the UN CRPD with special regard to the Concluding Observations of the UN CPRD Committee’. With this resolution, the European Parliament is the first European Institution to react to the Concluding Observations. The Intergroup addressed both the CRPD Concluding Observations and the European Accessibility Act. The Act is one of the three urgent recommendations...
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  • BREXIT: the fight for human rights is a common struggle

    04.07.2016 Last March, the Board of EDF expressed its strong commitment to a united Europe and our hope that the UK would remain within the EU. It is with regret today that we recognise that UK citizens voted for the UK to leave the European Union (EU) with a majority of 52%. EDF recognises the democratic right of British people to decide freely on this issue, but we strongly believe that a common EU human rights agenda is better achieved together. The tone of the UK campaign, which was characterised by a divisive public debate on migration, reminds us of what is at stake and what we need to fight for,...
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