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  • EDF calls on the EU to meet the new challenges of the next period for citizens with disabilities

    09.11.2014 This weekend, EDF Board meeting gathered together representatives from organisations of persons with disabilities around Europe. The meeting opened by EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, followed by the Head of Unit on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the European Commission, Maria Luisa Cabral. EDF has adopted measures in order to prepare the disability movement to fully participate in the new political period opened in the European Union after the European elections and the renewed European Commission. In his opening speech, EDF President highlighted that this is a very crucial...
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  • EU Ombudsman commits to work on the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities

    12.11.2014 On 11 November 2014, EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis and EDF Acting Director Javier Güemes met the European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, to discuss future cooperation on the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities in all EU policies. The discussion focused in particular on the EU Ombudsman’s work on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), as well as the role of EU Framework on the monitoring of the implementation of the UN CRPD. The EU framework was set up in 2012 and EDF, the European Ombudsman, the European Agency of...
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  • EDF calls on MEPs to vote for the re-establishment of the European Parliament Disability Intergroup

    19.11.2014 Members of the European Parliament will vote on 24-26 November to decide which intergroups will exist in 2014-2019. EDF urges them to re-create the EP Disability Intergroup. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? The Disability Intergroup, established in 1980, is one of the oldest Intergroups of the European Parliament and has traditionally been one of the most active, visible and largest, with around 100 Members from all political Groups. More than 80 MEPs from all political Groups haveapplied to join theintergroup in the new legislature. The Disability Intergroup remains for the moment the political body...
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  • EDF has a new Director

    02.12.2014 EDF is happy to welcome Catherine Naughton in its team as the new director of EDF secretariat. Catherine Naughton has been working at EDF’s member organisation, CBM at its EU liason office as a Director International Alliances and Advocacy Development, while she has also been the Chair of the International Disability and Development Consortium. Catherine Naughton has been long devoted to the disability movement and she has an extensive knowledge on international cooperation and the European Union, while she has a strong commitment to the promotion of the involvement of organisations of...
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  • Employment & accessibility the focus of this year’s European Day of Persons with Disabilities

    03.12.2014 Having a job is the best guarantee for human dignity, self-esteem, financial independence and prosperity. Accessibility is a key to ensuring true participation in society and helps removing barriers that persons with disabilities still face in their daily life. Employment and accessibility consisted the main focus of this year’s conference for the European Day of Persons with Disabilities, organised by the European Commission and the European Disability Forum (EDF). Entitled ‘Building together a barrier-free Europe, the conference took place on 2-3 December 2014 bringing together hundreds of...
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  • EU Equal Treatment Law: time for member states to act!

    05.12.2014 As EU Member States’ representatives prepare for 11 December’s EPSCO Council, organisations 1 representing millions of EU citizens at risk of discrimination, including women, persons with disabilities, younger and older people, LGBTI persons, members of ethnic, religion and belief communities as well as persons with a migration background, call on them to show clear commitment on the proposed Horizontal Directive on equal treatment. Six years after the Commission’s proposal for new legislation on equal treatment, the Horizontal Directive is still stuck in negotiations at the Member State...
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  • The Disability Movement expresses its deep condolences for the decease of former Commissioner Jacques Barrot

    08.12.2014 In the frame of the sad news that the former Commissioner, Jacques Barrot, passed away last Wednesday, EDF would like to express its respect and recognition for Jacque Barrot’s engagement with the disability movement and his commitment to promote the rights of citizens with disabilities. Jacques Barrot has been a former Commissioner in charge of Transport and then of Justice. The regulation on Air Passengers' Rights that was unanimously adopted by the European Council in July 2006, became a reality thanks to Jacque Barrot’s full and active commitment. This paved the way for other regulations...
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  • Are persons with disabilities the invisible workers?

    10.12.2014 According to the latest EU data, there is still a 26% difference in rates of employment for persons with and without disabilities across the EU. This is 30 points lower than the Europe 2020 target of 75% employment for persons with disabilities. Despite the implementation of different national and regional policies aimed at increasing the participation of persons with disabilities in the labour market, overall the participation rate of persons with disabilities is significantly lower than for persons without disabilities, which reinforces social inequalities. Within the framework of its...
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  • Publication of ISO/IEC guide 71 as a step towards more accessibility in standards

    05.12.2014 EDF considers the Guide as a useful document that lacks, however, the spirit of the UN Convention in some parts On 2 December, the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) released the new Guide 71 “Guide for addressing accessibility in standards”. This Guide is not a standard itself; it presents information to standards bodies and standards developers to assist them to include the needs of people with disabilities and older people when developing standards. Given that standards are sets of requirements or technical...
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  • EDF welcomes the re-establishment of the European Parliament Disability Intergroup

    12.12.2014 EDF welcomes the decision of the Conference of Presidents to re-establish the Disability intergroup for another legislature. Alive since 1979, the Disability Intergroup is one of the oldest and largest intergroups in the European Parliament with consistent cross-party support of around 100 Members. It is the only body which focuses on disability and allows for a regular dialogue with persons with disabilities and their representative organisations. Since its creation, EDF and its members have worked closely with the Disability Intergroup MEPs to advocate for a Europe free from discrimination...
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