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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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  • Programmes for persons with disabilities under threat in Spain & Portugal

    10.10.2016 Freezing the EU funding will have alarming consequences for people with disabilities The European Commission proposed last week the suspension of European Structural and Investments Funds (ESIF) for Spain and Portugal due to their non-compliance with EU budgetary rules. What this proposal fails to consider is the huge impact this will have on persons with disabilities in Spain and Portugal, as many programmes and projects promoting social inclusion and non-discrimination are funded by ESIF. EDF sent a letter to the two Committees of the European Parliament (ECON - Committee on Economic and...
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  • European Parliament “signs” yes to disability rights

    29.09.2016 For the first time, all the 31 EU official sign languages were simultaneously signed in the European Parliament during yesterday’s event ‘Multilingualism and equal rights in the EU: the role of sign languages’. Organised by MEP Helga Stevens, this historic event brought together more than 1.000 people including a huge representation of deaf people and other sign language users from across and beyond Europe. The aim was to raise awareness on sign languages as part of Europe’s multicultural and multilingual heritage. Speaking at the opening of the conference, EDF President, Yannis...
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  • EDF Executive Committee meeting: “our strength is our members"

    19.09.2016 EDF Executive Committee met in Slovenia on 16 and 17 of September, hosted by our Slovenian members, the National Council of Disability Organisations in Slovenia ( NSIOS) . This meeting gave us an opportunity to discuss the most pressing matters for the disability movement in Europe today and to hear about the specific priorities of our Slovenian members. EDF has had a long standing cooperation with the disability movement in Slovenia, which predates the accession of Slovenia to the EU in 2004. Since 2001, the Slovenian disability movement has worked together with EDF to promote the adoption...
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  • EU takes positive steps to end “book famine”

    16.09.2016 EDF welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to implement the Marrakesh Treaty into EU law. It now has to be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council. If there is an agreement, the EU will ratify the Marrakesh Treaty facilitating access to published works for persons with are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled, including persons with autism. EDF calls on the EU to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty without further delay and end the book famine for millions of persons with disabilities who are denied access to published works against their rights enshrined in the UN...
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  • Time for a new disability rights agenda for Europe

    14.09.2016 The EU was reviewed by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the work it has done to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities, in August 2015. Then the UN Committee issued very important recommendations that the EU has to follow before its next review in 2021 and three urgent recommendations which the EU had to report progress within a year. How has the EU progressed on putting the UN’s recommendations into practice so far? EDF and the Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organised today a Public Hearing to gather the views from organisations of...
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  • Goodbye to a great disability activist & EDF board member Peter Lambrechts

    06.09.2016 Last month, we received the very sad news that EDF’s Board Member, Peter Lambreghts, passed away. EDF and the whole disability movement will miss a valuable friend and a great activist who dedicated his life in fighting for the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in society. “The disability movement in his country, in Europe is now poorer. We have lost a great disability activist, a brilliant leader and above all a great person”, said EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis. His commitment, passion, hard work and kindness will continue inspiring the work of EDF’s team every day. Our...
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