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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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  • The European Parliament will debate political participation of persons with disabilities on the 4th of July.

    26.06.2018 Correction: the debate was moved to 5th July at 9h Following a request by MEP Cecilia Wikström, as Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions, the European Parliament will debate issues related with political participation of persons with disabilities. The debate will include the participation of the European Commission. It is the last topic of debate in the plenary, therefore it will be discussed late in the afternoon. You can watch it in livestream (no captioning) here. We will also tweet during the debate with #DisabilityIntergroup In March, MEP Wikström submitted a oral...
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  • What is left of the ambitious proposal for an EU Work-Life Balance Directive? - COFACE Families Europe analysis of

    22.06.2018 Following the adoption of the General Approach on the Work-Life Balance Directive by the the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) Council, our member COFACE Families Europe issued a statement on the adopted General Approach. While they welcomed the fact that the process can now continue, with a vote on the European Parliament expected in 2018, they also warned against the low standards of the text. Their statement adds: One could conclude that Member States would agree only on a text where the obligations upon them were so limited to allow them to change...
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  • Pafos airport wins Accessible Airport Award 2018

    20.06.2018 Pafos International airport, in Cyprus was the winner of the Accessible Airport Award 2018, awarded yesterday by the Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) and the European Disability Forum. The award was given during ACI Europe’s gala dinner by Nadia Hadad, our Executive Committee Member and by Ms. Elisabeth Kotthaus, Head of Unit Social Affairs, Passengers Rights & Equal Opportunities, DG Mobility & Transport, European Commission. Representing Pafos Airport was Eleni Kaloyirou, CEO of Hermes Airports who manage the Larnaka and Pafos International Airport. The...
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