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  • Marrakesh Treaty enters into force September to facilitate the creation of accessible versions of books

    30.06.2016 On 30 June, Canada became the 20th country to ratify the Marrakesh treaty meaning that this historical treaty will come into force on 30 September. Over 95% of the books published in the world are never published in a way that is accessible to blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled persons. Like everyone else, persons with disabilities need to have access to information to be able to study, work, read literature, participate in cultural life and in society in general. The lack of information in accessible formats for all persons with the disabilities has put them at a huge...
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  • New disability agenda agreed by the European Parliament

    07.07.2016 Huge majority of Members of the European Parliament adopt resolution to apply UN’s human rights recommendations Last year, the European Union (EU) was reviewed by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on its work to protect and promote the rights of 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe. Followed that review, the UN Committee issued a list of recommendations (‘Concluding Observations)' to the EU which should report back on in four years. The European Parliament has formally reacted to the UN’s recommendations and made a report on this. Drafted by the Member of...
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  • European Parliament threatens access to TV & digital books for persons with disabilities

    12.07.2016 Its Culture Committee aims at removing Audiovisual Media Services including TV programmes and e-books from the European Accessibility Act meaning that they do not need to be accessible Tomorrow, the Culture Committee of the European Parliament will vote on their opinion on the proposed European Accessibility Act. The responsible Rapporteur of the Culture Committee on this issue, Petra Kammerevert MEP (Socialists and Democrats) and the European People's Party’s spokesperson in this Committee Sabine Verheyen MEP are proposing that audiovisual media services, such as TV programmes, and digital...
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  • European Parliament Committee on culture weakens the Accessibility Act

    13.07.2016 The Committee voted to remove TV programmes and digital books from the text This morning, the Culture Committee of the European Parliament voted to remove Audiovisual Media Services, including TV programmes, and e-books from the European Accessibility Act meaning that they do not need to be accessible. The Committee approved the proposal of its responsible Rapporteur on the Act, Petra Kammerevert MEP (S&D) and the European People's Party’s spokesperson in this Committee Sabine Verheyen MEP, which significantly limits the scope of the Act. This way, 80 million people with disabilities in...
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  • EDF’s initial response to the European Pillar of Social Rights

    18.07.2016 FOR A FAIR SOCIAL EUROPE In March 2016, the European Commission published the first outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights (the Social Pillar). This is a reference framework to screen the employment and social performance of participating Member States. The text was accompanied by the opening of the consultation for inputs from stakeholders, including citizens, organisations and public authorities. EDF has prepared an initial response as a basis to have an open dialogue with its members and partners. The stated aim of the Social Pillar is to strengthen the social dimension of the...
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  • COSP2016: Inclusion of persons with disabilities in the global development agenda

    27.06.2016 Every year, all countries in the world that have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) meet at the Conference of State Parties (COSP) to discuss matters related to the implementation of the CRPD. The meeting also includes organisations of persons with disabilities, National human rights insitatuates and a range of other interested individuals and organisations. This year, the 9th Conference of State Parties focused on: ‘Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind’. The sub-themes were: Eliminating...
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  • Greens engage in the discussion on the Accessibility Act

    03.06.2016 On 1 June, the Political Group of the Greens of the European Parliament organised a hearing on the European Accessibility Act, inviting representative organisations of persons with disabilities to present their views on the legislative proposal of the European Commission. Hosted by Members of the European Parliament, Igor Šoltes (Shadow Rapporteur on the file for the Greens) and Indrek Tarand (vice-president of the Disability Intergroup) the meeting focused on how the European Commission’s proposal could be improved in order to make a real and meaningful difference in the lives of 80 million...
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  • Meeting of the Bureau of the European Parliament Disability Intergroup

    12.05.2016 On 12 May, the Bureau of the Disability Intergroup organised a meeting in Strasbourg. Among others, MEPs discussed the state of play of the EP report on the UN CRPD Concluding Observations, and various communications aspects related to the adoption of the report. Many of the intergroup Bureau members are involved in the report, either as rapporteur, shadow rapporteurs or rapporteurs for opinion. The final report will be soon adopted, as an EP resolution. This will happen during the July EP plenary session (4-7 July). MEPs will organise a press conference. MEPs decided to have a full...
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  • Declaration to support accessible tourism

    27.04.2015 The Written Declaration 015/2015 on accessible tourism which was launched on 27 April by several MEPs, including some of the Disability Intergroup, has now already been signed by more than half of the MEPs. This is will send a strong message in support of persons with disabilities in Europe. A written declaration is a text relating to a matter falling within the competence of the European Union. It is not a binding act of Parliament but it represents the views of the authors and signatories and it is significant because it can highlight certain issues on the political agenda so it is...
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  • European Parliament adopts Declaration on Accessible Tourism

    27.07.2015 EDF welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament of the Written Declaration 015/2015 on accessible tourism, which was launched last April by several MEPs, including Members of the Disability Intergroup. The declaration has been signed by more than 380 MEPs, showing Parliament’s strong commitment to persons with disabilities in Europe, to their right to mobility and equal access to tourism, leisure, transports and information. The declaration will now be sent to the European Commission. MEPs urge the Commission to raise awareness among stakeholders and economic operators on the need for...
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