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  • EU Elections 2014: it’s time to vote for inclusion

    23.05.2014 The European elections have started. The first polling stations opened yesterday in a couple of EU Member States and the rest of Europe will vote in an election that that will spread until Sunday evening. Europeans are called to elect their 751 Members of the European Parliament. The European Disability Forum (EDF) calls on European citizens with disabilities to go out and cast their ballot. Participation in political life is at the heart of democracy. In all EU member States, EDF, its members and the whole disability movement worked tirelessly to engage with candidates and political parties...
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  • Web Accessibility: no more time to waste! if not now, when?

    05.06.2014 This Friday 6 of June the Transport, Telecommunication and Energy Council will meet and discuss the state of play of the Web Directive. Unfortunately, during the last two presidencies of the EU, there has been no further progress on the Proposal for a Directive on the Accessibility of Public Sector Bodies’ Websites in Council. EDF wants to see the forthcoming Telecommunications Council conclusions include a clear political commitment to ensure rapid progress on this Directive during the forthcoming Italian Presidency. This would make a real difference to 80 million Europeans with...
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  • Official launch of EUROPE+ Alliance

    08.07.2014 Today marks the official launch of Europe+ (Civil Society for the Renewal of European Democracy), a broad grass-roots alliance which brings together over 40 organisations from civil society and trade unions, including the European Disability Forum, calling for renewed and better functioning democracy in the EU. Founded over the past year, during a time when Europe has been facing testing political and economic challenges, Europe+ is being officially launched at the European Parliament. A transparent and inclusive space for debate created by, and for civil society, Europe+ aims to design a...
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  • Two years of EDF chairing the International Disability Alliance

    02.07.2014 EDF is a proud founding member of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, has been the first elected chair of its governing body over a mandate of the last two years. During this period, EDF together with the rest 11 regional and global organisations proudly followed the whole development of IDA, as a collective success, from an informal alliance to a real organisation, which is now able to influence the political action at international level. IDA became a legal entity in June 2013 as a historic decision that further strengthened the organisation...
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  • 7th session of the conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    10.06.2014 The 7th session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) took place on 10-12 June 2014. Prior to this, the Civil Society Forum was coordinated by the International Disability Alliance (IDA) in partnership with Disability Rights Fund, Human Rights Watch, International Disability and Development Consortium and Rehabilitation International. The Civil Society Forum gathered over 200 civil society participants and Member State delegations under the theme: ‘ Towards an Inclusive Post-2015 Agenda’. Speakers from all panels called...
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  • EU published its first report on the implementation of the UN Convention

    06.06.2014 On 5 June 2014, the European Union published its first report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Events during the conference. (UN CRPD). The EU ratified the Convention in 2010 making it the first international human rights treaty ever ratified by a regional organisation like the European Union. The EU has the obligation to prepare and submit a report on the actions it took to give effect to the Convention. Considering this as a historic moment for the rights of persons with disabilities, EDF welcomes the publication of the EU report as an...
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  • Mobile for Good Europe Awards: Application which enables colour-blind users to understand colours & information based on colours wins 30.000€ award

    06.12.2013 On 5 December 2013, the Vodafone Foundation announced the four winners of the 2013 Mobile for Good Europe Awards. Organised by Vodafone Foundation, the European Disability Forum and AGE Platform Europe, these awards recognise transformational apps designed to improve people's lives, deliver substantial public benefit and stimulate thinking of how mobile technology can improve the delivery of public services for society. A total prize fund of 200,000 EUR for the best Android and iOS apps and concepts has been shared between 12 finalists, with the winner of each category receiving 30,000 EUR....
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  • Just adopted: European Parliament report on women with disabilities

    19.12.2013 The disability movement welcomes the adoption today of the European Parliament’s report on women with disabilities, which took on board all of its recommendations. During the last year, EDF was given the opportunity to present its views in the European Parliament on the draft report on ’women with disabilities’ of the Committee on Women’s rights and gender equality. EDF worked closely with the Committee Members and with the European Parliament Disability Intergroup to ensure that the voice of the disability movement is heard. Promoting the rights of women and girls with disabilities is one of...
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  • Roma, LGBT, anti-racist, disability and Jewish organisations stand together on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    27.01.2014 On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the European population recalls the genocide perpetrated by the Nazi regime and its allies of millions of Jews and Roma, and the massacre of tens of thousands that did not fit the Nazi ideology, including persons with disabilities, Jehovah's witnesses, homosexuals, and political opponents. On this occasion, the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF), the European Disability Forum (EDF), the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM), the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS), the International...
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  • Historic opportunity for people in institutional care: EU funds must be used to develop community-based alternatives in 2014-2020

    01.02.2014 Statement from the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-Based care A HISTORIC BACKGROUND IN THE EU LEGISLATIVE LANDSCAPE The European Union (EU) is preparing to implement the next 7 years of the Structural and Investment Funding. The framework put in place for this new programming period represents a historic opportunity to protect the rights of Europe’s most excluded people - those living in institutional care. For the first time, the new Regulations for the EU Cohesion Policy investment, adopted last December by the European Council and the European...
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