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  • EU Equal Treatment Law: the time is now!

    18.06.2015 Six months ago, organisations representing millions of EU citizens at risk of discrimination called on EU Member States to show clear commitment on the proposed Horizontal Directive on equal treatment. In the meantime, some progress has been made and the Directive should now be adopted without further delay. Equality for All coalition wants to debunk the lingering excuses that are still used by some Member States and remind that there are still millions of people in the EU suffering daily from preventable discrimination. WHAT IS “EQUALITY FOR ALL”? The Equality for All coalition is...
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  • Missed opportunity for the EU to promote de-institutionalisation

    15.06.2015 On the 15th June 2015, in the framework of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, policy makers and experts come together in Riga to discuss de-institutionalisation (DI). In view of this timely event, the European Expert Group wishes to reiterate the importance of promoting DI in all European policies and financial instruments. The European Commission’s (EC) recently published 2015 country-specific recommendations (CSRs) on how to best achieve the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Stability and Growth Pact in each Member State is a missed opportunity in this...
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  • EDF urges EU member states to not adopt a meaningless Web Accessibility Directive

    11.06.2015 In view of the EU Ministers meeting in the Telecoms Council this Friday, the European Disability Forum wants to stress once again the importance of one of the items for discussion: the proposal for a Directive on the accessibility of public sector bodies’ websites. Having read the last progress report on this dossier issued by the Latvian Presidency, EDF deeply regrets the new approach taken by Member States as it could lead to the adoption of an EU legislation that would not bring any substantial change to the accessibility and inclusiveness of public websites for the 80 million Europeans...
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  • UN Conference of State Parties: EDF will report from New York

    02.06.2015 On 9-11 June, the heart of the disability movement worldwide will be beating in New York, where the 8th session of the Conference of State Parties (COSP) to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will take place. The theme of this year’s conference is: " Mainstreaming the rights of persons with disabilities in the post-2015 development agenda". The conference will include a series of interesting meetings and events, including a side event organised by the European Commission and EDF. EDF and its members will be in New York to contribute to this important international...
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  • EDF’s Annual General Assembly 2015: progressing rights in Europe

    01.06.2015 On 30-31 May 2015, the EDF Annual General Assembly in Warsaw gathered representatives from the disability movement from all over Europe together with representatives of European institutions, including the European Commission, the European Ombudsman, and the Agency for Fundamental Rights, and Polish authorities. The AGA hosted an active debate on the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities in Europe and its member states. EDF and its members also adopted a resolution calling for the establishment of a Directorate for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of...
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  • EDF supports the new U.S. proposed rule on e-accessibility

    26.05.2015 In February, the U.S. Access Board released for public comment a proposed rule updating accessibility requirements for information and communication technologies (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule also would jointly update guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act. The Board is updating these requirements so that they adequately address accessibility and keep pace with the ever-changing nature of the technologies covered. There is clear evidence that the Section 508 ICT standard,...
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  • European Parliament adopts Resolution on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    21.05.2015 Yesterday the European Parliament adopted a resolution in which it expresses its strong support to the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). It was adopted with an overwhelming majority of 7 political parties. The resolution followed a plenary debate of the European Parliament and a public hearing, in which MEPs and representatives from the disability movement and EU institutions discussed the state of play of the implementation of the UN Convention. The resolution states that the European Parliament should be fully involved in the...
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  • Parliament discusses with the Disability Movement the implementation of the UN Convention

    14.05.2015 On Tuesday 12 May 2015, the European Parliament organised a public hearing with representatives from the European disability movement and from EU institutions. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the state of play of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPPD) by the EU, the challenges ahead and the remarks formulated by the UN CRPD Committee on the work that the EU has done. The hearing also aimed to collect the views of persons with disabilities and their representative organisation in preparation of next week’s European Parliament...
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  • Latvian EU Presidency holds ministerial meeting on the implementation of the UN Convention in the EU

    11.05.2015 EDF urges for regular ministerial meetings on the rights of persons with disabilities Today in Riga, the Latvian Presidency of the EU organised a High level Meeting on Disability focusing on inclusive education and inclusive employment of persons with disabilities. During the meeting, a ministerial discussion took place in order to identify accomplishments resulted from the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the EU and the challenges ahead. EDF and its members are present in Riga to contribute to the discussion and express the views of persons with...
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  • Digital Single Market Strategy released but accessibility missing

    08.05.2015 EDF welcomes the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy and the list of actions, but regrets that accessibility to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is not incorporated. Every action of the DSM needs to fully include accessibility so that legislation and initiatives that are going to be delivered in the coming years benefit all Europeans. Fundamental rights in the EU should also be guaranteed in Digital Europe. The European Commission released yesterday the awaited Digital Single Market Strategy, one of its key priorities for the current mandate. The strategy sets out a list of...
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